Zimbabwe v South Africa, T20 tri-series, Harare June 20, 2012

All-round Zimbabwe down South Africa

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Zimbabwe 176 for 4 (Sibanda 58, Masakadza 55, Parnell 2-33) beat South Africa 147 (Ingram 48, Levi 40, Mpofu 3-20, Cremer3-29) by 29 runs
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So-called small-fry teams tend to up to their game when doing battle against their big brothers and Zimbabwe did it in a big way. They turned a series that was expected to be completely dominated by South Africa into a contest, with an unlikely but clinical victory over their neighbours.

Zimbabwe seemed to surprise even themselves with an effort that started with a century stand between Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza, and ended with superb bowling from the senior statesman Chris Mpofu, legspinner Graeme Cremer and new-comer Richard Muzhange. South Africa's attack, as they were yesterday, failed to take early wickets or find the right lengths on a slow surface. Unlike the match against Bangladesh, their batting was also sub-standard. They succumbed in the chase to a bowling pack that understood their own conditions and were able to restrict runs, create pressure and bowl out a line-up that was expected to produce much more.

After allowing Zimbabwe to reach an above-par score, South Africa's batting line-up had a fairly tough task on a pitch that is known to get slower as the day goes on. Senior paceman Chris Mpofu immediately found the right tempo but Kyle Jarvis was unable to do the same from the other side. He bowled too wide of offstump, allowing both Hashim Amla and Richard Levi to find the boundary.

Mpofu made up for Jarvis' early blunders when he removed Amla with a slower ball that was mis-timed to Masakadza at mid-on. He would have had Colin Ingram out as well, but Vusi Sibanda spilled a catch at fine leg.

Ingram went on to make Zimbabwe pay and was South Africa's top-scorer with his 48, an innings that was built on the cut shot. While Levi was with him, South Africa seemed in control. Jarvis fed Levi sumptuous full tosses while Ingram moved his feet well against the spinners. Prosper Utseya put the brakes on their charge when he had Levi caught at deep midwicket by Craig Ervine, as the batsman attempted to clear the rope.

South Africa's middle-order was exposed and they did not cover themselves in glory. Justin Ontong gifted a catch to Utseya in the covers off Cremer, before the googly accounted for both Dane Vilas, who was bowled, and JP Duminy, who was stumped. South Africa teetered at 91 for 5 and it was up to Albie Morkel to haul them back.

He clubbed a six of Cremer's last over but again did not produce the expected fireworks. Muzhange removed Morkel by inviting him to chase a wide and having him caught behind. Robin Peterson and Ingram both skied desperate shots off Mpofu's final over and all that was left for Zimbabwe to do was nip out the tail. Jarvis bowled Tsotsobe to earn some redemption and a memorable victory for his team, which excelled in all disciplines.

With the bat, Masakadza and Sibanda gave Zimbabwe a dream start. Boundaries were not the hallmark of the duo's stand, although when they found them, they found them well. Sibanda signalled their intent when he slog-swept Lonwabo Tsotsobe over backward-square leg at the end of the second over.

The pair ran well between the wickets and did not allow the run-rate to stagnate when South Africa's spinners came on after the Powerplay. Although JP Duminy and Peterson had more success in controlling proceedings, Zimbabwe's rotation of strike ensured they continued to build. Once comfortable, they batsmen even took on the spinners. Sibanda hit Peterson onto the roof of Harare Sports Club while Masakadza brought up his 50 with a meaty blow over long-on off Justin Ontong.

Masakadza was out shortly afterwards as South Africa's first success came in the 14th over. He attempted the slog-sweep but top-edged to deep midwicket. Sibanda was dropped off the first ball of Parnell's second over, when he swung to Richard Levi at long-on, but the mistake was not too costly. After one more pull shot, which went for four, Sibanda swung hard and offered Tsotsobe a catch at third man.

