Zimbabwe in South Africa ODI Series - 1st ODI

South Africa v Zimbabwe

South Africa won by 64 runs

2.20pm About 10 minutes to go here before the action gets underway.

2.00pm Graeme Smith's return to captaincy has started well, South Africa have won the toss and will bat. So Zimbabwe's bowlers - undoubtedly the weakest area of the side - will be under pressure first up.

South Africa will line-up as follows: Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Colin Ingram, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Johan Botha, Wayne Parnell, Rusty Theron, Charl Langeveldt.

Debut for Theron after he impressed in the Twenty20 series and a return for Amla, de Villiers, Morkel and Langeveldt, who all missed the out on the two Twenty20 games.

1.55pm There is no news of a delayed start and he even has sniffed out a word about the Zimbabwe line-up: Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza, Chamu Chibhabha, Sean Williams, Grant Flower, Tatenda Taibu (wk), Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer, Prosper Utseya, Shingirai Masakadza, Chris Mpofu.

All of which means a glorious return to international cricket, after six years, for Grant Flower.

1.50pm Hello and a very warm to the first of this three-match ODI series between South Africa and Zimbabwe. I'm Sahil Dutta and I'll be bringing you the ball-by-ball action from today's game.

My esteemed colleague Liam Brickhill is perched imperiously in the pressbox at Bloemfontein and is bursting with news to tell. Sadly, his opening gambit isn't the happiest. "Dark clouds are gathering and things are looking ominous." Goodness me, let's hope he's talking about the weather.

0.1

Mpofu to Amla, 1 wide, poor start there, outside off stump, swinging away further too wide for the umpire

0.1

Mpofu to Amla, no run, better ball this time, shaping away, Amla drives crisply to cover

0.2

Mpofu to Amla, no run, good delivery, definite away movement, Amla leaves alone

0.3

Mpofu to Amla, no run, this time Amla plays, but with treats the ball suspiciously, prodding carefully into the off side

0.4

Mpofu to Amla, FOUR, lovely shot this time, Amla steps back and punches a back-foot drive powerfully away for four

0.5

Mpofu to Amla, FOUR, four more! On the front foot this time, playing late and crisply punching a drive through cover

0.6

Mpofu to Amla, no run, having taken two boundaries he's content to leave alone

End of over 1 (9 runs) South Africa 9/0 (RR: 9.00)
HM Amla    8* (6b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    1-0-9-0
GC Smith    0* (0b)     

Shingirai Masakadza will share the new ball, two slips lurk...

1.1

SW Masakadza to Smith, no run, good start, touch of movement into Smith who gets into a typically square position and brings his broad bat down in defence

1.2

SW Masakadza to Smith, no run, swinging away this time, Smith looks at it before shouldering arms in disgust

1.3

SW Masakadza to Smith, 1 run, Masakadza gets his line slightly wrong, feeding leg-stump and Smith tickles it round the corner

1.4

SW Masakadza to Amla, 2 runs, wow, Amla almost played an ugly shot here, normally so stylish, this time he mis-timed a slap into the leg side for a couple

1.5

SW Masakadza to Amla, FOUR, Amla is rocketing along but if you're going to bowl anywhere to him, full and wide is the worst you'd think, he smashes this through point to beat a diving third man

1.6

SW Masakadza to Amla, no run, touch of extra bounce for Masakadza and Amla defends

End of over 2 (7 runs) South Africa 16/0 (RR: 8.00)
HM Amla    14* (9b 3x4)      SW Masakadza    1-0-7-0
GC Smith    1* (3b)      CB Mpofu    1-0-9-0

2.1

Mpofu to Smith, FOUR, oh dear, Mpofu hasn't started well here, this is wide outside off stump and begging for Smith to do the obvious - clatter a boundary square of the wicket

2.2

Mpofu to Smith, no run, better here, straighter, a touch shorter and Smith blocks

2.3

Mpofu to Smith, no run, on the pads but Smith picks out midwicket with his leg-side nurdle

2.4

Mpofu to Smith, 1 wide, this time it's well outside off and Smith leaves alone

2.4

Mpofu to Smith, no run, Mpofu is playing a dangerous game feeding the cut shot, Smith crashes towards cover where a diving stop prevents damage

2.5

Mpofu to Smith, no run, tighter line this time, much better, Smith blocks

2.6

Mpofu to Smith, FOUR, well, Mpofu dishes up another outside off and this time Smith cracks it for four. The pitch looks very good for batting and the Zimbabwe opening bowlers look similar

End of over 3 (9 runs) South Africa 25/0 (RR: 8.33)
GC Smith    9* (9b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    2-0-18-0
HM Amla    14* (9b 3x4)      SW Masakadza    1-0-7-0

3.1

SW Masakadza to Amla, no run, good line and length here, heading towards the top of off and Amla can only defend

3.2

SW Masakadza to Amla, FOUR, oops, Masakadza follows a good ball with a leg-stump half-volley that Amla flicks through midwicket for four

3.3

SW Masakadza to Amla, no run, goodness me, Amla timed that very well indeed, it rocketed to mid-off

3.4

SW Masakadza to Amla, 2 runs, slightly shorter and Amla works it off his hip to Grant Flower at square leg, Flower is sporting a thick carpet of hair, which I'm sure he didn't have a few years ago. Probably getting tips from Goochy at Essex

3.5

SW Masakadza to Amla, FOUR, lovely shot, this wasn't even that bad a ball, just back of a length, Amla got deep into his crease and punched a boundary in front of point

3.6

SW Masakadza to Amla, 1 run, Amla opens the face and guides to third man for a single to steal the strike

End of over 4 (11 runs) South Africa 36/0 (RR: 9.00)
HM Amla    25* (15b 5x4)      SW Masakadza    2-0-18-0
GC Smith    9* (9b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    2-0-18-0

4.1

Mpofu to Amla, 1 wide, wild cricket here, swing for the bowler and a big swing from Amla - the delivery was wide and the shot missed

4.1

Mpofu to Amla, 1 run, inside-edge this time! Amla flashing outside off and the ball squirts behind square on the leg side

4.2

Mpofu to Smith, no run, bit of extra pace and bounce from the bowler and a careless fence outside off from Smith

4.3

Mpofu to Smith, 1 run, nothing careless about this shot, Smith had everything in it's right place and drove sweetly to deep cover

4.4

Mpofu to Amla, no run, some extra bounce again, judging from his expression Amla is surprised by the bounce, but he drives to mid-off

4.5

Mpofu to Amla, no run, excellent delivery, Mpofu needs to hold this line, honing in at the top of off

4.6

Mpofu to Amla, FOUR, this is a seriously good shot, wasn't a poor ball but Amla offered a full-face punch and it raced past mid-off. His grace threatens to annihilate the attack

End of over 5 (7 runs) South Africa 43/0 (RR: 8.60)
HM Amla    30* (19b 6x4)      CB Mpofu    3-0-25-0
GC Smith    10* (11b 2x4)      SW Masakadza    2-0-18-0

5.1

SW Masakadza to Smith, no run, good first delivery from Masakadza, Smith watches carefully and defends

5.2

SW Masakadza to Smith, no run, again a good length and line and again Smith can only defend

5.3

SW Masakadza to Smith, 1 run, good sign for Smith here, driving powerfully down the ground where only a sprawling stop at mid-off prevents a boundary

5.4

SW Masakadza to Amla, no run, this is turning into an excellent over, touch of pace and bounce and Amla defends

5.5

SW Masakadza to Amla, no run, excellent cricket here, Amla wanders down the wicket and Masakadza responds by shoving in a quick bouncer, Amla jerks his head and bat out the way

5.6

SW Masakadza to Amla, no run, good finish to an excellent over, the best of the day, slower ball is calmly defended

Liam, forever a harbinger of doom, reckons there is a touch of drizzle in the air. Let's hope it brightens up soon.

