Zimbabwe Twenty20 Triangular Series - 6th match

Zimbabwe XI v South Africa XI

South Africa XI won by 6 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)

ESPN Cricinfo brings you this crucial game in the T20 Tri-Series between Zimbabe, Bangladesh and South Africa played in Harare.

Today we have South Africa after losing two games in a row needing a win to get through to the final tomorrow. Zimbabwe has all but qualified but will be looking to for a win to keep the momentum into that final.

Bangladesh will be hoping for a result in their favour with either Zimbabwe winning or South Africa winning by a big margin to get them through on Net Run Rate.

Zimbabwe has started off well by winning the toss on a pitch that has shown to get slower as the match goes on.

South Africa has made two changes bringing Richard Levi and Lonwabo Tsotsobe back for Colin Ingram and Marchant de Lange.

Zimbabwe team is: Masakadza, Sibanda, Taylor, Matsikenyeri, Waller, Chigumbura, Cremer, Utseya, Jarvis, Mazhangwe, Mpofu.

Taylor feels that the way things have gone they would rather bat first and have brought Waller in for Irvine.

Amla says they are very dissapointed with their play so far and looking to a better performance today.

Perdictable comments from both captains, time will tell who is right.

Tsotsobe is ready and so are Masakadza and Sibanda, let the games begin!

Everything was ready... except for the sightscreen covering, just strange how this is a problem so often all around the world.

0.1

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, no run, starts on line, angled back, that bounces steeply, taken very high on the bat as he gets back to defend

0.2

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, no run, bounce again just outside the off, angling back, hits high on the back leg after taking the fingers, physio out with the magic spray

A stunning day in Harare, warmest there has been this series and also a good crowd in already

0.3

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, 1 wide, taped up, srayed up and can have a rest as tsotsobe goes well down the leg side

0.3

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, no run, shuffles well down the off side, bowler goes down leg, interestingly not called wide

0.4

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, no run, just outside off, carefully defends to the offm, watchful of that steep bounce

0.5

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, 1 run, gets inside the ball this time moving to the leg, swings that away into the on-side field

0.6

Tsotsobe to Sibanda, no run, left alone, full and slight width outside off

End of over 1 (2 runs) Zimbabwe XI 2/0
V Sibanda    0* (1b)      LL Tsotsobe    1-0-2-0
H Masakadza    1* (5b)     

1.1

Morris to Masakadza, no run, Morris shares the new ball, on line and length, forward and strokes into the covers

1.2

Morris to Masakadza, no run, short, on the pull, done for pace, rushes at him, high on the splice, loops up, neither bowler nor midwicket can get to it

1.3

Morris to Masakadza, 2 runs, goes on side again, better contact, not great, clears the infield and chased to deep mid-wicket

1.4

Morris to Masakadza, no run, very full outside off, swings at that, thin edge to ground and keeper

1.5

Morris to Masakadza, FOUR, flicks that off the legs, goes fine, short fine leg is there but he might just as well not be, does not get a hand to it

1.6

Morris to Masakadza, SIX, wonderful shot, makes room to the leg, gets one in the arc and flat bats that over the covers

End of over 2 (12 runs) Zimbabwe XI 14/0
H Masakadza    13* (11b 1x4 1x6)      CH Morris    1-0-12-0
V Sibanda    0* (1b)      LL Tsotsobe    1-0-2-0

2.1

Tsotsobe to Sibanda, no run, bit straight, gets well back, looks to work that leg side, leading edge loops back at the bowler, falls short as he tries to get there

2.2

Tsotsobe to Sibanda, SIX, another great shot, pickup leg side flick, fetch that one sir

2.3

Tsotsobe to Sibanda, 1 run, leg stump line, drifts further down the leg, flicks fine, Levi does well diving at short fine leg to keep it to one

2.4

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, no run, short ball, angled across, looks for a upper cut, no contact

2.5

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, FOUR, down the pitch and smashes that down the ground, nearly killed Sibanda who did a rain dance to try and get out the way

2.6

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, 1 run, on the back foot, too much width, dabs that to short third man and keeps the strike

End of over 3 (12 runs) Zimbabwe XI 26/0
H Masakadza    18* (14b 2x4 1x6)      LL Tsotsobe    2-0-14-0
V Sibanda    7* (4b 1x6)      CH Morris    1-0-12-0

