Zimbabwe Twenty20 Triangular Series, Final: Zimbabwe XI v South Africa XI at Harare, Jun 24, 2012
Zimbabwe XI won by 9 wickets (with 17 balls remaining)
Played at Harare Sports Club
24 June 2012 (20-over match)

13:00: Time to start this final. Richard Levi and Hashim Amla to open. Kyle Jarvis with the new ball. Here we go.

12:30: Good afternoon and welcome to the final of the Zimbabwean tri-series. As expected, South Africa will feature. They will play the hosts. Unexpectedly, they lost two of their four matches on the way, one each against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

Toss: South Africa have won the toss and will bat.

The captain who has called correctly has opted to bat on every occasion. While that proved the right call early in the week, the team chasing has won the last two matches at Harare Sports Club. It's a fairly slow surface with some grip and turn, a typical Zimbabwe winter wicket.

Brendan Taylor thinks this will be a good challenge for his men and admits he would also have batted first.


South Africa: Colin Ingram comes in ahead of Farhaan Beharidien and Chris Morris keep his place, which means no room for Marchant de Lange.

Zimbabwe: No changes to the side that lost to South Africa yesterday. Malcolm Waller keeps his place ahead of Craig Ervine and Elton Chigumbura is still in the XI.

South Africa have used this series to experiment with combinations and all the members of their 14-man squad have featured at some stage. Zimbabwe have stuck with a fairly set XI, as they look to build towards that World T20 in September.


Jarvis to Levi, OUT, on the money first up! Jarvis brings that in from slightly wide of the crease, Levi doesn't move his feet at all and he is struck on the front pad. It's a good, full ball, and a confident shout, that's given out. Levi is very unhappy, walks off shaking his head. Zimbabwe over the moon.

RE Levi lbw b Jarvis 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Jarvis to Ingram, 1 run, full again but not as close to the toes and Ingram drives into the covers, good fielding keeps it down to just one, South Africa on their way


Jarvis to Amla, 1 run, Jarvis keeps it full, showing some decent control against the left-right combo and Amla drives to mid-off


Jarvis to Ingram, no run, beats the bat this time, outside off and moving a touch away, Ingram thinks about chasing it, good carry as well through to Taylor


Jarvis to Ingram, no run, more movement here, outside off and kept going, Ingram wisely leaves alone


Jarvis to Ingram, 1 leg bye, on leg-stump line and played off the hips into the leg-side, ends a good over from Jarvis

End of over 1 (3 runs) South Africa XI 3/1

    • CA Ingram 1 (4b)
    • HM Amla 1 (1b)
    • KM Jarvis 1-0-2-1

Chris Mpofu on now


Mpofu to Ingram, 1 run, short, pulled away but without much control, it's down to baclward square leg and there's only one


Mpofu to Amla, 2 runs, short again and cut away through the gap on the off-side, not enough on it to get to the boundary but he will get two


Mpofu to Amla, OUT, my, my, my! Zimbabwe's bowlers working to a plan here. It's short again and Amla likes to play at those. He pulls but there's a man out there at deep square leg. Malcolm Waller takes the catch and South Africa are off to a disastrous start.

HM Amla c Waller b Mpofu 3 (7m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Mpofu to Ingram, 2 runs, wide, full and driven in the air, it's safe though as it finds the gap on the off-side and well reeled in again


Mpofu to Ingram, no run, full and straight, nothing on offer there for Ingram, defends into the offside


Mpofu to Ingram, 1 run, full again, Ingram opens the face and runs it past point to third man, no boundary for South Africa yet and Zimbabwe have claimed two big scalps

End of over 2 (6 runs) South Africa XI 9/2

    • CA Ingram 5 (8b)
    • F du Plessis 0 (0b)
    • CB Mpofu 1-0-6-1
    • KM Jarvis 1-0-2-1

Jarvis to Ingram, 1 run, full and width on offer there, Ingram just sticks the bat out and helps it on its way to third man, Du Plessis to face his first ball now


