Zimbabwe vs. South Africa, Triangular Series: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info

Antoinette Muller@mspr1ntFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2014

South African batsman AB de Villiers, right, and JP Duminy, smile while walking off the pitch after South Africa won by 7 wickets in the  cricket One Day International match against Australia in  Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The two teams are in Zimbabwe for a triangular  ODI series with Zimbabwe. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/Associated Press

Zimbabwe and South Africa face off for the first time in the triangular series on Friday, with the hosts going in search of a rare win against the visitors. 

Venue: Harare Sports Club

Dates: Friday, 29 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), Willow TV (USA).

Weather: Friday will bring one of the hottest days of the series so far, with temperatures reaching up to 30 degrees Celsius, according to AccuWeather.com.

Overview

If Zimbabwe thought things could not get worse following their 198-run thumping against Australia, they were wrong.

South Africa seemed to have hit their straps at the exact right time, after a clinical chase of 327 against Australia on Wednesday. There were tons for both AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, with the latter notching up his maiden ODI century for his country.

South Africa's bowlers struggled towards the end of the innings, conceding 98 runs in the final ten overs. It's a trend that has been developing for some time now and was prevalent during their three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, too.

For the most part, though, South Africa are in superb form. The hosts are in disarray by comparison. Zim's Tinashe Panyangara has been expelled from the tri-series for "indiscipline" as per ESPNCricinfo. His mistake was allegedly sharing a video of Mitchell Johnson bowling during the Ashes with team-mates via their group WhatsApp chat. The video was shared right before Zimbabwe’s opening match against Australia earlier in the week.

Zimbabwe's coach Stephen Mangongo has defended his actions. He told ESPNCricinfo:

In any sport, to post a video of the opposition annihilating another team will not be tolerated. I was perplexed that a senior bowler behaved in such a childish manner. On the eve of such a serious match, you don't do that.

For many, this would seem as if though the coach is doing more harm than good. Panyangara has played a handful of matches in recent months, but to cast somebody out for such a seemingly insignificant offence would be considered far more disruptive than a video of the opposition.

Zimbabwe face a stern test on Friday, while South Africa continue to go from strength to strength.

Key players

Zimbabwe

Hamilton Masakadza top scored for Zim against Australia, contributing 70 runs of his team's dismal 152-run total. His experience is invaluable to the squad and, having also performed admirably in both the one-off Test and the first ODI against South Africa, he is a key component of the side.

South Africa

AB de Villiers has found form at just the right time. After three low scores against Zimbabwe, his unbeaten century against Australia was an innings close to perfection. His ability to adapt and adjust to bowlers and pitches is a massive asset for the South Africans.

Squads

Zimbabwe 

Hamilton Masakadza, Richmond Mutumbami (w/k), Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Elton Chigumbura (c), Luke Jongwe, Shingirai Masakadza, Prosper Utseya, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, John Nyumbu, Tendai Chatara

South Africa

AB de Villiers (c), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (w/k), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Rilee Rossouw, Mthokozisi Shezi, Dale Steyn

All stats and quotes via ESPNCricinfo, unless otherwise stated

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