End of over 6 (1 run) South Africa 44/0 (RR: 7.33)
HM Amla    30* (22b 6x4)      SW Masakadza    3-0-19-0
GC Smith    11* (14b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    3-0-25-0

6.1

Mpofu to Smith, no run, short and a touch of width here but Smith picks out point with his cut shot

6.2

Mpofu to Smith, 1 run, heave-ho! What an ugly swipe, Smith swings across the line, gets a top edge that goes airily down to third man

6.3

Mpofu to Amla, no run, it's spreading! Amla this time mows across the line without any timing, finding midwicket

6.4

Mpofu to Amla, 1 run, that's more like it, Amla up on his toes and flicking away with great style into the leg side

6.5

Mpofu to Smith, 3 runs, misfield at midwicket gives Smith runs, clubbing a short ball into the leg side

6.6

Mpofu to Amla, 1 wide, oh dear that's very wide and very shot and brings up the South Africa 50

6.6

Mpofu to Amla, FOUR, what a shot this is, Amla gets a length ball and punches it, at the top of its bounce, over mid-off to the boundary

End of over 7 (10 runs) South Africa 54/0 (RR: 7.71)
HM Amla    35* (25b 7x4)      CB Mpofu    4-0-35-0
GC Smith    15* (17b 2x4)      SW Masakadza    3-0-19-0

7.1

SW Masakadza to Smith, FOUR, Smith runs down the wicket this time and bunts this over the midwicket region to the boundary

7.2

SW Masakadza to Smith, 1 leg bye, good comeback delivery, quicker and Smith is hurried and inside-edges via the pad into the off side

7.3

SW Masakadza to Amla, FOUR, dished up full outside off stump and Amla murders it through point, the bat came down in a flash

7.4

SW Masakadza to Amla, 1 run, this time Amla stands tall and guides down to third man for a single, he looks in complete control

7.5

SW Masakadza to Smith, OUT, gone! Where did that come from!? Length ball on and around off stump, Smith opened his body to aim a booming drive but picked out Brendan Taylor at short cover and Zimbabwe strike!

GC Smith c Taylor b SW Masakadza 19 (35m 20b 3x4 0x6) SR: 95.00

7.6

SW Masakadza to Ingram, no run, ooh, almost gone first ball, shortish delivery down the leg side, Ingram tried to flick it away but got nothing on it, appeal from the bowler and keeper but the umpire is thoroughly disinterested

End of over 8 (10 runs) South Africa 64/1 (RR: 8.00)
CA Ingram    0* (1b)      SW Masakadza    4-0-28-1
HM Amla    40* (27b 8x4)      CB Mpofu    4-0-35-0

Change of bowling, the captain has brought himself on.

8.1

Chigumbura to Amla, FOUR, not a great delivery first up, angled down the leg side, Amla flicks away easily for four

8.2

Chigumbura to Amla, 1 run, much better this time and Amla can only find a single

8.3

Chigumbura to Ingram, no run, good delivery, round the wicket to the left-hander, banging it in on a decent line and length and Ingram defends

8.4

Chigumbura to Ingram, no run, back of a length again, just outside off and Ingram lets it go by

8.5

Chigumbura to Ingram, no run, tighter line this time, Ingram stands tall, and he's a tall man indeed, and drops into the leg side

8.6

Chigumbura to Ingram, 1 run, similar ball, similar shot but enough on it for Ingram to collect a single

End of over 9 (6 runs) South Africa 70/1 (RR: 7.77)
CA Ingram    1* (5b)      E Chigumbura    1-0-6-0
HM Amla    45* (29b 9x4)      SW Masakadza    4-0-28-1

9.1

SW Masakadza to Ingram, no run, Ingram looks like he's wants to bed himself in here, watching everything carefully and defending

9.2

SW Masakadza to Ingram, 1 run, this is a tidy shot, worked neatly into the square-leg region for a single

9.3

SW Masakadza to Amla, 1 run, slower ball that Amla waits for patiently before deflecting into the leg side for another single

2.20pm Hurrah! Looks like the covers are coming off and the players are making their way out there.

2.15pm Oh dear, looks like the bad weather has returned and we'll have a rain delay. Hard mini-session for the tourists there against a powerful batting line-up on what looks like a very flat wicket.

Gareth has summarised things rather nicely here: "With South Africa having not played since June, I'd almost forgotten the fine form Amla started this year in. He's only taken a few overs to remind the memory impair that he is really smoking at the moment!"

9.4

SW Masakadza to Ingram, FOUR, that will give Ingram some confidence, gets a full ball first up and nails a straight drive down the ground for four

9.5

SW Masakadza to Ingram, no run, slightly shorter from the bowler this time, Ingram gets back and punches to cover crisply

9.6

SW Masakadza to Ingram, 1 run, worked off the hip for a single down to fine leg

End of over 10 (7 runs) South Africa 77/1 (RR: 7.70)
CA Ingram    7* (10b 1x4)      SW Masakadza    5-0-35-1
HM Amla    46* (30b 9x4)      E Chigumbura    1-0-6-0

Zimbabwe have taken the Bowling Powerplay

10.1

Chigumbura to Ingram, 1 wide, starts with a wide down the leg side

10.1

Chigumbura to Ingram, no run, better delivery this time, on and around off stump and defended

10.2

Chigumbura to Ingram, 2 runs, not ideal this, slipped down the leg side once again and Ingram collects a couple towards deep square

10.3

Chigumbura to Ingram, 1 run, Chigumbura drops this short and Ingram stands tall guide to third man

James wants to play a game. "Anybody want to make any predictions on the score? I will stick my neck out an say that if we get a full 50 overs in SA will get 380 plus!" Anyone fancy challenging him?

10.4

Chigumbura to Amla, 2 runs, Amla probably does, he opens the face here to pick up a couple to third man

10.5

Chigumbura to Amla, FOUR, lovely shot to bring up his 50 from 32 balls, punching a back-foot drive through point for four

10.6

Chigumbura to Amla, no run, better ball to finish the over, much straighter and Amla drives back to the bowler

End of over 11 (10 runs) South Africa 87/1 (RR: 7.90)
HM Amla    52* (33b 10x4)      E Chigumbura    2-0-16-0
CA Ingram    10* (13b 1x4)      SW Masakadza    5-0-35-1

11.1

SW Masakadza to Ingram, no run, overpitched to begin the over, crisply driven down back to the bowler

11.2

SW Masakadza to Ingram, 1 run, Masakadza corrects his length, but the line is far enough outside off to allow Ingram to open-face guide to third man

Somebody called Doc has offered his prognosis: "Reckon the Proteas will battle to get past 360. Wait for the Zim spinners to slow it down a bit...."

