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The upset of the cup to date was a disaster for both England and, ultimately, South Africa, whose elimination in the semi-final could be backdated to losing this match. Zimbabwe got off to a flyer. Johnson - who had played for South Africa A before defecting back in September 1998 - and Grant Flower flailed at loose stuff from Kallis and Pollock, racing to 65 in 14 overs. It did not quite last. After hitting ten fours in his fifty, Johnson failed to manage another, and Donald grabbed three wickets; Campbell was his 200th victim in 117 one-day internationals.
No one thought 233 would be enough, but a rainstorm at lunch did funny things. Johnson's opening delivery reared up at Kirsten, and Andy Whittall took the first of three great catches. Gibbs was run out by Huckle, Boucher was caught off a Streak no-ball only to be trapped in the same over, and Kallis went fourth ball. Then Cronje was yorked by Johnson, and Rhodes snared by the inspired Streak. South Africa were in disarray and 40 for six; Zimbabwe's fielding was electric. Pollock scored a fine fifty, but when he was caught on the long-off boundary it was virtually over. Not even Klusener, who went to his fifty with a swept six, could save them. Zimbabwe were probably more stunned than South Africa; it was their first win over their neighbours at any level, and meant that they started the Super Six stage joint leaders with Pakistan.
Man of the Match: N. C. Johnson. Attendance: 4,696.