South Africa and Zimbabwe had to settle for a point each after their Super 12 match at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart was called off due to rain, which caused many disruptions and delays.
Due to repeated weather delays, the contest was initially limited to nine overs for each side. Even though it continued to drizzle moderately, the play proceeded normally until the opening over of South Africa’s innings. Zimbabwe scored 79/4 in their nine overs, and the Proteas were given a DLS target of 85 to chase in their first quota of nine overs, which was reduced to 64 from seven overs following the break.
South Africa continued to cruise toward the goal, but the game was called off again after the third over due to rain. Despite the rain’s doom and gloom, there were a couple of positive things to discuss. Let us have a look at them.
South African pacers destroy Zimbabwe’s top-order
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With Zimbabwe skipper Craig Ervine’s wicket in the second over of the innings, left-arm bowler Wayne Parnell began the collapse.
The real damage, though, was done by Lungi Ngidi, who dismissed Regis Chakabva and the in-form Sikandar Raza in the following over, with only 12 runs on the board. Zimbabwe’s plight worsened when David Miller returned Sean Williams to the dugout with a brilliant runout.
Zimbabwe’s plight worsened when David Miller returned Sean Williams to the dugout with a brilliant runout.
Wesley Madhevere Leads Zimbabwe’s recovery
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Zimbabwe was 19/4 behind, but Wesley Madhevere hit an unbeaten 35 off 18 deliveries to propel his team to a competitive score of 79/4. Madhevere and Milton Shumba combined 60 runs for the fifth wicket, with Milton Shumba contributing 18 runs from 19 deliveries.
Quinton de Kock goes on the charge before rain forces abandonment
With the prospect of rain approaching, De Kock saw the need to accelerate, and he went on the offensive right away, slamming Tendai Chatara for 23 runs in the opening over of the innings.
He didn’t stop there, he kept shooting all over the place. Even the delays induced by rain did not disrupt his rhythm, as he appeared to be in superb touch. Unfortunately, he was left stranded on an unbeaten 47 from 18 deliveries when the match was called off with South Africa needing only 13 runs in four overs.