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South Africa vs Zimbabwe - 1st ODI

Series: Zimbabwe tour of South Africa, 2018
Venue: Diamond Oval, Kimberley
Date: 30 September 2018

Zimbabwe 57/5 (20.5 Ovs) RR: 2.74 |

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20.5
0
Willem Mulder to Moor, no run
20.4
0
Willem Mulder to Moor, no run, good length delivery on a probing line outside off, defended compactly towards mid-off
20.3
0
Willem Mulder to Moor, no run, good length delivery on middle and leg, clipped away towards square leg
20.2
4
Willem Mulder to Moor, FOUR, fuller length delivery outside off, Moor leans forward, opens the face slightly to maneuver the field, and drives it in front of point for four
20.1
0
Willem Mulder to Moor, no run, short of length delivery rising towards the glove, Moor is tall in his stance to drop it with the bottom-hand off into the on-side
19.6
0
Rabada to Chigumbura, no run, another one on a fuller length, probing line outside off, and that's punched to mid-off
19.5
0
Rabada to Chigumbura, no run, fuller length delivery once again outside off, a closed-faced drive towards mid-on
19.4
0
Rabada to Chigumbura, no run, fuller length delivery outside off, Chigumbura leans into a drive to the lef tof cover, and Phehlukwayo dives to his left to cut it off. Fantastic fielding
19.3
0
Rabada to Chigumbura, no run, good length delivery skidding towards off, Chigumbura gets forward to defend it back down the wicket
19.2
0
Rabada to Chigumbura, no run, back of a length delivery, seams in sharply, stays low, and Chigumbura leaves it alone - rather courageously. Perilously close to the top of off-stump

Elton Chigumbura, right handed bat, comes to the crease

19.1
0
Rabada to Brendan Taylor, out Caught by Hendricks! Jumps from a back of a length, takes the shoulder-edge and some glove, and it lobs in front of Hendricks at 2nd slip - and he gets forward to take a good catch, his third of the day. Thank you for the comment, Raj. Not bad. Zimbabwe in a lot of trouble. Brendan Taylor c Hendricks b Rabada 9(29)

Rabada to Brendan Taylor, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Kagiso Rabada [5.0-1-16-0] is back into the attack

18.6
0
Willem Mulder to Moor, no run, good length delivery heading for off-stump, pushed towards mid-off off the front foot
18.5
0
Willem Mulder to Moor, no run, short of length delivery on off, defended off the back foot
18.4
0
Willem Mulder to Moor, no run, fuller length delivery on off, driven towards mid-off
18.3
0
Willem Mulder to Moor, no run, back of a length delivery marginally wide outside off, Moor hops to punch it in front of point
18.2
1
Willem Mulder to Brendan Taylor, 1 run, back of a length delivery on off, pushed off the back foot to mid-on and they take off for a quick single.A run-and-throw by Rabada at the non-striker's end, but he misses
18.1
1
Willem Mulder to Moor, 1 run, good length delivery seaming in towards middle, tucked from the crease towards square leg for a single
17.6
0
Phehlukwayo to Brendan Taylor, no run, back of a length delivery very close to off, punched off the back foot to short cover
17.5
0
Phehlukwayo to Brendan Taylor, no run, fuller length delivery marginalyl outside off, a forward push and a dab to point by Taylor
17.4
0
Phehlukwayo to Brendan Taylor, no run, back of a length outside off, tapped off the back foot into the off-side
17.3
0
Phehlukwayo to Brendan Taylor, no run, fuller length delivery just outside off, driven to mid-off
17.2
0
Phehlukwayo to Brendan Taylor, no run, off-pace delivery, bowled fuller and Taylor greets it with a defensive blade
17.1
0
Phehlukwayo to Brendan Taylor, no run, back of a length on the body, turned to mid-wicket defensively
16.6
1
Willem Mulder to Brendan Taylor, 1 run, too short at the body, Taylor waits back and tucks it to square leg
16.5
0
Willem Mulder to Brendan Taylor, no run, homing around off, Taylor gets behind the line to block
16.4
2
Willem Mulder to Brendan Taylor, 2 runs, back of a length outside off, punched through cover and two added to bring up Zimbabwe's 50
16.3
0
Willem Mulder to Brendan Taylor, no run, fuller length delivery outside off, Taylor bends his back knee and drives it to mid-off
16.2
0
Willem Mulder to Brendan Taylor, no run, 129kph, shortish outside off. Taylor jumps back and across to defend it neatly
16.1
0
Willem Mulder to Brendan Taylor, no run, back of a length and outside off, Taylor watches it all along and leaves
15.6
4
Phehlukwayo to Moor, FOUR, woah. Flawless timing, what a way to get the scorecard ticking. Half-volley outside off, Moor leans across and flows into a check-push, beats extra cover and the timing is enough to take it all the way to the fence

Peter Moor, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Time for drinks. It's all left to the experienced Taylor to pilot the ship for Zimbabwe.

