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South Africa vs Zimbabwe - 1st T20I

Series: Zimbabwe tour of South Africa, 2018
Venue: Buffalo Park, East London
Date & Time: 09 October 2018

Zimbabwe 126/10 (17.2 Ovs) RR: 7.27 | South Africa won by 34 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Chamu Chibhabha bowled Tahirbowled Tahir3500
Hamilton Masakadza lbw Tahirlbw Tahir1700
Brendan Taylor c de Kock & b Junior Dalac de Kock & b Junior Dala192330
Tarisai Musakanda c de Kock & b Tahirc de Kock & b Tahir0100
Sean Williams bowled Tahirbowled Tahir212220
Peter Moor c Jonker & b Phehlukwayoc Jonker & b Phehlukwayo442115
Elton Chigumbura lbw Tahirlbw Tahir0100
Tendai Chisoro c Phehlukwayo & b Phehlukwayoc Phehlukwayo & b Phehlukwayo2500
Brandon Mavuta c Lungi Ngidi & b Junior Dalac Lungi Ngidi & b Junior Dala281422
Kyle Jarvis bowled Lungi Ngidibowled Lungi Ngidi0300
Chris Mpofu Not OutNot Out0200
Extras 8 (b 0, lb 3, w 5, nb 0)
Total 126 (10 Wkts, 17.2 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
6-1 (Chamu Chibhabha,1.4), 11-2 (Hamilton Masakadza,3.1), 11-3 (Tarisai Musakanda,3.2), 40-4 (Brendan Taylor,7.6), 65-5 (Sean Williams,11.4), 65-6 (Elton Chigumbura,11.5), 70-7 (Tendai Chisoro,12.5), 123-8 (Brandon Mavuta,15.6), 126-9 (Kyle Jarvis,16.4), 126-10 (Peter Moor,17.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Lungi Ngidi3 0 7 1 2.33
Imran Tahir4 0 23 5 5.75
Junior Dala3 0 25 2 8.33
Andile Phehlukwayo3.2 0 25 2 7.81
Tabraiz Shamsi4 0 43 0 10.75
Quinton de Kock0 0 0 0 0
Gihahn Cloete0 0 0 0 0
Faf du Plessis0 0 0 0 0
Rassie van der Dussen 0 0 0 0 0
David Miller0 0 0 0 0
Christiaan Jonker0 0 0 0 0

That is it from a game which almost saw the tables being turned but the Proteas were smart enough and avoided the sharp edges to emerge victorious. They have a 1-0 lead. Two more attempts at redemption remain for Zimbabwe. Can they bounce back? Hang on for the answers as we will get them for you next time around. See ya fellas!

Faf du Plessis: Wicket played a bit slow. I thought somewhere around 155 was about par. There was some dew and it tested us. Imran bowled really well. Rassie played really well. To have that composure was great for someone playing his first game. David hit it well as well. He(Tahir) has got the knack of picking up wickets and he showed that today by picking up three wickets up front. We want him to do the same in ODIs as well. We did not expect it to be this dewy. When we decided to bat first, we wanted to be tested. We never knew it would be this bad with dew. Lungi bowled a very good over when he came back for the 17th over. Bowled with good pace. I knew that we had some pace left in the bank. We needed one wicket to turn it around but those were four good hits from Moor.

Imran Tahir, Man of the Match: I am really pleased. I don't take things for granted. It came out the way I wanted it to. I wish I could have got the hat-trick. Till I am doing well for the team, I am happy. I practice with the old and new balls to be more accurate. I have been bowling in T20Is with the new ball. I am learning to do it in ODIs. I am a firm believer in the fact that it is never too late to learn.

Hamilton Masakadza: I thought it was just about par. I thought we had a good chance to chase it down. The bowlers continued their brilliant work. Still not being able to lay any sort of foundation. Losing three in the first 6 overs was always going to be difficult. We just need to find one game where we get all three departments right.

SA go 1-0 up: The look on Moor's face was of disappointment. That says it all. He had the belief to scare the Proteas more. Only if they had handled Tahir better, in the opening and middle overs, the result could have been much more closer or may be it could well have been in favour of the visitors. Shamsi hugged Tahir tight and knew that his colleague had done him a huge favour. Those four sixes could have been unforgiving for a long time had the result been reversed. Even Faf was seen having his hand around the shoulder of Junior Dala, who also took some pasting from Mavuta. But Faf and his mates would be happy that despite not playing their 'A' game, they have managed to win by a very decent margin of 34 runs. It really was possible because of debutant Van Der Dussen's fifty else SA would have been defending a lesser total as a score of 160 looked slightly below par on this wicket. There was dew as well which played a bit of its part later in the second innings. How much of it? May be we shall hear the skippers speak about it. Hang on for the presentations.

