Zimbabwe v South Africa, T20 tri-series, Harare June 23, 2012

Levi leads South Africa into final

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South Africa 130 for 4 (Levi 54) beat Zimbabwe 124 for 6 (Cremer 36*, Parnell 3-16) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

South Africa's bowlers finally arrived in Harare, keeping Zimbabwe to a below-par total in a must-win encounter to book their place in the tri-series final. Zimbabwe, however, managed to delay defeat until the 18th over, which allowed them to qualify as well, pipping Bangladesh on net run-rate. Bangladesh needed the hosts to lose inside 15 overs.

An improved Wayne Parnell did the bulk of the damage on a sluggish pitch. His triple-strike midway through the Zimbabwe innings left South Africa with a moderate total to chase. Richard Levi took control of the reply and his half-century led South Africa to a relatively straight-forward win.

Zimbabwe had decided to bat and Hamilton Masakadza showed his intent early on, flat-batting Chris Morris for a stunning six over cover. He did not have much support, though, as Vusi Sibanda was out lbw to a full, straight ball from Morris, and Brendan Taylor holed out to mid-on.

Masakadza tried to rebuild the innings but became Parnell's first victim when he decided to accelerate. Masakadza cut towards cover, where Farhaan Berhardien took a low catch that had to be referred to the television umpire. It was shown to be clean and Masakadza's run of three fifties in as many matches, ended. Parnell struck again in that over to remove Malcolm Waller.

Both wicket-taking deliveries in Parnell's first over were fairly ordinary but he showed marked improvement from the previous matches through better lines and lengths. He claimed a third scalp when Elton Chigumbura edged a ball that moved away slightly.

When Chigumbura departed, Zimbabwe were only five down but their tail was already at the crease. It was up to Stuart Matsikenyeri to prevent a collapse and he did through his 32-run stand with Graeme Cremer. An Albie Morkel slower ball eventually accounted for Matsikenyeri, when he hit down the ground and du Plessis took a one-handed catch looking into the sun. Cremer stuck around until the end and showed good temperament to combine with Prosper Utseya and give Zimbabwe 124 to defend.

Zimbabwe's only real sniff at making things difficult for South Africa came in the first over of the chase. Hashim Amla tried to flick Chris Mpofu fine on the leg-side but got an edge that carried to Taylor.

Amla's dismissal allowed for the much-heralded pair of Richard Levi and Faf du Plessis to combine. Levi dominated the 55-run stand and muscled anything too full or straight, which all the Zimbabwe seamers were guilty of bowling, over the leg-side. Du Plessis was caught behind in Jarvis' second over but Levi powered on.

When Levi was run out in the 11th over, he had done enough to put South Africa on course. Richard Muzhange's yorkers and Cremer's googlies, however, kept South Africa at bay long enough to ensure Zimbabwe also qualified. Justin Ontong and Behardien could not find the boundary in their 34-run partnership but they secured South Africa's place in the final.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on June 25, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Rahane-fan...lol meaningless and ridiculous comparisons? yeah mostly from you the facts are mate that we were providing evidence to counter your bold claims fair and square while you're desperately acting ignorant and silly here. Yes Bangladesh Cricket is not strong as India Cricket but we had full membership status for only 12 years where as India for than 70 years big difference plus you have more resources and one of the biggest populations in the world but still not dominant so that's why but its still you still don't like it pity :)))))

  • 30-30-150 on June 25, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    Some people are still stuck on the good old Sri Lankan World Cup performance facts and the how-many-years-before-first-win stats. I'm sick of reading such ridiculous and meaningless comparisons. Maybe I will get a nice series whitewash fact in reply to this post! Just can't get over history and records, can they?

  • r0ketman on June 25, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    @rahane_Fan: Want to discuss WC history?:-) Where do you want me to start? in 1975 IND won 1 game in WC, against do you know who? "East Africa", not South by the way!:-) India's greatest Gavaskar scored a whopping 36 N.O.at a super healthy SR of 20 and carried his bat with aplomb in a WC game, India lost by over 200 runs to ENG! LOL! In 1979, India lost all their games, including to SL who was not a full member at that time. Which make me believe India's win in 1983 was a fluke, they were a 66 to1 odd to win the cup. The fact that they failed to even reach the final of a WC for another 20 years proves my point, even though WC was played on Indian soil in 1987 and again in 1996. So let's not discuss WC history in the early days, India's record was far more bleak than BD's in their second WC apprearance!:-) BD beat PK full strength team in their first world cup appearance, IND in their first WC appearance beat East Africe (not South).!:-)

  • Legend_of_All_Times on June 24, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    @Rahane-fan: India lost to Kenya for twice times within 3 years interval!! LOL !! An 80 years old test Playing nation lost to an associate ICC member!! Thats really Great(!!) Job by India!! In 1998 India lost to Kenya by 69 runs at their own Indian home ground!! Kenya 265/5 and India 196/10. In 2001 India again lost to Kenya by 70 runs! Kenya 246/6 and India 176/10. Besides, India got eliminated from 2007 World cup at group stage by loosing to Bangladesh!! Bangladesh (192/5) beat India (191/10) by 5 Wickets!! Again, India got eliminated from 2012 Asia Cup by loosing to Bangladesh!! Bangladesh (293/5) beat India (289/5)!! LOL!! These are some Glorious (!!) moments for an 80 Years old cricket nation!! Carry On!! :D

  • on June 24, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    @Rahane-fan...Most of your arguments are pretty useless yes these results back in 2003 was at a time where Bangladesh Cricket was a joke so not going to lie about that but you have to understand the fact that we're in 2012 so that was almost a decade ago lol but it was the same World Cup where Kenya got to the semi-finals and tell me who Kenya beat on their way there? exactly you're using DOUBLE STANDARDS so your arguments are INVALID always lose :)))))

  • 30-30-150 on June 24, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    And not to forget the 32-run loss to Kenya in the same WC. Really looks great for Bangladesh!!

