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South Africa vs Zimbabwe, 1st T20I Match Prediction

Oct 09, Tue 16:00 GMT , Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa

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South Africa 160/6
Zimbabwe 126/10 *
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- Prediction by Benny Thompson

South Africa won by 34 runs

ABOUT THE MATCH

After South Africa whitewashed Zimbabwe 3-0 in the ODI series, the two countries will play 3 T20 internationals. The visitors will hope to put on a better fight than they did in the 50 over format.

Match Preview

The two sides have met thrice in T20 internationals with South Africa winning on all 3 occasions. Their last meeting came in the 2012 World T20 where South Africa registered a 10 wicket win. Zimbabwe have their task cut out.

iconSouth Africa Team News

Faf du Plessis will continue to lead the side in the T20 internationals as well. There will be two new faces in batsmen Rassie van de Dussen and Gihahn Cloete.

Dale Steyn will not be available having retired from T20 internationals while their other main pace bowler Kagiso Rabada has been rested keeping in mind his busy international schedule. But despite their absence, the hosts have enough in their arsenal to take on the struggling Zimbabwe.

iconZimbabwe Team News

Zimbabwe will see some changes in the squad from the team that was whitewashed in the ODI series. They put on a better show in the final ODI but Craig Ervine who starred in that one will not feature in the T20Is. Christopher Mpofu and Neville Madziva come into the squad.

While the Proteas will prove to be stiff opposition in this format as well, the likes of Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams will hope to put on a better fight this time around.

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Pitch Conditions

 

Buffalo Park has only seen one other T20 international which South Africa lost in 2012 so that bodes well for Zimbabwe. 165 is the par score here so we should see some runs in this match as well. Cloudy skies expected with the pitch expected to generate some bounce for the bowlers.

Toss Prediction

 

The team winning the toss will elect to bat first.

Our Match Prediction

South Africa to start the T20I series with a win.

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