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New to his role as captain, Hashim Amla takes home another series win.
That's all folks!
Dane Piedt named Man of the Match.
Easy game this test cricket. One match and he's already picking up awards.
His match figures were 8/152.
Captain Brendan Taylor happy that his side fought well for three days and competed with the number one ranked side but not happy with the way the side played after lunch today.
Congratulations @dane_piedt63 on a long awaited and great Test debut. You can take off your cap now...— Antoinette Muller (@mspr1nt) August 12, 2014
Congratulations @dane_piedt63 on a long awaited and great Test debut. You can take off your cap now...
Proteas wrap up victory on day 4 vs Zim – 36 holes tomorrow: Royal Harare & Chapman GC...— Barry Havenga (@LooseImpediment) August 12, 2014
Proteas wrap up victory on day 4 vs Zim – 36 holes tomorrow: Royal Harare & Chapman GC...
JP Duminy up next. JP not concerned with moving swiftly to ODI cricket at Bulawayo.
He's confident with the side's preparations.
Done and dusty here in Harare. 9-wicket win. Day off tomorrow. Professional, clinical...you know.— Neil Manthorp (@NeilManthorp) August 12, 2014
Done and dusty here in Harare. 9-wicket win. Day off tomorrow. Professional, clinical...you know.
You don't have to be pretty to be effective. SA might not have won over fans, but their unbeaten away record since 06 now remains.— Antoinette Muller (@mspr1nt) August 12, 2014
You don't have to be pretty to be effective. SA might not have won over fans, but their unbeaten away record since 06 now remains.
Faf hits the winning runs!
Comes down the wicket and strikes the ball past the mid-off fielder.
Oh no! WICKET!
Elgar gone! 21 off 28 balls.
Elgar tries to win it with one shot but the ball doesn't make it on the full.
Two runs to go now.
Alviro pulls Williams for four.
Not long to go now.
Williams on for Nyumbu.
Ten runs to go for the Proteas.
Petersen actually leaves one. He's really gone hard at the Zim bowlers.
In the process, Alviro has passed 2000 runs in test cricket.
Change of bowling for Zimbabwe.
Chatara into the attack.
Elgar brings the target to 11 runs after that six.
Cleanly struck shot that was.
Elgar thumps a huge six off Nyumbu.
Elgar struggling to find the gaps in the covers.
23/0 are the Proteas chasing 41 to win the one and only test against Zimbabwe.
SA need just 20 more to win.
Petersen is on 12 (17) and Elgar on 9 (11).
Alviro Petersen really desperate to end this.
Running down the wicket but misses his expansive drive.
Petersen not mucking about here.
Wild slog sweep attempted off (and completely missed) Nyumbu's bowling.
Nicely bowled there by Nyumbu.
Beats Elgar, who is coming forward with a tentative drive.
29 more runs to go.
Or ten wickets for Zimbabwe.
Depends which way you look at it really.
Cracking shot by Petersen!
Smashes the ball through the covers. He really climbed into that.
Panyangara opens from the other end.
Can Alviro survive to the end?
Richard Mutumbami has not taken his place behind the stumps.
His foot is clearly in pain.
Regis Chakabva takes over. Mind you, he is a keeper by trade anyway.
Another four for Elgar.
Another short ball by Nyumbu.
Make that 37 to go.
Dean Elgar lashes a short wide ball for four.
Spinner John Nyumbu takes the new ball.
41 runs to win for SA.
Alviro Petersen and Dean Elgar are at the crease.
Alviro needs 10 runs to take his test tally over the 2000 mark.
Dane Piedt is the leading bowler in the second innings with figures of 4/52.
Best match figures for South African spinner on debut.
Panyangara's furniture is disturbed by Steyn.
He's gone for two.
Steyn bounces Chatara.
He's hurt folks. Not too badly though.
Half an appeal as Panyangara pads up to a Piedt ball.
Gaffaney says "Not out".
Piedt's got four wickets now.
Can he pick up a five wicket haul in his debut match?
The partnership for the 8th wicket lasted 18 overs.
Steyn welcomes Chatara with a bouncer. Obviously.
Proteas need that wicket, Richmond Mutumbami was causing some concern.
Great knock considering his foot was hurt after his first ball.
He made 43 off 69 balls.
GONE! Matumbami out!
Steyn gets the edge and De Kock takes the catch.
South Africa win by 9 wickets - Zimbabwe gave a tough fight and played well for most of the test match but it was not enough against the number 1 side in tests. South Africa win comfortably by 9 wickets. Piedt had a great debut, picking up 8 wickets, most by any South African spinner on debut.
Williams continues to Faf, one run needed. Four, Faf ends the match in style and South Africa win by 9 wickets.
Wicket: Elgar hits the ball through long-on for four. South Africa need 2 to win. WICKET! Chatara gets a wicket and Elgar is bowled. South Africa lose their first. Faf comes out to bat. A single to end the over. 1 run needed to win.
Sean Williams comes into the attack. Elgar pushes the first ball on the leg side for a single. Four dots and then Petersen hits the last ball of the over for four through the leg side. South Africa need 6 to win.
Chatara comes into the attack. He starts his spell with a maiden.
Petersen takes a single and then Nyumbu is hit for a six. Elgar hits it over the spinner's head for a six. South Africa need 11 to win. Four dots to end the over.
A maiden from Panyangara, South Africa need 17 to win.
Petersen works the ball through mid-off for a single. Elgar cuts the ball for another single. Four, Petersen hits the ball through square leg for four and then takes a single to rotate strike. 8 runs from the over.
Four dots and then Petersen pushes the ball to mid-on for a single.
Nyumbu continues, a leg bye brings Elgar on strike. A couple of runs from the over.
South Africa need 33 to win. Panyangara starts from the other end. Petersen hits it through the covers for four more. Just the boundary from the over.
Nyumbu to start the bowling for Zimbabwe. Four, Elgar punches the ball through the covers for four. Another boundary, Elgar hits the ball through covers for four more. 8 from the over.
Wicket: A leg bye, Chatara is hit on the shoulder, he signals the physio for some help. Steyn was the bowler so that would have hurt. WICKET! Steyn gets the last man. Panyangara is bowled, South Africa need 41 to win.
Wicket: Piedt comes back into the attack. WICKET! Piedt strikes with his first ball, Nyumbu is caught and bowled, and Zimbabwe are losing their way now. Panyangara drives the ball through the covers for a couple of runs. Three dots to end the over.
Wicket: WICKET! Mutumbami falls after a well-planned assault. Steyn gets the wicket and De Kock takes the catch behind the stumps. Mutumbami falls for 43. Two wickets remaining, Zimbabwe lead by 37 runs. Chatara comes out to bat.
Elgar continues from around the wicket. Four, Mutumbami sweeps again and hits Elgar to the boundary to bring up the 50 run partnership. Then he takes a single to long-off. Five from the over.
Steyn bowls a maiden. Zimbabwe lead by 32 runs.
A couple of singles, Mutumbami hits it against Elgar's spin for four. Zimbabwe are going to attack after tea, a clear plan from them.
Amla brings Steyn back to cut the run scoring. A couple of dots and then Mutumbami hits the wide ball through the covers for four. Mutumbami takes a single to bring Nyumbu on strike.
Elgar has the ball in his hands. Four, Mutumbami hits the ball through midwicket for four. Four more, Elgar tosses it up and Mutumbami middles it through the leg side for four more. A couple of dots and a single to end the over. Zimbabwe lead by 21 runs after tea.
Three singles to start the over and then Mutumbami hits the ball down to fine leg for three runs. Six, Nyumbu joins the action, hits Duminy for a six over long-on.
Tea: Three minutes to go to tea, this should be the last over before the break. Steyn to bowl, and bowls a maiden to go to tea.
Three dots and then Mutumbami hits the ball through long-off for four bringing the deficit down to three runs. Three runs from the last ball as Mutumbami drives the ball through the covers. South Africa will have to bat again.
Mutumbami cuts the ball in the air over point for a single. He is struggling with his foot injury and not running well between wickets. Just one from the over.
