At Johannesburg, February 25, 2005 (day/night). South Africa won by 165 runs. Toss: Zimbabwe.
One-day international debut: S. C. Williams.
At first glance, South Africa's scorecard suggests a benefit match - "fifty and out". But most
benefit matches are more competitive. Smith, who eased to a half-century with mistimed drives
and snicked nudges, later complained about a two-paced pitch; his real trouble was the no-paced
bowling. He eventually missed a straight, high, harmless full toss from part-time spinner
Matsikenyeri (to dressing-room mirth), while Utseya returned three for 40, with batsmen swatting
and missing his looping off-spin as if the ball were a resilient mosquito. Boucher thumped 49 in
29 balls and the final five overs cost 70. Zimbabwe's reply was terrible, South Africa's bowling
little better, though there were enough straight balls to finish off with nearly 13 overs to spare.
Surprisingly, just over 7,000 spectators turned up: many spent the second innings watching televised
rugby in the bars.
Man of the Match: M. V. Boucher. Attendance: 7,372.
© John Wisden & co.