Zimbabwe v South Africa, T20 tri-series final, Harare

Taylor, Masakadza star in series win

The Report by Liam Brickhill

June 24, 2012

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Zimbabwe 150 for 1 (Taylor 59*, Masakadza 58*) beat South Africa 146 for 6 (Du Plessis 66, Jarvis 2-22) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza walk off after the victory, Zimbabwe v South Africa, T20 tri-series final, Harare, June 24, 2012
Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza walk off the field after an outstanding chase © AFP

Half-centuries from Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza led Zimbabwe to a stunning nine-wicket victory over South Africa in the tri-series final at Harare Sports Club. Faced with the tricky prospect of chasing South Africa's 146 for 6, both batsmen showed remarkable poise and confidence to race to the win with 17 balls to spare. Their efforts capped a superb day for Zimbabwe, who kept South Africa under pressure with the ball throughout. The visitors had been carried by Faf du Plessis' fighting fifty but his efforts went in vain, and the South African bowling attack had no answers to a flawless batting display.

Masakadza had been fortunate to survive what seemed to be an adjacent lbw call against Lonwabo Tsotsobe off the very first delivery and Zimbabwe lost an adventurous Vusi Sibanda to a stunning catch by Farhaan Behardien at cover point in the fourth over. Taylor and Masakadza, however, kept control of the chase from that point on with a chanceless partnership that stretched to an unbeaten 118.

Where Zimbabwe's efforts with the new ball had been full of vim and vigour, South Africa's response was not nearly as intense and the match turned decisively in the sixth over of the innings, bowled by Robin Peterson. Peterson had been South Africa's bowler of the tournament before this match, giving away less than six runs an over in his previous games, but he fell victim to a stunning assault in his first over. Taylor led the charge with a slog-swept six and a brace of offside boundaries before Masakadza stepped out to smear a towering blow over wide long on, 21 runs coming off the over.

These matches were not classed as internationals, the games falling outside the ICC's Future Tours Programme and having originally been set up as simple practice matches, but that mattered not a jot to a packed Sports Club crowd. An all-singing, all-dancing multitude of several thousand cheered every run as Taylor moved swiftly through the 20s with a trademark deft, ramped uppercut and Masakadza extended Peterson's pain by shellacking a second six over deep midwicket.

The runs continued to flow and South Africa looked increasingly desperate in the field as the required rate dipped below six runs an over. Taylor was first to his fifty, reaching the mark from just 32 deliveries courtesy of a sloppy overthrow in the 15th over. Usually a somewhat reticent presence on the field, Masakadza celebrated his own half-century two overs later with joyful emotion, pumping his fist and embracing his captain before saluting all corners of a packed stadium. After reaching his fourth fifty of the tournament - an achievement that rightfully earned him the Man-of-the-Series award - Masakadza took Zimbabwe to the brink of a famous victory with a flurry of powerful boundaries off a listless Tsotsobe, before Taylor ended the match with a crunching pull.

This tournament had been billed as a chance for the teams involved to get some valuable practice ahead of the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September and Jason Gillespie, who spent some time in Zimbabwe coaching the Mid West Rhinos, suggested on Twitter last week that Zimbabwe had the raw materials to do well at that event. All that was missing for them, he suggested, was a little confidence in their batting. That wasn't a problem today, as both Taylor and Masakadza seamlessly mixed watchful accumulation with decisive bouts of attack.

It was a different story for a South African side shorn of their best players. After a strong start against Bangladesh, they stumbled on multiple occasions and were under pressure early once again this afternoon when Kyle Jarvis removed Richard Levi with the first delivery of the day. An over later Amla fell for Chris Mpofu's short-ball trap, lapping a pull straight to Malcolm Waller at deep square leg, and the Zimbabwean attack had its tails up.

The visitors lost Colin Ingram, Justin Ontong and Dane Vilas cheaply to the Zimbabwean spinners and were looking decidedly wobbly at 67 for 5 in the 12th over before du Plessis marshalled the middle order. Fleet footwork, especially to the slow bowlers, was the hallmark of his innings. He also batted with remarkable control and had struck just three fours when he brought up a 48-ball fifty in the 16th over.

