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Proteas outclass Zimbabwe

2012-09-20 18:50

Hambantota - Jacques Kallis recorded the best Twenty20 figures for his country to inspire South Africa to a convincing 10-wicket win over Zimbabwe in a Group C World Twenty20 match here on Thursday.

Full scorecard

The 36-year-old all-rounder grabbed 4-15 and was well supported by Morné Morkel's 2-16 as Zimbabwe were kept down to 93-8 - their second lowest total in all Twenty20 internationals - after they were asked to bat first.

Openers Richard Levi then notched 50 not out and Hashim Amla an unbeaten 32 to knock off the low target in the 12.4 overs to cap a comfortable victory for one of the title favourites in this 12-team competition.

The defeat meant Zimbabwe becomes the first team to go out of the tournament after a one-sided match watched by just 1 000 fans in Mahinda Rajapaksa stadium.

Levi hit six boundaries off 43 balls, while Amla hit three off 33 deliveries.

"I am very happy with the start," said South African skipper AB de Villiers. "I back my pace bowlers to do well on this kind of deck and hopefully it's the same for the next game.

"We've improved a lot facing spin in these conditions, so can't wait to take on what's coming our way."

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor said his team was disappointed, but promised to come back strongly in future events.

"It's definitely disappointing and the end of the road," said Taylor. "South Africa showed what a classy bowling line-up they are. We are a team that is going to bounce back sharply."

Zimbabwe failed against a ruthless South African pace quartet, led by Kallis and Morné Morkel.

Craig Ervine top-scored with 37, and added 35 for the fourth wicket with Stuart Matsikenyeri (11), to help Zimbabwe just avoid their lowest total of 84 in all Twenty20 internationals, made against New Zealand in 2010.

Morné Morkel dismissed Vusi Sibanda (nought) and Brendan Taylor (four) in his first two overs before Kallis polished off the middle-order with the wickets of Matsikenyeri and Elton Chigumbura off successive deliveries in his first over.

He then dismissed Graeme Cremer (six) and Ervine to improve on Morné Morkel's 4-17 against New Zealand in 2007 which was the previous best bowling by a South African in a Twenty20 match.

Hosts Sri Lanka, who beat Zimbabwe by 82 runs, play South Africa in the final Group C match on Saturday.

The top two teams from each of the four groups will advance to the Super Eights round, which means the Proteas are safely through.
 
Brief scores:

Zimbabwe 93-8 in 20 overs (C. Ervine 37, J. Kallis 4-15); South Africa 94-0 in 12.4 overs (R. Levi 50 not out, Hashim Amla 32 not out)

Teams:

South Africa:

AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Johan Botha, JP Duminy, Jacques Kallis, Richard Levi, Albie Morkel, Morné Morkel, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn.

Zimbabwe:

Brendan Taylor (captain), Vusi Sibanda, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Elton Chigumbura, Craig Ervine, Graeme Cremer, Ray Price, Kyle Jarvis, Brian Vitori, Prosper Utseya.

Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS) and Richard Kettleborough (ENG)

Tv umpire: Ian Gould (ENG)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

AFP

Comments
  • boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-20 18:52

    One sided even Afghanistan has more fight than these Zim wimps.

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-09-20 18:54

      Nervous are we??

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-20 18:57

      Actually the boys played really well!

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-20 18:59

      Played very well. Congrats. But the real challenge still to come! @David, no not nervous. Let's just hope for a Pak vs SA. That would be a dream match for me.

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-09-20 19:03

      Look forward to it Boom. If we can beat SL then we have what it takes to go all the way.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-20 19:05

      if you beat sri lanka on sat, then I'll be nervous. tomorrow bangladesh vs nz.. eng vs afghanistan.. should be interesting. maybe an upset on the cards :P

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-09-20 19:09

      Could be. Bangladesh are always up for a good fight and this Afghan team is gutsy. If they perform the basics better, England could be in for a real fright

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-09-21 06:51

      In this type of cricket, anything can happen. Would love the English to get beaten.

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-20 18:56

    Lovely Proteas.

