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

Utseya joins Brandes, Rossouw joins Tendulkar

Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa

The double-drop

Zimbabwe may have hoped for a change in fortune in the way they started the match; they kept South Africa quiet in the first four overs and then had the opportunity to make an early incision. Hashim Amla was on six when he pushed Brian Vitori's first delivery straight back to the bowler but the left-armer could not get his hands up in time to collect in his followthrough. Instead the ball hit him on the left-shoulder and lobbed up for mid-on. Elton Chigumbura slid in but he was too late and Amla survived.

The missed run-out

Letting Amla off twice in one ball would have been difficult for Zimbabwe to swallow but they gagged themselves further when they did it again. Amla was on 18 when he pushed a Tendai Chatara delivery to mid-off and set off for a run but found the bowler in his path. As he ran around him, the throw came in and had the non-striker's stumps been hit, Amla would have been out.

Amla's other life line

Giving Hashim Amla one chance can be costly, two chances reckless, three, suicidal and four? Well Zimbabwe found out. Amla's itchy feet continued in Chatara's next over when he inside-edged onto his thigh pad and sprinted a single, putting himself in danger as he headed to the non-striker's end again. John Nyumbu swooped in from mid-wicket and was close enough to run Amla out, but failed to hit the stumps.

Wicket of the day I

Zimbabwe seemed to be having one of those days until Chatara engineered a change in fortune with a spectacular catch. Quinton de Kock was on 75 and ready to take some risks when he reverse-swept Prosper Utseya over short third man, Chatara was stationed on the inner circle, back-pedalled and reached up one-handed to pluck the ball out of the sky. Chatara's momentum saw him tumble onto the back of his head but he did not let go of the ball.

Wicket of the day II

When South Africa are two wickets down, it's usually AB de Villiers walking out but because he sat out this game Zimbabwe were confronted with the less threatening image of Rilee Rossouw. Zimbabwe would have fancied their chances of nipping him out early - he was out for a duck on debut in his previous outing - but they may not have known how early. Utseya tossed it up, it turned and Rossouw, with nerves still jangling from last week, prodded tentatively. He got an outside edge to bring John Nyumbu into action at first slip, leaving Rossouw without an international run from two ODIs - same as Sachin Tendulkar.

Wicket of the day III

There had only been one previous occasion in which a Zimbabwean had claimed a hat-trick in ODIs - Eddo Brandes in 1997 against England. Utseya was 12 years old at the time but that probably was not going through his mind when he got ready to bowl to David Miller. He tossed it up again, Miller played for turn that was not there and was hit in front. Brendan Taylor, who was behind the stumps, John Nyumbu and Utseya went up immediately but Ian Gould took his time to make the decision before finally raising the finger. When he did, it was as though he had pulled a trigger on Utseya, who fell to the floor and began pedalling an imaginary bicycle.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Well done Utseya,for Rasow you just need to concentrate,runs will come

  • greig on August 30, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    Rather him going out for a few ducks than the usual chokes and flops we get from Miller and JP when the pressure is on. Rilee will score a lot of runs for SA and will be our dependable no.5

  • Blessing on August 30, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    I wish he scores tons of runs in the future just like Tendulkar

  • Harjinder on August 30, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Keep ROSSOW in ....no problem at all because at this time SA has only young good talented batsmen ELGAR and ROSSOW . For the in coming World Cup 2015 SA must need a well set batsmen in the squad ....good luck

  • raj on August 30, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    Sachin was 15 or 16 years old when he first played for India - That has somewhat diminished is averages over time. I wonder what Sachin's averages are from the time he turned 18?

  • Neil on August 29, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    You guys have to remember that Sachin debuted at 16!! If his debut was at 21 or later (like most others) his stats would have been even better. I think he did not score a hundred almost till his 70th ODI or something like that (when he became 21).

  • Mohan on August 29, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    That stat about Tendulkar is a damn startling one - maybe missed out by the dazzle of his career achievements. Checked out that his first six months in international cricket were rather poor in returns - with the test average being just 33 from seven tests without a century (think of what Gavaskar achieved) and his one day stats even poorer - an average of just 13 from 5 matches without a 50!! The selectors showed great courage in still putting their faith in him. I wonder what have happened in the current day with the Indian selectors tossing aside players just after a match or two. And what about Dhoni - would he have persisted with him? Thank goodness the selectors & captain then kept their faith in Sachin.

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

    Roussouw should be persiste d with he is a good batsmen

  • Vineet on August 29, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Sachin started with 2 ducks in his initial two ODI innings

  • Vineet on August 29, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Yeah he started with 2 ducks in his first two ODI innings

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