Thrashed Zimbabwe crash out
South Africa and hosts Sri Lanka were the first teams to reach the World Twenty20 Super Eights when the former eliminated Zimbabwe via a 10-wicket demolition.
Jacques Kallis’ T20-best 4-15 from four overs helped to limit Zimbabwe to 93 for eight - their second lowest format total. That it bettered their 84 versus New Zealand in the last competition owed much to Craig Ervine’s 37.
The Proteas required just 12.4 overs to reach their target with Richard Levi and Hashim Amla making 50 and 32 respectively.
Sri Lanka, who thrashed Zimbabwe by 82 runs on Tuesday’s tournament opener, face South Africa on Saturday to decide who will top Group C - all of whose games are at Hambantota.
A heavy shower preceded today’s toss when AB de Villiers opted to bowl first and announced Farhaan Behardien would play his second T20 international. Brendan Taylor revealed Ray Price would replace Malcolm Waller.
Dale Steyn, whose four overs cost only nine, conceded a single from each of his first two and Morne Morkel broke through in both of his, bowling Vusi Sibanda for nought and having Taylor caught behind.
In the fifth over Hamilton Masakadza was caught at mid-on off Albie Morkel, but there was no further breakthrough until the 11th when Kallis had Stuart Matsikenyeri held at extra-cover for 11 and trapped Elton Chigumbura plumb lbw first ball.
Kallis changed ends and snared Graeme Cremer caught behind before Steyn removed Prosper Utseya in the same fashion. Ervine’s resistance ended likewise and Zimbabwe limped through the rest of their overs.
Amla took Kyle Jarvis for two off-side fours in the first over of the reply to set the tone and boundaries came regularly as South Africa’s fifty arrived in the sixth over when Levi twice found the rope.
Amla, on 29, was dropped at backward point by Sibanda off Jarvis and Levi’s half-century came two deliveries before victory.