zim cricket.jpgThe Zimbabwe cricket team will play for pride when they clash with South Africa in a 3rd one-day international dead rubber encounter in Benoni on Friday.

 

Despite reeling from a series defeat, after losing by 8 wickets to South Africa on Sunday, the Zimbabwe cricket team will be looking for a consolation victory when they lock horns with their South African counterparts in Benoni on Friday.

 

The Zimbabwean team put up spirited performances in the 1st and second ODI’s in which Brendon Taylor posted a massive 145 runs in the 1st ODI before Tatenda Taibu chipped in with 78 runs in the second.

 

Despite the encouraging showings in the 2 T-20 and 2 ODI encounters, Cricket Analyst Dean Duplesis reckons a lot of work needs to be done.

 

Having been restricted from facing top level opposition in the more recent past, the South African tour was an ideal platform for new coach Allan Butcher to assess his charges’ ability to perform against the big boys of world cricket.

 

The South African tour is part of Zimbabwe’s preparations for the 2011 3World Cup to be staged by India, Sri-Lanka and Bangladesh.