Elton Chigumbura, who was moved up the order to No.3, holed out to the first ball he faced but Zimbabwe rebuilt well. Brendan Taylor withstood a barrage of slower bouncers from Morkel and eventually lashed out. His slog sweep to long-on and would have been caught had Ontong held on, but he palmed it over for six. Taylor launched an assault on Parnell and took 17 runs off the left-armer's third over, which proved a major part of the difference between the two sides.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • SuperSharky on June 22, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    It is exciting when an underdog host down a Big Gun like SA. Remember 1983 World Cup opener when Zimbabwe have beaten Australia in a 60 over match. And the 1992 World Cup when Zimbabwe have beaten England in a 50 over match. In the late 90's, after numerous winnings, they've also won a Test Series against Izamam Ul-Haq's Pakistan. And in the 1999 World Cup they've ended 5th in the Super sixes after Niel Johnson has also beaten South Africa in a 50 over match. And Remember 2007 opening match in the T20 World Championship, where Brendan Taylor and the boys has beaten Australia. And this match was another exciting finish. Great game by Zimbabwe.

  • gazzafanatic on June 22, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    @_NEUTRAL_Fan: Valid point on the rotation policy, and agreed on that Robin is now considered a regular. Ontong had pretty much being getting 1 games a year until the New Zealand series (a really good run of form in domestic cricket)- so I think its stretching it to call him a regular, he's a form player who is looking to cement his spot in the 'rotating middle order' with Faf, AB, JP . And Levi is a future prospect who has an opening in the T20 squad given Smith's poor form in the shorter format. Anyway, sounds like im digging horribly deep to justify all my points, which probably means I may have gotten a bit defensive and patriotic given the shock loss- cant help it, its human nature :) If SA sort out an opening slot for Amla in the short form (Smith is a great test opener, but has been poor in ODI's), Kallis at 3, AB, Faf, JP at 4-6, M.Morkel, Tsotsoble, Peterson/Botha, Steyn at 7-11...it looks like a team of world beaters.All we need is that no. 7 (Chris Morris?)

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 21, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    @gazzafanatic. Rotation policy=playing regularly. In my opinion, not playing regularly means u get 1 match every 2 yrs or so, that is clearly not the case for Ontong, Robin and Albie. I'm sure they play almost everytime some1 is injured and I'm pretty sure they have played more than just 5 t-20 or ODI's in the past 4 yrs. Are the likes of Smith and co always fit? I don't think so. As for Levi, yes he has just started but let me correct myself, HE doesn't play regularly he is CONSIDERED A REGULAR and will be going to the t-20 WC. He has a world record I believe?

  • Benny1725 on June 21, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    the S.a selectors really frustrate me...we've got immensely talented players like miller rossouw,Elgar,faf, waiting in the wings...yet we persist with Albie who TIME and TIME again fails to perform...bowling terrible lines and lengths...and not being able to construct an innings...clubbing a six and then getting out.When i watch him play for the CSK i see a compelety different Albie to the one in national colors...

  • on June 21, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    @Haleos...lol Bangladesh designed to play 5 over? Well it didn't look like it today but maybe you are maybe worse :)

  • Bruisers on June 21, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    @Sehwag_Is_Ordinary - That's the point isn't it? Zimbabwe have improved tremendously in the past few years after so many controversies whereas Bangladesh, despite so much backing from the fans and the board, are lying at the bottom just like they were when they started out in 2000 and will continue to do so. That is the reason why people prefer not to see Bangladesh play. This was far from the best team SA could field. How often do you see SA losing to Zimbabwe? Once in a while. So such losses are considered to be 'upsets'. But when Bangladesh loses to Zimbabwe, its a normal thing which happens more often than not.

  • gdamsaaregood on June 21, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    @mahjut - Agree :-). Seems like quite a topsy turvy tournament at the moment - everyone beating everyone...

  • Haleos on June 21, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    @Sehwag_Is_Ordinary - at the same time Bangladesh was ordinary and remains to do so.

  • Haleos on June 21, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    @Proud__BD_FAN - Who is waiting? The team which is lying at the bottom? Bangladesh bastmen are designed for 5 over cricket. Not T20, ODI and definitely not for tests.