11.3

SW Masakadza to Amla, 1 run, clipped into the leg side neatly by Amla, he looks in fine, fine touch

11.4

SW Masakadza to Ingram, no run, Ingram stands tall to defend a shortish ball

11.5

SW Masakadza to Ingram, no run, wonderful fielding from Hamilton Masakadza at gully, diving to stop a lashing cut shot

11.6

SW Masakadza to Ingram, no run, team Masakadza to the fore again with Hamilton fielding at point to end a good over

End of over 12 (2 runs) South Africa 89/1 (RR: 7.41)
CA Ingram    11* (18b 1x4)      SW Masakadza    6-0-37-1
HM Amla    53* (34b 10x4)      E Chigumbura    2-0-16-0

12.1

Chigumbura to Amla, no run, Chigumbura lucky to get away with this, feeding Amla a cut shot square of the wicket that finds point

12.2

Chigumbura to Amla, FOUR, not a great delivery here, Chigumbura getting his line all wrong, miles outside off and Amla flashes it away for four

12.3

Chigumbura to Amla, 1 run, follows up a boundary by dropping behind square on the off side for one

12.4

Chigumbura to Ingram, no run, better delivery that Ingram defends into the off side

12.5

Chigumbura to Ingram, 1 run, Chigumbura slides this down the leg side and it's worked away for a single

12.6

Chigumbura to Amla, 1 run, single to end the over, Amla slashing a length ball to the sweeper at deep cover

End of over 13 (7 runs) South Africa 96/1 (RR: 7.38)
HM Amla    59* (38b 11x4)      E Chigumbura    3-0-23-0
CA Ingram    12* (20b 1x4)      SW Masakadza    6-0-37-1

Time for some spin, Prosper Utseya. He's a smart customer, and he gets through his overs very quickly so be patient with me!

13.1

Utseya to Amla, 1 run, good start from the new bowler, on and around and length, worked to square leg for a single

13.2

Utseya to Ingram, no run, touch shorter this time and punched to mid-off

13.3

Utseya to Ingram, 1 run, this time Ingram works to square leg and scampers through for one

13.4

Utseya to Amla, 1 run, decent delivery, just outside off stump, not much spin yet and Amla drives to deep cover

13.5

Utseya to Ingram, no run, strangled shot from the bowler as Ingram defends with bat and pad

13.6

Utseya to Ingram, 1 run, worked down the ground for a single to bring up South Africa's 100

End of over 14 (4 runs) South Africa 100/1 (RR: 7.14)
CA Ingram    14* (24b 1x4)      P Utseya    1-0-4-0
HM Amla    61* (40b 11x4)      E Chigumbura    3-0-23-0

14.1

Chigumbura to Ingram, 1 wide, poor delivery, shoved well down the leg side for a wide

14.1

Chigumbura to Ingram, 1 run, slightly straighter, but still aimed too far down the leg side and gifting a single to fine leg

14.2

Chigumbura to Amla, 1 run, this is a touch better and pushed into space

14.3

Chigumbura to Ingram, 1 wide, this again is down the leg side for another wide

14.3

Chigumbura to Ingram, no run, good work from the bowler, straighter and Ingram can only defend

14.4

Chigumbura to Ingram, no run, Ingram in no hurry here, happy to watch carefully and block

14.5

Chigumbura to Ingram, 1 run, picked off into the square-leg region

14.6

Chigumbura to Amla, 1 run, Amla opens the face and collects a single to third man

End of over 15 (6 runs) South Africa 106/1 (RR: 7.06)
HM Amla    63* (42b 11x4)      E Chigumbura    4-0-29-0
CA Ingram    16* (28b 1x4)      P Utseya    1-0-4-0

15.1

Utseya to Amla, no run, Amla defends into the off side

15.2

Utseya to Amla, 1 run, nicely played, turns his wrists over the ball to send it into a gap at midwicket

15.3

Utseya to Ingram, FOUR, touch too short this time, no air on the ball whatsoever, Ingram gets back in a flash and cutting firmly past cover for four

15.4

Utseya to Ingram, no run, much better delivery, slower, fuller and Ingram can only defend

15.5

Utseya to Ingram, 1 leg bye, ooh! Big shout as Ingram aims a big sweep, looked to be hit in front but the umpire decides against it

15.6

Utseya to Amla, 1 run, no alarms for Amla, picks out a gap and takes a single

Time for a drink I think... Meanwhile, "I just love Amla as a ODI opener! If the conditions are hard he can hang around, but if the pitch and bowling are flat he can be devastating by just playing normal cricket shots. Such a graceful batsmen," gushes Henco

End of over 16 (7 runs) South Africa 113/1 (RR: 7.06)
HM Amla    65* (45b 11x4)      P Utseya    2-0-10-0
CA Ingram    20* (31b 2x4)      E Chigumbura    4-0-29-0

Time for some legspin after the break, here's Graeme Cremer.

16.1

Cremer to Amla, no run, ooh, good ball first up, some spin and bounce and Amla defends very tetchily

16.2

Cremer to Amla, no run, Amla advances down the wicket but is beaten in the flight a touch and can only defend

16.3

Cremer to Amla, no run, lovely delivery here, Amla watches carefully as it dips and spins sharply into his defence

16.4

Cremer to Amla, 1 run, chipped a touch insecurely down the ground to bring up the 50 partnership

16.5

Cremer to Ingram, 1 run, line a fraction wrong to the left-hander and Ingram works it with the spin into the leg side for one

16.6

Cremer to Amla, 1 run, a bit short and allows Amla to get deep into his crease to pull a single to fine leg but an excellent first over from Cremer

End of over 17 (3 runs) South Africa 116/1 (RR: 6.82)
HM Amla    67* (50b 11x4)      AG Cremer    1-0-3-0
CA Ingram    21* (32b 2x4)      P Utseya    2-0-10-0

17.1

Utseya to Amla, no run, much flatter from Utseya and Amla can't time his cut shot

17.2

Utseya to Amla, 1 run, this is worked into the legs side

17.3

Utseya to Ingram, 1 run, Ingram drives very straight and it deflects off the non-striker to long-off for one

17.4

Utseya to Amla, 1 run, milked for a single down the ground

17.5

Utseya to Ingram, 1 run, touch too short, Ingram deep into his crease cutting powerfully to deep point

17.6

Utseya to Amla, 1 run, bit of a leading edge here from Amla but no alarm, it just goes out to long-off four a single

End of over 18 (5 runs) South Africa 121/1 (RR: 6.72)
HM Amla    70* (54b 11x4)      P Utseya    3-0-15-0
CA Ingram    23* (34b 2x4)      AG Cremer    1-0-3-0

