Zimbabwe in South Africa T20I Series - 1st T20I

South Africa v Zimbabwe

South Africa won by 7 wickets (with 25 balls remaining)

15.58 GMT Hamilton Masakadza is facing up to Morne Morkel. Brendan Taylor is his opening partner. I'm Andrew Miller, and we're all ready to go.

15.55 GMT Here are the official line-ups:

South Africa 1 Graeme Smith, 2 Loots Bosman, 3 Colin Ingram, 4 JP Duminy, 5 David Miller, 6 Heino Kuhn, 7 Johan Botha (capt), 8 Ryan McLaren, 9 Morne Morkel, 10 Wayne Parnell, 11 Rusty Theron.

Zimbabwe 1 Brendan Taylor, 2 Hamilton Masakadza, 3 Chamu Chibhabha, 4 Tatenda Taibu (wk), 5 Charles Coventry, 6 Elton Chigumbura (capt), 7 Keith Dabengwa, 8 Prosper Utseya, 9 Graeme Cremer, 10 Ed Rainsford, 11 Chris Mpofu.

15.30 GMT Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the 1st Twenty20 international between South Africa and Zimbabwe at Bloemfontein. The news from the ground is that Zimbabwe have won the toss and will bat and the match will get underway in half-an-hour's time.

Sadly, after all the excitement about his international comeback and subsequent visa issues, Grant Flower will not be playing in this match - he's evidently saving his 39-year-old body for the longer form of the game.

Still, it's a big day for Johan Botha. South Africa's spinner has succeeded Graeme Smith as captain of the Twenty20 side. This will be his first opportunity to impress, and as he said earlier in the week, it's not a challenge that he's about to take lightly.

0.1

Morkel to Masakadza, no run, excellent line and length, attacking the top of middle, and awkwardly defended

0.2

Morkel to Masakadza, no run, full again, driven loosely but straight, mid-on comes round to intercept

0.3

Morkel to Masakadza, no run, on off stump, poked into the covers

0.4

Morkel to Masakadza, no run, back of a length, but arrow straight. Defended into the covers off the back foot this time

0.5

Morkel to Masakadza, no run, down the leg side, a loud snick as it goes by and a huge appeal for caught behind! But Brian Jerling signals very clearly that that came off thighpad. Good decision I think

0.6

Morkel to Masakadza, 1 wide, outside off, and that's a very late call for wide. So late in fact that the ad break had to be interrupted. Harsh as well I'd say

0.6

Morkel to Masakadza, 1 run, first run off the bat, and an appeal for a run-out as the shy hits the stumps at the non-striker's end. But that was safely home

Wayne Parnell is back, after nearly a year out of the side. He was superb at the 2009 World Twenty20

End of over 1 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
H Masakadza    1* (6b)      M Morkel    1-0-2-0
BRM Taylor    0* (0b)     

1.1

Parnell to Masakadza, no run, so nearly a wicket first ball! A tentative edge, loops to second slip but bounces just in front of the skipper, Botha ...

1.2

Parnell to Masakadza, no run, appeal for lbw, but that clearly pitched outside leg

1.3

Parnell to Masakadza, no run, on leg stump again, but no room to attack his left-arm line

1.4

Parnell to Masakadza, 4 runs, driven firmly into the gap in the covers, and that has enough legs to take them through for an all-run four. Ryan McLaren did well on the boundary's edge, but to no avail

1.5

Parnell to Masakadza, 1 run, driven uppishly into the covers, a fumble gives away a single

Taylor finally faces up for his first delivery

1.6

Parnell to Taylor, no run, good line and length, watchfully defended off the back foot

End of over 2 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 7/0 (RR: 3.50)
BRM Taylor    0* (1b)      WD Parnell    1-0-5-0
H Masakadza    6* (11b)      M Morkel    1-0-2-0

2.1

Morkel to Masakadza, no run, fine line, half a yard outside off, with good carry through to the keeper

2.2

Morkel to Masakadza, no run, banged in short, a swished pull but bottom-edged into the crease

2.3

Morkel to Masakadza, no run, defended with a loud click of willow back down the crease. But there's no room to attack

2.4

Morkel to Masakadza, FOUR, a fraction over-pitched and that's clunked down the ground

2.5

Morkel to Masakadza, 3 runs, boshed over the top again, this time out towards deep midwicket. More intent now

