ICC Cricket World Cup, 3rd Match, Pool B: South Africa v Zimbabwe at Hamilton, Feb 15, 2015
ICC Cricket World Cup - 3rd match, Pool B
South Africa won by 62 runs
Played at Seddon Park, Hamilton (neutral venue)
15 February 2015 - day/night match (50-over match)
  South Africa innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal Q de Kock c Ervine b Chatara 7 16 16 1 0 43.75
3.6 89.8 mph, great captaincy from Chigumbura as the change in field has prompted a wicket. Moved second slip earlier to a silly mid-off position, with de Kock chipping this length delivery straight to the fielder. Almost seemed to stop on him as he pushed at the ball. Zimbabwe have got one relatively early on, and the Zimbabwe fans under the scoreboard go mad with ecstasy. I suspect Firdose is somewhere in that red jamboree herself 10/1
View dismissal HM Amla b Panyangara 11 36 26 1 0 42.30
8.1 73.1 mph, length delivery outside off which does enough to get an inside-edge off Amla's bat and go on to hit the stumps. Just snuck through the gate really. Tinashe goes down onto the ground after and does his rendition of the Singing Bass fish (Google it folks) 21/2
View dismissal F du Plessis c †Taylor b Chigumbura 24 60 32 0 1 75.00
16.6 and the Zimbabwe captain has the last laugh as he removes Faf with a leg-side delivery which the batsman feathers an edge to as he attempts in vain to glance the ball. The keeper is alert to the chance and runs full tilt to snap this one up. The Zimbabwean fans in the stands are going berserk, and South Africa are now three down within the first 20 67/3
View dismissal AB de Villiers* c Ervine b Kamungozi 25 53 36 1 1 69.44
20.2 51.7 mph, gives this plenty of air as AB doesn't hesitate to go after him, because, after all, he is AB. Lifts this one high over long off, but doesn't have all of it as Ervine, skirting the boundary rope, is able to take the catch with his left hand, then, realising he was going over, leaps in the air while throwing the ball back over to the field of play, and then stepping back once he has gathered himself to complete the take as it came down. Wonderful presence of mind and fielding effort on the boundary as the old adage is proven once more: Catches win matches. The quintessential hokey pokey 83/4
DA Miller not out 138 133 92 7 9 150.00
JP Duminy not out 115 119 100 9 3 115.00
Extras (lb 1, w 16, nb 2) 19
  Total (4 wickets; 50 overs; 214 mins) 339 (6.78 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket T Panyangara 10 2 73 1 7.30 29 5 4 (3w)
8.1 to Amla, 73.1 mph, length delivery outside off which does enough to get an inside-edge off Amla's bat and go on to hit the stumps. Just snuck through the gate really. Tinashe goes down onto the ground after and does his rendition of the Singing Bass fish (Google it folks) 21/2
View wicket TL Chatara 10 1 71 1 7.10 29 6 2 (1nb, 3w)
3.6 to de Kock, 89.8 mph, great captaincy from Chigumbura as the change in field has prompted a wicket. Moved second slip earlier to a silly mid-off position, with de Kock chipping this length delivery straight to the fielder. Almost seemed to stop on him as he pushed at the ball. Zimbabwe have got one relatively early on, and the Zimbabwe fans under the scoreboard go mad with ecstasy. I suspect Firdose is somewhere in that red jamboree herself 10/1
  SF Mire 6 0 61 0 10.16 11 5 3 (2w)
View wicket E Chigumbura 4 0 30 1 7.50 12 1 2 (1nb, 2w)
16.6 to du Plessis, and the Zimbabwe captain has the last laugh as he removes Faf with a leg-side delivery which the batsman feathers an edge to as he attempts in vain to glance the ball. The keeper is alert to the chance and runs full tilt to snap this one up. The Zimbabwean fans in the stands are going berserk, and South Africa are now three down within the first 20 67/3
  SC Williams 8 0 44 0 5.50 19 0 2 (1w)
View wicket T Kamungozi 8 0 34 1 4.25 23 1 1
20.2 to de Villiers, 51.7 mph, gives this plenty of air as AB doesn't hesitate to go after him, because, after all, he is AB. Lifts this one high over long off, but doesn't have all of it as Ervine, skirting the boundary rope, is able to take the catch with his left hand, then, realising he was going over, leaps in the air while throwing the ball back over to the field of play, and then stepping back once he has gathered himself to complete the take as it came down. Wonderful presence of mind and fielding effort on the boundary as the old adage is proven once more: Catches win matches. The quintessential hokey pokey 83/4
  Sikandar Raza 3 0 19 0 6.33 3 0 0 (1w)
  H Masakadza 1 0 6 0 6.00 3 1 0
  Zimbabwe innings (target: 340 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal CJ Chibhabha c Duminy b Imran Tahir 64 93 82 10 0 78.04
23.6 53.3 mph, and Tahir makes the crucial breakthrough for South Africa as Chamu departs the oval after mishitting a slice over extra-cover, with this one dying just before the rope where the fielder was staioned. JP is able to keep himself within the playing field and take this. Ends a spirited knock from the Zimbabwean opener 137/2
View dismissal Sikandar Raza b Philander 5 27 13 1 0 38.46
6.2 83.8 mph, and Philander gets things going for South Africa with a length delivery on a tighter line closer to off stump as Raza ends up chopping this one onto the stumps, with his feet rooted in place. Raza's brief stint comes to a close 32/1
View dismissal H Masakadza c Amla b Imran Tahir 80 98 74 8 2 108.10