Jarvis to du Plessis, no run, oh, Du Plessis has come a little way down the pitch and tries to flick that away on the leg-side, gets some bat, some pad and it veers into the off


Jarvis to du Plessis, no run, full and moves away, left alone to the sounds of Zimbabwe's crowd signing their famed "hey, hey, hey" song


Jarvis to du Plessis, 1 run, full and on leg-stump, Du Plessis moves to the off side and plays that to short fine leg, he has his first run


Jarvis to Ingram, 1 run, excellent delivery from Jarvis, full and on leg-stump, there's a stifled appeal but it seems Ingram has got a little tickle of the willow, if he hadn't he may well have been a goner


Jarvis to du Plessis, 1 run, yorker-length and it surprises Du Plesiss. He falls over as he digs it out to deep backward square, that's three overs with not a single boundary, good work from Zimbabwe

End of over 3 (4 runs) South Africa XI 13/2

    • F du Plessis 2 (4b)
    • CA Ingram 7 (10b)
    • KM Jarvis 2-0-6-1
    • CB Mpofu 1-0-6-1

Mpofu to du Plessis, 1 wide, not so good this time, down the leg-side from Mpofu, he has been guilty of this in a few matches so far


Mpofu to du Plessis, 1 wide, trying too hard, bangs that in short, Du Plessis wants to pull but as he swings wildly, that goes down the legside for another wide


Mpofu to du Plessis, no run, much better, directs that at offstump and Du Plessis is on his toes, driving into the covers


Mpofu to du Plessis, no run, full and on offstump, Du Plessis plays and gets a small touch. The ball lands just behind the stumps and he thinks of a run, Taylor swoops in to stop it


Mpofu to du Plessis, no run, just back of a length, its the cutter again and Du Plessis is coming forward, that bounces on him and he can't fend it off the handle


Mpofu to du Plessis, 1 run, nudged into the leg-side as Du Plessis breaks the run of dot balls in this over


Mpofu to Ingram, no run, comes from wide of the crease, full and straight and defended away


Mpofu to Ingram, no run

driven in the air to the covers, fielded on the bounce, no boundary yet, four overs gone.

End of over 4 (3 runs) South Africa XI 16/2

    • CA Ingram 7 (12b)
    • F du Plessis 3 (8b)
    • CB Mpofu 2-0-9-1
    • KM Jarvis 2-0-6-1

Spin being introduced earlier than expected, Prosper Utseya into the attack


Utseya to du Plessis, no run, tries to cut away but makes no contact


Utseya to du Plessis, 1 run, touch shorter and wristily played into the leg-side


Utseya to Ingram, SIX, now there's a boundary! Flight from Utseya, bit of width as well and Ingram has picked that up and hit it over the Harare Sports Club roof. He is strong on that leg-side.


Utseya to Ingram, no run, surprised by the turn this time, tries to carve on the off side but misses


Utseya to Ingram, FOUR, outside edge and Taylor will rue not having a slip there, beats third man as well


Utseya to Ingram, no run, appeal for the lbw but there's no interest from the umpire, seems an inside edge onto the pad

End of over 5 (11 runs) South Africa XI 27/2

    • CA Ingram 17 (16b 1x4 1x6)
    • F du Plessis 4 (10b)
    • P Utseya 1-0-11-0
    • CB Mpofu 2-0-9-1

Richard Muzhange into the attack


Muzhange to du Plessis, no run, doing what he does best, full and well directed, Du Plessis charges him but swings and misses


Muzhange to du Plessis, no run, good bowling from Muzhange, full again and Du Plessis wants to dab down to third man but makes no contact


Muzhange to du Plessis, FOUR, full again but width this time and Du Plessis likes to come dancing down, he smacks that through the off side and gets his first boundary


Muzhange to du Plessis, 1 wide, touch shorter but too wide outside off


Muzhange to du Plessis, FOUR, full toss, Du Plessis gets a gift there, drives as he comes down the pitch into the gap between point and cover


Muzhange to du Plessis, 2 runs, Dropped: slices in the air over the covers, it's gone very high off the outside edge and Stuart Matsikenyeri is in two minds whether to backpedal or turn and run. In the end he does neither properly and clangs that.


Muzhange to du Plessis, 1 run, Du Plessis keeps coming down the wicket, drives to mid-off to end a good over for South Africa.

End of over 6 (12 runs) South Africa XI 39/2

    • F du Plessis 15 (16b 2x4)
    • CA Ingram 17 (16b 1x4 1x6)
    • R Muzhange 1-0-12-0
    • P Utseya 1-0-11-0

Utseya to du Plessis, 1 run, driven to long-on


Utseya to Ingram, 1 run, scampered single, into the leg side


Utseya to du Plessis, 1 run, tapped to short mid-wicket, nudge and run stuff here


Utseya to Ingram, 1 run, comes down the pitch and turns that to deep backward square


Utseya to du Plessis, 1 run, hit past point, just evades the fielder there, singles off every ball in this over so far


Utseya to Ingram, no run, not this time, tries the sweep but hasn't got enough on it, short fine leg is up and stops the run

End of over 7 (5 runs) South Africa XI 44/2

    • CA Ingram 19 (19b 1x4 1x6)
    • F du Plessis 18 (19b 2x4)
    • P Utseya 2-0-16-0
    • R Muzhange 1-0-12-0

Spin from both ends, Cremer in for some leggies


Cremer to du Plessis, 1 run, immediately played into the off side for a quick run


Cremer to Ingram, OUT, shorter and cut away, straight to short third man, no butter finger this time. Cremer seems to be holding his collarbone in a bit of pain, but for now, it doesn't matter, important wicket here.

CA Ingram c Utseya b Cremer 19 (31m 20b 1x4 1x6) SR: 95.00

Justin Ontong has had a good run so far, let's see how he goes


Cremer to Ontong, no run, beaten by the turn, looking to steer to third man but can't get hold of it


Cremer to Ontong, 1 run, driven to long off


Cremer to du Plessis, no run, Cremer keeping the lid on, full and defended into the covers


Cremer to du Plessis, 1 run, turned away to mid-wicket, a successful over for Zimbabwe

End of over 8 (3 runs) South Africa XI 47/3

    • F du Plessis 20 (22b 2x4)
    • JL Ontong 1 (2b)
    • AG Cremer 1-0-3-1
    • P Utseya 2-0-16-0

Utseya to du Plessis, 1 run, defended back to Utseya


Utseya to Ontong, 1 run


Utseya to du Plessis, 1 run


Utseya to du Plessis, 2 runs


Utseya to du Plessis, no run


Utseya to du Plessis, 1 run

End of over 9 (5 runs) South Africa XI 52/3

    • F du Plessis 24 (27b 2x4)
    • JL Ontong 2 (3b)
    • P Utseya 3-0-21-0
    • AG Cremer 1-0-3-1

A few technical problems from Harare, apologies for that.


Cremer to du Plessis, 1 run, driven down to long-off, Du Plessis showing some great footwork


Cremer to Ontong, 1 run, carbon-copy shot there from Ontong


Cremer to du Plessis, no run, driven to mid-wicket, quick fielding quells any thoughts of a run


Cremer to du Plessis, 1 leg bye, off the pads to short fine leg, Taylor almost appeals but that was certainly going down and too high


Cremer to Ontong, 1 run, tapped to deep backward square


Cremer to du Plessis, 1 run, makes some room and slaps to deep mid-wicket, halfway through for South Africa and the going has been fairly tough.

