- South Africa cruised to a four-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the third and final ODI on Saturday
- The Proteas completed a crushing series whitewash against our northern neighbours
- The series served to highlight South Africa’s fragile batting line-up ahead of the 2019 World Cup
The Proteas cruised to a four-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the third and final One-Day International in Paarl on Saturday to complete a crushing series whitewash against our northerly neighbours. Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat first.
The Zimbabwean team which has struggled in South Africa with prior scored of just 117 and 78 in the first two matches showed a lot more grit ending with a somewhat competitive score of 228 all out.
The South Africa batsmen looked slightly more comfortable in Paarl than at any other time in recent history and chased down the target at a canter reaching their target with more than four overs remaining.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the South African bowlers once again impressed and proved once again to be the Proteas strongest suit in the game. The series has highlighted the fragility of the batting line-up which has been an Achilles heel for the team in recent months.
Sport24.com reported that unlike the pitches of the first two ODI’s the pitch in Paarl was decently prepared and gave the South African coaching staff the opportunity to assess the team’s performance in conditions which are similar to what can be expected at the World Cup in England next year.
Proteas head coach Ottis Gibson has spent the vast majority of his coaching career in England and he has a great understanding of what it takes to win in English conditions.
Gibson and his technical team are working hard towards building a squad for the World Cup. He will be pleased with the bowling prowess and depth at his disposal but the batting remains a deep concern.
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