Kallis knocks out Zimbabwe
Jacques Kallis’ fiery spell of 4-1-15-4 and Richard Levi’s fifty of 44 balls together knocked out Zimbabwe from the ICC World Cup T20 for 2012. After being put in to bat first by captain AB de Villiers, the Zimbabwe batsmen were greeted by stunning spells from Dale Steyn (4-0-9-1) and Morne Morkel (4-0-16-2); and received no mercy from Albie Morkel and Johan Botha. They were simply unable to get going, and to prove this, the highest score from the Zimbabwe side was Craig Ervine’s 40-ball 37. That’s when Kallis just walked in, and cleaned up the Zimbabwean middle order and kept them under the hammer. Unable to score, they collapsed to 93, despite losing only 8 wickets. This time the Zimbabwean bowling wasn’t bad at all, but they had no total to defend. So Levi and Amla comfortably knocked off those runs at 7-an over and won by 10 wickets with almost 7 overs to spare. Kallis was named Man Of The Match for his fabulous spell. The main problem with Zimbabwe has been that they were never able to sustain pressure, nor build it. Against Sri Lanka, they actually had them in a tight spot before Kumar Sangakkara and Jeevan Mendis made a 94-run stand. Same thing vs South Africa. Only Brian Vitori was expensive, with figures of 2-0-21-0. Everyone else kept below 7 an over. So that will be something they will want to look into. So this means a sad end for Zimbabwe, but assured passage to the Super 8s for South Africa and Sri lanka. So this is IPLgeek, signing off. Adios!