| Albie Morkel, in Hambantota, on Wednesday |
Hambantota: Under-achievers at big-ticket ICC events, South Africa will start their campaign to shed the ‘chokers’ tag when they take on minnows Zimbabwe in their opening Group C match of the World Twenty20 here Thursday.
The game should not prove too much of an ask for the Proteas as it would take a very special effort from Zimbabwe after being thrashed by hosts Sri Lanka in their opening match Tuesday.
On paper, it is a battle of unequals with the AB de Villiers-led South Africa looking way too formidable for Brendan Taylor’s Zimbabwe. Whatever the department of the game, the South African stand far superior in talent and experience.
And it would be tough for Zimbabwe to bounce back from the opening-match thrashing against a quality opposition, for whom winning this match would be good enough to make the Super Eight cut.
Zimbabwe’s batting completely fell apart against Sri Lanka and chasing 182, the line-up folded for 100 with four batsmen contributing nothing to the total and two others falling for single-digit scores.
But Taylor insisted that it was a one-off flop show and his team is far better than what the scoreboard might suggest.
“We have played enough cricket to go back from today, rethink, have a good look, start training and come back a better side,” he said.
Zimbabwe’s bowling effort too was pedestrian to say the least with the combined might of six managing to grab just one wicket.