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South Africa win by 10 wickets

S Africa vs Zimbabwe

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Last Updated: September 20, 2012 5:51pm

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    South Africa Win By 10 Wickets

    That's 14 consecutive T20I defeats Zimbabwe, who exit the 2012 World Twenty20. South Africa will advance to the Super Eights stage whether or not they win their next Group C encounter against Sri Lanka. This was a quite thorough performance from AB de Viliers' men, who remain one of the favourites to win the tournament. Tomorrow brings New Zealand v Bangladesh and England v Afghanistan. Catch you then. Cheers.

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    Over 12.4 - SA 94/0 (Levi 50, Amla 32)

    Matsikenyeri gets a belated bowl, affording Levi the single that brings the brutish left-hander his half-century - 43 balls, six fours. Amla then swats a straight single to seal the deal. So ends Zimbabwe's plighted WT20 campaign.

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    Over 12 - SA 91/0 (Levi 49, Amla 30)

    Jarvis back into the attack for one last roll of the dice for consolation. DROPPED! The change of bowling almost works a treat, but instead Sibanda grasses a sharp chance offered by Amla at backward point. England will know all about dropping Amla, they did so about three times during the recent Tests.

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    Over 11 - SA 88/0 (Levi 47, Amla 29)

    Levi darts to the leg-side, creaming four through the off-side. Cover put in the dive, but that really sped past him. Price then tries to beat the left-hander with a quicker delivery, but his right arm slumps - and drags down a leg-side wide in turn.

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    Over 10 - SA 78/0 (Levi 42, Amla 26)

    The leg-spinner continues. Less than 20 runs to win, and still South Africa won't rush it, instead just keeping the ball along the ground. This is nothing more than a burst of practice for them now, with much bigger fish to fry - in much more trying circumstances - to follow across the next 10 days.

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    Over 9 - SA 73/0 (Levi 38, Amla 24)

    Vintage Levi this, heaving the turn across mid-on for a flat, one-bounce for. That's the stuff we saw in New Zealand, and that's the stuff fans want to see across the rest of this tournament. Amla, meanwhile, will be the first to admit that his timing hasn't been the best on this pitch, which has proven a touch two-paced.

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    Over 8 - SA 64/0 (Levi 31, Amla 22)

    Time for some leg-spin. Cremer put in a good individual performance against Sri Lanka, and a strong finish amid impending defeat will do his confidence the world of good. For now, Levi and Amla are content to just milk him for the singles on offer.

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    Over 7 - SA 60/0 (Levi 29, Amla 20)

    Utseya into the attack now. Defeat impending, so Zimbabwe might as well rotate their spinners. Levi reverse-sweeping and Amla advancing down the track for respective singles, and there is really very little troubling these two now.

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    Over 6 - SA 56/0 (Levi 27, Amla 18)

    Vitori's back and he gets some late swing, Levi punching forward to mid off for one. The bowler then gets whacked on the shin off a ricochet as a direct hit is scored, but Amla is safe. Levi plays a good shot rather than a bludgeon that races to the ropes through cover as they move past 50, and does the same thing off the final ball, punching it with great timing for four.

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    Over 5 - SA 44/0 (Levi 16, Amla 17)

    Price continues, and they can only push him around for singles, until the last ball, when Amla plays a proper classy shot, driving off the back foot through the off side for a boundary. Fifty runs to go.

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    Over 4 - SA 38/0 (Levi 15, Amla 12)

    Jarvis is back into the attack and Levi top edges him but it falls short of third man for a single. Jarvis sends down a lovely ball that jags back and beats Amla's inside edge, and he looks much better in this over... until the final ball, where Levi swings him to long on for a one-bounce four.

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    Over 3 - SA 31/0 (Levi 10, Amla 11)

    Ray Price replaces Jarvis and the batsmen don't take the attack to him straight away, getting used to the reduction in pace. Amla has to put a dive in to avoid being run out, and then is nearly bowled while giving himself room to cut. It beats the keeper too though and they get three byes.

