Zimbabwe A Team Tri-Series July 2, 2011

South Africa sneak home by one run

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa A 238 for 9 (Rudolph 98, Utseya 4-49) beat Zimbabwe XI 237 for 7 (Taylor 98) by 1 run

South Africa A beat Zimbabwe XI by one run in a nail-biting match in Harare, to score their first points in the tri-series. Chasing 239, Zimbabwe needed two off the last ball, but came off second as Rusty Theron held his nerve to bowl a wicket-taking dot.

Zimbabwe were steered through most of their innings by captain Brendan Taylor, who scored 98. While there were no other half-centuries from the line-up, the next six batsmen got into double figures, making sure Zimbabwe were on course in the chase. They took the third Powerplay in the 43rd over, needing 77 off 48 balls with seven wickets in hand. With a close finish looming, a five-ball 45th over did the hosts no favours. It came down to the last ball, off which Theron had Forster Mutizwa stumped.

Choosing to bat, South Africa's innings was similar to that of Zimbabwe's in that it was guided by a patient 98 by the captain-opener, Jacques Rudoplh. Three wickets went down in the first 15 overs at the other end, leaving South Africa in a spot of trouble at 52 for 3. But wicketkeeper Heino Kuhn complemented Rudolph well, scoring 61 off 70 balls as the pair added 116 runs. Cameos from the lower-middle order followed, pushing the score to a competitive 238. Prosper Utseya was the pick of the bowlers, picking up four middle order wickets.

Rudolph was named Man of the Match. Zimbabwe take on Australia A on Sunday, at the same venue, in the next game of the tournament.

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  • Gordon on July 4, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Well it looks like it to me that Bosman is finished. Not to mention he is rather old now so it would be better to look at someone younger than him to play in his place. Sure he may proove me wrong but he is too inconsistant and rarely makes big runs in Internationals.

  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    a bit disappointed with this defeat nd also with da way the top order batsemen played-dey were too slow nd dat created pressure on da middle nd lower order batsemen... chakabva nd meth hav shown gud improvement.. nd i hope dey giv deir 100 percent against Aus A 2day.. I kno they can win... go zim go!!!

  • Andrew on July 2, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    Good effort! Nice to see some players find form. Chakabva beginning to show he might be able to perform at this level. Meth had good returns, hope this is the start of something for him as he has promised much but delivered less in his limited chances so far. Utseya outstanding as usual - wonder if and when some T20 league team will take a chance on him - though his 2 ball 0* at the end wasn´t great. I thought Ervine might wrap the game up, was a opportunity for him to really cement his place in the team - but he didn´t take it. Hope that history shows the captaincy burden to have been Chigumburas problems - good to see him contributing again. We need him strong and confident. Price hasn´t been a disaster but beginning to think time might have caught up with him. Lookign forward to the next game to see who can repeat / recover....

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    What a nail bitter! Taylor did better rotating the bowlers, chigumbura seems to be finding his form. Taylor was in sublime form, chakabva is now doing the job, sibanda needs to up the tempo a little , otherwise he is proving useful job as anchor so brendon can play without worrying about wickets tumbling. Have masakadza and Taylor ever kicked in the same innings? Meth and mpofu , a perfect opening pair, add chatara then you have a dangerous combination - good cameo from Elton - I wonder though if foster and Irvine shouldn't be channeled into the longer version? Utseya now leads the wicket taking efforts- price my friend what's going on? Next match is a must win otherwise we kiss the dream bye bye.

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