Zimbabwe Twenty20 Triangular Series, 3rd Match: Zimbabwe XI v South Africa XI at Harare, Jun 20, 2012
Zimbabwe XI won by 29 runs
Played at Harare Sports Club
20 June 2012 (20-over match)

Once again ESPN Cricinfo brings you live coverage of the 3rd match in the unofficial T20 Tri-Series between Zimbabwe, South Africa and Bangladesh.

I am Keith and will be bringing you the ball by ball commentary.

Today we will see Zimbabwe up against South Africa after both teams registered wins against Bangladesh.

For South Africa a much improved bowling and fielding performance will be expected with only Robin Petersen coming out of the Bangladesh match with any satisfaction.

Zimbabwe will be up against it but has shown in the past that they must never be underestimated. They have yet to register a T20 win against South Africa. The motivation will be there.

We may see some changes in the South African team as they work at establishing good combinations.

News in is that South Africa will field the same team as against Bangladesh.

Toss: Zimbabwe has won the toss and will bat first.

The weather is very good today with a maximum of 24 expected with a slight breeze across the pitch.

Zimbabwe is also unchanged.

Players are out in the middle with Hamilton Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda opening the batting and robin Petersen with the ball.

0.1

Peterson to Sibanda, 1 run, flighted right up, on line, drives well down the ground to the man at long off

0.2

Peterson to Masakadza, no run, lots of flight again, taken all the pace off, stroked to cover

0.3

Peterson to Masakadza, no run, on the front foot again, defends to the off

0.4

Peterson to Masakadza, no run, oops, gets forward, nice turn off the pitch, edges, just short of a diving slip

0.5

Peterson to Masakadza, no run, defends this to the off, tight bowling from Petersen

0.6

Peterson to Masakadza, FOUR, drags that a touch short, slow pitch, Masakadza is on the sweep and lofts to deep vacant square leg

End of over 1 (5 runs) Zimbabwe XI 5/0

    • H Masakadza 4 (5b 1x4)
    • V Sibanda 1 (1b)
    • RJ Peterson 1-0-5-0
1.1

Tsotsobe to Sibanda, 1 run, leg stump line, gets half back and works that off the hips towards and wide of Morkel at short fine leg

1.2

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, 2 runs, slight width outside off, shortish, cuts well, Dumniy can not collect cleanly

1.3

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, no run, slow bouncer, sets up for the pull, then ducks away, the pace or lack of pace fooled him

1.4

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, no run, angled back into the body, cramps him up a bit, dabs to the off

1.5

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, 1 run, shuffles across the crease to the off, angled across him, adjusts and guides the caut between the two slips

1.6

Tsotsobe to Sibanda, SIX, SHOT, gets across the crease, slog sweeps that high and mighty over the backward square leg position, what a pick up that was

End of over 2 (10 runs) Zimbabwe XI 15/0

    • V Sibanda 8 (3b 1x6)
    • H Masakadza 7 (9b 1x4)
    • LL Tsotsobe 1-0-10-0
    • RJ Peterson 1-0-5-0

So much for South Africa experimenting this series, the same team, the same bowling to start as de Lange gets the ball

2.1

de Lange to Masakadza, FOUR, starts too short and is slaped away through the covers, a wipe log hop is accepted and dispatched

2.2

de Lange to Masakadza, no run, better length, defended to the off

2.3

de Lange to Masakadza, no run, that was quick, just outside off, bounce, beats him all ends up

2.4

de Lange to Masakadza, 1 run, whips that to fine leg, short and leg stump line is deflected to Tsotsobe

2.5

de Lange to Sibanda, 1 leg bye, leg stump again, off the pad to the on side

2.6

de Lange to Masakadza, 2 runs, leg stump again, Hasakadza is string there, punches that past midwicket off the back foot

End of over 3 (8 runs) Zimbabwe XI 23/0

    • H Masakadza 14 (14b 2x4)
    • V Sibanda 8 (4b 1x6)
    • M de Lange 1-0-7-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 1-0-10-0
3.1

Tsotsobe to Sibanda, no run, a swing and a miss outside the off, almost looked as if the shot was premeditated

3.2

Tsotsobe to Sibanda, no run, just on the off, leaves him off the pitch, pushes forward and is beaten

