Zimbabwe seeks to turn tables

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After playing an exciting Test match, Zimbabwe and South Africa will now enter the second leg of the tour with a three-match One-Day International series in Bulawayo starting on Sunday.

Kevin Mapasure

Zimbabwe are kicking themselves after competing well in the first three days of Test match against South Africa but crumbled on the fourth and all the hard work went to waste.

But the ODI series presents a chance for the Steve Mangongo-coached side to showcase their worth at the top levels of the game.

With the ICC World Cup coming early next year, both teams will start to search for the right combinations and consider other players.

The Proteas have rested their pace trio of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander, but they return for the tri-series that will also feature Australia.

Even in this format, matches between the two have generally been one-sided in favour of South Africa, with Zimbabwe winning just two matches since 1992.

Zimbabwe lost by 272 runs the last time they played in South Africa, having lost by 212 runs a year earlier and even before the famous fall-out with the “rebels”, the Proteas have always dominated. But the dawn of a new era, which comes with the appointment of a new coach, Mangongo, and new captain Elton Chigumbura, Zimbabwe will be looking to start on a fresh page.

Confidence gained in the Test match will be useful. Having stretched their more formidable opponents to the limit in the longer version, Zimbabwe hopes to record what would be a famous victory in the limited overs.

Chigumbura will be itching to showcase his talent having been overlooked for the Test match and make up for the disappointment.

Having last played in 2010, Zimbabwe will fancy their chances this time with players having gained in confidence and experience.

Brendan Taylor once again carries the burden to provide the runs, but he can get able support from Hamilton Masakadza, Sikandar Raza Butt and Vusi Sibanda.

Taylor has already scored a century against South Africa while Sibanda and Masakadza have recorded half centuries. The trio aims to replicate the same performance in this series.

Zim ODI squad:
E Chigumbura, V Sibanda, B Taylor, H Masakadza, S Raza Butt, R Mutumbami, S Masakadza, N Madziva, B Vitori, T Panyangara, P Utseya, T Kamungozi, J Nyumbu, M Waller, T Maruma, S Williams, and L Jongwe.

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