Cricket match date: 6th October 2018
Cricket match time: 16:30 IST
Cricket match location: Boland Park, Paarl, South Africa
Cricket match format: One Day International (ODI)
Tournament: Zimbabwe Tour of South Africa, 2018
Team A: South Africa
Team B: Zimbabwe
Team A Captain: FAF Du Plessis
Team B Captain: Hamilton Masakadza
Cricket Match Review:
South Africa completed a comprehensive series win over Zimbabwe as the hosts cruised a six-wicket win in the third and final cricket match at the Boland Park, Paarl. After restricting Zimbabwe for only 228, South Africa achieved the target with 27 balls and six wickets in spare and was never really in a threat of losing the cricket match.
The home team was boosted before the match by the inclusion of its regular captain and the solid middle-order batsman, FAF Du Plessis. He replaced Duminy as the leader and took the place of Dean Elgar in the playing XI. South Africa decided to rest Lungi Ngidi for this match and rotated him with Kagiso Rabada. Spinner Tabraiz Shamsi was also given a trial in place of Christian Jonker. Zimbabwe went unchanged into this cricket match.
Hamilton Masakadza won the toss for Zimbabwe and opted to bat first. Du Plessis surprised everyone around as he tossed the new ball to the leg-spinner, Imran Tahir, after Steyn completed the opening over. The move paid off as Tahir went through the defences of Solomon Mire in the sixth over of the match. Craig Ervine did not last long and was sent back by Steyn for 0.
Hamilton Masakadza, who scored his third 20-plus score of the series in as many cricket matches, failed to kick on the good start and was dismissed by Rabada as Klaasen completed a diving catch. The experienced duo of Brendan Taylor (40) and Sean Williams (69) stitched a 73-run partnership for the fourth wicket and carried Zimbabwe to a position of relative safety.
Sean Williams fell with 31 runs away from a deserving ODI cricket century as he edged a catch straight back to Rabada. Tail-ender Donald Tiripano displayed the exceptional courage to score a solid 29 thus taking Zimbabwe to a total of 228 against the barrage of Steyn-Rabada.
Both Steyn and Rabada troubled the Zimbabweans with their outrageous pace and picked up three wickets each. Tahir captured two, while Shamsi proved a disappointment and copped up 72 runs without a wicket in his 10 overs.
South African openers, Aiden Markram and Reeza Hendricks, gave the solid start the home cricket team needed and the pair added 75 runs in 75 balls to set up a base for the win. Returning captain FAF Du Plessis chipped in with 26 but it was the wicketkeeper Klaasen who finished the cricket match. Klaasen scored a brilliant 59 from 67 balls with 8 fours and one six to take South Africa closer to the target. Only seven runs were required when he departed.
Donald Tiripano shined with the ball as well as he grabbed two wickets for 35 runs. All other Zimbabwean bowlers took a wicket each.
Cricket Match Summary:
Zimbabwe 228 all out in 49.3 overs (Sean Williams 69, B Taylor 40, D Steyn 3-29, K Rabada 3-32) lost to South Africa 231-6 in 45.5 overs (R Hendricks 66, H Klaasen 59, A Markram 42, D Tiripano 2-35) by 4 wickets.
Man of the Match: Heinrich Klaasen
Man of the Series: Imran Tahir
Cricket Statistical Highlights:
Sean Williams scored his 28th ODI cricket half-century; he has only one ODI cricket hundred.
Reeza Hendricks scored his maiden ODI cricket half-century; he has one ODI century before this.
Heinrich Klaasen scored his maiden ODI cricket half-century and this was also his highest score in ODI cricket.
Team A Cricket Team Playing XI: South Africa
Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, FAF Du Plessis (c), Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Jean-Paul Duminy, Khaya Zondo, T Shamsi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada.
Team B Cricket Team Playing XI: Zimbabwe
Solomon Mire, Hamilton Masakadza (c), Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor (wk), Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Brandon Mavuta, Kyle Jarvis, Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chatara
Sean Williams (Zimbabwe) –69(79)
Dale Steyn (South Africa) – 3-29 in 10 overs
R Hendricks, H Klaasen and Peter Moor – 1 six each