3.3

Tsotsobe to Sibanda, FOUR, fuller ball, on line, good looking lofted straight drive goes well over the bowlers head

3.4

Tsotsobe to Sibanda, no run, slower ball, very slow pitch, does not carry to the keeper as the batsman dabs and misses

3.5

Tsotsobe to Sibanda, no run, shuffles across the crease to the off, spotted and pushed wider outside off, beats the edge

3.6

Tsotsobe to Sibanda, 1 run, gets well forward this time, opens the face of the bat and runs that down to the third man

End of over 4 (5 runs) Zimbabwe XI 28/0

    • V Sibanda 13 (10b 1x4 1x6)
    • H Masakadza 14 (14b 2x4)
    • LL Tsotsobe 2-0-15-0
    • M de Lange 1-0-7-0
4.1

de Lange to Sibanda, FOUR, over pitched , juicy half volley outside the off, crashes the drive through the covers, fielder there hardly moved, was just his eyes watching the flashing ball go past him

4.2

de Lange to Sibanda, no run, outside off, quick ball again, beaten

4.3

de Lange to Sibanda, no run, goes short and has Sibanda down on his heels as he gets well under that

4.4

de Lange to Sibanda, 1 leg bye, gets back to pull, ball too quick onto him, taken on the body and rolls away to the off

4.5

de Lange to Masakadza, FOUR, length from de Lange is accepted, leg stump line, BANG, just just short of maximum at wide long on

4.6

de Lange to Masakadza, 1 wide, goes short, but too short, that climbs well above the batsmans head and rightly called wide

4.6

de Lange to Masakadza, no run, much better ball, touch short of length, leaves him off the pitch, well beaten

End of over 5 (10 runs) Zimbabwe XI 38/0

    • H Masakadza 18 (16b 3x4)
    • V Sibanda 17 (14b 2x4 1x6)
    • M de Lange 2-0-16-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 2-0-15-0
5.1

Tsotsobe to Sibanda, no run, shuffling acroos to the off, seen, fuller ball angling back at the bat, cramps him up as he dabs towards gully

5.2

Tsotsobe to Sibanda, 2 runs, again moving in the crease, lobs that into the on side field, just clears the midwicket on the circle

5.3

Tsotsobe to Sibanda, 3 runs, short outside off, cuts, not timed well, also just eludes petersen at cover, ball stops short of the rope, good running between the batsmen

5.4

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, 3 runs, short and whipped away to the on side, hits a bit high on the bat allowing Parnell to chase that down from mid wicket

5.5

Tsotsobe to Sibanda, no run, better line and length, forces a more defensive shot as he runs that from the crease to the point area

5.6

Tsotsobe to Sibanda, 2 runs, back to pull, not the length to pull, gets a thich top edge over the keeper, de lange round from third man to clean up

End of over 6 (10 runs) Zimbabwe XI 48/0

    • V Sibanda 24 (19b 2x4 1x6)
    • H Masakadza 21 (17b 3x4)
    • LL Tsotsobe 3-0-25-0
    • M de Lange 2-0-16-0
6.1

Duminy to Masakadza, 1 run, bit close to cut again, runs it off the bat past the gully area, good turn from Duminy

6.2

Duminy to Sibanda, no run, getting turn today, beats the outside edge

6.3

Duminy to Sibanda, no run, defends to the off

6.4

Duminy to Sibanda, 5 wides

6.4

Duminy to Sibanda, 1 run

6.5

Duminy to Masakadza, 2 runs

6.6

Duminy to Masakadza, 1 run

End of over 7 (10 runs) Zimbabwe XI 58/0

    • H Masakadza 25 (20b 3x4)
    • V Sibanda 25 (22b 2x4 1x6)
    • JP Duminy 1-0-10-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 3-0-25-0
7.1

Peterson to Masakadza, 1 run, outside off as he charges, lofts that, top half of the bat, in vacant

7.2

Peterson to Sibanda, 1 run, pushes into the covers

7.3

Peterson to Masakadza, 2 runs, full on the leg stump, clips that between long on and mid wicket

7.4

Peterson to Masakadza, 1 run, short and wide, cuts that away to the cover sweepe

7.5

Peterson to Sibanda, no run, outside off, quicker ball, cuts and is beaten

7.6

Peterson to Sibanda, 1 wide, w leg stump wide

7.6

Peterson to Sibanda, 1 wide, tries to sewwp outside off, not the greatest choice of shots, beaten

