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Zim ready for Proteas


The Zimbabwe senior national cricket team gets their South African tout underway on Friday as they face the Proteas in the first Pro20 game in Bloemfontein.

The second match is in Kimberley on Sunday.

The Proteas got together in Bloemfontein for the two T20 games on Wednesday.

Top order batsman Hamilton Masakadza is confident they will win one of the two games.

“Zimbabwe will win at least one of those games,” Masakadza warned the Proteas at the touring side’s first training session on Wednesday.

Friday’s first Twenty20 game is the first between the countries on the same field where Zimbabwe played their first Test in South Africa against the Proteas in October 1999.

Zimbabwe have won only three of their 12 Twenty20 games, which includes surprise wins over Australia and the West Indies.

Masakadza, who has scored the most runs and has the highest individual score for his country in T20 internationals, is convinced they can achieve a similar feat in South Africa.

“The shorter version of the game closes the gaps between a lot of the teams.

The weaker team, if one can put it like that, has a better winning chance.

Anything can happen and you need only one good performance from someone to take the game,” he said.

Masakadza agrees that their exciting local Twenty20 series, which draws good crowds, has done a lot for the team.

“Our internal competition has improved a lot through that and the standards are also much higher as a result.”

Masakadza added that he had struggled in the recent one-day series against Ireland, but prior to that made some runs with the Mutare Mountaineers, who are coached by Allan Donald.

He has known Donald since his student days at the University of the Free State, where he studied for a degree in marketing.

Having spent four years at Kovsies, Masakadza left his teammates in no doubt that Bloemfontein is his home town.

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