Zimbabwe crashed out of the T20 World Cup after one of the most one-sided games in recent history, as the South Africans put up a clinical performance at Hambantota on Thursday. After having been easily brushed aside by the Lankans, the Zimbabwe side would have been expected to atleast test their opponents. That was not to be as the Proteans cantered to a ten wicket victory.
After putting their opposition into bat, South Africa wasted no time is getting a vice like grip on the match. Morne Morkel who was the best bowler in the IPL and his brother Albie skimmed the top three batsmen for next to nothing, to leave them reeling at 16/3 in the fifth over. Craig Ervine with an innings of 37 was the only one to put up some resistance, as the rest of the batting order was rocked time and again by Jacques Kallis. The Zimbabweans did bat through their entire quota of overs, but only managed a paltry 93 runs for the loss of eight wickets. Kallis was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets for 15 runs.
In reply, the Proteans did not waste any time to make an announcement to the other sides in the tournament. The burly Richard Levi helped himself to a half century off 44 deliveries, while run machine Hashim Amla scored 32. The two openers stayed unbeaten and chased the target down in a mere 12.3 overs. Kallis for his superlative bowling performance was adjudged man of the match.