Zimbabwe need a big win to stay alive in the tournament © AFP
Zimbabwe need a big win to stay alive in the tournament © AFP

Sep 4, 2014

Zimbabwe will take on South Africa in the sixth One-Day International (ODI) of the triangular series in a hope to produce a performance equivalent to what they produced against Australia, as they need a big win to qualify for the final of the tournamament. Catch LIVE BLOG of the Zimbabwe-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.

Squads:

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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