Zimbabwe v South Africa, Tri-series, Harare August 29, 2014

Big win for SA despite Utseya hat-trick

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South Africa 231 (de Kock 76, Amla 66, Utseya 5-36, Nyumbu 3-42) beat Zimbabwe 170 (Williams 46, McLaren 3-24, Steyn 3-36) by 61 runs
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Prosper Utseya's career-best 5 for 36, which included a hat-trick, was enough for Zimbabwe to bowl South Africa out for just the fourth time in the two countries' competitive history, but not enough to pull off an upset. On a surface where spinners claimed 11 of the 20 wickets to fall, neither side's batsmen were able to settle but Zimbabwe's proved more brittle.

With breaking points at the top, in the middle and at the bottom of their line-up, Zimbabwe could not muster the runs to match a South African XI that was without one of its best batsmen. AB de Villiers was rested for the second time in a week and it seemed South Africa would be made to rue his absence when Zimbabwe reined them in from an opening stand of 142 to conjure a collapse of 9 for 53.

But Zimbabwe went one (or many) worse. They lost their last five wickets for 32 and the five batsmen who managed starts could not convert them into anything more substantial to leave them with the same concerns they have had over the last fortnight.

In the batting department Zimbabwe continue to lack, but their bowling, even without suspended Tinashe Panyangara, prospered. They were able to redirect South Africa after they seemed destined for a third score of over 300 on this Zimbabwe tour.

Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock took more risks than usual but they got away with it. Amla offered a return catch to Brian Vitori in the fifth over and could have been run out twice before he reached 25 while de Kock also relied on fortune. He had a chance drop short of cover and was lucky to see an inside-edge scream past the offstump for four.

Once they settled, de Kock targeted Elton Chigumbura's short ball and reached his fifty off 45 deliveries to take the pressure off Amla, who slowed down after the early rush. Amla's half-century came off 70 balls and by then both he and de Kock knew they would have to be more watchful because turn had become a factor.

Sean Williams beat the bat almost immediately and Nyumbu produced flight and zip in his second spell. But it was only when Utseya was introduced brought on that serrations began. He made the initial breakthrough when Amla came down the pitch to one that turned into him, was beaten and found well short of his crease to provide Brendan Taylor an easy stumping chance. Then Utseya plucked through the South Africa's top-order and ploughing into their middle to allow Zimbabwe to dictate proceedings.

De Kock squandered the chance to anchor the innings when he tried to reverse-sweep Utseya over short third man but was caught by a one-handed, leaping Chatara just outside the ring, Rilee Rossouw's first-match first-ball duck was repeated in his second game when he prodded tentatively at a tossed up ball to edge to slip and David Miller was rapped on the front pad when he played for non-existent turn. Those three wickets in three balls made Utseya the second Zimbabwean to claim a hat-trick after Eddo Brandes, in 1997.

South Africa still had Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy at the crease and would have looked to them for a recovery but Zimbabwe were wise to the possibility and quickly shut it down. Utseya and Williams tied South Africa down and tangled them in turn, while generously tossing it up to tempt as well.

Zimbabwe sealed off the boundary for more than half the South African innings and batsmen fell either in frustration or when following flight. Duminy was out lbw when he played outside the line to give Utseya his fifth and du Plessis chipped Nyumbu to midwicket to leave the lower order on their own.

Ironically, it was up to South Africa's spinners to take them out of trouble. Imran Tahir and Aaron Phangiso's last wicket stand of 36 pushed South Africa over 200 and gave them something to defend.

Before either of the tweakers were needed, Zimbabwe's opening stand was broken. Tino Mawoyo was run-out in the third over to leave Stephen Mangongo with ever-more questions about who best to use at the top. What he will know is that Sikandar Raza is a keeper, but needs to convert. Yet again, Raza showed promise, pounced on width and dealt with the short ball impressively before giving it away later on.

When he was batting with Hamilton Masakadza, Zimbabwe took the fight to South Africa with aggressive boundary-hunting before Phangiso wrested it back. He was introduced in the Powerplay and with his fourth delivery - the arm ball - found the gap between Masakadza's bat and pad to peg back legstump. Taylor left the same gap and was bowled in the next over, with his offstump knocked back, to prolong a lean run for the former captain.

