Dale Steyn ripped the heart out of Australia`s batting and Faf du Plessis came within a whisker of yet another century as South Africa cruised to a six-wicket victory to clinch the triangular series trophy on Saturday.
Faf du Plessis has cemented his number three position in South Africa`s one-day international (ODI) lineup with successive centuries against Australia but the batsmen believes he can get even better before next year`s World Cup.
Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh both fell agonisingly short of centuries but still helped Australia to a record one-day international tally at the Harare Sports Club as they crushed Zimbabwe by 198 runs on Monday.
After a year without test cricket, Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor praised his side`s competitiveness against top-ranked South Africa that suggests they deserve a greater share of the international calendar.
Dane Piedt and Morne Morkel`s lethal deliveries allowed them to grab six wickets and move South Africa to the brink of victory as Zimbabwe limped to tea on 141 for seven in their second innings on day four of the one-off test on Tuesday.
South African batsman Faf du Plessis defended his side`s poor run rate as they resumed batting on Day three in the one-off Test against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club, saying that they played it perfectly.
Low, slow, crumbling and likely to get much worse quickly. That was the verdict on the Harare Sports Club pitch from both Zimbabwe and South Africa after the second day`s play in their one-off test yielded just 209 runs in the 90 overs.
Dane Piedt became the second South African in 126 years to take a wicket with his first ball in test cricket but said it was not his most memorable scalp of the day and that he could have played better.
Zimbabwe has re-entered the ICC Test rankings for the first time since May 2007 in the ninth place due to its dramatic and historic win against Pakistan in the second Test at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday.
Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal took seven wickets in an innings for the second time in his career to restrict Zimbabwe`s first innings lead on the third day of the first Test at the Harare Sports Club on Thursday.
A dominant India will look to plug their bowling loopholes as they go into the third cricket one-dayer against minnows Zimbabwe here tomorrow with the aim of sealing the five-match series with another emphatic triumph.