  • mahjut on June 21, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    @gdamsaaregood ... fair enough, except for Faf - surely he's in the same bracket as Ray and Tatenda (which is a compliment for him - he's rather untried)

  • SuperSharky on June 22, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    It is exciting when an underdog host down a Big Gun like SA. Remember 1983 World Cup opener when Zimbabwe have beaten Australia in a 60 over match. And the 1992 World Cup when Zimbabwe have beaten England in a 50 over match. In the late 90's, after numerous winnings, they've also won a Test Series against Izamam Ul-Haq's Pakistan. And in the 1999 World Cup they've ended 5th in the Super sixes after Niel Johnson has also beaten South Africa in a 50 over match. And Remember 2007 opening match in the T20 World Championship, where Brendan Taylor and the boys has beaten Australia. And this match was another exciting finish. Great game by Zimbabwe.

  • gazzafanatic on June 22, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    @_NEUTRAL_Fan: Valid point on the rotation policy, and agreed on that Robin is now considered a regular. Ontong had pretty much being getting 1 games a year until the New Zealand series (a really good run of form in domestic cricket)- so I think its stretching it to call him a regular, he's a form player who is looking to cement his spot in the 'rotating middle order' with Faf, AB, JP . And Levi is a future prospect who has an opening in the T20 squad given Smith's poor form in the shorter format. Anyway, sounds like im digging horribly deep to justify all my points, which probably means I may have gotten a bit defensive and patriotic given the shock loss- cant help it, its human nature :) If SA sort out an opening slot for Amla in the short form (Smith is a great test opener, but has been poor in ODI's), Kallis at 3, AB, Faf, JP at 4-6, M.Morkel, Tsotsoble, Peterson/Botha, Steyn at 7-11...it looks like a team of world beaters.All we need is that no. 7 (Chris Morris?)

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 21, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    @gazzafanatic. Rotation policy=playing regularly. In my opinion, not playing regularly means u get 1 match every 2 yrs or so, that is clearly not the case for Ontong, Robin and Albie. I'm sure they play almost everytime some1 is injured and I'm pretty sure they have played more than just 5 t-20 or ODI's in the past 4 yrs. Are the likes of Smith and co always fit? I don't think so. As for Levi, yes he has just started but let me correct myself, HE doesn't play regularly he is CONSIDERED A REGULAR and will be going to the t-20 WC. He has a world record I believe?

  • Benny1725 on June 21, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    the S.a selectors really frustrate me...we've got immensely talented players like miller rossouw,Elgar,faf, waiting in the wings...yet we persist with Albie who TIME and TIME again fails to perform...bowling terrible lines and lengths...and not being able to construct an innings...clubbing a six and then getting out.When i watch him play for the CSK i see a compelety different Albie to the one in national colors...

  • on June 21, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    @Haleos...lol Bangladesh designed to play 5 over? Well it didn't look like it today but maybe you are maybe worse :)

  • Bruisers on June 21, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    @Sehwag_Is_Ordinary - That's the point isn't it? Zimbabwe have improved tremendously in the past few years after so many controversies whereas Bangladesh, despite so much backing from the fans and the board, are lying at the bottom just like they were when they started out in 2000 and will continue to do so. That is the reason why people prefer not to see Bangladesh play. This was far from the best team SA could field. How often do you see SA losing to Zimbabwe? Once in a while. So such losses are considered to be 'upsets'. But when Bangladesh loses to Zimbabwe, its a normal thing which happens more often than not.

  • gdamsaaregood on June 21, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    @mahjut - Agree :-). Seems like quite a topsy turvy tournament at the moment - everyone beating everyone...

  • Haleos on June 21, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    @Sehwag_Is_Ordinary - at the same time Bangladesh was ordinary and remains to do so.

  • Haleos on June 21, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    @Proud__BD_FAN - Who is waiting? The team which is lying at the bottom? Bangladesh bastmen are designed for 5 over cricket. Not T20, ODI and definitely not for tests.

  • mahjut on June 21, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    @gdamsaaregood ... fair enough, except for Faf - surely he's in the same bracket as Ray and Tatenda (which is a compliment for him - he's rather untried)

  • gdamsaaregood on June 21, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    @muvati11 Don't quite think Tatenda Taibu and Ray Price are in the same bracket as Kallis,AB, Steyn, Morkel or Faf DP. Well Done to Zim anyway, thoroughly deserved! Keep up the good work and hope to see you winning some ODI's and Test Matches against the big nations soon :-)

  • on June 21, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    zim played well yesterday.if we continue with that form the Bangladesh are in for it.let me gmake my way t the match

  • Marktc on June 21, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    As a South African I have to say congrats to Zimbos. They outplayed a strongish SA side. I agree with earlier comments, although this may not be a first pick side, all of them have experience and are decent players, so this is no excuse. I was also embarrassed my the overconfidence SA showed, so it is a good humbling win and I hope it wakes them up. Well done Zim.

  • on June 21, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    South Africa was beaten by a better team on the day, period. No excuses. No team, whatsoever, can ever be underestimated in this format of the game, least of all Zimbabwe and the Proteas will only do well to remember this for the future, especially at the T20 World Cup.

  • jonesy2 on June 21, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    holy moly very worrying for SA that their fringe players are not doing the job at all. again wayne parnell is just a terrible terrible bowler.

  • TrickDaddy on June 21, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Here is the thing SA peeps, firstly how can you call yourself a die hard fan of SA and not know that YOUR TEAM is playing matches?? Dont make much sense, second how can SA fans say Proteas got beat coz it was a weak team? Fair enough a couple guys were not playing but such is the strength of SA that a second string team can beat any team coz half of them played in IPL compared to Zim who had noone. And lastly u making such an excuse is a complement because you lost to a team of up and coming youngsters who i can bet are capable of beating you again at the "real" match since this was just "unofficial" haha guys ZIM BEAT U FAIR AND SQUARE NO EXCUSES PLEASE because all teams are taking this seriously and noone wants to lose..

  • i_witnessed_2011 on June 21, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Congratulations to Zimbabwe... this should up their tempo for remaining matches... For SA, the chasing ghost always there... They need to opt for chasing more matches... somehow they need to learn building partnership in chasing regularly...

  • muvati11 on June 21, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    I am surprised that people referring to the absence of 3 or 4 SA top players but no-one is referring to the absence of Tatenda Taibu and Ray Price, Zim's most experienced players in the present set up. Doesnt this put the Zim & SA teams at par in terms of strength? :-)

  • ziggy500 on June 21, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    great win(although its unofficial). interesting to see the next match as the results are showing a trend that the team that bats first has a slight advantage, however, zimbabwe were better.

  • CricketFan365 on June 21, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Zimbabwens are really desciplined in every way which is missing from Bangladesh. That's why it is always a hard work to beat Zim. At the moment BD's strength is half without Sakib, Tamim, Rubel and Shafiul. So I won't be surprised if they don't win a single match.

  • on June 21, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Congratz Zimbabwe.... u guys totally deserved that win....wishing u good luck for the future(from a die hard Bangladeshi cricket team supporter)

  • saifur.raffael on June 21, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Good Show by the zim....tough task ahead to reach the final.......BD waitin to smash them

  • on June 21, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    History will always remember that Zimbabwe won regardless of the team RSA fielded. Lets give credit where credit is due.

  • Haleos on June 21, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Why are these matches not official? Zimbabwe does not get many chances and when they do get and beat a big team, its unofficial. Ridiculous ICC as always. Atleast these matches show how overrated Bangladesh are. Zim were and are much much better then. They deserve test status more than bangladesh.

  • maddy20 on June 21, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    @Sehwag_is_ordinary THe reason is SA loses once in a while and Bangladesh wins once in a while! That is why they are at the top of the table and you are at the bottom of it! Copish?

  • on June 21, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Bangladesh..please take some inspiration from this and come up with a good show..atleast against ZIM..

  • on June 21, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    @ wiseshah: July 22 nd will start Boring tournment in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Will Win very easily against India.

  • gazzafanatic on June 21, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    ...(contd) the other 5 have been on a rotational basis in any case (Albie vs D.Miller, Theron vs Parnel, De Lange vs Philander, Ontong vs Faf...etc). Point is, there is NO 'settled' T20 team for SA (yet). In any case, this doesn't excuse the poor performance, and kudos to Zim. Lets hope soon the new stock of Flower's, Blignaut's, Streak's & Johnson's will be terrorizing the more favored teams (SA included). Bangladesh definitely havent lived up to that, with the exception of the very talented Shakib, and Razzaq as a great back up in the spin department...guys like Ashraful have flattered to deceive

  • gazzafanatic on June 21, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    @_NEUTRAL_Fan: "Levi, Amla, Tsotsobe, JP, Robin P, Ontong and Albie ALL play regularly for the 1st choice side..." Really? Hmmm...let us look at the stats. Levi made his debut in the recent New Zealand T20 series, he has since played a grand total of 2 T20 internationals and 4 games in other formats. Amla 8 (including 4 since the start of the New Zealand tour), Ontong played 7 (again, has only returned to the team since New Zealand following a break of several years. This includes the pointless T20 against India a few weeks ago, and the last two games). Consider this on top of the fact that it is widely accepted that since Kirsten took over, he has used T20's as a platform to experiment with different combinations. So of this team, I would say the regulars are JP, Albie, Tsotsobe, and Robin Peterson has since the World Cup made his claim to the prefered spinners spot of Botha. The team is missing Smith, Kallis, AB, Morkel, Steyn, Botha. Thats 6/11...

  • anver777 on June 21, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Great Win for Zim !!! a good morale booster for them before the WT20 !!!!!

  • on June 21, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Bangladesh and SA have gone there just to practice for the world cup n Zim r taking it seriously !! All these wins by Zim will not even be in the records.....feel bad for them !!

  • BackfootNossyfan on June 21, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    I'm happy for Zimbabwe. They were always so positive when they toured New Zealand and even though they didn't have much success they kept on moving forward. I hope their side can continue to develop and improve, because it would be nice to have less victory assumptions in world cricket.

  • Philippe on June 21, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    good play by Zim last they.. overall they managed it nicely.. BD is out.. SA ZIM finals..

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 21, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    Guys, guys 3-4 players missing does not make this SA vastly under-strength. Levi, Amla, Tsotsobe, JP, Robin P, Ontong and Albie ALL play regularly for the 1st choice side. How many full strength in teams would cruise past this team? Maybe 2...maybe.

  • on June 21, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    Very well done Zim. If you read yesterdays article the SA were overconfident talking as if them winning the match was a foregone conclusion. Never did Ausi skippers speak belittle the opposing teams during their reign.

  • Meety on June 21, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    Well done Zimmers, they do keep on surprising. I do beleive that Zim have a fairly well structred FC set up, & it enables them to be able to compete. I would GUESS that Zim's FC structure (& T20 franchise), is probably better than about 3 other test playing nations. This means the step up to Internationals is not ridiculously high. Good job, they have done really well since re-introduction into the Test arena.

  • Greatest_Game on June 21, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    I just fail to understand the SA selectors. Albie Morkel keeps going downhill. especially at the international level, is in his thirties so is no future investment, and yet they keep trotting him out, and leave the likes of Faf on the bench. Ontong - much the same. Why is JP kept at #6? Highest ave- 81 - in the IPL, played some fantastic innings but Deccan wasted him. SA are doing the same - move him up the order. Parnell has zero consistency. Most expensive bowler in 2 games! Haikona!

  • wiseshah on June 20, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    where is Faf du plessis? why he is not playing?

  • shovwar on June 20, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    Congrats to Zimbabwe...But taking nothing away from Zimbabwe it is unfair to say Zimbabwe defeated SA. Where SA fielded a young team without AB, Steyn, Kallis, Morne n Botha all top performers in t20.....plus this tour is an unofficial practise for SA young team...but once again Zim team did great...Because even this young SA team is the strongest in this tournament.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 20, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    One thing I must say about Zim fans too they are generally humble and respectful and their team thus deserves the good wishes that they get.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 20, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    Wow! Great to see Zim cricket moving in the right direction. Given where they were coming from after the big player strikes, they have progressed nicely and have shown that they can beat teams who dare to rest 3-4 of their front liners. They proved this vs Sri Lanka and Ind a few yrs ago and they beat an almost full strength W.I. in a couple of matches a few yrs ago also. I think they are a team who are now utilising the funding and support that ICC has given them. I can see Taylor and both Sibanda and Maskadaza getting t-20 contracts. And Creamer! Looks like the best spinner in the tourney!

  • JG2704 on June 20, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Obviously well played by Zimbabwe. As an Eng fan , we have been on the wrong end of such scorelines against lesser cricketing nations. I also feel that the shorter the format , the more the underdog has a chance and let's face it SA are without some big players too. I also wonder what has happened to Parnell? When he came on the scene for SA he looked an awesome bowler in the shorter forms , regularly bowling fast accurate yorkers but he seems to be going for alot more runs these days. I also like Van Der Merwe but maybe he is way off the radar

  • 30-30-150 on June 20, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    @EnglishCricket: I can't believe that England supporters feel they are easily into the finals of WT20.. Best bet would be England crashing out in the Super-8 itself. According to me, the four semifinalists will be Aus, Ind/SA, SL, WI... Group F is a real 'Group of Death' where you will get India, Australia, South Africa and Pakistan.. as only two of these can go through to the semis. Man I can't wait for the tournament to start!

  • on June 20, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    really happy for zimbabwe

  • hems4cric on June 20, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Good for Zimbabwe cricket, these wins will give them the necessary confidence, and unexpected results in cricket do add a nice flavor, who wants to see the matches when u know the result even before the match starts, these small things make the future matches interesting as everybody will expect Zimbabwe to do better...

  • on June 20, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    @Sehwag_Is_Ordinary nobody questions test status of SA as they are a top class team. when a minnow like zimbabwe beat them it's called an "upset" but if a team loses almost all their test matches they face, then people have the right to question their test status. If bangladesh is not competitive will other teams be willing enough to play with them? My personal belief is that countries should be divided into two divisions. where the top 4 is in division 1 and rest in division 2. Bangladesh deserve more chances as far as test cricket is concerned but with recent performances in tests people are running out of patience.

  • on June 20, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    Congratz Zimbabwe(4rm Bangladesh)..@other Bd haters-well, i admit that Bd aren't exactly a strong side..But, i can see them winning "here and there" continiously...so, if winning is a "fluke" then we r very happy with that...You guys don't need to be so jealous..seeing ur jealousy, we can't but laugh...ICC isn't blind..they know very well which team have got potential..

  • Legaleagle on June 20, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Well done Zimbabwe!! This is incredible stuff from these young players. Its even more exceptional given the limitation and resource constraints that they have been facing for so many years.

    South Africa is a proven team, they have beaten the best teams in their own backyards and have won consistently for many years.

    Bangladesh fans should understand that their team has been CONSISTENTLY POOR for past many many years. Hence, if someone asks to demote their status as a test team then it is justified, and based on their poor performance. Winning one or two matches here and there do appear as a fluke for Bangladesh. They need to work very hard. Good luck!!

  • EnglishCricket on June 20, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    Well Done to Zimbabwe! That's why they have full membership status and fully deserved the win because they simply outplayed South Africa in all departments. Looks like Bangladesh are going to be out of this unofficial tournament but I still think both Zimbabwe and South Africa will struggle to win the tournament as compared to Bangladesh because the conditions in Sri Lanka are slow with low bounce and more turn compared to Africa's tracks. No disrespect or anything I can't see either of these three teams in this Triangular Series winning and possibly competing in final of T20 World Championship as its more likely to be England v either Sri Lanka/India/Pakistan but will be glad if proven wrong but only time will tell. Can't wait for the exciting tournament to happen and this Tri-Series should be deeply considered by ICC for future events because its far more valuable than a single or double T20 match(es) between two nations in a full tour series.

  • on June 20, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    time by time Zimbabwe comes out and hunt giants.Missed the match because hadn't telecast in Sri Lanka but really happy for Zimbabwe.

  • on June 20, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Wow Wat a Record for Zimbabwe super!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on June 20, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Congratulations Zim on winning a practice match in the Park. These things happen even on centre stage. Proteas got a timeous wake up cal. Zim will have to do it again in order to prove that their success today was no fluke. But it is indeed nice to see bottom dogs turn into giantkillers! For years now the Proteas have been depending too much on their leader. First it was Graeme, Smith, then AB de Villiers and now Hashim Amla. Once they faul to give the team a excellent start, the cookie starts to crumble - and then they choke!

  • duddy on June 20, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Zimbabweans are sleeping titans that wake up once in blue moon,after the exit of talented stalwarts like Andy&Grant,Johnson,Goodwin,Olonga,Friend,Strang,Campbell,Blignaut etc.Jarvis,Vettorie,Waller are the stars of tomorrow,but what is needed most for the cutting edge in their performance is consistency.They need to work more on video feedback of their rivals.Need to take advantage of errors of other side.May God favor their ambition!

  • on June 20, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    Well done Zimbabwe............ really happy to know that........... many many congrats to Zimbabwe from Bangladeshi fans....

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on June 20, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    oh boy so gotta question the state of test status of SA too now then that they lost to Zimbabwe. Why is it only when BD loses to Zimbabwe all of a sudden everyone questions test statust of Bangladesh? Now please do the same thing and question test status of SA too? People can;t reallt see the obvious that Zimbabwe has improved tremendously and continuing to do so. They are really a good team now.

  • on June 20, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Yup - 2nd team not good enough, SA middle order batsmen still choke. Albie Morkel is not an international player, cannot bat, cannot bowl. Stacks of potential openers, considering Kallis and Smith resting, but who plays in the middle. Fundamentally not brave enough.

  • superstar100 on June 20, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    great team effort by ZIM i am sure you will establish your postion once again in world cricket like of 90's

  • soumyas on June 20, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    team with 5 IPL players lost to team with no IPL players.

  • priceless1 on June 20, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    any body wants to striped SA off the test status now?

  • on June 20, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    this is the name of Zimbabwe. Brilliant Zimbabweans. Congrats from heart for your great victory. Hope you will do better in upcoming World Cup Twenty20. > Congratulated from a Bangladeshi.

  • VaZure on June 20, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    To me it is official tht Zimbabwe won by 29 runs

  • WickyRoy.paklover on June 20, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Great work zim,keep it up.so final has to be btwen zim vs sa(deservngly so)

  • Raiyan24r on June 20, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    bad for bd.now they must beat sa and zim to reach final.still possible?

  • Musikahwa on June 20, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Well, well, well. For those unfair on Bangladesh, should we now say South Africa should have their status plucked out coz they lost to lowly Zimbabwe. I have to admit, Zimbabwe are really improving, they are becoming mature with every game and are most importantly believing that they can win. The main difference with their play is they are now playing as a team unlike when they had to depend on one person, either a Taibu or a Price or a Taylor to try and save the team. Its unfortunate that they won't be consistent in their success especially seeing as it is that they play international games once or twice a year, mostly against Bangladesh. I'm trying to imagine how life would be different if Zim was to be given a chance to play as much cricket as the other Test playing nations....they wouldn't melt on foreign conditions like they did in New Zealand.... and they'd start winning more frequently. Congratulations Zimbabwe....even if the game is not an 'official' game

  • wiseshah on June 20, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    thats why so called big team afraid of playing small/minnows. they contsantly beat them, netherland, ireland, kenya, zimbabwe should get more expose.its annoying to see india wants to play only with big team and constant boring match against srilanka. cricket needs world wide exposure

  • rutendo on June 20, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    good game and l want to see the type of play during the world cup....