15.5
0
Phehlukwayo to Sean Williams, out Lbw!! Got him. Second wicket for Phehlukwayo and Zimbabwe in all sorts of trouble at 44/4. Went wide of his crease and directed it in with the angle. Williams completely misjudges it - playing down the wrong line and missing it, to get knocked on the back pad. Caught dead in front. Would've crashed the middle stump. Sean Williams lbw b Phehlukwayo 4(5) [4s-1]

Phehlukwayo to Sean Williams, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

15.4
0
Phehlukwayo to Sean Williams, no run, lethal stuff. Cross-seam length delivery, hits the crack and takes off outside off. Williams does well to evade his bat away from the line
15.3
4
Phehlukwayo to Sean Williams, FOUR, this should boost his confidence. Short and plenty of width for Williams to free his arms. Reaches out and flashes it behind point to get off the mark
15.2
0
Phehlukwayo to Sean Williams, no run, short of length just outside off, blocked back to the bowler
15.1
0
Phehlukwayo to Sean Williams, no run, creeping low outside off, Williams feels for it but the ball slides under his bat
14.6
2
Willem Mulder to Brendan Taylor, 2 runs, slashed in the gap at covers, easy two taken
14.5
0
Willem Mulder to Brendan Taylor, no run, fuller length and moving away outside off, Taylor with a wild swing of his bat but the ball moves away enough to beat the outside edge
14.4
0
Willem Mulder to Brendan Taylor, no run, length ball on off, Taylor waits back and punches it to extra cover
14.3
0
Willem Mulder to Brendan Taylor, no run, another instance of low bounce on this full ball, Taylor somehow gets his bat in-line to kill the threat
14.2
0
Willem Mulder to Brendan Taylor, no run, this stays low and Taylor gets his body weight down to turn it to the leg-side
14.1
0
Willem Mulder to Brendan Taylor, no run, pounds it on a length, defended

Sean Williams, left handed bat, comes to the crease

13.6
0
Phehlukwayo to Masakadza, out Caught by Hendricks!! Phehlukwayo gets the reward for his nagging lines. This was coming because Masakadza was running out of time. The flow of runs were restricted and Masakadza ends up dangling his willow outside off, ungainly to feather an outside edge to first slip. Good length and holding its line outside off, Masakadza just went fishing without any intent and paid the price. Masakadza c Hendricks b Phehlukwayo 25(52) [4s-4]

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

13.5
0
Phehlukwayo to Masakadza, no run, shortish outside off, dropped with soft hands in front of point
13.4
0
Phehlukwayo to Masakadza, no run, zipping from a length, no space for Masakadza to work with and therefore, he settles to defend it awkwardly
13.3
0
Phehlukwayo to Masakadza, no run, short of length on the stumps, Masakadza presents a straight bat to push it down the ground, mid-on tidies up
13.2
1
Phehlukwayo to Brendan Taylor, 1 run, short down leg, Taylor swivels and pulls it to fine leg
13.1
1
Phehlukwayo to Masakadza, 1 run, on the pads, short-arm jabbed to square leg

