Standard Bank International One-day Series, fourth qualifying match


At Cape Town, January 29 (day/night). South Africa won by five wickets. Toss: Zimbabwe. International debut: R. E. Bryson.

South Africa's third straight win made them near-certainties to reach the final, but it was a drab game on a grey day. The highlight came from Zimbabwe's player-coach Houghton, who reminded some of Ian Botham as he smashed 57 in 44 balls, with eight fours. It was a sporting pitch and South Africa did not achieve a target of 227 without a struggle, but Kirsten gave them a steady start and Rhodes calmly pulled them through.

Man of the Match: D. L. Houghton. Attendance: 19,469.

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