Zimbabwe v South Africa, 2014-15
Wisden's review of the third ODI, Zimbabwe v South Africa, 2014-15
At Bulawayo, August 21, 2014. Third one-day international: South Africa won by seven wickets. Zimbabwe 165 (39.5 overs) (Sikandar Raza 30, E. Chigumbura 90; M. de Lange 3-31); ‡South Africa 171-3 (27.2 overs) (Q. de Kock 84, F. du Plessis 40). MoM: Q. de Kock. MoS: Q. de Kock. ODI debuts: R. Rossouw, M. Shezi (South Africa).
With the series settled, each team made three changes. Brendan Taylor, after a run of 77 consecutive one-day internationals, was dropped for only
the second time in his decade-long career. In his absence, Zimbabwe melted. Marchant de Lange, returning after two and a half years out of the international game, and Abbott applied the heat, and only Elton Chigumbura could withstand it. Assuming Taylor's position and role at No. 4, he held the
innings together with a format-best 90, hitting 40 off his last 20 balls. South Africa were missing Amla and de Villiers, but needed little more than half the overs to confirm a clean sweep. In the first over of the reply, Rilee Rossouw, facing his first delivery in South African colours, called de Kock through for a single, only to be run out by Malcolm Waller's direct hit from mid-off. After that, it was plain sailing.