He found an able partner in Albie Morkel, and together they added 60 for the sixth wicket to rebuild the innings. The South African bowlers could not match their persistence, however, and never looked like running through the Zimbabweans.

Prior to this tournament Zimbabwe had beaten South Africa just twice in a pair of ODIs in 1999 and 2000-01. They have now gone past them twice in a week, a result that will give them oodles of confidence when they face the full South African side at the World Twenty20 in three month's time. Zimbabwe earned prize money of US$3500 today, but a historic victory will taste even sweeter.

Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town

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Posted by gdamsaaregood on (June 25, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

Well Done Zim - you pummeled us. :-)

Posted by Vilander on (June 25, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

Faf and Albie played well...rock on boys...love from yellow, CL calling baby.

Posted by Vilander on (June 25, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

Well done Zim get back to your Flower brothers,Heath streak,Cambell glory days fellas. It was such a good team, flower used to always hit 100's against India in India..get back there ...

Posted by Legend_of_All_Times on (June 25, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

@Haleos: And your team India's potential worthed less than a cent while it aged for 12. Before arguing about other's Present always remember that you also have a Past.

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (June 25, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

@SuperSharky. I did not "forget" to mention anything. Why should I mention what every1 knows already when I am trying to HIGHLIGHT a different point.?Out of the 6 matches they played on the tour (I do include the warm ups) that was their ONLY convincing win. They have been a full member for STRT 12 yrs and Zim have only just regained their status and up to about 3-4 yrs ago were unable to beat Bang consistently in any part of the world, now their teams (select XI and first XI) have beaten Bang consistently in a tri series. That means Zim have improved more than Bang and at the rate they are going may surpass them. I don't think that should be. Bang have far more cricketing resources than Zim and played more top level cricket than this current Zim team. Bang should address their problems more seriously.@ Ahmed No-1 Plays a "practice" match to lose. U play every match to win. In the 21st century 12 yrs is alot.So it is no surprise u lost against the Zim first team after the practice game

Posted by Marktc on (June 25, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

Official or unofficial...Zim beat us...fair and square. SA, although did not have their number 1 team, still had a good enough team (on paper) and were beaten. Well done Zimbos.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

I love how so many people are quick to say so many negative things about Zimbabwe because clearly they dont remember what happened at the last T20 world cup when Zimbabwe played (a full strength) Australia in a warm up match in St. Lucia. And it was essentially the same Zim side so clearly talent is not our problem. What was missing in the Zimbabwean setup was confidence with the bat but now that they are developing that I think they will come good... If we are gonna use this rubbish debate about second string sides I will argue that Zim played without a WK (Taibu), their most experienced spinner (Price), a T20 run machine (Coventry), strike bowler (Vitori) to name a few. Go away with that rubbish argument. The games still had to be won didnt they? ANd what if Zimbabwe has lost to "SA B" and "Bangladesh A"? Most of you would be MASSACRING Zimbabwe right now. But i guess haters are gonna hate, no matter the weather outside. But if you got haters then clearly you doing something right..

Posted by AKS286 on (June 25, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

dave richardson is from SA. help AFRICAN countries. As eng help scotland, dutch, ireland cricketers. SO, SA also help ZIM,NAmibia,KEnya.

Posted by rutendo on (June 25, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

well done team zim............

Posted by AKS286 on (June 25, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

Very very happy nwith ZIM performance, Very good to see ZIM win win over SA in a comfortable manner. message to ICC that ZIM, IRISH, DUtCH, NAMIBIA are having potential. just require more matches, more funding, more facility from ICC. and from country requires GRAB the opportunity and Attitude. bood luck for T20 WC & for TEST, odi matches.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 25, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

@Haleos,do u have persnal issues with afridi? U could have given d example of harbhajan,irfan pthan,yosuf pthan,shaun marsh,i mean there r so many mediocrs around,then why afridi?

