Harare - Dane Piedt
had a dream debut as 83rd player to represent the Proteas on the opening day of the one-off Test match against Zimbabwe at the
Harare Sports Club on Saturday.
SCOREBOARD: Zimbabwe v South Africa - Day 1
Not only did
he take a wicket with his first delivery – the 19th player to do
this and the second South African, the previous one being leg-spinner, Ernest
Vogler, in January, 1906 – but he took three of the first four wickets to fall
and, for good measure, also accounted for the mainstay of the Zimbabwe first
innings, captain Brendan Taylor, who was caught in the deep, chasing his
century as he ran out of partners.
replaced Imran Tahir in the only change to the South African team, finished the
day with figures of 4/90 in 24 overs and he could have had a fifth had he held
on to a return catch in the final over of the day.
finished on 248/9 from the 89 overs that were possible and will have been well
pleased with their recovery after looking in serious trouble at 120/5 in
They had won
the toss on a pitch that offered no assistance to the bowlers apart from some
early turn for Piedt as a result of the early moisture in the surface.
in four-and-a-quarter hours off 159 balls, 8 boundaries) rallied the
lower-order support as well as he could and looked certain to complete his fifth
Test century until his dismissal.
Zimbabweans could actually claim to have had an even share of the afternoon
session as they scored 101 runs for the loss of three wickets.
also took four wickets and with the new ball still hard and fresh will have the
chance to claim his 24th fifer if he takes the final wicket on the
second morning. As it is his four wickets took his career total to 379. He has
now gone past the legendary Malcolm Marshall (376) into 14th place
on the all-time list and will next have Sir Ian Botham (383) in his sights.
South African bowler was Morne Morkel who did not achieve success but gave
Taylor more trouble than anybody else with his short-pitched attack from around