SA trounce Pakistan
2 Jun 2009
The Proteas got their ICC World Twenty20 preparations of to a wonderful start with a convincing 59-run victory over Pakistan at Trent Bridge.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Graeme Smith was in imperious form with the blade. Opening with Jacques Kallis, the pair put on an 80-run partnership for the first wicket before Herschelle Gibbs joined the party smashing 42 from just 23 balls.
Smith was eventually removed for a 70 from 52 balls. Albie Morkel then produced a cameo innings, smashing three sixes in his 32 from just 14 balls to help South Africa to 186-7 from their allotted overs.
Dale Steyn struck early for the Proteas removing Salaman Butt with just the third ball of the innings. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals with Ahmed Shehzad the only player to offer any sort of resistance as Pakistan were bowled out for just 127.
Steyn, Johan Botha and Roelof van der Merwe were the pick of the South African bowlers with all three picking up two wickets.
In other warm-up matches New Zealand beat defending champions India by 9 runs with Daniel Vettori doing the bulk of the damage for the Kiwis with three wickets, while Australia beat Bangladesh by 38 runs in Nottingham. Shane Watson staring for the Aussies with 52 from 23 balls at the top of the innings.