Taylor's dismissal allowed South Africa to keep Zimbabwe quiet with just 24 runs coming from the next six overs. Situations like that are where Raza should show patience but he did not. Imran Tahir had been brought on the over before and Raza had assessed his tendency to flight it but still tried to launch him over long-off and ended up holing out.

South Africa could have sealed the deal three overs later when Malcolm Waller edged Kyle Abbott but the ball went between de Kock and Amla to give Waller a second chance. He went on to share in the biggest partnership of Zimbabwe's innings, 46 with Sean Williams, but succumbed to the short ball to leave Williams to be the hero.

Williams threatened with confident strokeplay off the front and back foot but threw it away when he flicked Ryan McLaren to Amla at midwicket. With that, Zimbabwe hopes faded and when McLaren picked up two wickets in successive balls two overs later, they disappeared altogether to condemn them to a seventh straight defeat.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Greatest_Game on August 31, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    Suggestions that Morkel be dropped had me check his record, those of the ICC top 20 ODI bowlers, & the ALL TIME ODI records. I was absolutely ASTOUNDED!

    ICC top 20: only Sajeed Ajmal's ave is 1.71 beats Morkel's 23.87, his Econ 0.72 beats Morkel's 4.85, but Morkel's SR of 29.5 is 2.6 runs better than Ajmal's 32.1. All the rest have worse figs than Morkel.

    ALL TIME best ODI Bowling Ave (min 1000 balls.) 5 current bowlers have better figs than Morkel. Ryan Harris - Ave 18.97, Econ 4.84, SR 23.4 - phenomenal. BJ Mendis - found out, & finished. Sajeed Ajma, as above. NZ's Mitchell McClenaghan, slightly better ave, great SR, high Econ. Amit Mishra, fraction better ave, worse SR. That is it!

    Yep, Steyn, Johnson, Anderson, Narine & other supposed "stars" have WORSE career figs than Morne Morkel.

    BUT WAIT. Unbelievable SURPRISE! There's someone even better! The ALL TIME BEST ODI BOWLING AVE of 17.8, a run LESS than Joel Garner, belongs to .... IMRAN TAHIR.

    I kid you not! Go and check!

  • creebo777 on August 30, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    miller jp has been poor.elgar and rossouw cant do worse,david wiese my bat for that 7 slot.he can give u 10overs but his batting been poor,maybe de lange for morkel

  • ForeverProteas49 on August 30, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    @Prabath, Lets wait until Feb 2015 before we make assumptions, We are talking about a totally different outfit here, In Aus however I doubt any of the SC teams will advance very far

  • Amol_Gh on August 30, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Prbath Neranja: Only a Sri-Lankan can defend Sri-Lankan players so passionately especially while comparing with the individual talent hailing from Australia, South Africa, India and Pakistan. Especially when all their team work has never been able to lift Srl-Lanka to an commendable rankings either in TEst or ODIs. The only guys great from SRL was Murali and...may be Jayasuriya. Everyone else is over-rated.

  • on August 30, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    india are not going to far.....i believe with the fab4 we have at the top of the order we are good enough for big matches ....i cant think they will be rank turners in australia and nz....so people like miller and duminy will get that easy job of finishing things when the wicket is flat.amla will graft his 50+ scores.dekock will be explosive basically everyone playing their roles.....i believe we have a good team abbott and di lange with the ball asisting steyn...mclaren and tahir finishing off

  • on August 30, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    @ForeverProteas49 , it's up to you to decide me real or not, and I want to point out that big games mean ICC WC QFs, SF and finals, how many times AB came up with such performance and won you on of those matches? I have no doubt about his ability, but he is not a big match player like, MSD, Sangakkara,Mahelas,Dilshan,Malinga,, kholi

  • ForeverProteas49 on August 30, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    @B.C.G aaaaah yes, to Parnell or not to Parnell, will he win it for us or will he give it away, huge gamble to take, after Johnson taking him apart like that I don't know, De Lange seems the safer option, fab economy and wicket taker

  • dillyk on August 30, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    We the proteas have a big problem, miller is not firing and there are no indications that he will for the WC and we desperately need a quality batting all-rounder in the klusener or hall mould because for the wc we will have steyn/morkel/tahir/mclaren as given 4 bowlers the big Q is who is the 5th.......... parnell takes sticks sometimes but he can go for plenty and his batting leaves us a bit short with a line-up that ends with miller-who is failing at the moment...... so the other options are really philander(bowling style not suited to aus) albie & R. peterson (both very inconsistent) wiese (unproven)

  • B.C.G on August 30, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    @nixnixon-That team of yours only has 4 bowlers.JP is improving but you can't expect him to bowl 10 every match.Ahhhhhhh if only Parnell....

