South Africa tour of Zimbabwe, 1st ODI: Zimbabwe v South Africa at Bulawayo, Aug 22, 2007
South Africa won by 5 wickets (with 19 balls remaining)
22 August 2007 (50-over match)

Welcome from Keith to the Cricinfo coverage of the first of a 3-match series between Zimbabwe and South Africa. Today we are at the Queens Sport Club in Bulawayo before moving to Harare for the final two matches over the weekend.

Zimbabwe have won the toss and on a warm morning elected to bat first Sibande will face up to Pollock, Masakadza the other opener

0.1

Pollock to Sibanda, no run, Get well forward and defends down the line to Pollock

0.2

Pollock to Sibanda, no run, again line and length, defends to Pollock

0.3

Pollock to Sibanda, no run, just outside off, no real movement and well left to de Villiers with gloves today

0.4

Pollock to Sibanda, 4 leg byes, leg side ball, angled down the leg, flicks, misses, off the pad past a diving keeper

0.5

Pollock to Sibanda, 1 run, leg stump again, plays from the crease and worked neatly off the legs towards a wide fine leg

0.6

Pollock to Masakadza, no run, takes his first ball of the match on the front foot, defends gently back to Pollock

End of over 1 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 5/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • H Masakadza 0 (1b)
    • V Sibanda 1 (5b)
    • SM Pollock 1-0-1-0
1.1

Ntini to Sibanda, no run, Ntini shares the new ball, gets it on length, angled in but left on length

1.2

Ntini to Sibanda, no run, once again, just on the off, angled in but again a good leave

1.3

Ntini to Sibanda, no run, left alone to de Villiers, not the most bounce and taken low by the keeper

1.4

Ntini to Sibanda, no run, gets it on line and gets the forward defence in reply

1.5

Ntini to Sibanda, 1 run, angled in from wide of the crease, gets forward and helps it past a leg gully to the wide fine leg

1.6

Ntini to Masakadza, no run, defends from line and length into the off side

End of over 2 (1 run) Zimbabwe 6/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • H Masakadza 0 (2b)
    • V Sibanda 2 (10b)
    • M Ntini 1-0-1-0
    • SM Pollock 1-0-1-0
2.1

Pollock to Sibanda, no run, that one does move and bounce off the pitch, drawn forward, pushes at it, well beaten

2.2

Pollock to Sibanda, 1 run, well forward, angled bat runs it down to third man

2.3

Pollock to Masakadza, no run, all defensive, gets well forward, and pushes to the off, the pitch does seem to be playing a bit slow, and understandingly with the lack of rain this winter

2.4

Pollock to Masakadza, no run, well forward again and all defensive to the off

2.5

Pollock to Masakadza, no run, Pollock on the line and length of his, gets the forward defensive push down the pitch

2.6

Pollock to Masakadza, no run, left alone outside the off, and that hardly gets to de Villiers, taking on the bounce

End of over 3 (1 run) Zimbabwe 7/0 (RR: 2.33)

    • H Masakadza 0 (6b)
    • V Sibanda 3 (12b)
    • SM Pollock 2-0-2-0
    • M Ntini 1-0-1-0
3.1

Ntini to Sibanda, no run, gets well forward and gets the edge, but the slowness of the pitch and the soft hands has the ball well short of Pollock at first slip

3.2

Ntini to Sibanda, no run

3.3

Ntini to Sibanda, no run, decides to leave alone outside the off this time

3.4

Ntini to Sibanda, FOUR, half volley from Ntini gets what it deserves and is stroked down the pitch, excellent timing, races away past mid-off

3.5

Ntini to Sibanda, FOUR, Ntini goes a bit shorter and again great timing, punches off the back foot racing it past the cover, nice shot

3.6

Ntini to Sibanda, no run, better length from Ntini and well played just outside the off, getting forward and runs it gently towards the gully

End of over 4 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 15/0 (RR: 3.75)

    • V Sibanda 11 (18b 2x4)
    • H Masakadza 0 (6b)
    • M Ntini 2-0-9-0
    • SM Pollock 2-0-2-0
4.1

Pollock to Masakadza, no run, line ball, staying wicket to wicket, draws out the defence

4.2

Pollock to Masakadza, 1 run, outside off, gets on the drive, right hand drags that to the on side and runs down to fine leg area

4.3

Pollock to Sibanda, no run, Pollock stays straight, slight angle down the leg, thuds into the pad as he tries to flick, half an appeal turned down

4.4

Pollock to Sibanda, FOUR, another lovely off drive, not forced, just excellent timing, finishes on balance as the ball rockets off the bat

4.5

Pollock to Sibanda, no run, all defensive as he gets forward

4.6

Pollock to Sibanda, 1 wide, that slipped out, wide called outside off, Pollock kicks at the turf

4.6

Pollock to Sibanda, OUT, that pitches just on line, gets just enough movement off the seam, gets the edge of the defensive bat, and a very good catch by Smith at 2nd slip, low and to his right

V Sibanda c Smith b Pollock 15 (21m 22b 3x4 0x6) SR: 68.18

Excellent catch from Smith, going to his right and low, taken by the outstretched right hand

End of over 5 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 21/1 (RR: 4.20)

    • H Masakadza 1 (8b)
    • SM Pollock 3-0-8-1
    • M Ntini 2-0-9-0
5.1

Ntini to Masakadza, no run, well forward defending

5.2

Ntini to Masakadza, no run, that gets up well from just short of a length, pushes at it, not the best shot, a bit loose that

5.3

Ntini to Masakadza, no run, decides to leave a similar ball outside off, this one also gets up a bit

5.4

Ntini to Masakadza, 1 run, gets on the back foot, worked off the hips towards the fine leg

5.5

Ntini to Taylor, no run, Taylor is greated by a ball that bounces, but was very short, Ntini had to bend the back a bit

