Jacques Kallis starred with the ball as South Africa cruised to a comprehensive 10-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in their World Twenty20 opener in Hambantota, sealing their berth in the Super Eights in the process.
Kallis took four for 15 off his four overs as Zimbabwe were limited to 93 for eight and South Africa's openers Richard Levi (50 not out) and Hashim Amla (32no) easily knocked off the target with 44 balls remaining.
The result means South Africa and Sri Lanka have both qualified for the Super Eights from Group C as Zimbabwe bow out of the competition having also been heavily beaten by hosts Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
After winning the toss and putting Zimbabwe in, South Africa were soon establishing a suffocating stranglehold on their African rivals thanks to some miserly bowling right from the start.
Dale Steyn (one for nine) conceded just a single off the first over, and then Morne Morkel (two for 16) leaked just two off the second, which included South Africa's first breakthrough when Vusi Sibanda was bowled for a duck.
The dangerous Brendan Taylor quickly came and went for four, also dismissed by Morne Morkel, and when Albie Morkel snared Hamilton Masakadza for six, Zimbabwe were in all sorts of trouble on 16 for three.
Craig Ervine (37) and Stuart Matsikenyeri (11) stemmed the tide for a while with a fourth-wicket stand worth 35, but they were the only two Zimbabwe batsmen to reach double figures as man-of-the-match Kallis made short work of the middle order.
Kallis sent back Matsikenyeri and Elton Chigumbura in successive balls in a double-wicket maiden before also snaring Graeme Cremer (six) and Ervine as Zimbabwe limped to 77 for eight.
Zimbabwe at least managed to avoid their lowest T20 total of 84 but they did not make much more as South Africa were set a target of 93 to win.
The Proteas achieved that with few serious concerns, with the only clear opportunity seeing Amla dropped by Sibanda at point, although South Africa were 88 without loss at that stage.
- Jacques Kallis
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