Zimbabwe fight for World Cup survival

Zimbabwe’s future in the tournament is hanging by a thread following that Sri Lanka defeat and the Flame Lilies need nothing short of victory against South Africa to remain in the competition.
Defeat by the world’s second top ranked Twenty 20 side will mean elimination for Zimbabwe and an early plane back home from a tournament that ends on October 7.
But Zimbabwe’s performance against Sri Lanka does not instil confidence with their top batsman Hamilton Masakadza managing only 20 runs and only three other batsmen, Elton Chigumbura with 19 runs, Graeme Crème on 17 and Vusi Sibanda on 11, managing double figures
Even worse was the fact that the whole team could manage only a paltry 100 compared to Sri Lanka’s 182 which has brought question marks over Zimbabwe’s staying power in the 12 team contest.
Coach Alan Butcher has admitted that his team was a disappointment against Sri Lanka and agrees that they need to up their tempo if they are to stay longer in the competition.
Although five of South Africa’s players were down with a viral infection, vomiting and diarrohea, they are expected to have recovered in time for the Zimbabwean clash and Hasim Amla says they are out for a rout.
Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor says their hopes will be stronger against South Africa but that will only come if the top order of Masakadza, Taylor, Vusi Sibanda, and Craig Ervine delivers and set the tone for victory.
Zimbabwe have a history of crashing out in the first round of the Twenty 20 World Cup having done so in 2007 and 2010 albeit without winning a game.
After the warm up defeats to Ireland and Bangladesh, and now the Sri Lanka thumping, it looks like history will repeat itself.