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Monday, 17 December, 2018

Fearsome Proteas pace attack set to tear into Zimbabwe again

Kagiso Rabada could do the most damage for South Africa

Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada is hoping to inspire South Africa to victory
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Second ODI
Sky Sports Cricket, midday Wednesday

An experimental South Africa side predictably still proved too good for Zimbabwe in Kimberley on Sunday but the Proteas' five-wicket success was not as smooth as it first appears.

Zimbabwe, always likely to struggle after being bowled out for just 117, took advantage of the hosts' depleted batting unit and reduced them to 58-4 before wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen saw South Africa home.

The absence of home batsmen such as Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis will obviously give Zimbabwe cause for optimism with ball in hand but keeping a full-strength Proteas bowling unit at bay is a different proposition altogether.

Pace duo Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi took five wickets between them in Kimberley and the prospect of a returning Dale Steyn from injury adds further firepower to the Proteas' attack.

Rabada has led the way in Steyn's prolonged absence and having played second fiddle to Ngidi on Sunday could resume his role as leader of South Africa's fearsome bowling unit.

K Rabada top South Africa wicket-taker
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Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi took five wickets between them on Sunday and the returning Dale Steyn adds even further firepower to the Proteas' attack
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