Result
Final, Harare, Sep 6 2014, Zimbabwe Triangular Series
217/9
(40.5/50 ov, target 218)
221/4
South Africa won by 6 wickets (with 55 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
South Africa
1y
• The Report by Firdose Moonda

Steyn burst, Du Plessis 96 seal title for South Africa

South Africa clinched their first-ever win against Australia in a final after a Dale Steyn bowling masterclass handed them the advantage before Faf du Plessis' 96 steered the chase

Match centre 
Commentator: Siddarth Ravindran
Scorecard summary
Australia217/9(50 overs)
Dale Steyn4/34(10)
South Africa221/4(40.5 overs)

Rohit Verma: "The most appropriate comment at this moment is "What the hell was that from AB??"" Ah well, the title is South Africa's.

Faf may have missed out on the hundred and hitting the winning runs but his ODI career wasn't exactly sensational before this. This series has been sensational for him. The world Cup may be six months away but South Africa's top six seems to be sorted out already.

AB de Villiers getting some serious flak from readers.

India hang on to their No. 1 spot by a fraction of a point.

Shahid: "ABD is like the HULK. He has no control over himself. This is exactly why he sent Parnell ahead of him, to avoid such a situation. "

Sumedha: "I remember similar performance to Du Plessis from Aravinda De Silva in Singer World Series, 1996."

Kamal: "The only possible explanation for AB's sixes could be that Faf may have done something similar when they we were playing together in a backyard cricket couple of decades back. Revenge is best served when it's old!!!"

Presentation ceremony:

George Bailey: "We were 70-80 short, but we were outplayed. It was challenging to bat at the start, once again, credit to South Africa, their spinners were tight, their top four almost all got starts. It really good to see Phil Hughes do really well, and other youngsters as well."

Man of the Match is Dale Steyn: "Been looking for some wickets, getting it in the final is always good. Trying to always take wickets. Think I found my length today, I have been searching for that in the last 4-5 games."

Man of the Series is Faf du Plessis: "I've been given an opportunity to make no .3 spot mine, luckily I have been able to score some runs. I've been hitting the ball well, definitely it is a position where I get the time to set up my innings. I'm getting used to the role now, I'm beginning to enjoy it. The second hundred against Australia which we lost was the one I thought I was hitting the ball best."

AB de Villiers: "We had to work really hard, we have played for a month now here, we have developed the skill to swing it both ways. Lots of credit to Faf, we could build our innings around him. I really wanted to be there at the end, we wanted to extend it and taking it nice and deep (that's why we sent in Parnell). The fact that we are starting to win games under pressure shows we are on the right track, but there is definitely room for improvement. We will try to get things 100% for the big tournament."

South Africa are handed their trophy, it is immediately given over to Faf, the star of the series.

Deep: "I don't know why people are getting upset at AB de Villiers. This is international cricket I'm sure Faf Du Plessis didn't mind. Beside the wrong no ball given was what really creates the pressure." Doubt that is going to be the majority view, Deep.

Mark: "South Africa look frighteningly good right now. India look pretty useful too in this format. England and Australia look a pretty good match for each other in ODIs."

DBVFan: "Faf took 51 balls to move from 53 to 96 at a strike rate of 84. Agreed there was no urgency. I think ABD got frustrated with how much time elapsed since Faf hit a boundary or shown serious intent. Nothing wrong with what ABD did. Faf shuld learn to be less selfish in the future."

In any case, South Africa are champions. Take a look at Firdose Moonda's match report, we'll have plenty more from Liam Brickhill as well. Thanks everyone for joining in. See you again soon.

40.5
4
Johnson to de Villiers, FOUR runs
AB finishes it off next ball, a full ball is thumped through cover for four, AB and JP hug in the middle, they have outclassed Australia today
40.4
w
Johnson to du Plessis, OUT
no century for Faf, he was losing his composure here as he needed a big shot to get his 100, he has lost his wicket now, a full toss is thrashed towards mid-on, hit high on the bat,else that was a four, end of a memorable series for Faf
F du Plessis c Faulkner b Johnson 96 (172m 99b 8x4 1x6) SR: 96.96
40.3
Johnson to du Plessis, no run
Faf smiles after he can't connect properly with a totally wild slog, the ball rolls to the keeper
40.3
1nb
Johnson to du Plessis, 1 no ball
is that a wide? is that a no-ball? the umpires confer after a high wide full toss outside, they decide it is a no-ball for height, don't think it should have been, scores level
40.2
Johnson to du Plessis, no run
full ball is driven towards long-off, the single is declined

