South Africa could rest du Plessis for final T20I

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South Africa has acquired a significant vision of the strength of its bank in the last two weeks of experimentation with the cue ball. They have taken a look at 22 players, four opening pairs, countless sewing options and their two top-of-the-line wristbands, while also winning all the matches.

They have done it even when several of the pitches played have not been adequate. For South Africa's drive towards increasing aggression with the bat in limited cricket, the gap between these two teams is talked about. Zimbabwe has been good enough to place itself in strong positions, but lacks the ability to launch the killer shot with the ball, or effectively counterattack with the bat

. Of the reserves of talent that the country has produced. How would South Africa handle the height and rhythm of Blessing Muzarabani in the whimsical pitches at the start of the season? Could Sikandar Raza have added a little more backbone to the middle order?

These questions are, perhaps, academic. This is the hand that has been handed out in Zimbabwe, and while Raza will return to action on his next tour to Bangladesh later this month, it will be years before Muzarabani plays international cricket again, if he does, after have signed a three-year contract with Northamptonshire.

That does not mean that there have not been positives for visitors on this tour in the absence of those two. Brandon Mavuta has become a very promising player, and the bowling game in general has been good. But it was never clicked at the same time, and the Zimbabwe hitting has repeatedly failed the team.

South Africa will face tougher challenges from Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka this summer, but this series has given them the freedom to cut and change, and by then they will have a better idea of ​​what combinations suit them. Zimbabwe has also learned a little about its own strengths and weaknesses, and they have one more chance to do well.

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South Africa: WWLLW (last five complete matches, the most recent first) [19659003] Zimbabwe: LLLLL

In the spotlight

Quinton de Kock a Over the last two games he has been practically impeccable, but his batting has been a little off, with scores of 5 and 26 While he remains the first goalkeeper of South Africa, there will inevitably be a slight pressure on him with Heinrich Klaasen in the team and hit the ball cleanly in the order of the middle. A striking blow in the final T20I would certainly help De Kock consolidate his place before South Africa's trip to Australia later this month.

Hamilton Masakadza got four scores in the 20s on this tour, repeatedly entering and then leaving before he can make the kind of contribution his team so urgently needs. He admitted as such in his post-match interview on Friday, and as Zimbabwe's best scorer in this format, the team needs more from his captain.

Team news

South Africa's plan was to give each player in his squad at least two games in this series, and after the last game, captain Faf du Plessis suggested that he might be the player to be lost in the final game to make sure they can do it. Without du Plessis, JP Duminy will be the captain and South Africa will have a little more space to play with his middle order.

South Africa (possible): 1 Quinton de Kock (week), 2 Gihahn Cloete, 3 Heinrich Klaasen, 4 Rassie van der Dussen, 5 JP Duminy (capt), 6 Christiaan Jonker, 7 Robbie Frylinck , 8 Andile Phehlukwayo, 9 Junior Dala, 10 Dane Paterson, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi

Neville Madziva is the only member The T20I squad of Zimbabwe did not have a game on this tour, and he was able to place himself in his lower middle order instead of Elton Chigumbura, who looks horribly out of shape with the bat. Zimbabwe can also look to change Wellington Masakadza for Tendai Chisoro, who could not take a wicket in either of the first two games.

Zimbabwe (possible): 1 Solomon Mire, 2 Hamilton Masakadza (captured), 3 Brendan Taylor (week), 4 Tarisai Musakanda, 5 Sean Williams, 6 Peter Moor, 7 Neville Madziva, 8 Wellington Masakadza, 9 Brandon Mavuta, 10 Kyle Jarvis, 11 Chris Mpofu

Tone and conditions

It is very At the beginning of the season, and although it is traditionally thought that this terrain is one where many races can be scored, both games Provincials that played here last week suggest there might be a good battle between bat and ball. Both Easterns and Boland were out of the game in the game over 50, while neither of them reached 300 in the three-day game. On Sunday, there must be something for bowlers.

Climate can also have an impact. It is expected to be cloudy and cool, with the possibility of a thunderstorm in the afternoon.

Statistics and trivia


"The boys are starting, but it's about building on those games, we continue to lose the windows at the wrong times."
Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza points out where his team's batting malaise is.

"If you look at the whole team's batting unit, there are seven or eight batters in the mix for the World Cup and all the guys have done well at different times."
Faf du Plessis has been happy with what he has seen of the South African World Cup contenders. 19659031]


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