Zimbabwe Twenty20 Triangular Series - 6th match

Zimbabwe XI v South Africa XI

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

0.1

Mpofu to Levi, no run, short outside off, slaps the cut at that, ball does not come on, trickles it into the covers

0.2

Mpofu to Levi, 1 run, drags that from outside off towards square leg

0.3

Mpofu to Amla, OUT, GOT HIM, first baller for Amla, leg side ball, strangled as he flicks too fine, Taylor takes a good catch divng down the leg side

HM Amla c †Taylor b Mpofu 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

0.4

Mpofu to du Plessis, no run, plays from the crease as he gets one bouncing outside off. runs it to cover

0.5

Mpofu to du Plessis, no run, plays from the crease again as he strokes that to mid-off

0.6

Mpofu to du Plessis, 1 run, online, touch straight, standing up he nudges just wide of midwicket

End of over 1 (2 runs) South Africa XI 2/1 (123 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 6.47)
F du Plessis    1* (3b)      CB Mpofu    1-0-2-1
RE Levi    1* (2b)     

1.1

Jarvis to du Plessis, no run, good start, nice away shape gets the outside half of the bat, squirts to backward point

1.2

Jarvis to du Plessis, no run, another ball that shapes away from the right hander, left alone, good carry to the keeper

1.3

Jarvis to du Plessis, 1 wide, lets one go down the leg side, flicks at that, but called wide

1.3

Jarvis to du Plessis, 1 run, shape is still there, well forward, thick edge down to third man

1.4

Jarvis to Levi, 2 runs, gets forward and chips that over the inner ring, good controlled shot in the vacant leg side

1.5

Jarvis to Levi, SIX, oh dear, gets hold of that one, no fielder in play for that, goes a long long way over wide long on

1.6

Jarvis to Levi, SIX, and away it goes again, touch to straight, flicks that low and flat over forward square leg

End of over 2 (16 runs) South Africa XI 18/1 (107 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 5.94)
RE Levi    15* (5b 2x6)      KM Jarvis    1-0-16-0
F du Plessis    2* (6b)      CB Mpofu    1-0-2-1

2.1

Mpofu to du Plessis, 1 wide, wide called way down the leg side

2.1

Mpofu to du Plessis, FOUR, du Plessis joins in now, down the pitch and muscled over the extra cover

2.2

Mpofu to du Plessis, 1 run, works this one off the legs down to deep backward square leg

2.3

Mpofu to Levi, no run, shortish outside the off, angled bat, can not get it past the backward point

2.4

Mpofu to Levi, 1 run, goes a touch short, too straight, drags that from the front foot to the deep midwicket

2.5

Mpofu to du Plessis, 1 run, worked off the legs to the deep backward square leg

2.6

Mpofu to Levi, no run, short, quick ball that, beaten as he pulls

End of over 3 (8 runs) South Africa XI 26/1 (99 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 8.66, RRR: 5.82)
RE Levi    16* (8b 2x6)      CB Mpofu    2-0-10-1
F du Plessis    8* (9b 1x4)      KM Jarvis    1-0-16-0

3.1

Chigumbura to du Plessis, 1 run, fullish ball on the legs, nudges behind square on the on side

3.2

Chigumbura to Levi, FOUR, too short, whips around on that fine leg up has no chance

3.3

Chigumbura to Levi, SIX, in the arc and that is clipped away along way, lands on the stadium roof, and over the back

They have had to send a taxi to fetch that ball

3.4

Chigumbura to Levi, no run, round the wicket, better ball, angled across but right up there in the block hole, dabs it down the pitch

3.5

Chigumbura to Levi, no run, big leg side ball, flicks, bottom edge saves the wide being called, Taylor does well

3.6

Chigumbura to Levi, FOUR, outside off, drives, edges wide of keeper, races away inside third man

End of over 4 (15 runs) South Africa XI 41/1 (84 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 10.25, RRR: 5.25)
RE Levi    30* (13b 2x4 3x6)      E Chigumbura    1-0-15-0
F du Plessis    9* (10b 1x4)      CB Mpofu    2-0-10-1

4.1

Utseya to du Plessis, FOUR, short ball, sits up, has all the time to pick his spot and puts it away on the hook

4.2

Utseya to du Plessis, 1 run, works that from line towards the deep midwicket

4.3

Utseya to Levi, no run, drives outside off, good line outside off, beaten

4.4

Utseya to Levi, FOUR, too short again, back and whips that away backward of square, 50 up

