World Twenty20 2012: Zimbabwe eliminated after South Africa defeat

Zimbabwe eliminated after 10-wicket thrashing at hands of South Africa

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18:13 GMT, 20 September 2012

Jacques Kallis starred with the ball as South Africa cruised to a comprehensive 10-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in their World Twenty20 opener in Hambantota today, sealing their berth in the Super Eights in the process.

Kallis took four for 15 off his four overs as Zimbabwe were limited to 93 for eight and South Africa's openers Richard Levi (50 not out) and Hashim Amla (32no) easily knocked off the target with 44 balls remaining.

The result means South Africa and Sri Lanka have both qualified for the Super Eights from Group C as Zimbabwe bow out of the competition having also been heavily beaten by hosts Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

Stroll in the park: Kallis starred for the Proteas as they hammered Zimbabwe

Stroll in the park: Kallis starred for the Proteas as they hammered Zimbabwe

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After winning the toss and putting
Zimbabwe in, South Africa were soon establishing a suffocating
stranglehold on their African rivals thanks to some miserly bowling
right from the start.

Dale Steyn (one for nine) conceded
just a single off the first over, and then Morne Morkel (two for 16)
leaked just two off the second, which included South Africa's first
breakthrough when Vusi Sibanda was bowled for a duck.

Thanks for coming: Zimbabwe have been sent out of the competition at the first hurdle

Thanks for coming: Zimbabwe have been sent out of the competition at the first hurdle

Thanks for coming: Zimbabwe have been sent out of the competition at the first hurdle

The dangerous Brendan Taylor quickly
came and went for four, also dismissed by Morne Morkel, and when Albie
Morkel snared Hamilton Masakadza for six, Zimbabwe were in all sorts of
trouble on 16 for three.

Craig Ervine (37) and Stuart
Matsikenyeri (11) stemmed the tide for a while with a fourth-wicket
stand worth 35, but they were the only two Zimbabwe batsmen to reach
double figures as man-of-the-match Kallis made short work of the middle
order.

Kallis sent back Matsikenyeri and
Elton Chigumbura in successive balls in a double-wicket maiden before
also snaring Graeme Cremer (six) and Ervine as Zimbabwe limped to 77 for
eight.

Bowled over: Morkel was in the wickets as Zimbabwe posted a woeful total of 93

Bowled over: Morkel was in the wickets as Zimbabwe posted a woeful total of 93

Bowled over: Morkel was in the wickets as Zimbabwe posted a woeful total of 93

Bowled over: Morkel was in the wickets as Zimbabwe posted a woeful total of 93

Zimbabwe at least managed to avoid
their lowest T20 total of 84 but they did not make much more as South
Africa were set a target of 93 to win.

The Proteas achieved that with few
serious concerns, with the only clear opportunity seeing Amla dropped by
Sibanda at point, although South Africa were 88 without loss at that
stage.

All smiles: Kallis finished with figures of 4-15 from his allotted four overs

All smiles: Kallis finished with figures of 4-15 from his allotted four overs