The game of the tournament so far, took place yesterday between the two minnows, Zimbabwe and Ireland. It was a fantastic game to watch, I didnt get to see all of it, but there was a century scored by Jeremy Bray for Ireland who posted 221. Zimbabwe, looked like they were cruising, losing their 6th wicket on 203, needing another 19 runs to win off 38 balls.
The loss of the 6th wicket sparked a collapse, and Zimbabwe managed to lose their next 3 wickets for 10 runs, some of the run outs were elementary schoolboy errors, but that’s cricket and the pressure of the game. Matsikenyeri was on strike in the last over, with Zimbabwe needing 9 off the last over. He managed to get the first couple of balls away for 2, then a single off the third, leaving Rainsford the number 11 on strike. He managed a single off the 4th ball and Matsikenyeri needed to get 3 runs off 2 balls. He edged one over a deep gully, and managed 2 runs and the scored were tied. He missed the last ball, the keeper stumped him and threw the ball to the bowlers end and ran out the other batsman.
It would have been amusing, as Matsikenyeri was in his crease, and thus not out to the stumping and if the keeper missed the Zimbabweans could have run through for the single…. It is the third tie in history of the World cup, with South Africa involved in the other two.
South Africa are playing today, against the Netherlands, who have beaten SA comprehensively before, under Hansie Cronje and this might well have been a game that was intentionally lost… Ntini seems set to miss the game, but other than that it will be a full strength side that, will give the South Africa a chance to show how their form is after the first two atrocious warm up games.