18.1

Cremer to Amla, no run, Cremer continues and Amla picks out short midwicket with a leg-side clip

18.2

Cremer to Amla, 1 run, definite turn for Cremer and Amla drives to deep point

18.3

Cremer to Ingram, 1 run, Ingram drops into the leg side and scampers through for one, Amla was hesitant, but made his ground comfortably

18.4

Cremer to Amla, 2 runs, full toss but Amla's drive is intercepted by a sliding mid-off

18.5

Cremer to Amla, 1 run, single taken here, worked into the leg side

18.6

Cremer to Ingram, 1 run, Ingram looks a touch uncomfortable on the sweep, he swipes very hard at it with his pad bang in front, no alarms here though as he connects nicely

End of over 19 (6 runs) South Africa 127/1 (RR: 6.68)
CA Ingram    25* (36b 2x4)      AG Cremer    2-0-9-0
HM Amla    74* (58b 11x4)      P Utseya    3-0-15-0

19.1

Utseya to Ingram, 2 runs, touch flatter and shorter to start with and cut out to deep point

19.2

Utseya to Ingram, no run

19.3

Utseya to Ingram, 1 wide, smart work behind the stumps as Utseya fires this down leg

19.3

Utseya to Ingram, 1 run, this time it's pushed into space for a single

19.4

Utseya to Amla, 1 run, Amla stands tall and pushes down the ground for one

19.5

Utseya to Ingram, no run, Ingram looks a touch stiff against the spinners and his poked drive finds the bowler

19.6

Utseya to Ingram, 1 run, single this time, milked down the ground

Time for a change, here's Siddarth on comms

End of over 20 (6 runs) South Africa 133/1 (RR: 6.65)
CA Ingram    29* (41b 2x4)      P Utseya    4-0-21-0
HM Amla    75* (59b 11x4)      AG Cremer    2-0-9-0

Thanks Sahil. South Africa looking set for a massive total here

20.1

Cremer to Ingram, 2 runs, shouts of "Çatch it" as Ingram flicks the ball towards mid-on

20.2

Cremer to Ingram, no run, beaten by a delivery that didn't turn in as much as Ingram expected, goes past the outside edge

20.3

Cremer to Ingram, 1 run, chopped behind square leg for a single

20.4

Cremer to Amla, no run, flighted delivery, Amla charges down the track and drives firmly but back towards the bowler

20.5

Cremer to Amla, no run, again Amla uses his feet and drives nicely but this time he can't beat the man at extra cover

20.6

Cremer to Amla, FOUR, Close call for Amla there, a short ball that sat up for him, he mowed it towards deep midwicket, the ball lands just wide of the diving fielder there and runs away for four

End of over 21 (7 runs) South Africa 140/1 (RR: 6.66)
HM Amla    79* (62b 12x4)      AG Cremer    3-0-16-0
CA Ingram    32* (44b 2x4)      P Utseya    4-0-21-0

21.1

Utseya to Ingram, 1 run, shortish and outside leg, swept behind square

21.2

Utseya to Amla, FOUR, very wide outside off stump, Amla rocks back and carves the ball powerfully behind point, fielder races across to try stop that, he gets a hand on it but can't prevent the ball from rolling over the rope

21.3

Utseya to Amla, 1 run, on the pads this time, gently nudged towards square leg for a single

21.4

Utseya to Ingram, 1 run, short ball, Ingram was down the track, decides against a big shot, pushes the ball towards cover

21.5

Utseya to Amla, 1 run, just outside off, Amla picks up another single by working the ball to point

21.6

Utseya to Ingram, no run, Ingram moves away from leg to make room, he slashes the ball towards point but can't beat the fielder there

End of over 22 (8 runs) South Africa 148/1 (RR: 6.72)
CA Ingram    34* (47b 2x4)      P Utseya    5-0-29-0
HM Amla    85* (65b 13x4)      AG Cremer    3-0-16-0

22.1

Cremer to Amla, 1 run, nicely tossed up, Amla plays an inside-out drive towards sweeper cover

22.2

Cremer to Ingram, 2 runs, again it is flighted, fullish this time, Ingram whips it towards long-on to bring up the 150

22.3

Cremer to Ingram, 1 leg bye, huge shout for lbw, Ingram goes for the sweep but misses and is struck on the front pad, might have hit him just outside off, very close, Zimbabwe will feel a bit unlucky at that

22.4

Cremer to Amla, no run, punched firmly towards cover

22.5

Cremer to Amla, 1 run, nudged towards midwicket for a single

22.6

Cremer to Ingram, no run, uses his feet to play the ball behind square leg, straight at the fielder

ZimPaul seems an awfully astute judge of the game. His surname is Brickhill too. Maybe it runs it the family... "Amla looks a more ominous than the storm clouds. Still, never write off Zim, they'll start nervously, a bit rusty (not enough international cricket), and as this and the other 2 games proceed they'll improve innings by innings, game by game. Zim needs one good quick. Mpofu is OK, but not wily enough at his speed. Shouldn't Jarvis by playing?"

End of over 23 (5 runs) South Africa 153/1 (RR: 6.65)
CA Ingram    36* (50b 2x4)      AG Cremer    4-0-20-0
HM Amla    87* (68b 13x4)      P Utseya    5-0-29-0

Grant Flower to bowl his first international ball in a very long time

23.1

Flower to Amla, 2 runs, driven to long-on for a couple

From round the stumps to the right-hander

23.2

Flower to Amla, no run, played back towards the bowler

23.3

Flower to Amla, 1 run, Amla backs away from the stump and stabs the ball towards cover

23.4

Flower to Ingram, 1 run, 'catch it' shouts the keeper as a leading edge from Ingram which sends the ball towards mid-on

23.5

Flower to Amla, 1 run, rocks back and cuts to deep point for a single

23.6

Flower to Ingram, no run, end of an unthreatening over, Ingram shouts 'Wait' after slapping the ball to point

End of over 24 (5 runs) South Africa 158/1 (RR: 6.58)
CA Ingram    37* (52b 2x4)      GW Flower    1-0-5-0
HM Amla    91* (72b 13x4)      AG Cremer    4-0-20-0

24.1

Cremer to Amla, 1 run, all too easy for Amla, guided to sweeper cover for a single

24.2

Cremer to Ingram, 3 runs, a superb effort from Chibhabha saves Zimbabwe a run, he races across from square leg and dives to cut off a powerful swipe from Ingram that looked headed for a boundary

24.3

Cremer to Amla, no run, punched back to the bowler

24.4

Cremer to Amla, no run, clipped towards midwicket, straight at the fielder

24.5

Cremer to Amla, 1 run, short ball from Cremer, Amla gets on the backfoot and slams it towards deep midwicket

24.6

Cremer to Ingram, 1 run, cut away towards sweeper cover to end the over

End of over 25 (6 runs) South Africa 164/1 (RR: 6.56)
CA Ingram    41* (54b 2x4)      AG Cremer    5-0-26-0
HM Amla    93* (76b 13x4)      GW Flower    1-0-5-0

25.1

Flower to Ingram, 1 run, length ball heading for off, driven along the ground towards long-on

25.2

Flower to Amla, 1 run, flighted this time, played with soft hands towards the off side

25.3

Flower to Ingram, 1 run, fullish ball just outside off, eased down to long-on by Ingram again

25.4

Flower to Amla, no run, flatter delivery, heading for middle and leg, Amla moves away from leg and pushes the ball towards cover

25.5

Flower to Amla, 1 run, again he makes room and plays towards point, this time wide enough of the fielder to get a single

25.6

Flower to Ingram, 1 run, Ingram gets his third single of the over towards long-on, Zimbabwe looking toothless here

Btw, turns out cricketing acumen does run in the Brickhill family. That commenter from a couple of overs ago is indeed Liam's dad.

