SA v Zimbabwe, World T20 2012, Group C, Hambantota September 20, 2012

Zimbabwe crash out with huge loss

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South Africa 94 for 0 (Levi 50*, Amla 32*) beat Zimbabwe 93 for 8 (Ervine 37, Kallis 4-15) by 10 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

If Australia's victory over Ireland can be called routine for a bigger nation against a smaller one, then South Africa's over Zimbabwe was surgically clinical, almost coldly so. After limiting their neighbours to their second-lowest total in T20 cricket, South Africa chased down the target inside 13 overs.

With some assistance for the seamers, Dale Steyn was able to scare the Zimbabwe batsmen with swing and pace while Morne Morkel intimidated them further, combining bounce and intermittent use of the full ball. But it was Jacques Kallis who broke the back of Zimbabwe's batting with discipline, variation and supreme experience as he took four wickets to send Zimbabwe home red-faced.

They exit the tournament having lost both their matches, which may have been expected but the manner in which they fell would have left them disappointed. Far from putting up the fight they promised, Zimbabwe could not even aim a punch at their opponents' body. Their batting, in particular, was an indication of the importance of regular cricket, something Zimbabwe have sorely lacked.

After their first five overs against South Africa, Zimbabwe looked in danger of not lasting 20, as they teetered on 17 for 3. Kallis had not bowled a ball at that stage. Morkel offered Vusi Sibanda three balls short of a length and then bowled one fuller. Sibanda was on his back foot, anticipating more of the short stuff, and missed the drive to have his bails removed.

Morkel's next wicket was not achieved through menace. Brendan Taylor reached for a ball outside off, did not move his feet and edged behind to de Villiers. With Zimbabwe in trouble, Masakadza tried to make something happen and attempted a lofted drive off Albie Morkel but offered Richard Levi a simple catch at mid-on.

Craig Ervine scored more than a third of Zimbabwe's runs and four of the six boundaries and looked like he could rescue the team. He and Stuart Matsikenyeri put on 35 for the fourth wicket and settled Zimbabwe temporarily. Matsikenyeri threw it away though, when he flat-batted Kallis to extra cover.

Kallis removed Elton Chigumbura plumb lbw with his next ball but Graeme Cremer saw off the hat-trick delivery. Ervine had two more stands which could have developed into steadying ones with Cremer and Prosper Utseya but both his partners abandoned him.

Cremer gloved Kallis to de Villiers and Utseya fell to a spectacular catch, with de Villiers diving full stretch to his left. Had Ervine lasted the full innings, Zimbabwe may have eked over three figures but he edged behind as he tried to run the ball down to third man. Zimbabwe's only solace was that they lasted the full 20 overs but bowlers simply had to perform a formality, rather than defend their total.

Richard Levi found some important form ahead of more challenging matches. He scored most of his runs on his favoured on-side but was not undone by balls bowled on off stump and was able to spend time at the crease, something he has lacked of late. Other than his 117 in Hamilton, Levi has not scored a higher number of runs in T20s.

On the other end, Hashim Amla played a characteristically calm innings. He sandwiched it between two risks, both off Kyle Jarvis. In the first over, Amla edged over slip and in what turned out to be the penultimate over, he cut to point but Vusi Sibanda put down a simple chance. Between those two flutterings of feathers, he ushered South Africa home in the match and put Zimbabwe out of the competition.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | September 22, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    @ADI_GUNGALIYA_FANTASY: Shameless statement, in that case lanka shouldn't be allowed to play at any level as they get repeatedly thrashed by us,

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    Team SA started campaign perfectly.A win is a win , you take it.Even though the opposing team was no match.The SA coach has molded them into a serious unit , be tough to beat us.Our ace all rounder will be the difference for SA to take tournament. powerful displays by Australia and England.Pakistan and the host nation will pose major threats , as will Australia.Thumbs up for team SA.

  • POSTED BY ADI_GUNGALIYA_FANTASY on | September 21, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    India should be Drafted with Associates in a group. As they only know how to give respect to other team & make match interesting and watchable. Then, Zimbabwe also might feel happy of playing world cup.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | September 21, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    @Harmony111 - Lol They are actually not cheer-leaders, the first impresion i got is scare-leaders. lol.

