Proteas cruise to 10-wicket win over Zim

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South Africa got their World Twenty20 campaign off to an ideal start, cruising to a 10-wicket win over neighbours Zimbabwe in Hambantota, thus sending the minnows crashing out of the tournament within the first three days.

South Africa got their World Twenty20 campaign off to an ideal start, cruising to a 10-wicket win over neighbours Zimbabwe in Hambantota, thus sending the minnows crashing out of the tournament within the first three days.

After losing their opening game to Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe needed a win, but they could only score a meagre 93 for eight in their innings, before Proteas openers Richard Levi and Hashim Amla made light work of the chase, still 44 balls to spare.

It was hardly a classic game of cricket, and for a T20 was rather boring for the most part in front of an already sparse crowd. The highlights for Zimbabwe were few, with only Craig Ervine's 37 the bright spot in their innings.

South Africa won the toss and chose to bowl, a good decision on a grassy track that gave much assistance to their already powerful bowling attack. Morne Morkel set the tone early on, removing the first two wickets for six runs.

Jacques Kallis was the star of the show for the Proteas though, taking a T20 career-best four for 15 in four overs, including two wickets in two balls to break Ervine and Stuart Matsikenyeri's fledgling partnership with the score on 51.

AB de Villiers also had a good game, becoming only the sixth wicketkeeper to take four or more catches in a T20 innings. These included a brilliant effort that saw him diving full stretch to his left and gloving it one-handed to get rid of Prosper Utseya off Dale Steyn.

South Africa's chase was never in danger as Levi, looking to show he is more than a one-innings wonder, reached 50 off 43 balls, including some non-T20 strokes to rival his partner Amla, the king of classy batting.

Their partnership saw a quarter of the runs required in the bag after just three overs, and aside from one dropped catch off Amla (33 not out) with six runs to go, there were no chances to be had for the Zimbabweans.

South Africa next face Sri Lanka on Saturday at the same venue.

<b>South Africa:</b> Richard Levi, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, Albie Morkel, Johan Botha, Robin Peterson, Steyn, Morne Morkel.

<b>Zimbabwe:</b> Hamilton Masakadza, Vusi Sibanda, Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer, Prosper Utseya, Ray Price, Kyle Jarvis, Brian Vitori.

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