32.6 50.1 mph, Tahir has landed the big one as he removes Hamilton with one which turns away as the batsman looked to get it away through midwicket before offering a leading edge which spoons harmlessly to Amla at cover, who takes it with glee. Leaves the oval with 80 to his name, and it really has been an inspired knock under pressure 191/3
View dismissal BRM Taylor c Philander b Morkel 40 51 40 4 1 100.00
36.1 79.0 mph, and the drinks break claims yet another victim as Taylor has to go now with a halfhearted slog to this slower delivery on middle and leg. Taylor goes for a well-played 40 as this chase threatens to get away from them 214/4
View dismissal SC Williams c †de Kock b Duminy 8 26 13 1 0 61.53
37.4 55.9 mph, top-edge which goes straight up in the air as the keeper calls this one before completing the catch safely. Really didn't go anywhere at all. Looks like the pressure is starting to get to them now 218/5
View dismissal CR Ervine c de Villiers b Steyn 13 29 21 0 1 61.90
42.6 87.7 mph, short ball which rushes on Ervine as he ends up offering a simple top-edge chance to mid-on, who snaps it up gleefully. Ervine has to go and Zimbabwe in the doldrums now at 240 for 7 240/7
View dismissal E Chigumbura* run out (de Villiers) 8 13 7 0 1 114.28
40.5 from Steyn, searching for the blockhole now as he lets go of a low full toss which is clipped away behind square, with AB pouncing on this at mid-off to fire in a throw at the striker's end, with the batsman short of his ground as he veered away in his attempt to ground the bat. You just can't take on AB's rocket arm 236/6
View dismissal SF Mire c de Villiers b Philander 27 28 25 2 2 108.00
47.1 83.1 mph, AB pops up again in the deep as Philander has got them just one away now as Mire, looking to smash every remaining delivery out of the park, ends up pulling this towards de Villiers at deep midwicket, who puts in a wonderful forward dive to catch him in the deep. Ends a very entertaining cameo from Mire. Will be great to see more pyrotechnics from him as this tournament wages on 272/9
View dismissal T Panyangara c de Villiers b Imran Tahir 4 3 4 1 0 100.00
43.5 54.1 mph, AB pulls off another special catch in the ring as Tahir claims yet another at Seddon Park, getting Tinashe to provide a leading edge to this attempted sweep, with AB running full tilt from backward square to complete the take 245/8
View dismissal TL Chatara c & b Morkel 6 21 11 1 0 54.54
48.2 85.2 mph, and with a simple return chance to this full delivery on middle, Morkel has snapped up the final scalp to give South Africa a 62-run victory in the end 277/10
T Kamungozi not out 0 4 0 0 0 -
Extras (lb 13, w 9) 22
  Total (all out; 48.2 overs; 203 mins) 277 (5.73 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets VD Philander 8 0 30 2 3.75 31 3 0 (3w)
6.2 to Sikandar Raza, 83.8 mph, and Philander gets things going for South Africa with a length delivery on a tighter line closer to off stump as Raza ends up chopping this one onto the stumps, with his feet rooted in place. Raza's brief stint comes to a close 32/1
47.1 to Mire, 83.1 mph, AB pops up again in the deep as Philander has got them just one away now as Mire, looking to smash every remaining delivery out of the park, ends up pulling this towards de Villiers at deep midwicket, who puts in a wonderful forward dive to catch him in the deep. Ends a very entertaining cameo from Mire. Will be great to see more pyrotechnics from him as this tournament wages on 272/9
View wickets M Morkel 8.2 1 49 2 5.88 32 6 2 (2w)
36.1 to Taylor, 79.0 mph, and the drinks break claims yet another victim as Taylor has to go now with a halfhearted slog to this slower delivery on middle and leg. Taylor goes for a well-played 40 as this chase threatens to get away from them 214/4
48.2 to Chatara, 85.2 mph, and with a simple return chance to this full delivery on middle, Morkel has snapped up the final scalp to give South Africa a 62-run victory in the end 277/10
View wicket DW Steyn 9 0 64 1 7.11 28 9 2
42.6 to Ervine, 87.7 mph, short ball which rushes on Ervine as he ends up offering a simple top-edge chance to mid-on, who snaps it up gleefully. Ervine has to go and Zimbabwe in the doldrums now at 240 for 7 240/7
  F Behardien 5 0 40 0 8.00 11 3 2 (1w)
View wicket JP Duminy 8 0 45 1 5.62 22 4 1 (2w)
37.4 to Williams, 55.9 mph, top-edge which goes straight up in the air as the keeper calls this one before completing the catch safely. Really didn't go anywhere at all. Looks like the pressure is starting to get to them now 218/5
View wickets Imran Tahir 10 0 36 3 3.60 34 3 0 (1w)
23.6 to Chibhabha, 53.3 mph, and Tahir makes the crucial breakthrough for South Africa as Chamu departs the oval after mishitting a slice over extra-cover, with this one dying just before the rope where the fielder was staioned. JP is able to keep himself within the playing field and take this. Ends a spirited knock from the Zimbabwean opener 137/2
32.6 to Masakadza, 50.1 mph, Tahir has landed the big one as he removes Hamilton with one which turns away as the batsman looked to get it away through midwicket before offering a leading edge which spoons harmlessly to Amla at cover, who takes it with glee. Leaves the oval with 80 to his name, and it really has been an inspired knock under pressure 191/3
43.5 to Panyangara, 54.1 mph, AB pulls off another special catch in the ring as Tahir claims yet another at Seddon Park, getting Tinashe to provide a leading edge to this attempted sweep, with AB running full tilt from backward square to complete the take 245/8