  • POSTED BY Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on | September 21, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    South Africa looks like it's gonna win the World Twenty20 Cup 2012 !!

  • POSTED BY GVDW-SA on | September 21, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    @ Harmony111: Good one :) Those cheer leaders are a snooze-fest and a bit embarrassing. No wonder people are complaining about the enthusiasm of the crowds. Personally I'm not a fan of the cheer leaders, but if you are going to have them, make sure they're hot and dress them appropriately...

  • POSTED BY KunzMan on | September 21, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    @ cricinfo: Smart stats....last point is incorrect. Gibbs and Kemp were in for 3rd wicket partnership. Not opening...

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    South Africa is the top cricketing nation at the moment. They deserve to win this time around. But let us "C". That is a big "C", and hope they don't get struck down by that this time.

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    I agree with those saying that Sri Lanka should not be hosting such tournaments if there are no people coming in but the good thing is that the next 2 World T20s will be held in places like Bangladesh and India which will obviously see pack crowds regardless of the opponents especially for T20s considering its all about entertainment. Hope Australia will one-day host T20 championship.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | September 21, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    I am fascinated by the cheer girls in this tournament. I think they all must have been from some pageant. The cheer girls in IPL are like a piece of old torn jute sheets while the awesome Sri Lankan cheer girls are like lovely smooth satin. Congratulations to Sri Lankan Board for presenting such wonderful cheer girls whose sight doubles or triples the joy of watching these matches being played at jam packed stadia in Sri Lanka. I would advise BCCI to hire some of these fabulous cheer girls for the next IPL, its rating will surely sour.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | September 22, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    @ADI_GUNGALIYA_FANTASY: Shameless statement, in that case lanka shouldn't be allowed to play at any level as they get repeatedly thrashed by us,

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    Team SA started campaign perfectly.A win is a win , you take it.Even though the opposing team was no match.The SA coach has molded them into a serious unit , be tough to beat us.Our ace all rounder will be the difference for SA to take tournament. powerful displays by Australia and England.Pakistan and the host nation will pose major threats , as will Australia.Thumbs up for team SA.

  • POSTED BY ADI_GUNGALIYA_FANTASY on | September 21, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    India should be Drafted with Associates in a group. As they only know how to give respect to other team & make match interesting and watchable. Then, Zimbabwe also might feel happy of playing world cup.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | September 21, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    @Harmony111 - Lol They are actually not cheer-leaders, the first impresion i got is scare-leaders. lol.

  • POSTED BY Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on | September 21, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    South Africa looks like it's gonna win the World Twenty20 Cup 2012 !!

  • POSTED BY GVDW-SA on | September 21, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    @ Harmony111: Good one :) Those cheer leaders are a snooze-fest and a bit embarrassing. No wonder people are complaining about the enthusiasm of the crowds. Personally I'm not a fan of the cheer leaders, but if you are going to have them, make sure they're hot and dress them appropriately...

  • POSTED BY KunzMan on | September 21, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    @ cricinfo: Smart stats....last point is incorrect. Gibbs and Kemp were in for 3rd wicket partnership. Not opening...

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    South Africa is the top cricketing nation at the moment. They deserve to win this time around. But let us "C". That is a big "C", and hope they don't get struck down by that this time.

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    I agree with those saying that Sri Lanka should not be hosting such tournaments if there are no people coming in but the good thing is that the next 2 World T20s will be held in places like Bangladesh and India which will obviously see pack crowds regardless of the opponents especially for T20s considering its all about entertainment. Hope Australia will one-day host T20 championship.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | September 21, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    I am fascinated by the cheer girls in this tournament. I think they all must have been from some pageant. The cheer girls in IPL are like a piece of old torn jute sheets while the awesome Sri Lankan cheer girls are like lovely smooth satin. Congratulations to Sri Lankan Board for presenting such wonderful cheer girls whose sight doubles or triples the joy of watching these matches being played at jam packed stadia in Sri Lanka. I would advise BCCI to hire some of these fabulous cheer girls for the next IPL, its rating will surely sour.

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | September 21, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    I feel like the world is coming to it's senses about this T20 rubbish. The popularity has surely gone down massively within the last year.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | September 21, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Wow, what a waste of time. These teams shouldnt be allowed in these tournaments.