2.6

Morkel to Taylor, no run, leg-stump yorker, comes out as a low full-toss but has the desired effect of a dot ball

End of over 3 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 14/0 (RR: 4.66)
BRM Taylor    0* (2b)      M Morkel    2-0-9-0
H Masakadza    13* (16b 1x4)      WD Parnell    1-0-5-0

Rusty Theron is thrown the ball for the first time. Let's see what he's made of

3.1

Theron to Masakadza, FOUR, strays onto the leg stump, and that's the wrong line

3.2

Theron to Masakadza, no run, straining at the crease and clipped to square leg. Not quite the right line yet

3.3

Theron to Masakadza, no run, attacking the pads again, but with no intent and a hint of swing this time

3.4

Theron to Masakadza, no run, curling onto the pads, Masakadza can't cash in

3.5

Theron to Masakadza, 1 run, defended to mid-on. And Taylor is permitted one delivery this over. Which seems to be his maximum allocation

3.6

Theron to Taylor, no run, duly defended by Taylor. His time will come, I'm sure

End of over 4 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 19/0 (RR: 4.75)
BRM Taylor    0* (3b)      J Theron    1-0-5-0
H Masakadza    18* (21b 2x4)      M Morkel    2-0-9-0

4.1

Parnell to Masakadza, no run, tight line and length

4.2

Parnell to Masakadza, 1 run, tapped to midwicket

4.3

Parnell to Taylor, no run, width outside off, and cracked hard out to point. Good shot for no runs

4.4

Parnell to Taylor, OUT, beautiful delivery, a slower-ball yorker, looping above the eyeline before striking Taylor flush in front of middle. The end of an innings that never had a chance to get started

BRM Taylor lbw b Parnell 0 (19m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Justice Chibhabha - who isn't really called Justice at all, which is a pity because he should be - is the next man in

4.5

Parnell to Chibhabha, 2 runs, Trouble for Morne Morkel, who slips while fielding and has turned his ankle. That looks nasty, but he's able to put some weight on it as he is helped from the field

4.6

Parnell to Chibhabha, no run, good slower ball. No contact on an attempted pull shot

End of over 5 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 22/1 (RR: 4.40)
CJ Chibhabha    2* (2b)      WD Parnell    2-0-8-1
H Masakadza    19* (23b 2x4)      J Theron    1-0-5-0

5.1

McLaren to Masakadza, FOUR, on the pads and helped on its way. Not a good start

5.2

McLaren to Masakadza, 1 wide, down the leg-side

5.2

McLaren to Masakadza, no run, that's a better line and length. Defended

5.3

McLaren to Masakadza, 1 run, quick single into the covers, they get there easily enough

5.4

McLaren to Chibhabha, no run, better line and length from McLaren, who is finding his rhythm now

5.5

McLaren to Chibhabha, 1 leg bye, nips off the seam, strikes the pad, and another quick single into the off side

5.6

McLaren to Masakadza, 1 run, dabbed to backward point, and through they come

End of over 6 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 30/1 (RR: 5.00)
H Masakadza    25* (27b 3x4)      R McLaren    1-0-7-0
CJ Chibhabha    2* (4b)      WD Parnell    2-0-8-1

6.1

Theron to Masakadza, 1 run, slower ball, into the blockhole, tapped to square leg

Morne Morkel's ankle is "puffy" according to his brother Albie. He had strapping on it before the game, so I suspect we won't see him again today

6.2

Theron to Chibhabha, no run, clobbered into the covers, but no way through there

6.3

Theron to Chibhabha, 1 run, another firm swipe of the blade, cut off by the cover sweeper

6.4

Theron to Masakadza, 1 run, shorter, and banged into the ribs, fenced to short square leg

6.5

Theron to Chibhabha, 2 runs, uppercut to third man, and Loots Bosman does superbly to cut off a certain four, intercepting with one hand

6.6

Theron to Chibhabha, 1 leg bye, on the pads, another leg-bye to the total

End of over 7 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 36/1 (RR: 5.14)
CJ Chibhabha    5* (8b)      J Theron    2-0-10-0
H Masakadza    27* (29b 3x4)      R McLaren    1-0-7-0

Johan Botha brings himself into the attack

7.1

Botha to Chibhabha, 1 run, good line and length, dabbed out to point

7.2

Botha to Masakadza, 1 run, nurdled for a single to long-on

7.3

Botha to Chibhabha, 2 runs, up and under, not really timed, but loops safely over point

7.4

Botha to Chibhabha, 2 runs, quicker and flatter, smacked out to square leg

7.5

Botha to Chibhabha, 1 run, dropped! Down on one knee, smacked straight to David Miller at deep midwicket, and that was a sitter

7.6

Botha to Masakadza, 1 run, tip and run, and a direct hit would have been dead. The shy came in from mid-on, and skimmed past by inches. Botha was poised, and could have had time to gather a lob

End of over 8 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 44/1 (RR: 5.50)
H Masakadza    29* (31b 3x4)      J Botha    1-0-8-0
CJ Chibhabha    11* (12b)      J Theron    2-0-10-0

8.1

McLaren to Masakadza, 1 run, spanked into the covers, straight at the man

8.2

McLaren to Chibhabha, FOUR, top boshing. A full swing of the blade, and that goes high over mid-off

8.3

McLaren to Chibhabha, FOUR, an inside-out pull, lobs just out of reach of Parnell at short third man. Boundaries starting to flow, but so too the chances

Morkel has sustained ligament damage to his ankle, and he won't be back on the field unless needed. Further assessment after an ultrasound scan. Mild swelling at the moment, according to the doc

8.4

McLaren to Chibhabha, 1 run, finds the gap in the covers again

8.5

McLaren to Masakadza, 1 run, slower ball, flicked into the leg-side

8.6

McLaren to Chibhabha, FOUR, a loose delivery to finish the over, on the pads and a full toss as well. Helped past the diving short fine leg for another four

End of over 9 (15 runs) Zimbabwe 59/1 (RR: 6.55)
CJ Chibhabha    24* (16b 3x4)      R McLaren    2-0-22-0
H Masakadza    31* (33b 3x4)      J Botha    1-0-8-0

9.1

Botha to Masakadza, 1 run, driven down to long-on

9.2

Botha to Chibhabha, no run, more intent now, but nothing doing there

9.3

Botha to Chibhabha, 1 leg bye, down the track and Botha sees him coming and spears it into leg stump

9.4

Botha to Masakadza, no run, watchful bowling from Botha, following the batsman down the leg side

9.5

Botha to Masakadza, no run, a loud appeal, but that was outside the line

9.6

Botha to Masakadza, 2 runs, excellent running to deep cover, but there shouldn't have been two on offer there. South Africa looking a bit rusty in their first match of the season

The halfway mark. And Zimbabwe will be happy enough. Go and discuss it on our Facebook page. But be nice. Here's Duminy.

End of over 10 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 63/1 (RR: 6.30)
H Masakadza    34* (37b 3x4)      J Botha    2-0-11-0
CJ Chibhabha    24* (18b 3x4)      R McLaren    2-0-22-0

10.1

Duminy to Chibhabha, FOUR, That's a freebie. Tonked over midwicket

10.2

Duminy to Chibhabha, FOUR, a flowing cover-drive for another four, and that's the fifty stand. Top batting

10.3

Duminy to Chibhabha, 1 run, worked along the ground for a single. Good cricket

10.4

Duminy to Masakadza, no run, driven back to the bowler, good line and length

10.5

Duminy to Masakadza, no run, worked out to midwicket

10.6

Duminy to Masakadza, 2 runs, a single off the pads, and that's another good over for Zimbabwe

"I thought Mazakasda hit four boundries ... but the scoreboard showing only three ..." says TDK. One of them was all-run, just to clarify

End of over 11 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 74/1 (RR: 6.72)
H Masakadza    36* (40b 3x4)      JP Duminy    1-0-11-0
CJ Chibhabha    33* (21b 5x4)      J Botha    2-0-11-0

11.1

Botha to Chibhabha, 1 run, another single to the cause

11.2

Botha to Masakadza, 1 run, flashed to long-on

11.3

Botha to Chibhabha, SIX, big, big shot! Down on one knee, a towering slog-sweep, and Miller is again made to look a bit silly on the rope. Not a lot he could do as the ball plopped past his outstretched hands

11.4

Botha to Chibhabha, no run, tapped to backward point

11.5

Botha to Chibhabha, no run, worked back up the pitch

11.6

Botha to Chibhabha, 1 run, driven to mid-on, and Zimbabwe's calm progress continues

End of over 12 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 83/1 (RR: 6.91)
CJ Chibhabha    41* (26b 5x4 1x6)      J Botha    3-0-20-0
H Masakadza    37* (41b 3x4)      JP Duminy    1-0-11-0

12.1

Duminy to Chibhabha, 1 leg bye, down on one knee, slightly short of a length, quick single to backward square

12.2

Duminy to Masakadza, 1 run, flicked to midwicket

12.3

Duminy to Chibhabha, SIX, that's massive! A wonderful open-shouldered swipe over deep midwicket, and that clears the rope by yards!

12.4

Duminy to Chibhabha, FOUR, consecutive boundaries! Too much width outside off, slammed through the covers, and Chibhabha has his maiden fifty in T20Is

12.5

Duminy to Chibhabha, no run, fuller and straighter

That 29-ball fifty is the fastest by a Zimbabwean in this format. Nice one Justice

12.6

Duminy to Chibhabha, 1 run, good batting, worked into space at mid-on for another single

End of over 13 (13 runs) Zimbabwe 96/1 (RR: 7.38)
CJ Chibhabha    52* (31b 6x4 2x6)      JP Duminy    2-0-23-0
H Masakadza    38* (42b 3x4)      J Botha    3-0-20-0

13.1

Parnell to Chibhabha, OUT, Parnell returns to the attack with instant impact. A short ball, but Chibhabha's pull spirals off a top-edge, and after jinking round the square-leg umpire, Botha holds onto a simple chance

CJ Chibhabha c Botha b Parnell 52 (34m 32b 6x4 2x6) SR: 162.50

South Africa needed that. Chigumbura is the main man, and he's in now. Rightly so

13.2

Parnell to Masakadza, 1 run, back of a length, dabbed to gully, and a direct hit would have been close

13.3

Parnell to Chigumbura, 1 run, dabbed to square leg, and Chigumbura is off the mark first ball

13.4

Parnell to Masakadza, 1 run, slower-ball bouncer, chopped to the keeper who shies on his knees

13.5

Parnell to Chigumbura, no run, good delivery, climbing outside off, and beats a swish

13.6

Parnell to Chigumbura, 1 run, a thrashing drive, into the covers. He middled that, but can't beat the sweeper

End of over 14 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 100/2 (RR: 7.14)
E Chigumbura    2* (3b)      WD Parnell    3-0-12-2
H Masakadza    40* (44b 3x4)      JP Duminy    2-0-23-0

14.1

Botha to Chigumbura, FOUR, drilled, in the air, over short cover, and there's no-one to cut that off. Top shot, played inside-out to the offspinner

14.2

Botha to Chigumbura, 1 run, knocks a single to deep midwicket

14.3

Botha to Masakadza, no run, slow turn on a good length, tapped back to the bowler

14.4

Botha to Masakadza, FOUR, cut with sublime placement through backward point, and that's another boundary as Bosman dives in vain!

14.5

Botha to Masakadza, no run, tapped to midwicket, thoughts of a single, but sent back

14.6

Botha to Masakadza, 1 run, flicked to mid-on

End of over 15 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 110/2 (RR: 7.33)
H Masakadza    45* (48b 4x4)      J Botha    4-0-30-0
E Chigumbura    7* (5b 1x4)      WD Parnell    3-0-12-2

Five overs remaining. 22 off the first five, 41 off the next five, 47 off the next five ...

15.1

McLaren to Masakadza, no run, nothing on offer there

15.2

McLaren to Masakadza, no run, a swing and a miss

15.3

McLaren to Masakadza, no run, good delivery, a slower ball, and nibbles off the wicket as well

15.4

McLaren to Masakadza, 1 run, up onto the toes, and dabbed down to third man

15.5

McLaren to Chigumbura, 1 run, short and pulled, without timing, but gets the single nonetheless

15.6

McLaren to Masakadza, 1 run, bouncer, onto him quickly and miscued to square leg. Lands safely

End of over 16 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 113/2 (RR: 7.06)
H Masakadza    47* (53b 4x4)      R McLaren    3-0-25-0
E Chigumbura    8* (6b 1x4)      J Botha    4-0-30-0

16.1

Theron to Masakadza, 1 run, slower ball, into the blockhole, chiselled into the covers

16.2

Theron to Chigumbura, 2 runs, crashing drive, swept up in the deep

16.3

Theron to Chigumbura, 1 wide, poor delivery, full toss down the leg side. Kuhn does well to save the byes

16.3

Theron to Chigumbura, OUT, cracking delivery, inswinging yorker, and the leg stump is plucked out of the ground! That's his maiden international wicket, well done him

E Chigumbura b Theron 10 (13m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

In comes Charles Coventry, a man who almost made 200 in a recent ODI. He can bat

16.4

Theron to Coventry, no run, driven down to long-off

16.5

Theron to Coventry, SIX, a massive swing of the blade, picks the slower ball to perfection, and deposits it into the stands!