7.6

Peterson to Sibanda, no run

End of over 8 (6 runs) Zimbabwe XI 64/0

    • V Sibanda 26 (25b 2x4 1x6)
    • H Masakadza 29 (23b 3x4)
    • RJ Peterson 2-0-11-0
    • JP Duminy 1-0-10-0
8.1

Duminy to Masakadza, no run, defends to the off

8.2

Duminy to Masakadza, 1 run, cuts that away to the cover sweeper

8.3

Duminy to Sibanda, no run, works that to the short fine leg

8.4

Duminy to Sibanda, 1 run, full toss send racing to the wide long on

8.5

Duminy to Masakadza, 2 runs

8.6

Duminy to Masakadza, 1 run

End of over 9 (5 runs) Zimbabwe XI 69/0

    • H Masakadza 33 (27b 3x4)
    • V Sibanda 27 (27b 2x4 1x6)
    • JP Duminy 2-0-15-0
    • RJ Peterson 2-0-11-0
9.1

Peterson to Masakadza, 1 run, Runs that down and wide off fine leg

9.2

Peterson to Sibanda, SIX, High and handsome, lobbed up up, no second invitation, dispatched high into the roof

9.3

Peterson to Sibanda, 1 run, dabs to the off, quick run taken

9.4

Peterson to Masakadza, 1 run, worked off the legs towards midwicket

9.5

Peterson to Sibanda, no run, just on the off, gets back and cuts late, can not beat the gully getting around

9.6

Peterson to Sibanda, 2 runs, drives well into the covers, beats the inner ring, sweepe gets round to cut off

End of over 10 (11 runs) Zimbabwe XI 80/0

    • V Sibanda 36 (31b 2x4 2x6)
    • H Masakadza 35 (29b 3x4)
    • RJ Peterson 3-0-22-0
    • JP Duminy 2-0-15-0
10.1

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, FOUR, Tsotsobe back, gets down on one knee, flicks that well over the short fine leg, good shot and awareness of the field

10.2

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, 1 run, down the pitch, seen, fired at the toes, works it down to the third man

10.3

Tsotsobe to Sibanda, no run

10.4

Tsotsobe to Sibanda, no run, skower bouncer, real slow loop from the pitch, nearly had two shots at it, beaten both times

10.5

Tsotsobe to Sibanda, no run, huge swing and a miss, but was fairly wide, only just legal

10.6

Tsotsobe to Sibanda, 1 run, angled back at the legs, cramps him up, but well worked off the body towards third man

End of over 11 (6 runs) Zimbabwe XI 86/0

    • V Sibanda 37 (35b 2x4 2x6)
    • H Masakadza 40 (31b 4x4)
    • LL Tsotsobe 4-0-31-0
    • RJ Peterson 3-0-22-0
11.1

Ontong to Sibanda, 1 run, starts straight, back and watchfully worked to backward square leg in the ring

11.2

Ontong to Masakadza, FOUR, catch is the call, no-one going to catch that, short and wide, slashed away on the cut

11.3

Ontong to Masakadza, 1 run, Sibanda looks for the slog sweep, high on the bat, drags it to the deep square leg

11.4

Ontong to Sibanda, 1 run, off the legs flicked towards the fine leg area

11.5

Ontong to Masakadza, SIX, Well HIT, strong man, brings up 50 as he gets back and smashes the short ball over long on

11.6

Ontong to Masakadza, 1 run, goes again, this time off the front foot, not timed, just as well goes one bounce to long on

End of over 12 (14 runs) Zimbabwe XI 100/0

    • H Masakadza 52 (35b 5x4 1x6)
    • V Sibanda 39 (37b 2x4 2x6)
    • JL Ontong 1-0-14-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 4-0-31-0

Parnell on, can he improve from yesterday

12.1

Parnell to Masakadza, 1 run, starts short and is dragged from the off to square leg

12.2

Parnell to Sibanda, 1 bye, better ball, slower ball, outside off, beats the bat and Vilas fumbles on the bounce

12.3

Parnell to Masakadza, 1 run, fetches that from outside off, sweeps, thick edge towards short fine leg