End of over 10 (5 runs) South Africa XI 57/3

    • F du Plessis 26 (31b 2x4)
    • JL Ontong 4 (5b)
    • AG Cremer 2-0-7-1
    • P Utseya 3-0-21-0

Utseya to du Plessis, 3 runs, Driven in the air to the covers, Cremer lets it through his legs and the ball rolls to the boundary, there's thoughts of a third and they get it comfortably


Utseya to Ontong, 1 run, driven past Utseya who makes a half hearted attempt to stop the run


Utseya to du Plessis, 1 run, driven wider this time, down to long-off


Utseya to Ontong, OUT, what a funny wicket. Ontong feeds that back to Utseya, who gets down quickly and catches it in between his legs, Ontong hesitates a moment, not sure he is out but that's a clean catch and he has to go

JL Ontong c & b Utseya 5 (10m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42


Utseya to Vilas, 1 run, run down to fine leg , Vilas is off the mark


Utseya to du Plessis, 2 runs, played on the leg-side, but of a fumble but they get there

End of over 11 (8 runs) South Africa XI 65/4

    • F du Plessis 32 (34b 2x4)
    • DJ Vilas 1 (1b)
    • P Utseya 4-0-29-1
    • AG Cremer 2-0-7-1

More spin as Malcolm Waller comes on


Waller to Vilas, 1 run, dinky little shot, paddled away to short third man


Waller to du Plessis, 1 run, Tapped past square leg


Waller to Vilas, OUT, as he did yesterday, Waller gets a surpise wicket. Vilas wants to cut away but its not short enough. Makes some room and gets a bottom edge. It's a tricky catch for BT but he doesn't make a mistake, he has been good behind the stumps

DJ Vilas c †Taylor b Waller 2 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Albie Morkel arrives


Waller to Morkel, no run, flicked to fine leg


Waller to Morkel, no run, full and hit into the covers, no run there


Waller to Morkel, 1 run, Albie drives to long-off, Sibanda picks it up, almost fumbles but manages to pick up cleanly

End of over 12 (3 runs) South Africa XI 68/5

    • JA Morkel 1 (3b)
    • F du Plessis 33 (35b 2x4)
    • MN Waller 1-0-3-1
    • P Utseya 4-0-29-1

Cremer back from Utseya's end now


Cremer to Morkel, FOUR, easy as you like! Short, not too short and he stands still and pulls. Well placed into the gap on the leg side and that's four.


Cremer to Morkel, FOUR, on leg stump and Morkel guides that past short fine leg, not the best delivery Cremer has ever bowled and Morkel's placement is good again


Cremer to Morkel, 1 run

better delivery and driven to long off


Cremer to du Plessis, no run, full and keeps Du Plessis rooted to the crease


Cremer to du Plessis, 1 run, bit of air and driven down to long on


Cremer to Morkel, no run, on leg stump, Morkel doesn't make any room this time, he wants to flick it away fine but doesn't get hold of it, still, a good over for South Africa

End of over 13 (10 runs) South Africa XI 78/5

    • JA Morkel 10 (7b 2x4)
    • F du Plessis 34 (37b 2x4)
    • AG Cremer 3-0-17-1
    • MN Waller 1-0-3-1

Waller to du Plessis, 1 run, in the air from Du Plessis, chipped to mid-on but lands safely


Waller to Morkel, 1 run, lots of turn there, off the edge and into the point region


Waller to du Plessis, 2 runs, width outside off and cut away into the covers, finds the gap but there's protection on the boundary


Waller to du Plessis, 1 run, tapped to mid-wicket, Du Plessis moving his feet nicely


Waller to Morkel, 1 run, full and pushed to point, there's a fielder there and Utseya picks up on the bounce and shies at the non-strikers end, that would have been out if he'd hit


Waller to du Plessis, 2 runs, picked up well and flicked past short fine, Du Plessis is on his skates as he calls Morkel through

End of over 14 (8 runs) South Africa XI 86/5

    • F du Plessis 40 (41b 2x4)
    • JA Morkel 12 (9b 2x4)
    • MN Waller 2-0-11-1
    • AG Cremer 3-0-17-1

