Zim v SA highlights today – Third one day international from Boland Park, Paarl (South Africa) Saturday 6th October 2018. Paarl is about 50 kilometers from the coast, and South Africa’s coastal grounds are not affected by the winter break as that inland are, so the Boland Park strip should be a good one. Winters are wet in the Western Cape and the early-season pitches can hold together a little better. Furthermore, Boland Cricket chief executive James Fortuin has promised a “run-fest” for this game after two low-scoring matches, and the ground has already been used this season for the Africa T20. These results suggest a good pitch, with the possibility that spin could be important: several teams in the Africa T20 chose to open the bowling with spin at one end when playing in Paarl. Though there has been some rain – and even snow – around in the mountains of the Cape, summer is starting to arrive and Saturday should be warm and dry.
Zimbabwe may well give a game to Ryan Murray, who was part of the squad sent to the Africa T20 last month and showed some form with 46 against Northern and 77 against South West Districts. They, too, may also consider bringing left-arm spinner Wellington Masakadza back into the XI, depending on conditions. Tabraiz Shamsi is the only member of South Africa’s squad not to have played a game so far, so he could well slot into the XI along with the returning du Plessis. Imran Tahir has spoken about his excitement at the possibility of playing alongside Shamsi, but conditions will likely impact whether South Africa see fit to pick both wrist spinners.
Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat.
South Africa team/playing XI
AK Markram, RR Hendricks, F du Plessis (c), H Klaasen †, K Zondo, JP Duminy, AL Phehlukwayo, K Rabada, DW Steyn, Imran Tahir, T Shamsi.
Zimbabwe team/playing XI
H Masakadza (c), SF Mire, CR Ervine, BRM Taylor †, SC Williams, PJ Moor, E Chigumbura, B Mavuta, KM Jarvis, TL Chatara, DT Tiripano.