Zimbabwe’s last World Cup hope

Zimbabwe are hoping for an upset over South Africa to remain in the Twenty 20 World Cup when the two teams meet in Zimbabwe’s last group match in Hambantota on Thursday evening.

This is Zimbabwe’s last hope following the 82 run loss at the hands of Sri Lanka and another defeat could see the Zimbabweans coming back home early from the 12 team festival.

There are three teams in the group and only the top two progress to the quarter finals.

All has not been rosy for Zimbabwe in Sri Lanka losing both their warm up games and the group match against Sri Lanka and South Africa holds the key as to whether the small southern African nation will continue their romance with the competition.

The batsmen have been a disappointment and against Sri Lanka Zimbabwe’s top scorer Hamilton Masakadza could only manage 20 runs, less than half, of Sri Lanka’s top scorer Kumah Sangakara who plundered in 44 runs.

Masakadza who has of late been Zimbabwe’s most trusted batsman has to improve on that so should captain Brendan Taylor, Vusi Sibanda, Craig Ervine and Elton Chigumbura if Zimbabwe are to survive the South African onslaught.

This is South Africa’s first game in the tournament having won Monday’s warm up match against New Zealand which the Proteas won by nine runs with captain AB de Villiers grabbing 54 runs.

De Villiers will be looking for support from the inform Hashim Amla, and Jean Paul Duminy to inspire South Africa to an expected victory.

The African derby is a must win for Zimbabwe or else it will be another first round elimination.

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