Piedt continues, he is bowling the 20th over of this spell. A single from the over, Zimbabwe 8 runs behind.
Steyn is back, bowling to two slips, short midwicket and square leg. A maiden from Steyn.
Nyumbu edges the ball past leg slip for a single, Piedt goes round the wicket. Just one from the over.
Morkel continues and finishes another maiden. Zimbabwe 10 runs behind.
The physio is out to check Mutumbami's foot. A couple of dots to start the over and then Mutumbami tucks the ball to backward square leg for a single. Just one from the over.
Mutumbami pushes Morkel down to fine leg for a single. Another single to fine leg, can Zimbabwe make South Africa bat again? Three from the over, Zimbabwe trail by 11 runs.
Nyumbu sweeps the ball to deep midwicket for a single. Another single as Mutumbami hits the ball to Morkel in the deep. Just two from the over.
Another maiden from South Africa, good bowling from the spinner and Morkel.
Piedt finishes a maiden, Zimbabwe trail by 16 runs with three wickets in hand.
Wicket: Morkel continues and Mutumbami gets away from the danger with an edge through gully for one. WICKET! Williams tries to cut but only manages to find JP Duminy at backward point, who dives to take a Jonty-style catch. John Nyumbu gets off the mark with a single off the last ball.
It's Mutumbami's turn to face Piedt, and he gets off the mark with a single off the fourth ball. The Cobras man is keeping it tight though, and it's the only run from the over.
Wicket: An expansive drive from Chakabva sees a thick edge, but it nips past the slips and gets four, to Morkel's irritation. Then WICKET! Chakabva leaves it alone, but doesn;t know his off stump's location, and the bails go flying. Zim are still 20 runs behind as Richmond Mutumbami comes to the middle. They end the over with a leg bye, though Morkel is convinced it should be an LBW. Struck well outside the line though.
Excitement! A leading edge as Williams tries to flick it leg side goes high in the air, but Vernon Philander as too far away and it drops over his shoulder. Another risky top edge sees Chakabva add a single to short fine leg.
At last, a bowling change. Steyn makes way for Morkel, and Williams gets off strike with a single to square leg. Morras isn't as pinpoint as Steyn, straying down the leg side, but gets away with it, so just the one from the over.
Another maiden, this time from Piedt, who continues to spin it like a top off every part of the deck. Chakabva has no answers.
Steyn continues to Williams, and is on the money nearly every time. It's a maiden.
Piedt is getting a crazy amount of turn here, and WICKET! Taylor cannot deal with it, and gets an edge to Dean Elgar, who takes a great reflex catch at short leg. Sean Williams joins Chakabva and gets off the mark with a very cheeky single.
chakbva is looking very good as he whips a straighter one off his pads for three, leaving Taylor to face Steyn. The captain is more subdued, defending well, until the final ball where they run four!
WICKET! Sibanda goes now, hitting the ball straight back to Piedt, the bowler, and suddenly the Proteas have their tails up. Zim are 43 runs behind still. In comes Regis Chakabva, who gets off the mark with a single, as does Taylor, with a nifty sweep. Chakabva then adds a four to his tally, driving through the covers. He ends off the over with a single.
Steyn continues to Vermeulen and after setting him up bit by bit, gets his man. WICKET! The umpire lifts the finger as Vermeulen is trapped LBW for 21 off 68 balls. This brings skipper Brendan Taylor to the middle, and he blocks out the over. It's a maiden too.
Piedt starts to Sibanda, who gets off strike with a single to mid-off. Vermeulen then lofts it over the covers and they run three, but the batsman looks a bit breathless. Fitness not up to international standards yet.
Vermeulen faces Steyn, and after leaving half the over, he breaks out with a whipping square cut, almost MS Dhoni-style for four, the ball spinning at right angles as it lands in the outfield.
Piedt continues and Vermeulen is literally turned around by the spinner, twisting and unsure about where the ball went off the edge, but he gets a single. Sibanda then takes a big swing and slog-sweeps it for six to cow corner.
Steyn gets us going again after lunch, and Vermeulen looks much more comfortable against the pace, driving off the back foot for two through the covers. he then adds a single with an edge to fine leg, and Sibanda sees out the tough over.
Lunch: This should be the last over before lunch. Duminy comes into the attack. He comes on round the wicket with slip, leg slip, short leg and a short midwicket in place. A few dots, a loud appeal and it has been turned down. A maiden to go to lunch.
A dot and then Sibanda pushes Piedt through square leg for a single. Four, too short and Vermeulen pulls the ball through deep midwicket for four. A single to end the over.
A couple of dots and then Vermeulen outside edge Philander through slip and gully for a couple of runs. Three dots to end the over.
Umpire Dar has a chat to Sibanda about not walking on the pitch. Three dots and then a single, two dots to end the over.
Four, thick outside edge and Sibanda's edge falls short of Amla at first slip and goes through him for four. Four dots to end the over.
A missed stumping and Piedt is disappointed. Vermeulen is lucky to survive, he was a long way out of his crease. Another maiden from the spinner.
A maiden from Philander, Zimbabwe 76 runs behind.
Sibanda turns the ball to square leg for a single. Four dots to end the over.
Philander comes back in the attack. Three dots and then Philander bowls a no ball. Just the no ball from the over.
Another leg bye, Sibanda pads a ball from Piedt. A couple of singles from the over.
Sibanda gets a leg bye to midwicket. A few dots to end the over.
Wicket: WICKET! Piedt gets the first wicket of the day, Tiripano is bowled. Mark Vermeulen is the new man in. A leg bye to start, Piedt causing some problems for the batsmen. A couple of dots to end a good over.
A dot from Morkel and then Sibanda cuts the short ball through point and cover for four. Four dots to end the over.
50: Dane Piedt into the attack after drinks. The first ball is outside edged by Sibanda as he misses the spin, a couple of runs in the end. A couple more as Sibanda sweeps the ball on the leg side. Seven runs from the over. Zimbabwe bring up their 50.
Morkel continues, Tiripano is doing well to survive out there. Another maiden from Morkel.
Tiripano plays it away from his body but controls it well, hits it past gully for a couple of runs. A single through short leg as Tiripano gloves it. A couple of dots and then Sibanda hits the last ball for four over the slips.
Sibanda goes for the pull shot against Morkel, he misses and gets hit in the stomach. Sibanda gets a bit of attention from the physio. A maiden in the end.
Steyn bowls another maiden, Zimbabwe are 101 runs behind.
Another maiden from South Africa, Morkel bowls it and Sibanda plays it out.
Another over gone, just a single from the over. Steyn finishes his 4th over of the day.
Morkel comes into the attack, an early change from Amla. Just a single from the over.
A maiden from Steyn, Tiripano survives it. Steyn is not happy because one of his loud appeals for turned down.
Philander continues, Steyn is having a chat with Donald on the boundary. Four, it is short from Philander and Sibanda hits it through square leg for four. Four more, Sibanda hits the last ball of the over for four.
A couple of dots and then Sibanda takes a single through midwicket. Three dots to end the over.
Another maiden from Philander, it looks like it is going to be another slow day of test cricket.
Steyn runs in from the other end. A single from the last ball of the over.
Philander has the ball in his hand. He starts the day off with a maiden.
A single from the first ball as Sibanda hits Piedt through the covers. A single from the last over, Zimbabwe trail by 113 runs. That will be stumps on day three and South Africa are 113 runs ahead, Zimbabwe need to bat well tomorrow.
Wicket: Over 158.3 SA 397/10 (Morkel 2) - WICKET! Duminy is out, Nyumbu gets his 5th wicket. Taylor takes the catch at first slip as Duimny's sweep becomes an edge. South Africa are all out for 397 runs.
A single from the first ball as Sibanda hits Piedt through the covers. A single from the last over, Zimbabwe trail by 113 runs.
2 overs remaining, Morkel continues. A maiden from him.
Sibanda takes a single, Piedt starts his second over. A couple of dots and then a single. Two from the over.