3.1

Morris to Masakadza, no run, almost a yorker, defends to the crease, Morris thriough quick to stop any thought of a run

3.2

Morris to Masakadza, 1 leg bye, leg side line, flicks, misses, off the pad loops to gully area, Hamilton not happy for missing out on that

3.3

Morris to Sibanda, 2 runs, well forward driving in the air, slices that a touch, but clears du Plessis at point, third man round to cut off

3.4

Morris to Sibanda, no run, right on the button, gets the respectful forward defence

3.5

Morris to Sibanda, OUT, straight and full, into the pads, huge appeal from bowler and keeper, up goes the finger, unless he got an edge, that was as out as you can get lbw

V Sibanda lbw b Morris 9 (21m 7b 0x4 1x6) SR: 128.57

3.6

Morris to Taylor, 1 wide, lets one go outside the leg again

3.6

Morris to Taylor, 1 wide, and that is a total loss of control, that one pitches well outside the lines on the off side

3.6

Morris to Taylor, no run, gets the target back into his sights, just outside off, left alone

End of over 4 (5 runs) Zimbabwe XI 31/1
BRM Taylor    0* (1b)      CH Morris    2-0-16-1
H Masakadza    18* (16b 2x4 1x6)      LL Tsotsobe    2-0-14-0

4.1

Peterson to Masakadza, no run, Peterson today on as first change starts short outside off, cut firmly straight at point

4.2

Peterson to Masakadza, 1 run, on the back foot, shoirt, turns, punched to long off

4.3

Peterson to Taylor, 1 run, full, flighted, stroked past du Plessis at cover

4.4

Peterson to Masakadza, 3 runs, leg stump line, swings that over mid-on, not enough to get to the ropes

4.5

Peterson to Taylor, no run, defensive push into the covers

4.6

Peterson to Taylor, OUT, leg stump line, turns, lofts that on side, off the toe of the bat, loops to Tsotsobe running to his right takes at deep mid-on

BRM Taylor c Tsotsobe b Peterson 1 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

End of over 5 (5 runs) Zimbabwe XI 36/2
     RJ Peterson    1-0-5-1
H Masakadza    22* (19b 2x4 1x6)      CH Morris    2-0-16-1

5.1

Tsotsobe to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, angled across, back and chops that down to third man

5.2

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, no run, shuffles to the leg side, followed, has to adjust and push into the off-side

5.3

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, FOUR, makes room to the leg side, on the back foot, and punches that well over the covers

5.4

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, 2 runs, short, pulls away to deep square leg and that takes him to 201 runs this series and that at a strike rate of 134 ... impressive

5.5

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, FOUR, poor bowling, slower ball, short, fetches that past Ontong at deep square leg

5.6

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, 1 run, another leg side ball, dabs it just behind square and again keeps the strike

End of over 6 (12 runs) Zimbabwe XI 48/2
H Masakadza    33* (24b 4x4 1x6)      LL Tsotsobe    3-0-26-0
S Matsikenyeri    1* (1b)      RJ Peterson    1-0-5-1

6.1

Peterson to Masakadza, 1 run, flighted into the legs, stroked down the ground to long-on

6.2

Peterson to Matsikenyeri, no run, too short to sweep, does not get to the pitch, taken high on the arm as he gets down low

6.3

Peterson to Matsikenyeri, no run, outside off, cuts to point

6.4

Peterson to Matsikenyeri, no run, quicker ball, drives straight at cover

6.5

Peterson to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, gets well forward on the leg, nudges into the on side

6.6

Peterson to Masakadza, no run, on the back foot, forces down the pitch, Peterson gathers

End of over 7 (2 runs) Zimbabwe XI 50/2
H Masakadza    34* (26b 4x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    2-0-7-1
S Matsikenyeri    2* (5b)      LL Tsotsobe    3-0-26-0

7.1

du Plessis to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, outside off, drives at the leg spinner, in the air, just clears the cover point

7.2

du Plessis to Masakadza, 1 run, leg stump line, lap sweeps that to fine leg

7.3

du Plessis to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, punches to the off, slight mix-up but fumble gets them through

7.4

du Plessis to Masakadza, no run, yorker nearly does it, plays over the top of it, turns across the face of the stumps

