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3rd Match, Pool B (D/N), Hamilton, Feb 15 2015, ICC Cricket World Cup
(48.2/50 ov, target 340)277
South Africa won by 62 runs
player of the match
David Miller
South Africa
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• The Report by Alagappan Muthu

Miller, Duminy madness sinks spirited Zimbabwe

David Miller and JP Duminy lifted South Africa from 83 for 4 to 339 for 4 with a world-record fifth-wicket partnership, which proved too much despite Zimbabwe's batsmen rallying impressively

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Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Rohan Sharma
Scorecard summary
South Africa339/4(50 overs)
Zimbabwe277/10(48.2 overs)

9.55 pm: That's all from us then. Don't forget to tune into Match Point! This is Rohan Sharma signing off on behalf of ESPNcricinfo, and If you've had half as much fun reading the commentary as I've had doing it, then I've had twice as much fun doing the commentary then you've had reading it. See you tomorrow, folks.

David Miller, Man of the Match: The first hundred will also be memorable, but this one was really nice as well. I just needed to construct a partnership with someone, and JP was the man today. It was a bit slow initially, but it definitely eased up towards the end. We just kept encouraging each other along the way and we knew how important this partnership was to the team. Can take a lot of positives in how I constructed this innings, especially when rotating the strike with the spinners on.

David Miller is the Man of the Match

9.38 pm The scorecard might suggest South Africa won this one convincingly, but there is no doubt about it, Zimbabwe have issued a clear warning to the rest of the teams in Pool B. They were ahead of the cards in the first half of each innings, but seemed to lose their way as they got into the business end of things. Still, the promise and heart they showed will imbue great confidence within the side as they look to the remainder of their matches. Hamilton Masakadza and Chamu Chibhabha were the main guns initially, before Brendon Taylor added a run-a-ball 40, but it wasn't enough to get them over the line as that 30-run 48th over, courtesy of David Miller's swashbuckling bat, proved the difference ultimately.

48.2
W
Morkel to Chatara, OUT

and with a simple return chance to this full delivery on middle, Morkel has snapped up the final scalp to give South Africa a 62-run victory in the end

Tendai Chatara c & b Morkel 6 (21m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 54.55
48.1
Morkel to Chatara, no run

advances down the track before realising this is an attempted wide yorker, so tries to readjust to get at it, but fails to do so

end of over 485 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 277/9CRR: 5.77 • RRR: 31.50 • Need 63 from 12b
Tendai Chatara6 (9)
Tafadzwa Kamungozi0 (0)
Vernon Philander8-0-30-2
Morne Morkel8-1-49-1

Vaaalpaiyan: "Earlier today, Someone was concerned that Zimbabwe might loose their confident by playing a losing first game against heavy weights.. they are still loosing the game, But it appears SA might ve drastically damaged their confidence "

47.6
1
Philander to Chatara, 1 run

able to cart away this fuller delivery on and around off to the mid-on fielder

47.5
Philander to Chatara, no run

is well late on this bouncer outside off which Tendai fails to ramp over third man

47.4
4
Philander to Chatara, FOUR runs

low full toss which is in the slot as this is blazed away through the covers for a boundary

Pratik Shrestha: "Solomon Mire, showing T20 skill....go Zimbabwe!!!"

47.3
Philander to Chatara, no run

searching for the yorker as he ends up giving up a low full toss which is struck back to him. The batsmen run the single as Philander turns to fire in a throw at the non-striker's, but misses

47.2
Philander to Chatara, no run

reaches out to this fuller length, almost inside-edging this as it continues on to the keeper

That 48th over which cost Zimbabwe 30 runs may have just been the difference today it seems

47.1
W
Philander to Mire, OUT

AB pops up again in the deep as Philander has got them just one away now as Mire, looking to smash every remaining delivery out of the park, ends up pulling this towards de Villiers at deep midwicket, who puts in a wonderful forward dive to catch him in the deep. Ends a very entertaining cameo from Mire. Will be great to see more pyrotechnics from him as this tournament wages on

Solomon Mire c de Villiers b Philander 27 (28m 25b 2x4 2x6) SR: 108

68 off 18 now.. can Zimbabwe get through till the end? Vernon may have something to say about that, though

end of over 478 runs
ZIM: 272/8CRR: 5.78 • RRR: 22.67 • Need 68 from 18b
Solomon Mire27 (24)
Tendai Chatara1 (4)
Morne Morkel8-1-49-1
Imran Tahir10-0-36-3

Peter: "it looks like those last few overs from Zimbabwe are going to cost them. Take at look at that worm, they're neck and neck!"

46.6
1
Morkel to Mire, 1 run

overpitched and thundered down the ground by MIre, but is cut off by a dive from the long on fielder

46.5
Morkel to Mire, no run

fullish length outside off which he fails to get any bat on as Morkel has found the right channel to get through these final death overs

46.5
1w
Morkel to Mire, 1 wide

wide of the crease and Morkel won't get away it as the umpire goes through the motions

46.4
Morkel to Mire, no run

yet another play-and-a-miss as the ball is saved from another demoralising strike from Mire's blade

Ben: "Zimbabwe should not be disheartened - if they play like this against Ireland, UAE and West Indies, they will easily make it through to the quarter finals."

46.3
Morkel to Mire, no run

ends up going too fast through his stroke to this bouncer on middle and off

46.2
Morkel to Mire, no run

goes for another big heave down the ground to this widish, full delivery outside off

46.1
6
Morkel to Mire, SIX runs

that just might be the biggest six of the tournament as Mire showcases his IPL credentials with a huge scythe over cow corner that just flew high over the stand. This may have even departed the oval. Tremendous strike from the Zimbabwean!

Morkel now on to replace Steyn

end of over 462 runs
ZIM: 264/8CRR: 5.73 • RRR: 19.00 • Need 76 from 24b
Tendai Chatara1 (4)
Solomon Mire20 (18)
Imran Tahir10-0-36-3
Dale Steyn9-0-64-1
45.6
Tahir to Chatara, no run

gets through the final ball as Tahir wraps up a tidy spell of 3 for 36

45.5
1
Tahir to Mire, 1 run

clubs yet another one with the spin to deep midwicket, but can't get it either side of him on the boundary rope

45.4
Tahir to Mire, no run

driven back to the bowler as he covers for the spin

45.3
1
Tahir to Chatara, 1 run

looks for the big heave down the ground which goes straight up, but this falls safe as there are no fielders stationed between long off and mid-off

45.2
Tahir to Chatara, no run

goes for the conventional leggie as Tendai fails to glide this one away through third man

Best performances - batsmen
David Miller portrait
DA Miller
138 runs (92)
7 fours
9 sixes
Control91%
Productive shot
pull
30 runs
2 fours
2 sixes
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JP Duminy portrait
JP Duminy
115 runs (100)
9 fours
3 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
slog shot
19 runs
1 four
2 sixes
892210223167
Best performances - bowlers
Imran Tahir portrait
Imran Tahir
O
10
M
0
R
36
W
3
ECO
3.6
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Vernon Philander
VD Philander
O
8
M
0
R
30
W
2
ECO
3.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
Match details
Seddon Park, Hamilton
TossZimbabwe, elected to field first
SeriesICC Cricket World Cup
Season2014/15
Player Of The Match
David Miller
David Miller
Match numberODI no. 3601
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45
Match days15 February 2015 - daynight match (50-over match)
Umpires
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Ranmore Martinesz
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Rod Tucker
TV Umpire
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Paul Reiffel
Reserve Umpire
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Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Match Referee
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Roshan Mahanama
PointsSouth Africa 2, Zimbabwe 0