One Day Triangular, 3rd match played at Harare Sports Club: South Africa A 243 for 8 (Ingram 89*, Kleinveldt 40) beat Zimbabwe A 242 for 6 (Raza 81, Mawoyo 52, Ervine 49) by two wickets
A skillfully played 89 not out by Colin Ingram ensured South Africa A's second win in the triangular series when they beat Zimbabwe A by two wickets with four overs to spare.
South Africa A won the toss and chose to bowl as has been the custom in the competition. Captain Tinotenda Mawoyo and Chamu Chibhabha added 66 for the first wicket. Chibhabha's vigil came to an end when he was comprehensively bowled by left arm spinner Aaron Phangiso for a painstaking 19 off 44 deliveries. The innings then gained some momentum with the arrival of Sikandar Raza Butt who rotated the strike beautifully and upped Mawoyo's running between the wickets before he also fell to Phangiso for 52 off 82 balls which included three fours and a six.
Stuart Matsikenyeri added 37 for the third wicket before he was dismissed by part time spinner, Dean Elgar for a scratchy seven. Craig Ervine then joined Butt, and the two added 70 before Butt's magnificent innings of 81 came to and end giving Elgar his second wicket. Butt struck six fours and two huge sixes and his shots all round the wicket was a real treat.
Ervine then fell short of a well deserved half centurie when he was bowled by Kyle Abbott, and after that the innings fell away as Zimbabwe A finished on a disappointing total of 242 for the loss of six wickets from their 50 overs. Aaron Phangiso was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with figures of 2-44 from his 10 overs, while Dean Elgar chipped in with 2-23 from five overs of gentle left arm spin.
South Africa A got off to a traumatic start when Tendai Chatara produced a perfect away swinging delivery which found the edge of Dean Elgar's bat, and was gratefully accepted by Regis Chakabva with the total on two. Richard Levi then took a liking to Njabulo Ncube, as he played two vicious pull shots off the powerfully built seamer before he pulled once to offen and edged Ncube to Mawoyo who took a sharp catch at slip.
Although Zimbabwe A took wickets at regular periods, Ingram was the rock around which the rest of the team played as his unbeaten 115 ball innings of 89 which included eight fours and a six secured SA A'S victory. Rory Kleinveldt then smashed a quick fire 40 off just 25 balls to drive the final nail in the coffin.
The next game will be on Tuesday the 17th of July when Sri Lanka A take on SAA at Harare sports club.