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South Africa thumped Zimbabwe yet again in ongoing Zimbabwe's tour of South Africa and with just the last game of the tournament remaining, they'll be looking to add another clean-sweep to their wall of fame. South Africa have never lost to Zimbabwe in the shortest format and will like to keep it that way. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, are desperate for a win and will want to get that to redeem some lost pride and escape the embarrassment. The two-time lock horns at Willowmorre Park, Benoni on Sunday, October 14.
Although the Proteas have been winning since the beginning to the tour, they weren't as clinical at the beginning of the tour. They were struggling with their batting which was clearly visible till the beginning of the T20I series. However, the Proteas were brilliant in the last T20I following their 34-run win in the first match of the series.
The return of Faf du Plessis not only bolstered South Africa's batting lineup but also reinforced the experience in the team which has been invaluable so far. Rassie van der Dussen instilled confidence in the lower middle-order with a splendid fifty in the opening T20 International. With experienced T20 players in Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, and David Miller at their disposal, the Proteas batting will not be easy to bowl to for the bowlers of any side.
Even without Imran Tahir, the Protean bowling lineup did exceedingly well in their last encounter. Lungi Ngidi, Dane Patterson, and Robbie Frylink all picked up a couple of wickets each to stifle Zimbabweans. Not only did they pick wickets, but they were also difficult to score off.
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The men in red have tried all possible combinations, but they haven't managed to get the results in their favor. They've had some instances of individual brilliance, but failure to click as a team has really hurt their chances. Furthermore, they haven't' really received the kind of support they were hoping for from the comeback players.
Sean Williams and Peter Moor have been impressive in the T20Is with the bat and will need to come good again, together, to counter the powerful South African bowling attack. Having said that, a lot will still depend upon the kind of start Zimbabweans get from their top-order which includes the likes of Hamilton Masakadza and Brendon Taylor.
While the batting has struggled for the visitors, their bowling has been in terrific rhythm. Mavuta, the young leg-spinner has impressed one and all with his intelligent variations and control. He was difficult to score off in both the games and has become a vital cog in this lineup, especially in the absence of Graeme Cremer. Other than him, Zimbabweans have looked up to Christopher Mpofu who has picked three wickets in the series so far and will need to put up yet another strong performance for Zimbabwe.
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This series has been a rather one-sided affair as per the score-line, but the individual matches have been a lot more competitive. South Africa has continuously struggled against the Zimbabwean bowlers, but the Zimbabwean batting hasn't been able to make a mark which has hurt their chances the most. Unless Zimbabwean batsmen find a way to bat with confidence throughout the innings, it's going to yet another win for the Proteas. Considering the way the series has gone so far, a win for South Africa in this last match of the series is the most likely result.