End of over 26 (5 runs) South Africa 169/1 (RR: 6.50)
CA Ingram    44* (57b 2x4)      GW Flower    2-0-10-0
HM Amla    95* (79b 13x4)      AG Cremer    5-0-26-0

26.1

Cremer to Ingram, no run, defended towards cover by Ingram

26.2

Cremer to Ingram, 1 run, worked to square leg for a single

26.3

Cremer to Amla, 1 run, into the pads, Amla looking to play it to the leg side but gets an edge towards cover

26.4

Cremer to Ingram, 1 run, more runs to long-on for Ingram, whipped down the ground

26.5

Cremer to Amla, no run, some turn for Cremer there, drifts outside leg and turns into the pads, Amla defends

26.6

Cremer to Amla, no run, again the ball spins towards the batsman after pitching outside leg, Amla looks to sweep but misses

End of over 27 (3 runs) South Africa 172/1 (RR: 6.37)
HM Amla    96* (82b 13x4)      AG Cremer    6-0-29-0
CA Ingram    46* (60b 2x4)      GW Flower    2-0-10-0

27.1

Flower to Ingram, 1 run, flat delivery fired into middle and leg, turned towards square leg for a single

27.2

Flower to Amla, 2 runs, tossed up a touch, well outside off, Amla plays it behind backward point for a couple, moves onto 98

27.3

Flower to Amla, 1 run, spins towards off after pitching on leg, Amla plays with soft hands towards backward point and sprints through for a single

27.4

Flower to Ingram, 1 run, another single for Ingram, nudged towards square leg for a more relaxed run than the previous one

27.5

Flower to Amla, no run, no century yet for Amla, he punches the ball to midwicket

27.6

Flower to Amla, no run, two dots ball means Amla's still on 99 at the end of the over, he made a bit of room to work the ball towards extra cover but couldn't place it well enough to get a run

End of over 28 (5 runs) South Africa 177/1 (RR: 6.32)
HM Amla    99* (86b 13x4)      GW Flower    3-0-15-0
CA Ingram    48* (62b 2x4)      AG Cremer    6-0-29-0

28.1

Cremer to Ingram, no run, bounces sharply, Ingram forced onto the backfoot and he defends towards cover

28.2

Cremer to Ingram, 1 run, very full this time, swept towards square leg and Ingram moves on to 49

28.3

Cremer to Amla, FOUR, Amla gets to century No. 4, it was a poor delivery from Cremer, way down the leg side and full,Amla helped it past the short fine for a boundary

28.4

Cremer to Amla, 1 run, makes room and plays it uppishly past cover

28.5

Cremer to Ingram, 1 run, another South African milestone, Ingram gets to his half-century on debut by sweeping towards square leg

28.6

Cremer to Amla, 1 run, on middle and leg, Amla gets on the backfoot and whips the ball behind square leg for a single

End of over 29 (8 runs) South Africa 185/1 (RR: 6.37)
HM Amla    105* (89b 14x4)      AG Cremer    7-0-37-0
CA Ingram    50* (65b 2x4)      GW Flower    3-0-15-0

29.1

Flower to Amla, 1 run, length ball outside off, Amla moves beyond leg and pushes the ball towards extra cover for a single

29.2

Flower to Ingram, 1 run, length ball heading for off, worked towards midwicket for a single

29.3

Flower to Amla, no run, moves onto the backfoot and plays it towards cover

29.4

Flower to Amla, 1 run, Amla skips beyond leg and turns the ball towards square leg for a single

29.5

Flower to Ingram, FOUR, a hit-me full toss, Ingram accepts the gift, comes down the track and whacks it between long-on and deep midwicket

29.6

Flower to Ingram, 1 run, reverts to his favoured single-to-long-on method

Over to Sahil...

End of over 30 (8 runs) South Africa 193/1 (RR: 6.43)
CA Ingram    56* (68b 3x4)      GW Flower    4-0-23-0
HM Amla    107* (92b 14x4)      AG Cremer    7-0-37-0

Thanks, I return with Mpofu also coming back into the action. I wonder what ZimPaul makes of that...

30.1

Mpofu to Ingram, 1 run, starts by offering some width outside off that is stroked through to deep point for a single

30.2

Mpofu to Amla, no run, good ball here! Traps Amla hanging on the back foot and there was a big appeal from the bowler, replays show it just about clipping leg stump so the decision is a good one

30.3

Mpofu to Amla, 1 run, touch shorter, Amla tries to hit a pull shot too hard and can't connect properly, gets a single for his effort

30.4

Mpofu to Ingram, no run, Ingram on the drive but he doesn't time it well, finding short cover

30.5

Mpofu to Ingram, no run, beaten this time, touch of width, Ingram flashes but some extra bounce clears the top edge

30.6

Mpofu to Ingram, 1 run, slower ball and this time the cut is more controlled, played out to third man

End of over 31 (3 runs) South Africa 196/1 (RR: 6.32)
CA Ingram    58* (72b 3x4)      CB Mpofu    5-0-38-0
HM Amla    108* (94b 14x4)      GW Flower    4-0-23-0

Sean Williams into the attack...

31.1

Williams to Ingram, 1 run, starts with a gently rolled spinner on around middle that Ingram caresses into the leg side for a single

31.2

Williams to Amla, 2 runs, everything apart from the timing was good about this shot, Amla jumping outside leg and driving inside-out over cover for a couple

31.3

Williams to Amla, 1 wide, wide arrowed down the leg side

31.3

Williams to Amla, OUT, oh dear! What's Amla done here!? Given his wicket away, that's what! Knocked to midwicket and he set off for a single that was never there, Utseya got the throw back in time to the bowler, who had Amla out well short of his ground

HM Amla run out 110 (127m 96b 14x4 0x6) SR: 114.58

End of an excellent knock from Amla. The pressbox hacks suggest that Amla was the first South African to score a one-day hundred at this ground since Andrew Hudson against India in 92/93. KP's effort in 2004/05 doesn't count, apparently.