  • Biggus on August 30, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    @ Greatest_Game:- Always look forward to playing you guys. If we win we'll have earned it.

  • Greatest_Game on August 31, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    Suggestions that Morkel be dropped had me check his record, those of the ICC top 20 ODI bowlers, & the ALL TIME ODI records. I was absolutely ASTOUNDED!

    ICC top 20: only Sajeed Ajmal's ave is 1.71 beats Morkel's 23.87, his Econ 0.72 beats Morkel's 4.85, but Morkel's SR of 29.5 is 2.6 runs better than Ajmal's 32.1. All the rest have worse figs than Morkel.

    ALL TIME best ODI Bowling Ave (min 1000 balls.) 5 current bowlers have better figs than Morkel. Ryan Harris - Ave 18.97, Econ 4.84, SR 23.4 - phenomenal. BJ Mendis - found out, & finished. Sajeed Ajma, as above. NZ's Mitchell McClenaghan, slightly better ave, great SR, high Econ. Amit Mishra, fraction better ave, worse SR. That is it!

    Yep, Steyn, Johnson, Anderson, Narine & other supposed "stars" have WORSE career figs than Morne Morkel.

    BUT WAIT. Unbelievable SURPRISE! There's someone even better! The ALL TIME BEST ODI BOWLING AVE of 17.8, a run LESS than Joel Garner, belongs to .... IMRAN TAHIR.

    I kid you not! Go and check!

  • creebo777 on August 30, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    miller jp has been poor.elgar and rossouw cant do worse,david wiese my bat for that 7 slot.he can give u 10overs but his batting been poor,maybe de lange for morkel

  • ForeverProteas49 on August 30, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    @Prabath, Lets wait until Feb 2015 before we make assumptions, We are talking about a totally different outfit here, In Aus however I doubt any of the SC teams will advance very far

  • Amol_Gh on August 30, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Prbath Neranja: Only a Sri-Lankan can defend Sri-Lankan players so passionately especially while comparing with the individual talent hailing from Australia, South Africa, India and Pakistan. Especially when all their team work has never been able to lift Srl-Lanka to an commendable rankings either in TEst or ODIs. The only guys great from SRL was Murali and...may be Jayasuriya. Everyone else is over-rated.

  • on August 30, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    india are not going to far.....i believe with the fab4 we have at the top of the order we are good enough for big matches ....i cant think they will be rank turners in australia and nz....so people like miller and duminy will get that easy job of finishing things when the wicket is flat.amla will graft his 50+ scores.dekock will be explosive basically everyone playing their roles.....i believe we have a good team abbott and di lange with the ball asisting steyn...mclaren and tahir finishing off

  • on August 30, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    @ForeverProteas49 , it's up to you to decide me real or not, and I want to point out that big games mean ICC WC QFs, SF and finals, how many times AB came up with such performance and won you on of those matches? I have no doubt about his ability, but he is not a big match player like, MSD, Sangakkara,Mahelas,Dilshan,Malinga,, kholi

  • ForeverProteas49 on August 30, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    @B.C.G aaaaah yes, to Parnell or not to Parnell, will he win it for us or will he give it away, huge gamble to take, after Johnson taking him apart like that I don't know, De Lange seems the safer option, fab economy and wicket taker

  • dillyk on August 30, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    We the proteas have a big problem, miller is not firing and there are no indications that he will for the WC and we desperately need a quality batting all-rounder in the klusener or hall mould because for the wc we will have steyn/morkel/tahir/mclaren as given 4 bowlers the big Q is who is the 5th.......... parnell takes sticks sometimes but he can go for plenty and his batting leaves us a bit short with a line-up that ends with miller-who is failing at the moment...... so the other options are really philander(bowling style not suited to aus) albie & R. peterson (both very inconsistent) wiese (unproven)

  • B.C.G on August 30, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    @nixnixon-That team of yours only has 4 bowlers.JP is improving but you can't expect him to bowl 10 every match.Ahhhhhhh if only Parnell....

