Zimbabwe collapse hands advantage to Proteas
Jaques Kallis picked up four wickets to help help South Africa restrict Zimbabwe to a total of just 93-8 at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota.
Kallis (4-15) led the way with four wickets as the South African seamers tore through a weak Zimbabwean batting line up to leave the Protea’s needing to chase a total of just 94.
Having been put into bat by AB de Villiers, Zimbabwe lost Vusi Sibanda (0) and Brendan Taylor (4) inside the opening three overs as the Protea’s took control of the match early on.
Hamilton Masakadza (6) quickly followed and by the time Kallis picked up two wickets in the space of two deliveries in the 11th over Zimbabwe had slumped to 51-5 in a game they had to win in order to remain in the tournament.
With wickets falling around him Craig Ervine offered the most resistant but even his cameo of 37 won’t be enough to stop South Africa claiming their first victory in the group stages.