7.5

du Plessis to Masakadza, 1 run, on the lap sweep, gently runs it to fine leg

7.6

du Plessis to Matsikenyeri, no run, drives to the off, outside half of the bat squirts it out to point area

End of over 8 (4 runs) Zimbabwe XI 54/2
S Matsikenyeri    4* (8b)      F du Plessis    1-0-4-0
H Masakadza    36* (29b 4x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    2-0-7-1

8.1

Parnell to Masakadza, OUT, TV called for a catch at covers, fullish ball driven low into the covers, Behardien goes low to take, he thinks he took it, TV proves him right

H Masakadza c Behardien b Parnell 36 (44m 30b 4x4 1x6) SR: 120.00

8.2

Parnell to Waller, no run, line and length, defends back down the pitch to Parnell gathering in his follow-through

8.3

Parnell to Waller, OUT, brilliant catch by Vilas, ball just outside off, angled across, ordinary shot at it, edges low, Vilas takes off takes low where a slip may have been

MN Waller c †Vilas b Parnell 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

8.4

Parnell to Chigumbura, no run, outside off, looks to play at that, pulls the bat away and leaves

8.5

Parnell to Chigumbura, no run, goes with the bouncer, slightly leg side, batsman gets well under that

8.6

Parnell to Chigumbura, no run, This time he is beaten outside the off, no feet, hangs the bat out at it, lucky for him no contact

End of over 9 (wicket maiden) Zimbabwe XI 54/4
E Chigumbura    0* (3b)      WD Parnell    1-1-0-2
S Matsikenyeri    4* (8b)      F du Plessis    1-0-4-0

9.1

du Plessis to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, cuts the short ball to the cover sweeper

9.2

du Plessis to Chigumbura, no run, into the pads turning from outside leg, half an appeal

9.3

du Plessis to Chigumbura, no run, defends to the off, had to hurry the shot

9.4

du Plessis to Chigumbura, no run, gets well back, plays it off the pitch, nudges to cover

9.5

du Plessis to Chigumbura, no run, big stride in, defends smothering any turn

9.6

du Plessis to Chigumbura, 1 run, punched from the back foot to the cover sweeper

End of over 10 (2 runs) Zimbabwe XI 56/4
E Chigumbura    1* (8b)      F du Plessis    2-0-6-0
S Matsikenyeri    5* (9b)      WD Parnell    1-1-0-2

10.1

Parnell to Chigumbura, no run, drives to cover

10.2

Parnell to Chigumbura, no run, defends down the pitch

10.3

Parnell to Chigumbura, FOUR, on the back foot, cuts that a touch late, great contact as he sends the width ball racing forward of the thrid man

10.4

Parnell to Chigumbura, OUT, outside off, full, slight movement away, drives firmly, edges, straight forward catch to Vilas

E Chigumbura c †Vilas b Parnell 5 (8m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 41.66

10.5

Parnell to Cremer, no run, yorker first up, well dug out to the bowler

10.6

Parnell to Cremer, no run, short ball, looks to pull from outside off, ball rushes him, drags it back down the pitch

End of over 11 (4 runs) Zimbabwe XI 60/5
AG Cremer    0* (2b)      WD Parnell    2-1-4-3
S Matsikenyeri    5* (9b)      F du Plessis    2-0-6-0

11.1

du Plessis to Matsikenyeri, no run, flighted on line, stroked to the off

11.2

du Plessis to Matsikenyeri, 2 runs, sweeps from length towards deep square leg

11.3

du Plessis to Matsikenyeri, no run, outside off, touch short, cuts well but straight at backward point

11.4

du Plessis to Matsikenyeri, FOUR, the sweep works this time, good contact, into the gap at backward square leg

11.5

du Plessis to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, sweeps again, this time no timing, drags it towards long leg

11.6

du Plessis to Cremer, 2 runs, gets well forward and then pulls out the little paddle sweep, fine leg called on again

End of over 12 (9 runs) Zimbabwe XI 69/5
AG Cremer    2* (3b)      F du Plessis    3-0-15-0
S Matsikenyeri    12* (14b 1x4)      WD Parnell    2-1-4-3

12.1

Parnell to Matsikenyeri, no run, defensive push as he goes very full, almost a yorker, on line, defends to the off

12.2

Parnell to Matsikenyeri, 2 runs, worked off the legs down to long leg, enough on it to get an easy two, was good running as well