Wicket: WICKET! Morkel strikes, Masakadza is out, he edges the short ball to AB in the slips. South African get their first wicket. Tiripano comes out as the night watchman. A wicket maiden from Morkel.
Three dots from Piedt to start and then, Masakadza hits a six over deep square leg. A single to end the over.
Morkel replaces Philander, two slips, gully, a leg slip and short leg in place. A maiden to start the spell from Morkel.
A couple of dots and then Masakadza hits the ball to deep square leg for a couple of runs. Four, Masakadza cuts it behind point for four, making it 6 from the over.
Sibanda flicks the ball through midwicket for a single, Philander continues. Masakadza hits the next ball through mid-off and Morkel chases it down to the boundary to save a single, three runs. Four from the over.
A maiden from Steyn, Zimbabwe 8 for no loss after 5 overs.
Five dots and then Sibanda hits the last ball from Philander for four through mid-off. Zimbabwe 133 runs behind.
Steyn continues, nearly a run out as Sibanda goes for a quick run, but it is not a direct hit and Masakadza is safe. Just a single from the over.
Three slips and a gully, Philander starts from the other end. A couple of runs as Masakadza edges it through the gully region.
Sibanda and Masakadza come out to bat, South Africa will get 10 overs to bowl at them. Steyn starts the attack, Masakadza plays five dots and takes a single from the last ball.
Wicket: Over 158.3 SA 397/10 (Morkel 2) - WICKET! Duminy is out, Nyumbu gets his 5th wicket. South Africa are all out for 397 runs.
Wicket: Over 158 SA 396/9 (Duminy 55, Morkel 1) - Tiripano comes into the attack, Duminy starts the over with a single. WICKET! Piedt is hit on the pads and is out lbw. South Africa lose their 9th wicket, lead by 139 runs. Tiripano is too tired to celebrate. Morkel comes out to bat. A couple of singles from the over.
Over 157 SA 394/8 (Duminy 54, Piedt 13) - Nyumbu comes back into the attack, Duminy cuts the ball to sweeper cover for a single. Three dots and then Piedt gets an edge on it and it goes past Taylor at second slip. Three from the over.
Over 156 SA 391/8 (Duminy 53, Piedt 11) - Three dots and then Piedt flicks it away on the leg side for three runs. A single to end the over.
Over 155 SA 387/8 (Duminy 52, Piedt 8) - Chatara comes in to bowl to replace Nyumbu. Piedt hits the ball through midwicket for a single and then Duminy drives the ball through the covers for a couple of runs. End of another over, South Africa lead by 131 runs.
50: Over 154 SA 384/8 (Duminy 50, Piedt 7) - Three dots and then Duminy hits Panyangara through the leg side for a couple of runs to get to his 50, a slow 50 but a good one.
Over 153 SA 382/8 (Duminy 48, Piedt 7) - Three singles from the over from Nyumbu, South Africa lead by 126 runs.
Over 152 SA 379/8 (Duminy 46, Piedt 6) - Panyangara comes into the attack, replacing Williams. A couple of singles from the over.
Over 151 SA 377/8 (Duminy 45, Piedt 5) - Piedt drives the ball past cover for three runs and then Duminy hits the last ball of the over through cover again for a couple. The lead is now 121 runs.
Over 150 SA 372/8 (Duminy 43, Piedt 2) - A single and Piedt is off the mark, Duminy sweeps the ball to fine leg for a couple. Two more singles from the over, South Africa lead by 116 runs.
Wicket: Over 149 SA 367/8 (Duminy 40, Piedt 0) - Four, Duminy sweeps the ball through midwicket for four, Duminy then another one through midwicket for a couple of runs. WICKET! Steyn has provided the entertainment and is out, he goes for another slog against the spinner an Tiripano takes a good catch at cover. The lead is 111 and Steyn has done a good job of scoring some quick runs. Piedt makes his way out to the middle.
Over 148 SA 360/7 (Duminy 33, Steyn 19) - Duminy cuts it through point for a single. Steyn hits the ball through midwicket for three runs and then a single to end the over.
Over 147 SA 355/7 (Duminy 31, Steyn 16) - Six, Steyn hits the first ball for another six, he is not going to hang around like Philander did. A couple of dots and then Steyn pushes the ball to fine leg for a couple of runs. 8 from the over. The 350 comes up.
Over 146 SA 347/7 (Duminy 31, Steyn 8) - Duminy pads the ball on the leg side for a couple of leg byes, the lead is now 91. A few dots to end the over.
Over 145 SA 345/7 (Duminy 31, Steyn 8) - Six, Steyn comes out of his crease and hits it over long-on for a six. Then he takes a single to get Duminy on strike. Another single, 8 runs from three balls. Three dots to end the over.
Over 144 SA 337/7 (Duminy 30, Steyn 1) - Three runs from the 2 balls remaining in the over, Steyn is the new man in.
Wicket: Over 144 SA 334/7 (Duminy 28) - Duminy cuts the first ball of the over to third man for a couple of runs. A single and then a WICKET! Williams bowls Philander and the stumps are disturbed. Tea is taken.
Over 143 SA 331/6 (Duminy 25, Philander 17) - A few dots and then Philander pushes the ball to fine leg for a couple of runs. Just two from the over.
Over 142 SA 329/6 (Duminy 25, Philander 15) - A maiden from Zimbabwe, Tiripano bowls it to Duminy.
Over 141 SA 329/6 (Duminy 25, Philander 15) - A single form the Nyumbu over, South Africa push the lead to 73.
Over 140 SA 328/6 (Duminy 24, Philander 15) - Duminy takes a single and that is the 50th run since lunch for South Africa. A single from the over.
Over 139 SA 327/6 (Duminy 23, Philander 15) - Nyumbu comes back for another spell, double change from Zimbabwe. He starts off with a maiden as well.
Over 138 SA 327/6 (Duminy 23, Philander 15) - Tripano comes into the attack for Panyangara. A maiden from him to start the new spell.
Over 137 SA 327/6 (Duminy 23, Philander 15) - Duminy takes a single to mid-off and then Philander plays a few dots. A single from the over again.
Over 136 SA 326/6 (Duminy 22, Philander 15) - A couple of dots and then Duminy takes a single. One from the over.
Over 135 SA 325/6 (Duminy 21, Philander 15) - A maiden from Chatara, he finishes his 5th over of this spell. South Africa 69 runs ahead.
Over 134 SA 325/6 (Duminy 21, Philander 15) - One leg bye from the over, Panyangara finishes his 5th over.
Over 133 SA 324/6 (Duminy 21, Philander 15) - Another maiden from Zimbabwe, Chatara finishes it and Duminy plays it out. The run rate falls further.
Over 132 SA 324/6 (Duminy 21, Philander 15) - Four dots and then another single. The run rate for the last 10 overs has been 1.3 per over.
Over 131 SA 323/6 (Duminy 20, Philander 15) - Four dots and then a single to end the over, Duminy steers the ball to backward point. South Africa lead by 67 runs.
Over 130 SA 322/6 (Duminy 19, Philander 15) - A maiden from Panyangara, South Africa are progressing slowly.
Over 129 SA 322/6 (Duminy 19, Philander 15) - Five dots and then a single to end the over.
Over 128 SA 321/6 (Duminy 19, Philander 14) - Philander opens the face of the bat and gets a single to deep point. Just a single from the over.
Over 127 SA 320/6 (Duminy 19, Philander 13) - Pace from both ends, Chatara comes into the attack. A single from the over, South Africa push the lead to 64.
Over 126 SA 319/6 (Duminy 19, Philander 12) - Panyangara comes into the attack, a maiden from him to start his spell.
Over 125 SA 319/6 (Duminy 19, Philander 12) - Duminy sweeps and gets an inside edge on it for three runs to fine leg. A couple more singles to end the over.
Over 124 SA 314/6 (Duminy 15, Philander 11) - Four dots and then a single to Duminy through backward point. Just a single from the over.
