Harare, Jun 21: It is one of the rare victories Zimbabwe will cherish for a long time after the they beat South Africa on Wednesday. But unfortunately, it won't be registered in the official records.
Zimbabwe shocked South Africa by 29 runs in the tri-series Twenty20 tournament at the Harare Sports Club. But, since the competition is unofficial, it will not be seen in the official records of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Chasing 177 for victory, South Africa were bowled out for 147 in 19.2 overs. Bangladesh is the third team in the tournament being held in Zimbabwe.
It was second win for Zimbabwe and are on top of the table. They had beaten Bangladesh by 11 runs in the opener on Sunday. South Africa too had beaten the Asian team by 39 runs on Tuesday.
The victory for the home side was set up by their openers Vusi Sibanda (58) and Hamilton Masakadza (55). They provided a flying start to the team, putting on 114 for the first wicket in 13.3 overs.
Masakadza was the more aggressive between the two. He hit one six and five boundaries in his 39-ball 55. Sibanda took 50 balls for 58 with four fours and two sixes.
After this rollicking start, Zimbabwe lost their way, losing three quick wickets. They were reduced to 129/3 in 16 overs. But captain Brendan Taylor made a 21-ball 38 with three fours and two sixes to help the hosts to 176/4 in 20 overs.
Left-arm paceman Wayne Parnell was the most successful bowler for South Africa with two for 33 figures.
In the chase, barring opener Richard Levi (40, 28 balls, 4x4, 2x6) and Colin Ingram (48, 39 balls, 5x4, 2x6), the rest faltered. South Africa are without the services of their big names, AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Johan Botha and Jacques Kallis.
Legspinner Graeme Cremer and paceman Chris Mpofu took three wickets apiece. Medium pacer Richard Muzhange had two. Mpofu was the Man-of-the-Match for his excellent figures of 3/20.
Zimbabwe will face Bangladesh on Thursday at the same venue.
Zimbabwe: 176/4 in 20 overs (Vusi Sibanda 58, Hamilton Masakadza 55, Brendan Taylor 38, Wayne Parnell 2/33) beat South Africa 147 all out in 19.2 overs (Richard Levi 40, Colin Ingram 48, Chris Mpofu 3/20, Graeme Cremer 3/29, Richard Muzhange 2/28).