  • on June 20, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    I hope Amla finds value in the series now.

  • seansie78 on June 20, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    I am befuddled. A team wins a match with a notable anomaly principally of poor bowling and lucklustre feilding and then goes into a new match with exactly the same personnel against a more formidable opponent expecting a different result. This might be for south Africa a tournament to test things but I see no sense in setting yourself even deeper along the road of defeats, irregardless of the opposition. Zimbabwe did very well in all departments, I like his Muzhange chap, nice line and length in his bowling and he executes to boot! Masakadza and sibanda once again a great job, unlucky for chigumbura and good to see be was in just for the batting. Jarvis and mpofu especially. Rex mentioning

  • ProdigyA on June 20, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    CAN U BELIEVE THAT? Chockers are at it again.

  • Third_Gear on June 20, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Whats wrong man !! In all three matches the first batting side gained convincing WIN. Strange............

  • on June 20, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Congratulations Zimbabwe, thoroughly outplayed this yet strong South African lineup and again deserved the win. I admit I probably underestimated Zimbabwe but as long as lower ranked teams can prove me wrong then I'm willing to accept defeat. A lot of 'ignorant' people were laughing 'desperately' that Bangladesh lost to Zimbabwe though it was only by 11 runs but this time South Africa who are by far a stronger team than Bangladesh lost by 29 runs lol so what's more embarrassing guys? Bangladesh losing to Zimbabwe by 11 runs or South Africa who are far more stronger than Bangladesh losing to Zimbabwe by 39 runs ALL OUT? Exactly! LOOOL!!!!!! :)

  • Pablo123 on June 20, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    hmmmmm it's just T20, it happens, but SA are only at around 60% strength - still, good for the Zimbo's

  • on June 20, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Well played Zim, really good win! Funny to see some players who were snubbed by the IPL outplaying guys who get payed stacks in the league :)

  • on June 20, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Congrats Zimbabwe and a good wake up call for SA before England tour

  • Muhtasim13 on June 20, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Its great to see Zimbabwe making the most out of this series. Hats off !!!

  • on June 20, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    zim are difficult to beat at home and they showed that.

  • Trevor_G on June 20, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Good going Zim, from a South African and Proteas fan. SA were getting a little too arrogant and they needed to be taken down a peg or too.

  • samincolumbia on June 20, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Great performance by Zimbabwe. ICC should give them test status to nurture the talent in that country and revoke Bangladesh's test status which is a joke!

  • on June 20, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Masakadza has been on fire of late, congrats to Zim, well played

  • milwardk on June 20, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    what a display by our beloved boys. Keep it up n show the cricket world that you can compete with the best. Go Zim Go!!!.

  • Tokai69 on June 20, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Good job Zim. They look good at home so far. Hope they'll play in the final

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  • Tokai69 on June 20, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Good job Zim. They look good at home so far. Hope they'll play in the final

  • milwardk on June 20, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    what a display by our beloved boys. Keep it up n show the cricket world that you can compete with the best. Go Zim Go!!!.

  • on June 20, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Masakadza has been on fire of late, congrats to Zim, well played

  • samincolumbia on June 20, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Great performance by Zimbabwe. ICC should give them test status to nurture the talent in that country and revoke Bangladesh's test status which is a joke!

  • Trevor_G on June 20, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Good going Zim, from a South African and Proteas fan. SA were getting a little too arrogant and they needed to be taken down a peg or too.

  • on June 20, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    zim are difficult to beat at home and they showed that.

  • Muhtasim13 on June 20, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Its great to see Zimbabwe making the most out of this series. Hats off !!!

  • on June 20, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Congrats Zimbabwe and a good wake up call for SA before England tour

  • on June 20, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Well played Zim, really good win! Funny to see some players who were snubbed by the IPL outplaying guys who get payed stacks in the league :)

  • Pablo123 on June 20, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    hmmmmm it's just T20, it happens, but SA are only at around 60% strength - still, good for the Zimbo's