Result
6th Match, Harare, Sep 4 2014, Zimbabwe Triangular Series
271/6
(47.2/50 ov, target 272)
208
South Africa won by 63 runs
Player Of The Match
South Africa
1y
• The Report by Firdose Moonda

Du Plessis' third century puts South Africa in final

South Africa secured their place in the series final thanks to a third century in the competition from Faf du Plessis, which formed the spine of a target too tall for Zimbabwe to chase

Match centre 
Scorer: S Balasubramanian
Commentator: Alagappan Muthu
Scorecard summary
South Africa271/6(50 overs)
Zimbabwe208(47.2 overs)

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

47.2
w
Duminy to Nyumbu, OUT
flighted on middle, Nyumbu goes for an across-the-line sweep. Hit in front of middle, Umpire Dar reckons it will go on to hit middle and that's all she wrote
J Nyumbu lbw b Duminy 4 (9m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14
47.1
2
Duminy to Nyumbu, 2 runs
flighted on leg stump, whipped away through midwicket. They see the opportunity for a couple and commit fully to it. Chatara dives headlong to make his ground at the non-strikers' end

Three overs left

Shivam: "Zim needs Dougie Marillier now."

end of over 473 runs
ZIM: 206/9CRR: 4.38 • RRR: 22.00 • Need 66 from 18b
Tendai Chatara10 (20)
John Nyumbu2 (5)
AB de Villiers2-0-13-0
Jean-Paul Duminy8-0-33-2
46.6
de Villiers to Chatara, no run
back of a length and outside off, eased away towards third man
46.5
de Villiers to Chatara, no run
that was close! AB knows it as he has hands on his head. Another offcutter pushed fuller and lured Chatara on a slog sweep, misses and it wasn;t too far away from off stump
46.5
1w
de Villiers to Chatara, 1 wide
another wide down the pads, found the block hole reasonably well though
46.4
de Villiers to Chatara, no run
seems to skid off the deck as Chatara blocks a shortish ball on middle
46.3
de Villiers to Chatara, no run
full on leg stump, Chatara tries to whip it away to square leg but misses.
46.2
1
de Villiers to Nyumbu, 1 run
that was the offcutter, gripped in the pitch and almost had the batsman out leg before. Instead its been flicked away towards midwicket
46.1
de Villiers to Nyumbu, no run
shortish and outside off, chopped away to point
46.1
1w
de Villiers to Nyumbu, 1 wide
full and sliding down leg, as he did when he began his first spell

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

end of over 465 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 203/9CRR: 4.41 • RRR: 17.25 • Need 69 from 24b
John Nyumbu1 (3)
Tendai Chatara10 (16)
Jean-Paul Duminy8-0-33-2
Wayne Parnell8-0-39-1
45.6
1
Duminy to Nyumbu, 1 run
good length ball on off stump, Nyumbu tucks it through short leg and gets a single
45.5
Duminy to Nyumbu, no run
pushed through outside off, Nyumbu shuffles across and blocks
45.4
Duminy to Nyumbu, no run
flighted on middle and off, he blocks with some authority

John Nyumbu comes in

45.3
w
Duminy to Taylor, OUT
goes for the slog again, the equation calls for it. this time though it was an awful hoick at the cost of his balance. Didn't get anywhere close to the ball and off stump is knocked back. Mangongo and the dressing room applauds
BRM Taylor b Duminy 79 (156m 96b 5x4 2x6) SR: 82.29
45.2
4
Duminy to Taylor, FOUR runs
beats short fine leg, despite the full-length dive. That was a poor ball from Duminy, allowed Taylor to get under it and lap sweep it to the boundary
45.1
Duminy to Taylor, no run
fired through outside off, with a round-arm action. Taylor advances and blocks

Pranav: "@justin also consider the fact that zim have played dat many matched over much longer duration....so dey dont get enough matches continuously"

end of over 458 runs
ZIM: 198/8CRR: 4.4 • RRR: 14.80 • Need 74 from 30b
Tendai Chatara10 (16)
Brendan Taylor75 (93)
Wayne Parnell8-0-39-1
Aaron Phangiso10-0-38-1
44.6
Parnell to Chatara, no run
gets back over the wicket to the tailender and bowls a short ball, Chatara sways away and loses balance.
44.5
1
Parnell to Taylor, 1 run
back of a length and outside off, steps away and thumps through to the sweeper
Best performances - batsmen
F du Plessis
121 runs (140)
5 fours
4 sixes
Control90%
Productive shot
on drive
31 runs
0 fours
2 sixes
1118716122838
BRM Taylor
79 runs (96)
5 fours
2 sixes
Control75%
Productive shot
cover drive
16 runs
1 fours
1 sixes
97471612717
Best performances - bowlers
JP Duminy
O
8.2
M
0
R
35
W
3
Eco
4.20
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
N Madziva
O
6
M
0
R
53
W
2
Eco
8.83
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Harare Sports Club
TossZimbabwe , elected to field first
SeriesZimbabwe Triangular Series 2014
Player Of The Match
Faf du Plessis
Match numberODI no. 3524
Season2014
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 09.30-13.00 Interval 13.00-13.30, Second Session 13.30-17.00
Match days4 September 2014 (50-over match)
Umpires
Aleem Dar
Jeremiah Matibiri
TV Umpire
Owen Chirombe
Reserve Umpire
Langton Rusere
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath
PointsSouth Africa 5, Zimbabwe 0