5.6

Ntini to Taylor, no run, leaves outside off

End of over 6 (1 run) Zimbabwe 22/1 (RR: 3.66)

    • BRM Taylor 0 (2b)
    • H Masakadza 2 (12b)
    • M Ntini 3-0-10-0
    • SM Pollock 3-0-8-1
6.1

Pollock to Masakadza, no run, Pollock stays on line, and again gets the dforward defence, no chances taken

6.2

Pollock to Masakadza, no run, on line and length and once again brings out the defence

6.3

Pollock to Masakadza, no run, just outside off, left alone

6.4

Pollock to Masakadza, no run

6.5

Pollock to Masakadza, 3 runs, slightly over pitched by Pollock and Masakadza strokes that down the ground, Pollock can not get a hand to it, runs down the ground

6.6

Pollock to Taylor, no run, First ball for Taylor from Pollock is defended to the off

End of over 7 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 25/1 (RR: 3.57)

    • BRM Taylor 0 (3b)
    • H Masakadza 5 (17b)
    • SM Pollock 4-0-11-1
    • M Ntini 3-0-10-0
7.1

Ntini to Masakadza, no run, Ntini looks a bit quicker after the double boundaries the previous over, just short of length, defends from the crease

7.2

Ntini to Masakadza, no run, Short of length, he is bending the back now, played down the pitch from the back foot

7.3

Ntini to Masakadza, no run, All defensive, again standing up in the crease and pushes to the off

7.4

Ntini to Masakadza, no run, gets well forward, firmly pushed to the on side but can not beat the field

7.5

Ntini to Masakadza, no run, angled into the legs from wide of the crease and firmly and confidently defended to the off

7.6

Ntini to Masakadza, no run, fuller ball, not there to drive, but played into the off side

End of over 8 (maiden) Zimbabwe 25/1 (RR: 3.12)

    • H Masakadza 5 (23b)
    • BRM Taylor 0 (3b)
    • M Ntini 4-1-10-0
    • SM Pollock 4-0-11-1
8.1

Pollock to Taylor, no run, just on length, gets across, slightly plays away from the body to the off

8.2

Pollock to Taylor, no run, shorter ball, gets back and chops down from the back foot, no timing, runs it to point area

8.3

Pollock to Taylor, no run, short ball, does not want anything to do with it, leans back and leaves

8.4

Pollock to Taylor, no run, Pollock into a good line and length, brings out the forward defence

8.5

Pollock to Taylor, no run, no shot offered as that leaves the pitch moving to the off, good leave from Taylor

8.6

Pollock to Taylor, no run, fuller ball, angled leg stump, flicks and misses, appeal for the lbw, but that is slanting down the leg

End of over 9 (maiden) Zimbabwe 25/1 (RR: 2.77)

    • BRM Taylor 0 (9b)
    • H Masakadza 5 (23b)
    • SM Pollock 5-1-11-1
    • M Ntini 4-1-10-0
9.1

Ntini to Masakadza, no run, on the back foot, dabs to the off, Ntini getting some lift but from a fairly slow pitch

9.2

Ntini to Masakadza, 3 runs, shortish again, gets up on the toes and drives well from the back foot, wont go all the way as cover hauls it in

9.3

Ntini to Taylor, OUT, Taylor gets forward and pushes to the off, Calls for the run, Ntini follows through and underhands that into the stumps, TV called and shows the batsman inches short. Silly call from Taylor sees a wicket given away

H Masakadza run out 8 (40m 25b 0x4 0x6) SR: 32.00

9.4

Ntini to Taibu, no run, angled into the legs of Taibu making his return for Zimbabwe, gets forward and defends to the off, confident looking shot

9.5

Ntini to Taibu, no run, line and length, slightly fuller ball is pushed from the front foot to the on side

9.6

Ntini to Taibu, no run, All defensive as he gets one just short of length, angled into the legs, rolls away to the off

End of over 10 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 28/2 (RR: 2.80)

    • T Taibu 0 (3b)
    • BRM Taylor 0 (10b)
    • M Ntini 5-1-13-0
    • SM Pollock 5-1-11-1
10.1

Pollock to Taylor, no run, well forward on the off, slower ball, right hand drags that one to mid-on, was in the air for a while, but well short of the fielder

10.2

Pollock to Taylor, 1 run, well forward just outside the off, opens the face as he runs that down towards third man

10.3

Pollock to Taibu, 1 run, Taibu follows Taylors example and gently runs that to third man as well

10.4

Pollock to Taylor, no run, Pollock bends the back this time, gets the bouncer in from very short, left alone as that loops away to de Villiers behind the stumps

10.5

Pollock to Taylor, no run, back on line and length, defends to the off

10.6

Pollock to Taylor, no run, outside off, touch short, Taylor, no foot movement hangs a tentative bat out at that as it stays a bit low

End of over 11 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 30/2 (RR: 2.72)

    • BRM Taylor 1 (15b)
    • T Taibu 1 (4b)
    • SM Pollock 6-1-13-1
    • M Ntini 5-1-13-0
11.1

Ntini to Taibu, no run, short angled to the leg side, Taibu misses out on that as he tries to work it to the on side, no timing, rolls away to the on side

11.2

Ntini to Taibu, no run, better length, gets half forward and defends to the off

11.3

Ntini to Taibu, FOUR, does not miss out on the short ball this time and he pulls off the front foot well forward of deep midwicket

11.4

Ntini to Taibu, 1 run, short again, pulls again, this time off the back foot, played later, maybe a bit quicker from ntini, gets that down to fine leg

11.5

Ntini to Taylor, 1 run, fullish on the legs, neatly played with the full bat down to the fine leg

11.6

Ntini to Taibu, no run, gets back onto the off side, just short of length, defended to the off

End of over 12 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 36/2 (RR: 3.00)

    • T Taibu 6 (9b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 2 (16b)
    • M Ntini 6-1-19-0
    • SM Pollock 6-1-13-1

