SA humble Zim by 8 wickets in WC warm-up

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Published: Sunday, February 13, 2011, 10:27 [IST]
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SA humble Zim by 8 wickets in WC warm-up

After bundling out Zimbabwe for a meagre 152 in 41.5 overs with only Brendon Taylor offering some resistance with a top-score of 40, South Africa raced to 153/2 in 23.2 overs to win the match by 8 wickets. Hashim Amla (45), Graeme Smith (41) and Jacques Kallis (49*) did the needful.

Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Zimbabwe surprisingly got off to a positive start. Openers Brendon Taylor and Charles Coventry put on an attacking 49 in 9.5 overs, before Morne Morkel struck to remove the latter and Tatenda Taibu in successive balls. With the score on 76, Zimbabwe lost Greg Lamb for 11 and Elton Chigumbura for a duck, both to off-spinner Robin Peterson.

Then Taylor himself who had held fort so well, went for 40 to debuntant Imran Tahir. Sean Williams (35) and Regis Chakabva (13) tried to stage a recovery, but they didn't get very far as Zimbabwe folded for 152 in 41.5 overs. Morkel and Tahir shared in the opponents' destruction, taking 3 wickets a piece.

In reply, South Africa didn't look like they had any problems. The openers Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith marauded the Zimbabwean bowling from early on, racing to 50 in 8 overs. Shortly thereafter, Ray Price had Amla caught behind for 45 off just 33 balls in an innings studded with 7 fours.

Smith and Jacques Kallis then took their side to over 100 in the 15th over, before Lamb had Smith stumped for 41. Kallis (49*), with A B de Villiers (12*) for company, then hit a flurry of boundaries and sixes to take South Africa home by 8 wickets with 159 balls remaining.

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