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

@_NEUTRAL_Fan_...lol Yes Bangladesh lost those two PRACTICE matches but do you even know what PRACTICE matches are? Is it really necessary to win them? Considering your username is NEUTRAL your lack of knowledge in Cricket is very limited. The facts are Bangladesh came to conditions unfamiliar to them so that's why they and many other teams when they tour for their series request for PRACTICE matches. You need to define me the word PRACTICE to have a valid case and realise what it actually means? Zimbabwe ahead of Bangladesh or something? Funny Zimbabwe unlike Bangladesh have never beaten every top full member yet and they played Cricket far longer than Bangladesh so you lose on that one lol plus Bangladesh having full membership status for 12 years is not a big number isn't it? When did Zimbabwe and the other teams had full membership status? exactly that's why Bangladesh are not as strong as the big teams but you as well as I know now that times are changing in the Cricketing World.

Posted by Haleos on (June 25, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

@waheed1233 - u said it right. If Ban had played to their potential. Unfortunately potential is worth not a penny. Results are what count and Ban players have not learnt how to win. They play like best players on the world for a day and then turn into Afridi for the rest of the year.

Posted by Haleos on (June 25, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

this series should have been official. Bunch of jokers running ICC.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 8:37 GMT)


Posted by umairasgharbutt on (June 25, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

well done team Zimbabwe !!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

@ Kricket_ SA at full strength? Wheres Steyn,M Morkel,De Villiers and Kallis? This team was more of their A team than the national side. Not taking away anything from ZImbabwe. They played fantasticly and deserved the win. Official or not Zim are showing how dangerous they are.

Posted by SuperSharky on (June 25, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

@_NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (June 25 2012, 04:20 AM GMT) You said: "As for my harshness on Bang its not unfair...its the truth. Bang lost BOTH matches vs the Zim select XI." You've missed the Zimbabwe v Bangladesh at Harare - Jun 21, 2012 - game where Bangladesh won by 6 wickets (with 15 balls remaining). Before the final, every team has beaten another team once. It was a tie on points and only the NRR decided that Zimbabwe and South Africa played in the final. It was a great competitive tournament. I hope I will see Zimbabwe defending their title next year!

Posted by ethill2020 on (June 25, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

On paper SA had the strongest team to win any match at any given time! Amla, Levi, Duminy, Tsotsobe, de Lange, Petersen, Morkel, du Plessis, Ingram.... ar al match winners. then Zim had no Price, Chakabva, Mutizwa, Taibu, Coventry.... gave ball to newboy Muzhange. Zim u beauty. It was a complete massacre, tho "unofficial". Look out the so called big guns at the WT20, this is a much improved Zimbabwe side

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

That's it Zim!!! Pity the momentum will be stalled by no cricket until Sept. Not really fair that Zim gets games in fits and starts but oh well, those are the scraps we're given and we make do. Well fought and played and if we could have a big dollop of consistency to go with performances like this, well then, anything is possible.

Posted by anver777 on (June 25, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

Beware all in the WT20 !!!! a real booster for Zim cricket...... certainly they played superb T20 cricket throughout this series !!!!!

Posted by SuperSharky on (June 25, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

It was a great competitive tournament and entertaining to watch. No team steam-rolled over the other one and nothing was predicted. With the names on paper, I still felt that South Africa took the strongest squad of the three countries. But I want to take nothing away from Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza, Mohammad Ashraful, ect. They played brilliant. Faf Du Pessis and Albie also played some good cricket. Official or Non-official, this was entertaining stuff and I would like to see this tournament every year! Great tournament by all 3 countries.

Posted by Kricket_ on (June 25, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

I guess. the SA team was not with a Minor player.. They Included all possible best player they play for T20.. Still they lost.. It means.. Zim and Bangladesh was not behind.. My be Bangladesh went out with a Minor team (No Sakib and Tamim and Inclusion of Ashraful :P) than SA come up with. Very well done Zim...

Posted by TsoroM on (June 25, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

Congrats to the Zimbabweans, good batting displays from them yesterday. Unfortunately for them, this will not really make any difference when they face full strength SA, Indian, English and Australian teams in the T20 world Cup later this year. Good to see Faf bat well yesterday. I would however have been happier seeing Duminy ahead of Ontong in that line up. I think ABD, Faf and Duminy should be our ODI and T20 middle order combo. So for the T20 world Cup we need Amla and Levi to open, Kallis at 3, then these 3, A Morkel, Botha, Peterson, Steyn and M Morkel for the T20 world Cup. In this case we have 2 full and part time spinners for the slow pitches we have 4 good seamers and we have a long batting batting line consisting of class and power hitting!

Posted by waheed1233 on (June 25, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

Lol at SAF...they were afraid to play against the Bangladeshi Boys in the final...now they have fallen to their own trap.........people who say about Bangladeshi cricket going nowhere, look at SAF and try to find out where have they gone....i do agree a bit with the statement that Bangladesh had a poor show, since even with this team of so many new players, they could have won the trophy had they played by their potential...however when you have such a tournament where all the teams had equal points and it had to come down to the NRR, you should give some credit to Bangladesh also...when Bangladesh won against SAF, it was unfortunate to see people saying that BD could win coz SAF had their 'A" team...however when Zim won against SAF, the same group of people says the opposite things...i feel sorry for those people who do not have any principle while making any comment

Posted by Sakthiivel on (June 25, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

Looking for the Old Zimbabwe glory days back. A Morkel and F du Plessis played well as Chennai Super kings Im really happy.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

you guys stopping hating the Zim team, a victory is a victory iregardless of the circumstances. I'm 100% sure that even the under - strength Ban n SA team also wanted a taste of victory. so thumbs up to the Zim team for the effort. no one can take away the achievement !!!!

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 25, 2012, 4:49 GMT)

Bd,zim are stil minows,n specialy bd would remain as an undrdog 4 atleast nxt 3 yrs as they dn't have a single wrld clas plyr in their outfit,zim,ire have more talentd n betr playrs than bd,sometimes i thnk that ire have beter openers than even my pak team(honestly),ire,afghanistan gonna give my pak team a real tuf time in future,AS FOR BD fans,ths z their dream to win anythng substancial against pak n would remain as such in next 5 years or so or may b more

Posted by suresh_gym on (June 25, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

Very good play by Zimbabwe. We need you in the word cricket arena for the competitive cricket..Welcome back!

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (June 25, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

@Ahmed I did mention SA played far below its potential for the tourney, particularly in the field but they reached the final and one senses they can find another gear, no panic YET . As for my harshness on Bang its not unfair...its the truth. Bang lost BOTH matches vs the Zim select XI. In addition, they only barely chased a low target vs SA which ultimately led to their failure to reach the final and that was arguably SA's worst performance in the field. Ashraful has shown no growth as a batsman and the spinners came to fore much too late. They are normally quite good in ODI's but didn't bowl or field well at all for most the tourney. That is the truth. Plus I will never say Bang are a minnow, they are a full member for 12 straight yrs.thats why I expect more from them n refuse to accept flash in the pan performances. @Legend of all time. As a full member u r expected to perform if a few main players r missing. As for Bang only Sahkib was nt there for all d games. A team? Excuses.

Posted by IndiaRulesEverybody on (June 25, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

Very happy with the result! I have always wanted Zimbabwe to do well. Great going guys! I hope this team can again make a comeback into cricket and start making worthy opponents again!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 3:29 GMT)

Superb performance by Brendan Taylor and his team.....Congratulations from a Pakistani....... I salute you Taylor

Posted by igalhena on (June 25, 2012, 2:58 GMT)

@Legend_of_All_Times, this is hilarious, the only player missing from Bangladesh line up is Shakib. In south Africa's perspective, They didn't miss much either, tsotsobe is number 1 ranked bowler in ODI, Amla in in first 10 of ODI batsmen, what they really miss was Steyn and Morkel. You can't say this is a second 11 or a B team. On top of all that, is it Zimbabwe's fault that South African's and Bangladeshis sending second 11 teams.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 25, 2012, 2:54 GMT)

Bd,zim are stil minows,n specialy bd would remain as an undrdog 4 atleast nxt 3 yrs as they dn't have a single wrld clas plyr in their outfit,zim,ire have more talentd n betr playrs than bd,sometimes i thnk that ire have beter openers than even my pak team(honestly),ire,afghanistan gonna give my pak team a real tuf time in future,AS FOR BD fans,ths z their dream to win anythng substancial against n would remain as such in next 5 years or so or may b more

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 2:49 GMT)

I'm really pleased for Zim. They had to start from scratch not too long ago and only just regained test status and they have played like they belong.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 2:19 GMT)

I am Glad as A CSK fan to see chennai boys Albie and Faf play well.. need their good form for the champions league ;) .. Also nice to see the minnows taste Glory

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 25, 2012, 1:45 GMT)

"All z well that ends well" wel playd zim,u thorouly deservd it.And 4 sa,gd come back n i hope they would learn lesson in future.I GUES SAFFAS R PLAYNG SAME ROLE 4 ZIM AS PAK USED TO PLAY 4 BD,BT I HOPE ZIM WOULD NT TURN D BD WAY(BD z stil a minöw)

Posted by Legend_of_All_Times on (June 25, 2012, 1:27 GMT)

I can't find anything achievable or notable here for Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is the only team with its full strength in this competition, neither South Africa nor Bangladesh sent its full strength team. So, ZIM actually played their matches at their home condition against South African B team and Bangladesh A team. Thats why things were unfairly more inclined to ZIM side. Moreover, it was a comic version of cricket named T20 and even the matches weren't official. Therefore, ZIM got nothing from this tournament to be overrated. And some People finally unmasked their hypocrisy here. While Bangladesh A team beat SA B team then they cried against Bangladeshi credit by complaining about the laxity of SA side, but when ZIM won over SA B team then they started praising ZIM forgetting all the impotency of the same SA side. I really compassion and sympathy for those babyish people.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 23:39 GMT)

@_NEUTRAL_Fan_... Your arguments just doesn't make any sense because you're deliberately singling out Bangladesh by saying they were disappointing but yet let both Zimbabwe and South Africa go free even though the conditions were much suited to them. All three teams were equal on points so how can Bangladesh be disappointing? I admit Bangladesh didn't play to their full potential and weren't any different to South Africa because both played good and bad Cricket and the only team like you have mentioned already who deserved to win it was Zimbabwe. You need to be fair and provide your evidences to backup your opinions and appreciate that this was a surprising tournament where most critics of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe thought South Africa will win all the matches when in fact they lost 3 of them to these so called 'minnows' :)

Posted by Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on (June 24, 2012, 22:27 GMT)

Bring back Steyn, Kallis, Villiers, everyone you can SA and face BD and Zim, the results are going to be same because there is no place for complacency in Cricket.

Posted by frozendilemma on (June 24, 2012, 22:00 GMT)

ICC is destroying Cricket plain and simple...We get to see pointless Sri Lanka vs Pakistan or Sri Lanka vs India ODIs like every 6 months but the teams that needs the most number of matches for practice like Zimbabwe or Ireland, they are denied the chance by first not giving enough matches and finally when Zimbabwe are finding a good series it is labelled "unofficial"...Maybe you can treat Ireland like that even though they dont deserve it but since they are not a test nation but why Zimbabwe...the conclusion: Cricket is a small club of 4 countries: Ind,Eng,Aus and South Africa...enough said...

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (June 24, 2012, 21:40 GMT)

I'm really pleased for Zim. They had to start from scratch not too long ago and only just regained test status and they have played like they belong. SA has a very strong SQUAD and most of these players have played at least 5 games for SA previously which shows they are quality. In world cricket so far, Zim, Ire and Afghanistan have done really well despite limited resources and I would like to see Ire also get test status very soon. Series between Ire, Bang and Zim could very well be well contested and in about 5-7 yrs, I doubt we will be able to safely say who is better than who. I quite enjoyed the short "unofficial" tourney. SA have not played to their full potential at times and Bang were mostly disappointing, both their team and some of their supporters that post here but it was a tourney that had some gripping moments. Congrats to Zim.

Posted by BackfootNossyfan on (June 24, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

What a wonderful achievement for Zimbabwe. It matters not that SA had players missing. If they are a really good side they will have good depth in their squad, and seeing as that was missing in this series, SA aren't as impervious as everybody thinks. Good job to Taylor and his team.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

South Africa's attitude toward cricket. "We are so good, using our best player against minor teams is pointless." It's funny how these "minor" teams always manage to "surprise" South Africa...Wouldn't expect any better from world-renowned chokers of cricket.

Posted by SCC08 on (June 24, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

Only 2 / 3 players... Um, Kallis / AB / Botha / Morkel / Steyn / Boucher / Philander to name a few more. I think this may have been stronger than Bangladesh missing Shakibab - Al - overrated.

Posted by SCC08 on (June 24, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

How about the first ball of each innings? Both should have been LBW or both not out... Levi would have smashed more than Hamilton did.

Posted by SCC08 on (June 24, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

All seriously... Bangladesh should be placed into India First Call cricket ( No offence India ) until they can achieve success. Much like the SA Quota system, I view Bangladesh as a Quota International team.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

Only 2/3 national team players are missing frm d SA side touring Zim. How could anybody say this is a second string SA team???? What rubbish. BD also missed their great player SHAKIB along with no regular pace attack along with mashrafee. So... SA LOST THRICE to ZIM and BD. this is d real truth. Well done Zim for becoming champ.

Posted by Muhtasim13 on (June 24, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

@Lord_Dravid, i really think that at the moment only 8 nations deserve Test status. I know that Ireland look quite promising now and Zimbabwe & Bangladesh have improved quite a lot in the last few years, but neither of these 3 nations can really challenge the other Test playing countries evenly.

Posted by mazii on (June 24, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

Being a Pakistani, I think Zimbabwe batsmen are much better than the recent Pakistani batsmen. I'm not saying this because of their dismal performance against SriLanka, I'm saying this because taylor is a much better and intelligent batsmen then Hafiz, Akmal and others. Though, they may not be more talented than Akmal, but Taylor's guile, gumption and intelligent batting have impelled me acquiesce that he is much better than lots of Pakistani batsmen. Given the resources and exposure, he and other Zimambew batsmen could do much better in international cricket. They have some seriously good bowlers and equally talented batsmen, the thing they are lacking is just the tag associated with them like minnows. ICC should give Zimambwe more exposure as they deserve this. Zimambwe can beat the teams like Pakistan, India and others if they perform with confidence and dignity. Thumbs up for Zimambwe. Pakistani batsmen should take some lessons from Zimambwe batsmen.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

missed my bangladesh....zimbabwe played well...SA will do well next time...so good luck to them..

Posted by Always-positive on (June 24, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

Nice morale boosting victory for the Saffers b4 tour of England !!, kings of the choke come good again.

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (June 24, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

I don't watch much bangladesh or zimbabwe cricket..but from what i've acknowledged over the years is that ireland have a better potential to become a test side if given the same amount of exposure as bangladesh have been getting the last 12 years. BD won only 3 ODIs before given test status (2 against non test nations) and zimbabwe 2 out of 33 lol what a joke..ireland have won five times out of 33 against quality test nations and are by far the best of the associate teams and yet dont have test status. BD and ZIM obviously don't deserve test status, I feel sorry for ireland.

Posted by VaZure on (June 24, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

I believe that S Africa lent a lot from this worthless series. Thumbs up to the underdogs. To us Zimbabwe it is official on our lips that we won twice in a week against South Africa. Proud to be a Zimbabwean fan.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (June 24, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

And people call Zimbabwe a minnow

Posted by AnotherFlowerFan on (June 24, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

Watched this Match at Harare Sports Club! Must say that....the fact that SA lost is not exactly becoz they did not play well...but they found a ZIM that was really on top of their game on the day. On the day ZIM truely deserved to win. If Masakadza keeps his form to the world cup I think a few team can be surprised by ZIM.

As for SA..Kallis, Smith, Dale Steyn and AB de Villers were really missed. Their presence wud have definately made a difference - but stil ZIM playin as it did... the game wud have been more interesting.

Posted by arif29 on (June 24, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

Well done Zimbabwe. Happy for you guys - from Bangladesh.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (June 24, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

Brendan Taylor, i feel so happy for your team's victory. I have lot of respect for you, as how you lead your team, i have been watching you from some months and your positive attitude paid. I see leader in you, like our M.S Dhoni. Both Dhoni and Taylor have lead their own teams to higher heights and both are great servants of country. Salute you Taylor.

Posted by 30-30-150 on (June 24, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

@Saleh Mazumder : I can understand you are still sore from the crashing out of the series. Its okay since deserving Zimbabwe emerged victorious. And if SA don't play a second string team, how would a team like Bangladesh ever beat them?

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

Haven't seen SAF so lousy in the field in years...Usually all of their players are so good in the field.But this series was an exception.They have dropped catches,misfielded,bowlers lost their line...terrible.

And at the same time well done to Zimbabwe.Taylor & Masakadza has improved their game a lot.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

This shows that Zim is improving . We gonna beat them again @ the T20 world cup .

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

In the beginning of the series, SA stated they had nothing to gain from this series, and they lost to zim twice and bd once, few SA supporter says its their second 11, bt they had players like amla, levi, Du Plessisi, morkel,Parnell,Tsotsobe,Peterson,Ingram,Ontong. So stop excuses. respect other teams. and BD na ZIM are no longer minows.

Posted by Shajadul on (June 24, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

Congrats ZIM for the great win. I always like to see small teams are doing well over leading teams. I can see ZIM is building and may be a good force withing 2-3 years...

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

Sorry to my SA bros out there bt I am Zimbabwean and a victory is what we needed and that's what we got....well done lads!!!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

week teams never stay as week forever

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

A positive for South Africa is that guys like Hamilton can also play good cricket and there must be many more - only if they will get the opportunity most Proteas get. Hamilton knows the meaning of Batting Power Play. He don't have to explain, just watch his display. Let's hope he gets an IPL contract.

Posted by frozendilemma on (June 24, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

Words cant begin to explain how happy I am for Zimbabwe...its a crying shame that the cocky people will say that it was unofficial so it doesnt count for anything but it does...Thanks to Talyor and Masakadza for making their people happier...it was a great series...

Posted by loveupak on (June 24, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

zimbabwe definitely need more exposure than bangladesh...bd is more like a one man team, without shakib their team doesn't stand a chance against good teams... n south africa once again proved they r not made for big matches even against a weaker team...pity u sa!!!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

Awesome Zimbabwe such an easy victory I mean winning by 9 WICKETS with plenty of overs to spare tells the complete story and thoroughly deserve it congratulations. Had it been Bangladesh who lost instead to that margin, the 'jealous' criticizers of Bangladesh would've been harsh to Bangladesh but lets see if they say such things to South Africa now and if not then they're using "DOUBLE STANDARDS" and that's why their arguments are not valid lol anyway its good to see that a strong team such as South Africa found it tough against both Zimbabwe and Bangladesh and that's one of the reasons why the big teams especially India are concerned about. Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Afghanistan etc are teams that Cricket needs to make the Sport alive and exciting and catch up with the likes of Football and Rugby.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

good to see SA loose they took this tri series too light, hope they wont be so over confident hear after

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

Well done Zimbabwe....... It was a very good practice tournament........ Thanx to the Zimbabwe cricket board for arranging such a tournament....... the t-20 world cup preparation started from here...... probably we got our opening partners in Tamim and Ashraful, many more experiments yet to be done before the world cup........ want to see Zimbabwe do well in the world cup....... Zim has the potential.... and very good spinners and some big hitters...... Carry on Zimbabwe..... Fan from Bangladesh.