  • 30-30-150 on June 24, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    @r0ketman : Bangladesh lost to Canada at the 2003 WC!! by 60 runs! CAN 180 all out, BAN 120 all out. That looks great for Bangladesh! :D

  • r0ketman on June 24, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    @rahane_fan: The double standard shown here against BD is utterly ridiculous. India is "unlucky" when they lose, but BD is "Lucky" when they win? India lost to SA in the T20, fair and square. More than half the players on that team played against BD this week, but BD is playing against a C side? India's first test win against any team came against a fourth string England team in 1952 (a lot of those ENG players never ever played for ENG again), yet Indian fans claim IND won against "strong team", even when the cricket experts of Wisden called that ENG team Subpar! However, the Indian fans are quick to point out BD's first test win came against a weak Zim and WI team. Does anyone else not see the unfairnees and doubloe standards in these arguments?

  • r0ketman on June 24, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    @rahane_fan: NZ has played all 10 WC, BD has played in 4. NZ has been playing international cricket since before India. Let's compare with SL shall we, so the comparison would be more accurate. BD reached second round in their 3rd WC apprentice (in 8 years). SL did not reach second round till their sixth WC appearance (21 years). SL did not win a test on foreign soil till 1995 (14 years after getting test status). So compared to SL, BD is doing much better in the same time frame . SL performance in their first 5 WC was dismal. BD has won against India, PK, SA, Eng in WC. SL did beat IND in 1979 though, that does look bad for your team!:-)

  • r0ketman on June 24, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    @NP_NY: You said tournament of significance in your previous post, not Bi-lateral series. Let's not discuss NZ history, they took the longest to get to a test win. NZ has been playing cricket since 1842, International cricket since 1864. It took them 45 matches, and 26 years to get to their first test victory in 1956. They have played bi-lateral series for over 160 years, they better win some series away from home!! South Africa was a full member of ICC since 1889. How do you compare that with BD, who started playing international cricket seriously since 2000. And if you did not understand my argument, the warm-up mates do not go against win-loss records. This comparison is ridiculous, BD has played WC since 1999 (13 years). SL played WC since 1975, they have dismal records in EVERY world cup before 1996 where They did not go past 1st round (21 yrs). BD reached second round in 2007, within 8 years of playing first world cup. Why the double standard? Why?

  • on June 25, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Rahane-fan...lol meaningless and ridiculous comparisons? yeah mostly from you the facts are mate that we were providing evidence to counter your bold claims fair and square while you're desperately acting ignorant and silly here. Yes Bangladesh Cricket is not strong as India Cricket but we had full membership status for only 12 years where as India for than 70 years big difference plus you have more resources and one of the biggest populations in the world but still not dominant so that's why but its still you still don't like it pity :)))))

  • 30-30-150 on June 25, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    Some people are still stuck on the good old Sri Lankan World Cup performance facts and the how-many-years-before-first-win stats. I'm sick of reading such ridiculous and meaningless comparisons. Maybe I will get a nice series whitewash fact in reply to this post! Just can't get over history and records, can they?

  • r0ketman on June 25, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    @rahane_Fan: Want to discuss WC history?:-) Where do you want me to start? in 1975 IND won 1 game in WC, against do you know who? "East Africa", not South by the way!:-) India's greatest Gavaskar scored a whopping 36 N.O.at a super healthy SR of 20 and carried his bat with aplomb in a WC game, India lost by over 200 runs to ENG! LOL! In 1979, India lost all their games, including to SL who was not a full member at that time. Which make me believe India's win in 1983 was a fluke, they were a 66 to1 odd to win the cup. The fact that they failed to even reach the final of a WC for another 20 years proves my point, even though WC was played on Indian soil in 1987 and again in 1996. So let's not discuss WC history in the early days, India's record was far more bleak than BD's in their second WC apprearance!:-) BD beat PK full strength team in their first world cup appearance, IND in their first WC appearance beat East Africe (not South).!:-)

  • Legend_of_All_Times on June 24, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    @Rahane-fan: India lost to Kenya for twice times within 3 years interval!! LOL !! An 80 years old test Playing nation lost to an associate ICC member!! Thats really Great(!!) Job by India!! In 1998 India lost to Kenya by 69 runs at their own Indian home ground!! Kenya 265/5 and India 196/10. In 2001 India again lost to Kenya by 70 runs! Kenya 246/6 and India 176/10. Besides, India got eliminated from 2007 World cup at group stage by loosing to Bangladesh!! Bangladesh (192/5) beat India (191/10) by 5 Wickets!! Again, India got eliminated from 2012 Asia Cup by loosing to Bangladesh!! Bangladesh (293/5) beat India (289/5)!! LOL!! These are some Glorious (!!) moments for an 80 Years old cricket nation!! Carry On!! :D

  • on June 24, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    @Rahane-fan...Most of your arguments are pretty useless yes these results back in 2003 was at a time where Bangladesh Cricket was a joke so not going to lie about that but you have to understand the fact that we're in 2012 so that was almost a decade ago lol but it was the same World Cup where Kenya got to the semi-finals and tell me who Kenya beat on their way there? exactly you're using DOUBLE STANDARDS so your arguments are INVALID always lose :)))))

  • 30-30-150 on June 24, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    And not to forget the 32-run loss to Kenya in the same WC. Really looks great for Bangladesh!!