Morne Morkel, on his ODI debut, takes over from Pollock

12.1

Morkel to Taylor, no run, Starts well just on the off, firml;y defended to the off, wants a single, suicide, sent back by Taibu

12.2

Morkel to Taylor, no run, line and length, defends to the off

12.3

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, fullish and too straight, worked into the on side for an easy single

12.4

Morkel to Taibu, no run, just on the off, moves away, good leave

12.5

Morkel to Taibu, FOUR, outside off, touch short, Taibu looks to leave, drops the hands, ball does not get up, catchs the open face and steered down to and wide of third man

12.6

Morkel to Taibu, no run, outside off, this he does leave, and again low bounce to the keeper

End of over 13 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 41/2 (RR: 3.15)

    • T Taibu 10 (12b 2x4)
    • BRM Taylor 3 (19b)
    • M Morkel 1-0-5-0
    • M Ntini 6-1-19-0

Double change as van der Wath takes over from Ntini

13.1

van der Wath to Taylor, no run, Starts short on the off, cuts well to Bodi at cover, misfield, Bosman quick to recover, Taylor yes no yes wait nearly causes another run out

13.2

van der Wath to Taylor, no run, left alone

13.3

van der Wath to Taylor, no run, Touch short again, cuts firmly, this time Bodi gathers cleanly

13.4

van der Wath to Taylor, 1 run, outside off, getting slight away movement, slashes at that, high but short of third man

13.5

van der Wath to Taibu, no run, short outside off, cuts firmly, slowness of pitch has him dragging that to Bodi at cover

13.6

van der Wath to Taibu, no run, better length, defends to the off

End of over 14 (1 run) Zimbabwe 42/2 (RR: 3.00)

    • T Taibu 10 (14b 2x4)
    • BRM Taylor 4 (23b)
    • JJ van der Wath 1-0-1-0
    • M Morkel 1-0-5-0
14.1

Morkel to Taylor, no run, good length from Morkel has Taylor pushing defensively towards mid-on

14.2

Morkel to Taylor, 2 runs, slightly short and width, cuts firmly forward of the third man who races across and gathers cleanly

14.3

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, just outside off, good length and is worked from the front foot down towards the third man

14.4

Morkel to Taibu, 2 runs, full on the legs, clipped neatly wide of the mid-on who has to chase hard

14.5

Morkel to Taibu, 1 run, just outside off, touch short, gets across and behind it as he pushes that into the gap wide of mid-on

14.6

Morkel to Taylor, no run, finds the line and length on this ball with Taylor defending back down the pitch

End of over 15 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 48/2 (RR: 3.20)

    • BRM Taylor 7 (27b)
    • T Taibu 13 (16b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 2-0-11-0
    • JJ van der Wath 1-0-1-0

Third and last Power-Play taken by Smith

15.1

van der Wath to Taibu, no run, better line and length from the bowler, defended to the off

15.2

van der Wath to Taibu, FOUR, too full into the legs and well clipped wide of mid-on who has no chance of stopping that

15.3

van der Wath to Taibu, 1 wide, down the leg side

15.3

van der Wath to Taibu, 1 run, length ball on the legs is easily pushed to the on side for a good early call and easy run

15.4

van der Wath to Taylor, FOUR, too full, too straight, too good as that is whipped past midwicket

15.5

van der Wath to Taylor, 3 runs, too full, too straight, stroked down the ground inside mid-on, slows up just short of the boundary, van der Wath struggling to find a groove

15.6

van der Wath to Taibu, no run, slower ball, on line and length, just on the off, rewarded with a defensive dot ball

Drinks called

End of over 16 (13 runs) Zimbabwe 61/2 (RR: 3.81)

    • T Taibu 18 (20b 3x4)
    • BRM Taylor 14 (29b 1x4)
    • JJ van der Wath 2-0-14-0
    • M Morkel 2-0-11-0
16.1

Morkel to Taylor, no run, Drinks helped Morkel as he fires one moving away outside off past the outside edge

16.2

Morkel to Taylor, no run, touch straight and full, clipped square but cut off by square leg

16.3

Morkel to Taylor, no run, defends from line and length to the off

16.4

Morkel to Taylor, no run, gets it on line and length and a solid defensive shot rolls away to the off side

16.5

Morkel to Taylor, no run, worked off the legs to backward square leg where a diving stop from Tshabalala saves the run

16.6

Morkel to Taylor, no run, line and length is defended to the off

End of over 17 (maiden) Zimbabwe 61/2 (RR: 3.58)

    • BRM Taylor 14 (35b 1x4)
    • T Taibu 18 (20b 3x4)
    • M Morkel 3-1-11-0
    • JJ van der Wath 2-0-14-0
17.1

van der Wath to Taibu, no run, just on the off, gets forward and stroked through the line towards mid-off

17.2

van der Wath to Taibu, no run, short and wide outside off, slaps the cut from the front foot straight at Duminy at backward point

17.3

van der Wath to Taibu, no run, short again, straighter, too close to get the effective cut, can not beat Duminy

17.4

van der Wath to Taibu, FOUR, full, on the legs, loves it there, clipped away past midwicket

17.5

van der Wath to Taibu, no run, full on the off, drives well, Bosman at cover cuts off with the outstretched arm as he runs across

17.6

van der Wath to Taibu, no run, slaps a cut off the front foot and again can not beat the off side field

End of over 18 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 65/2 (RR: 3.61)

    • T Taibu 22 (26b 4x4)
    • BRM Taylor 14 (35b 1x4)
    • JJ van der Wath 3-0-18-0
    • M Morkel 3-1-11-0
18.1

Morkel to Taylor, no run, Morkel hitting his lengths now, brings out the defence from taylor

18.2

Morkel to Taylor, 1 wide, And as we say that, Morkel lets one go down the off side and that is fairly called wide