Posted by NP_NY on (June 24, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

Well done Zim! Even with Steyn, AB and Botha missing, this is still a strong SA side. And you didn't just beat them, you beat them very comfortably. Now you have one more thing that BD doesn't have - a tri-series victory.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (June 24, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

Splendid! performance Zimbabwe! you guys truly deserve it the best team by a long mile from the moment the first game started so all the credit to you guys. Credentials also to Bangladesh for also making it an exciting tournament as both you so called 'minnows' proved everyone wrong that this will a one gone conclusion in South Africa's favour. As for South Africa, though not its strongest side yet lost 3 games against those so called 'minnows' within a space of a week which is a first in history and have a lot of work to do come the England tour and the World T20 Championships. These kind of tournaments are great for Cricket and should be considered rather than meaningless series such as the coming ENG-AUS 5 match ODI Series. I can remember the stand-in Captain Hashim Amla saying that before the start of the tournament that this will be very comfortable for South Africa well I hope you are eating your words Amla :)

Posted by nomantutul on (June 24, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

Well done Zim!!! Shame on SA....they should have been kicked out before the final. Zim and Ban were the two better side than SA in this tournament.Unfortunately BD was came back but it was too late!!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

ahhmm..let me recall what Amla said before this tournment- "SA struggling to find the value of a one sided tournament" BHAHAHA! he made a fool of him self! congrats Zim!

Posted by braindead_rocker on (June 24, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

I would not take anything away from the Zimbabwe team. This South African team is strong enough to challenge anyone. Congratulations Zimbabwe.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

Congrats Zimbabwe, They deserve it. Well played, wishes the best T20 WC.-Bangladesh

Posted by rgrokkam1 on (June 24, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

Excellent victory by Zim. Hope this will lead them to many more to come. Like the way Zim play - no big names, no hype, no trash talk - good collective effort from them

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

Never underestimate zim.tatenda

Posted by Legaleagle on (June 24, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

Bangladesh should learn from Zimbabwe!! Bangladesh has NOT achieved anything in cricket but pretend as if they are improving. They couldn't even make it to the finals of this unofficial series. Bangladesh cannot make excuses that their two 3rd grade players were rested. Other teams also took as an unofficial series but they played their heart out.

I think there is a lot of potential in Zimbabwe side, glad to see them achieve the top spot in this tournament. This is called improvement!!

As far as Bangladesh is concerned, they should regroup and do an honest introspection about their weakness, which are plenty!! LOL :)

Posted by junaidpk on (June 24, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

Chokers always Choker. Zimbabwe was the big factor and difference between both team (S.A & Bang). I hope Zimbabwe will continue same performance in T20 WC. Congrats Zimbabwe.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

well done Zimbabwe that was incredible man l think you deserve to be called the WARRIORS WELL DONE BOYZ...

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (June 24, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

Fantastic! Well done Zimbabwe. South Africa did not take this seriously enough and have paid the price for it. Brilliant effort by Zimbabwe, and this is a wake up call to all the big teams, to play your best players and play your best cricket at all times.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

i hope SA will never rest their top rated players as long as cricket remains on universe. shame SA shame.- fan from BD.

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Tournament Results
Zim XI v SAf XI at Harare - Jun 24, 2012
Zim XI won by 9 wickets (with 17 balls remaining)
Zim XI v SAf XI at Harare - Jun 23, 2012
SAf XI won by 6 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
Bdesh XI v SAf XI at Harare - Jun 22, 2012
Bdesh XI won by 3 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Zim XI v Bdesh XI at Harare - Jun 21, 2012
Bdesh XI won by 6 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)
Zim XI v SAf XI at Harare - Jun 20, 2012
Zim XI won by 29 runs
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