12.3

Parnell to Matsikenyeri, no run, beaten outside off, on the back foot, ball keeps it line, Vilas takes

12.4

Parnell to Matsikenyeri, no run, and again, great ball, picthes middle and leg, leaves the pitch, play and miss

12.5

Parnell to Matsikenyeri, no run, make that three in a row, batsman trying hard to get the edge

12.6

Parnell to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, lets one go too straight and is worked off the legs to fine leg

End of over 13 (3 runs) Zimbabwe XI 72/5
S Matsikenyeri    15* (20b 1x4)      WD Parnell    3-1-7-3
AG Cremer    2* (3b)      F du Plessis    3-0-15-0

Bangladesh manager presented Amla with a Bangladesh tie last night ... His words were "Now please go and beat them big" ... looks like it is working, Bangladesh still in for a shot at the final

13.1

du Plessis to Matsikenyeri, no run, flighted up on the off, stroked gently to covers

13.2

du Plessis to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, just a touch wide, drives wide and gently past cover

13.3

du Plessis to Cremer, 1 run, drives again, du Plessis launches himself to the left, goes past him

13.4

du Plessis to Matsikenyeri, 1 wide, fires one in down the leg side

13.4

du Plessis to Matsikenyeri, FOUR, shuffles down a bit, lofted drive wide of the bowler and timed well but well enough

13.5

du Plessis to Matsikenyeri, no run, shuffles again, quicker ball has him adjusting and dabbing to the off

13.6

du Plessis to Matsikenyeri, no run, flighted on the off, that does turn a lot, beaten outside the off

End of over 14 (7 runs) Zimbabwe XI 79/5
S Matsikenyeri    20* (25b 2x4)      F du Plessis    4-0-22-0
AG Cremer    3* (4b)      WD Parnell    3-1-7-3

14.1

Peterson to Cremer, 2 runs, goes aerial, hits that high into the leg side, falls safely between deep midwicket and long on

14.2

Peterson to Cremer, no run, attempts the reverse sweep, clips the pad, appeal turned down

14.3

Peterson to Cremer, 2 runs, lofted drive towards long on

14.4

Peterson to Cremer, FOUR, oustide off, short, cuts so hard he hits himself off his feet, lucky that Tsotsobe is fielding there, (sweeping) makes another mess of it

14.5

Peterson to Cremer, 1 run, cuts again, this time not timed just wide of point

14.6

Peterson to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, thats a good strike as he lofts it towards deep wide midwicket, hit it well but straight at the fielder

End of over 15 (10 runs) Zimbabwe XI 89/5
S Matsikenyeri    21* (26b 2x4)      RJ Peterson    3-0-17-1
AG Cremer    12* (9b 1x4)      F du Plessis    4-0-22-0

15.1

Morkel to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, outside off, does bounce steeply from short of length, loops off an outstreched bat towards and short of gully

15.2

Morkel to Cremer, 1 run, worked out to the on side as he goes a touch straight

15.3

Morkel to Matsikenyeri, no run, slow bouncer, Morkel likes that ball, batsman beaten by the lack of pace

15.4

Morkel to Matsikenyeri, 1 wide, wide called, another slow bouncer that goes down the leg side, Morkel not happy with that call

15.4

Morkel to Matsikenyeri, OUT, goes down the ground, that goes very high, slower ball may have helped, no pace on it, du Plessis looking straight into the sun takes it well above his head as he tries to get under it at long on

S Matsikenyeri c du Plessis b Morkel 22 (49m 29b 2x4 0x6) SR: 75.86

15.5

Morkel to Utseya, 1 run, short ball again, gets back and defends to his feet on the on side, quick run taken

15.6

Morkel to Cremer, FOUR, short again, pulled very well backward of the deep midwicket

End of over 16 (8 runs) Zimbabwe XI 97/6
AG Cremer    17* (11b 2x4)      JA Morkel    1-0-8-1
P Utseya    1* (1b)      RJ Peterson    3-0-17-1

16.1

Tsotsobe to Utseya, no run, starts well, angled across the right hander who defends to the off

16.2

Tsotsobe to Utseya, (no ball) 1 run, oversteps as he again gets across the batsman, thick edge down to third man