Mpofu back


Mpofu to Morkel, 1 run, short and put away on the off-side, Du Plessis got on top of that but ended up not hitting it hard enough and there's only one run because of the fielder down on the rope


Mpofu to du Plessis, 2 runs, cutter again and turned on the leg-side, Du Plessis uses the wrists well and Waller is quick to field that


Mpofu to du Plessis, 1 run, pulled on the leg-side, kept down to one


Mpofu to Morkel, 1 run, carved into the covers, quick running again


Mpofu to du Plessis, 1 run, pushed to mid-off, Du Plessis concentrating on strike rotation more than anything else


Mpofu to Morkel, FOUR, lovely shot from Morkel but a really poor ball from Mpofu, short and on the pads, Morkel pulls one-legged to fine leg, free runs that

End of over 15 (10 runs) South Africa XI 96/5

    • JA Morkel 18 (12b 3x4)
    • F du Plessis 44 (44b 2x4)
    • CB Mpofu 3-0-19-1
    • MN Waller 2-0-11-1

Muzhange back to bowl his yorkers


Muzhange to du Plessis, FOUR, full but too leg side and Du Plessis has shuffled across the stumps to play fine for four. No-one in the circle.


Muzhange to du Plessis, no run, in the blockhole and Du Plesis digs it out, Morkel has come a long way down the pitch and is sent back. He kicks the ball away as Muzhange tries to get to it, that would have been a sure run-put but he survives


Muzhange to du Plessis, 1 run, flicked away on the leg side


Muzhange to Morkel, 1 run, width of offer, Morkel cuts and cuts hard but there is a fielder out there on the deep cover fence, Waller reaches it quickly and keeps it down to one


Muzhange to du Plessis, 1 run, yorker length, Du Plessis in two minds but gets an edge that just pops down to short third man, he brings up a well played half-century, dropped once but pretty fluent


Muzhange to Morkel, 1 run, Morkel is standing outside off and Muzhange does not let him make room as he aims on middle and Morkel can only push to the leg side

End of over 16 (8 runs) South Africa XI 104/5

    • JA Morkel 20 (14b 3x4)
    • F du Plessis 50 (48b 3x4)
    • R Muzhange 2-0-20-0
    • CB Mpofu 3-0-19-1

Jarvis back


Jarvis to Morkel, 2 runs, driven to long-off and good running ensures two, if they can't find the boundary, may as well create pressure this way


Jarvis to Morkel, 2 runs, full and driven past Jarvis, pin straight, Vusi Sibanda is out there and makes a sliding stop, there's two more


Jarvis to Morkel, 1 run, in the blockhold and Du Plessis can only defend, good ball but still concedes a run


Jarvis to du Plessis, 2 runs, full toss and smacked away on the leg side, Du Plessis and Morkel turning ones into twos regularly


Jarvis to du Plessis, FOUR, dinky! Du Plessis goes down on one knee and plays a chip shot, improvisation there, just evades the fielder at short fine leg and races away for four


Jarvis to du Plessis, 1 run, does it again, but its not as full this time and the ball goes along the ground, profitable over for South Africa, still on track for a total over 140

End of over 17 (12 runs) South Africa XI 116/5

    • F du Plessis 57 (51b 4x4)
    • JA Morkel 25 (17b 3x4)
    • KM Jarvis 3-0-18-1
    • R Muzhange 2-0-20-0

Muzhange to du Plessis, 1 run, full, well dug out and driven to long off to bring up the 50 partnership between Morkel and Du Plessis, much better from their middle order today


Muzhange to Morkel, no run, yorker length,outside off and Morkel can't dab it down to third man


Muzhange to Morkel, 1 run, same again, Morkel's get a touch on it to point. Du Plessis wants the run, Morkel has to hurry but the throw comes in at the wrong end and they both make it comfortably


Muzhange to du Plessis, SIX, the Du Plessis scoop on display again. Down on one knee, plays that over his shoulder, knows fine leg is up in the circle and gets the maximum. Albie Morkel, meanwhile, is receiving treatment on his quad

Morkel has had to run very hard with Du Plessis on the other end and he looks like he tweaked something. He's not up yet but seems to be getting there. This will be worrying for South Africa, Morkel will have to bowl as well later on. Back up but not looking his best, Morkel will continue.