Johnson over the wicket now. Two runs to go. Faf needs four

40.1
4
Johnson to du Plessis, FOUR runs
four for Faf, he thrashes this over over mid-on for four, a flat-batted swat, he's on 96 now

Ashish Nagesh: "Can't forget Sachin, Sehwag, Ganguly and Dravid "

end of over 4017 runs
SA: 212/3CRR: 5.3 • RRR: 0.60 • Need 6 from 60b
AB de Villiers53 (40)
Faf du Plessis92 (94)
James Faulkner8-0-54-1
Mitchell Johnson9-0-43-0

Kris: "Best Top 4: Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Richie Richardson, Vivian Richards. For that matter, the West Indian team of the 70s and 80s could offer up the Best ." Spinners?

39.6
Faulkner to de Villiers, no run
cutting in towards middle and leg, inside-edged onto the pads, a dot ball, and Faf will be on strike
39.5
4
Faulkner to de Villiers, FOUR runs
makes room and chops that through the covers for four more, fifty for AB
39.4
6
Faulkner to de Villiers, SIX runs
what century for Faf? back to back sixes for AB, he thumps this one over long-off for another huge hit, stylish and authoritative
39.3
6
Faulkner to de Villiers, SIX runs
length ball is clobbered into the crowd, that was pure disdain, skates down the track and smashes that over midwicket

AT: "@Martin: What about Dilshan, Jayasuriya, Sangakarra & Jayawardene?"

39.2
Faulkner to de Villiers, no run
outside off, guided towards backward point

Moeed: "@martin Dude like seriously? Gilli-Hayden-Ponting-Clarke Forgot that?"

39.1
1
Faulkner to du Plessis, 1 run
full back is tucked towards midwicket
end of over 393 runs
SA: 195/3CRR: 5 • RRR: 2.09 • Need 23 from 66b
AB de Villiers37 (35)
Faf du Plessis91 (93)
Mitchell Johnson9-0-43-0
James Faulkner7-0-37-1

Altaf: "Last time I remember someone scoring 3 centuries in series was Gambhir in VB series 2007-08. Before that I think Laxman in 2003-04 VB series and Graeme Hick 1998-99 Carlton & United series. All of tournaments involve one, Auzie !!" Quinton de Kock against India in December 2013?

38.6
Johnson to de Villiers, no run
full and outside off, bottom edge as AB looks to drive through covers
38.5
1
Johnson to du Plessis, 1 run
full ball on the stumps, tucked towards midwicket, all too easy this
38.4
Johnson to du Plessis, no run
38.3
1
Johnson to de Villiers, 1 run
oh, that was comical, AB was dancing down the track, Johnson spots that and fires it full and wide, AB had to lunge across to reach it, gets it over cover

Martin: "Is Hashim-Quinton-Faf-AB the best top four in ODI history?" Bit early for that sort of talk. Maybe we can discuss after the 2015 World Cup

38.2
Johnson to de Villiers, no run
short of length ball angling in towards off stump, defended towards point
38.1
1b
Johnson to du Plessis, 1 bye
slower one outside off, looked to guide it to third man but misses, the keeper fumbles as well
Best performances - batsmen
F du Plessis
96 runs (99)
8 fours
1 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
flick
16 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
6196714111518
AB de Villiers
57 runs (41)
6 fours
2 sixes
Control75%
Productive shot
cover drive
13 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
24111147215
Best performances - bowlers
DW Steyn
O
10
M
1
R
34
W
4
Eco
3.40
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
3W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
WD Parnell
O
10
M
1
R
40
W
2
Eco
4.00
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Harare Sports Club
TossSouth Africa , elected to field first
SeriesZimbabwe Triangular Series 2014
Player Of The Match
Dale Steyn
Player Of The Series
Faf du Plessis
Series resultSouth Africa won the 2014 Zimbabwe Triangular Series
Match numberODI no. 3526
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 days6 September 2014 (50-over match)
Umpires
Russell Tiffin
Aleem Dar
TV Umpire
Jeremiah Matibiri
Reserve Umpire
Owen Chirombe
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath