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

Unplayable Morne, and a flying De Villiers

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the Group C game between South Africa and Zimbabwe in Hambantota

The delivery
Many of Zimbabwe's batsmen were inept against South Africa's pace, but although Vusi Sibanda's attempted straight drive to Morne Morkel in the second over wasn't a great example of the shot, Sibanda can at least be comforted by the fact that he was dismissed by a ball that would have had most batsmen struggling to make contact. Morkel fired a full delivery down at 145 kph, and got it to tail in a touch in the air, before pitching and jagging in dramatically. Sibanda's whoosh found only air, and the ball zipped between bat and pad to flick the off stump.

The double-strike
Craig Ervine and Stuart Matsikenyeri had cobbled together the beginnings of a recovery, grinding forward Zimbabwe's total to 51 after coming together at 16 for 3, but in two balls, Jacques Kallis crippled the rebuild and restored Zimbabwe's slide. With the score moving at less than six an over, Matsikenyeri attempted an expansive stroke, bouncing down the pitch to Kallis' fourth ball, but although he managed to connect, he slapped it straight to short cover. Kallis then removed Elton Chigumbura next ball, when the batsman played around an unremarkable full delivery that struck him flush in front of middle and off.

The catch
South Africa had appealed twice for caught-behinds down the leg side and had already snared a victim that way, but when another short ball deflected off the batsman's glove in the 17th over, the deviation seemed to be too great for the wicketkeeper to haul the catch in. AB de Villiers, though, threw himself full tilt to his less-favoured side and pouched the ball left-handed, close to where a leg-slip might have stood.

The shot
In a Zimbabwe innings notable for its timidity, Ervine was the only batsman who showed the application and verve that would have seen Zimbabwe provide more of a challenge to South Africa. Ervine trotted down the pitch to the first ball he faced from Robin Peterson, but when that didn't work, played a terrific reverse-sweep next ball, splitting the fielders at backward point and sweeper to find the boundary.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    seeing all these comments, I am quite relieved that SRT is not involved in any of these comments. Though he is not playing T.20 cricket, his name is always mentioned by SRT Haters. When will they ever learn to be grateful for players' contributions? So much for arm chair critics. I am not just a SRT fan but speak for all the poor players who constantly get criticized. It was R.G. Sharma's turn to be criticized for his poor form in the ODI and now that he is enjoying some sort of form in the T.20, are these people going to take back whatever they said about him. Absolutely rubbish comments

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    when minnows are not given a chance to compete, people write all sorts of comments like they should be given a chance. When they get knocked out by giants, they complain that they play just for 3 days and pack off their bags and leave. I just cannot help laughing at some of these comments which are printed by Cricinfo. What actually the people want? Two groups involving the giants and the minnows and see who qualify for the cross over super 8.

  • Dummy4 on September 20, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    I actually feel really sorry for Zim, they came with such high hopes only to be slaughtered :( .....................(anyways, that 1 less team that will win the T20 WC) lol

  • Dummy4 on September 20, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    The tournament is designed to get the MINNOWS out in less than a week. Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Ireland all play early and get knocked out. Organizers save on Hotel stays etc etc. Only Bangladesh are real Super8 contenders so they play in the end of the round games.

  • Dummy4 on September 20, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    This is so bad for any team ever, who came for just 3 days....

  • Dummy4 on September 20, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    This kind of fixtures are joke..Eng,Pak,Ban,Nzl,WI did not play a single match so far and Zim is already out.Agree with SurlyCynic,SA V/s SL should have been tournament opener

  • John on September 20, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Very sad to see Zimbabwe capitulate like this...I put it to the lack of strong competition...They should play more matches with teams like NZ, WI,Ban, Afg and Ireland.

  • des on September 20, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Joke of a game. SA v SL should have been tournament opener, now this great contest will be a dead rubber.

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