12.4

Parnell to Sibanda, 2 runs, short, back and pulls without timing over the lunging midwicket, long on round to cut off

12.5

Parnell to Sibanda, FOUR, goes round the wicket, fires at the pads and is flicked away wide of the short fine leg, not good bowling this

12.6

Parnell to Sibanda, no run, goes with the slow ball outside off, works this time as the batsman is through the shot way to early

End of over 13 (9 runs) Zimbabwe XI 109/0

    • V Sibanda 45 (41b 3x4 2x6)
    • H Masakadza 54 (37b 5x4 1x6)
    • WD Parnell 1-0-8-0
    • JL Ontong 1-0-14-0
13.1

Peterson to Masakadza, 1 run, Petersen back, touch short and is slashed away to the cover sweeper

13.2

Peterson to Sibanda, 3 runs, A fumble in the covers and then a poor return from Amla has them running a 800 meter

13.3

Peterson to Masakadza, 1 wide, leg side wide, Petersen not happy with himself

13.3

Peterson to Masakadza, OUT, goes aerial again from a shortish leg stump ball, this time his timing lets him down and sends it high to Ingram who takes comfortably

H Masakadza c Ingram b Peterson 55 (54m 39b 5x4 1x6) SR: 141.02

13.4

Peterson to Sibanda, 1 run, batsmen crossed so taylor will have to wait as Sibanda punches to the cover sweeper

13.5

Peterson to Taylor, no run, outside off, looks to leave...no that was a paddle sweep, but gets the edge as he pulls the bat away, straight to ground off the keepers pads

13.6

Peterson to Taylor, 1 run, on the off, well forward, strokes the drive into the gap at cover

End of over 14 (7 runs) Zimbabwe XI 116/1

    • BRM Taylor 1 (2b)
    • V Sibanda 49 (43b 3x4 2x6)
    • RJ Peterson 4-0-29-1
    • WD Parnell 1-0-8-0
14.1

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, Albie morkel starts just on line and is nudged into the on side

14.2

Morkel to Sibanda, 1 run, leg stump line, stroked off the legs to bring up his 50, patient at times, but still a reason strike rate of 113

14.3

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, on length, gets forward and pushed square, wide of the point

14.4

Morkel to Sibanda, 1 run, short, on line, whipped away on the pull to Tsotsobe at square leg

14.5

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, forward on the off, bat angle takes it genly towards the off to rotate the strike

14.6

Morkel to Sibanda, 1 run, short again, whips the pull away again, can not beat Tsotsobe on the rope at square leg

End of over 15 (6 runs) Zimbabwe XI 122/1

    • V Sibanda 52 (46b 3x4 2x6)
    • BRM Taylor 4 (5b)
    • JA Morkel 1-0-6-0
    • RJ Peterson 4-0-29-1
15.1

Parnell to Sibanda, 2 runs, full length ball, swings through the line, sends it miles into the air, Levi at long on gets under it, DROPPED

15.2

Parnell to Sibanda, FOUR, Angry Parnell goes short, pays for it, pulled, butchered, square

15.3

Parnell to Sibanda, no run, huge swing and a miss outside off, beaten, Sibanda now on a mission

15.4

Parnell to Sibanda, OUT, goes again, swinging at that, thick edge goes high to Tsotsobe at third man, in the sun, and at last South Africa hold onto one

V Sibanda c Tsotsobe b Parnell 58 (65m 50b 4x4 2x6) SR: 116.00

In comes Chigumbura with a license to freedom now

15.5

Parnell to Taylor, 1 run, drives down the pitch towards long off

15.6

Parnell to Chigumbura, OUT, Chigumbura has that license, uses it, but not well enough, swings the pull away square, not enough on it, holds out first ball

E Chigumbura c Ingram b Parnell 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 16 (7 runs) Zimbabwe XI 129/3

    • BRM Taylor 5 (6b)
    • WD Parnell 2-0-15-2
    • JA Morkel 1-0-6-0
16.1

Morkel to Matsikenyeri, 1 no ball, oh dear, that had to slip, gets a beamer to start with, ducking, comes up with a smile but gets the no-ball

16.1

Morkel to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, well forward, stroked into the gap at cover

