I spent lunch time in an Ocean Basket and thought that it would be something interesting to get the staff to change the channel to Supersport 2 and that I try my hand at covering a game. This particular one happened to be cricket: South Africa versus Zimbabwe, T20 Triangular Series. Seafood is good so I decided to capture only the fall of wickets for the first innings of the game:
3 overs in, I saw Sibanda’s LBW coming – don’t ask why as I am yet to find the correct words to explain the feeling that I get when I know that an LBW is imminent.
Describing Brendan Taylor’s wicket, I’d say that it was less that he hit a bad shot and more that Tsotsobe took a good catch around mid-off.
This same Tsotsobe, however, racked up 26 runs by the end of his third over and at the end of the 6th.
Behardien’s catch off of Parnell’s bowling didn’t see Hamilton Masakadza walk immediately and UDRS helped myself and the on-field umpire see that what looked like Farhaan cuddling the ball was a safe catch.
Not a minute later the score shot to 54-4 on Parnell’s third ball and I could swear that Malcolm Waller’s eyes were on the wall in the restaurant I sat in and not quite on the ball as he was caught behind. 54-4 and Parnell’s bagged a cool double-wicket maiden.
56-4 after 10 overs and again, not long after the last, Elton Chigumbura edges a fast delivery by Parnell that volleyed into Vilas’ gloves.
60-5 after 10.4
Graeme Cremer enters the fray and just in time. Zimbabwe slowly but surely begins to regulate their score reaching 72-5 after 13.
89-5 after 15 and Albie Morkel strides in.
Matsikinyeri lofted the ball sky high – and a fraction just short of the long-off boundary – to drop in sight of his pink shades and into the hands of Faf Du Plessis.
Off of a free-hit taken by Cremer came a single, which could normally be considered as relatively inconsequential but, seeing as it led to the team’s century it is worth mentioning.
100 runs after 16.2
Progress, to 118-6 after 19 overs and a penultimate 124 runs for 6 wickets in 20 overs.
South Africa needs 125 runs to win from 120 balls.
After leaving the restaurant, I subsequently caught glimpses of the match at VodaShop and on a fancy display of plasma screens in Game:
The score was 103-3 in 14 overs by then (compared to Zimbabwe’s 70-odd for 5 at the same time) and South Africa needed 22 runs to win from 36 balls to secure their place in the series’ Final tomorrow. Suffice to say, they did!
A marked improvement from South Africa today but still work to be done. The youngsters came to the party with Morris showing some talent with the ball and his fielding ability. Parnell seems to have got over his nerves and performed very well today. Levi has shown what a match winner he can be.