Muzhange to du Plessis, 1 run, full but Du Plessis makes room and drives to long off and he jogs the single this time


Muzhange to Morkel, no run, in the blockhole and Morkel hangs his bat out but doesn't make contact, two overs left and South Africa still in sight of a total around 140

End of over 18 (9 runs) South Africa XI 125/5

    • JA Morkel 26 (20b 3x4)
    • F du Plessis 65 (54b 4x4 1x6)
    • R Muzhange 3-0-29-0
    • KM Jarvis 3-0-18-1

Jarvis to du Plessis, 1 run, full and driven to the covers

Albie Morkel is bothered by something behind the bowler's arm, Jarvis has to abort his run up


Jarvis to Morkel, 1 run, full, driven in the air to long-off, Masakadza is there to pick it up


Jarvis to du Plessis, no run, superb from Jarvis, in the blockhole and nobody can do anything with that


Jarvis to du Plessis, OUT, Du Plessis wants to have a go, full and he is under it as he clears the front leg, the top-edge goes high and Masakadza has time to get under it and take a good catch

F du Plessis c Masakadza b Jarvis 66 (77m 57b 4x4 1x6) SR: 115.78

Super innings from Du Plessis, showed glimpses of his IPL form earlier this year. Wayne Parnell at the crease to finish things off


Jarvis to Morkel, 1 run, smacked to long-off and Taylor is madly calling for it to be thrown to the keeper's end, the fielder doesn't respond quickly enough though


Jarvis to Parnell, 1 run, driven down the ground again, just one to long-off, Jarvis has ended a good four overs

End of over 19 (4 runs) South Africa XI 129/6

    • WD Parnell 1 (1b)
    • JA Morkel 28 (22b 3x4)
    • KM Jarvis 4-0-22-2
    • R Muzhange 3-0-29-0

Muzhange will bowl the last over


Muzhange to Parnell, no run, doing what he does best, full, outside off and a dot ball


Muzhange to Parnell, FOUR, cute little flick on the leg side, was in the air for a while and Matsikenyeri should have stopped that, its gone through and that's a boundary


Muzhange to Parnell, 2 runs, better from Muzhange, fuller but Parnell times the drive to long-off well and pushes for a second, despite Morkel's injury


Muzhange to Parnell, FOUR, leg side flick again and finds the gap again, Taylor does not have anyone manning the boundary there and Parnell has pushed South Africa close to 140


Muzhange to Parnell, 1 run, full and driven to long-off, Morkel will face the last ball


Muzhange to Morkel, SIX, Morkel at his best. Full, he comes down the pitch to get under it, smacks it over long-off and into the stands. South Africa finish on 146.

Zimbabwe would probably have taken this score at the beginning. Join us shortly for the chase.

Faf: I really struggled in the beginning. I think this is the kind of wicket where its not easy to play shots. My role was to try and take the partnerships deep and not go too hard too soon. You've just got to hang in there, it's so easy to get frustrated. I think this is a par score.

A good recovery from South Africa then after the loss of Levi and Amla early on. Du Plessis was dropped once on his way to the top-score of this innings and Morkel partnered him well. Parnell ended it energetically as well. Zimbabwe started so well with the ball, led by Jarvis. Mpofu and the spinners controlled matters but Muzhange was expensive, especially in the final over.

End of over 20 (17 runs) South Africa XI 146/6

    • JA Morkel 34 (23b 3x4 1x6)
    • WD Parnell 12 (6b 2x4)
    • R Muzhange 4-0-46-0
    • KM Jarvis 4-0-22-2





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