South Africa will begin their 2018/19 home season with a three match ODI series against Zimbabwe. The first match will be played at Diamond Oval in Kimberley. South Africa will miss their captain Faf du Plessis and opener Hashim Amla who have been ruled out due to injuries and in Faf's absence, JP Duminy will captain.
This series is a good opportunity for South Africa to test their bench strength as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is just 8 months away. Dale Steyn will also be playing his first ODI after a long time. On the other hand, Zimbabwe will be eager to put up a good fight after a disappointing series against Pakistan in this July. The return of Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Craig Ervine and Kyle Jarvis will boost their confidence.
All the major stats and facts you need to know as South Africa take on Zimbabwe in the three match ODI series at home :
1. Head to Head in ODIs -
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7 - Zimbabwe have lost all their last 7 ODIs they have played. Their last ODI win came against Ireland at Harare in ICC World Cup Qualifiers earlier this year in March.
47 - Imran Tahir (47 wickets) needs 3 more wickets to complete 50 ODI wickets at home. He will be 10th South African bowler to achieve this feat.
58 - Brendan Taylor needs 58 more runs to complete 6000 runs in ODI cricket. He will be third Zimbabwean player after Andy Flower (6786) and Grant Flower (6571) to achieve this milestone.
94.71 - JP Duminy's ODI batting average against Zimbabwe. He has scored 663 runs at this average in just 16 innings and 3 out of his 4 career hundreds came against Zimbabwe.
200 - If Hamilton Masakadza plays all ODIs then the second ODI will be 200th ODI of his career and he will be fourth Zimbabweian player to appear in 200 or more ODIs after Andy Flower, Grant Flower and Elton Chigumbura.
528 - Brendan Taylor has scored 528 runs against South Africa in ODIs so far - the most by any Zimbabwe player.
4994 - Runs scored by JP Duminy in ODI cricket and needs 6 more runs to become the 9th South African player to achieve the milestone of 5000 ODI runs.