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | September 21, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Zimbabwe's performance is not a surprise to me. They are good team. The problem with them is they were not in the enough competitive international games these days. Hope they will bounce back well & surprise the world early.

  • POSTED BY Zayn.Kazmi on | September 21, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    This World Cup is sooo Boring. Theres no crowd and is no fun to watch

  • POSTED BY KunzMan on | September 21, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    @Peppyhere: Good one bro. I swear our cheer girls need some cheer girls to cheer them up or some red bull:p. Our team will humiliate SA though. I am sure. We are Srilankan lions and we roar!

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Why are we playing these matches in a Ungle...

  • POSTED BY Anil_Koshy on | September 21, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Zimbabwe should consider themselves lucky to be playing in the world cup, they have no business to be there, they simply lack the skills required to play international cricket. None of the players have any commitment towards playing for the country, the team of even 1980's showed some fight even in defeat. They should not get automatic entry in such tournaments in future, the ICC should make them play in qualifying tournaments from next time onwards.

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Well played SA. They were always going to be too strong for this ordinary Zimbabwe side. You can't blame Zimbabwe too much. Steyn+Morkel can destroy any batting line up any day.

    But I have to say,Srilanka should never host any major tournaments. The number of people coming for matches can be counted on fingers. The reaction is same,whether it's a 4,6 or a wkt.

    Always love the major tournaments in England,Australia,SA,India.

  • POSTED BY Peppyhere on | September 21, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    The only reason they gave this honor to sri lanka for hosting the world cup was because they spent some amount for 2011 cwc on renovation and construction of grounds which they said they dint get back. But yesterday match infact matches in hambantota are really discouraging no crowds at all and please stop those cheer girls.They dont cheer instead im getting depressed and my cricket excitement goes down watching them.

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | September 21, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    Some people talk as if thousands packed into the stadiums when mismatched teams played in previous T20 WC's and even the 2011 WC - I wonder if there were big crowds when WI played against Netherlands in Delhi last year ? The fan report says ... "The attendance, as you would expect, was dismal. The spectators comprised some school and college students, some curious people living nearby, some foreigners looking for a good time, and various competition prize winners." once the evenly matched sides play the crowds will increase as we saw in pallekele last year where there was a large crowd to watch NZ vs PAK. Expect a really good crowd for games Like Eng v Ind, Aus v WI etc.

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    no crowd, nothing in the stadium this t20 world cup ,but it looks like school cricket worst to be played in srilanka this t20 cup is a flop

  • POSTED BY ajayrcs on | September 21, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    Waiting for Australia vs RSA test series which is right after the dusk of t20 cup.

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    absolutely ridiculous scheduling where u have one team getting knocked out of the event even before other team entered at the ground. should have scheduled a few tight encounters upfront to bring the excitement.. Nonetheless sad for Zimbawe, but they're themselves to blame for the reason they didn't perform to the expectation, what they have potential of. They should have put up at least a fight.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 21, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Honestly, after 2 games, Zimbabwe look to be clearly inferior to Afghanistan & Ireland. The ICC need to do something about this!

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | September 21, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    I didn't watch the game, but obviously it is not good for international cricket for games to be this lopsided. Doesn't do either side any good, not even SA. I remember the All Blacks beating a miserable Italian rugby side 100-0 in an early round of the world cup some years ago. My flatemate was a kiwi and said "We are unstopable. The WC is ours." A couple of weeks later they got thrashed by France (who put the ABs under pressure), and the ABs didn't even make the final.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 21, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    @Pawan Kumar Bansal, bro crowds will come when major teams play. Remember Hambantota is located deep in the middle of nowhere. Hardly any person lives around that area. The ground is 40 kms away from Hambantota city. This Saturday the grounds should be full when the major teams feature.

  • POSTED BY MeijiMura on | September 21, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    It is heart-breaking to see how far Zimbabwean cricket has deteriorated over the years. They were always competitive in the years leading up their admission into international cricket and then again from 1992 through 2003 but since then it has been a sharp, downward spiral without any ray of light at the end of the tunnel. Zimbabwean cricket could ill-afford to lose the players they have since 2003 and the recent loss of Taibu was a further dagger into the heart. Matters aren't made any better through poor selection policies either. Zimbabwe's fielding has been and continues to be atrocious since their return to international cricket last year. It is disheartening to see that no progress has been made in their fielding in a country that has always prided itself on having one of the best fielding units in the world. They might forever struggle to get the talent with the bat and ball that other countries naturally possess but they can at least get their fielding sorted out!

