South Africa pick Steyn and bat first

Toss South Africa chose to hit

South Africa's new crop of hitters has had an excellent opportunity to demonstrate their skills after JP Duminy won the draw and decided to bat first in what should be an excellent lineup batting in the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein. South Africa chose an extra hitter, with Khaya Zondo in the middle order, while Dale Steyn will also play his first ODI in almost two years after entering the XI for the rest of Kagiso Rabada.

South Africa is 1-0 up the series after their victory at five wickets at Kimberley, but that chase was completed with a significant mid-range wobble and the experienced Duminy was allowed to lead South Africa stumbling on the line. Heinrich Klaasen seemed to be the only hitter who discovered how to score quickly in a pitch that offers extravagant rebounds, with the best score with a 44 better.

Klaasen now has the opportunity to take advantage of the promise of that possibility, while the conditions should also be adapted to the aggressive mentality stimulated by the coaching staff in the rest of the lineup. Zondo also seeks to bet a claim in the initial XI after having missed the recent trip from South Africa to Sri Lanka. As Team A captain, Zondo scored a quick century against Australia A little over a month ago.

While Steyn is coming for Rabada, South Africa will miss an extra bowler after Wiaan Mulder sprained an ankle in training yesterday. At the launch, Duminy suggested that he later be asked to play with a little spin under the lights.

It is not the tone that will greatly help the bowlers. There are cracks in a surface with virtually no moisture, but they have been crushed by a heavy roller and, in any case, the ball should skate very well with a very strong throw.

As a result, visitors from Zimbabwe have changed the left of Wellington Masakadza – Twist of the arm for the average pace of Donald Tiripano in his lower order. The Zimbabwe hitters should find it a bit easier to go in this game, even hitting under the lights later, although captain Hamilton Masakadza suggested that he would have hit first too. Masakadza is playing his 200th ODI for Zimbabwe today, becoming the fourth player to do so after the Flower and Elton Chigumbura brothers, and his top-order efforts will be vital to the persecution of Zimbabwe.

South Africa: 1 Dean Elgar, 2 Aiden Markram, 3 Reeza Hendricks, 4 JP Duminy, 5 Khaya Zondo, 6 Heinrich Klaasen, 7 Christiaan Jonker, 8 Andile Phehlukwayo, 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Lungi Ngidi , 11 Imran Tahir

] Zimbabwe: 1 Hamilton Masakadza, 2 Solomon Mire, 3 Craig Ervine, 4 Brendan Taylor, 5 Sean Williams, 6 Peter Moor, 7 Elton Chigumbura, 8 Donald Tiripano, 9 Kyle Jarvis, 10 Brandon Mavuta, 11 Tendai Chatara [19659010]


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