S Africa vs Zimbabwe
South Africa win by seven wickets
South Africa really made mincemeat of a total that looked to be pretty decent. Loots Botsman and Graeme Smith got them off to a very good start. The two openers and debutant Colin Ingram went in quick succession and everyone thought it was game on. However, JP Duminy and David Miller hit an unbeaten half-century stand to take South Africa to a comfortable win. Thank you for your company and do join us again on Sunday for the second and final T20.
Over 16 Cremer 2-1-4-6
169-3- South Africa need another 14 runs as Prosper Utseya come back into the attack. Duminy gets a couple down the ground and then picks up four through extra cover. Nice timing and placement on the last shot. He finishes the match with six over the long-on boundary. That's that people.
Over 15 Mpofu 0-0-1-1-1lb-1
155-3 - This has been a brilliant partnership from these two as South Africa was a spot of bother after losing three quick wickets. Short and over the batsman's shoulders from Mpofu, but the umpire decides not to give it as a wide. Miller cracks it straight to extra cover and Utseya does well to stop it, but they take a run on the fumble. Duminy angles it down to third man.
Over 14 Rainsford 1-2-1-4-4-1
151-3 - Rainsford is also back for his second spell. He went for 29 in his first two overs. Miller pushes it down the ground while Duminy pulls for a couple. Delicate touch down to third man from Duminy. His confidence is returning. Miller pulls again and gets for more. The 150 and half-century partnership come up as Miller uses his feet to smash it over extra cover.
Over 13 Mpofu 0-0-1-0-1-0
138-3 - We will have some again as Chris Mpofu comes back into the attack. He mixes things up by sending down a shorter one to Duminy. The two left-handers pick up a couple of singles to the leg-side. Tidy over from Mpofu.
Over 12 Cremer 1-6-1-6-0-4
136-3 - Miller takes one before Duminy shows some aggression by coming down the ground and going over deep midwicket. The target is now below 50. Miller also has his dancing shoes on and goes over long-off for six. Four more as a shorter ball is pulled through midwicket for four.
Over 11 Dabengwa 1-4-1-1-1-4
118-3 - Keith Dabengwa is into the attack. South Africa only need a run a ball from here on in. Duminy takes one with a ticke before Miller pulls powerfully to backward square leg. Duminy tries to take a single that's not there. He rightly gets sent back, but the throw is wild and it's four extra runs to the South African total.
Over 10 Cremer 0-1-0-0-2-4
106-3 - The spinners have done a job here for Zimbabwe and the hosts are in a little bit of trouble after those three quick wickets. Duminy uses his feet to push it down the ground. That brings up South Africa's 100. Miller is all defence first up and then uses his feet to pick up two to long-off. Oops! Mpofu makes a meal of a straightforward sweep at deep backward square leg and Miller gets four.
Over 9 Utseya 1-0-1-W-0-0
99-3 - Ingram and Duminy pick up a couple of singles. WICKET! Ingram goes for three on debut as he pulls it straight to deep backward square leg. He is replaced by another inexperienced player in David Miller. Chigumbura decides to bring in a slip to put pressure on the youngster.
Over 8 Cremer 1-4-W-1-0-1
97-2 - Leg-spinner Graeme Cremer comes into the attack. His economy rate is just under five and he will bowl to debutant Colin Ingram. The 'newbie' is away with a single to the leg-side. Smith continues the onslaught as he sweeps powerfully along the ground to deep midwicket. WICKET! He attempts another sweep shot, but this time he misses the ball. It was full and he was right in front. Window of opportunity fo Zimbabwe as JP Duminy strides out to the middle.
Over 7 Utseya 2-2-1-6-1-W
90-1 - The runs continue to come freely as Bosman gets a couple to deep midwicket. He gets another couple, but this time it's airborne, but the man can't get there. Graeme Smith goes to 53 off 26b, 8x4, 2x6. WICKET! Zimbabwe get a wicket, but half the job is done. He looks to go over long-off for his fourth six, but holes out to Taylor.
