Zimbabwe may have lost all three one-day internationals against the Proteas, but they certainly took the game to the hosts.
They claimed five wickets in the first ODI, despite only defending 117, while they had the South Africans on the ropes at 101/7 in the second encounter in Bloemfontein.
That is when Dale Steyn took charge to score 60, and along with Andile Phehlukwayo, took their team to a defendable 198.
It was a much better effort with the bat by the visitors in the final ODI in Paarl, as they reached 228 all out, which the Proteas only chased down in the 46th over.
So, they should be even more competitive in the three-match T20 international series, which starts tonight at 6pm at Buffalo Park in East London.
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The left-hander was the only Zimbabwean batsman to make a half-century in the ODIs, putting together a composed knock of 69 off just 79 balls, with 10 boundaries.
While he normally comes in at No 6 or 7, perhaps he should move up a spot or two in T20 cricket so that he can face more balls.
The skipper didn’t convert any of his starts into meaningful scores in the ODI, but he oozes class and can handle the South African pace attack. Maybe the greater freedom of the T20s can free up those big shoulders?
He bowled with real pace, and had an excellent economy rate of 3.92 in the ODIs.
With the Proteas batsmen sure to have a full go, Jarvis may pick up more wickets in the shorter format.