Sunday Times

Steyn gives con­vinc­ing dis­play

- By TELFORD VICE Sports · Zimbabwe · Kagiso Rabada · Taylor · Francois du Plessis · Austria · Reeza Hendricks · Iceland · Dale Steyn · Paarl · Imran Tahir · Andile Phehlukwayo · Heinrich Klaasen · Tabraiz Shamsi · Lewis Hamilton · Aiden Markram · JP Duminy · Khaya Zondo

● Dale Steyn stormed into the frame for SA’s World Cup squad in the third one-day in­ter­na­tional against Zim­babwe in Paarl yes­ter­day.

Steyn, com­ing back from in­jury and play­ing only his sec­ond ODI in al­most two years, gave a con­vinc­ing dis­play of qual­ity fast bowl­ing to take 3/29. Kag­iso Rabada took 3/32, and Im­ran Tahir and Andile Phehluk­wayo took two wick­ets each.

Zim­babwe, bowled out for 117 and 78 in the first two games of the se­ries, gave a bet­ter ac­count of them­selves on a sig­nif­i­cantly flat­ter pitch and were dis­missed for 228.

Despite that im­prove­ment, SA’s vic­tory was never in doubt — they won with 25 balls re­main­ing and four wick­ets stand­ing.

Zim­babwe’s in­nings was an­chored by a part­ner­ship of 73 — their only half-cen­tury stand of the se­ries — be­tween Bren­dan Tay­lor and Sean Wil­liams, who halted SA’s march be­tween the 12th and 27th overs.

The vis­i­tors were 44/3 when Tay­lor and Wil­liams met in the mid­dle, and their part­ing prompted a slide of seven wick­ets for 111 runs.

Tahir sep­a­rated them with a goo­gly that ripped past the out­side edge of the left­handed Tay­lor’s bat. His foot stayed in the air just long enough for Hein­rich Klaasen to com­plete a smart stump­ing.

Tay­lor made 40, 24 of them in fours, and two overs af­ter he went Rabada pounced to take a loop­ing re­turn catch that dis­missed Wil­liams for 69 — the high­est score of the rub­ber on both sides and the first half-cen­tury for the vis­i­tors.

Wil­liams faced 79 balls and hit 10 fours in an in­nings that show­cased his flinti­ness.

He might have been out for 51 but his edge off Tabraiz Shamsi didn’t quite carry to Faf du Plessis at slip.

The best of the rest of Zim­babwe’s bat­ting was opener Hamil­ton Masakadza’s 28 and Don­ald Tiri­pano’s 29.

Of their other bats­men, only PJ Moor and Bran­don Mavuta reached dou­ble fig­ures with scores of 10 and 18.

South African open­ers Ai­den Markram and Reeza Hen­dricks knocked 75 runs off the tar­get be­fore Markram was trapped in front for 42 by left-arm spin­ner Wil­liams.

Re­plays sug­gested an edge, but the de­ci­sion re­view sys­tem is not be­ing used in the se­ries and there was no re­prieve.

Faf du Plessis, who re­turned ear­lier than ex­pected from a shoul­der in­jury, clipped 26 off 25 but he and JP Du­miny fell three overs apart as SA slipped to 122/3.

Then Reeza Hen­dricks, who guided the in­nings surely, went for 66.

But Hein­rich Klaasen and Khaya Zondo, play­ing his first game of the se­ries, all but de­cided the is­sue with a stand of 66.

Kyle Jarvis ended it when he had Klaasen caught at mid­wicket for 59 — the in­no­va­tive wick­et­keeper-bats­man’s maiden ODI half­cen­tury in his ninth in­nings.

Zondo played his first game of the se­ries and his un­beaten 25 got SA over the line.

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