  • 30-30-150 on June 24, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    @r0ketman : Bangladesh lost to Canada at the 2003 WC!! by 60 runs! CAN 180 all out, BAN 120 all out. That looks great for Bangladesh! :D

  • r0ketman on June 24, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    @rahane_fan: The double standard shown here against BD is utterly ridiculous. India is "unlucky" when they lose, but BD is "Lucky" when they win? India lost to SA in the T20, fair and square. More than half the players on that team played against BD this week, but BD is playing against a C side? India's first test win against any team came against a fourth string England team in 1952 (a lot of those ENG players never ever played for ENG again), yet Indian fans claim IND won against "strong team", even when the cricket experts of Wisden called that ENG team Subpar! However, the Indian fans are quick to point out BD's first test win came against a weak Zim and WI team. Does anyone else not see the unfairnees and doubloe standards in these arguments?

  • r0ketman on June 24, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    @rahane_fan: NZ has played all 10 WC, BD has played in 4. NZ has been playing international cricket since before India. Let's compare with SL shall we, so the comparison would be more accurate. BD reached second round in their 3rd WC apprentice (in 8 years). SL did not reach second round till their sixth WC appearance (21 years). SL did not win a test on foreign soil till 1995 (14 years after getting test status). So compared to SL, BD is doing much better in the same time frame . SL performance in their first 5 WC was dismal. BD has won against India, PK, SA, Eng in WC. SL did beat IND in 1979 though, that does look bad for your team!:-)

  • r0ketman on June 24, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    @NP_NY: You said tournament of significance in your previous post, not Bi-lateral series. Let's not discuss NZ history, they took the longest to get to a test win. NZ has been playing cricket since 1842, International cricket since 1864. It took them 45 matches, and 26 years to get to their first test victory in 1956. They have played bi-lateral series for over 160 years, they better win some series away from home!! South Africa was a full member of ICC since 1889. How do you compare that with BD, who started playing international cricket seriously since 2000. And if you did not understand my argument, the warm-up mates do not go against win-loss records. This comparison is ridiculous, BD has played WC since 1999 (13 years). SL played WC since 1975, they have dismal records in EVERY world cup before 1996 where They did not go past 1st round (21 yrs). BD reached second round in 2007, within 8 years of playing first world cup. Why the double standard? Why?

  • 30-30-150 on June 24, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    @r0ketman: NZ has reached the semifinals of the WC 6 times out of 10 and that is the joint best record with Australia. Can Bangladesh do that even once? If you are still living in 2010 when they lost 0-4 to Bangladesh then better wake up before its too late.

  • 30-30-150 on June 24, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    @Manager: "If I remember correctly Indian superstars were beaten comprehensively by the South African in the one-off T20I" I would replace the word comprehensively with unluckily. Why? Take a good look at the scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-india-2012/engine/match/556252.html . At the end of the match SA skipper Botha himself said it was an evenly poised game and they were lucky enough to be declared winners after the kind of start Indian batsmen got off to..

  • 30-30-150 on June 24, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @Legend_of_All_Times: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/450105.html - I suggest you have a look at this ODI scorecard and judge how well your team played against a second string associate team on that tour. I'm saying second string because they played that game without their key players like ten Doeschate, Seelaar, van Bunge etc... And also have a look at this match - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/450106.html

  • NP_NY on June 24, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    @r0ketman: I heeded your advice and did a google search. It didn't say anywhere that teams play to lose warm-up matches. What I suggest you do is do a search for NZ series wins. They beat Pakistan 2-1 in a bilateral series away from home (UAE) as recently as 2009-2010. BD has never won a series away from home and never will in the near future. BD don't lack skill but they do lack heavily in attitude and temperament.

  • on June 24, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Before I finish with you, you said at 2011 World Cup Bangladesh just 'edged' out Ireland? - lolz I don't think winning by '27' runs means Bangladesh 'edged' out Ireland. I don't think you had a case to justify your arguments rather a of of ignorance got the better of you thankyou :))))

  • on June 24, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    @_NEUTRAL_Fan_...Yes of course the Irish players are better than me but I don't understand what you found so funny about that maybe because when I first mentioned the Bangladesh players are better than you it affected you greatly so that's great to see lol at least I'm getting you to understand. The fact of the matter is you couldn't prove or justify how Ireland are better than Bangladesh in fact, to put that question to rest Bangladesh have a better head to head record than Ireland plus unlike Ireland, Bangladesh have already beaten every full member and you said that had Ireland been given Test status since 2007, they would've been better than Bangladesh? Well that's actually an 'opinion' not a fact and you know it :)

  • Extraz on June 24, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    @Raziul nur...how can u say that pak is going down day by day!! they have just whitewashed the number 1 test side England,let me think how many times have ur BD team beat england in a test match the answer is a big 0.One bad series for any top sides like india and pakistan doesn't make them a bad side!! So before criticizing others u should look after ur team which after playing 70 odd tests have 0 wins against a top side so going by this ur team should be banned from test cricket so they they won't face anymore humiliations by top side.

  • Legend_of_All_Times on June 24, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    @Rahane-fan: The Question raised more about the advisability of your statement. England tour in July 2010 was the last tour by Bangladesh in any Prominent cricket team since last 2 years. Beside that, Bangladesh toured in Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands during July 2010 and last tour by Bangladesh was in Zimbabwe during August 2011 since now. In all those tours within last 2 years Bangladesh certainly won some matches, which are all outside of sub-continent. So, the statement "Bangladesh haven't won a match outside the sub-continent+Zimbabwe for a couple of years now" by you have been proven wrong.

  • rgrokkam1 on June 24, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    @r0ketman: In case you are comparing triangular or quadrangular series (as like Asia cup), SA has won many of such series (there are too many for me to write here). SA are one of the most consistent teams behind Australia in the last 20 years.

  • Manager on June 24, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    @Rahane-fan. I think you don't read or follow cricket. And just start to rant, about how bad Bangladesh team is, whenever mood strikes you. BD beat South Africans a couple of days ago in the same tournament. This is coming from an Indian fan before you start shooting and saying BD fans this and that. Come on guys going by Team India's recent overseas performance we shouldn't be so critical of others. Our house should be in order first. If I remember correctly Indian superstars were beaten comprehensively by the South African in the one-off T20I recently.

  • Manager on June 24, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    r0ketman if I am not mistaken NZ won Champions Trophy (it had a different name then) in 2000. So you have lost the bet even before making it.

  • rgrokkam1 on June 24, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    @r0ketman: In case you do not know, SA won the Champions Trophy and Gold medal (Commonwealth Games) in 1998 and NZ won the Champions Trophy in 2000 and Bronze medal (Commonwealth Games) in 1998.

  • r0ketman on June 24, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    @NP_NY: Are you reading minds of Zim players now? You have read the minds of Zim players and know that they did not take the second game with BD seriously, but they took the other 3 games seriously? How is this a factual statement? The first two games are "warm-up" matches, they are usually setup to get the visiting team get accustomed to the local conditions. If you are not familiar with warm up matches, please look it up, I am sure Google will have a wealth of information. And BD has not won a tournament of significance ever, true, but they lost o PK in the Asia cup final by 2 runs. That is far closer than NZ and SA has ever come to winning any tournament of significance. And NZ and SA have been playing cricket for more than a 100 years. And I will bet with you NZ will not win one anytime soon either, actually, since you are stating opinions, and trying to pass them as facts, let me state an "opinifact": BD will win a major championship before NZ will. Wanna Bet?:-)

  • r0ketman on June 24, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    @_Neutral_Fan: The article on Cricinfo is not factual. There is a financial reason for pushing Ireland to status, Indian fans know it very well. IRE players have been playing county cricket for a while now, so regardless of status, they should do well against BD who does not have a proper First class structure. Yet with the wealth of experience, Ireland has only won 2 games out of the 7 they played against BD in ODIs. How can anyone claim Ireland is better than BD? Opinions sound nice, but they have no place in Cricket. Cricket is a numbers game, and numbers say BD owns Ireland. IRE has a less than 30% success rate against BD. How do you plan to back up your statement that IRE is better than BD?:-)

  • 30-30-150 on June 24, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    @bappy_tauhid : You should have read my comment completely. I said "Bangladesh haven't won a match outside the sub-continent+Zimbabwe for a couple of years now"....... That is a fact and you should accept it.

  • 30-30-150 on June 24, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    @SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u : They won against England in July 2010. What time is it now? End of June 2012. So its been 24 months (2 years). How is my statement wrong then?

  • on June 24, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    @legaleagle & Aftab: Pakistan is a moderately strong cricket team now a day. Definitely not within the top 4 sides in the world cricket (SA, Eng, Ind, Aus). BD is relatively younger and weaker than Pak, no doubt about that. But Bd is definitely an improving team and Pak is getting down day by day. Statistics and result says that. If you or anybody thinks to demote BD for better learning then telling you that its not going to happen. Rather in future, BD will rule world cricket. And for a healthy cricket world, Pak should be demoted and to be banned or suspended from international cricket because of their match dirty fixing habits. Take care guys.

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 24, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    Poor Bangla - won their last 2 matches but were outdone by a match that they didn't even play in. They still did pretty well though, especially by beating South Africa...

  • on June 24, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    Oh boy where to start....it was an decent tournament for the tigers and i believe that they sud have done much better. The only bright spot was their fielding and death bowling vs SA.. The exception for the tigers was much higher than they preformed. Zim and SA deserve to go through to the final. BD sud have took the chance of getting the bonus point wen they had the chance. The bashing that they are getting in the comments are fully deserved and tigers fan do not try to justify the performance here we know they are capable of doing better. This nothing to be proud of honestly come on. First game we sud have won but lost. BD is way to professional to lose dese games even without the Shakib. Mortaza abul and ziaur were horrible giving way too many run and Ash still giving his wicket away. Nasir Musfiqur and Muhammdulla are the only ones that actually preformed. If this the best tigers can do against a SA(a) side and Zim (club) Side then its not looking good for BD T20.

  • on June 24, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    i always hear people say bangla or zim should be demoted and ireland promoted !!! I mean wats so special bout ireland anyway?

  • Legend_of_All_Times on June 24, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    @Ankith Jain: Get a Correction, Mate. Bangladesh won 2 out of 4 matches played in this T20 tournament, your so claimed 6 matches(!!) is total no. of groups matches throughout the competition. I think you should be more careful about statistics before making any comment or critics. @NP_NY: Correction for you too, dear Fellow. Bangladesh won 1 matche out of 2 matches played against Zimbabwe in this T20 Tournament. Where You've found Bangladesh's 4 matches against ZIM? And 6th match of the competition between SA and ZIM wasn't pointless in ZIM's point of view, Because If SA won this match within less than 15 overs then ZIM would lagged down by BD in terms of NNR to be eliminated from the Final. So, your theory of 'meaninglessness' about the 2nd match between BD and ZIM proven Wrong, ZIM tried heart and soul to win that match but failed against BD. I don't know why you all the backbiters of Bangladesh do too much mistakes in statistics before making any comment or Critics against BD team!!

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 24, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain. There is a factual article on Cricinfo's "Inbox" explaining why Ire should get test status, it just came out, how timely :) You should read it and expand your mind. As a fan of a struggling, underperforming team, u should want Ire to get full status and support also. By the way, Irish players are far better than u too lol and if they were given status shortly after 07, they could well have been better than Bang players by now but unfortunately we may never know. As a fan of cricket first and my own team 2nd, I hope ICC gives Ire test status and do their best to help Afghanistan. Perhaps they could play home matches in the UAE too.

  • ziggy500 on June 24, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    SA were missing half their team, bang were a little underpowered as well. SA shouldn't be too sad about their result, neither bang. if they had full teams, they would've easily made finals.

  • on June 24, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    @legaleagle......lol sorry but I found this very silly and funny Cricket World Cup viewership 2.2 billion? realistically the closest number is 1 billion but mostly Asians even the 2010 Fifa World Cup final couldn't reach a billion viewers so you need to show me a reliable source to back that up and that's why your arguments are not strong. Also unless you don't understand humanism and sociology, 2.2 billion people about 1/3 of the worlds population with family and more important things in their lives will watch a game of Cricket? common man at least be realistic :)

  • on June 24, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    _NEUTRAL_Fan_ ...Your case does not add up because you're not telling the whole story though what you have mentioned is true so I give you that. But you have to remember that both BAN-IRE have met 7 times in ODIs and Bangladesh have won 5 of them with Ireland 2 so that clearly shows that Bangladesh are clearly ahead of Ireland. Yes of course I too agree that Ireland also deserve what Bangladesh has got but I'm not the one in power the ICC is and they're the one who are not giving Ireland the things they deserve in fact unlike India who are a giant in the Cricketing World, Bangladesh will be playing Ireland in 3 T20s matches next month so whoever wins that series by whatever margin will tell us who's more deserving. I also want you to know that since 2010 Bangladesh have improved greatly and have beaten many top teams above them New Zealand, West Indies, England, Sri Lanka, India etc so that shows whether you like it or not that Bangladesh have progressed compared when first started.

  • on June 23, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    @legaleagle...First of all I wasn't comparing Bangladesh with Pakistan I was just saying that Pakistan current tour to Sri Lanka is very bad and I'm not going to lie, Pakistan are clearly by far better than Bangladesh but its you who's being a bit ignorant here. Pakistan today against Sri Lanka are playing very bad Cricket and had it been Bangladesh instead, people like you will be saying harsh things about Bangladesh's Cricket so clearly you're using "double standards" and that's why your arguments don't go anywhere. Yes in Cricket Pakistan are definitely better than Bangladesh but in Football, Bangladesh are better than Pakistan so it doesn't make Pakistan any special or anything rather the same like the rest of us.

  • Legaleagle on June 23, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    @ Ahmed Hussain- for your information. Pakistan has ALWAYS crushed Bangladesh in one on one matches. Bangladesh has never made a dent against Pakistan in all these years. So please do not mention about Pakistan's condition in Sri Lanka.

    As far as, cricket following is concerned you will be surprised to know that Cricket World Cup is the 3rd largest sporting event with 2.2 billion television viewership.

    When people say that Bangladesh should be reprimanded for consistent poor performance, I think, they mean to DEMOTE Bangladesh so that they can learn to play good cricket. Bangladesh team has had time and again had a bunch of talented players but never managed to come up as an all rounded team. I hope this Bangladesh team can learn and start playing consistently.

  • bappy_tauhid on June 23, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    @Rahane-fan- for your kind information, Bangladesh won their last two Odi matches outside home last year...since then, they hv nt played any match on foreign soil...so, hw can u say that Bd hvnt won a match outside home for a couple of years? Grow up mate...need i remind u of those two whitewashes that india digested?? Don't overlook my comment pls

  • on June 23, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    @ahmed hussain..... i think bangladesh havent done done enough to prove that asia cup was not a fluke. 2 wins out of 6 games isnt a great performance in my opinion. anyways its good that bangladeshi fans are happy because after all.. players play for the happiness of their fans. overall bangladesh have to improve much before t20 world cup. good luck to them.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 23, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain. U r right, Ire hasnt done n e ting that Bang hasn't BUT Ire MATCHED them in tourneys most times and Bang is a full member since 2000, Ire is an Associate, u know what it means to be an associate right? In 07 they reached the super 8's just like Bang and then crushed them when they met. In a t-20 WC they beat Bang also. In the last WC they BOTH beat Eng if my memory serves me correct and Bang only just edged them out in Bangladeshi conditions. When Bang toured Eng they played 2 matches vs Ire in Ire n they shared that series. Zim are only just returning to tests yet still, NRR or not they reached the final and their select XI beat Bang in 2 matches. Sorry but for a full member that is a considered a failure even if Zim have shown progress, they really shouldn't be beating Bang to the final of a 3 team tourney or having a select XI beat them twice. When my team does poorly I am man enough to say so u should be man enough to admit Ire should be given wat Bang has gotten

  • seansie78 on June 23, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    One last thing. Zimbabwe entered test cricket before Bangladesh and won their first test against Pakistan in less than two years! Then they lost recently 5-10 years of top level cricket becoz of politics- Bangladesh have gas lots of time to ger in it even hosting a world cup - the Zimbabwe team is built around school boys who have natured and are becoming men yet Bangladesh has faed to take advantage and put distance and daylight between them. Methinks given 5 more years zim will be winning more consistently and placed higher in the rankings than Bangladesh. At least zim is honest enough to accept their state, take a step back and reassess and formulate new game plans. The first step to greatness is accepting your own mediocrity and your opponents superiority and then learning from them. Say Bangladesh have put the cart before the horse and are flogging the poor animal obvious to their mistake...

  • NP_NY on June 23, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    BD beat Zim just once in four games. Zim is definitely a far better team than BD atleast in T20. The only game BD won was because Zim didn't think it was important (they had already won against BD and SA so they knew they will make it to the final). BD hasn't won any tournament of significance EVER (the test series win against a third string WI team doesn't count) and will not win one in the near future. Wanna bet?

  • on June 23, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    I just want to say that all three teams Bangladesh, South Africa and Zimbabwe were tied on 8 points each and only the run rate separated the three teams so Bangladesh have nothing to be disappointed about and those who followed the tournament like me closely, will realise that only 2 teams Bangladesh and South Africa were testing out their whole squad besides the last time India came to Zimbabwe in their Tri Series in 2010 also involving Sri Lanka, India didn't even win one game LOOOL!!!!!! whereas Bangladesh have won 2 games from 4 games in conditions much suited to Zimbabwe and South Africa so :))))

  • on June 23, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    @_NEUTRAL_Fan_ ...Ireland deserve more attention than Bangladesh? Funny you need to explain first what Ireland have done that Bangladesh hasn't? And according to my knowledge in today's match Ireland struggled against Australia and luckily for them the weather saved them so you need to make sense to prove yourself right. The fact of the matter is that at least the Bangladesh players are better than you :)

  • r0ketman on June 23, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    @legaleagle: Zim also lost to BD comprehensively. If you know how to calculate Net RR between two teams, Zim won by 11 runs, then lost by 15 balls. Head to head, BD net run rate is much better than Zim. The only reason BD is not in the final is because they had one bad game with SA, which they avenged later, but not by a good margin. Between Zim and BD here is the run down : Zim scored 303 runs in 40 overs (RR 7.57), BD scored 296 in 37.5 overs (RR 7.89). So now will you define how Zim was better than BD in this tournament? With numbers please, not opinions!:-)

  • on June 23, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    @legaleagle...lol funny Pakistan are getting crushed by Sri Lanka and just to let you know most countries in the World don't even like Cricket so whether Bangladesh should not play Cricket is Crickets loss not Bangladesh's no wonder Cricket is hated :)

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on June 23, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    @Rahane-fan - Lol Bangladesh beat England in England in an ODI in 2010 at Bristol so ur statement is wrong...where as India couldnt beat England in any format even once last year :(

  • r0ketman on June 23, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    @alex Hose: By a mile? Zim lost to BD with 15 balls to spare, that is worse than BD's loss of 11 runs to Zim. How are they better than BD by a "Mile"? If they were better by a mile, why did they not CRUSH BD in both games? SA is a better team, I will give you that, but BD did beat them fair and square. Why is everyone so reluctant to accept proper defeats? May be we need a definition of "better by a mile"!:-)

  • r0ketman on June 23, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    First off congratulations to Zim and SA. Unlike other fans who are being spiteful by putting BD down even when they win, I will say the the deserving teams are playing in the Final. Those who say BD is still inconsistent are saying that without any logic. BD has continued on their good performance from recent Asia cup. Out of the 4 matches, the only one they played really bad was their first game against SA where the bowlers coughed up too many runs. Their loss against Zim was by 11 runs, not a huge margin - they more than made up for it by beating Zim with 2.5 overs to spare on the return match. Their second match with SA, they put on a great show with the ball and fielding, restricting them to a below par score, and then chased it down. So BD, on foreign soil beat SA and the host nation convincingly. Inconsistent would be if they put on poor performance in all 4 games. So those who are calling for BD to lose their status even after the recent games, are being malicious.

  • on June 23, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    It is now up to Zimbabwe not to choke tomorrow. If we play with a cool head and do the basics then will win. I hope the pressure wont get to Zimbabwe . Best of luck tomorrow guys i will be supporting you all the way.

  • asiacricket1234 on June 23, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Well At last there is something for the Indian fan to cheer about. Last two days has been bad for them :/.

  • seansie78 on June 23, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    I am befuddled. Zimbabwe know this wicket well and that it is beginning to slow and that the team batting first usually loses if the wicket is played on over several days and yet they chose to bat first. Non the less fitting that zim play SA in the final Bangladesh were not up to scratch, zim will take the final match in the last over, masakadza will make 100 and Muzhange together with Cremer will lock down the game. Where art thou O Amla? Was this tournament not a formality? Good luck to Zimbabwe!

  • Legaleagle on June 23, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    @ahmed hussian- that is heights of denial!! Bangladesh did not deserve to be in the final. They lost comprehensively so stop making excuses. According to your estimate South Africa calculated this to avoid facing Bangladesh. That is laughable. That is indeed some imagination!!

  • 30-30-150 on June 23, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    @Legend_of_All_Times : Talking about homesickness, Bangladesh haven't won a match outside the sub-continent+Zimbabwe for a couple of years now. That homesickness of theirs is one of the reasons why they keep playing all the time in Bangladesh and not tour any other countries than Zimbabwe.

  • 30-30-150 on June 23, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    I bet @r0ketman will have something to say about this match as well!! :D

  • 30-30-150 on June 23, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    @EnglishCricket : I don't know what you guys understand by 'mismatch'. As far as my sporting knowledge goes a mismatch means a stronger team facing a rather weak team. But over the last few days fans have been using this word as if something wrong happened in that game.

  • sweet2hrme on June 23, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    I think south africa need 3- 4 more bastam like Farhaan Behardien than their cricketing futrure will be good. South africa are making joke of their own team. What rabbish, He is playing test match in t20. I bet i can play better than him. ONe thing more, south africa team cann't play spin bowling. In current t20 team all players are dead and dump agaist spin bowling. Only 1-2 players are good, rest of them are very poor. These are strong words to say but truth is truth. If you play well we all say he is good or excellent if not than if we have right to say our comments.

  • waheed1233 on June 23, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    @G.Sri: lol...i have high doubts whether u actually follow cricket? If Bangladesh is a club level team, then one should really appreciate them that a club level team could beat the SAF in that incredible fashion in the last game and the way they knocked out india and Sri Lanka in the recent Asia Cup, u got to give them lots of credit for that. Regarding this tournament, people say BD has gone nowhere in "so many" years; however, looking at the performance of SAF, where have they gone in "SO SO SO MANY" years. Look at Zim, they entered world crickey way before BD. If BD can compete against them in such a manner that it all had to come down to NRR, u got to give credit to the BD side...they rocked!

  • hulk777 on June 23, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    There should be more series like this which will encourage teams like BD to improve their game

  • Legaleagle on June 23, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Bangladesh have proven again that THEY ARE THE MOST INCONSISTENT TEAM! They have been playing inconsistent cricket for many years. They have piece-meal approach to their game. They never win a game- whatever limited games they have won is because the opposing team played bad cricket.

    The BEST TEAMS reached the final!!

  • on June 23, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    @ Rashedul Haq Rashed ....Why do you blame other people for how they have played. In that condition Farhaan Behardien played the way he needed to play. They had nothing to do about run rate. They just needed to win the game. And they did it. A 5th place batsman needed to hold on to the wicket and get the team past 124. He did his job perfectly. On the other hand, Bangladeshi team knew tihat they are behind and they may face a situation like this. How could they just play to finish the last game on 19.5 overs. So what would be your advice for Bangladesh team? The whole team need to stay off cricket right???

  • Shuraim on June 23, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    @ Mehrab. Hussain: We calculate the runs scored by the team divided by number of overs used in getting thosr runs. The next step is to calculate the number of runs conceded by the team divided by number overs in which runs have been conceded. The next. step is ro subtract the batting average calculated in srep 1 from bowling average conceded in step 2 if its positive team has tpositive nrr if its negative then the nrr is written in minus. Hope u undetand.

  • Legend_of_All_Times on June 23, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Thanks god, india haven't been included in this tournament, if so then home-sick team india would made this sensational competitive tournament dull like sand. Any home-sick team shouldn't been invited for abroad tournaments. Well Played Bangladesh, You got the same points with other two Teams. But, Luck swindled you, Don't Worry, time can't delude you again and again.

  • on June 23, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Congratulations to Zimbabwe and SA, for making it to the final. Bangladesh played the price for profligacy in the last match against SA. They should've won it with balls to spare. Bangladesh lost all tosses, and that didn't help too. SA was supposed to be the best team in the tournament but they struggled with the slow conditions. However, they recovered quick enough to make it to final. They are the favorites in the final.

  • Tokai69 on June 23, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Agree with Hussin, SA prefered ZIM to BAN in the final as it's tough for them to face BD spinners ! Go Zim Go!!

  • Lord__Rabbit on June 23, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Zimbabwe and South Africa have played their own condition and qualified for the final. Good luck for them. Great job by Bangladesh team. They played in totally different condition and manged to win two games without having their key players on side.

  • Tanveer.bd on June 23, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    India lost to Zim pretty badly at Zimbabwe. For young bangladeshi's, this playing conditions are tough as well.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 23, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain...they proved that Bang remain inconsistent and despite the obvious ability lack any sort of cricketing maturity or ruthlessness to kick on from the Asia cup or the 3-0 win vs NZ...nothing else.. This was SA's best bowling performance for the entire tourney and if u notice their batting wasn't vastly different apart from LEVI who was "rested" vs Bang in the last game. Faf still didn't fire and Behardien played pretty much the same way. I really hope Bang improve for the cricketing world is rightly frustrated with them and I think ICC is showing double standards by not giving Ire a go. @ Alex Hose, Zim definitely deserve to be in the final, they have shown great improvement BUT they are not far better than Bang.

  • rgrokkam1 on June 23, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    @Mehrab Hossai: As far as I understand this is how NRR works. Team A bats first and makes 60 runs in 20 overs (assume it is T20). Team B bats and are all out for 50 runs in 15 overs. The NRR is = (60 - 50) / 20 = 0.5 (+ 0.5 for Team A and -0.5 for Team B). Please correct me if I am wrong. There will always be a debate whether SA should have scored the required runs within 15 overs or not. Personally I feel BD cannot complain that SA scored slowly in the last overs. BD had their chances in 4 matches (two with each team) and they did not perform well enough to earn a place in finals. But, they can take a positive of beating SA.

  • EnglishCricket on June 23, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    South Africa were just too strong today so congrats to them and Zimbabwe who probably played the best Cricket throughout the whole tournament should consider themselves lucky that they just made it to the final. As for Bangladesh, congratulations on your comeback wins but unfortunately for you guys, your run rate was just not good enough and I think that that first game between BAN-SOUTH where it resulted as a mismatch cost Bangladesh in the finals but nevertheless the tournament was exciting and wasn't comfortable for either teams and the ICC should consider such tournaments for future events. Good Luck for both teams in the final I'd be praying for a Zimbabwe win they deserve it all the best guys!

  • Srini_Indian on June 23, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Good, 2 good teams in final. Glad Bangladesh are going home, a club team shouldn't play finals. Thank God!! Now backing the underdog Zim in finals. Good luck to both!!

  • on June 23, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Can someone please explain how the NRR works?