Andile Phehlukwayo, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

12.6
0
Willem Mulder to Brendan Taylor, no run, 129kph, shorter outside off, Taylor takes the heat by diffusing it under his eyes
12.5
1
Willem Mulder to Masakadza, 1 run, backs away to leg, creates his own room and slices it to third man
12.4
0
Willem Mulder to Masakadza, no run, "Wait" says Masakadza as he pats it with soft hands into the off-side
12.3
4
Willem Mulder to Masakadza, FOUR, Masakadza gives the charge and thrashes it wide of mid-off. Runs out of patience as the runs has started to dry. Meets the pitch and slaps it on the rise, well past the fielder
12.2
0
Willem Mulder to Masakadza, no run, waits back and defends it to cover
12.1
1
Willem Mulder to Brendan Taylor, 1 run, full and rifling low towards middle, clipped through square leg
11.6
1
Lungi Ngidi to Brendan Taylor, 1 run, edged once again, spoons away towards third man. This length ball takes off to catch the shoulder of Taylor's bat as he came forward to defend. Nervy moments for Taylor
11.5
0
Lungi Ngidi to Brendan Taylor, no run, there and thereabouts outside off, left alone
11.4
0
Lungi Ngidi to Brendan Taylor, no run, edged and dies in front of Elgar at first slip - who also gestures that it didn't carry. Bouncing off outside off, straightened after pitching and kissed the glove. Bobbles up towards first slip, Elgar gets his hands forward and takes it on the bounce
11.3
1
Lungi Ngidi to Masakadza, 1 run, slower ball, Masakadza push-drives it in front of mid-on and takes off for a single
11.2
0
Lungi Ngidi to Masakadza, no run, change in pace from Ngidi. Cutting back in and Masakadza reads it early to dead-bat it from the crease
11.1
0
Lungi Ngidi to Masakadza, no run, back of a length and tucking Masakadza for space and room. Masakadza defends it off the outer half as he closed the bat face early
10.6
0
Willem Mulder to Brendan Taylor, no run, swerving in with the angle, blocked softly
10.5
0
Willem Mulder to Brendan Taylor, no run, full on middle, bunted with a straight bat to mid-off
10.4
0
Willem Mulder to Brendan Taylor, no run, darting in towards the stumps, Taylor is inside the line to defend it to the leg-side

Brendan Taylor, right handed bat, comes to the crease

10.3
0
Willem Mulder to Craig Ervine, out Caught by Klaasen!! Mulder gets a wicket in his first over. The change in bowling has worked for South Africa, but tell you what, Ervine is not happy because it was crystal clear that the edge was missed. Nonetheless, nothing much he can do because there's no DRS available. Good length delivery, in the channel and a slight deviation off the deck as Ervine got his bat-pad closer to defend. Ends up jamming his bat onto his pad and missed the ball. Poor decision. Craig Ervine c Klaasen b Willem Mulder 7(20) [4s-1]

Willem Mulder to Craig Ervine, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

By the way, DRS isn't available for this series.

10.3
1
Willem Mulder to Craig Ervine, wide, slipping down the leg-side, Ervine tries to get a tickle but fails
10.2
1
Willem Mulder to Masakadza, 1 run, cutter outside off, Masakadza's soft hands takes the ball towards point. They decide to take the single and a direct-hit at the non-striker's end would've been tight..
10.1
0
Willem Mulder to Masakadza, no run, standing tall, Masakadza stays in his crease to punch it to mid-off