  • sk.malatsi - 2012-09-20 18:56

    Well done PROTEAS

  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-09-20 19:00

    Good win. It won't be as easy from now onwards

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-20 19:27

      Very true.Will be made alot easier dropping useless passengers like Wayne Parnell and such.Imagine if he'd still be in the team today,what a mockery it would've been chasing a big score due to his poor bowling! Zimbabwe are quite capable of doing much better than this.So a big thanks to Gary Kirsten in making those calls.

  • andile.hobongwana - 2012-09-20 19:00

    That's how you beat the minnows..Well done Proteas!!!

  • sk.malatsi - 2012-09-20 19:04

    "error: timed-out trying to establish a netconnection, or timed out due to an idle netconnection" i get that error whenever i try to stream videos on supersport ...do their live stream links even work?

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-09-20 19:11

      Ja they work but their whole video setup is very bad. Even the highlight quality is usually rubbish

  • Daniel Mah - 2012-09-20 19:05

    nice warm-up game - now let the real test begin. shame Zim

  • nathi.mnisi.7 - 2012-09-20 19:13

    Well done lads

  • justin.bode.5 - 2012-09-20 19:16

    Just a small point - Kallis figures are actually the 4th best by a South African in T20 International http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/bowling/best_figures_innings.html?class=3;id=3;type=team

  • bamakhani - 2012-09-20 19:28

    We white washed our neighbours Zimbabweans. It was piece of cake

  • punungwe - 2012-09-20 19:32

    Hope we do better next time.

  • fdalana - 2012-09-20 19:53

    go proteas!

  • Joe - 2012-09-20 20:02

    Feel sorry for Zim, they got smoked.............Kinda like watching Man Utd vs whoever is at the bottom of the South African PSL division.

  • simon.mwando - 2012-09-20 20:16

    Yes u white washed us but its certain as death that you are going to 'choke' soon or later!

      felix.feline.3 - 2012-09-21 09:36

      I see bob's love is rubbing off on you.

  • Sima1989 - 2012-09-20 20:17

    what a warm up lol! nyc 1 boys, its tym 2 climb up that ladder nw! Wel-done

  • godfrey.ngonyama - 2012-09-20 20:33

    That was the warm up game,the big test is coming,if we can beat Sri lanka then we are the true champs.go proteas

  • khayaletu.mpati - 2012-09-20 20:54

    Good start boys..

  • cynthia.biljoen - 2012-09-20 21:25

    This is a World Cup tournamet so why is there no coverage of the matches on SABC??

      lebogang.molefo - 2012-09-21 08:10

      SABC's priority is soccer they don't care about other forms of sport.... Now people who love cricket but can't afford DSTV have to suffer

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-09-21 10:10

      They can't even do soccer right

  • justin.roper.3705 - 2012-09-21 02:23

    Well done King Kallis nd legside Levi great 50 nd Awesome Amla let's get this world cup under our belt.

  • scholesss - 2012-09-21 06:33

    seems south africa is the only country that can play good cricket in Africa

      simon.mwando - 2012-09-21 08:58

      For obvious reasons,there is more whites than other african countries.zim used to be better until they chase them away.

  • musa.mohapi.3 - 2012-09-21 08:42

    well done guys bring the cup home.

  • musa.mohapi.37 - 2012-09-21 08:49

    Sabc you must do something about this matches cause some of us we cant afford DSTV,so we have to suffer for watching the games.

      felix.feline.3 - 2012-09-21 09:38

      Find a pub and watch (you don't have to drink alcohol). SABC isn't going to get any better, ever.

      heiku.staude - 2012-09-21 13:00

      Yup. I can afford DSTV but im not gonna pay R600 a month just to watch sport (i dont watch tv shows) so watch it at a friends place or a pub, dont get your hopes up with SABC, they aint gonna do jack.

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-09-21 09:54

    Hoop nou net nie die paar wp manne choke soos gewoonlik nie. Die Bulls kaptein behoort hulle deur te trek.

  • rhea.balchund - 2012-09-21 10:15

    Good start, bowlers were excellent. Bit more batting practise would have been good.

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