Over 123 SA 313/6 (Duminy 14, Philander 11) - A couple of singles and then a couple of dots to end the over. South Africa lead by 57 runs.
Over 122 SA 311/6 (Duminy 13, Philander 10) - Williams continues, a couple of dots and then Philander pulls it away on the leg side for four through midwicket. A single to third man makes it 5 from the over.
Over 121 SA 306/6 (Duminy 13, Philander 5) - A couple of dots and then a couple of singles to end the over.
Over 120 SA 304/6 (Duminy 12, Philander 4) - Four dots and then a couple of singles to end the over.
Over 119 SA 302/6 (Duminy 11, Philander 3) - Three byes and South Africa reach 300, the lead is 46.
Over 118 SA 298/6 (Duminy 11, Philander 2) - Williams goes round the wicket to Philander. Just a couple of runs from the over, the lead is pushed to 42 runs.
Over 117 SA 296/6 (Duminy 10, Philander 1) - Three dots and then Duminy drives the ball through the covers for a couple of runs. He takes a single to give Philander the strike. Four runs from the over.
Wicket: Over 116 SA 292/6 (Duminy 7) - A leg bye and De Kock reverse sweeps the ball through third man for four, he moves on to 80. A single and then Duminy hits it through the covers for three runs. WICKET! De Kock is out, he gets his highest score in tests but can't get a 100. Williams gets the wicket and Sibanda dives forward to take a good catch.
Over 115 SA 283/5 (de Kock 76, Duminy 4) - Nyumbu comes back into the attack after lunch, an lbw shout but the ball was pitching outside leg. A maiden from Nyumbu.
Over 114 SA 283/5 (de Kock 76, Duminy 4) - After lunch, Williams starts and De Kock takes a single behind square. Four, Duminy gets off the mark with a boundary through third man. Three dots to end the over.
Over 113 SA 278/5 (de Kock 75, Duminy 0) - A single from the over before lunch, South Africa are 22 runs ahead.
Over 112 SA 277/5 (de Kock 74, Duminy 0) - Just a single from the over, we may get another over before lunch.
Wicket: Over 111 SA 276/5 (de Kock 73, Duminy 0) - WICKET! Faf falls short of a 100, Chakabva takes an easy catch at backward short leg and Nyumbu gets Faf out on 98. Duminy comes out to bat just before lunch. Big wicket from Zimbabwe before lunch.
Over 110 SA 275/4 (de Kock 72, du Plessis 98) - Sean Williams comes into the attack, Faf takes a single from the first ball to long-off. Just two from the over.
Over 109 SA 273/4 (de Kock 71, du Plessis 97) - A couple of singles from the over, Nyumbu finishes his 8th of this spell.
Over 108 SA 271/4 (de Kock 70, du Plessis 96) - A maiden from Tiripano, South Africa stay 15 runs ahead.
Over 107 SA 271/4 (de Kock 70, du Plessis 96) - Faf hits the ball through cover and mid-off for four, he moves on to 95. Faf takes a single and then De Kock cuts the last ball for a couple of runs.
Over 106 SA 264/4 (de Kock 68, du Plessis 91) - A maiden from Tiripano, South Afirca 264 for 4 after 106 overs.
Over 105 SA 264/4 (de Kock 68, du Plessis 91) - Three singles from the over, South Africa 8 runs ahead.
Over 104 SA 261/4 (de Kock 66, du Plessis 90) - A couple of dots and then De Kock inside edges it through fine leg for four to put South Africa in the lead. A single to end the over, De Kock moves on to 66.
Over 103 SA 256/4 (de Kock 61, du Plessis 90) - A few dots to start the over and then De Kock takes a single to level the scores.
Over 102 SA 255/4 (de Kock 60, du Plessis 90) - South Africa are 4 runs behind. Five dots and then De Kock takes three runs from the last ball, South Africa one run behind.
Over 101 SA 252/4 (de Kock 57, du Plessis 90) - The consolidation period is over, De Kock hits it over the bowler's head for a six to get to his 50. A couple of runs as De Kock hits it in the air down the ground. A single means De Kock will keep the strike, the 250 comes up for South Africa.
Over 100 SA 243/4 (de Kock 48, du Plessis 90) - Four dots and then Faf hits the full toss through midwicket for four. De Kock moves to 48 and Faf is on 90.
Over 99 SA 239/4 (de Kock 48, du Plessis 86) - A maiden from Nyumbu, South Africa are 17 runs behind.
Over 98 SA 239/4 (de Kock 48, du Plessis 86) - A couple of dots and then Faf cuts it to deep point for a single. Three runs, De Kock hits the last ball through the covers for three runs.
Over 97 SA 235/4 (de Kock 45, du Plessis 85) - Nyumbu continues, a couple of runs as De Kock cuts the ball through the off side. Dropped, poor ball from Nyumbu and De Kock drives it with hard hands to cover and the fielder drops it.
Over 96 SA 233/4 (de Kock 43, du Plessis 85) - A double change from Zimbabwe, Tiripano comes into the attack. Four, Faf cuts it strongly through the off side for four, moves on to 85.
Over 95 SA 229/4 (de Kock 43, du Plessis 81) - A bowling change as Nyumbu comes into the attack to replace Chatara. De Kock drives the first ball through the covers for a couple of runs. A couple of singles and then, De Kock drives the ball down the ground for three runs, and a single to end the over. 8 from it, South Africa 27 runs behind.
Over 94 SA 221/4 (de Kock 37, du Plessis 79) - De Kock takes a single and then Faf flicks the ball away through midwicket for three runs. Five from the over.
Over 93 SA 216/4 (de Kock 35, du Plessis 76) - Faf cuts it through the gully region for three runs, he is playing a controlled innings today. A single brings Faf back on strike. Four dots to end the over.
Over 92 SA 212/4 (de Kock 34, du Plessis 73) - Three dots and then De Kock drives the ball through covers for a couple of runs.
Over 91 SA 210/4 (de Kock 32, du Plessis 73) - Four, Faf's first runs of the day and he hits a boundary down the ground for four. He moves on to 73. Just the boundary from the over.
Over 90 SA 206/4 (de Kock 32, du Plessis 69) - Another maiden from Zimbabwe, South Africa continue slowly on day three.
Over 89 SA 206/4 (de Kock 32, du Plessis 69) - De Kock edges the first ball through point for a single. Just a single from the over.
Over 88 SA 205/4 (de Kock 31, du Plessis 69) - A couple of dots and then De Kock pulls the ball through deep midwicket for a couple of runs. Three runs from the over.
Over 87 SA 202/4 (de Kock 28, du Plessis 69) - Another maiden from Zimbabwe, Chatara finishes it. South Africa are 54 runs behind.
Over 86 SA 202/4 (de Kock 28, du Plessis 69) - Panyangara from the other end, a maiden to start from him.
Over 85 SA 202/4 (de Kock 28, du Plessis 69) - Chatara starts off the day with the ball for Zimbabwe. Just a single from the over.
- A great last session for Zimbabwe. They managed to remove the prize scalps of South Africa's middle order, Ab de Villiers and Hashim Amla. Faf du Plessis battled hard for his 69 and will resume with De Kock who is on 27. Nyumbu was impressive as well as Panyangara and Chatara. South Africa end the day on 201/4.
Over 74 SA 169/4 (de Kock 6, du Plessis 58) - Change of bowling Tiripano replaces Panyamgara. Tiripano over pitches and du Plessis flicks the ball through mid wicket doesn't quite make it to the boundary, three runs.So close! De Kock almost plays the ball on to his own stumps, the ball just trickles past his stumps.
Over 69 SA 157/4 (de Kock 0, du Plessis 52) - Change of bowling Nyumbu coming in from the golf course end. Du Plessis works the off spinner to deep mid wicket for single. WICKET! de Villiers is gone, lapse in concentration as de Villiers looks to over top and only manages to pick out Sibanda at mid wicket. South Africa are is a spot of bother here with their two best batsmen are back in the hut. de Kock in at 6.
