First one-day international

Zimbabwe v South Africa

At Bulawayo, September 23. South Africa won by 153 runs. Toss: South Africa.

South Africa began here, as in the Tests, with a batting massacre. A total of 363 for three was their best in one-day cricket, beating 328 for three against Holland in the 1996 World Cup. It was also the highest conceded by Zimbabwe, and a half-fit Streak yielded 80 runs, the most by any Zimbabwean bowler. Of his colleagues, only Paul Strang emerged with any credit; seven no-balls and 15 wides indicated their lack of discipline. Kirsten plundered 66 in 59 balls, Gibbs raced on to 125 in 112, with 15 fours and two sixes, and Rhodes was the fastest of all, smashing 54 off 41. After this blitz Zimbabwe could aim only for respectability; Campbell saw to it with 81.

Man of the Match: H. H. Gibbs

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