31.4

Williams to Ingram, no run, this is defended carefully off the back foot

31.5

Williams to Ingram, no run, once again Ingram defends studiously

31.6

Williams to Ingram, 1 run, touch shorter, Ingram deep into his crease and drives into the off side

End of over 32 (5 runs) South Africa 201/2 (RR: 6.28)
CA Ingram    60* (76b 3x4)      SC Williams    1-0-5-0
AB de Villiers    0* (0b)      CB Mpofu    5-0-38-0

32.1

Mpofu to Ingram, FOUR, wow, dished up invitingly by Mpofu but Ingram's drive is imperious. Clattered through extra cover

32.2

Mpofu to Ingram, 1 run, follows the boundary by opening the face and guiding a single to third man to bring AB de Villiers, the leading ODI player in the world apparently, on strike

32.3

Mpofu to de Villiers, 1 run, unfussy start from de Villiers, gliding a single to third man

32.4

Mpofu to Ingram, no run, some extra pace and extra bounce here, beats Ingram as he tries to dab an upper-cut away

32.5

Mpofu to Ingram, no run, good delivery here that Ingram can only hop back and defend

32.6

Mpofu to Ingram, 1 run, full ball and full-face drive to finish the over, down the ground for a single

End of over 33 (7 runs) South Africa 208/2 (RR: 6.30)
CA Ingram    66* (81b 4x4)      CB Mpofu    6-0-45-0
AB de Villiers    1* (1b)      SC Williams    1-0-5-0

33.1

Williams to Ingram, 2 runs, Ingram slaps a cover drive away for a couple to take the record for the highest ODI score on debut for a South African, beating Shaun Pollock. Well done him

33.2

Williams to Ingram, 1 run, driven again, but this time for a single that breaks no records at all, apart from the one he just set I guess

33.3

Williams to de Villiers, 1 run, again no fuss for de Villiers, working it round the corner for a single

33.4

Williams to Ingram, no run, pushed down the ground, but no run available

33.5

Williams to Ingram, 1 run, touch too short but the cut shot isn't timed ideally so Ingram can only collect a single

33.6

Williams to de Villiers, FOUR, de Villiers was winding up for a big sweep shot here and changed his mind last minute, opting to drive inside-out over cover and played the shot superbly, timing all the way to the boundary

Time for the players to take a drink

End of over 34 (9 runs) South Africa 217/2 (RR: 6.38)
AB de Villiers    6* (3b 1x4)      SC Williams    2-0-14-0
CA Ingram    70* (85b 4x4)      CB Mpofu    6-0-45-0

Let's not forget South Africa still have their Batting Powerplay to take and with Duminy and Miller still to come it could get messy. Here's Utseya...

34.1

Utseya to Ingram, 1 run, starts a touch too short and Miller knocks a single to deep cover

34.2

Utseya to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers skips down the wicket before prodding rather anti-climatically to cover

34.3

Utseya to de Villiers, 1 run, down the track again but an equally sedate push down the ground for a single

34.4

Utseya to Ingram, no run, good ball this, touch quicker and Ingram is hurried for pace and can't time it

34.5

Utseya to Ingram, 1 run, pretty quick and flat again but this time Ingram is set up better and pushes for a single

34.6

Utseya to de Villiers, 1 run, driven crisply to long-off for a single

End of over 35 (4 runs) South Africa 221/2 (RR: 6.31)
AB de Villiers    8* (6b 1x4)      P Utseya    6-0-33-0
CA Ingram    72* (88b 4x4)      SC Williams    2-0-14-0

35.1

Cremer to de Villiers, 1 run, pushed into a space to make the score a delightful 222 for 2

35.2

Cremer to Ingram, 1 run, driven with the minimum of fuss and risk down the ground

35.3

Cremer to de Villiers, no run, touch of spin here, de Villiers defends very studiously

35.4

Cremer to de Villiers, 2 runs, Cremer is just pushing it through a fraction, worried about what de Villiers could do, the batsman is content to work into the leg side for a swiftly run couple

35.5

Cremer to de Villiers, 3 runs, close here, short ball keeps very low and de Villiers bottom-edges between his legs, past the keeper for three

35.6

Cremer to Ingram, 1 run, Ingram still doesn't look comfortable sweeping, has no real deftness of touch, but gets it away well enough for a single

End of over 36 (8 runs) South Africa 229/2 (RR: 6.36)
CA Ingram    74* (90b 4x4)      AG Cremer    8-0-45-0
AB de Villiers    14* (10b 1x4)      P Utseya    6-0-33-0

36.1

Utseya to Ingram, no run, nudged to midwicket

36.2

Utseya to Ingram, 1 run, touch shorter, Ingram back in a flash and cutting to deep point for a single

36.3

Utseya to de Villiers, FOUR, lovely shot here, touch of class from de Villiers, fraction short from the bowler and de Villiers waited on the back foot to pick the gap at backward point for a boundary

36.4

Utseya to de Villiers, no run, this time it's defended more carefully

36.5

Utseya to de Villiers, 1 run, too short again, pulled to deep midwicket

36.6

Utseya to Ingram, no run, resolute defence from Ingram to end the over

End of over 37 (6 runs) South Africa 235/2 (RR: 6.35)
CA Ingram    75* (93b 4x4)      P Utseya    7-0-39-0
AB de Villiers    19* (13b 2x4)      AG Cremer    8-0-45-0

37.1

Cremer to de Villiers, 1 run, pushed down the ground very quietly for a single

37.2

Cremer to Ingram, no run, nicely bowled, saw Ingram advancing but Cremer held his nerve, fired it in quicker and it was defended

37.3

Cremer to Ingram, 1 run, Ingram on the sweep again, doesn't play it well, top-edging to deep square

37.4

Cremer to de Villiers, 1 wide, very neat work behind the stumps, collects a leg-side wide and has the bails off in a flash

37.4

Cremer to de Villiers, no run, nicely bowled, touch of air, de Villiers advanced but was done in the flight and could only defend

37.5

Cremer to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers steps outside leg to give himself room, but works it away for just a single

37.6

Cremer to Ingram, 1 run, good over from Cremer ends with him being carefully driven to long-off

End of over 38 (5 runs) South Africa 240/2 (RR: 6.31)
CA Ingram    77* (96b 4x4)      AG Cremer    9-0-50-0
AB de Villiers    21* (16b 2x4)      P Utseya    7-0-39-0

Right! Stay awake at the back! The Batting Powerplay has been taken.

38.1

Utseya to Ingram, no run, Utseya to bowl it, and he starts well, firing it in quick and flat and it's defended

38.2

Utseya to Ingram, OUT, gone! de Villiers is out run out! Direct hit from Cremer has him short, despite a despairing dive! Ingram knocked it into the midwicket region looking for one but Cremer had the stumps down in a flash

AB de Villiers run out 21 (26m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 131.25

Albie Morkel has been sent in to make use of the Powerplay overs.