Over 6 Masakadza 4-4-6-0-0-0
78-0 - It's the final over for the Powerplay and the South Africans will be looking to take new bowler Hamilton Masakadza to the cleaners as well. He's bowling gentle medium pacers and Smith smashes him down the ground for four. And again, this time over mid-off. This is all too easy for Smith as he helps himself to six more over deep midwicket. Ooh! A dot ball! Dropped! Now there's a drop as Mpofu puts it down at short fine leg.
Over 5 Utseya 2lb-4-4-1-0-4
64-0 - Captain Chigumbura looks to former skipper Prosper Utseya to stem the flow of runs. Smith tickles it around the corner for a couple of leg byes. Smith is really on a roll and he pulls a couple of times for back-to-back boundaries. The first four brought up the half-century stand. Bosman goes down the ground and it's four more.
Over 4 Rainsford 0-1-2-1-6-6
49-0 - The South Africans will be happy with this start, especially with their inexperienced middle-order. Bosman gets one down the ground. Umpire Jerling has a word with the captain and then gives Rainsford an official warning for running onto the pitch. Smith doesn't get all if it, but still picks up a couple down the ground. Smith gives himself room, but gets only one down the ground. Bosman stands and delivers over mid-off for six. He repeats the trick next ball and the result is the same.
Over 3 Mpofu 2-4-0-4-wd-0-4
33-0 - Smith whips it over midwicket. It's a little too high, but it falls in no-man's land and he gets a couple. The next one just sits up and Smith pulls it along the ground for four. Misfield at point and Smith charges down the track, but his partner is not interested and sends him back. He has to get into fourth gear, but the throw is too high. Four more as Smith pulls another one that's too short. Smith finishes another big over for the hosts by charging down the track and going over mid-off.
Over 2 Rainsford 1-1-1-6-4-0
18-0 - Edward Rainsford will share the new ball. He will be confident after some good displays against Ireland in their recent ODI series. Smith and Bosman rotate the strike with a couple of singles around the park. Shot! The first shot in anger goes over the ropes for six. It's up there from Rainsford and Bosman stands and delivers over long-off. Next one is straighter and Bosman whips it through midwicket.
Over 1 Mpofu 0-4-0-0-1-0
5-0 - Christopher Mpofu opens the bowling and he has a decent average of just over 22 in this form of the game. He has one slip in. He starts with a full one that Smith keeps out. The left-handed opener and South Africa are away with a straight drive down the ground. Smith opened the face of the bat and gently pushed it wide of mid-off. Big vacant area at midwicket and Smtih pushes it there for one.
Taking A Back Seat
We saw Graeme Smith just once during Zimbabwe's innings and that was when the ball flew over his head on the boundary. He has a chance to steal the spotlight with a good knock now. His opening partner is Loots Botsman.
This should be a good game as South Africa have an inexperienced middle order. After the openers they have debutant Colin Ingram, David Miller (1 cap), JP Duminy (out of form), wicketkeeper Heino Kuhn (1 cap) and the all-rounders to come.
Zimbabwe End On 168 For Four
Great score thanks to a cracking second half to the innings. Half-centuries from Chibhaba and Masakadza carried Zimbabwe the bulk of the way, while a shoddy day in the field and injury to Morkel hardly helped the Proteas' cause. The hosts' batting order isn't that convincing on paper and we might, just maybe, be in for an upset in Bloemfontein. Stick around for the chase. It's sure to be a scorcher.
- 8th Oct 2010
- Springbok Park, Bloemfontein
- J D Cloete and B G Jerling
s africa BATTING CARD
|Smith||lbw b Cremer||58|
|Bosman||c Taylor b Utseya||33|
|Ingram||c Masakadza b Utseya||3|
|Total||Close, 15.5 Overs||169 - 3|