16.6

Theron to Coventry, 1 run, a crunching cut off a full toss. Technically speaking that was a chance, but backward point did well to save four

End of over 17 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 124/3 (RR: 7.29)
CK Coventry    7* (3b 1x6)      J Theron    3-0-21-1
H Masakadza    48* (54b 4x4)      R McLaren    3-0-25-0

17.1

Parnell to Coventry, 1 leg bye, big appeal, and though that was demolishing middle stump, it clearly pitched outside leg. There should have been a run-out though!

17.2

Parnell to Masakadza, FOUR, short and swung away! Top-edged, but safely so, and that's Masakadza's half-century, from 55 balls, which is pretty brisk for an anchorman

17.3

Parnell to Masakadza, 2 runs, driven on the up, to deep cover, a sharp relay shy to the keeper, but he's safely home

Chibhabha reckons 160-170 is a decent total on this pitch. Let's see ...

17.4

Parnell to Masakadza, FOUR, dancing feet and a flowing blade, and that's another vital boundary for Zimbabwe, through the covers again

17.5

Parnell to Masakadza, SIX, another big hit! Another slower ball, swung high over deep midwicket, where Bosman tries to intercept, but in vain

17.6

Parnell to Masakadza, 1 run, driven down to long-on

Eighteen runs off the over. That's the right moment for acceleration

End of over 18 (18 runs) Zimbabwe 142/3 (RR: 7.88)
H Masakadza    65* (59b 6x4 1x6)      WD Parnell    4-0-29-2
CK Coventry    7* (4b 1x6)      J Theron    3-0-21-1

18.1

Theron to Masakadza, no run, great delivery, a leg-stump yorker and there's no getting that away

18.2

Theron to Masakadza, SIX, aiming for the blockhole, but he misses it. And the result is a sweet lofted drive into the stands!

18.3

Theron to Masakadza, no run, a swing and a miss. A rarity

18.4

Theron to Masakadza, 1 run, one more to the total

18.5

Theron to Coventry, 1 run, OUT, swished down to long on, and there wasn't ever two runs in that shot. Sure enough, the direct hit does the job, to end a brilliant innings from Masakadza

H Masakadza run out 72 (72m 63b 6x4 2x6) SR: 114.28

What a platform for Zimbabwe. They've got to fancy their chances of defending this score. Whatever it turns out to be

18.6

Theron to Coventry, FOUR, flogged through the covers! Beautiful strike and there's no-one who can cut that off

End of over 19 (12 runs) Zimbabwe 154/4 (RR: 8.10)
CK Coventry    12* (6b 1x4 1x6)      J Theron    4-0-33-1
KM Dabengwa    0* (0b)      WD Parnell    4-0-29-2

19.1

McLaren to Dabengwa, no run, slow bouncer. Effective

19.2

McLaren to Dabengwa, FOUR, too short, on the legs, and that's swung over backward square

19.3

McLaren to Dabengwa, SIX, monstrous! In the slot, loads of bottom hand, and pummelled into the deep midwicket stands!

19.4

McLaren to Dabengwa, 1 bye, slower ball, beats another ambitious swipe, but a cheeky single to the keeper

19.5

McLaren to Coventry, 1 bye, outside off, another single as the ball rolls to the keeper

19.6

McLaren to Dabengwa, 2 runs, chiselled out to deep midwicket, and that's the end of a fine effort from Zimbabwe's batsmen

So, trouble for Johan Botha on his captaincy debut. South Africa looked very rusty during that innings. Join us again shortly for the resumption. In the meantime, why not go and discuss what you've seen on our Facebook page.

End of over 20 (14 runs) Zimbabwe 168/4
KM Dabengwa    12* (5b 1x4 1x6)      R McLaren    4-0-37-0
CK Coventry    12* (7b 1x4 1x6)      J Theron    4-0-33-1
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