18.2

Morkel to Taylor, no run, attempted yorker is well dug out to the off

18.3

Morkel to Taylor, no run, Morkel back into his area, brings out the defence from the front foot

18.4

Morkel to Taylor, 1 wide, falls away on this and that is called wide again with Taylor missing out on the drive with a big swing of the bat

18.4

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, full and straight, dabs to the on side for an easy run

18.5

Morkel to Taibu, no run, all defensive on the front foot, half an appeal for a pad bat , not given

18.6

Morkel to Taibu, OUT, draws Taibu forward just on the off, angled in, has to play, movement takes the ball away, takes the edge for de Villiers, keeping today, to take a simple catch

T Taibu c †de Villiers b Morkel 22 (44m 28b 4x4 0x6) SR: 78.57

End of over 19 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 68/3 (RR: 3.57)

    • BRM Taylor 15 (39b 1x4)
    • M Morkel 4-1-14-1
    • JJ van der Wath 3-0-18-0
19.1

Philander to Taylor, no run, Gets well forward to defend

19.2

Philander to Taylor, no run, well forward, defends to the off

19.3

Philander to Taylor, no run, good start from Philander, finding his spot early, draws out another defence

19.4

Philander to Taylor, no run, hits the spot again and Taylor can only reply with a forward defence

19.5

Philander to Taylor, no run, again is rewarded with a forward defence

19.6

Philander to Taylor, 1 run, touch too straight, worked off the legs towards fine leg

End of over 20 (1 run) Zimbabwe 69/3 (RR: 3.45)

    • BRM Taylor 16 (45b 1x4)
    • SC Williams 0 (0b)
    • VD Philander 1-0-1-0
    • M Morkel 4-1-14-1
20.1

Morkel to Taylor, no run, Taylor having no option but to defend to the off

20.2

Morkel to Taylor, no run, good line and length, defends to the off

20.3

Morkel to Taylor, no run, maintains his line and length, giving Taylor no room to attack

20.4

Morkel to Taylor, no run, Taylor loses out on a short wide ball that he cuts straight at Duminy at backward point

20.5

Morkel to Taylor, no run, back on length, back to the defensive prod

20.6

Morkel to Taylor, 2 runs, too straight this time and Tayloir whips that away to the on side off his toes

End of over 21 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 71/3 (RR: 3.38)

    • BRM Taylor 18 (51b 1x4)
    • SC Williams 0 (0b)
    • M Morkel 5-1-16-1
    • VD Philander 1-0-1-0
21.1

Philander to Williams, no run, just outside off, angled across the left hander, defends to the off

21.2

Philander to Williams, no run, stays over the wicket to the left hander who is forward defending towards the backward point

21.3

Philander to Williams, no run, Williams lets that go outside off

21.4

Philander to Williams, OUT, WHAT A CATCH, Williams gets one sliding across him, goes on the drive, gets the edge, the old man Pollock takes off to his left, dives full length to snatch a one handed left hand catch out of the air

SC Williams c Pollock b Philander 0 (11m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

21.5

Philander to Matsikenyeri, OUT, Matsikenyeri is drawn well forward on the front foot, a touch outside off, the off cutter bites, slips through between bat and pad and sends the off stump flying

S Matsikenyeri b Philander 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

21.6

Philander to Chigumbura, no run, Chigumbura avoids disaster by defending the straight ball back down the pitch to Philander

End of over 22 (wicket maiden) Zimbabwe 71/5 (RR: 3.22)

    • E Chigumbura 0 (1b)
    • BRM Taylor 18 (51b 1x4)
    • VD Philander 2-1-1-2
    • M Morkel 5-1-16-1
22.1

Morkel to Taylor, no run, fullish on the off is stroked down the ground towards mid-on

22.2

Morkel to Taylor, no run, just on the off, looks to run it to third man from the front foot, can not beat the gully

22.3

Morkel to Taylor, no run, touch too wide outside off, good leave from taylor as that moves away off the pitch as well

22.4

Morkel to Taylor, no run, line and length, defends to the off, can not find the gap

22.5

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, OUT, fullish ball is flicked off the toes towards and wide of Bodi at fine leg, Taylor attempts to beat the return but TV finds him well short of a good return from Bodi to the keeper

BRM Taylor run out 19 (83m 56b 1x4 0x6) SR: 33.92

22.6

Morkel to Utseya, no run, just on the off, defends to the off

End of over 23 (1 run) Zimbabwe 72/6 (RR: 3.13)

    • P Utseya 0 (1b)
    • E Chigumbura 0 (1b)
    • M Morkel 6-1-17-1
    • VD Philander 2-1-1-2
23.1

Philander to Chigumbura, no run, outside off, leaves him off the pitch, left alone

23.2

Philander to Chigumbura, no run, line and length, defends to the off

23.3

Philander to Chigumbura, no run, on the button again, can only defends down the on side of the pitch

23.4

Philander to Chigumbura, no run, onve again, gets that on the spot, draws out the defensive shot to the off

23.5

Philander to Chigumbura, OUT, Chigumbura defends to the off, ball squirts wide of Duminy at backward point, fumbles, batsman is ball watching, Utseya comes for the run, sent back, slips, and Ntini has to gather as the throw is wide, lobs to Bosman to remove the bails

P Utseya run out 0 (4m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

23.6

Philander to Chigumbura, no run, defends to the off

End of over 24 (wicket maiden) Zimbabwe 72/7 (RR: 3.00)

    • E Chigumbura 0 (7b)
    • GB Brent 0 (0b)
    • VD Philander 3-2-1-2
    • M Morkel 6-1-17-1
24.1