  • Biggus on August 30, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    @ Greatest_Game:- Always look forward to playing you guys. If we win we'll have earned it.

  • ForeverProteas49 on August 30, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Prbath Neranja, Are you for real? AB not a big match player, did you not see what he did to the Ozzies the other day and btw to all of you who think you know so much about cricket, When the SA wickets started falling did you not see what a raging turner the deck had become, If Zim cannot get a side out for less than 170-180 its tickets, they do not have the batsmen or the will to chase anything higher down and of course if they want to slog in the first few overs of their chase, which they always do they will lose as both SA and Australia have shown, The sad part is Zim could have won it in singles but decided to play T20 instead, the penny just will not drop

  • 2nd_Slip on August 30, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Well played Zim. And poor batting display from the Proteas (with the exception of de Kock and Amla).Any other international side( well not Bangladesh, India & Zim) would have strolled to a comfortable victory here. I wish for a similar collapse against Aus to see how well our bowlers can do in trying to win the match for us because, we might find ourselves in a similar dilemma in the knockout stages of the world cup, and we need to practice such before hand.

  • on August 30, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Don't tell me this SA team going to be a contender for the world cup, with only two world class odi players ( AB and Amla), stayin going to get hammered and let's not talk about others, and AB is not big match player ,

  • Cricket.Guru on August 30, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    @Greatest_Game: Aus and India are better teams than SA for winning the world cup 2015.. India had won last year Champion Trophy & this year runner up of T20 World Cup and both times SA had easily beaten by India.. And on other hand Aus has never written off as team.. Yes SA beaten Aus but Aus is playing without D Warner & S Watson as well as regular captain M Clarke... they are champion players for Aus.. And you better know the impact of D Warner when they had faced each other earlier this year...

  • Hanumall on August 30, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    Brilliant performance from Utseya. They gave SA a real scare. Key takeaways: a) these days experience is proving unbeatable. b) key difference was that despite the collapse SA used up all their overs in batting and so could rustle up some crucial runs. c) a strong opening stand provides one with valuable insurance.

  • xtrafalgarx on August 30, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    @Vinay Patel: But if you come in at 6 or 7 you should have many not outs and a high average if you are a match winner. That's why James Faulkner averaged 47.

  • on August 30, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    @lian_14 Miller's average and number of high scores is because the South African team is set up so that coming in at 6 or 7 he is called upon 9 times out of 10 to start smashing it from ball one. He is not being allowed to build his innings - the few times that he has, he has done very well (e.g. in his 85* vs SL and his 56* vs England he is able to bat in the middle overs and does well for himself). I feel he could do much better further up the order at 5 at least, or even at three as his technique seems adequate and he gets out batting overly aggressive - which I stress is not his fault - this is what he's been told to do!

  • on August 30, 2014, 0:25 GMT

    Hostile pitches? they are playing zimbabwe. it doesn't get any easier than that. lol

  • on August 29, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    gutted to see zim loosing after having a sniff at victory.

  • Chris_P on August 29, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    @Mahdy Abdi Did you say the same thing about SRT when he scored 2 ducks in 4 balls in his first 2 ODI's? A golden duck doesn't even give you the chance to see if you lost any form! @Greatest_Game. I am a big fan of JP as he possesses a solid technique & his century against the Lankans was full of character. How or why does he get himself in these binds? Are there issues we are unaware?

  • MeTalHeD69 on August 29, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    They shouldn't give up on Rossouw JUST yet. Maybe they should introduce him on less hostile pitches. His first game he ran himself out, fair enough. But he wasn't the only one who was out first ball in this game. As some other comments have highlighted, SA's lower order could do with a boost. It's not like they don't have the extra batsmen lying around, so they aren't short on talent. Abbot got hit a bit but he's not too bad. McLaren bowled quite well with Steyn, and kudos to SA for including another spinner. If they swapped players out for the conditions, they could find place to exchange either Morkel or Abbot with Phangiso. This means they can squeeze in another batsman. Rilee might do the trick if he can actually face more than one ball. @NixNixon, I like your team selection, except I would bat Duminy ahead of Rossouw. Duminy is way too classy to be batting that low down and could even bat higher up.

