Third ODI Preview: Zimbabwe struggle ahead of South Africa clash

Zimbabwe suffered a humiliating defeat against Australia in the opening match of the triangular series and have traditionally struggled against cricketing heavyweights.

updated: August 28, 2014 18:29 IST
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Zimbabwe's batsman Sikandar Raza Butt ducks a bowl during the one day international tri-series opening cricket match Zimbabwe vs Australia at the Harare Sports Club.


Harare: Zimbabwe must overcome the discord in their camp as well as a skill handicap when they take on South Africa in a one-day international triangular series match in Harare on Friday.

While Zimbabwe have traditionally struggled against world cricket's heavyweights, their challenge appears to have become even greater as the players have taken issue with new coach Stephen Mangongo's methods.

Zimbabwe have not come close to winning a match since Mangongo took over last month, losing a Test and three ODIs to South Africa, and then sinking to a record 198-run defeat to Australia in Monday's tri-series opener.

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