South Africa lead the three-match ODI series 0-1 after an emphatic victory over Zimbabwe on Sunday.
Venue: Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
Dates: Tuesday, 19 August
Start time: 8:30 a.m. BST (9:30 a.m. local time)
TV and live stream: SuperSport (South Africa and Zimbabwe), PTV Sports (Pakistan), Ten Sports (India and others), Orbit Show Network (Middle East)
Weather: AccuWeather.com predicts a lovely day in Bulawayo for the second ODI. Bright and sunny with temperatures of up to 25 degrees Celsius will make this a perfect day for cricket.
South Africa thumped Zimbabwe in the first ODI in Bulawayo on Sunday with their batsmen putting up a great show and the second-string bowlers doing the rest. Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis were in fine form with the bat as South Africa amassed 309 after being put in to bat.
The target was too much for Zimbabwe, and even with a group of “second-string” bowlers, South Africa won by 93 runs. The Proteas have a chance to wrap up the series with a win, but they also have a chance to really test themselves in situations which make them uncomfortable.
Chasing down totals has been a struggle for the South Africans as of late. They have won just one of the last nine ODIs in which they have batted second, so forcing themselves into a situation like this might be a good option. There are also a few new faces waiting for their chance to put their hands up.
The untested bowling duo of Marchant de Lange and Mthokozisi Shezi as well as rookie batsman Rilee Rossouw might not be given a trial just yet. Skipper AB de Villiers said on the post-match TV presentation that South Africa will wait until the series is in the bag before fiddling too much with the line-up.
Judging by South Africa's performance on Sunday, they are expected to win the second match. While Zim put up a strong performance in the one-off Test, the ODI team is struggling for form and organisation. A win for South Africa will go a long way in boosting their confidence ahead of Australia joining the teams for a tri-series.
Hashim Amla is in freakish form. On Sunday, he scored his third ODI hundred in four games and became the fastest to score 15 ODI tons. His calmness at the top of the order works in perfect tandem with the more aggressive Quinton de Kock, and the relationship continues to blossom.
Hamilton Masakadza put in a solid effort with the bat in the first ODI and needs to build from that. It was his fourth half-century in as many matches, and it's only a matter of time before he makes a hundred in the format.
Quinton de Kock(w), Hashim Amla, Rilee Rossouw, Jean-Paul Duminy, AB de Villiers(c), Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Ryan McLaren, Kyle Abbott, Imran Tahir, Marchant de Lange, Aaron Phangiso, Mthokozisi Shezi
Elton Chigumbura(c), Richmond Mutumbami(w), Luke Jongwe, Neville Madziva, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Shingirai Masakadza, Malcolm Waller, Prosper Utseya, John Nyumbu, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusi Sibanda, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor, Brian Vitori, Sean Williams
All stats via ESPN Cricinfo, unless otherwise stated.
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