Thursday, 20 September 2012

South Africa Beat Zimbabwe by 10 Wicket in ICC World cup 2012

Hambantota: On Tuesday, Zimbabwe batsmen failed to negotiate Sri Lanka's Ajantha Mendis in the World T20 opening match, batting second. On Thursday, it was the turn of the South African bowlers to make merry at the expense of their neighbours. After restricting the target to a mere 94, the Protean openers came in and sealed a 10-wicket win.
Having been put into bat, Zimbabwe failed to show any form of resilience against a determined bowling unit under skipper AB de Villiers. Not many had bet money on them to lash out but hopes of some respectability was indeed harboured. All shattered once Morne Morkel came in to bowl the second of the innings. He cleaned the stumps behind Vusi Sibanda to draw first blood and found Brendon Taylor edging him off his second over.
6/2 in 3.2 soon became 16/3 in 4.4 as brother Albie Morkel removed the other opener - Hamilton Masakadza.
There was a hobbling stand of 35 for the 4th wicket between Stuart Matsikenyeri and Craig Ervine but it all ended once Jacques Kallis came to roll his arms.
Kallis hardly broke a sweat as he first removed Matsikenyeri and then Elton Chigumbura off successive deliveries. He later added two more to his name to unhinge the innings completely. Dale Steyn too managed a wicket for his efforts.
It was never going to be enough but a solitary wicket, may be two, could have been some form of peculiar consolation for the team in red. It was not to be as Richard Levi and Hashim Amla showed they were 'heart-less' and sealed the match in 13 overs.


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