- A comfortable session for the South African batsmen, with the exception of Elgar's wicket the Zimbabwean bowlers didn't really manage to cause too much trouble. They have however manage to keep things tight, South Africa only managed to score 20 runs in the last 10 overs of the session. South Africa will be looking to push on in the last session of the day. South Africa are 146/2 at tea on day 2.
Over 55 SA 145/2 (Amla 4, du Plessis 47) - A tad to short from Nyumbu allows Alma to work the ball to mid wicket for a single. Du Plessis goes down the track pushes to mid on for a single. Amla picks up another single. Three off the over.
Over 27 SA 69/1 (Elgar 31, du Plessis 6) - Change of bowling Panyangara back in to the attack. Over pitches his first delivery Elgar picks up two, towards the mid wicket boundary. Good ball from Panyangara beats Elgar outside off stump. Elgar drives through covers to end the over with a single.
- Players are back out on the field. Almost ready to go. Zimbabwe will be looking for few quick wickets after lunch to put some pressure on the South African line up.
- Zimbabwe managed to add just eight runs to their over night total as Dale Steyn picked up yet another five wicket haul. Elgar and Petersen started well for South Africa carefully negotiating the new ball threat of Tiripano and Panyangara. Petersen fell in the second last over before lunch to the debutant Nyumbu who looks the most threatening of the Zimbabwean bowlers. South Africa are 62/1 at lunch on day 2.
Over 84 SA 201/4 (de Kock 27, du Plessis 69) - Williams to bowl the last over of the day.De Kock picks up a single off the first ball and du Plessis carefully defends the rest of the over. And that is stumps on day 2. South Africa end on 201/4.
Over 83 SA 200/4 (de Kock 26, du Plessis 69) - Nyumbu to de Kock. De Kock picks up a single through the covers. Du Plessis gets a single Beautifully bowled by Nyumbu pitches on middle turns sharply de Kock beaten all ends up. DROPPED Taylor puts it down at slip de Kock tries to cut a ball that was too close. The ball went quickly but Taylor should of taken that.
Over 82 SA 195/4 (de Kock 22, du Plessis 68) - Chatara gets a go with the new ball. A tad short and de Kock cuts behind point for a single. Just a single of the over.
Over 81 SA 194/4 (de Kock 21, du Plessis 68) - The new ball has been taken interesting Nyumbu, the offspinner, will continue. Du Plessis works the ball to deep mid wicket for a single. De Kock also picks up a single
Over 80 SA 192/4 (de Kock 20, du Plessis 67) - Williams to de Kock still plenty of turn for the spinners. de Kock gets a single from a thick edge to square leg. Du Plessis works it off the back foot down to fine leg for a single. Two off the over
Over 79 SA 190/4 (de Kock 19, du Plessis 66) - Nyumbu over pitches and du Plessis drives through the covers for four, lovely shot. Five dots to finish.
Over 78 SA 186/4 (de Kock 19, du Plessis 62) - Change of bowling Williams into the attack. De Kock comes down the wicket again is beaten in the flight, managed to get an inside edge which runs down to the fine leg boundary. Couple of singles to du Plessis.
Over 77 SA 179/4 (de Kock 14, du Plessis 60) - Nyumbu into his 20th over of the day. Du Plessis picks up a single. De Kock has taken the attack to Nyumbu down the pitch and launches it over mid wicket one bounce into the boundary follow but another four. Nine off the over
Over 76 SA 170/4 (de Kock 6, du Plessis 59) - Tiripano to du Plessis. Du Plessis has an expansive drive but can't get it through the covers, no run. Du Plessis picks up a single down to third man.One run off the over.
Over 75 SA 169/4 (de Kock 6, du Plessis 58) - Nyumbu continues to probe, beats de Kock with his first delivery. Maiden over.
Over 73 SA 165/4 (de Kock 5, du Plessis 55) - Nyumbu continues. Du Plessis pushes down to long on for a single. De Kock and du Plessis both work the ball on to the leg side for a single each. Three of the over
Over 72 SA 162/4 (de Kock 3, du Plessis 53) - De Kock drives Panyamgara through the covers picks up a couple of runs. Five dot balls to finish the over. Just two of the over.
Over 71 SA 160/4 (de Kock 3, du Plessis 53) - Nyumbu to de Kock. Two slips in place. Slightly too full from Nyumbu and de Kock is off the mark. Du Plessis works the ball to mid wicket also picks up a single. De Kock drives to long on to make it three off the over.
Over 70 SA 157/4 (de Kock 0, du Plessis 52) - Panyangara replaces Chatara. Pangyangara continues with the line outside the off stump. Du Plessis patiently defends. Again maiden from Panyangara.
Over 79 SA 192/4 (de Kock 20, du Plessis 67) - Williams to de Kock still plenty of turn for the spinners. de Kock gets a single from a thick edge to square leg. Du Plessis works it off the back foot down to fine leg for a single. Two off the over
Over 78 SA 190/4 (de Kock 19, du Plessis 66) - Nyumbu over pitches and du Plessis drives through the covers for four, lovely shot. Five dots to finish.
Over 77 SA 186/4 (de Kock 19, du Plessis 62) - Change of bowling Williams into the attack. De Kock comes down the wicket again is beaten in the flight, managed to get an inside edge which runs down to the fine leg boundary. Couple of singles to du Plessis.
Over 76 SA 179/4 (de Kock 14, du Plessis 60) - Nyumbu into his 20th over of the day. Du Plessis picks up a single. De Kock has taken the attack to Nyumbu down the pitch and launches it over mid wicket one bounce into the boundary follow but another four. Nine off the over
Over 75 SA 170/4 (de Kock 6, du Plessis 59) - Tiripano to du Plessis. Du Plessis has an expansive drive but can't get it through the covers, no run. Du Plessis picks up a single down to third man.One run off the over.
Over 74 SA 169/4 (de Kock 6, du Plessis 58) - Nyumbu continues to probe, beats de Kock with his first delivery. Maiden over.
Over 73 SA 169/4 (de Kock 6, du Plessis 58) - Change of bowling Tiripano replaces Panyamgara. Tiripano over pitches and du Plessis flicks the ball through mid wicket doesn't quite make it to the boundary, three runs.So close! De Kock almost plays the ball on to his own stumps, the ball just trickles past his stumps.
Over 72 SA 165/4 (de Kock 5, du Plessis 55) - Nyumbu continues. Du Plessis pushes down to long on for a single. De Kock and du Plessis both work the ball on to the leg side for a single each. Three of the over
Over 71 SA 162/4 (de Kock 3, du Plessis 53) - De Kock drives Panyamgara through the covers picks up a couple of runs. Five dot balls to finish the over. Just two of the over.
Over 70 SA 160/4 (de Kock 3, du Plessis 53) - Nyumbu to de Kock. Two slips in place. Slightly too full from Nyumbu and de Kock is off the mark. Du Plessis works the ball to mid wicket also picks up a single. De Kock drives to long on to make it three off the over.
Over 69 SA 157/4 (de Kock 0, du Plessis 52) - Panyangara replaces Chatara. Pangyangara continues with the line outside the off stump. Du Plessis patiently defends. Again maiden from Panyangara.
Over 68 SA 157/4 (de Kock 0, du Plessis 52) - Change of bowling Nyumbu coming in from the golf course end. Du Plessis works the off spinner to deep mid wicket for single. WICKET! de Villiers is gone, lapse in concentration as de Villiers looks to over top and only manages to pick out Sibanda at mid wicket. South Africa are is a spot of bother here with their two best batsmen are back in the hut. de Kock in at 6.
Over 68 SA 156/3 (AB de Villiers 7, du Plessis 51) - Chatara continues with a line wide outside the off stump, de Villiers isn't tempted, yet another maiden.
Over 67 SA 156/3 (AB de Villiers 7, du Plessis 51) - Panyangara has been just as economical, his 15 overs have cost just 16 runs. Du Plessis manages a quick single to mid on. De Villiers produces a carbon copy as he sneaks a single. Two off the over.
