October 9, 2010

Twenty20 Cricket: Zimbabwe vs South Africa

A twenty-20 cricket match was played yesterday between South Africa and Zimbabwe at OUTsurance Oval, Bloemfontein, South Africa. The toss went into the favor of Zimbabwe team and they decided to bat first.

Hamilton Masakadza and Brendan Taylor were the openers for the Zimbabwe and started the batting innings for the team. Brendan Taylor was back to the pavilion without scoring a single run by getting lbw in Wayne Parnell's delivery. Chamu Chibhabha teamed up with Hamilton Masakadza and put up a partnership of 76 runs. Chamu Chibhabha departed after scoring 52 runs from 32 deliveries that included 6 fours and 2 sixes. Hamilton Masakadza got out as the fourth wicket fell for Zimbabwe. He scored 72 runs from 63 deliveries that included 6 fours and 2 sixes. Finally Zimbabwe landed up scoring 168 runs from 20 overs with the loss of just 4 wickets.

South Africa needed 169 runs to win the match. Graeme Smith and Loots Bosman opened the batting innings for SA. They both started of very well till the break of their partnership, team's run rate was above 12 runs per over. Loots Bosman was the first wicket to fall and soon Graeme Smith followed him. By 15.5 overs, South Africa managed to reach the target. South Africa scored 169 runs with the loss of 3 wickets. Graeme Smith was the highest score in the team. He scored 58 runs from just 29 deliveries that included 9 fours and 2 sixes.  South Africa won the match by 7 wickets.

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