South Africa won their Twenty20 Triangular Series match against Zimbabwe by six wickets - Cricket News Roundup – Part 1 – June 24, 2012
On Saturday, South Africa chased down a total of 125 runs, needed to win the match against Zimbabwe, at Harare Sports Club.
Zimbabwe while batting first, gave an impressive performance as H Masakadza (36), S Matsikenyeri (22) and AG Cremer (36) were the top performers with the bat, playing a crucial part in helping their team amass a decent total.
However, South Africa, who had lost their last match against Bangladesh, were in no mood to lose again as they potently batted their way to victory with opener RE Levi hammering a sensational innings of 54 runs to help his team prevail.
WD Parnell was later named as the Player of the Match.
At stumps on the second day of play between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, in the first Test match between the two countries, the tourist after bowling out the Sri Lankans for a gigantic total of 472 runs, gave a least impressive performance while batting as they bolstered 48 runs for the loss of five wickets.
Pakistan now look stuck in the abyss of trouble and would need a magical performance from the batsmen on the third day to avoid a clear defeat in the opening test.
Saeed Ajmal was the top bowler from Pakistan with five wickets to his name.
England’s T20 captain, Stuart Broad, believes his team can recover from the retirement of hard-hitting all-rounder Kevin Pietersen, as the English will be defending their T20 title in the forthcoming T20 Championship.
"Kevin is a world-class Twenty20 player so of course it is disappointing that he is not with us, but it's a great opportunity for someone else to put their hand up and stake a claim for that spot," said Broad.
Insisting that the English squad still has enough fire power to prevail in the T20 competition, he said, “We've got an exciting group of players in that changing room and everyone is really excited about getting on that field and doing the job. We have quite a short period of time and a short number of games until that World Cup.”