Hambantota, Sep 20: South Africa crushed Zimbabwe by 10 wickets to reach the Super Eight stage of the ICC World Twenty20 2012 here on Thursday night. The defeat meant Zimbabwe crashed out without a win. Sri Lanka are the other team to join South Africa in Super Eight from Group C.
It was a lopsided contest at the Mahinda Rajapaksta International Cricket Stadium. Chasing 94 was never going to be tough and South Africa openers Richard Levi (50 not out) and Hashim Amla (32 not out) knocked the runs off in 12.4 overs. This was Zimbabwe's 14th consecutive loss in T20Is. This is the most successive defeats for any team.
For the second time in as many matches, Zimbabwean batsmen faltered. After being bowled out for 100 against Sri Lanka in their opening match, they repeated the same dismal performance and made just 93/8. Against Sri Lanka it was spin that troubled them but today, it was pace. Jacques Kallis with four wickets was named Man-of-the-match. Earlier, Kallis took his career best 4/15.
Jacques Kallis was the wrecker-in-chief taking four wickets as South Africa restricted Zimbabwe to a paltry 93/8 in 20 overs.
Kallis, who came into to bowl as the sixth bowler, struck immediately in his first over. He took two wickets in two balls and finished the 11th over of the inning with a double-wicket maiden. He dismissed Stuart Matsikenyeri and Elton Chigumbura off successive balls. In his next over, he had Graeme Cremer while he added Craig Ervine's scalp in his third over. He bowled his fourth and final over of the innings but could not take a fifth wicket. Kallis finished with 4/15, his best T20I figures in 21st match.
All the South African fast bowlers were impressive. Dale Steyn, who opened the bowling, ended with 1/9 in four overs. Morne Morkel had two wickets while his brother Albie Morkel had one.
Only two Zimbabwean batsman managed to get into double figures. Ervine topscored with 37 and the next best was 11 from Matsikenyeri.
Earlier, South Africa won the toss and sent Zimbabwe to bat in their Group C match.
Zimbabwe lost their opening match to Sri Lanka at this venue on Tuesday night. Ajantha Mendis took a T20I record 6/8 to destroy Zimbabwe batting. Zimbabwe have to win this match or else they will be eliminated.
South Africa, who have never won a global trophy, are aiming to secure their maiden title here. It is also first time that AB de Villiers will be the team's captain in a world event.
South Africa: AB de Villiers (captain and wicketkeeper), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Johan Botha, JP Duminy, Jacques Kallis, Richard Levi, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn.
Zimbabwe: Brendan Taylor (captain and wicketkeeper), Vusi Sibanda, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Elton Chigumbura, Craig Ervine, Graeme Cremer, Ray Price, Kyle Jarvis, Brian Vitori, Prosper Utseya.
Umpires: Steve Davis (Australia) and Richard Kettleborough (England)
Third umpire: Ian Gould (England)
Fourth umpire: Rod Tucker (Australia)
Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (New Zealand)