Phehlukwayo to Moor, out Caught by Jonker!! The fairytale ends. SA win this by 34 runs. That was a mistimed slog down the ground and Jonker at long-off put in the slide to take it. But what an innings from Moor. He almost, well almost, disturbed the South African apple-cart. The hosts go 1-0 up. Moor c Jonker b Phehlukwayo 44(21) [4s-1 6s-5]

Phehlukwayo to Moor, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Phehlukwayo to Moor, no run, slower wide ball, the batsman throws his bat at it and misses

Andile Phehlukwayo [3.0-0-25-1] is back into the attack

Lungi Ngidi to Mpofu, no run, right up there! That was squeezed out by Mpofu and he denied the single as the ball trickled down to third man. Tahir there was taking it easy before a bad bobble ensured the ball almost went away to the fence through his legs. But Tahir recovered well and pulled it back inches inside the fence
Lungi Ngidi to Mpofu, no run, bangs the ball in again but this time outside off and Mpofu does mighty well not to poke it

Chris Mpofu, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Lungi Ngidi to Jarvis, out Bowled!! This man - Lungi Ngidi is a star! What an over this has been. The fear of the short ball had the tailender hopping back. Lungi Ngidi banged it in again, the ball thudded into his body and ricocheted off it into the sticks. Only a wicket away now the proteas from securing a 1-0 lead. Jarvis b Lungi Ngidi 0(3)

Lungi Ngidi to Jarvis, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Lungi Ngidi to Moor, 1 run, trims the slap down to mid-off for a single. 35 needed as Moor decided to take the single
Lungi Ngidi to Jarvis, leg byes, 1 run, nasty single! The ball was banged in short and the perfume ball had enough aroma to almost knock the batsman out. Jarvis ducked but could not evade it as the helmet saved him
Lungi Ngidi to Jarvis, no run, length delivery outside off and the batsman trying to flay it away, misses
Lungi Ngidi to Jarvis, wide, slips it down leg and has been wided

Lungi Ngidi [2.0-0-5-0] is back into the attack

Kyle Jarvis, right handed bat, comes to the crease

This game has come alive out of nowhere.

Junior Dala to Brandon Mavuta, out Caught by Lungi Ngidi!! The worst ball of the over gets a wicket. A friendly wide full toss and Brandon Mavuta carves it off the outer edge to hand a catch to the man at deep third. 18 runs and a wicket. Drama. Sheer drama. Upto Moor now. The third umpire is checking for a no-ball for height. But that is not even to be called as a no-ball if you ask me. But a fantastic cameo comes to an end. This ain't over. Brandon Mavuta c Lungi Ngidi b Junior Dala 28(14) [4s-2 6s-2]

Junior Dala to Brandon Mavuta, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Junior Dala to Brandon Mavuta, 2 runs, top-edge and lands safe. Man at deep square comes charging in and fails to stop the second
Junior Dala to Brandon Mavuta, SIX, the SA annihilation continues! The agony continues to pile up. It was at the sticks, the batsman picks the length ball and deposits that one just over the man at deep backward square for a sixer

From 80 off 34 balls it has come down to 46 off 27.

Junior Dala to Brandon Mavuta, 2 runs, pressure back on SA!! Trust me when I say this. Length delivery and it takes the inside edge to put the man at deep fine under pressure. They race back for a brace. 46 needed off 27 balls
Junior Dala to Brandon Mavuta, FOUR, are we in for a miracle here? T20 cricket is prone to it. That was short down leg, the batsman gets glove on the pull and it runs away fine for a four. Last 6 balls have gone for 32 runs
Junior Dala to Brandon Mavuta, FOUR, and this big hitting seems to be infectious. It actually started from Brandon Mavuta. That was short, Brandon Mavuta stayed his crease and thumped the short ball past cover for a four. 52 needed now

Junior Dala [2.0-0-7-1] is back into the attack

Shamsi to Moor, SIX, my o my! East London is coming alive here. That is another maximum. A little fuller, no problem says Moor, kneels down and canes it over deep mid thanks to a slog sweep. 56 more needed. Looks gettable only if you ignore the wickets column
Shamsi to Moor, SIX, drops that short and that is a hat-trick of sixes! Moor seems to be picking the bones out of these poor balls. The bowler is under a lot of pressure here
Shamsi to Moor, SIX, two in a row! Kneels down and wallops the ball over deep mid courtesy a slog sweep. The equation is still a tough one
Shamsi to Moor, SIX, rank long hop and punished! He sat back and pulled it flat over deep square leg for a sixer. Might be a little late but Zimbabwe will take it
Shamsi to Brandon Mavuta, 1 run, backs away and pulls the flatter ball down to deep backward square leg for a single
Shamsi to Brandon Mavuta, no run, goes for the reverse and misses, again

Tabraiz Shamsi [3.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack

Tahir to Brandon Mavuta, 1 run, wrists the flatter ball down to long-on for a single
Tahir to Brandon Mavuta, no run, goes for the reverse, does not connect and falls down as he was off-balanced
Tahir to Brandon Mavuta, no run, knocks the ball uppishly into the on-side
Tahir to Brandon Mavuta, SIX, and that just about to sails over the man at deep mid. It went high after he connected with the swipe post his backing away movement. Zimbabwe will take it
Tahir to Moor, 1 run, tossed up leggie and has been on-driven against the turn towards long-on for a single
Tahir to Brandon Mavuta, 1 run, backs away and carves it uppishly to send it to deep point for a single
Phehlukwayo to Brandon Mavuta, 1 run, short ball down leg, the batsman gloves the pull away fine to deep fine leg for a single

Brandon Mavuta, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Phehlukwayo to Tendai Chisoro, out Caught&Bowled!! Soft dismissal. Harmless pull and it reaches as far as the safe hands of the bowler, who of course never looked like dropping it. Zimbabwe are evaporating fast here. Tendai Chisoro c and b Phehlukwayo 2(5)

Phehlukwayo to Tendai Chisoro, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!

Phehlukwayo to Tendai Chisoro, 2 runs, awkwardly fends the pull away into the on-side and they get another brace


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