Well that’s all from us today. This is Amit Banerjee signing off. Do stay tuned to our website for live updates for final between South Africa and Autsralia on Saturday, aside from the fifth and final ODI between India and England scheduled to be held tomorrow at Headingley.
The Zimbabwean openers Sikandar Raza and Vusi Sibanda walk out to bat with a huge responsibility on their shoulders. Dale Steyn will open the bowling for the visitors.
Any hopes for quick start for South Africa have been dashed by the early dismissal of Quinton de Kock as the Amla and du Plessis play cautiously to steer the visitors out of trouble.
Zimbabwe taste first blood as de Kock gets a glove to the ball down the leg side to the wicket-keeper to be dismissed for 2. Perfect start for the hosts as they will look to restrict the Proteas for a chaseable total.
Quinton de Kock c Taylor b Chatara 2(4)
The players walk to the field at the start of the South African innings. The Proteas will hope for a good opening stand in this game after a failed start in the previous encounter against Australia. A moment’s silence is observed in memory of South African cricketer Norman Gordon, who passed away on September 2.
Zimbabwe: Vusi Sibanda, Sikandar Raza, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendon Taylor(wk),Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams, Elton Chigumbura(c), Prosper Utseya, Neville Madziva, John Nyumbu, Tendai Chatara.
South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quniton de Kock(wk), Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers(c), David Miller, JP Duminy, Dale Steyn, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Morne Morkel.
Zimbabwe win toss, elect to field.
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the sixth One-Day International (ODI) match at Harare between the hosts Zimbabwe and South Africa at the Harare Sports Club. This is Amit Banerjee, and I will be bringing you the live updates of the match. Read PREVIEW of the Zimbabwe vs South Africa match here
According to AFP, Zimbabwe must pull off a second shock victory in the space of five days on Thursday but must also beat South Africa by a big enough margin to qualify for a one-day triangular series final against Australia. The hosts stunned the cricket world on Sunday when they beat Australia, who were the No 1-ranked ODI team at the time, for the first time in 31 years.
The result gave Zimbabwe a glimmer of hope that they could reach Saturday’s final, but their chances grew even slimmer when Australia beat South Africa by 62 runs on Tuesday to clinch their spot in the final.
That left Zimbabwe needing not only a bonus point win over South Africa on Thursday, but also to significantly improve their inferior net run rate if they are to qualify at the Proteas’ expense.
Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (c), Sikandar Raza Butt, Tendai Chatara, Luke Jongwe, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Neville Madziva, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Shingirai Masakadza, Tinotenda Mawoyo, Natsai M’shangwe, Cuthbert Musoko, John Nyumbu, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Brendan Taylor (wk), Donald Tiripano, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams.
South Africa: AB de Villiers (c), Hashim Amla, Kyle Abbott, Quinton de Kock (wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Rilee Rossouw, Mthokozisi Shezi, Dale Steyn.
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