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    how many people came to watch this match.....really shocking, I know Sri Lanka draw huge crowds but the other matches should be lowered in price...sad to see so few in the ground when T20 is supposed to be a huge fan based game. Bring back the T20 WC to South Africa where crowds were huge and enjoyed every moment of cricket unlike today where only Sri Lanka (as a country) watch only Sri Lanka play!!!!!! Disgraceful

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    How does a country get to play 2 games when other countries have not even started in a world cup tournament ?

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    I would really feel happy if SA win their first WC this time.

  • POSTED BY crashed on | September 20, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    Oh btw any1 that think i am saying any1 is better than any1 else .... i am not saying anything of the kind - i just want to give pappu_bhai some food for thought i am trying to let it sink in that total wickets in 1 game is not the only reason some1 is considered the best. I look at the ICC rankings and let that be my guideline as for AB de Villiers hitting Steyn ... since AB de Villiers is a a top batsman i believe he can hit any good bowler(even balaji) on any given day to tears .... lucky for south africa they play for the same team :0) Steyn is a TOP bowler with consistent form and that is what divide class from the rest :)

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | September 20, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    What a waste of time, there must have been 20 people watching that game. T20 world cup needs to improve its games formats fast.

  • POSTED BY crashed on | September 20, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    As ï thought:- BAW Mendis Overs: 4 Maidens: 2 Run:s 8 Wickets: 6 Economy: 2.00 from SL hmmm there is your best bowler by your definition :) even better than Kallis

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    Feel sorry for Steyn not to got man of the match - while Kallis did well in getting 4 wickets. I believe in this form of the game the runs per over is a more telling factor in the end result.

  • POSTED BY crashed on | September 20, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    @Pappu_bhai Hmm lets see Steyn got 1 wicket (not 2) and conceded 9 runs M. Morkel Got 2 Wickets and conceded 16 Runs Balaji got 3 wickets and conceded 19 runs Kallis got 4 wickets and conceded only 15 runs so by your definition Kallis is better than both steyn and Balayi .... if this is the start of the series and you can tell from these performances that class can be decided by one match ... Kallis is the man ;) hehe Btw Kallis is the best/top recognised All rounder in ICC Rankings :) I am sure right now other bowlers may show better figures but ...... time will tell

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    Feel sad for Zim, they were such a good side once and now they are just getting phased out. I remember when Zin came to India and that guy doug kept hitting indian bowlers with such an atrocious shot that single shot made India miserable. And how Andy flower always gave India tough time in tests.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | September 20, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Seriously, good opportunity for the long-benched great players in India. They can go either play for Zim or at least be a coach instead of wasting their life waiting for BCCI to bless. Especially the benched Indian batsmen & spinners would be welcome in Zim.

  • POSTED BY mad4tests on | September 20, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    feel sorry for the likes of Taylor and Price who are good players but in a poor side. Still think this guy Levi is over rated big time, he's a little 1 dimensional.

  • POSTED BY jerryman on | September 20, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    zimbabwe was a bit of a disappointment .. however a very clinical win by the Proteas.. Once the game enters the super 8 phase , then it becomes important for all sides to play their A game , cos a single defeat can make it closer to elimination. little room for error ... believe it wil be SA , 2 asian teams ( India,SL or Pakistan) and WI/England that would make it to the semis . Out of the Asian teams India 's bowling is ineffective , they make up thru their batting , pakistan is the opposite , SL may have home advantage. very happy to see the curators prepare bouncy wickets .. This is essential if Asian countries are looking at developing genuine pace bowlers , otherwise their sides tend to lack genuine pace bowlers and their weaknesses to short pitched bowling are made apparent . All the best to all teams.. may the best taem win.. word of advise- dont be complacent.. remember T20 is a very short format with little room to error . 2 -3 good overs will make a huge difference

  • POSTED BY Lets_talk_straight on | September 20, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Every world cup witness at least one upset..Now three minnows are crashed out. Only BL and its group matches are left..Its east to read omens!!

