Hashim Amla is dropped! He makes the Zimabweans pay dearly for it, by hitting boundaries in the next two deliveries. South Africa have once again made a strong start against Zimbabwe. Tendai Chatara has bowled well, giving away just four runs in the his three overs.
Zimbabwe have won the toss, and elected to field. AB de Villiers, who scored a brilliant century in the match against Australia, has been rested. Morne Morkel and Wayne Parnell too have been rested.
Zimbabwe (Playing XI): Brendan Taylor(w), Elton Chigumbura(c), Sikandar Raza, Tino Mawoyo, Hamilton Masakadza, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams, Tendai Chatara, Brian Vitori, Prosper Utseya, John Nyumbu
South Africa (Playing XI): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Faf du Plessis(c), Rilee Rossouw, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Aaron Phangiso, Imran Tahir, Kyle Abbott, Dale Steyn
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the third One-Day International (ODI) between Zimbabwe and South Africa at Harare. I am Sameer Jha and I will be bringing you the live updates of the match. Zimbabwe were convincingly defeated in the first ODI of the Triangular Series by Australia. Whereas, South Africa also had a comfortable seven wicket victory against Australia.
For South Africa, it seems like nothing can go wrong. They have been brilliant in all formats of the game in recent times having defeated top teams. Just a few days back, they thrashed Zimbabwe 3-0 in the bilateral series. A sound batting line-up and a feared bowling unit, combined with exceptional fielding skills make them the team to beat. They successfully chased even a total of 327 against Australia on Wednesday. If they guard themselves against complacency setting in, they will be just fine.
Zimbabwe, meanwhile, are a troubled bunch. They possess the zeal to fight but tend to crumble under pressure. Their bowling attack may be inexperienced but has managed to perform decently against stronger teams. Now, with the axing of Tinashe Panyangara, they will be forced to make a change in their line-up. Their biggest weakness has been the form of their batsmen. They need to contribute today if Zimbabwe want to show some resistance against their mighty neighbors.
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