result
1st ODI, Kimberley, Sep 30 2018, Zimbabwe tour of South Africa
(26.1/50 ov, target 118)119/5
South Africa won by 5 wickets (with 143 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
3/19
lungi-ngidi

Time for the presentation:

Masakadza: We were a bit surprised by the pitch. We felt it would do a bit in the morning but it did more than that. The guys tried to knuckle down but could not. Another 50-60 runs would have been better. The guys started really well with the ball, especially on this pitch. Main thing is to get more runs on the board from here.

Lungi Ngidi is the Man of the Match: The pitch was a lot spicier than we thought, happy to continue the good form. I'm carrying a lot of confidence from Sri Lanka. Attacking the stumps was also one thing today, the ball was nipping around a bit. We just tried to hit the lengths, the wicket did the rest. KG told me at the beginning, 'You can have the wind, I'll run into it,' and I tried to use it as much as I could. After the first ball, I thought it was stronger and had to adjust to it. Very happy, I just want to keep putting my hand up. International cricket is a lovely challenge.

Duminy: The pitch definitely did more than we expected, there was always something for the bowlers, even the spinners. It was a tough chase. Touch fuller length was the way to go and try to nick them off, so credit to the bowlers to pull it off. It was quite different from the usual Kimberley wicket. We couldn't quite execute all our plans, but all in all happy with the win.

That's all from us today, then. Who knew even defending 117 would turn out to be interesting. We move over to Bloemfontein now for the second ODI on October 3. Do join us again, like you did today. Until then, it's goodbye from Vishal along with Akshay, Ankur and Hemant. Ciao!

3.07pm Zimbabwe's bowlers did really well there to make a match of this despite being bowled out for their lowest score against South Africa. 117 was hardly going to be enough, even against a second-string SA middle order. Zimbabwe need to post bigger scores and hold on to their catches to turn coach Lalchand Rajput's words of beating SA into reality. The hosts, on the other hand, will know they have work to do if they want to beat Zimbabwe easily and work towards the goal of the 2019 World Cup. Their bowlers put on a terrific show too, but some of their batsmen gave away their wickets to unnecessary shots.

Duminy, especially, looked scratchy when the team was in trouble but he also went past 5000 ODI runs, the ninth South African overall. Not a bad day for him, overall.

26.1
4
Williams to Mulder, FOUR runs

down the leg side, a tickle off the bat to send it fine on the leg side and that goes for four. South Africa are up 1-0

Just three more to go

end of over 266 runs
SA: 115/5CRR: 4.42 RRR: 0.12
Jean-Paul Duminy16 (29)
Wiaan Mulder10 (16)
Brandon Mavuta 4-0-24-1
Sean Williams 4-0-15-0
25.6
4
Mavuta to Duminy, FOUR runs

poor line, this one is outside leg and Duminy easily sweeps it away with the turn fine on the leg side for four

25.5
1
Mavuta to Mulder, 1 run
25.4
Mavuta to Mulder, no run

almost beaten! This one went straight while the batsman played for the legbreak and got a thick outside edge towards slip

25.3
Mavuta to Mulder, no run

tight line on the stumps, he blocks it back

25.2
1
Mavuta to Duminy, 1 run

bit more on the leg stump and he flicks it for a single

25.1
Mavuta to Duminy, no run

bit of flight on the stumps, he defends it back

Mavuta comes back

end of over 254 runs
SA: 109/5CRR: 4.36 RRR: 0.36
Wiaan Mulder9 (13)
Jean-Paul Duminy11 (26)
Sean Williams 4-0-15-0
Wellington Masakadza 5-1-26-2
24.6
Williams to Mulder, no run

goes back and defends the ball in front of the stumps

24.5
2
Williams to Mulder, 2 runs

some room and he cuts off the back foot to send the ball a bit wide of deep cover. They look for two from the beginning and get it

Huzefa: "This pitch would be such an ideal one for Test Cricket. Testing the batsmen every over!"

24.4
1
Williams to Duminy, 1 run

comes down the track and flicks the ball to long on with the turn

24.3
1
Williams to Mulder, 1 run

touch shorter on the pads, he goes back and helps it to square leg

24.2
Williams to Mulder, no run

on the pads this time and he finds midwicket

24.1
Williams to Mulder, no run

on length on the stumps, he offers a straight bat to block it

Karthick : "Another 30 runs more and zim would have had them in trouble now. Is the pitch so difficult?" There's good purchase for the bowlers - both seamers and spinners. But Zimbabwe's total is too low