  • POSTED BY Knickster on | September 20, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    This is boring world cup T20, weak teams should not play against test playing nations.

  • POSTED BY starsgap1986 on | September 20, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Its not hard to stay for ten men on wicket for just twenty overs. they can even manage 50. And these weak teams are vital for moral booster of many top teams like India, Aus, Eng, Pk and South Africa. If these minor teams are out then there would be no showing off from the big teams.

  • POSTED BY BokkeForever on | September 20, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Good to see some carry in the track. Suits SA bowlers. Will be interesting to see how they go when is low and slow.

  • POSTED BY starsgap1986 on | September 20, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Zimbabwe has produced a great number of players like Heath Streak, Grant and Andy Flowers, Motoba etc. that's the reason why they are still allowed to play test matches. Afghans and Irish don't have a strong infrastructure and that's what shows in their game. They need to start winning matches like Bangladesh to get some respect and the status. what happens later is another matter. Every team has a down time.

  • POSTED BY starsgap1986 on | September 20, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    this just in: finalist: Australia v India

    semis: India v SouthAfrica & Australia v Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Such a pointless tournament for teams like Zimbabwe. Start the tournament, get absolutely smashed for two games, and then fly home...... The ICC should take a page out of the IRB 7s book; where the teams who get knocked out in the early stages of the tournament compete against each other in a "plate" competition. Teams like Zimbabwe need to play as much cricket as possible if they are ever going to compete against teams like SA, India, Aus, Eng.

  • POSTED BY vrn59 on | September 20, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Expectedly impressive performance from SA! Steyn and M Morkel proved why they are regarded as the most potent new-ball pair in the tournament. Albie Morkel returned fully fit, which was a relief. Botha bowled with good control. Words cannot describe Kallis' contribution: 4 wickets! Wow! Levi faintly found some rhythm and form, and Amla kept churning out the runs as usual. de Villiers' catch is one to remember. A clinical team effort from SA; Zimbabwe have been knocked out, as expected. SA is, in my opinion, the best, most balanced side in this World Twenty20 and it'd be nice to see them win it.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | September 20, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Wow, what a waste of time. These teams shouldnt be allowed in these tournaments.

  • POSTED BY Adeel9 on | September 20, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Zimbabwe and Kenya should be exchanged with Afghanistan and Ireland. Or if we don't want to be harsh then just induct Afghanistan and Ireland probably before the end of this year.

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Just one question, was the no. of spectators greater than total runs scored in this match ? Simply dont understand why they are having the WC at Srilanka where people dont bother to watch their own country's match

  • POSTED BY Levithans on | September 20, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    @ProgidyA : Your attitude for the minnows is not very encouraging :s though i dont mean at all that there is no differenc bw the minnows and regular teams ... there is a hell difference between the two and in upcoming centuries , zimb can never win a WC , same goes for IRE, NED n many more ... but the issue is their infrastructure ... the dont get good cricket matches either ... and then the sad lame, domestic cricket .. ! but unlike you, i do encourage them to try hard and increase the no. of test playing nations !! no offence if my tone was harsh !

  • POSTED BY all5stars on | September 20, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    @Pappu__bhai. 1 match doesn't prove anything. Steyn is heaps better. You just need to look at the stats to see that. Anyway was a pretty one sided match.

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    very true jb633, Zimbabwe should demote, they never learn

  • POSTED BY A.Shibly on | September 20, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    the way south africa played was great.so will see how SA will over take SL

  • POSTED BY A.Shibly on | September 20, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    the way south africa played was great.so will see how SA will over take SL

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    A few months ago the Proteas got stick for their performances in Zimbabwe, where they were preparing for the England tour and the World T20, hence their indifferent display at the time. There are tough assignments forward for all. May Lady Luck prefer to accompany them when it matters most. Go Proteas!

  • POSTED BY Narkovian on | September 20, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Oh dear what a bore.... wake me up when the next meaningful Test series starts.

  • POSTED BY shahid_340 on | September 20, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    very poor thinking from icc to start world cup with third rated matches with people have no interst in watching these kind of matches...still no signs of real world cup..