Willem Mulder, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

9.6
0
Lungi Ngidi to Craig Ervine, no run, fuller length on middle, Ervine moves inside the line to clip it to mid-wicket
9.5
0
Lungi Ngidi to Craig Ervine, no run, steep bounce once again. Climbs from a length, Ervine was late to spot it and takes a blow on the glove as it drops it the leg-side
9.4
0
Lungi Ngidi to Craig Ervine, no run, excellent from Ngidi. Uses the angle and wobbles it outside off, drawing Ervine forward into a poke and beats him all ends up
9.3
0
Lungi Ngidi to Craig Ervine, no run, waits for the ball to arrive on this occasion and defends it
9.2
0
Lungi Ngidi to Craig Ervine, no run, very full just outside off, squeezy block from Ervine
9.1
0
Lungi Ngidi to Craig Ervine, no run, push-driven straight down the ground, Ngidi tumbles in his followthrough
8.6
0
Rabada to Masakadza, no run, oh, hello! Masakadza sits low to sweep Rabada. Audacious must say, but failed to connect it and nearly paid the price. Masakadza tried to broom it after getting low, ends up lobbing it up in the air off the top-edge and it falls in front Rabada - who rushed forward. Lucky!
8.5
0
Rabada to Masakadza, no run, Rabada continues to extract venomous bounce. This kicked off from a good length and Masakadza accommodates by staying back and defending it - high on the bat
8.4
0
Rabada to Masakadza, no run, pushy-poke using the bowler's pace towards backward point, the fielder dives across and makes a superb stop
8.3
0
Rabada to Masakadza, no run, dodgy bounce after hitting the back of a length outside off. Kisses the splice as Masakadza uses soft hands to defend
8.2
1
Rabada to Craig Ervine, 1 run, straying on middle and leg, tucked away to backward square leg
8.1
0
Rabada to Craig Ervine, no run, moves across and pats it to cover
7.6
0
Lungi Ngidi to Masakadza, no run, short and outside off, Masakadza goes deep and punches it sweetly, only to find point
7.5
0
Lungi Ngidi to Masakadza, no run, dug in short, Masakadza lines up for the timing. No timing and he mistimes it to mid-wicket
7.4
0
Lungi Ngidi to Masakadza, no run, fuller length delivery outside off, full-faced bat drive to mid-off
7.3
2
Lungi Ngidi to Masakadza, 2 runs, chance for South Africa, but the breeze takes it over mid-off and falls in no-man's land. Masakadza walks across his stumps and aims to hammer it across the line. Was a tad early into the shot and gets a top-edge, that balloons up in the air for sometime before dropping safe
7.2
0
Lungi Ngidi to Masakadza, no run, pitched up on off, solid block from Masakadza
7.1
1
Lungi Ngidi to Craig Ervine, 1 run, opens his bat face and guides it softly to third man
6.6
0
Rabada to Masakadza, no run, darting in with the angle, Masakadza was shaping to go through the line but misses
6.5
0
Rabada to Masakadza, no run, pristine drive, straight to mid-off
6.4
4
Rabada to Masakadza, FOUR, Masakadza takes the aerial route and goes over mid-wicket. It was full at the stumps, Masakadza wanted to lift it straight down the ground, but the bat face turns at the point of impact and as a result, he heaves it over mid-wicket - off the inner half to scale 5500 runs in ODI cricket
6.4
1
Rabada to Masakadza, wide, tests the bounce of the pitch once again, does Rabada. But overdoes, loops over Masakadza's head. Second wide of the over
6.3
0
Rabada to Masakadza, no run, angling in closer to off, Masakadza hops back and blocks
6.2
0
Rabada to Masakadza, no run, decking in with some shape, defended
6.1
0
Rabada to Masakadza, no run, length outside off, Masakadza shoulders arms
6.1
1
Rabada to Masakadza, wide, banged in short, surprised Masakadza with the bumper. But it was too high, called a wide
5.6
4
Lungi Ngidi to Craig Ervine, FOUR, lovely from Ervine. Too full and straight from Ngidi, Ervine shuffles across and uses his rubber wrists to flick it through mid-wicket. This should get him going!
5.5
0
Lungi Ngidi to Craig Ervine, no run, full and outside off, Ervine gets across and defends
5.4
1
Lungi Ngidi to Masakadza, 1 run, rears off from a length, Masakadza was taken aback by the bounce as he tries to withdraw his bat late from the line. Runs off the face towards third man
5.3
0
Lungi Ngidi to Masakadza, no run, short outside off, Masakadza was early into the pull and cue-ends it with ugly efficiency in front of square leg
5.2
0
Lungi Ngidi to Masakadza, no run, turned with a closed bat face to square leg
5.1
0
Lungi Ngidi to Masakadza, no run, woah. This is terrific stuff from Ngidi. Tailed back in, skidded off the deck and raps Masakadza on the front pad. Another half-hearted appeal for LBW, but it was missing the stumps
4.6
0
Rabada to Craig Ervine, no run, beauty. Pitched up and swerves it away outside off, Ervine goes for the drive and is beaten all ends up
4.5
0
Rabada to Craig Ervine, no run, shout for a caught-behind, Rabada with a not-so-convincing appeal and umpire Bongani Jele shakes his head. There was a certain deviation, guess it must've brushed the thigh pad or a case of bat hitting the front pad as Ervine played it outside the line of the delivery. Good length and swung back in from a length, Ervine was caught in a state of flux - defending it outside the line of the delivery but the ball came back in to beat the inside edge and goes through to the keeper. No edge, confirms the replays. Clear case of bat hitting the pad
4.4
0
Rabada to Craig Ervine, no run, goes round the wicket and gets it to shape back in. Off the inner half as Ervine played away from his body, dribbles to square leg
4.3
0
Rabada to Craig Ervine, no run, shortens his length, hurling the scrambled seam delivery at the stumps. Ervine is right back and across to dead-bat it
4.2
0
Rabada to Craig Ervine, no run, fullish outside off, met with a sturdy forward defence
4.1
0
Rabada to Craig Ervine, no run, good length delivery around off, Ervine gets across to tap it down the pitch
3.6
0
Lungi Ngidi to Masakadza, no run, fuller length delivery outside off, luring Masakadza. But he resists
3.5
0
Lungi Ngidi to Masakadza, no run, gets it to slant back in, Masakadza is ready on the back foot to defend
3.4
0
Lungi Ngidi to Masakadza, no run, moving in the channel just outside off, blocked to cover
3.3
1
Lungi Ngidi to Craig Ervine, 1 run, searches for the away-swing, Ervine inclines his bat across, elicits off the soft outer edge to third man
3.2
0
Lungi Ngidi to Craig Ervine, no run, nipping back in, Ervine turns it defensively with a closed bat face to square leg

