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Quinton de Kock blitz in vain as rain saves Zimbabwe v South Africa in T20 WC | Cricket

Quinton de Kock’s blistering knock gave South Africa a near win over Zimbabwe before rain spoiled the game in their T20 World Cup opener in Hobart on Monday and both teams ended up sharing the points.

South Africa hunted comfortably for a reduced goal of 64 from seven overs, after the game had already been reduced to nine overs per side due to rain, and got off to an electric start with De Kock crushing over 23 in the first alone.

The game was briefly halted by the rain, but De Kock picked up where he left off and accelerated to a brutal 18-ball 47, but the next stoppage after three overs proved to be the last, with South Africa needing just 13 runs to get the win.

Zimbabwe had opted to bat but lost openers Craig Ervine (2) and Regis Chakabva (8) in the power play and was left 12-3 before the end of the third after in-form Sikandar Raza fell for a duck from Lungi Ngidi.

Sean Williams got knocked out (1) in the next over before the 53-run partnership between Wessly Madhevere and Milton Shumba brought much-needed stability to a chaotic innings in Zimbabwe, helping them make a competitive total of 79-5.

Madhevere scored the highest with an unbeaten 35 out of 17, while Shumba added 18 before being sacked on the last ball of the innings, with Zimbabwe also getting five penalty runs after the ball rolled onto the pitch in De Kock’s wicketkeeper glove.

Zimbabwe will face Pakistan in their next Super 12 match on Thursday in Perth, while South Africa will face Bangladesh, which started their T20 World Cup with a grueling nine-run victory over the Netherlands after paceman Taskin Ahmed took four wickets.

Earlier on Monday, the Netherlands chose to bowl first and did well to limit Bangladesh to 144 to eight on a gloomy day at Bellerive Oval.

Paul van Meekeren (24) and Fred Klaassen (seven not out) produced a valiant collaboration of 34 runs to the last wicket and the Netherlands plodded in 12 runs after the win with two balls left.

But Van Meekeren was unable to take the rope off Soumya Sarkar’s penultimate ball, sealing Bangladesh’s first second-round win of a T20 World Cup in 17 attempts.

Man-of-the-match Taskin got the chase for the Netherlands off to a terrible start when he knocked out opener Vikramjit Singh and number three Bas de Leede with the first two balls of the innings.

A challenging half-century from all-rounder Colin Ackermann (62) kept the Netherlands in the game, but Taskin sent the number four away in a two-wicket burst in the 17th.

Bangladesh will play South Africa in Sydney on Thursday, while the Netherlands will face India.

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