Over 66 SA 154/3 (AB de Villiers 6, du Plessis 50) - Chatara continues to contain de Villiers. Chatara has conceded just three runs in his five overs since tea and produces another maiden.
Over 65 SA 154/3 (AB de Villiers 6, du Plessis 50) - Panyangara continues to du Plessis who has been stuck on 48 since tea. Du Plessis drives powerfully but still no run. Finally du Plessis manages to find some runs. he works it down to fine leg to bring up a well played fifty. His 6th in test match cricket.
Over 64 SA 152/3 (AB de Villiers 6, du Plessis 48) - Chatara is persisting with a tempting line wide outside off stump. De Villiers is not taking the bait as he watches the ball through to the keeper and defends what he needs to. Maiden over.
Over 63 SA 152/3 (AB de Villiers 6, du Plessis 48) - Panyangara begins his third over after tea. De Villiers pushes to mid on and picks up a quick single. Du Plessis on strike, du Plessis has not managed a run since the tea break and defends the last four balls. Just one off the over.
Over 62 SA 151/3 (AB de Villiers 5, du Plessis 48) - Du Plessis drives strongly into the covers, can't get it through no run. Again du Plessis finds the fielder as he flat bats the ball straight down the pitch. Maiden from Chatara.
Over 61 SA 151/3 (AB de Villiers 5, du Plessis 48) - Lucky escape for de Villiers as his attempted drive flashes past his stumps, picks up two fortunate runs. Panyangara keeps hitting a good length. Five dot balls to end the over.
Over 60 SA 149/3 (AB de Villiers 3, du Plessis 48) - Chatara drops it short and de Villiers is on it in a flash. Pulls strongly good fielding prevents a boundary. Du Plessis defends the rest of the over. Three runs off the over.
Over 59 SA 146/3 (AB de Villiers 0, du Plessis 48) - Panyangara keeps the pressure on as he beats du Plessis with a great delivery. Panyangara keeps hitting good areas. Maiden over.
Over 58 SA 146/3 (AB de Villiers 0, du Plessis 48) - Chatara is into the attack from the City end. Chatara pitching the ball up inviting Amla to drive, Amla is watchful and leaves well outside the off stump. WICKET! For once Amla's patience has let him down, Chatara tempted Amla into a drive. Amla couldn't keep it down and Sibanda takes the catch at cover. Amla gone for just 4.
Over 57 SA 146/2 (Amla 4, du Plessis 48) - Panyangara starts the final session of the day. Lovely drive straight from du Plessis but it is too straight as it hits the stumps at the non strikers end, no run. Great ball from Panyangara as beats du Plessis outside the off stump. Maiden over to start.
Over 56 SA 146/2 (Amla 4, du Plessis 48) - Change of bowling Williams in from the city end. Amla works the ball down to fine leg and the batsmen stroll across for a single. Du Plessis defends the last three balls of the over and that's tea on day 2.
Over 58 SA 146/3 (AB de Villiers 0, du Plessis 47) - Chatara is into the attack from the City end. Chatara pitching the ball up inviting Amla to drive, Amla is watchful and leaves well outside the off stump. WICKET! For once Amla's patience has let him down, Chatara tempted Amla into a drive. Amla couldn't keep it down and Sibanda takes the catch at cover. Amla gone for just 4.
Over 57 SA 146/2 (Amla 4, du Plessis 47) - Panyangara starts the final session of the day. Lovely drive straight from du Plessis but it is too straight as it hits the stumps at the non strikers end, no run. Great ball from Panyangara as beats du Plessis outside the off stump. Maiden over to start.
Over 56 SA 146/2 (Amla 4, du Plessis 47) - Change of bowling Williams in from the city end. Amla works the ball down to fine leg and the batsmen stroll across for a single. Du Plessis defends the last three balls of the over and that's tea on day 2.
Over 57 SA 146/2 (Amla 5, du Plessis 47) - Panyangara starts the final session of the day. Lovely drive straight from du Plessis but it is too straight as it hits the stumps at the non strikers end, no run. Great ball from Panyangara as beats du Plessis outside the off stump. Maiden over to start.
Over 56 SA 146/2 (Amla 5, du Plessis 47) - Change of bowling Williams in from the city end. Amla works the ball down to fine leg and the batsmen stroll across for a single. Du Plessis defends the last three balls of the over and that's tea on day 2.
Over 55 SA 145/2 (Amla 4, du Plessis 47) - A tad to short from Nyumbu allows Alma to work the ball to mid wicket for a single. Du Plessis goes down the track pushes to mid on for a single. Alma picks up another single. Three off the over.
Over 54 SA 142/2 (Amla 3, du Plessis 45) - Tiripano drops it short and Du Plessis pulls strongly through mid wicket for four. Sharp single as Du Plessis plays the ball out to point. Amla defends the last two balls of the over.
Over 53 SA 137/2 (Amla 3, du Plessis 40) - Amla off the mark as he pushes Nyumbu through the covers, good timing doesn't quite make it to the boundary, three runs. Du Plessis pushes to mid on picks up a single. Four off the over
Over 52 SA 137/2 (Amla 3, du Plessis 40) - Amla off the mark as he pushes Nyumbu through the covers, good timing doesn't quite make it to the boundary, three runs. Du Plessis pushes to mid on picks up a single. Four off the over
Over 52 SA 133/2 (Amla 0, du Plessis 39) - Tiripano keeps the pressure up as he completes a Maiden as well. Du Plessis is all defense at the moment.
Over 51 SA 133/2 (Amla 0, du Plessis 39) - Nyumbu completes his third Maiden of the innings. Another good over from Nyumbu who has been impressive today. Alma defends and the ball drops just short of leg slip. There's a bit of pressure on South Africa at the moment.
Over 50 SA 133/2 (Amla 0, du Plessis 39) - Tiripano starts the over with the a similar line to the delivery which got Elgar wide outside the off stump, Du Plessis is wise to it and leaves it alone. Maiden over from Tiripano.
Over 49 SA 133/2 (Amla 0, du Plessis 39) - Another good over from Nyumbu. Du Plessis manages to get a single to long on. Just one from the over.
Over 48 SA 132/2 (Amla 0, du Plessis 38) - Tiripano to Elgar. Short and wide, Elgar latches on to it, cut away for four. WICKET! Elgar goes for another cut, but only manages to edge behind to Mutumbami who takes another great catch behind the stumps. Elgar gone for 61.
Over 47 SA 128/1 (Elgar 57, du Plessis 38) - Nyumbu continues. Du Plessis attempts a sweep but can't make contact. Du Plessis works the ball down to fine leg, in the air for a while but lands safely picks up a couple.
Over 46 SA 126/1 (Elgar 57, du Plessis 36) - Tiripano starts the over well hits a good area outside off stump. Tiripano goes a bit fuller. Elgar drives to backward point, no run but it's a no ball, first extra of the innings. Just the one run off the over.
Over 45 SA 125/1 (Elgar 57, du Plessis 36) - Elgar drives Nyumbu to mid on for a single. du Plessis defends the rest of the over. Just one run off the over.
Over 44 SA 124/1 (Elgar 56, du Plessis 36) - Change of bowling Tiripano in to the attack. Down the leg side du Plessis tickles it down to fine for four. Tiripano drops it shorts, pulled away by du Plessis. Runs beginning to flow for South Africa.
Over 43 SA 116/1 (Elgar 56, du Plessis 28) - Nyumbu to Elgar. Elgar hoicks through mid wicket to bring up his fifty. It has been a hard-fought, watchful half century. Bit of width and Elgar latches on to it, four more.
Over 42 SA 108/1 (Elgar 48, du Plessis 28) - Chatara to continue. Chatara has conceded just nine runs in his seven overs so far. Four runs, leading edge goes through the vacant gully region, du Plessis slightly fortunate there, defends the rest of the over watchfully.
Over 41 SA 104/1 (Elgar 48, du Plessis 24) - Nyumbu continues after the drinks break. Elgar pushes to mid on and sets off for a sharp single. Another sharp single after a fumble in the field this time for du Plessis. Two off the over.