16.2

Morkel to Taylor, 1 leg bye, leg stump line, off the pad, rolls away to short fine leg

16.3

Morkel to Matsikenyeri, 1 wide, attempted slow bouncer, leg side, and called

16.3

Morkel to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, just on the off, off cutter that, comes back, cramps him up, chopped off the chest to third man

16.4

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, goes acroos the line, not timed as he rolls that away towards midwicket

16.5

Morkel to Matsikenyeri, 1 leg bye, leg stump line, full, flick beats the bat, off the pad

16.6

Morkel to Taylor, SIX, short ball, thats a greeat shot, slog sweep has he hit it well enough, no and yes, Ontong with another dropped catch, ball rebounds off the hands over the rope.

End of over 17 (13 runs) Zimbabwe XI 142/3

    • BRM Taylor 12 (9b 1x6)
    • S Matsikenyeri 2 (4b)
    • JA Morkel 2-0-17-0
    • WD Parnell 2-0-15-2
17.1

Parnell to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, defensive push on the off, easy run to cover

17.2

Parnell to Taylor, SIX, Parnell again gets it wrong, length ball and dispatch with the lofted on drive over the rope

17.3

Parnell to Taylor, 2 runs, full toss is drilled past cover, sweeper gathers

17.4

Parnell to Taylor, FOUR, round the wicket, taylor gives himself some room and drives on the up through the covers, sweeper had just been brought up into the ring

17.5

Parnell to Taylor, FOUR, and again, drives the full toss cleanly through the covers, expensive over this for South Africa

17.6

Parnell to Taylor, 1 run, goes short, pulls on the charge, smacks that straight to the deep backward square leg

End of over 18 (18 runs) Zimbabwe XI 160/3

    • BRM Taylor 29 (14b 2x4 2x6)
    • S Matsikenyeri 3 (5b)
    • WD Parnell 3-0-33-2
    • JA Morkel 2-0-17-0
18.1

Morkel to Taylor, 2 runs, Morkel goes full and straight, worked off the stumps towards forward square leg, good sliding stops saves the boundary

18.2

Morkel to Taylor, no run, there is that slower ball bouncer, beaten by the lack of pace and loopy bounce

18.3

Morkel to Taylor, 2 runs, Cuts or slaps that past the extra cover, sweeper cleans up

18.4

Morkel to Taylor, no run, slow bouncer beats Taylor again, gets through the shot too early

18.5

Morkel to Taylor, FOUR, overpitches, in the slot and is put away off the front foot to long on

18.6

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, short outside off, gets across to the off, cramps himself up a bit, drags it away to backward square leg

End of over 19 (9 runs) Zimbabwe XI 169/3

    • BRM Taylor 38 (20b 3x4 2x6)
    • S Matsikenyeri 3 (5b)
    • JA Morkel 3-0-26-0
    • WD Parnell 3-0-33-2
19.1

de Lange to Taylor, OUT, goes short down the leg side, Taylor looks to drag that away fine, clips the gloves to Vilas, now that is what you call a lucky wicket

BRM Taylor c †Vilas b de Lange 38 (29m 21b 3x4 2x6) SR: 180.95

19.2

de Lange to Ervine, 1 run, full and straight, quick too, stroked to mid-off for a quick run

19.3

de Lange to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, not that short but it is still pulled away straight to deep square leg

19.4

de Lange to Ervine, 1 run, line and length, gets forward and strokes towards the mid-off

19.5

de Lange to Matsikenyeri, 2 runs, low full toss, leg stump line, flicked away to fine leg, fumble by Morkel and they are back for two

19.6

de Lange to Matsikenyeri, 2 runs, low full toss, standing up in the crease, chips the midwicket

Match State: Innings Break

That is going to be a tough chase for South Africa, set up by a wonderful opening platform set and then a quick fire innings from Taylor. Once again the South African bowling showed a lot of rustyness, and then the fielding not close to their normal standard. There is a lot of work to be done in both departments if they want to become a threat through the season.

We will be back for the South African chase... can Zimbabwe defend this total... just maybe they can.

End of over 20 (7 runs) Zimbabwe XI 176/4

    • S Matsikenyeri 8 (8b)
    • CR Ervine 2 (2b)
    • M de Lange 3-0-23-1
    • JA Morkel 3-0-26-0
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