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Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014: Zimbabwe vs Australia 6th ODI key clashes

Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura has a vital role to play for his side if they have to get to a win © Getty Images

Zimbabwe will take on South Africa in the penultimate match, for one last time in the triangular series at the Harare Sports Club on Thursday. Zimbabwe registered a historical win in their last match after defeating Australia by three wickets and on the other hand, South Africa lost to the Australia by 62 runs in their previous encounter. Zimbabwe will play for pride and South Africa will look to get back to winning ways just before their final against Australia. Rajarshi Majumdar looks at few key clashes…

Prosper Utseya vs Ab de Villiers: Without a doubt, Ab de Villiers is one of the best batsmen in the world. He took apart the Australian pace attack and helped South Africa chase down a mammoth target of 328 runs with two overs to spare. On the other hand, Prosper Utseya picked up five wickets against South Africa in their last meeting, which includes a hattrick. He has been economical throughout the series and has troubled all the batsmen. It will be interesting to see how de Villiers will deal his orthodox spin bowling.

Sean Williams vs Faf du Plessis:Faf du Plessis has showed his class with back to back centuries against the Australians. He thwarted the Australian pacers in the second One-Day international (ODI) and went on to score his maiden Test century. He scored yet another century against the Aussies but he could not help the Proteas to go over the line as he kept on losing partners at the other end. On the other hand, Sean Williams has proved his worth with his tricky left arm spin. George Bailey will remember the way he was cleaned up by Williams in their last meeting. Williams too made several batsmen feel uneasy at the crease in this triangular series. Du Plessis will be wary of this lanky spinner.

Elton Chigumbura vs Dale Steyn: Dale Steyn was hit for three sixes in a row by Mitchell Marsh during the slog overs in the fifth One-Day International (ODI) of this triangular series. Steyn did not make much of an impact as he is supposed to make. But he would like to get back in song. Thing’s will not be easy for the Proteas. Whereas, Chigumbura has already played a couple of impressive innings. As he lead his team from the front, he would like to end this series on a good note. It will be a challenge for Steyn to turn things around before the final against Australia.

Brenden Taylor vs Aaron Phangiso: Its quite a lopsided battle here as the battlescared veteran Brendan Taylor’s experience clearly holds the upper hand here. Aaron Phangiso has a four-wicket haul having been thrust into the side ahead of the less-than-adequate Imran Tahir. Taylor is more than handy with spin Phangiso has quite a job at hand as the wicketkeeper-batsman is the big fish.

(RajarshiMajumdar is a reporter at CricketCountry. He played cricket for all age levels under the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for over 12 years. Apart from cricket he is an avid follower of football, supports Manchester United and a foodie at heart)

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