Morkel to Brent, no run, outside off, touch too wide, left alone

24.2

Morkel to Brent, no run, once again too wide. left alone

24.3

Morkel to Brent, no run, straighter ball, gets forward and defends to the off

24.4

Morkel to Brent, no run, leaves one going away down the off

24.5

Morkel to Brent, no run, fuller ball, sliding down leg, off the pads, no appeal

24.6

Morkel to Brent, 1 wide, thats a bit too wide, Brent leaves and gets the wide for his effort

24.6

Morkel to Brent, no run, well forward on the off, strokes the drive to cover

End of over 25 (1 run) Zimbabwe 73/7 (RR: 2.92)

    • GB Brent 0 (6b)
    • E Chigumbura 0 (7b)
    • M Morkel 7-1-18-1
    • VD Philander 3-2-1-2
25.1

Philander to Chigumbura, no run, fullish on the elg stump, defended to the leg side

25.2

Philander to Chigumbura, no run, on length, just outside off, gets across and forward, defends

25.3

Philander to Chigumbura, no run, looks to run that from outside off to thrid man, but a wide gully cuts that off

25.4

Philander to Chigumbura, 1 run, this time he does get it to third man, played slightly later and well under the eyes

25.5

Philander to Brent, no run, shorter ball, tries to pull from the crease, misses out as he plays well over the ball

25.6

Philander to Brent, no run, another short ball and again he can not get the bat on it trying to pull

End of over 26 (1 run) Zimbabwe 74/7 (RR: 2.84)

    • GB Brent 0 (8b)
    • E Chigumbura 1 (11b)
    • VD Philander 4-2-2-2
    • M Morkel 7-1-18-1
26.1

Bodi to Chigumbura, 1 run, left arm spinner starts with a full toss on the leg side, plays it square, wants two and is sent back, nearly another run out

26.2

Bodi to Brent, 1 run, full again, this does pitch and is worked to the on side

26.3

Bodi to Chigumbura, 1 run, full toss again, whipped around to the deep midwicket

26.4

Bodi to Brent, FOUR, tossed up on the off and that is put away on the drive past cover

26.5

Bodi to Brent, no run, pitches and turns back into the pad, no appeal

26.6

Bodi to Brent, 1 run, short outside off, cuts that firmly but the cover sweeper is in place and keeps it to one

End of over 27 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 82/7 (RR: 3.03)

    • GB Brent 6 (12b 1x4)
    • E Chigumbura 3 (13b)
    • GH Bodi 1-0-8-0
    • VD Philander 4-2-2-2
27.1

Philander to Brent, no run, full on the toes, clipped forward of square where Tshabalala cuts off

27.2

Philander to Brent, no run, line and length, defends to the off

27.3

Philander to Brent, no run, and again, Philander into his stride here as he brings out another defensive prod from the front foot

27.4

Philander to Brent, no run, fuller on the off, neat looking stroke as he drives towards extra cover

27.5

Philander to Brent, no run, just on the off, drives gently to the off, short cover this time gathers

27.6

Philander to Brent, 1 run, drives again, beats short cover, Bodi at extra cover dives across to cut that off, saves two or three runs

End of over 28 (1 run) Zimbabwe 83/7 (RR: 2.96)

    • GB Brent 7 (18b 1x4)
    • E Chigumbura 3 (13b)
    • VD Philander 5-2-3-2
    • GH Bodi 1-0-8-0

Bodi has a brief spell and is replaced by the young off spinner

28.1

Tshabalala to Brent, no run, outside off, given air, turns sharply into the pads

28.2

Tshabalala to Brent, 1 run, fullish but tossed up, stroked down the ground to a deep mid-on

28.3

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, no run, well forward to cover any spin, turned with the spin to the on side

28.4

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, 2 runs, well forward, almost on the drive, turns into the inside edge and squirts away past midwicket

28.5

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, 1 run, worked to the on side

28.6

Tshabalala to Brent, 1 run, turned off the legs from the back foot

End of over 29 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 88/7 (RR: 3.03)

    • GB Brent 9 (21b 1x4)
    • E Chigumbura 6 (16b)
    • MS Tshabalala 1-0-5-0
    • VD Philander 5-2-3-2
29.1

Philander to Brent, no run, well forward, defends

29.2

Philander to Brent, no run, line and length, again defends, Zimbabwe have to try and bat out these overs

29.3

Philander to Brent, no run, well forward, gets over it and defends

29.4

Philander to Brent, no run

29.5

Philander to Brent, 1 run, well forward on the off, defensive shot, gets the edge and runs away to third man

29.6

Philander to Chigumbura, no run

End of over 30 (1 run) Zimbabwe 89/7 (RR: 2.96)

    • E Chigumbura 6 (17b)
    • GB Brent 10 (26b 1x4)
    • VD Philander 6-2-4-2
    • MS Tshabalala 1-0-5-0
30.1

Tshabalala to Brent, 1 run, on the off, touch short, played to fine leg nudging it away with the spin

30.2

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, no run, well forward gets over the pitch and smothers any turn

30.3

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, 1 run, down the pitch, looks to clear long-on, gets the edge and a lucky run down to fine leg

30.4

Tshabalala to Brent, no run, looks to work that from the crease to the on side, egst the leading edge back to the bowler

30.5

Tshabalala to Brent, 1 run, worked with the turn from outside off, nudges towards the midwicket area

30.6

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, 1 run, uses the feet, and worked well to the deep midwicket coming in quickly off the boundary

And another drinks break, much needed on a warm dry day

End of over 31 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 93/7 (RR: 3.00)

    • E Chigumbura 8 (20b)
    • GB Brent 12 (29b 1x4)
    • MS Tshabalala 2-0-9-0
    • VD Philander 6-2-4-2
31.1

van der Wath to Chigumbura, no run, Starts off a lot better than his previous spell, length, just on the off, defended to the off

31.2

van der Wath to Chigumbura, no run, just short of a length, gets up a bit, but well over it on the front foot, defends to the off

31.3

van der Wath to Chigumbura, no run, well forward, defends the straighter ball to the off

