Can Zimbabwe batsmen back their bowlers to end losing streak?

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Zimbabwe's bowlers have positioned themselves in strong positions throughout this tour. As the T20I series progresses to Highveld and what the best batting conditions should have been found, the higher order of visitors with misfires now has the opportunity to do well, especially when a major obstacle has been removed. their way. [19659003] Imran Tahir has been an event wearing bells, wearing a diadem and a nightmare for Zimbabwe. The leg kicker has taken 15 windows in four games, and his wide-arm career mark to the limit after taking a window is being remembered by the game fans now.

For Zimbabwe, Sean Williams has been the only batter to score a fifty, and there have been seven ducks up and down the order when Tahir was helped to get a 'hat-trick'. in the second ODI and a career record of 5 by 23 in the first T20I on Tuesday. But this limited tour has consisted of both discovering their best combinations in white-ball cricket and winning for South Africa, possibly even more, and the decision was made to leave Tahir for the rest of the series. so the selectors can see more closely the other bowling game options of the team.

They will also watch their new hitters attentively. Although in difficult conditions, the performance of South Africa's top and middle orders was irregular in the ODI before the fifties of Reeza Hendricks and Heinrich Klaasen turned things around in Paarl. It was the turn of Rassie van der Dussen in East London, for whom his fiftieth debut was "a dream come true".

Van der Dussen also offered the somewhat sinister warning that by taking a look at Zimbabwe's bowling pins, he would try to push even harder in a place he knows intimately. Senwes Park was home to van der Dussen when he played for North West, and his short format record here is nothing short of phenomenal.

Fifteen games in a losing streak of formats, Zimbabwe desperately needs a win, and a positive result. The result could do a little to lift the somber mood at home. Many Zimbabwean fans are more focused on the impending economic crisis in their country at this moment than on the performance of the team, but a victory could be a spark in the penumbra.

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South Africa WLLWL (last five matches completed, most recent first)

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Tabraiz Shamsi celebrates the dismissal of Angelo Mathews [19659160] Associated Press

Brandon Mavuta has had an impact on all of Zimbabwe's games so far, and it will be interesting to see how he responds to conditions that will probably not favor his style. He was Zimbabwe's most economical bowler in the first T20I, posting 1-for-19 of his four passes, and if he can achieve a similar performance, visitors will be much more likely to keep South Africa's total within reach.

Tabraiz Shamsi is under different pressure from Mavuta, being one of the few players in South Africa who fought in this series. In Paarl he did not have beggars, he won the most expensive figures of South Africa against Zimbabwe in the process, and he felt the worst part of Peter Moor's blows in East London. But with Tahir gone, he is the only turn option for South Africa (apart from JP Duminy) in an attack full of fast movements of the right arm, and its variation could be key to control in the intermediate survivals.

Team news

With Tahir rested and the spins are less likely to be a factor, South Africa could try to reinforce his low-middle order with Robbie Frylinck. Hit the ball at 148.22 on T20 and it would lengthen a batting order that looked a bit light on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Christiaan Jonker has not yet shot and will be under little pressure if he plays ahead of JP Duminy and Heinrich Klaasen.

South Africa (possible): 1 Quinton de Kock (sem.), 2 Gihahn Cloete, 3 Faf du Plessis (capt), 4 Rassie van der Dussen, 5 David Miller, 6 Christiaan Jonker, 7 Robbie Frylinck, 8 Andile Phehlukwayo, 9 Junior Dala, 10 Lungi Ngidi, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi

Elton Chigumbura has picked up two ducks in his last three innings, and Zimbabwe can play with his low middle order as they seek to fill the holes in their lineup of batting. Chamu Chibhabha and Solomon Mire have done the work in the previous order, but these days they both play as starters. Neville Madziva is another option, and has been tested in high pressure situations with the bat and the ball in the past.

Zimbabwe (possible): 1 Chamu Chibhabha, 2 Hamilton Masakadza, 3 Brendan Taylor, 4 Tarisai Musakanda, 5 Sean Williams, 6 Peter Moor, 7 Elton Chigumbura / Neville Madziva, 8 Tendai Chisoro, 9 Brandon Mavuta, 10 Kyle Jarvis, 11 Chris Mpofu

Plot and conditions

Usually, the Potchefstroom offers a flat field and a fast course, although it is still a bit early in the season and the track may not have flattened completely. It may be a bit cloudy on Friday afternoon and night, but it should be hot and there is no predicted rain.

Statistics and trivia


"Our players have been fantastic throughout this course, and as a batting unit, we owe it to us to join in the next two games."
Zimbabwe hitter Peter Moor knows that his team has not backed the bowling with the bat

"We could have some high score games if the shutters are as they usually are in Potch [Potchefstroom] and Benoni. "
Rassie van der Dussen knows very well how good the conditions are for hitting Potchefstroom [19659031]


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