The only time Zimbabwe looked in the game in the first T20I was when their bowlers knocked out both South African openers in debutant Gihahn Cloete and Quinton de Kock early.
However, it were the comeback men Faf du Plessis and David Miller who did the trick, not only giving stability to the innings but picking up the run rate. Rassie van der Dussen too had a dream debut as he top scored in the match. Quinton de cock would look to hit his way to form in the second T20I.
In the ODIs as well as in the 1st T20I, Zimbabwe batsman have found it hard to tackle Imran Tahir. He has consistently kept chipping away at them and the same may bring their nemesis again at Potchefstroom. Andile Phehlukwayo, Junior Dala and Lungi Ngidi too are expected to be tight.
Zimbabwe would still have hopes from Brendan Taylor, Peter Moor and Hamilton Masakadza to give their bowling something to bowl at. With the ball, Kyle Jarvis and Chris Mpofu will be their chief weapons.
Zimbabwe- Chamu Chibhabha, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor, Tarisai Musakanda, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Brandon Mavuta, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chisoro, Chris Mpofu
South Africa- Quinton de Kock, Gihahn Cloete, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Christiaan Jonker, Andile Phehlukwayo, Junior Dala, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction*
Who will win? South Africa
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) - Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) - Kyle Jarvis (Zimbabwe), Imran Tahir (South Africa)
Most Sixes - Hamilton Masakadza (Zimbabwe), Rassie van der Dussen (South Africa)
Team Scores (Batting First) – South Africa 160+, Zimbabwe 130+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.