31.4

van der Wath to Chigumbura, no run, keeps the line and length, defends to the off, can he do it for two more balls

31.5

van der Wath to Chigumbura, 1 run, no, gets it too short, worked to the on side

31.6

van der Wath to Brent, 1 run, again too short, this cut behind square down to a wide thrid man

End of over 32 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 95/7 (RR: 2.96)

    • GB Brent 13 (30b 1x4)
    • E Chigumbura 9 (25b)
    • JJ van der Wath 4-0-20-0
    • MS Tshabalala 2-0-9-0
32.1

Tshabalala to Brent, 1 run, outside off, back, nudges around the corner as he turns that with the spin

32.2

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, no run, well forward as he floats that up, defends down the pitch

32.3

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, 1 wide

32.3

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, 1 run, starts that too straight, pitches and turns away down the leg side, wide called

32.4

Tshabalala to Brent, no run, tossed well up, does not take the bait, defends down the pitch

32.5

Tshabalala to Brent, 1 run, gets well back and works that around the corner on the leg side

32.6

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, 1 run, just too straight and a touch short, nudges behind square on the off

End of over 33 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 100/7 (RR: 3.03)

    • E Chigumbura 11 (28b)
    • GB Brent 15 (33b 1x4)
    • MS Tshabalala 3-0-14-0
    • JJ van der Wath 4-0-20-0
33.1

van der Wath to Chigumbura, no run, line and length, defends to the off

33.2

van der Wath to Chigumbura, no run

33.3

van der Wath to Chigumbura, 1 run, leg side ball, worked off the pads to the on side, quick run taken wide of midwicket

33.4

van der Wath to Brent, no run, back on track, defends to the off

33.5

van der Wath to Brent, 1 run, just on the off, touch full and stroked wide of cover

33.6

van der Wath to Chigumbura, 1 run, on the off, angled away, gets forward and plays fairly late with the open face, runs that down to third man

End of over 34 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 103/7 (RR: 3.02)

    • E Chigumbura 13 (32b)
    • GB Brent 16 (35b 1x4)
    • JJ van der Wath 5-0-23-0
    • MS Tshabalala 3-0-14-0
34.1

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, 1 run, floated in, back, waits and plays with the spin to the on side

34.2

Tshabalala to Brent, no run, better line has to get forward and cover any turn, does so well to the off

34.3

Tshabalala to Brent, no run, touch straight again, looks to work it to the leg, turns into the pads wide of the leg

34.4

Tshabalala to Brent, no run, again a better line outside off, good flight, defends to the off

34.5

Tshabalala to Brent, no run, seems to have found his pace now, pitched outside off, turns back into the defensive bat

34.6

Tshabalala to Brent, no run, drawn well forward on the front foot, looks to turn it to the on side, nudges straight to midwicket

End of over 35 (1 run) Zimbabwe 104/7 (RR: 2.97)

    • GB Brent 16 (40b 1x4)
    • E Chigumbura 14 (33b)
    • MS Tshabalala 4-0-15-0
    • JJ van der Wath 5-0-23-0
35.1

van der Wath to Chigumbura, no run, on line and length, batsmen not taking any chances at the moment, defends to the off

35.2

van der Wath to Chigumbura, 1 run, just outside off, gets forward, opens the face as he plays late running it to third man

35.3

van der Wath to Brent, no run, full, on line, strokes the drive towards extra cover

35.4

van der Wath to Brent, no run, just short of length, width taken, full flash of the bat on the drive, beaten

35.5

van der Wath to Brent, no run, fullish on the off, drives well but straight at short cover

35.6

van der Wath to Brent, no run, short of length and outside off, gets back and chops to the off, loses out on runs as he plays it straight at backward point

End of over 36 (1 run) Zimbabwe 105/7 (RR: 2.91)

    • GB Brent 16 (44b 1x4)
    • E Chigumbura 15 (35b)
    • JJ van der Wath 6-0-24-0
    • MS Tshabalala 4-0-15-0
36.1

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, 1 wide, that starts down the leg, turns further away, de Villiers has to reach a long way to get gloves to that

36.1

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, no run

36.2

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, 1 run, well flighted, this time on line, forward and stroked to the off, nearly a leading edge wide of cover

36.3

Tshabalala to Brent, 1 run, too straight again, easily worked to the leg side

36.4

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, FOUR, flighted right up, maybe just too full and put away neatly on the drive through the cover area

36.5

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, no run, no chances taken this time, defends outside off

36.6

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, no run, all defensive as he flights that up on the off turning back sharply into the defensive bat

End of over 37 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 112/7 (RR: 3.02)

    • E Chigumbura 20 (40b 1x4)
    • GB Brent 17 (45b 1x4)
    • MS Tshabalala 5-0-22-0
    • JJ van der Wath 6-0-24-0
37.1

van der Wath to Brent, 1 run, leg side ball is worked down to fine leg, van der Wath still struggling to find his line

37.2

van der Wath to Chigumbura, 1 wide, this even further down the leg and called

37.2

van der Wath to Chigumbura, FOUR, over corrects with one way down the off, batsman goes after it, gets a thick edge, races away forward of third man

37.3

van der Wath to Chigumbura, no run, full, slight reverse swing, beats the bat as he tries to flick, into the pad, but going down leg, Tiffen agrees

37.4

van der Wath to Chigumbura, 1 run, leg stump line again, there is some reverse, flicked to fine leg

37.5

van der Wath to Brent, FOUR, full toss on the off, attempted yorker, drives well past cover

37.6

van der Wath to Brent, no run, full, the reverse swing takes it into the pad again, this time no appeal as it slants down the leg

End of over 38 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 123/7 (RR: 3.23)

    • GB Brent 22 (48b 2x4)
    • E Chigumbura 25 (43b 2x4)
    • JJ van der Wath 7-0-35-0
    • MS Tshabalala 5-0-22-0
38.1

