At Canberra, March 10. South Africa won by seven wickets. Toss: South Africa. Zimbabwe were bowled out for the first time in the tournament. Already handicapped by an injury to the consistent Flower, who was struck on the fingers trying to cut Donald, they lost their middle order to the off-breaks of Kirsten. A calf strain had made him a doubtful starter, but nevertheless he removed Waller, Houghton and Shah within two overs. Later he added 112 for the second wicket with Wessels, who hit 70 despite a thumb injury. Zimbabwe's best hope was an early breakthrough, but after Hudson's departure Duers, at fine leg, dropped Wessels (then 16) off the bowling of Burmester. There were no more chances until South Africa, anxious to improve their run-rate, began to force the pace. In Flower's absence, Houghton resumed his old role as wicket-keeper.
Man of the Match: P. N. Kirsten. Attendance: 3,165.
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