MELBOURNE: Quinton de Kock’s crushing blow was almost postponed South Africa victory over Zimbabwe before the rain spoiled the party in their T20 World Cup opening in Hobart on Monday and the two teams ended up sharing the points.
South Africa were comfortably chasing a reduced target of 64 from seven overs, after the game had already been reduced to nine overs per side due to rain, and got off to an electric start with De Kock crushing 23 in the first overs only.
It happened: South Africa vs Zimbabwe
Play was halted briefly due to rain, but De Kock picked up where he left off, speeding to a brutal 18-ball 47, but the next break after three overs proved to be his last, l South Africa needing just 13 points to seal victory.
After opting to strike, Zimbabwe lost openers Craig Ervine (2) and Regis Chakabva (8) on the power play and were left reeling at 12-3 before the end of the third after an in-form Sikandar Raza fell for a duck at lungi. Ngidi.
Sean Williams was exhausted (1) in the next before the 53-race partnership between Wessly Madhevere and Milton Shumba brought much-needed stability to a chaotic Zimbabwe round and helped them post a competitive 79-5 aggregate.

Madhevere scored the most with an unbeaten 35 from 17 while Shumba added 18 before being sent off on the final ball of the innings, with Zimbabwe also awarded five penalty points after the ball rolled into the goalkeeper’s glove from the wicket of De Kock on the pitch.
Zimbabwe face Pakistan in their next Super 12 match in Perth on Thursday while South Africa take on Bangladesh, who kicked off their T20 World Cup with a laborious nine-point win over the Netherlands after the pacemaker Taskin Ahmed took four wickets.
Earlier on Monday, the Netherlands opted to play first and did well to limit Bangladesh to 144 for eight on a dismal day at Bellerive Oval.
Paul van Meekeren (24) and Fred Klaassen (seven not out) produced a gallant partnership of 34 runs for the last wicket and pushed the Netherlands within 12 points of victory with two balls to spare.
But Van Meekeren was unable to clear the rope from Soumya Sarkar’s penultimate ball, sealing Bangladesh’s first victory in the second round of a T20 World Cup in 17 attempts.
Man of the match Taskin secured a disastrous start for the Netherlands pursuit by knocking out fly-half Vikramjit Singh and number three Bas de Leede with the first two innings.
A defiant half-century from the versatile Colin Ackermann (62) kept the Netherlands in the game, but Taskin dismissed number four in a two-wicket flurry in the 17th.
Bangladesh will face South Africa in Sydney on Thursday, while the Netherlands will face India.

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