Onus on South Africa

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South Africa has drawn a tight line between testing and continuity in this series, and they are clearly still in phase one of Vision 2019: experimentation. The first two ODIs against Zimbabwe saw new players in key positions and old players tested on other strangers.

In both games, backup captain JP Duminy had declined the order to offer the most inexperienced hitters on the team the opportunity to close the games themselves. However, the opportunity was not seized, and the hosts slipped to 96 for 5 in the first game and 101 for 7 in the second, as the Zimbabwe bowlers who exploited the conditions weighed in favor of the ball.

The early-season pitches have played wildly out of place and this has not been a profitable series for hitters. Steyn's fifty is the only one that has been scored from both sides, and South Africa's bowling attack has crushed Zimbabwe's hitters in both games, knocking them down by 117 and 78.

Steyn has shown he still has a serious pace, surpassing about 145 km / h in the second game, an even more terrifying number, given how bad the pitch was behaving, and the attack rate of the Imran Tahir series is a rain of eyes of 8.2. Add Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada and Andile Phehlukwayo to the mix, and it will be an achievement if Zimbabwe is able to last 50 shots on Saturday, given their fight.

South Africa's attack is resolved, and it is still the batting to face Vision 2019. South Africa made it clear that they were always willing, albeit reluctantly, to sacrifice the results of this vision, but time It's ending for people like Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks and Khaya Zondo. to make his mark, especially now that Faf du Plessis has recovered from the shoulder injury that kept him out of the first two games. At least they should have a more placid track in which to make their third audition of the series.

Zimbabwe hopes that the pressure to carry out will continue to have the South African middle order. They are on a run of nine straight losses, and while their bowlers have been able to put them in strong positions in the last two games, their batting has completely failed.

Form Guide

South Africa : WWLLW (Last five games completed, the most recent first)

Zimbabwe : LLLLL

In the center of attention [19659002] The South African hitting teams have one more chance to get everything right before the series changes format and the hosts settle into their staff for the trip to Australia at the end of the month. Aiden Markram has gotten himself, and then he has left, in both games and, although all have shown a positive intention, generally it has not been possible to maintain the system.

The Zimbabwe hitting machine room has not been able to fire so far. Visitors tend to do well with the bat when the average order has a cushion, but Solomon Mire has fought since his return from injury and captain Hamilton Masakadza, like Markram, has done hard work against the new ball just to give it away. If Masakadza and Mire can put a platform, the work becomes much easier for everyone who follows them.

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Team news

Tabraiz Shamsi is the only member of the South African squad who has not played a game so far, so he could enter to the XI along with the return of Plessis. Imran Tahir has spoken of his excitement about the possibility of playing alongside Shamsi, but the conditions will probably impact if South Africa does it to choose the two dolls.

South Africa (possible): 1 Dean Elgar, 2 Aiden Markram, 3 Reeza Hendricks / Khaya Zondo, 4 Faf du Plessis (capt), 5 Heinrich Klaasen (week), 6 JP Duminy (capt) , 7 Christiaan Jonker, 8 Andile Phehlukwayo, 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi

Zimbabwe could well give a game to Ryan Murray, who was part of the team sent to Africa's T20 last month and showed some form with 46 against Northerns and 77 against Districts of the Southwest. They may also consider bringing the left arm spinner Wellington Masakadza back to XI, depending on the conditions.

Zimbabwe (possible): 1 Hamilton Masakadza (capt), 2 Solomon Mire, 3 Craig Ervine, 4 Brendan Taylor (week), 5 Sean Williams, 6 Ryan Murray, 7 Elton Chigumbura, 8 Wellington Masakadza / Donald Tiripano, 9 Brandon Mavuta, 10 Kyle Jarvis, 11 Tendai Chatara

Plot and conditions

Paarl is about 50 kilometers from the coast, and the coastal lands of South Africa are not affected by the winter holidays as in the interior, so the strip of Boland Park should be good. Winters are wet in the Western Cape and early-season releases can hold up a bit better. In addition, Boland Cricket CEO James Fortuin promised a "racing festival" for this game after two low-scoring games, and the terrain has already been used this season for Africa's T20. Those results suggest a good launch, with the possibility that the turn can be important: several teams in the Africa T20 chose to open the bowling with a turn at one end when playing in Paarl.

Although there has been some rain, and even snow – around the Cape Mountains, summer is beginning to arrive and Saturday should be warm and dry.

Statistics and trivia

source:- espncricinfo.com

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