  • lian_14 on August 29, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    I don't know if I've ever seen David Miller perform at international level. He's like the biggest name going around when IPL comes around, but at international level, he's nowhere to be seen seemingly. He's played 43 ODI innings and in 25 of those innings, he's manage to produce scores of only 15 or less...surely that says a lot about his abilities at international level.

  • on August 29, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    they need to focus on their batting now.

  • gimme-a-greentop on August 29, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Poor Rossouw, he's been lingering in the A side for ages and he finally gets to play his first two games against friendly opposition...at least he's in good company with Sachin, and took a couple of catches to ease the pain. He'll look back one day and laugh after scoring a lot of runs for SA....So pleased for Prosper, just would have been nicer if Zim had won. But still a great memory.

  • NixNixon on August 29, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    I have been saying this for some time now, and I will say it again, McLaren , as good as he bowls is not a number 7 batsmen, SA need to find someone who is a batting allrounder. Our middle order does not look good. Whilst Duminy has achieved some extraoridanry fears he just doesnt strike me as someone who can come in with the team at 60 for 4 and play a decent innigs, same goes for miller. Duminy, Miller, McLaren - not a strong middle order. I would actucally be inclined to play this team

    1.Amla 2 De Kock 3 Faf 4 De Villiers 5 Rossouw 6 Duminy 7 Miller 8 McLaren 9 Steyn 10. Morkel 11 Tahir

  • SurlyCynic on August 29, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    Although it was frustrating watching SA collapse, I actually think it was better for the team to face that situation than cruise to a 300 total. It'll make them think a bit more seriously about the batting depth and lower middle order. Perhaps we've been spoiled in the past but having McLaren at 7 is not comforting. Sometimes, 7 and 8 will have to make crucial runs. Maybe only 1 game in 10 but what if that game is in the WC?

    That's why Parnell's bowling going backwards is so disappointing to me, for years I hoped he would become someone who could bowl left-arm pace and clear the boundary at 8. Perhaps he still can but he needs to sort his radar out.

  • Amol_Gh on August 29, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    Rilee Rouseau's issue with the bat is not even worth discussing. It's normal, it's OK to get a pair. Leave him alone and he will display in sometime that he has a lot of potential.

  • on August 29, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    @Greatest_Game. Yep great to see these two teams 1 and 2 in both formats now as like you said it's gives the game some extra juice to a already heavyweight fight. Australia really should of scored about 380 the other day and SA would of easily have got that too so that game could of actually have been even more exciting. Games in OZ in November will be special too as great pitches that will have bounce and zip for the bowlers and great even bounce for the batters and not to mention full houses at all the grounds, so all the potential for some crackers.

  • Greatest_Game on August 29, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    @ Biggus - you needed a much bigger "Go Zimbabwe" than that! Anyway, always a pleasure to join Aus at the top of the ODI table ….waving at India as we go past them. Bye bye …..

    The next SA vs Aus match has a lot more at stake now. The last one was pretty good. If circumstances get both teams a little more fired up, we could see some really cracking games in this series & the Aus series if both are scrapping for the top ranking every time. Certainly puts some juice in it.

    Looking forward to the next battle … or should I say title fight?

  • Mindmeld on August 29, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    How on Earth can SA get a bonus point for such a mediocre performance? It makes a mockery of the competition.

  • Greatest_Game on August 29, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    @ CricketGuru89 makes his guru statement on the SA team: "They have some great player in his atm but not a great team altogether… "

    Mr. Guru, please tell us which is a great team right now. Over the lat year SA has finally put together a winning team that has utterly thrashed India, convincingly taken an ODI series in Sri Lanka, and is yet unbeaten by Zimbabwe or Australia. Today's win brings SA level with Aus in the ICC ODI standings, both with 114 points.

    So you have a lot of negatives to comments about, but can't tell us who is doing any better than SA, can you? Please, Mr. Guru, enlighten us!