38.3

Utseya to Morkel, no run, very carefully defended first up to make it three dots in a row

38.4

Utseya to Morkel, 1 run, pushed hesitantly into the off side and a single taken

38.5

Utseya to Ingram, 1 run, open-faced glide to third man, nothing dramatic from the batsmen this over

38.6

Utseya to Morkel, no run, brilliant Powerplay over from Utseya, what nerve he's shown! This is fired in quick and flat and defended

End of over 39 (2 runs) South Africa 242/3 (RR: 6.20)
JA Morkel    1* (3b)      P Utseya    8-0-41-0
CA Ingram    78* (99b 4x4)      AG Cremer    9-0-50-0

39.1

SW Masakadza to Ingram, FOUR, oh dear, poor start from Masakadza, full toss on leg stump with fine leg up in the ring, all the batsman has to do is get a touch on it and it's a boundary

39.2

SW Masakadza to Ingram, no run, now that's much better, yorker on leg stump that Ingram just about jabs a bat down on time. Mind you, if yorkers are the plan, a short fine leg shouldn't be

39.3

SW Masakadza to Ingram, 2 runs, slower ball on a length, Ingram tries to work it to third man where Williams makes a hash of the fielding inside the ring and allows a couple

39.4

SW Masakadza to Ingram, SIX, oh no! Awful delivery. Gentle leg-stump full toss, about shin height, Ingram bludgeons it over the rope at cow corner

39.5

SW Masakadza to Ingram, 1 run, slower ball again and cut to third man for a single

"Watching Grant Flower bowl gives you that nostalgic feeling of 90's early 2000, where 250 was a winning score and run-a-ball century was macho!" reflects Sachin Gupta. "If only we could have Dada to dance down the track to tonk him deep into the mid-wicket stand! Sigh"

39.6

SW Masakadza to Morkel, OUT, what a catch! Utseya pulls of a blinder! Horrid delivery, dragged down short, Morkel tried to slap it away through cover airily but a diving Utseya got two hands to it at diving to his right at short cover and held on securely

JA Morkel c Utseya b SW Masakadza 1 (8m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

End of over 40 (13 runs) South Africa 255/4 (RR: 6.37)
     SW Masakadza    7-0-50-2
CA Ingram    91* (104b 5x4 1x6)      P Utseya    8-0-41-0

David Miller is the new man and he's a serious talent. Powerful and skilful, he's an ideal finisher.

40.1

Utseya to Ingram, no run, Utseya is doing a fine job here, maintaining length and line and nothing Ingram can do

40.2

Utseya to Ingram, 1 run, just a single here, blocked into the leg side

40.3

Utseya to Miller, no run, quietly defended first ball

40.4

Utseya to Miller, no run, nothing for Miller here, pushing to cover

40.5

Utseya to Miller, 1 run, Miller picks out a single down the ground

40.6

Utseya to Ingram, FOUR, excellent shot, we haven't seen this type of sweep from Ingram today, gets down early and dabs it round the corner, using the pace of the quicker ball to collect a boundary

End of over 41 (6 runs) South Africa 261/4 (RR: 6.36)
CA Ingram    96* (107b 6x4 1x6)      P Utseya    9-0-47-0
DA Miller    1* (3b)      SW Masakadza    7-0-50-2

41.1

SW Masakadza to Miller, FOUR, poor delivery, really poor ball, short fine leg is up and this is a short ball outside leg stump, all Miller has to do is get some bat on it and he helps it round the corner to collect a boundary

41.2

SW Masakadza to Miller, FOUR, another short ball, outside leg stump again, Miller whips a pull shot for another boundary

41.3

SW Masakadza to Miller, no run, much, much better, full, straight, dot. Difficult to get yorkers away

41.4

SW Masakadza to Miller, 1 run, not quite yorker length but good enough to restrict Miller to a single, knocked to long-on

41.5

SW Masakadza to Ingram, 3 runs, Ingram almost slashes a full, wide ball to the point boundary but it's kept inside the rope to leave him on 99

41.6

SW Masakadza to Miller, 1 run, Ingram will have to wait as Miller pushes a single down the ground to pinch the strike

End of over 42 (13 runs) South Africa 274/4 (RR: 6.52)
DA Miller    11* (8b 2x4)      SW Masakadza    8-0-63-2
CA Ingram    99* (108b 6x4 1x6)      P Utseya    9-0-47-0

42.1

Mpofu to Miller, no run, good start from Mpofu, full and and straight and Miller's drive finds cover

42.2

Mpofu to Miller, 1 run, action replay but this time Miller sets off for one which he only just makes

Ingram on 99... fine leg goes out to the boundary

42.3

Mpofu to Ingram, no run, beaten! Nervy, nervy shot from Ingram, trying to run it down to third man to bring up the hundred but it climbs past the outside edge

42.4

Mpofu to Ingram, 1 run, hundred for Ingram! Only the sixth to make a century on ODI debut and the first South African! Leaps and punches the air! After a slow start it's come up in good time, off 110 balls

42.5

Mpofu to Miller, 1 run, Miller punches down to long-on for a single

42.6

Mpofu to Ingram, 2 runs, more intent from Ingram here, whipping the powerfully down the ground for a couple

End of over 43 (5 runs) South Africa 279/4 (RR: 6.48)
CA Ingram    102* (111b 6x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    7-0-50-0
DA Miller    13* (11b 2x4)      SW Masakadza    8-0-63-2

43.1

Utseya to Miller, no run, good work from Utseya, flat and quick and nothing the batsman can do

43.2

Utseya to Miller, no run, Miller uses his feet but the drive picks out cover

43.3

Utseya to Miller, 1 run, this time he collects the single, knocking into the midwicket region

43.4

Utseya to Ingram, no run, touch shorter, Ingram's powerful cut finds cover

43.5

Utseya to Ingram, no run, more air on this, Ingram looks to sweep powerfully but it goes straight to the man at short fine leg

43.6

Utseya to Ingram, 1 leg bye, full toss but Ingram misses out, the ball thuds off the pads in a flurry of bat and arms

End of over 44 (2 runs) South Africa 281/4 (RR: 6.38)
CA Ingram    102* (114b 6x4 1x6)      P Utseya    10-0-48-0
DA Miller    14* (14b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    7-0-50-0

This is hard work for Taylor, gets his first bowl at the death of the innings.

44.1

Taylor to Ingram, 2 runs, starts with a short ball that is slapped out to deep point

44.2

Taylor to Ingram, no run, length better here but the line is wrong, down the leg side

44.3

Taylor to Ingram, 2 runs, drilled down the ground, rather than try and catch it, Taylor jumps out the way and leaves long-on to slide on the boundary and field well

44.4

Taylor to Ingram, 1 leg bye, strange shot here as Ingram tries to flap this over the keeper without connecting

44.5

Taylor to Miller, 1 run, Miller pushes into space to collect a single

44.6

Taylor to Ingram, FOUR, oh no! Terrible fielding on the long-on boundary! Ingram tried to heave this away for six but didn't time it, went straight to the man on the boundary who spilled it over the ropes

End of over 45 (10 runs) South Africa 291/4 (RR: 6.46)
CA Ingram    110* (119b 7x4 1x6)      BRM Taylor    1-0-9-0
DA Miller    15* (15b 2x4)      P Utseya    10-0-48-0

45.1

Cremer to Miller, SIX, nothing wrong with the timing on this, Miller down the track and drives crisply, perfectly and a long way for six

45.2

Cremer to Miller, no run, this time is driven firmly back to the bowler

45.3

Cremer to Miller, SIX, Cremer taking a pounding here, offers a touch of width straight into Miller's hitting arc, he swings gloriously through the line to send it miles over the bowler's head. So far the umpire's have called for a new ball!

