Elton Chigumbura, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Rabada to Brendan Taylor, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Kagiso Rabada [5.0-1-16-0] is back into the attack
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.
Phehlukwayo to Sean Williams, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Sean Williams, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Phehlukwayo to Masakadza, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Andile Phehlukwayo, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Brendan Taylor, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Willem Mulder to Craig Ervine, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
By the way, DRS isn't available for this series.
Willem Mulder, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Craig Ervine, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Lungi Ngidi to Mire, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Two slips and a short extra cover positioned.
Lungi Ngidi, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
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.
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, KimberleyWhen: September 30, 2018What to expect: A bright and warm day - ideal for cricketWhat 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
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