4.5

Utseya to Levi, FOUR, same ball, same shot, same result, just hit a lot harder

4.6

Utseya to Levi, no run, fuller ball, goes at the leg stump yorker, dug out to mid-on

Bangladesh will be liking this, remember the golden figure for them is 15 overs, 15.1 may be too much

End of over 5 (13 runs) South Africa XI 54/1 (71 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 10.80, RRR: 4.73)
RE Levi    38* (17b 4x4 3x6)      P Utseya    1-0-13-0
F du Plessis    14* (12b 2x4)      E Chigumbura    1-0-15-0

5.1

Jarvis to du Plessis, 1 leg bye, angled into the legs, maybe an off-cutter, taken high on the pad to short fine leg, quick run from Levi

5.2

Jarvis to Levi, 1 run, lucky to get away with that, jarvis that is, leg stump ball is well flicked off the legs, short fine leg does very well diving to right

5.3

Jarvis to du Plessis, OUT, GOOONEEE, outside off, shapes away, leaves the right hander as he comes down the pitch and spars at it, nick, regulation catch for Taylor

F du Plessis c †Taylor b Jarvis 14 (36m 14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Very good crowd in now, seem to be enjoying it, lots of chanting and singing

5.4

Jarvis to Ontong, no run, plays the ball from the crease to the on side

5.5

Jarvis to Ontong, no run, good ball again, some nice away swing, Ontong from the crease follows that, beaten

5.6

Jarvis to Ontong, no run, another beauty, drives outside off, beaten, better get his feet moving or he is going to follow du Plessis

End of over 6 (2 runs) South Africa XI 56/2 (69 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 9.33, RRR: 4.92)
JL Ontong    0* (3b)      KM Jarvis    2-0-17-1
RE Levi    39* (18b 4x4 3x6)      P Utseya    1-0-13-0

6.1

Utseya to Levi, 1 leg bye, leg stump line, flicks, beats the bat not the pads, runs away to the leg

6.2

Utseya to Ontong, no run, defends to the on side

6.3

Utseya to Ontong, no run, gets half forward, nudges to the on side, short midwicket in quick

6.4

Utseya to Ontong, 1 run, sweeps from length to deep square leg

6.5

Utseya to Levi, 1 run, nudges from the front foot wide of the short midwicket

6.6

Utseya to Ontong, no run, pushes to the on side, looks for one, short midwicket too quick for them

End of over 7 (3 runs) South Africa XI 59/2 (66 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 8.42, RRR: 5.07)
JL Ontong    1* (7b)      P Utseya    2-0-15-0
RE Levi    40* (20b 4x4 3x6)      KM Jarvis    2-0-17-1

7.1

Cremer to Levi, 4 wides, leg stump wide, Levi flicked at that, beats him and the keeper, good chase to the rope by the fielder

7.1

Cremer to Ontong, no run, defends the leg spinner from just on leg to the leg side

7.2

Cremer to Ontong, 1 run, on the back foot, punches down to the wide third man

7.3

Cremer to Levi, no run, sweeps straight at the short fine leg

7.4

Cremer to Levi, 1 run, straighter ball, stroked down the ground towards long on

7.5

Cremer to Ontong, no run, Ontong does not pick the google, all at sea, Taylor whips the bails off, TV called, and a fraction of the foot is back, lucky on two occasions there, nearly bowled aand stumped

7.6

Cremer to Ontong, 1 run, leg stump line, ripper of a leg spin, thick edge runs wide of the slip

End of over 8 (7 runs) South Africa XI 66/2 (59 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 8.25, RRR: 4.91)
JL Ontong    3* (11b)      AG Cremer    1-0-7-0
RE Levi    41* (22b 4x4 3x6)      P Utseya    2-0-15-0

8.1

Utseya to Ontong, 1 run, nudges to the on side

8.2

Utseya to Levi, 1 run, drives gently down the ground towards long on

8.3

Utseya to Ontong, 1 run, down the pitch, frees the arms, poor contact sends it bounding to long on

8.4

Utseya to Levi, 1 run, dabs that backward of square to the off side

8.5

Utseya to Ontong, 1 run, sweeps from length towards deep backward square leg

8.6

Utseya to Levi, SIX, enough of these one, gets the short ball and that is put away over backward square leg

End of over 9 (11 runs) South Africa XI 77/2 (48 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 8.55, RRR: 4.36)
RE Levi    49* (25b 4x4 4x6)      P Utseya    3-0-26-0
JL Ontong    6* (14b)      AG Cremer    1-0-7-0

9.1

Cremer to Ontong, 1 run, drives straight down the pitch, Cremer can just not get a full hand to it