Craig Ervine, left handed bat, comes to the crease

3.1
0
Lungi Ngidi to Mire, out Caught by Hendricks!! There's the first blow for Zimbabwe. And it's Mire who has to depart. Look at Ngidi, he's all pumped. It was the sucker ball and Mire fell into the trap. Perhaps was tempted to go for it after watching his skipper slam one to the fence off the previous ball. Full and outside off, hint of late away-swing and Mire drove with hard hands without any feet movement. Thick outside edge carries at a decent height to Hendricks at second slip, who doesn't make any mistake. Mire c Hendricks b Lungi Ngidi 0(3)

Lungi Ngidi to Mire, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

2.6
4
Rabada to Masakadza, FOUR, this was poetic. Half-volley asking to be driven, Masakadza obliges. Gets his front foot decisively across towards the pitch of the ball and creams it beautifully through extra cover
2.5
0
Rabada to Masakadza, no run, props across and blocks it to cover
2.4
4
Rabada to Masakadza, FOUR, oh, this was quite close. Sharp inward movement on this full ball, Masakadza couldn't counter the swing and ends up squirting it off the inner half through square leg. The outfield is quick and it will scream away to the fence
2.3
0
Rabada to Masakadza, no run, fuller and threatens to tail away outside off, but Masakadza gets his bat beside the line of the delivery to quell it into the off-side
2.2
0
Rabada to Masakadza, no run, nagging line outside off, defended from the crease
2.1
0
Rabada to Masakadza, no run, back of a length just outside off, Masakadza stands tall and defends it to extra cover
1.6
1
Lungi Ngidi to Masakadza, 1 run, swerves in on a fuller length, Masakadza's head falls away as he drags it off the inner half to the right of mid-on
1.5
0
Lungi Ngidi to Masakadza, no run, pitched up outside off, Masakadza gets his front foot forward and pushes it with a straight bat to mid-off
1.4
0
Lungi Ngidi to Masakadza, no run, pacy and very full outside off, Masakadza jams his defence onto his boot which pops up and goes to ground in front of extra cover

Two slips and a short extra cover positioned.

1.3
0
Lungi Ngidi to Masakadza, no run, shifts his line to outside off, short of length and climbing away. Masakadza watches it carefully before raising his bat
1.2
0
Lungi Ngidi to Masakadza, no run, cramping Masakadza for room with this back of a length delivery that kept nibbling in with extra bounce. Masakadza turns his bat to nudge it to the leg-side, misses and wears it on the thigh pad
1.1
0
Lungi Ngidi to Masakadza, no run, uh-oh, like Rabada, Ngidi gets some awkward bounce with the angle cutting in. Masakadza gropes to defend - gets it high on the bat which makes him yank his top-hand off the handle

Lungi Ngidi, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

0.6
0
Rabada to Mire, no run, takes a gentle stride forward, holds his bat across at an angle to poke this length ball to point
0.5
0
Rabada to Mire, no run, fraction fuller and shaping in around off, Mire nicely plonks his front foot forward and blocks it stoutly
0.4
1
Rabada to Masakadza, 1 run, lasering in with the angle, cross-seamer and Masakadza tries to stab it after getting half-forward. The new cherry bites off to take the splice of the bat and rolling away behind square. First runs on the board for Zimbabwe
0.3
0
Rabada to Masakadza, no run, lands it in the corridor, steep bounce on this occasion. Masakadza is happy to lift his bat
0.2
0
Rabada to Masakadza, no run, gets his direction towards the stumps, gathering some iffy bounce. Pings Masakadza high on the bat as he defends, taking his top-hand off the handle
0.1
0
Rabada to Masakadza, no run, good start from Rabada. Good length delivery swinging away outside off. Not much carry for the keeper after Masakadza left it alone

Masakadza and Mire are at the crease. Masakadza is on strike. Rabada will open the attack

Surprising call from South Africa to bowl first given the conditions. Maybe, they want to test the bowling strength. Anyway, the players have assembled in the field with bright sunshine washing over the ground. Rabada has the new ball, two slips in place.