Over 40 SA 102/1 (Elgar 47, du Plessis 23) - Chatara continues from the city end. It's really slow going here for the South Africa. Chatara keeping things very tight. Another Maiden and it's drinks.
Over 39 SA 102/1 (Elgar 47, du Plessis 23) - Nyumbu to Elgar. Good over very well bowled. Nyumbu shows good control. Maiden over.
Over 38 SA 102/1 (Elgar 47, du Plessis 23) - Chatara in back in to the attack from the city end. du Plessis drives straight down the ground slightly upish but the brings up the 100 for South Africa.
Over 37 SA 98/1 (Elgar 47, du Plessis 19) - Nyumbu back into the attack. DROPPED, tough chance for the man at short leg but Zimbabwe need to take those chances if they want to win this game. Came off du Plessis's inside edge. du Plessis picks up a single off the last ball of the over.
Over 36 SA 97/1 (Elgar 47, du Plessis 18) - Bit of excitement from Williams as the ball lobs of the pad but there was no bat involved. Elgar times his sweep to perfect, four runs. Elgar pushes past point two more runs.
Over 35 SA 89/1 (Elgar 39, du Plessis 18) - Chatara to du Plessis. Good carry for Chatara, Chatara is definately getting more out of the pitch than any of the other Zimbabwean fast bowlers. Another maiden.
Over 34 SA 89/1 (Elgar 39, du Plessis 18) - Elgar picks up an easy single off Williams. Good sweep from du Plessis picks a a couple. A push to the leg side gives du Plessis another two runs, and single to end the over.
Over 33 SA 82/1 (Elgar 37, du Plessis 13) - Bowling change as Chatara replaces Panyangara. Chatara keeps up Panyangara's good work another maiden. Zimbabwean bowlers are doing a good job keeping the South Africans quite.
Over 32 SA 82/1 (Elgar 37, du Plessis 13) - Williams continues to Elgar, Elgar works the ball down to square leg for a single. du Plessis using his feet but Williams saw him coming, no run. Just one off the over.
Over 31 SA 82/1 (Elgar 37, du Plessis 13) - Williams continues to Elgar, Elgar works the ball down to square leg for a single. du Plessis using his feet but Williams saw him coming, no run. Just one off the over.
Over 31 SA 81/1 (Elgar 36, du Plessis 13) - Another maiden from Panyangara. Hitting good areas just outside off stumps. du Plessis equal to it, good solid defense.
Over 30 SA 81/1 (Elgar 36, du Plessis 13) - du Plessis runs it down to three man for a single. Williams strays down the leg side Elgar picks up a couple. Elgar comes down the track almost beaten, well bowled by Williams, Elgar manages to get two off the edge.
Over 29 SA 76/1 (Elgar 32, du Plessis 12) - Good over from Panyangara. Maiden over.
Over 28 SA 76/1 (Elgar 32, du Plessis 12) - Elgar sneaks in a sharp single. Williams over pitches, too much flight from the off spinner and du Plessis lofts him over the top for four. Again it's tossed up by Williams this time du Plessis goes over square leg, two more runs.
Over 27 SA 69/1 (Elgar 31, du Plessis 6) - Change of bowling Panyangara back in to the attack. Over pitches his first delivery Elgar picks up two, towards the mid wicket boundary. Good ball from Panyangara beats Elgar outside off stump. Elgar drives through cover to end the over with a single.
Over 26 SA 66/1 (Elgar 28, du Plessis 6) - Spin from both ends as Williams continues his spell. Slightly too straight Elgar works the ball leg side for a single. du Plessis and Elgar both pick up singles of the last two balls. Three off the over.
Over 25 SA 66/1 (Elgar 28, du Plessis 6) - Spin from both ends as Williams continues his spell. Slightly too straight Elgar works the ball leg side for a single. du Plessis and Elgar both pick up singles of the last two balls. Three off the over.
Over 25 SA 63/1 (Elgar 26, du Plessis 5) - Nyumbu to start us off after lunch. Elgar punches off the back foot for a single. Just one off the over.
Over 24 SA 62/1 (Elgar 25, du Plessis 5) - Run out chance for Zimbabwe as du Plessis came down the track, played it straight to short leg. Direct hit would be tickets for du Plessis. Williams then over pitches and du Plessis drives well through the covers, picks up a boundary. du Plessis defends the last ball from Williams and that will be lunch on day 2.
- And it's drinks on Day 2 a solid start for South Africa, Zimbabwe keeping it tight but not really threatening the South African openers so far
- Zimbabwe managed to add just eight runs this morning before Dale Steyn picked up his 24th five wicket haul in test match cricket. South Africa will start their innings shortly.
- The players are out on the field and we are ready to go.
- Hello and welcome to day two of the one-off test match in Harare. Zimbabwe managed to battle their way to 248/9. Brendan Taylor top scored with 93.The Proteas need just the one wicket and will be looking to wrap up the innings as soon as possible this morning. It will be interesting to see how the South African batsmen handle the Zimbabwean spinners on a pitch that provided plenty of turn on day one. We are set for a fascinating day of test cricket.
Over 23 SA 58/1 (Elgar 24, du Plessis 1) - WICKET! Nyumbu has his first test wicket. Petersen was looking for a paddle down the leg side, Nyumbu managed to get some extra bounce, caught the top edge and Zimbabwe have their first wicket. Great catch from Mutumbani behind the stumps. Petersen is gone for 32
Over 22 SA 56/0 (Elgar 24, Petersen 32) - Stifled appeal from Williams as he strikes Petersen on the back foot but the ball was turning too much. The pitch is offering plenty to spinners. Good over from Williams good areas and plenty of turn. Another Maiden
Over 21 SA 56/0 (Elgar 24, Petersen 32) - Two slips in place for Nyumbu as he continues to Elgar. Good areas from the off spinner. Elgar up to the challenge, carefully defends. Maiden over.
Over 20 SA 56/0 (Elgar 24, Petersen 32) - Williams drops his last bowl short Petersen puts it away with ease. Ruins what would have been a good over.
Over 19 SA 50/0 (Elgar 24, Petersen 26) - Change of ends for Nyumbu. Great delivery beats Elgar outside off stump plenty of turn. Nyumbu drops it short and Elgar is on to it in a flash, four runs. Two more singles bring up the 50 partnership, the second time these two have managed an opening stand of 50 in five attempts.
Over 18 SA 42/0 (Elgar 19, Petersen 25) - Change of bowling Shane Williams in to the attack. Petersen pushes the off spinner for a single. Half hearted appeal, Elgar outside the line. Another single for Elgar. Two off the over.
Over 17 SA 42/0 (Elgar 18, Petersen 24) - Chatara to Elgar. Chatara is continuing to ask Elgar to drive. Elgar showing good patience. An interesting battle between the two. Another Maiden from Chatara
Over 16 SA 42/0 (Elgar 18, Petersen 24) - Petersen works Nyumbu of the back foot for a single. Nyumbu a tad short as Elgar works it for an another single. Great footwork from Petersen as he comes down the pitch and launches Nyumbu for six. Eight off the over.
Over 15 SA 34/0 (Elgar 17, Petersen 17) - Chatara continues, definitely looks the quickest of the Zimbabwean bowlers. Getting some good carry on this slow pitch. Good over from Chatara trying drawing Elgar forward. Elgar very watchful. Maiden over.
Over 14 SA 34/0 (Elgar 17, Petersen 17) - Nyumbu, the debutant, to start us off after drinks. Plenty of rough for the off spinner to work with. Elgar works it to mid wicket for a single. Just one off the over.
Over 13 SA 33/0 (Elgar 16 Petersen 17) - Another bowling change as Chatara comes into the attack. Chatara drops it short Petersen cuts through the covers, picks up three runs. Elgar works it leg side slightly upish but lands safely and Elgar goes through for a single. Elgar strongly defends the last ball of the over.
Over 12 SA 29/0 (Elgar 15 Petersen 14) - Change of bowling the off spinner John Nyumbu comes in to the attack. Petersen pulls out the reverse sweep second balls plays it very well, four runs. Petersen picks up a single off the last ball of the over.
