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Zimbabwe Stun South Africa With 29-Run Victory

Zimbabwe Stun South Africa With 29-Run Victory
Zimbabwe Stun South Africa withWith 29-Run Victory
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Zimbabwe 176-4 (Sibanda 58, Taylor 55) beat
South Africa 147 (Ingram 48, Mpofu 3-20) by 29 runs
Tri-Nations Twenty20 series, Harare

Zimbabwe beat South Africa by 29 runs to maintain a perfect start to the Tri-Nations Twenty20 series they are hosting in Harare.

They followed up an 11-run win over Bangladesh in their opening game with a clinical performance, scoring 176 for four before bowling South Africa out for 147.

Half-centuries from openers Vusi Sibanda (58 in 50 balls) and Hamilton Masakadza (55 in 39) set them on their way with a 114-run stand for the opening wicket.

Captain Brendan Taylor then blasted 38 in 21 deliveries before Wayne Parnell took two wickets to keep South Africa in the game.

Richard Levi then thumped 40 in 28 balls and although Hashim Amla fell for 11, Colin Ingram's 48 in 39 balls appeared to be putting South Africa on course for victory.

Zimbabwe hit back, with Christopher Mpofu grabbing three for 20 and leg-spinner Graeme Cremer returning three for 29 as the Proteas' innings fell away dramatically, losing the last five wickets for 33 runs.

Richard Muzhange returned two for 28, Prosper Utseya removed Levi and Kyle Jarvis caught and bowled Lonwabo Tsotsobe to end the innings.

Zimbabwe are back in action tomorrow (21st June) when they play Bangladesh again.

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