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T20 World Cup: De Kock blitz in vain as rain rescues Zimbabwe against South Africa - News Home

T20 World Cup: De Kock blitz in vain as rain rescues Zimbabwe against South Africa

Quinton de Kock’s blistering knock nearly handed South Africa victory over Zimbabwe before rain played spoilsport in their T20 World Cup opener in Hobart on Monday and both teams ended up sharing the points.

South Africa was comfortably chasing a reduced target of 64 off seven overs, after the match was already reduced to nine overs per side due to rain, and made an electric start with De Kock smashing 23 in the first over alone.

The play was briefly stopped due to rain but De Kock picked up where he left off, accelerating to a brutal 18-ball 47, but the next interruption after three overs proved to be the final one, with South Africa needing only 13 runs to seal the victory.

Having elected to bat, Zimbabwe lost openers Craig Ervine (2) and Regis Chakabva (8) in the powerplay and were left reeling at 12-3 before the end of the third over after the in-form Sikandar Raza fell for a duck to Lungi Ngidi.

Sean Williams was run out (1) in the next over before the 53-run partnership between Wessly Madhevere and Milton Shumba brought some much-needed stability to a chaotic Zimbabwe innings and helped it post a competitive total of 79-5.

Madhevere top-scored with an unbeaten 35 off 17 while Shumba added 18 before being dismissed on the last ball of the innings. Zimbabwe was also awarded five penalty runs after the ball rolled into De Kock’s wicketkeeping glove on the field.

Zimbabwe will play Pakistan in its next Super 12 match in Perth on Thursday while South Africa faces Bangladesh, which kicked off its T20 World Cup with a laboured nine-run win over the Netherlands after paceman Taskin Ahmed took four wickets.

Bangladesh plays South Africa in Sydney on Thursday, while the Netherlands faces India.

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