  • on June 23, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    A piece of advice for Cricket South Africa. Don't include players like Farhaan Behardien in your T-20 squad if you want to do well against big teams. I wonder how a player like him can be the 5Th batsman of South Africa!! Come On,the bowler was Cremer, not Shane Warne! SA could easily win the match within 15 overs. But because of this tortoise(or should i say snail) Bangladesh is out of the tournament. Crap.... :(( :((

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 23, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    A great relief that Zim qualified, they really deserved to after their select XI and their first XI played so hard. It was great to see that despite their limitations they actually recovered to post 120+ vs a SA side they I feel r finally approaching the tourney properly. Their bowling and fielding have been woeful prior with a terrible performance giving away some 20 extras vs Bang. As for Bang they showed some improvement with the ball but I think their batting is still inadequate and they really cont. to disappoint after so many opportunities. They need to pull their socks up and give a competitive performance in the t-20 wc.

  • on June 23, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    well played SA. but I fill sorry for BD as they made very good comeback in their last two matches.

  • on June 23, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    two best teams by a mile made it to the final. Good to see

  • on June 23, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Saw the match you can tell South Africa were a bit scared to face Bangladesh and chose Zimbabwe instead with silly wickets they lost and the amount of dot balls produced in their batting innings oh well at least we won our games and proved our Asia Cup performance was not one-off but best of luck Zimbabwe for the final, clearly Zimbabwe have played the best of Cricket and all the best wishes. The positive of this Tri-Series was that it wasn't one-sided like most people expected.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 23, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Watching the match so far, I will say SA are finally bowling and fielding to their potential and I can't help but feel it is due to the fact that this is a must win game for them. I will really feel for Zim if they don't make the final because I think for the overall tournament, despite their limited resources, they have been better than Bangladesh and they have been playing their best or close to their best cricket unlike SA. Such can be the case in these short tournaments, however and we could well see a final between a team which continues to be still disappointingly poor despite all the support and opportunities spearheaded by ICC and a massive fan base (Bangladesh) and a team which were playing or at least bowling and fielding far below their potential (SA).

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  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 23, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Watching the match so far, I will say SA are finally bowling and fielding to their potential and I can't help but feel it is due to the fact that this is a must win game for them. I will really feel for Zim if they don't make the final because I think for the overall tournament, despite their limited resources, they have been better than Bangladesh and they have been playing their best or close to their best cricket unlike SA. Such can be the case in these short tournaments, however and we could well see a final between a team which continues to be still disappointingly poor despite all the support and opportunities spearheaded by ICC and a massive fan base (Bangladesh) and a team which were playing or at least bowling and fielding far below their potential (SA).

  • on June 23, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Saw the match you can tell South Africa were a bit scared to face Bangladesh and chose Zimbabwe instead with silly wickets they lost and the amount of dot balls produced in their batting innings oh well at least we won our games and proved our Asia Cup performance was not one-off but best of luck Zimbabwe for the final, clearly Zimbabwe have played the best of Cricket and all the best wishes. The positive of this Tri-Series was that it wasn't one-sided like most people expected.

  • on June 23, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    two best teams by a mile made it to the final. Good to see

  • on June 23, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    well played SA. but I fill sorry for BD as they made very good comeback in their last two matches.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 23, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    A great relief that Zim qualified, they really deserved to after their select XI and their first XI played so hard. It was great to see that despite their limitations they actually recovered to post 120+ vs a SA side they I feel r finally approaching the tourney properly. Their bowling and fielding have been woeful prior with a terrible performance giving away some 20 extras vs Bang. As for Bang they showed some improvement with the ball but I think their batting is still inadequate and they really cont. to disappoint after so many opportunities. They need to pull their socks up and give a competitive performance in the t-20 wc.

  • on June 23, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    A piece of advice for Cricket South Africa. Don't include players like Farhaan Behardien in your T-20 squad if you want to do well against big teams. I wonder how a player like him can be the 5Th batsman of South Africa!! Come On,the bowler was Cremer, not Shane Warne! SA could easily win the match within 15 overs. But because of this tortoise(or should i say snail) Bangladesh is out of the tournament. Crap.... :(( :((

  • on June 23, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Can someone please explain how the NRR works?

  • Srini_Indian on June 23, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Good, 2 good teams in final. Glad Bangladesh are going home, a club team shouldn't play finals. Thank God!! Now backing the underdog Zim in finals. Good luck to both!!

  • EnglishCricket on June 23, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    South Africa were just too strong today so congrats to them and Zimbabwe who probably played the best Cricket throughout the whole tournament should consider themselves lucky that they just made it to the final. As for Bangladesh, congratulations on your comeback wins but unfortunately for you guys, your run rate was just not good enough and I think that that first game between BAN-SOUTH where it resulted as a mismatch cost Bangladesh in the finals but nevertheless the tournament was exciting and wasn't comfortable for either teams and the ICC should consider such tournaments for future events. Good Luck for both teams in the final I'd be praying for a Zimbabwe win they deserve it all the best guys!

  • rgrokkam1 on June 23, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    @Mehrab Hossai: As far as I understand this is how NRR works. Team A bats first and makes 60 runs in 20 overs (assume it is T20). Team B bats and are all out for 50 runs in 15 overs. The NRR is = (60 - 50) / 20 = 0.5 (+ 0.5 for Team A and -0.5 for Team B). Please correct me if I am wrong. There will always be a debate whether SA should have scored the required runs within 15 overs or not. Personally I feel BD cannot complain that SA scored slowly in the last overs. BD had their chances in 4 matches (two with each team) and they did not perform well enough to earn a place in finals. But, they can take a positive of beating SA.