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SAf XI vs Zim XI, Final at Harare, , Jun 24 2012 - Ball by Ball Commentary

Final, Harare, June 24, 2012, Zimbabwe Twenty20 Triangular Series
(17.1/20 ov, T:147) 150/1

Zim XI won by 9 wickets (with 17 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
59* (41)
Player Of The Series
267 runs
Full commentary

The end of an eventful week. It's a pleasure being with you. Cheers for now.

Post Match Presentation:

Man of the match Brendan Taylor: It's a huge feeling to beat a quality team. It shows us that we are heading in the right direction and we've been putting in the hard yards. We know we are a team that needs to put in a bit extra and we did.

Man of the Series Hamilton Masakadza: I am ecstatic, over the moon. All the hard work is paying off. We just kept thinking hang in there and stay calm. BT and I knew the longer we stayed together, the closer we would get to the total.

Hashim Amla: From the start we had, 146 was a good defendable score. It's quite disappointing but hats off to Zimbabwe, they deserved to win. We knew what the squad for Sri Lanka will be, this is a good indicator to selectors. It was challenging, similar to what we could expect in Sri Lanka, a worthy exercise and hopefully we walk away with some hard lessons learnt.

Zimbabwe are in the same group as South Africa in the World T20. They beat them twice in this tournament, although bear in mind that South Africa were without many of their first choice players.

Memories of August last year when Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh in their Test comeback. Zimbabwe's players embark on a lap of honour with their flag and the crowd runs onto the field with them. This is not a pitch invasion, they are hugging their players in joy and quickly clear out. It's a beautiful day to be in Harare and a special time to be one of the Zimbabwean XI. This is what cricket is about. Enjoy!

Parnell to Taylor, FOUR runs

BT wins the match for his country. Full toss, pulled away and Zimbabwe have done it! They've got one over their big brothers and this means so much to them. BT and Hamilton embrace, Hamilton ruffles his captains hair and there is a man blowing a vuvuzela on the field. This tournament was dubbed pointless but I'll tell you, there's a massive point in it for Zimbabwe.

end of over 1715 runs
ZimXI: 146/1CRR: 8.58 RRR: 0.33
Hamilton Masakadza58 (50b 6x4 2x6)
Brendan Taylor55 (40b 5x4 1x6)
Lonwabo Tsotsobe 4-0-43-0
Chris Morris 4-0-24-1
Tsotsobe to Masakadza, FOUR runs

Masakadza has put the teams on level terms. Driven over long-off, four more. He pumps his fist and there's a huge smile on his face. This is quite magical. Having covered Zimbabwe for most of the last year, I can tell you there's some emotion here.

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, FOUR runs

he wants to finish this himself, driven in the air over long-on and Zimbabwe one shot away

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, FOUR runs

there's the one more. Pulled through mid-wicket, no-one there so the ball labours to the rope. Masakadza's fourth fifty in the series, what a run of form he has hit. Well deserved, Hammy.

Tsotsobe to Taylor, 1 run

turned around the corner, Taylor wants two, no need.

Tsotsobe to Taylor, 2 runs

goes aerial, under a full one and carved over the infield, falls safe and two more runs ran

Tsotsobe to Taylor, no run

Good carry there, Taylor follows the ball, misses the outside edge, vuvuzelas blowing loudly

end of over 161 run
ZimXI: 131/1CRR: 8.18 RRR: 4.00
Hamilton Masakadza46 (47b 3x4 2x6)
Brendan Taylor52 (37b 5x4 1x6)
Chris Morris 4-0-24-1
Lonwabo Tsotsobe 3-0-28-0
Morris to Masakadza, no run

Morris is back, toe strapped up, and he sends his last ball down to be driven by Taylor into the leg-side

Morris seems to have hurt his toe. Can't really see what it is but given the length of time, its either a cut or a dislocation.

Morris to Masakadza, no run

driven to the covers, Masakadza is looking for that one more shot to get fifty - one more one more one more from the crowd.

Morris to Taylor, 1 run

turned past square leg

Morris to Taylor, no run

good bowling from Morris, full and straight and driven to mid-on

Morris to Taylor, no run

driven to the covers, no run on offer there

Morris to Taylor, no run

good ball, in the blockhole and kept out by Taylor

Morris back again, Amla searching for a wicket

end of over 158 runs
ZimXI: 130/1CRR: 8.66 RRR: 3.40
Hamilton Masakadza46 (45b 3x4 2x6)
Brendan Taylor51 (33b 5x4 1x6)
Lonwabo Tsotsobe 3-0-28-0
Faf du Plessis 3-0-18-0
Tsotsobe to Masakadza, no run

pushed to point, thoughts of a run but no need to push it, Masakadza stays put

Tsotsobe to Taylor, 1 run

pulled away to fine leg, well played again, short from Tsotsobe

Tsotsobe to Taylor, 6 runs

what do we have here? Taylor bottom edges that into the leg side, where there is a sizeable gap and calls for two, there's a shy at the stumps and a deflection off Tsotsobe and Peterson is backing up too far away, four overthrows gives Taylor's his first half-century of the tournament.

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, 1 run

driven through the covers

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, no run

quicker and hurries Masakadza into the shot, screams off the edge to point

Tsotsobe to Masakadza, no run

bit of width, driven to point, Tsotsobe lucky to take no punishment

Lopsy is back into the attack, he hasn't had it easy

end of over 149 runs
ZimXI: 122/1CRR: 8.71 RRR: 4.16
Hamilton Masakadza45 (41b 3x4 2x6)
Brendan Taylor44 (31b 5x4 1x6)
Faf du Plessis 3-0-18-0
Wayne Parnell 3-0-23-0
du Plessis to Masakadza, 1 run

there's that lovely drive again, Masakadza on 45, its noisy in Harare today

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