South Africa vs Zimbabwe 3rd ODI Prediction
- Zimbabwe has won only one game against South Africa in their hosts’ country of the 19 they have played so far.
- South Africa has odds of 1.16 to score more runs in the first 15 overs compared to 4.50 for Zimbabwe BET NOW
- Brendan Taylor holds odds of 4.50 to be Zimbabwe’s leading run getter in the game as for South Africa Aiden Markram with odds of 3.50 is the top contender in the same market. BET NOW
- Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada share odds of 3.25 to come up with best bowling performance for South Africa while Tendai Chatara has odds of 3.50 for the same market BET NOW
- Aiden Markram is the top contender for Man of the Match with odds of 7.00 followed by Kagiso Rabada who has odds of 8.00 up on his shoulders. BET NOW
Our Prediction South Africa vs Zimbabwe 3rd ODI
South Africa is favourites to win the 3rd ODI
The 3-Match ODI series has been decided by the end of the second game as was expected before the start of the series. What wasn’t expected though was the manner in which the South African batting struggled against a spirited Zimbabwean attack. The visitors who had challenged the hosts’ batting in the first game had them reeling at 101 for 7 in the second game. But they let it go from there and allowed South Africa to score 198 runs finally ending up on the losing side by massive 120 runs. It was no surprise that skipper Hamilton Masakadza said he felt gutted at the end of the game. With pride only to play for in the last ODI the Zimbabwean side would hope to get over their disastrous batting and allow their bowlers to challenge the relatively inexperienced South African side again.
For stand-in captain JP Duminy it hasn’t been a happy outing so far in the two games. His side was expected to win which they did but serious questions have been raised about the temperament of the batting side. If not for Dale Styen’s magnificent innings at No. 9 the result of the 2nd ODI could have been different. They struggled with the bat in the first game and in the second outing fell like a pack of cards. South African bowling has been the saviour in both the games and the skipper would hope that in the third ODI batting line-up which is little inexperience though doesn’t let the opponent’s attack get inside their nerves.
The South African top order barring Aiden Markram seems to be in a spot of bother at the moment. Dean Elgar has failed in both games and so has Reeza Hendricks after that impressive debut in Sri Lanka. Wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen batted well in one game while Duminy and Christiaan Jonker have had their good days in one game each. But they would have to raise their hands and put up better show in the next game. In the bowling department Dale Steyn had an impressive comeback while Lungi Ngidi is too hot for the opponents to handle. Andile Phehlukwayo along with Imran Tahir makes the South African attack strong and Duminy would hope his bowling unit fires like they have done in the two games.
Hamilton Masakadza would have expected his men to show more character in the tour. While there was little expected from the side in this series but in both the games they had their chances to cause one of the biggest upsets in recent times. The South African side hasn’t batted as confidently as fans would have hoped for but given Zimbabwean side’s lack of self-belief they let opportunities slip by their hand. Batting has looked awful and most of the batsmen especially the middle order has shown little hunger for a fight in the two games they have played so far. The bowling has comparatively fared well in both the games and given South African batting more trouble than was expected.
It won’t be wrong to term Zimbabwean batting performance as disastrous as the combined total in two games is below 200 runs. Skipper Masakadza despite his two scores of 20s is the only person who has looked good which also tells you about the batting form the team is in. Solomon Mire has failed on both occasions and so have the trio of Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams. The skipper would expect some runs from his middle order in the next game. Bowling has been good with Tendai Chatara having a great series so far. Kyle Jarvis and Donald Tiripano also had good games with the ball and the skipper would hope they can dismiss the South African cheaply once again.
Zimbabwe has looked nowhere close to South Africans despite the hosts being in indifferent from with the bat. As we head into the third game South Africa tick all the boxes to whitewash Zimbabwe 3-0.