Proteas' Zim loss embarrassing
THE Proteas cricket team will arrive at OR Tambo International from Harare this morning with their tails between their legs.
This is after Zimbabwe thumped them by nine wickets in yesterday's T20 tri-series final.
The signs had been there that South Africa were there for the taking when they suffered defeats against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh within three days in the unofficial series last week.
But the Proteas would have thought they were back on even keel after a resounding win over Zimbabwe on Saturday to reach yesterday's final.
But Hamilton Masakadza and Brendan Taylor combined well to cause South Africa further embarrassment as they raced to their target of 147 with 17 balls to spare.
Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda got Zimbabwe's chase off to a flying start and they were particularly severe on Lonwabo Tsotsobe. The left-arm seamer conceded 20 runs in his first two overs.
When Sibanda was dismissed, brilliantly caught by substitute fielder Farhaan Behardien for 23 off 16 balls, South Africa might have thought they had a way in.
But Taylor joined Masakadza and the pair proceeded to flay the South African attack to all parts of the Harare Sports Club.
Captain Hashim Amla's last throw of the dice would have been to bring in the in-form Robin Peterson into the attack.
But when the left-arm spinner's first over was smashed for 21, South Africa had run out of options. Taylor finished with a punishing 59 not out while Masakadza hammered an unbeaten 58 off 50 to complete the thrashing.