  • POSTED BY A.Shibly on | September 20, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    the way south africa played was great.so will see how SA will over take SL

  • POSTED BY Late-Cut on | September 20, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    SL and SA are already into super 8. The clash between those two is a dead rubber. Btw odds are slightly in favor of Sri Lanka according to experts. This is tournament is so lack of surprises. Lets see if Afgan dudes can deliver it tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    SA Rocks again they have world best bowling attack they have real bowler fav for T20

  • POSTED BY The_Ashes on | September 20, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Its good to see that not only fans but Cricketing experts and analysts are questioning whether Zimbabwe needs to qualify for such tournaments because seriously although they are starting to regroup they're still no better than Ireland even against Canada who knows?

  • POSTED BY Atifkhan3489 on | September 20, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Where have tallent of zimbabwe gone?they were good team even when streak and flower brothers were part of this team but after that, they had not produced good players.the reason is that they had not transfered their tallent to youngsters.if zimbabwe nation want to improve their game, they should hire andy flower and grant flower for their team and they should make it a good team again.afghans are making good progress now a days and ireland too

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | September 20, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Zim just had a triangular tournament against SA, have they really had less cricket than a team like Afghanistan who performed so admirably? Admit it, the truth is they lack talent and should have to qualify in future. This was a shocking display, and SA v Sri Lanka should have been first game - Sunday is a dead rubber now.

  • POSTED BY Basil777 on | September 20, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Zim was unlucky to be drawn in a group with the host Sri Lanka and the best in the world SA; their opponents was just more determined to succeed and they could not matc their quality.SA keep on delivering convincing results they keep proving their critics wrong CHOKERS? I dont think so!

  • POSTED BY jackthelad on | September 20, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Well, they'll enjoy the flight home. It wasn't cold or clinical, by the way, it was just a team from a different dimension playing one which hadn't much of a clue. I'm sure Zimbabwe will climb up again, but they should never have been in this competition - Scotland or Holland or even Canada would have put up as good a fight. Anyway, tough chips, and good luck for the future.

  • POSTED BY Grima on | September 20, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Sad show - but the one thing that they should be given credit for is the fact that did manage to stay on for all the 20 overs. Having suffered 20 consecutive losses is certainly not a morale booster!

  • POSTED BY anton111 on | September 20, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Remind me why Zimbabwe have full member status and Ireland of Afghanistan do not?

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | September 20, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    This is exactly how to treat minnows.

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    With four floggings in four matches, including against Ireland & Bangladesh, the question does have to be asked, why was Zimbarbwe given automatic qualification whereas other teams that are competitive are not? By Zimbarbwe getting auto-qualification, they have taken the place of a team that could have been competitive against Srilanka and South Africa. Why is it that they did not have to play in the qualifiers and beat the likes of Nambia, Holland, Scotland, Canada and several others, all of whom could have been competitive. In the recent qualifiers, Nambia & Holland ended up 3rd and 4th respectively behind Ireland & Afganistan. Why is it assumed that Zimbarbwe would have gotten past these teams to be one of the 12 best T20I teams in the world, entitled to play in the T20I World Cup. Lets bring equality to cricket, lets make teams qualify for world cups!

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | September 20, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    That match was very quiet.

  • POSTED BY Pappu_bhai on | September 20, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    balaji has 3 Wickets but Steyn just two.So it proves Again Balaji is better than Steyn.

    Lucky that Levi played so that other teams can have a walking wicket.

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    there were no sixes in the entire match quite amazing

  • POSTED BY Nehans on | September 20, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    very disciplined performance from SA probably they are one of the favorites

  • POSTED BY X.2. on | September 20, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    So Srilanka and SouthAfrica match is a dead rubber?

  • POSTED BY Tokai69 on | September 20, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Easy win so far in this tournament ......... congrats SA for the outstanding performance

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | September 20, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Really what is the point in some of these teams competing in international matches. There is little wonder nobody is turning up to the grounds to watch the matches.

  • POSTED BY kunalx on | September 20, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    93/8 without any confribution from spinner on a Sri Lanka pitch. Really splendid performance by SA. They should chase it within 10 overs. Hopeless performance by Zim. They should not play cricket anymore.

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    wow, South africa are a good team. GARY KIRSTEN

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Zimbabwe lol... no improvement even after 10 or 12 years i guess. Against SL they were having problem to face Mendasis and now SA Pace unprofessional don't even know how to hit it... Even Ireland and Afghanistan are better team than this..

