Cricket match date: 3rd October 2018
Cricket match time: 16:30 IST
Cricket match location: Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein, 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: JP Duminy
Team B Captain: Hamilton Masakadza
Cricket Match Review:
At 101/7, South Africa was in grave danger of conceding an embarrassing defeat against Zimbabwe in the second ODI cricket match of the three-match series. It was Dale Steyn, making his long-awaited return to cricket, who stole the show and saved the team. The fast bowler scored his maiden ODI fifty in 13-year old cricket career and was instrumental in taking South Africa to a final score of 198, with the support of Andile Phehlukwayo, who added 28 runs.
The target of 199 was always going to be difficult for Zimbabwe against such a high-quality bowling attack. Their problems were compounded by the venomous cricket track present at Bloemfontein. The pitch turned capricious and the bounce became variable, therefore making it extremely uncomfortable for the batsmen. Craig Ervine received blows on the glove and the grille on successive deliveries from Steyn, while both Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza struggled to cope with the rising deliveries.
Dale Steyn rocked the Zimbabwean chase early as he removed both Solomon Mire and Craig Ervine. Around 10th over mark in the visitor’s innings, the pitch started misbehaving excessively and it could have been fatal to any of Zimbabwean’s cricket career. The ball was bouncing absurdly and the hopes of completing the chase looked bleak for Zimbabwe.
JP Duminy, South Africa’s cricket Captain, introduced the 39-year old leg-spinner Imran Tahir in the 14th over and he started the demolishing job immediately. Tahir trapped Zimbabwe’s most skilled batsman, Brendan Taylor, plumb in front with his googly, while Lungi Ngidi dragged the captain, Hamilton Masakadza, into poking a catch behind the stumps. With the scoreboard reading 43/4, it was now a question of survival for Zimbabwe.
The shocking collapse began in the 18th over as Tahir drew out Sean Williams to get him out stumped on the last of the over. On the first ball of his fresh over, Tahir trapped Peter Moor out lbw and castled Bredon Mavuto on the subsequent ball to complete the hat-trick. He became only the 4th South African bowler to achieve this feat in the ODI cricket.
In the same over, Tahir went through the gate and bowled Kyle Jarvis as well to end the three-wicket over. The finish was ultimately achieved in the 24th over where Tahir, the bowler, and Styen, the catcher, combined to seal the 120-run victory for South Africa in ODI cricket. The leg-spinner ended with the magnificent figures of 24/6, which included the hat-trick. Dale Steyn claimed 2-19 while Ngidi and Phehlukwayo grabbed a wicket each. Zimbabwe collapsed to 78 all out from 58/4.
Earlier in the match, it was JP Duminy who won the toss for South Africa and elected to bat first. He wanted his batsmen to have some time out in the middle and regain their form after the poor showing in the first ODI. South Africa replaced W Mulder with Khaya Zondo and Kagiso Rabada with Dale Steyn. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, dropped Wellington Masakadza to include Donald Tiripano.
Once again, the opener Dean Elgar failed to get amongst the runs and got out for four as Chatara forced an outside off-stump edge. Kyle Jarvis then went through the defence of Reeza Hendricks to reduce South Africa to 9/2, making it an interesting match of cricket.
After losing the wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen, opener Aiden Markram, and Khaya Zondo began the repairing job. Post Markram’s dismissal, it was Zondo and Christian Jonker who adopted attack as the best form of defence and went slogging. The reckless cricket shots went unharmed initially, but the Zimbabwean bowlers soon found a way to take those wickets. Brandon Mavuta, the leg-spinner, bowled beautifully to take two quick wickets and Kyle Jarvis got rid of JP Duminy to drag down South Africa to 101/7.
Dale Steyn took over the rest of the cricket match after this and the highlight was him reaching his maiden fifty with a six. Zimbabwean bowlers had no answer to Steyn’s slogging in the death overs and the fast bowler soon took South Africa to a safe score which proved more than enough on the day.
Cricket Match Summary:
South Africa 198 all out in 47.3 overs (D. Steyn 60, A. Markram 35, T. Chatara 3-42) beat Zimbabwe 78 all out in 24 overs (H. Masakadza 27, I. Tahir 6-24, D. Steyn 2-19) by 120 runs.
Man of the Match: Dale Steyn
Cricket Statistical Highlights:
Imran Tahir – 4th South African bowler to take ODI Hat-trick for South Africa
Dale Steyn – Maiden ODI half-century
Team A Cricket Team Playing XI: South Africa
Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Jean-Paul Duminy (c), Khaya Zondo, Christiaan Jonker, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi
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
Dale Steyn – 60 (85) South Africa
Imran Tahir – 6-24 South Africa
K Zondo, C Jonker, A Phehlukwayo, D Steyn, H Masakadza – 1 six each