So a rather straight forward finish which leaves us with a South Africa-Australia clash on Saturday. But for now, this is Alagappan Muthu saying sayonara on behalf of Vishal Dikshit and the scorers
Faf du Plessis is the Man of the Match "Just fortunate its coming my way, got dropped when AB got run out. Bit a a purple patch and I want to cash in. Thought JP played really well today, the pitch was really tough and definitely much harder than agianst Australia. His intensity helped me sit back and it helps us looking forward ot Australia. From a bowling point of view, I can give a lot of information about what Australia do. They only got one spinner with a few part-timers and spin would play a big part in the final"
"Losing a bit of control [with the ball]," AB de Villiers says. "Was a little kid with the ball, saw an opportunity to bowl. The bowlers set the trend up, I thought they were out of the game after 20 overs. Well played by Brendan though. I wont say its a problem [on turning pitches[, it is something we're working on. But we had enough firepower to look after teh game today and then in the next. We have to perform better in all three departments. Fafi was there at the end, we want on of the top guys to be there at the end and then the bowlers were very good, not always easy to get going when the game was going your way that much"
"It was a different wicket, a lot drier and was easy to bat on. In the afternoon it became diffuclt for us with their changes of pace. it wasn't too much, not really. The guys batted themselves in but gave wickets away cheaply," Elton Chigumbura says. "There's a lot to take from the series, the bowlers bowled great, but we have to put in performances together as a group"
4.55 pm ZImbabwe posed a threat, but not enough to pip South Africa's place in the final, not eventually was it enough to take the game. Brendan Taylor did his best to ensure the game was competitive but the difference between the two teams was a bit too much. Aaron Phangiso got the ball to turn and his accuracy was quite appreciable. But this victory was made by Faf du Plessis who compiled a third century in the series
"Nice to get a few runs. We were always behind the eight-ball losing too many wickets. but credit to Faf for his form. 272 on that pitch, which was breaking was difficult. He paced his innings brilliantly during that that partnership with Duminy. we thought 230-240 might have given us a chance, "says Brendan Taylor, "Just having Australia, South Africa has been special. Engaging against the best, you can only improve"
DanielAlexander: "JP bowled well today, don't think Tahir will play the final " Three wickets and his accuracy do make him a better package
Three overs left
Shivam: "Zim needs Dougie Marillier now."
Warren: "Great stuff from Taylor here. Proving that he is good enough to play in a higher ranked team. Zim will probably fall short, but thanks to him, they will end up posting a respectable total. Pity that it took him 6 ODI's to do so...." Oh hello, here's AB again
John Nyumbu comes in
Pranav: "@justin also consider the fact that zim have played dat many matched over much longer duration....so dey dont get enough matches continuously"