South Africa Breaks the Zimbabwe Huddle to Reach the Finals
After a loss against Australia, South Africa came into the final round robin match against Zimbabwe needing a victory to book a place in the finals against Australia. Faf du Plessis led South Africa to book a place in the finals after beating Zimbabwe by 63 runs, who are upbeat after beating Australia after 31 years. Faf’s third century in four matches along with a crucial fifth wicket partnership with JP Duminy sealed the match in favour of the visitors. Zimbabwe were handed a tough task of chasing 272 in 25 overs to win the match by a bonus points along with a better net run rate than South Africa in order to reach the finals.
But Zimbabwe never looked for a finals spot and went for the chase with the motive of beating their African rivals. Their batsmen started steadily but lost wickets at crucial intervals. AB De Villiers hit the bull’s eye from covers to send Vusi Sibanda to the pavilion. Brendon Taylor held fort at one end and looked like taking the team home as the wickets kept on tumbling in the other end. The South African bowlers kept bowling tight on bowling a tight line and kept the run flow under threat. Taylor reached his 29th ODI fifty before getting out on 79 runs. JP Duminy was the pick of the South African bowling with a figure of 3/35.
Earlier, after put into bat, South Africa started their innings in a shaky fashion as they lost two quick wickets followed by the dismissals of Rillee Roussow AB de Villiers against the run of play. Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy put on a 103 fifth wicket partnership and took South Africa to 271-6 in their fifty overs. Faf scored 121 off 140 balls and Duminy chipped in with a 62 ball 51. Sean Williams is the pick of the Zimbabwe with a figures of 1-38 in 10 overs.
Faf du Plessis was declared the man of the match. Australia will face South Africa in the finals on September 6.
Brief Scores: South Africa 271-6 in 50 overs (du Plessis 121, Duminy 51, Madziva 2-53) beat Zimbabwe 208 for 10 (Taylor 79, JP Dumniy 3/35) by 63 runs
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