  • on August 29, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Well played Zim but another good win by SA. I think we are still looking a bit dodge in the middle order in terms of the make up of the team. Alot rides on the top 4. Looking forward to the next game against the Aussies.

  • on August 29, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Zimbabwe don't have any class regarding their batting.

  • TheBigBoodha on August 29, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Why does the headline say "SA on top as spinners strike", when ZB have only 115 runs to get in 24 overs with six wickets in hand? Sure, I expect SA to win, but this would be an nice even contest with any team other than ZB. Maybe even advantage batting team.

  • on August 29, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    @mahdi abdi. That's a ridiculous comment about Rilee Rouseau. He's a fine and dynamic batsman. show a little faith and patience and he will come through a star.

  • Cricket.Guru on August 29, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    I can't understand SAfrican mindset.. AB, De Kock and Alma are only three world class batsman in the side and one of them not playing today..Wihtout AB SAfrican have a huge problem in his middle order... Miller saves his best form only for IPL.. And also they prefer Abbott n parnell over De lange was not good call.. SAfrican will never win the world cup in this conservative approch for sure.. They have some great player in his atm but not a great team altogether... The end of the day that is the difference..

  • jb633 on August 29, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    @Mahdy, please tell me how much you have seen of the guy? I have not seen anything of him and am not even a S.A fan but how can you judge a guy on 2 first ballers. There are numerous top draw cricketers who don't start their career well, just look at Kallis, Hayden, Langer, Flintoff, Amla, Swann and ABV and you will know what I mean. Judging a guy based on a sample size of 2 balls is fruitless. For me watching S.A the biggest worry is against a good spinner in the middle overs, if (and it is a big if) Amla and AB are out early. AB and Amla are 2 of the best batsmen in the world but against good bowling Miller has never convinced me. He is what I would call the archetypal flat track bully, he can whack medium pace on flat tracks but his footwork against a guy spinning the ball away from the bat is severley lacking. Dumminy has got better but still gets bogged down against good off spin bowling. McClaren at 7 is far too high for me.

  • JJJake on August 29, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Congrats,Prosper Utseya's. Top work. Many a great bowler has never taken a hat trick. Awesome. All the best for the future.

  • Greatest_Game on August 29, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    After his first innings, I wrote "Riley Rossouw - whaddaplaya! I wonder if he'll be like Dean Elgar and get a pair?"

    Sure enough, he did! That takes some work, an ODI pair …. a Golden Pair too! And AB stepped down for this?

    All those who have been screaming & yelling for David Miller to get a chance higher up the order, he got his chance today and he promptly did a Riley. Can we stop now with the Miller worship? This is not the IPL.

    SA's brittle lower order exposed. Hash & QdK were rolling along, and then Imran Tahir had to step up and post runs to save SA from complete calamity, until he ran put of partners? Duminy recently posted a century against Herath & Co in Sri Lanka, but fell to pieces against Zim?

    Well we will see just how tough this track is, but Hash & QdK seemed to be ok. It is up to the bowlers now. Tahir gave himself something to defend. There's an irony! Let's see what we have to say when both teams have batted on this track!

  • on August 29, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    Where are those who were singing Rossouw's praises? From what I've seen he doesn't cut the mustard. For a team like SA who have been known to choke at critical stages of tournaments, Rossouw is a burden. SA are now showing that they won't buckle under pressure - Rossouw is therefore not needed.

  • Biggus on August 29, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx:- I'm inclined to think that last wicket partnership might have been enough if Steyn comes out firing. The wicket is to all intents and purposes turning square too so even Duminy might be a handful. Still........."Go Zimbabwe!"

  • ForeverProteas49 on August 29, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    If (and that's a huge IF) zim chase this down I will come here and eat humble pie but I don't seem them doing it, If they cannot score more than 160 on a belter of a deck then what are their plans on a slow turner, Looking forward to it

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 29, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    Good to get our collapse out the way in the group stages. Well bowled Zim. Whenever JP or Miller come in, in pressure situations my stomach churns and for good reason. Rilee Roussouw, what a start to your international career - 2 consecutive golden ducks. Gotta feel for the guy, devastating!!!

  • Suicide-Note on August 29, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    Golden Opportunity for Zim .GO GO Go!!

