South Africa vs Zimbabwe

Match info: ICC World Twenty20 2012 at Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium - Group C

Date: 20th Sep 2012 Umpires: S J Davis and R A Kettleborough

20-over match

Home team and score Away team score

South Africa

94/0 (12.4 Overs)



93/8 (20.0 Overs)

South Africa win by 10 wickets

  • Last Updated: September 20 2012, 20:53 BST

South Africa captain AB de Villiers was well pleased with his side after they hammered Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in their World Twenty20 opener in Sri Lanka.

Morkel strikes first in Hambantota
Morkel strikes first in Hambantota

Seamers Jacques Kallis (4-15), Morne Morkel (2-16) and Dale Steyn (1-9) impressed as South Africa restricted Zimbabwe to 93-8, before openers Richard Levi and Hashim Amla knocked off the runs without much in the way of alarms.

"I'm very happy with the start," said De Villiers. "I back our pace bowlers to do well on this kind of deck. Hopefully it's the same for the next game.

"Richard and Hash started really well and we are definitely prepared for whatever the conditions may be. We've improved a lot facing spin in these conditions, so we can't wait to take on what's coming our way."

Kallis added: "My job was made easier by the early wickets, I just came on and kept up the pressure. There was a little bit of carry in the wicket, which surprised us a little bit."

Having already lost to Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe are now out of the event, and captain Brendan Taylor said: "It's the end of the road. They showed how classy a bowling line-up they are.

"We went wrong in all three departments. We dropped chances and we were a bit sloppy in the field, we leaked too many runs with the ball and we didn't score many with the bat.

"We hope to bounce back stronger next time a World Cup comes around. It's a learning curve for us, we'll certainly take something out of it."