Saturday 23 June 2012 

Levi Sets Up Victory And Final Place For South Africa

Levi Sets Up Victory And Final Place For South Africa
Levi Sets Up Victory And Final Place For South Africa
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South Africa 130-4 (Levi 54, Ontong 24) beat
Zimbabwe 124-6 (Parnell 3-16) by 6 wickets
Tri-Nations Twenty20 Series, Harare

South Africa booked a rematch with Zimbabwe in the Tri-Nations Twenty20 series in Harare with a confident six-wicket win over their hosts in the last group game.

With all three teams - Bangladesh also being involved - being level on 4 points with two wins and two defeats, South Africa and Zimbabwe qualify due to having the better net run-rates.

Wayne Parnell took three for 16 as Zimbabwe's batting faltered after Hamilton Masakadza struck 36 in 30 balls. The left-arm quick removed Masakadza, Malcolm Waller (0) and Elton Chigumbura (5).

Graeme Cremer blasted a quickfire 36 not out in 27 balls to haul Zimbabwe up to a score of 124 for six but it was never likely to be enough.

And so it proved, as Richard Levi smashed 54 in 30 balls, hammering four fours and four sixes to get South Africa off to an excellent start.

Zimbabwe kept themselves in the game by dismissing Hashim Amla for nought, Faf du Plessis for 14 and Justin Ontong for 24 but South Africa proved too strong.

Farhaan Behardien was unbeaten on 19 in 27 balls and Albie Morkel blasted six in two as the Proteas eased home in 17.4 overs.

The two sides will now meet in the final tomorrow (24th June).

© Cricket World 2012

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