Match details


Toss - Zimbabwe, who chose to field
Points - South Africa 2, Zimbabwe 0
Player of the match - DA Miller (South Africa)
Umpires - REJ Martinesz (Sri Lanka) and RJ Tucker (Australia)
TV umpire - PR Reiffel (Australia)
Match referee - RS Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire - RSA Palliyaguruge (Sri Lanka)

Match Notes


    • South Africa innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 28 runs, 2 wickets)
    • Over 7.1: Review by South Africa (Batting), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - HM Amla (Upheld)
    • South Africa: 50 runs in 14.1 overs (85 balls), Extras 5
    • Drinks: South Africa - 59/2 in 16.0 overs (F du Plessis 17, AB de Villiers 19)
    • South Africa: 100 runs in 24.1 overs (146 balls), Extras 7
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 64 balls (DA Miller 18, JP Duminy 30, Ex 2)
    • South Africa: 150 runs in 34.2 overs (207 balls), Extras 8
    • Drinks: South Africa - 151/4 in 35.0 overs (DA Miller 36, JP Duminy 40)
    • Powerplay 2: Overs 35.1 - 40.0 (Batting side - 42 runs, 0 wicket)
    • DA Miller: 50 off 55 balls (1 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • 5th Wicket: 100 runs in 112 balls (DA Miller 47, JP Duminy 48, Ex 5)
    • JP Duminy: 50 off 68 balls (2 x 4)
    • South Africa: 200 runs in 40.2 overs (243 balls), Extras 12
    • 5th Wicket: 150 runs in 145 balls (DA Miller 75, JP Duminy 69, Ex 7)
    • South Africa: 250 runs in 45.2 overs (274 balls), Extras 14
    • DA Miller: 100 off 81 balls (3 x 4, 6 x 6)
    • 5th Wicket: 200 runs in 162 balls (DA Miller 102, JP Duminy 90, Ex 9)
    • South Africa: 300 runs in 47.5 overs (289 balls), Extras 15
    • JP Duminy: 100 off 96 balls (8 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • 5th Wicket: 250 runs in 178 balls (DA Miller 128, JP Duminy 111, Ex 13)
    • Innings Break: South Africa - 339/4 in 50.0 overs (DA Miller 138, JP Duminy 115)
    • Zimbabwe innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 56 runs, 1 wicket)
    • Zimbabwe: 50 runs in 8.5 overs (53 balls), Extras 14
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 53 balls (CJ Chibhabha 26, H Masakadza 21, Ex 6)
    • Drinks: Zimbabwe - 97/1 in 18.0 overs (CJ Chibhabha 49, H Masakadza 28)
    • CJ Chibhabha: 50 off 63 balls (8 x 4)
    • Zimbabwe: 100 runs in 18.5 overs (113 balls), Extras 15
    • H Masakadza: 50 off 47 balls (5 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • 2nd Wicket: 100 runs in 101 balls (CJ Chibhabha 45, H Masakadza 51, Ex 7)
    • Zimbabwe: 150 runs in 25.4 overs (154 balls), Extras 16
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 47 balls (H Masakadza 26, BRM Taylor 23, Ex 2)
    • Over 34.3: Review by South Africa (Bowling), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - SC Williams (Struck down)
    • Zimbabwe: 200 runs in 34.4 overs (208 balls), Extras 19
    • Powerplay 2: Overs 35.1 - 40.0 (Batting side - 27 runs, 2 wickets)
    • Drinks: Zimbabwe - 214/3 in 36.0 overs (BRM Taylor 40, SC Williams 6)
    • Zimbabwe: 250 runs in 44.2 overs (266 balls), Extras 21
    • Attendance: 8,332
 
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