About the Match
It was a sheer dominance of the South African batsmen that saw the team taking a 1-0 lead in the 3-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, by winning the first match on Sunday by a massive 93 runs; they now go up against each other in the second ODI on 19th August at Bulawayo. The home side will try to overcome its weaknesses and recover from the humiliating loss that they suffered in front of their fans while the Proteas look to be on solid footing to win the series. It will surely be an interesting contest as both sides have talented players and we will definitely see the fans throng the stadium to cheer their teams.
Players like Sibanda and Brendan Taylor couldn’t get the scoreboard ticking and failed to get double digit figures; chasing a target of a massive 310 runs, it was Masakadza and Sean Williams who put up a 100-run stand for the 4th wicket trying to rejuvenate the innings. However, it was a tall order for the batsmen down the line even though the efforts of Chigumbura and Jongwe are worth appreciating. The bowlers were lacking in creativity and just couldn’t pull out enough tricks from their bag to restrict the opponents; while Nyumbu and Utseya, together claimed three wickets, it was not enough to stop the likes of Amla, Quinton and Plessis. The team needs to sharpen its skills and the seniors must guide the youngsters to give their best on the field; the bowling attack needs to be planned in a strategic manner if they want to make a comeback in this series and reign in the run-flow of the visitors.
Batting first, the top order consisting of Quinton, Amla and Faf du Plessis, punished the Zimbabwean bowlers mercilessly as they partnered well to post a huge score of 309 runs with some help from the middle order players AB de Villiers and Duminy. Amla went on to post 122 runs from 132 balls and there was no looking back; Quinton too displayed his skills as he scored 63 off 68 while Plessis made a commendable 59 off 77 deliveries. The batting line-up is strong and a formidable force to reckon with and it will be tough for Zimbabwe to overcome their might. The bowling was superior with Imran Tahir and Phangiso claiming 3 wickets each to destroy any remedial measures of the home side’s middle order; the speedsters McLaren and Parnell also took 3 wickets between them to completely demolish the Zimbabwean top order, leaving them in a complete mess. The team has a brilliant mix of established players, who have the experience and determination, and a good set of youngsters, who never miss an opportunity to excel and show-off their talents. With the win in the first match acting like a morale booster, South Africa will be all geared up to go for the kill on Tuesday.
The home side would have learnt some bitter lessons from the first match and will definitely come up with some renewed energy and spirit to make a comeback here; however, South Africa with its recent performances and the fact that its players are in top form, is more likely to win this contest and take the series.
South Africa, 1.08 @ TitanBet