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    Over 2 - SA 24/0 (Levi 8, Amla 9)

    Brian Vitori is on at the other end, and is far more economical, though Levi bags a boundary with a swing to the leg side, adding some valuable runs for his confidence. It's nine off the over and South Africa are a quarter of the way there already.

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    Over 1 - SA 15/0 (Levi 1, Amla 8)

    Kyle Jarvis opens the innings as Zimbabwe look to defend what will surely be too small a target. He starts well as Levi swings at a wider one, missing it. The second ball goes off Levi's hip guard and runs away for four leg-byes, before getting off the mark with a pull to square leg. Jarvis adds to the Proteas tally with a wide, trying too hard for pace and bounce. Amla then adds a cracking cut off the slower ball for a boundary,before sending the final ball to third man to make it 15 from it. A wayward over from the youngster, and not helping his side's cause.

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    Zimbabwe Ended On 93 For Eight

    This is Zimbabwe's second-lowest T20I total, and surely won't trouble the South African batsmen. The African minnows talked a big game in the build-up to the tournament, but haven't followed through, first against Sri Lanka and now against the Proteas. Their seamers and bowlers are going to have to bowl out of their socks in order to win this match. When/if they lose, that's the end of their campaign - and the South Africans and Sri Lankas will graduate to the Super Eights stage from this Group C.

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    Over 20 - Zim 93/8 (Price 7, Jarvis 9)

    Jarvis swinging away now, finding the middle on occasion and missing others. Kallis, searching for a maiden T20I five-for, doesn't fetch the feat. He does, however, keep the final total to under 100 despite a late four swatted past mid-off by Price.

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    Over 19 - Zim 86/8 (Price 3, Jarvis 6)

    That's the third or fourth direct-hit of the match, but again it can't beat the batsman to the line. Later - Jarvis, the recipients of three ducks in his previous three T20I innings, finally gets off the mark. Price, meanwhile, rides his luck, plugging a couple into no-man's land on the on-side. De Villiers doesn't like that, he reckons the fielders converging on the potential catch could have done so in quicker fashion. So concludes Albie Morkel's decent spell.

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    Over 18 - Zim 80/8 (Price 1, Jarvis 3)

    WICKET! Fourth wicket for Kallis, fourth catch for de Villiers. Ervine, like Utseya and Cremer before him, can't successfully negotiate the additional bounce, instead cramped by the line from the hand and elevation from the deck. The edge of Zimbabwean bats seeing plenty of leather today. Jarvis to the crease now. De Villiers, by the way, is the sixth wicketkeeper to achieve four dismissals in one T20I innings. No man has fetched five. Maybe AB will do that in the next two overs.

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    Over 17 - Zim 75/7 (Price 0, Ervine 36)

    Favour/disservice returned as Steyn replaces Morkel. On the brink of recording the most economical figures in the history of T20I cricket, he can't complete the job, instead conceding a four past thirdman from the bat of Ervine. So ends the drought of boundaries, which spanned as long as 8.2 overs. WICKET! A breakthrough quickly consoles Steyn, who welcomes his captain's acrobatic catch down the leg-side to get rid of Utseya. The batsman was caught off guard by the big bounce, which followed him to an extent. Trying to shoulder arms at the last moment, the right-hander couldn't avoid the ball glancing the shoulder of the bat. Price in now.

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    Over 16 - Zim 69/6 (Utseya 4, Ervine 31)

    Another change of bowling. Botha back, and back with a couple of lame full tosses at that. Utseya refuses to take on the substandard deliveries, instead just punting a tame single down the ground.

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Match Details

Date
20th Sep 2012
Toss
South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium
Umpires
S J Davis and R A Kettleborough

s africa BATTING CARD

Batsman R
R.E. Levi not out 50
Amla not out 32
Extras 1nb, 3w, 3b, 5lb 12
Total 12.4 Overs 94 - 0
Full Batting Card

zimbabwe BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Jarvis 3 0 20 0
B.V. Vitori 2 0 21 0
Price 3 0 19 0
Utseya 2 0 13 0
A.G. Cremer 2 0 10 0
Matsikenyeri 0.4 0 3 0
Full Bowling Card