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South Africa vs Zimbabwe, 1st ODI Match Prediction

Sep 30, Sun 08:00 GMT , Diamond Oval, Kimberley, South Africa

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South Africa 119/5 *
Zimbabwe 117/10
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- Prediction by Benny Thompson

South Africa won by 5 wkts

ABOUT THE MATCH

South Africa will be overwhelming favourites when they host Zimbabwe in the first ODI of their limited over series in Kimberley. With a 35-2 head to head record against the visitors in ODIs, South Africa have won the last 27 meetings between the two sides and will be eyeing their 36th win overall when they meet on Sunday.

Match Preview

The last time the two sides met in the ODI format was at the 2015 World Cup in Hamilton, New Zealand. Having been asked to bat, South Africa had powered to 339/4 before dismissing Zimbabwe for 277 and winning the game by 62 runs.

iconSouth Africa Team News

With regular skipper Faf du Plessis ruled out of the ODI series due to a shoulder injury, JP Duminy will be the captain. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock are also missing due to injury but South Africa will be boosted by the return of Dale Steyn. The 35-year-old will be playing an ODI for South Africa for the first time since 2016 after a long injury-enforced break.

In the absence of the batting trio, Duminy will be looking to Aiden Makram and Dean Elgar to share the run scoring responsibilities while Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi will be supporting Steyn with the pace attack.

iconZimbabwe Team News

Zimbabwe meanwhile are boosted by the return of Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams and Craig Ervine. The batting trio had not been playing for their national team earlier due to a pay dispute but with that resolved now, they will be focusing on the cricket. Hamilton Masakadza and Peter Moor will also look to chip in with the runs.

In the bowling department, Elton Chigumbara has the most ODI wickets in the current squad and he will have support from Tendai Chatara and the up and coming Wellington Masakadza.

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Pitch Conditions

 

It will be a warm day at the Diamond Oval but there will be a hint of a breeze which will make the weather bearable. The pitch here tends to be hard and flat and there will most likely be plenty of runs in this match. The last 3 ODIs played at this ground have resulted in 4 top order hundreds so you can expect another one.

Toss Prediction

 

Both teams are likely to bat first if they win the toss.

Our Match Prediction

Despite their injury crisis, South Africa are favourites to win this match.

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