9.2

Cremer to Levi, no run, sweeps too fine to the short fine leg

9.3

Cremer to Levi, 1 run, full toss on the off, dragged across to the long on, and that is 50 for him

9.4

Cremer to Ontong, FOUR, Ontong plays across the line, in the air, Waller at deep midwicket makes a great attempt, dives, just too far from him

9.5

Cremer to Ontong, 1 run, nudges that out on the on side

9.6

Cremer to Levi, 1 run, sweeps from length, drags it backward of square leg

End of over 10 (8 runs) South Africa XI 85/2 (40 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 8.50, RRR: 4.00)
RE Levi    51* (28b 4x4 4x6)      AG Cremer    2-0-15-0
JL Ontong    12* (17b 1x4)      P Utseya    3-0-26-0

10.1

Muzhange to Levi, 2 runs, near yorker is driven from low on the bat wide of the man at deep midwicket who has to make a lot of ground

10.2

Muzhange to Levi, 1 run, OUT, GOT HIM, drives down the ground to long off, Mpofu in quick, they take the second, great arm from the fielder, just above the bails, Taylor has the bails off, Levi not even close, keeps on running

RE Levi run out 54 (49m 30b 4x4 4x6) SR: 180.00

10.3

Muzhange to Behardien, 1 run, drives down the ground to long on

10.4

Muzhange to Ontong, no run, full toss outside off, drives, straight at cover, got away with that one

10.5

Muzhange to Ontong, no run, great yorker, nearly gets through, bat just got down to it, batsman has no idea where the ball is, wants a run, sent back

10.6

Muzhange to Ontong, 1 run, width and length is well driven at the deep square cover sweeper

End of over 11 (5 runs) South Africa XI 90/3 (35 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 8.18, RRR: 3.88)
JL Ontong    13* (20b 1x4)      R Muzhange    1-0-5-0
F Behardien    1* (1b)      AG Cremer    2-0-15-0

11.1

Cremer to Ontong, 1 run, sweeps towards the deep backward square leg

11.2

Cremer to Behardien, no run, gets the googly, Behardien also did not spot it, turns into the pad

11.3

Cremer to Behardien, no run, defends from line towards the on side

11.4

Cremer to Behardien, no run, all defensive to the off, that googly scared him

11.5

Cremer to Behardien, no run, gets another googly and he has still not spotted it, gets the bat ot it, bounces over the stumps

11.6

Cremer to Behardien, 1 run, back this time, gets the leggy, chops it to the off

End of over 12 (2 runs) South Africa XI 92/3 (33 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.66, RRR: 4.12)
F Behardien    2* (6b)      AG Cremer    3-0-17-0
JL Ontong    14* (21b 1x4)      R Muzhange    1-0-5-0

33 needed in 3 overs to get Bangladesh to the final, one would think that they have now started packing their bags

12.1

Muzhange to Behardien, no run, defends to the off

12.2

Muzhange to Behardien, 1 run, on the back foot, pushes firmly past the midwicket

12.3

Muzhange to Ontong, 1 run, almost the yorker is worked off line to deep square leg

12.4

Muzhange to Behardien, 2 runs, fuller ball on the leg, stroked well towards long on, just enough on that to get two

12.5

Muzhange to Behardien, 2 runs, drives down the ground wide of Mpofu at long off, this time the batsmen make sure they take the two quickly, again fires a return back

12.6

Muzhange to Behardien, 2 runs, worked from the legs to the on side, square leg in to clean up, 100 up

End of over 13 (8 runs) South Africa XI 100/3 (25 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.69, RRR: 3.57)
F Behardien    9* (11b)      R Muzhange    2-0-13-0
JL Ontong    15* (22b 1x4)      AG Cremer    3-0-17-0

13.1

Cremer to Ontong, 1 run, soft hands that from the off towards cover, quick but easy run

13.2

Cremer to Behardien, no run, gets a big stride in, stroked to the on side, Cremer round to the on side

13.3

Cremer to Behardien, no run, all defensive to the off

13.4

Cremer to Behardien, 1 run, full outside off, strokes the drive to long off, not taking any chances with Cremer

13.5

Cremer to Ontong, 1 run, sweeps from length to deep square leg

13.6

Cremer to Behardien, no run, shortish ball outside off, chops straight to the gully/short thrid man

End of over 14 (3 runs) South Africa XI 103/3 (22 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.35, RRR: 3.66)
F Behardien    10* (15b)      AG Cremer    4-0-20-0
JL Ontong    17* (24b 1x4)      R Muzhange    2-0-13-0

