It’s the 2nd match being played in Group D after Zimbabwe were smashed by Sri Lanka. This is Zimbabwe’s last chance to somehow progress to the next stage as a loss to South Africa will send them back to the hotel packing their bags. South Africa are one of the favourites for the tournament and they will be aiming to start their campaign off brightly. Graeme Cremer proved to be a handful against Sri Lanka and as they will be playing on the same surface he may be very confident. Hashim Amla is perhaps the best batsman in the world at the moment and he will be looking to lead South Africa to a T20 World Cup Title.
Match Information :
September 20, Hambantota
Starting Time: 1930 Local Time (1400 GMT Time)
Graeme Cremer vs Hashim Amla
Zimbabwe were humiliated in their 1st match of the tournament as they lost to Sri Lanka who posted 182 and lost by 82 runs. This was due to the poor bowling from the seamers with Graeme Cremer and Prosper Utseya doing quite a good job with the ball or else the score could well be over 200. Cremer only took 1 wicket but he looked very dangerous and caused a lot of trouble for the Sri Lankan batsman and he will be looking for some wickets this match. Hashim Amla doesnt have a bug but he is expected to play, Amla has perfected every single format of the game except Twenty20 and a big tournament by Amla will prove he can play good cricket in the T20’s.
There has been a bug floating around the South African squad with several key players like AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla all not being able to train but they have been cleared to play. Albie Morkel is another concern after he is having back problems.
South Africa (probable): 1 Richard Levi, 2 Jacques Kallis, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 AB de Villiers, 5 JP Duminy, 6 Justin Ontong, 7 Faf du Plessis/Wayne Parnell/Albie Morkel, 8 Johan Botha, 9 Robin Peterson, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Dale Steyn
Zimbabwe’s bowlers were poor against Sri Lanka meaning they could bring in a 3rd specialist spinner in the form of Ray Price who has a tremendous record.
Zimbabwe (probable): 1 Hamilton Masakadza, 2 Vusi Sibanda, 3 Brendan Taylor, 4 Craig Ervine, 5 Stuart Matsikenyeri, 6 Elton Chigumbura, 7 Prosper Utseya, 8 Graeme Cremer, 9 Richard Muzhange, 10 Kyle Jarvis, 11 Ray Price/Brian Vitori