ICC World Twenty20: South Africa COAST to victory against Zimbabwe





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Published on Sep 21, 2012

South Africa were barely tested as they demolished a weak Zimbabwe side in their opening ICC World Twenty20 clash. AB de Villiers' men are one of the favourites to win the tournament in Sri Lanka, they won the toss in Hambantota and sent Zimbabwe into bat.

After just 4.4 overs, Zimbabwe were reduced to 16 for 3 as Hamilton Masakadza fell to Albie Morkel. Zimbabwe did restore some pride, but it was momentary as Jacques Kallis began to get in his stride.

Craig Irvine and Stuart Matsikenyeri put on a fourth wicket stand of 35, before the latter became Kallis' first wicket. Elton Chigumbura was up next, he lasted just one ball to put Kallis on a hat-trick. The all rounder removing Chigumbura with a plumb lbw - Kallis didn't make the hat-trick, but finished with figures of four for 15.

Zimbabwe did make it to through their allotted 20 overs, but managed just 93 runs, helped by Ray Price's four off the final ball of the innings.

The chase never looked in doubt, particularly with a batsman at the crease who is in the form of his life. Hashim Amla helping the South Africans to double figures from the opening over. Richard Levi outplayed Amla however, scoring a half century from 43 balls as South Africa coasted home. A single from Amla confirming what was simply an inevitability with just 12.4 overs played.

South Africa face a much sterner text on Saturday, they face hosts Sri Lanka, also in Hambantota.

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