Dale Steyn's comeback in colored-clothing is further delayed as he misses out today. South Africa hand debut to all-rounder Christiaan Jonker.

Teams:

Zimbabwe (Playing XI): Solomon Mire, Hamilton Masakadza(c), Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor(w), Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Kyle Jarvis, Brandon Mavuta, Wellington Masakadza, Tendai Chatara

South Africa (Playing XI): Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, Jean-Paul Duminy(c), Heinrich Klaasen(w), Christiaan Jonker, Willem Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi

South Africa have won the toss and have opted to field

Having gotten rid of the turbulence period, the usual suspects are back for the visitors. After failing to qualify for the WC, they have a lot to prove and need to reassure their fans that their side will not slide into doldrums. South Africa are without some of their senior pros. JP Duminy will captain the side in Faf's absence and it's time to blood in the fringe players. Dale Steyn has made a comeback to the ODI set-up and he is all geared up to lead the pace attack. The pitch in Kimberly has produced loads of runs in the past, so win-toss and bat-first should be the formula. We'll see what happens at the toss which isn't too far away.

09:00 local time: Hallo. Hallo. South Africa's home season is here as the Proteas are set to begin their WC preparations. Next-door neighbors Zimbabwe are their first guests, flagging off a short limited-overs series (3 ODIs and 3 T20Is). The first ODI kick-starts today in the Northern Cape Province city of Kimberley. Welcome all. The gulf in the quality of both these teams is unbridgeable and it's a no-brainer that this is a mismatch battle but Zimbabwe's newly appointed head coach Lalchand Rajput has warned South Africa that 'this is not the Zimbabwe team of the past and that they are going to give them a good run for their money.'

Preview:

South Africa and Zimbabwe have never looked equally competent sides on paper; not in Zimbabwe's finest hour nor in South Africa's worst, as it stands now.

Yet, at their best, Zimbabwe had managed to beat South Africa twice in four games - both inconsequential defeats for latter, but much-needed for a growing cricketing nation. 19 summers have passed since then, Zimbabwe's cricket has fallen to newer depths with a promise of rising above, but they never really threatened anyone - except the newer nations seeking higher status in the cricket world - let alone beat South Africa.

But yet again, they head on another journey with a hope of new beginning. The first of their three one-day meetings will take place at the Diamond Oval, Kimberley on Sunday (September 30). Sean Williams, Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine and Sikandar Raza have returned to the side after has helped resolve the pay dispute between the board and the players. Solomon Mire and Kyle Jarvis' fitness has further strengthened the squad, and Zimbabwe have possibly the best squad they can at their disposal, barring Graeme Cremer.

Head coach Lalchand Rajput has already given warning to the opposition, but even a full-strength Zimbabwe side against a depleted South African is yet to merit that kind of audacity. "South Africa is always a big challenge, but a challenge always gets the best out of me and the players," Rajput has shot with confidence ahead of the series. "The series we played when I took over was not good for us... when we were missing seven to eight players. But now that the players are back, it looks a balanced team - a team that wants to do well.

"We have had a very good preparatory camp for two months and when you prepare well normally results will be on your side. South Africa has to be aware that this is not the Zimbabwe team of the past. This is a team that is going to give them a good run for their money."

South Africa, on the other hand, are fielding a largely inexperienced side. The batting line-up will be without Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock and David Miller. It will serve as a fine opportunity for the youngsters to make a mark and be counted upon as South Africa look to seal the few vacant spots in the squad heading into the 2019 WC.

Their bowling attack wears an expected look with the presence of Kagiso Rabada, Lungisani Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi and Imran Tahir. What will, however, be interesting to watch is how Dale Steyn shapes up through the course of the series with regards to his fitness and pace.

Where: South Africa vs Zimbabwe, 1st ODI, Kimberley

When: September 30, 2018

What to expect: A bright and warm day - ideal for cricket

What they said:

"We have come to show the world that we are a competitive team and every game is important. We are here to show we can play aggressive cricket and we are here to win." - Lalchand Rajput, Zimbabwe head coach

Teams:

South Africa (From): Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Jean-Paul Duminy(c), Reeza Hendricks, Khaya Zondo, Willem Mulder, Christiaan Jonker, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn

Zimbabwe (From): Hamilton Masakadza(c), Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Ryan Murray(w), Elton Chigumbura, Peter Moor, Sean Williams, Wellington Masakadza, Kyle Jarvis, Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chatara, Brandon Mavuta, Richard Ngarava