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Zim XI vs SAf XI, 6th Match at Harare, , Jun 23 2012 - Ball by Ball Commentary

6th Match, Harare, June 23, 2012, Zimbabwe Twenty20 Triangular Series
(17.4/20 ov, T:125) 130/4

SAf XI won by 6 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
Full commentary

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.

Stuart to Morkel, SIX runs

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

Stuart to Morkel, no run

nudges from the legs to the on side, sets off, sent back

Stuart to Behardien, 1 run

stroked down the ground towards long on

Stuart to Behardien, no run

strokes it straight back at the bowler

end of over 173 runs • 1 wicket
SAfXI: 123/4CRR: 7.23 RRR: 0.66
Farhaan Behardien18 (25b)
Albie Morkel0 (0b)
Malcolm Waller 1-0-3-1
Prosper Utseya 4-0-36-0
Waller to Behardien, 1 run

drives down the ground, note Mr Ontong, along the ground, to long off

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

Justin Ontong c Sibanda b Waller 24 (32b 1x4 0x6 43m) SR: 75
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

Waller to Behardien, no run

flighted up, drives firmly at cover

Waller to Behardien, no run

defends gently to the off

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

end of over 1610 runs
SAfXI: 120/3CRR: 7.50 RRR: 1.25
Farhaan Behardien16 (21b)
Justin Ontong23 (30b 1x4)
Prosper Utseya 4-0-36-0
Richard Muzhange 3-0-20-0
Utseya to Behardien, no run

flighted, not tempted, pushes gently to short midwicket

Utseya to Ontong, 1 run

well forward, worked to the on side, no rush for the South Africans

Utseya to Ontong, 2 runs

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

Utseya to Ontong, 5 wide

oops, slips that down the leg side, beats everything but the boundary rope

Utseya to Ontong, no run

defends back down the pitch

Utseya to Behardien, 1 run

on the back foot, plays with the spin to the on side

Utseya to Ontong, 1 run

stroked down the ground to long on

end of over 157 runs
SAfXI: 110/3CRR: 7.33 RRR: 3.00
Farhaan Behardien15 (19b)
Justin Ontong19 (26b 1x4)
Richard Muzhange 3-0-20-0
Graeme Cremer 4-0-20-0

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

Muzhange to Behardien, 2 runs

looking for the yorker again, good fielding from a sliding Sibanda at long on

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

Muzhange to Behardien, 2 runs

full ball outside off is dragged across down the ground to long on

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