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, 1 run, well forward on the off, pushes to the backward point, quick run just beats the return, very close

38.2

Tshabalala to Brent, 1 run, full, too wide, drives well to the cover sweeper

38.3

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, FOUR, flatter ball, too short, all the time in the world to pick his pot off the back foot, beats the sweeper on the off boundary

38.4

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, no run, flighted up on the off, pushed from the front foot back down the pitch

38.5

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, no run, too straight and worked to the on side, midwicket cuts it off

38.6

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, 1 wide, wrong line, down the leg, sweeps, no contact, and called

38.6

Tshabalala to Chigumbura, no run, short outside off, back and mistimes as he forces to cover

End of over 39 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 130/7 (RR: 3.33)

    • E Chigumbura 30 (48b 3x4)
    • GB Brent 23 (49b 2x4)
    • MS Tshabalala 6-0-29-0
    • JJ van der Wath 7-0-35-0

Ntini replaces the out of form van der Wath

39.1

Ntini to Brent, no run, starts with the attempted yorker, dug out down the pitch to the mid-off

39.2

Ntini to Brent, no run, all defensive as he gets on just short of length on the off

39.3

Ntini to Brent, FOUR, just short of length, outside off, goes over the top with the field in, couple of bounces over the boundary at cover point

39.4

Ntini to Brent, no run, fuller ball driven down the ground to mid-off

39.5

Ntini to Brent, 2 runs, full but on the toes, clipped that wide of mid-on who has to chase it down almost to the boundary

39.6

Ntini to Brent, 1 run, just on the off, forward, opens the face of the bat and runs it to third man

End of over 40 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 137/7 (RR: 3.42)

    • GB Brent 30 (55b 3x4)
    • E Chigumbura 30 (48b 3x4)
    • M Ntini 7-1-26-0
    • MS Tshabalala 6-0-29-0
40.1

Pollock to Brent, FOUR, Pollock starts leg side, Brent flicks off the pads, clips is fine and with de Villiers up to the wickets that races away for his HS in ODIs

40.2

Pollock to Brent, 1 run, leg stump line again, played to the midwicket

40.3

Pollock to Chigumbura, 1 run, gets it back to the off, nudges it down to third man

40.4

Pollock to Brent, no run, defends to the off as Pollock gets it back on line

40.5

Pollock to Brent, 1 run, Brent now looking to get aggressive, has a bit of a heave ho to the on side, well covered by a diving midwicket

40.6

Pollock to Chigumbura, no run, defends to the off

End of over 41 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 144/7 (RR: 3.51)

    • E Chigumbura 31 (50b 3x4)
    • GB Brent 36 (59b 4x4)
    • SM Pollock 7-1-20-1
    • M Ntini 7-1-26-0
41.1

Ntini to Brent, no run, short outside off, slaps the cut at it, straight at backward point

41.2

Ntini to Brent, no run, fullish on the off, gets well forward on the drive to mid-off

41.3

Ntini to Brent, no run, Ntini stays full, Brent drives again, no runs for a good looking drive as he goes straight at cover

41.4

Ntini to Brent, SIX, short from ntini, gets back and pulls that firmly, low and flat over the boundary into a cheering crowd

41.5

Ntini to Brent, no run, back to the trusted length, just short, angled into the legs, defends down the pitch

41.6

Ntini to Brent, no run, repeats the ball, repeats the shot, runs it down the pitch

End of over 42 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 150/7 (RR: 3.57)

    • GB Brent 42 (65b 4x4 1x6)
    • E Chigumbura 31 (50b 3x4)
    • M Ntini 8-1-32-0
    • SM Pollock 7-1-20-1
42.1

Pollock to Chigumbura, no run, now with a noisy crowd Pollock gets on line and length and is defended to the off

42.2

Pollock to Chigumbura, no run, crowd in singing voice as Pollock stays on line and length and is played defensively to the off

42.3

Pollock to Chigumbura, no run, full into the pads, appeal from Pollock, but that is going way down the leg

42.4

Pollock to Chigumbura, 1 run, just outside off, gentle pace, worked down to third man

42.5

Pollock to Brent, 3 runs, full leg stump line is clipped off the toes past a diving square leg with Bodi having a lot to do on the midwicket boundary

42.6

Pollock to Chigumbura, 1 run, leg side once again, worked to the on side

End of over 43 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 155/7 (RR: 3.60)

    • E Chigumbura 33 (55b 3x4)
    • GB Brent 45 (66b 4x4 1x6)
    • SM Pollock 8-1-25-1
    • M Ntini 8-1-32-0

SA best bowler today Philander back on

43.1

Philander to Chigumbura, no run, starts on the button, defends from the front foot to the off

43.2

Philander to Chigumbura, no run, keeps it just full on the off, stroked into the covers

43.3

Philander to Chigumbura, 1 run, drags that down a bit outside off, punched to the cover sweeper from the back foot

43.4

Philander to Brent, 1 run, full again, bit straight, drives just wide of mid-on who does get around to cut it off

43.5

Philander to Chigumbura, no run, line and length, defends towards cover

43.6

Philander to Chigumbura, no run, line and length, touch short and pushed back to Philander standing up in the crease

End of over 44 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 157/7 (RR: 3.56)

    • E Chigumbura 34 (60b 3x4)
    • GB Brent 46 (67b 4x4 1x6)
    • VD Philander 7-2-6-2
    • SM Pollock 8-1-25-1
44.1

Morkel to Brent, 1 leg bye, leg side, full, flick is missed, ball thuds into the pads

44.2

Morkel to Chigumbura, 1 wide, thats is pushed well down the leg side, swing and a miss, but too wide to get bat too

44.2

Morkel to Chigumbura, no run, outside off, defends from length towards cover

44.3

Morkel to Chigumbura, no run, just on the off, moves away off the pitch, beats the driving Chigumbura