  • POSTED BY andrewjeyaruban on | September 20, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    that was a real surprising choice...leaving faf du plessis is a very good lower order batsmen as he showed for CSK in the IPL...i bet hell be back for the match against the lankans

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | September 20, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    This Zimbabwean team is becoming a bit of an embarrassment really. Of the 4 so called minnows, Zimbabwe are the weakest. Bangladesh, Ireland, and even Afghanistan are capable of putting up stiff competition. It saddens the heart that this should happen to a team which previously fielded the Flower brothers, Heath Streak, Alistair Campbell, Neil Johnson, Guy Whittall, Murray Goodwin, Travis Friend, Craig Wishart, Sean Ervine, Craig Ervine, Stuart Carlisle, Dirk Viljoen, Paul Strang, Eddo Brandes, Tatenda Taibu, etc. It was such a decent outfit then. In less than a decade, Zimbabwe has disintegrated beyond belief, so much so that they are no longer a competition to any team.

  • POSTED BY Irelandcricketfan on | September 20, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Can someone please explain to me why Zim are full members and we aren't?

  • POSTED BY NALINWIJ on | September 20, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Zimbabwe are 2 down early and this means they are heading rapidly to their exit and SL and SA heading to next round. 3 down now. At this stage the chance of winning the tournament is chance of getting to semis multiplied by winning the next two matches that look like a lottery.In 2nd round SA, INDIA,PAK and AUS are battling for 2 spots and SL,WI,ENG and NZ or BANG will battle for 2 spots.This is why I feel SL has the best chance of making the SEMIS as well as having all round depth and familiarity to the grounds that would edge them ahead. PREDICTION SL vs SA final.

  • POSTED BY risimati_l on | September 20, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Good start from the bowlers go Proteas

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  • POSTED BY risimati_l on | September 20, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Good start from the bowlers go Proteas

  • POSTED BY NALINWIJ on | September 20, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Zimbabwe are 2 down early and this means they are heading rapidly to their exit and SL and SA heading to next round. 3 down now. At this stage the chance of winning the tournament is chance of getting to semis multiplied by winning the next two matches that look like a lottery.In 2nd round SA, INDIA,PAK and AUS are battling for 2 spots and SL,WI,ENG and NZ or BANG will battle for 2 spots.This is why I feel SL has the best chance of making the SEMIS as well as having all round depth and familiarity to the grounds that would edge them ahead. PREDICTION SL vs SA final.

  • POSTED BY Irelandcricketfan on | September 20, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Can someone please explain to me why Zim are full members and we aren't?

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | September 20, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    This Zimbabwean team is becoming a bit of an embarrassment really. Of the 4 so called minnows, Zimbabwe are the weakest. Bangladesh, Ireland, and even Afghanistan are capable of putting up stiff competition. It saddens the heart that this should happen to a team which previously fielded the Flower brothers, Heath Streak, Alistair Campbell, Neil Johnson, Guy Whittall, Murray Goodwin, Travis Friend, Craig Wishart, Sean Ervine, Craig Ervine, Stuart Carlisle, Dirk Viljoen, Paul Strang, Eddo Brandes, Tatenda Taibu, etc. It was such a decent outfit then. In less than a decade, Zimbabwe has disintegrated beyond belief, so much so that they are no longer a competition to any team.

  • POSTED BY andrewjeyaruban on | September 20, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    that was a real surprising choice...leaving faf du plessis is a very good lower order batsmen as he showed for CSK in the IPL...i bet hell be back for the match against the lankans

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Zimbabwe lol... no improvement even after 10 or 12 years i guess. Against SL they were having problem to face Mendasis and now SA Pace unprofessional don't even know how to hit it... Even Ireland and Afghanistan are better team than this..

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    wow, South africa are a good team. GARY KIRSTEN

  • POSTED BY kunalx on | September 20, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    93/8 without any confribution from spinner on a Sri Lanka pitch. Really splendid performance by SA. They should chase it within 10 overs. Hopeless performance by Zim. They should not play cricket anymore.

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | September 20, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Really what is the point in some of these teams competing in international matches. There is little wonder nobody is turning up to the grounds to watch the matches.

  • POSTED BY Tokai69 on | September 20, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Easy win so far in this tournament ......... congrats SA for the outstanding performance