The hosts triumphed in the first match in Kimberley, but not before making heavy work of a small target posted by their neighbours, as they lost five wickets on their way to a match-winning total of 119 in tricky batting conditions. South Africa have a chance to clinch the three-match series against Zimbabwe when the two sides meet at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.

With it historically being one of the flatter surfaces in the country, Mangaung Oval is likely to be more welcoming to batsmen than its Kimberley counterpart. Zimbabwe will not have the best memories of Bloem, as it was there where South Africa posted what was then the record first innings total at the ground back in 2010, with Hashim Amla and Colin Ingram posting centuries to help South Africa to 351/6.

This was before the last ODI played at the venue, which saw a visiting England side post a record 399/9 in their 50 overs in a rain-affected match in 2016, and not even an impressive knock of 138 from 96 balls from Quinton de Kock was enough to get the Proteas close to the revised target of 290 in 33.3, via the Duckworth-Lewis method.

South Africa vs Zimbabwe

The wicketkeeper-batsman will not get the chance to replicate those heroics this time around, as he has been left out of what’s largely an experimental squad ahead of next year’s World Cup, with stand-in skipper JP Duminy, and veteran spinner Imran Tahir the only men from the clash from two years ago available in the current 15-man party.

Zimbabwe in South Africa, 3 ODI Series, 2018

South Africa Innings

Batsman How Out Bowler Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s SR
Total (47.3overs) 198 all out
Elgar cTaylor bChatara 4 8 7 1 0 57.14
Markram cTaylor bTiripano 35 63 49 6 0 71.43
R Hendricks b Jarvis 1 6 3 0 0 33.33
Klaasen c Mire bChatara 1 23 13 0 0 7.69
Zondo stTaylor bMavuta 21 57 28 2 1 75.00
Jonker bMavuta 25 24 19 4 1 131.58
Duminy lbw b Jarvis 5 26 20 0 0 25.00
Phehlukwayo cTaylor bChatara 28 80 44 1 1 63.64
Steyn bTiripano 60 91 85 8 1 70.59
Tahir lbw bWilliams 1 5 4 0 0 25.00
Ngidi not out 4 24 14 1 0 28.57
Extras 1nb 1002lb 13
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Jarvis 10.0 2 26 2 2.60
Chatara 9.0 1 42 3 4.67
Tiripano 8.3 1 37 2 4.35
Mavuta 10.0 0 48 2 4.80
Williams 10.0 0 43 1 4.30
Fall of Wicket Batsman
7-1(1.2ovs) Elgar
9-2(2.1ovs) R Hendricks
26-3(7.4ovs) Klaasen
49-4(13.4ovs) Markram
85-5(18.6ovs) Jonker
92-6(20.4ovs) Zondo
101-7(25.1ovs) Duminy
176-8(40.4ovs) Phehlukwayo
177-9(41.3ovs) Tahir
198-10(47.3ovs) Steyn

Zimbabwe Innings

Batsman How Out Bowler Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s SR
Total (24.0 overs) 78 all out
Mire lbw b Steyn 2 9 3 0 0 66.67
H Masakadza lbw b Ngidi 27 63 40 2 1 67.50
Ervine c Phehlukwayo b Steyn 3 29 24 0 0 12.50
Taylor lbw b Tahir 10 21 17 1 0 58.82
Williams st Klaasen b Tahir 9 22 8 2 0 112.50
Moor lbw b Tahir 5 28 20 0 0 25.00
Chigumbura c R Hendricks b Phehlukwayo 0 5 2 0 0 0.00
Tiripano not out 12 24 16 2 0 75.00
Mavuta b Tahir 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
Jarvis b Tahir 1 3 2 0 0 50.00
Chatara c Steyn b Tahir 3 15 11 0 0 27.27
Extras 0nb 402lb 6
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Steyn 6.0 0 19 2 3.17
Ngidi 7.0 1 26 1 3.71
Phehlukwayo 5.0 1 7 1 1.40
Tahir 6.0 1 24 6 4.00
Fall of Wicket Batsman
10-1 (2.1 ovs) Mire
26-2 (8.6 ovs) Ervine
43-3 (13.5 ovs) Taylor
43-4 (14.1 ovs) H Masakadza
58-5 (17.6 ovs) Williams
59-6 (18.5 ovs) Chigumbura
59-7 (19.1 ovs) Moor
59-8 (19.2 ovs) Mavuta
64-9 (19.5 ovs) Jarvis
78-10 (23.6 ovs) Chatara

South Africa

  • Aiden Markram
  • Dean Elgar
  • Reeza Hendricks
  • Heinrich Klaasen(wk)
  • Christiaan Jonker
  • JP Duminy(c)
  • Khaya Zondo
  • Andile Phehlukwayo
  • Imran Tahir
  • Lungi Ngidi
  • Dale Steyn

Zimbabwe

  • Hamilton Masakadza(c)
  • Solomon Mire
  • Craig Ervine
  • Brendan Taylor(wk)
  • Sean Williams
  • Peter Moor
  • Elton Chigumbura
  • Brandon Mavuta
  • Kyle Jarvis
  • Tendai Chatara
  • Donald Tiripano
Start Time:
Toss:South Africa won the toss and decided to bat
Venue:Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
Officials: Christopher Gaffaney, Adrian Holdstock, Shaun George, Bongani Jele, Jeffrey Crowe