44.4

Morkel to Chigumbura, 1 run, fuller on the off, stroked square on the off for the sweeper to gather

44.5

Morkel to Brent, no run, full on the off, and that must be his worst shot of the day, had a full head in the air swish at that, beaten

44.6

Morkel to Brent, no run, just outside off, drives again and is beaten again, throws the head into the air

End of over 45 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 160/7 (RR: 3.55)

    • GB Brent 46 (70b 4x4 1x6)
    • E Chigumbura 35 (63b 3x4)
    • M Morkel 8-1-20-1
    • VD Philander 7-2-6-2
45.1

Philander to Chigumbura, 1 run, touch short, flat bats that down the ground to long-on

45.2

Philander to Brent, 1 run, full, drives to the on side to the deep midwicket

45.3

Philander to Chigumbura, SIX, leg stump line, in the arc, lofted well over the midwicket boundary, good hit that

45.4

Philander to Chigumbura, 1 run, fuller ball is dug out to the on side for a quick and easy run

45.5

Philander to Brent, no run, yorker dug out of the block hole, rolls back to the bowler

45.6

Philander to Brent, no run, defends to the off, midwicket wide enough for another easy run

End of over 46 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 169/7 (RR: 3.67)

    • GB Brent 47 (73b 4x4 1x6)
    • E Chigumbura 43 (66b 3x4 1x6)
    • VD Philander 8-2-15-2
    • M Morkel 8-1-20-1
46.1

Morkel to Chigumbura, 1 run, just outside off, and no panic from these two, batsman runs that down to Ntini at third man

46.2

Morkel to Brent, 1 run, yorker fired in, just gets the bat down in time, inside edge to square leg for another easy run

46.3

Morkel to Chigumbura, no run, short, quick, left alone

46.4

Morkel to Chigumbura, no run, full, wide outside off, goes down on one knee and drives outside off, sadly he is beaten

46.5

Morkel to Chigumbura, FOUR, does not miss this time, ball sliding down the leg, lofted one bounce over midwicket

46.6

Morkel to Chigumbura, FOUR, does not miss again, this time through the covers as the over pitched ball takes him closer to his fifty

End of over 47 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 179/7 (RR: 3.80)

    • E Chigumbura 52 (71b 5x4 1x6)
    • GB Brent 48 (74b 4x4 1x6)
    • M Morkel 9-1-30-1
    • VD Philander 8-2-15-2
47.1

van der Wath to Brent, 1 run, defends to the off

47.2

van der Wath to Chigumbura, FOUR, leg side, touch short, swings that to wide long-on for his fifty

47.3

van der Wath to Chigumbura, 2 runs, worked off the legs towards long leg

47.4

van der Wath to Chigumbura, 1 run, leg side again, drives along the ground towards deep midwicket

47.5

van der Wath to Brent, OUT, leg side ball, flicks, misses, clips the boot, de Villiers dives to the leg, gathers, run is being taken, but a direct hit from a seated keeper who throws down the middle stump

E Chigumbura run out 59 (108m 74b 6x4 1x6) SR: 79.72

47.6

van der Wath to Maruma, no run, well forward defending on the off

End of over 48 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 187/8 (RR: 3.89)

    • T Maruma 0 (1b)
    • GB Brent 49 (76b 4x4 1x6)
    • JJ van der Wath 8-0-43-0
    • M Morkel 9-1-30-1
48.1

Morkel to Brent, no run, goes after that outside the off and is beaten

48.2

Morkel to Brent, 1 run, outside off, runs that to third man for his maiden fifty

48.3

Morkel to Maruma, 1 wide, leg side wide

48.3

Morkel to Maruma, no run, Morkel still getting a bit of away movement off the pitch, draws the natsman forward and beats him

48.4

Morkel to Maruma, no run, beaten again just outside the off, pushing forward at one leaving him off the pitch

48.5

Morkel to Maruma, 1 run, gets well behind this one, dabs from the crease to the off, quick run taken, Duminy gathers, fires at the bowlers end, misses

48.6

Morkel to Brent, no run, just outside off, drives after making room to the leg side, beaten

End of over 49 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 190/8 (RR: 3.87)

    • GB Brent 50 (79b 4x4 1x6)
    • T Maruma 1 (4b)
    • M Morkel 10-1-33-1
    • JJ van der Wath 8-0-43-0
49.1

van der Wath to Maruma, SIX, leg stump line, just in the arc and pays the penalty as Maruma opens his account with a massive blast over midwicket

49.2

van der Wath to Maruma, OUT, bowler relies with the reverse swinging yorker that thuds into the pad, appeal is upheld by Tiffen but South AFrica may be lucky with that one looking to be sliding down the leg

T Maruma lbw b van der Wath 7 (8m 6b 0x4 1x6) SR: 116.66

49.3

van der Wath to Mpofu, 1 run, full again, gets the bat edge to it and squirts it down the leg side

49.4

van der Wath to Brent, SIX, slower ball, misses the length, Brent does not, bit of a cross bat but sends it sailing back oper the bowlers head as the 200 comes up, who would have believed that after 20 overs

49.5

van der Wath to Brent, 2 runs, drives over the cover, sweeper gets around to cut off

49.6

van der Wath to Brent, 1 run, OUT, plays that across the line to deep midwicket, they take on Bosmans arm but TV has Mpofu short and a wicket on the last ball

CB Mpofu run out 1 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

A total of 206 after being 72/7 shows a remarkable recovery by Zimbabwe after the 115 run partnership by Brent and Chigumbura for the eighth wicket. For South Africa a lot of work remains in the bowling department with Philander standing heads above any of the other bowlers.

We will be back for the start of the second innings

End of over 50 (16 runs) Zimbabwe 206/10

    • GB Brent 59 (82b 4x4 2x6)
    • JJ van der Wath 9-0-59-1
    • M Morkel 10-1-33-1
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