It will be a mountain to climb for the Zimbabwe © Getty Images
It will be a mountain to climb for the Zimbabwe © Getty Images

 

Aug 9, 2014

 

South Africa and Zimbabwe will play a one-off Test match at the Harare Sports Club which is scheduled to start on Saturday. This series will be Hashim Amla’s second series as the Proteas skipper. South Africa pulled off an amazing series win against the Sri Lankans in their backyard. Their confidence will be soaring high. Some of the main XI players have been rested for this series, but they will still be a huge challenege for Zimbabwe.

 

Given Zimbabwe’s lowly ranking and the myriad problems infecting its cricket, the Proteas could have been forgiven for resting key players in the one-off Test but have instead stuck with the 15-man squad that recently clinched a series victory in Sri Lanka.

 

That means that a Zimbabwe side who have not played a Test in almost a year are set to come up against the best and most feared bowler in the world in Dale Steyn, as well as top-ranked batsman AB de Villiers and top-ranked all-rounder Vernon Philander.

 

Teams:

 

Zimbabwe XI: Vusi Sibanda, Hamilton Masakadza, Mark Vermeulen, Brendan Taylor (c), Sean Williams, Regis Chakabva, Richmond Mutumbami, Tinashe Panyangara, Tendai Chatara, John Nyumbu, Donald Tiripano.

 

South Africa: XI: Hashim Amla (C), Dean Elagar,  Alviro Petersen, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock(wk), JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Dane Piedt

 

Catch live cricket score and ball-by-ball commentary of the first day’s play here