Morris wraps up convincing SA A victory
Chris Morris produced another outstanding performance to bowl South Africa A to a convincing victory by 41 runs over Zimbabwe A at the Harare Sports Club on Wednesday.
It was the South Africans’ fourth win in a row and they will now play either Zimbabwe or Sri Lanka A in Saturday’s final of this triangular competition. These two teams face off in the final league match on Thursday.
In a low scoring match South Africa won the toss and had to settle for a relatively modest total of 215 in 47 overs, not being able to bat out the full 50. At one stage it looked as though they would do a lot better when they reached 125/2 in 22 overs but the dismissal of captain Faf du Plessis (41 off 35 balls, 3 fours and 2 sixes) followed soon afterwards by Colin Ingram (51 off 66 balls, 5 fours) saw the last eight wickets fall for 90 runs in 25 overs.
Zimbabwe also made a rapid start until the South African spinners got among their batsmen. Aaron Phangiso dismissed Sikandar Raza and Richmond Mutumbami in the space of 5 balls to make a major breakthrough. A run out did not help Zimbabwe’s cause and the other spinners, Justin Ontong and Du Plessis, chipped in with a wicket apiece to reduce the home side to 98/6 with five wickets having fallen for 24 runs in seven overs.
Morris then ripped through the tail — he had also taken one with the new ball — to finish with the outstanding return of 4/33 in 7.3 overs. His only better performance in List A cricket is the 4/30 he took for North West against KwaZulu-Natal at the lower level of provincial cricket.
Phangiso took 3/42 in his full quota of 10 overs.