SA beat ZIM by 34 runs | South Africa vs Zimbabwe Live Cricket Score 1st I T20 Match

Zimbabwe in South Africa, 3 T20I Series, 2018

Date: Oct 09, 2018 Start Time: 21:30 IST | 16:00 GMT | 18:00 Local
Venue: Buffalo Park, East London
160/6 Overs: 20.0
126/10 Overs: 17.2
South Africa beat Zimbabwe by 34 runs

South Africa vs Zimbabwe Live Cricket Score - 1st I T20 Match - Summary

End of Over : 17.2 ZIM: 126/10

So we're done with this one. South Africa carry their good form from the ODI series forward and win this opening T20I. Zimbabwe were letdown by their batting order again and will want to rectify that quickly. They have to win the next game to keep the series alive. It takes place on 12th October, at 1800 local (1600 GMT). Join in for that. Cheers!

17.2 W

OUT! And there it is! Game over. SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 34 RUNS! Phehlukwayo pitches it full on off, Moor looks to clear long off with a lofted shot but can't get under it cleanly. Jonker out in the deep moves to his right and takes a good catch. The hosts take a 1-0 lead in the series.

17.1 0

Fuller and slower wide outside off, Moor fails to connect.

End of Over : 17 3 Runs ZIM: 126/9
16.6 0

What just happened here? A misfield and that was almost a boundary. Yikes! It's the magic man Imran Tahir. Yorker on off, Mpofu digs it out down towards third man. It's rolling there slowly, Tahir bends to takes it but the ball takes an odd bounce in front of him and goes through his legs. He runs back and pulls it back inside the rope just in time. Saves some embarrassment for himself, even if it just a little. No run taken.

16.5 0

The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.

16.4 W

OUT! Ngidi is never too far away from the wickets, is he? Angles in a fierce length ball on leg, it keeps coming in with the angle and catches Jarvis on the thigh pad as he looks to flick it away. It deflects back onto the off stump and uproots it. The end for Zimbabwe now?

16.3 1

Full ball, it's driven down to long off for a single.

16.2 1

Jarvis was expecting the short ball but Ngidi still got him on the helmet. Was sharp, angled in, with good pace. On middle and leg, Kyle ducked but still caught one on the helmet. Oooff! A leg bye is taken as the ball goes on the off side.

16.1 0

Banged in short, Jarvis somehow manages to let it be.

16.1 1

Wide! This one is down the leg side, Jarvis looks to put bat on ball but fails to do so.

End of Over : 16 18 Runs ZIM: 123/8
15.6 W

OUT! GONE! Of all the deliveries, this is the poorest one he's bowled in the entire over. Mavuta will feel hard done by this. He'd have wanted to sent it sailing once more. Full toss well outside off, Brandon reaches out to it and slices it straight to Ngidi at third man. The catch is taken. The umpire wants to check the front foot no ball and the height as well, both are okay and Mavuta has to make the long walk back.

15.5 2

Top edged but safe! Shortish in length, Brandon pulls and it goes off the edge through square leg. A couple taken.

15.4 6

SIX! Oh, dear! This is turning into some game now. Unreal stuff. Junior Dala angles it in on middle and leg, Mavuta goes across the line and lifts it ever so well over square leg. Clears the boundary rope, along with the leaping fielder and earns a biggie. The 50-run stand is up too, in just 17 balls.

15.3 2

Length delivery around off, Mavuta gets an inside edge to square leg. Big gap out there, so he's able to come back for the second.

15.2 4

FOUR! 33 runs off the last 8 balls. South Africa are bleeding runs here. Dala errs in line and bowls it down leg, all Mavuta has to do is get some bat on it. He goes, beats a diving Quinton de Kock and finds the fine leg fence.


South Africa comfortably outclassed Zimbabwe in the ODI series by 3-0. The focus is on the three-match T20 series now. The South-African batting lineup continued to struggle throughout in the 50 over format and will need to come good in T20s.


Faf du Plessis returns to lead the side against the visitors. Also, the return of David Miller and Quinton de Kock will boost their batting.


The Zimbabwe side struggled in their batting department and would look to impress in this format. Skipper Hamilton Masakadza is their main batsman but the opening pair of Solomon Mire and Chamu Chibhabha need to come to the party and give a good start to the visitors. In the bowling department,  As for the bowling, the trio of Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara and Neville Madziva need to bowl well to restrict the mighty Proteas batting.


The first T20 match will take place on October 8 at Buffalo Park, East London starting from 9:30 PM IST. We look at the squads of both the teams here.


South Africa Full Squad:  Faf du Plessis (c), Gihahn Cloete, Junior Dala, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Robbie Frylinck, Imran Tahir, Christiaan Jonker, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Lungisani Ngidi, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, and Rassie van der Dussen.


Zimbabwe Full Squad:  Hamilton Masakadza (c), Solomon Mire, Neville Madziva, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Tendai Chisoro, Kyle Jarvis, Brandon Mavuta, Christopher Mpofu, Chamu Chibaba, Wellington Masakadza, Tarisai Musakanda, and Tendai Chatara.