  • on August 29, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    And it continues with South Africa remaining Australia's nemesis. They always rise to the occasion when they meet in the early rounds of a competition only to blow up against lesser opponents. Will be interesting to see if Zimbabwe can finish off what can only be described as an excellent bowling display. I know who the Aussie boys will be cheering for he he heh.

  • xtrafalgarx on August 29, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    It will make things very interesting if ZIM can chase this total down. It would be such welcome victory for them and good for the game. SA have done it again, Rossouw off to a very bad start, two first ballers in his career - but many a great player has had similar starts.

  • on August 29, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    wow better get those silly plays today rather than in a worldcup hey......we can learn how to deal with such situations for future references just imagen if this was a semifinal will be bad for sure

  • on August 29, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    Cricket has to be the most amazing game as just the other day SA took on and beat the Aussie attack which wasn't the greatest but still very very decent , then today SA lose 9 wickets for 50 odd runs. Who says cricket is boring?

  • B.C.G on August 29, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    Pressure & JP Duminy are never the best of friends,aren't they?JP has got to be the anti-Bevan.Whenever a collapse is on,JP gives you that bad feeling deep inside that he wants to be part of the procession.

  • Biggus on August 29, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    As an Aussie, I can only say, "Go Zimbabwe, Utseya you legend". If you can pull off a heist here we'll stay on top of the points table. We'll take whatever help we can get.

  • FiGhtCluB_99 on August 29, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    If Zimbabwe get half the facilities and financial incentives that the Bangladeshi players get, then Zimbabwe would be a force to reckon in world cricket. The ICC needs to financially support Zimbabwe and Afghanistan if it wants to see competitive cricket being played by more than 8 teams.

  • on August 29, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    @srilanka@ wow utseya can celbrtate his hatrick life long wt is said is true "u can kill the lion wn u r brave, u can be killed by a cat whn u r in presure" surely miller was in a big presre, bkz it was a sudn attack

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  • on August 29, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    @srilanka@ wow utseya can celbrtate his hatrick life long wt is said is true "u can kill the lion wn u r brave, u can be killed by a cat whn u r in presure" surely miller was in a big presre, bkz it was a sudn attack

  • FiGhtCluB_99 on August 29, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    If Zimbabwe get half the facilities and financial incentives that the Bangladeshi players get, then Zimbabwe would be a force to reckon in world cricket. The ICC needs to financially support Zimbabwe and Afghanistan if it wants to see competitive cricket being played by more than 8 teams.

  • Biggus on August 29, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    As an Aussie, I can only say, "Go Zimbabwe, Utseya you legend". If you can pull off a heist here we'll stay on top of the points table. We'll take whatever help we can get.

  • B.C.G on August 29, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    Pressure & JP Duminy are never the best of friends,aren't they?JP has got to be the anti-Bevan.Whenever a collapse is on,JP gives you that bad feeling deep inside that he wants to be part of the procession.

  • on August 29, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    Cricket has to be the most amazing game as just the other day SA took on and beat the Aussie attack which wasn't the greatest but still very very decent , then today SA lose 9 wickets for 50 odd runs. Who says cricket is boring?

  • on August 29, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    wow better get those silly plays today rather than in a worldcup hey......we can learn how to deal with such situations for future references just imagen if this was a semifinal will be bad for sure

  • xtrafalgarx on August 29, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    It will make things very interesting if ZIM can chase this total down. It would be such welcome victory for them and good for the game. SA have done it again, Rossouw off to a very bad start, two first ballers in his career - but many a great player has had similar starts.

  • on August 29, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    And it continues with South Africa remaining Australia's nemesis. They always rise to the occasion when they meet in the early rounds of a competition only to blow up against lesser opponents. Will be interesting to see if Zimbabwe can finish off what can only be described as an excellent bowling display. I know who the Aussie boys will be cheering for he he heh.

  • Suicide-Note on August 29, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    Golden Opportunity for Zim .GO GO Go!!

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 29, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    Good to get our collapse out the way in the group stages. Well bowled Zim. Whenever JP or Miller come in, in pressure situations my stomach churns and for good reason. Rilee Roussouw, what a start to your international career - 2 consecutive golden ducks. Gotta feel for the guy, devastating!!!