14.1

Muzhange to Ontong, 1 run, in the block hole, dug out to midwicket

14.2

Muzhange to Behardien, 1 run, driven firmly down the ground, no problem for long off

14.3

Muzhange to Ontong, 1 run, drives aswell, but this time to long on

14.4

Muzhange to Behardien, 2 runs, full ball outside off is dragged across down the ground to long on

14.5

Muzhange to Behardien, no run, good yorker, maybe some reverse swing as well, also well dug out on his toes, rolls away to the on side

14.6

Muzhange to Behardien, 2 runs, looking for the yorker again, good fielding from a sliding Sibanda at long on

A huge cheer goes up from the crowd knowing now that whatever happens Zimbabwe are in the final tomorrow and if South Africa wins then Bangladesh are on their way home

End of over 15 (7 runs) South Africa XI 110/3 (15 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.33, RRR: 3.00)
F Behardien    15* (19b)      R Muzhange    3-0-20-0
JL Ontong    19* (26b 1x4)      AG Cremer    4-0-20-0

15.1

Utseya to Ontong, 1 run, stroked down the ground to long on

15.2

Utseya to Behardien, 1 run, on the back foot, plays with the spin to the on side

15.3

Utseya to Ontong, no run, defends back down the pitch

15.4

Utseya to Ontong, 5 wides, oops, slips that down the leg side, beats everything but the boundary rope

15.4

Utseya to Ontong, 2 runs, pulls from the off to deep square leg, who does well going to ground to cut the boundary off

15.5

Utseya to Ontong, 1 run, well forward, worked to the on side, no rush for the South Africans

15.6

Utseya to Behardien, no run, flighted, not tempted, pushes gently to short midwicket

End of over 16 (10 runs) South Africa XI 120/3 (5 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.50, RRR: 1.25)
F Behardien    16* (21b)      P Utseya    4-0-36-0
JL Ontong    23* (30b 1x4)      R Muzhange    3-0-20-0

16.1

Waller to Ontong, 1 run, DROPPED, what was that, comes down the pitch, launches to the on side, Cremer diving forward at deep midwicket can not hold on

16.2

Waller to Behardien, no run, defends gently to the off

16.3

Waller to Behardien, no run, flighted up, drives firmly at cover

16.4

Waller to Behardien, 1 run, worked off the legs to deep sqyare leg, look for two, see that it is Mpofu, sent back, again he fires it in at the bowlers in, just safe

16.5

Waller to Ontong, OUT, GOT HIM, silly cricket from Ontong, been doing so well taking the ones and twos, looks to finish it off in one blow, launces towards long off, taken

JL Ontong c Sibanda b Waller 24 (43m 32b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

16.6

Waller to Behardien, 1 run, drives down the ground, note Mr Ontong, along the ground, to long off

End of over 17 (3 runs) South Africa XI 123/4 (2 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.23, RRR: 0.66)
F Behardien    18* (25b)      MN Waller    1-0-3-1
JA Morkel    0* (0b)      P Utseya    4-0-36-0

17.1

Matsikenyeri to Behardien, no run, strokes it straight back at the bowler

17.2

Matsikenyeri to Behardien, 1 run, stroked down the ground towards long on

17.3

Matsikenyeri to Morkel, no run, nudges from the legs to the on side, sets off, sent back

17.4

Matsikenyeri to Morkel, SIX, One blow is all he needs, flighted up on length and dispatched over wide midwicket

South Africa wins and makes the final against Zimbabwe tomorrow at the same venue.

A marked improvement from South Africa today but still work to be done. The youngsters came to the party with Morris showing some talent with the ball and his fielding ability. Parnell seems to have got over his nerves and performed very well today. Levi has shown what a match winner he can be.

Zimbabwe will be happy to make the final and have to look at the rolls that Masakadza and Cremer played in getting them this far. A dangerous team and will not be push-overs in tomorrows final.

Taylor: Too many early wickets lost today, but they did bowl a lot better today. We can at least come back tomorrow and know what to expect. Today we did have the luxury of knowing we were almost in the final. Tomorrow is another day but it will be a great challenge.

Amla: I am very happy with the performance today, the fielding was better and the bowling improved a lot. Richard (Levi) gave us a good start and we just took it from there. The pitch has improved over the tournament and we just need to improve this form into tomorrow.

MOM Wayne Parnell gets the match award - "Confidence plays a big part in bowling and I have got better every match, today has helped a lot with my self-confidence".

That concludes our coverage, be sure to be back tomorrow for the final, it is sure to be another good match.

Good night all.

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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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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