"Two young, talented left handers at the wicket for South Africa," writes Jarryd Poole. "Thank whichever God you want but the future of South African cricket is looking as bright as it has for decades."

45.4

Cremer to Miller, 1 run, less alarm here for the bowler as it's squeezed out to deep point

45.5

Cremer to Ingram, 1 run, Ingram jumps down the wicket and knocks down the ground to bring up the 50-run stand

45.6

Cremer to Miller, no run, good finish to the over but the damage had already been done

End of over 46 (14 runs) South Africa 305/4 (RR: 6.63)
DA Miller    28* (20b 2x4 2x6)      AG Cremer    10-0-64-0
CA Ingram    111* (120b 7x4 1x6)      BRM Taylor    1-0-9-0

The captain has brought himself back on to see this one through.

46.1

Chigumbura to Ingram, no run, starts with a widish delivery that is driven hard to point

46.2

Chigumbura to Ingram, 1 run, slightly tired shot this time, Ingram heaving this into the leg side

46.3

Chigumbura to Miller, 1 wide, slower ball but much too wide, Miller decides against playing

46.3

Chigumbura to Miller, 2 runs, another slower ball, driven over cover for a swiftly-run couple

46.4

Chigumbura to Miller, 2 runs, chipped into the leg side, over midwicket for another lung-busting couple

46.5

Chigumbura to Miller, FOUR, lovely shot, Miller demonstrating some dexterity to go with his power, flicking this behind square on the leg side to beat the fielder sprawling along the boundary rope

46.6

Chigumbura to Miller, FOUR, excellent shot! This is timed superbly and placed perfectly, the drive beating everyone to reach the extra cover boundary

End of over 47 (14 runs) South Africa 319/4 (RR: 6.78)
DA Miller    40* (24b 4x4 2x6)      E Chigumbura    5-0-43-0
CA Ingram    112* (122b 7x4 1x6)      AG Cremer    10-0-64-0

Masakadza returns to the firing line.

47.1

SW Masakadza to Ingram, FOUR, crash, nothing but a length delivery but Ingram clubbed it to the cow-corner boundary

47.2

SW Masakadza to Ingram, SIX, wow, this is even better, up in the slot again, Ingram clears his front leg and swings this over the ropes behind the bowler

47.3

SW Masakadza to Ingram, 2 runs, Masakadza locates something approaching a yorker and is rewarded with a drive down the ground that goes for a couple

47.4

SW Masakadza to Ingram, OUT, that's all from Ingram, but what an innings it's been. Magnificent hundred on debut ends by missing a paddle-sweep and having his leg stump uprooted

CA Ingram b SW Masakadza 124 (159m 126b 8x4 2x6) SR: 98.41

47.5

SW Masakadza to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy pops his first ball into the off side and scampers a single

47.6

SW Masakadza to Miller, 1 run, driven very studiously down the ground for a strike-stealing single

End of over 48 (14 runs) South Africa 333/5 (RR: 6.93)
DA Miller    41* (25b 4x4 2x6)      SW Masakadza    9-0-77-3
JP Duminy    1* (1b)      E Chigumbura    5-0-43-0

48.1

Mpofu to Miller, 2 runs, Miller bunts a full ball down the ground and his bad timing means he can come back for a second

48.2

Mpofu to Miller, 2 runs, lucky for the batsman here, outside-edging down to third man for a couple more

48.3

Mpofu to Miller, 1 run, Miller gives himself some room to try and scythe a cut into the off side, can't quite time it but still collects a single

48.4

Mpofu to Duminy, 1 run, full toss here, Duminy looks surprised by the generosity of it all so can only punch tamely to deep point

48.5

Mpofu to Miller, 1 run, decent death over this, another single taken down the ground

48.6

Mpofu to Duminy, 2 runs, full toss to finish, Duminy clubs down the ground and he's quick enough to pick up a couple

End of over 49 (9 runs) South Africa 342/5 (RR: 6.97)
JP Duminy    4* (3b)      CB Mpofu    8-0-59-0
DA Miller    47* (29b 4x4 2x6)      SW Masakadza    9-0-77-3

So, one more over to go. Can South Africa reach 350?

49.1

SW Masakadza to Miller, FOUR, that will help! What a shot that is! Beautiful straight drive, arrow straight to bring up his fifty from 30 balls

49.2

SW Masakadza to Miller, OUT, good comeback from the bowler, his figures look very odd now. Lands a perfect yorker that squeezes under Miller's bat to end another excellent lower-order innings from him

DA Miller b SW Masakadza 51 (42m 31b 5x4 2x6) SR: 164.51

49.3

SW Masakadza to Botha, no run, slower ball outside the off stump, Botha can't do any damage so a valuable and rare dot ball

49.4

SW Masakadza to Botha, 2 runs, Botha tries to swing this away but get more height than distance and it loops one-bounce to long-on

49.5

SW Masakadza to Botha, 1 run, another slower ball, Botha gets back and pulls out to deep midwicket for a single

49.6

SW Masakadza to Duminy, 2 runs, South Africa do indeed reach 350, and go one better for good measure as Duminy crunches this down the ground and scampers two

Hard work for Zimbabwe there. Their bowers were always going to struggle on this surface against such a strong line up. Excellent debut hundred from Ingram, he'll face stiffer tests but couldn't do much more on debut. Amla was very classy at the top of the innings. 352 looks a long way away but Zimbabwe's batsmen are a lot better than the bowlers. Liam Brickhill will have his mid-match bulletin ready soon, so do check that out. We'll be back in 30 minutes for the resumption.

End of over 50 (9 runs) South Africa 351/6
JP Duminy    6* (4b)      SW Masakadza    10-0-86-4
J Botha    3* (3b)      CB Mpofu    8-0-59-0
Series Results
South Africa v Zimbabwe at Benoni - Oct 22, 2010
South Africa won by 272 runs
South Africa v Zimbabwe at Potchefstroom - Oct 17, 2010
South Africa won by 8 wickets (with 66 balls remaining)
South Africa v Zimbabwe at Bloemfontein - Oct 15, 2010
South Africa won by 64 runs
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Oct 15, 2010

Hamilton Masakadza supported Brendan Taylor in a 70-run opening stand, South Africa v Zimbabwe, 1st ODI, Bloemfontein, October 15, 2010

Hamilton Masakadza supported Brendan Taylor in a 70-run opening stand

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Oct 15, 2010

Brendan Taylor prepares to smash one through the off side, South Africa v Zimbabwe, 1st ODI, Bloemfontein, October 15, 2010

Brendan Taylor prepares to smash one through the off side

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