Clinical South Africa throw neighbours Zimbabwe out of World T20

South Africa produced a clinical performance to knock Zimbabwe out of the ICC World Twenty20 with a comfortable 10-wicket victory in a lop-sided Group C match here today.

Zimbabwe crashed out of the event after slumping to their second defeat in the tournament having lost to hosts Sri Lanka by 82 runs in the tournament opener.

As expected, both Sri Lanka and South Africa, who face each other in their last group match here on Saturday, have progressed to the Super Eight stages from the pool.

Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis celebrates after taking the wicket of Zimbabwean Graeme Cremer. Pic/AFP

Opening their campaign in tournament, South Africa first restricted Zimbabwe to 93 for eight after inviting the opposition to bat and then piled up the runs without breaking a sweat.

Richard Levi smashed his way to a 44-ball unbeaten 50 while Hashim Amla remained not out on 32 from 33 balls as South Africa chased down the target with 44 balls to spare.

With South Africa just needing six to win, Zimbabwe squandered the only chance of picking up a wicket the got in the match when Vusi Sibanda dropped Amla at point of Kyle Jarvis.

Earlier, Jacques Kallis stole the show with four wickets as a pace-inspired South Africa restricted minnows Zimbabwe to the paltry total. Kallis utilised the lively pitch at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium to perfection and scalped four wickets for 15 runs to rock the Zimbabwe innings. He was ably supported by pace duo of Morne Morkel (2/16) and Dale Steyn (1/9), who produced a lethal opening spell to dismantle the Zimbabweans, who had been put into bat.

Kallis' performance is the best figures for a South African bowler in all Twenty20 internationals. The 36-year-old showing against Zimbabwe improved on Morne Morkel's 4-17 against New Zealand in 2007 which was the previous best bowling by a South African in a Twenty20 match.

Zimbabwe's struggle can be ascertained from the fact that only two of its batsmen -- Craig Ervine (37) and Stuart Matsikenyeri (11) -- managed double figures.   

Brief scores:

Zimbabwe 93-8 in 20 overs (C. Ervine 37, J. Kallis 4-15); South Africa 94-0 in 12.4 overs (R. Levi 50 not out, Hashim Amla 32 not out)

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