HAMBATONTA: There were no spiteful surprises for South Africa as they thrash neighbours Zimbabwe by 10 wickets, with 7,2 overs to extra, in their ICC World T20 cricket match at Hambantota previous night.
It was pros alongside amateurs as Craig Ervine (37 off 40) was the only batsman to score more than fifteen in Zimbabwe’s total of 83 for 8. South Africa overhauled a modest goal with 7,2 overs to spare as Richard Levi helped himself to an victorious 50 while Hashim Amla had 32.
Jacques Kallis return with new career-best figures of 4 for 15, tearing through the middle-order with three for 3 in his 1st two overs.
Zimbabwe skipper Taylor supposed: South Africa showed what a classy bowling line-up they had and we were not up to the mark. There was abundance there if you hit the wickets, but we bowled also full or too short. We have shown a lot of positives in the previous 12-24 months, we shall go home with our heads held high and come back stronger.
Man-of-the-match Kallis, who took 4-15 from his 4 overs, supposed: I suppose the joys of an all-rounder is that you can do well with bat and ball, but I was helped by what the guys did previous to me. Hitting back of a span was the order of the day, and our guys got it right and put the Zimbos under a lot of force.
South Africa captain AB de Villiers supposed: Very happy with the begin, I backed our pace bowlers to do well on this path and Dale and Morne set the trend for us to go after. I think we have better a lot in these circumstances and we have got a balanced bowling attack, so we cannot wait to take on what comes at us.