16.2

Tsotsobe to Cremer, 1 run, free-hit driven down to long on, not timed, wanted two, but not to du Plessis ... 100 comes up

16.3

Tsotsobe to Utseya, 1 run, fuller ball, just on the off, gets the thick edge again, diving stop from gully can not stop the run

16.4

Tsotsobe to Cremer, FOUR, good shot, terrific, a little lap flick with short fine leg up, races away

16.5

Tsotsobe to Cremer, no run, steps inside that to replay the shot, goes down the leg side, not called, maybe because of the batsman moving early down to the off

16.6

Tsotsobe to Cremer, no run, this one he makes room to the leg side, made too much room, cant get bat to the ball angling away outside off

End of over 17 (8 runs) Zimbabwe XI 105/6
AG Cremer    22* (15b 3x4)      LL Tsotsobe    4-0-34-0
P Utseya    3* (4b)      JA Morkel    1-0-8-1

17.1

Morris to Utseya, no run, low full toss is driven back at the bowler

17.2

Morris to Utseya, 1 run, drives down the ground to long off

17.3

Morris to Cremer, 1 run, fullish ball, on the front foot, somehow gets the bat under that, slices it over backward point, third man cuts off

17.4

Morris to Utseya, 1 run, drives into and wide of cover, Amla gets across to cut off from extra cover

17.5

Morris to Cremer, no run, shorter ball, swing and a miss

17.6

Morris to Cremer, 1 run, full toss, leg stump is driven down the ground to long on

End of over 18 (4 runs) Zimbabwe XI 109/6
AG Cremer    24* (18b 3x4)      CH Morris    3-0-20-1
P Utseya    5* (7b)      LL Tsotsobe    4-0-34-0

18.1

Parnell to Cremer, FOUR, short, back, pulls, one bounce four at cow corner, smeared that

18.2

Parnell to Cremer, no run, great comeback, in the block hole, can not do much else with that but dig it out

18.3

Parnell to Cremer, 2 runs, touch short on the legs, drags that just wide of midwicket in the circle, Morkel does well to get hands to it, fumble gets them the second

18.4

Parnell to Cremer, 1 run, quick run taken to Amla at extra cover, throw comes, batsman has given up, throw is wide

18.5

Parnell to Utseya, 1 run, chops that from the angle out to the cover sweeper

18.6

Parnell to Cremer, 1 run, overptches the yorker by only a little, drives, bottom of the bat towards long on

End of over 19 (9 runs) Zimbabwe XI 118/6
AG Cremer    32* (23b 4x4)      WD Parnell    4-1-16-3
P Utseya    6* (8b)      CH Morris    3-0-20-1

19.1

Morris to Cremer, no run, yorker fired in wide of the off, batsman moved away too far to leg, can not get bat to it, beaten

19.2

Morris to Cremer, 1 run, another near yorker is dug out to the off, good bowling from the young Morris entrusted with the final over again

19.3

Morris to Utseya, 1 run, looks to work that to the leg, went well across to the off, short fine cuts off, Tsotsobe does stop this one

19.4

Morris to Cremer, 1 run, runs that past the cover to the sweeper, again very full

19.5

Morris to Utseya, 1 run, goes short this time, quick ball that, Utseya can only slap that to long on

19.6

Morris to Cremer, 2 runs, another drive to the long on and a good over from Morris

Whatever happened overnight worked, South Africa generally were a lot better in the field and today Parnell was a different bowler, by far the biggest improvement of all the players, 4 overs 3-16 is a massive effort.

Is 124 enough, it should not be against a strong batting line-up, but then it only takes 10 great balls.

Bangladesh will be watching this match with great interest and will be hoping that if South Africa wins they do so in about 15 overs or less

End of over 20 (6 runs) Zimbabwe XI 124/6
AG Cremer    36* (27b 4x4)      CH Morris    4-0-26-1
P Utseya    8* (10b)      WD Parnell    4-1-16-3
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Photos

Jun 23, 2012

Richard Levi pulls during his half-century, Zimbabwe v South Africa, T20 tri-series, Harare, June 23, 2012

Richard Levi pulls during his half-century

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Jun 23, 2012

Chris Morris is congratulated by his team-mates, Zimbabwe v South Africa, T20 tri-series, Harare, June 23, 2012

Chris Morris is congratulated by his team-mates

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