Over 11 SA 24/0 (Elgar 15 Petersen 9) - Panyangara strays on to the pads Petersen picks up an easy single wide of mid on. Elgar drives to mid on no run. One off the over.
Over 10 SA 23/0 (Elgar 15 Petersen 8) - Petersen drives Tiripano to mid off takes a sharp single as the fielder fumbles. Zimbabwean bowlers need to get it a touch fuller to really trouble the South African batsmen.
Over 9 SA 22/0 (Elgar 15 Petersen 7) - Panyangara continuing around the wicket. Elgar drives powerfully good fielding in the covers prevents any runs. Panyangara goes back over the wicket. Maiden over. Zimbabwe keeping things tight.
Over 8 SA 22/0 (Elgar 15 Petersen 7) - Sharp single off a misfield, bit of excitement but Petersen is comfortably home. Two runs off Tiripano's fourth over
Over 7 SA 20/0 (Elgar 14 Petersen 6) - Panyangara coming around the wicket. Elgar edges but drops short of the keeper. Panyangara creating a good angle from around the wicket. Elgar carefully defends the rest of the over. Another maiden.
Over 6 SA 20/0 (Elgar 14 Petersen 6) - Good over from Tiripano. Petersen watchful. Maiden over.
Over 5 SA 20/0 (Elgar 14 Petersen 6) - Elgar works Panyangara off his pads for a single. Lovely cover drive from Petersen the ball slows up on the outfield doesn't quite make it to the boundary, three runs.
Over 4 SA 16/0 (Elgar 13, Petersen 3) - Tiripano strays into Petersen's pads, Petersen works to square leg for a single. Great shot from Elgar, punches off the back foot, picks up the first boundary of the innings. Elgar fortunate as he edges over the slips and runs away for another boundary. Elgar makes up for it with solid back foot drive picks up 3 runs.
Over 3 SA 16/0 (Elgar 13, Petersen 3) - Tiripano strays into Petersen's pads, Petersen works to square leg for a single. Great shot from Elgar, punches off the back foot, picks up the first boundary of the innings. Elgar fortunate as he edges over the slips and runs away for another boundary. Elgar makes up for it with solid back foot drive picks up 3 runs.
Over 3 SA 4/0 (Elgar 2, Petersen 2) - Panyangara continues. Elgar punches between cover and mid off, Petersen drops his bat as he sets off for the run but comfortably makes it back for the second. Great delivery beats Elgar as he feels for it outside off stump. Two off the over.
The debutant Tiripano opens from the other end. Petersen rocks back and punches through the covers, picks up a couple, South Africa are off the mark. Nice come back from Tiripano four dot balls to end the over.
Panyangara opening the bowling. Some movement in to the left handed Elgar as Panyangara finds good areas outside off stump.Beats Elgar with a beauty. Maiden over to start.
Steyn drops one short testing the tail-ender but Tiripano is up to the challenge. Tiripano pushes the next ball through the covers for a single. WICKET! Dale Steyn picks up yet another five wicket haul. Nyumbu with the a thin edge down the leg side and de Kock takes the catch. Zimbabwe all out for 256.
Philander continues to probe outside off stump but Nyumbu showing good technique. Nyumbu works it off his pads for a couple.
Dale Steyn from the other end. Good start from Steyn, hitting good areas with good pace. Beats Tiripano with the last ball of the over. Maiden over
Philander to bowl the first over of the day. Tiripano picks a couple through the gully to bring up Zinbabwe's 250. Nyumbu edges through the slips, all the ground, good fielding by Steyn to prevent a boundary. Four off the over
- Hello and welcome to day two of this match in Harare, where the Proteas need just the one wicket before they can have a bat.
- Thanks for joining us for our coverage in Harare today; we'll be back tomorrow morning for a 10:00 start (Zimbabwe time). We hope you'll join us then for another great day of Test cricket. Until then, take care and goodbye for now.
- For Zimbabwe, only captain Brendan Taylor batted with resolve to spearhead his side's resistance with 93. Hamilton Masakadza looked good and was starting to really get into his stride before falling short of a half-century, and there weren't many other contributions aside from that. Sean Williams batted aggressively before being given out to a questionable caught-behind, but not enough batsmen dug in to support their captain.
- A great day for Dane Piedt in his first outing for the Proteas, snapping up four wickets as the pace-man Dale Steyn helped himself to four as well. There were one or two dubious decisions from the umpires today which slightly overshadowed proceedings, but overall a solid day at the office for the men from the southern tip of Africa.
- ..and that's that, folks. The bails are off, and we're done with day one here at the Harare Sports Club. South Africa couldn't quite seal the deal and bowl their hosts out, but they came extremely close and will be pretty happy with restricting Zimbabwe to 248/9 at stumps.
- Morne Morkel takes over from Philander, one last throw of the dice today for Hashim.
- We're going past the scheduled time of 17:00 in order to get the remaining seven overs in today - good call by the umpires. Shadows lengthening across the ground as the last man in for the hosts, John Nyumbu, makes his way out.
- The new ball has immediately been taken, and Dale Steyn has it in his hands - Hashim wasting no time with that one, then. Can the Zimbabwean tail make it through this final onslaught before the close?
- Can Dane Piedt improve his already wonderful first-ever day of Test cricket for South Africa with a few more wickets before the close? He's here to give it a go, bowling to Taylor.
- Morkel is indeed now replaced by Dale Steyn, looking to work his reverse-swing magic once more. Two slips in place.
Umpire Aleem Dar has told Hashim Amla that the light is too poor for a fast bowler to bowl now, so Dane Piedt will get one last over to cap a bid day out for him. Tiripano tries his bat to pull a short one but only finds the man at mid-wicket - we finally get the first run in quite a few overs as Donald smacks a half-volley straight, clipping the bowler's hand as they go through for one. It was hit hard, Piedt just couldn't hold on to what would've been a fifth wicket for the new man on the block.
Nyumbu not made to play too much as Morkel sends the ball down outside the off-stump, the tail-ender leaving all too easily. A bouncer is ducked under without too much fuss at all, and that's an over wasted from Morne Morkel with the new ball. Last man in, really should be making the batsman play.
Hangs the bat out to dry, does Donald Tiripano, but he gets away with it as the ball zips past his outstretched bat. The shadows have almost completely covered the playing surface now, with a small strip of sunlight angling across the popping crease where Tiripano is taking guard. Another play-and-miss to a fuller one, and Steyn remarkably doesn't show too much frustration - another maiden over, anyone? Anyone? You've got it - maiden to Dale Steyn with three overs still to be bowled.
A wide, full one from Vernon sets hearts slightly aflutter as Nyumbu has a lazy slash at it - poor from the newbie. A third-slip immediately joins the cordon, sensing blood. He gets on the back foot and defends far better to another one, getting in line with a straight bat. Another maiden to Philander, and Zimbabwe's last-wicket pair are hanging in there.
Outswinger from Steyn, left alone by Donald. He can't resist having a poke at another one on a similar line, though. No runs, five overs remain for these two to negotiate.
Tiripano gets a welcome run courtesy of an inside-edge, his partner manages to safely negotiate his first couple of deliveries faced in international cricket. Zimbabwe will look to him tomorrow to provide some wickets with his off-break bowling. For now, he's bat in hand as his side look to play out the day.
Down the pitch, swish - no connection, Tendai Chatara, and that draws a smile from Dale Steyn. The crowd are in good voice now, cheers and a small Mexican wave going around the Harare Sports Club. Lovely atmosphere. Sheesh, a ripper of a delivery from Steyn completely opens Chatara up like a can of corned beef with that vicious out-swinger pitched on middle - up they go for the caught-behind, and he's been given. OUT! Steyn joins Piedt with four wickets, but I'm not convinced that the ball took the edge on its way through to Quinton de Kock, to be honest. In fact, replays don't seem to show the ball touch anything. Unlucky for the batsman, and a poor decision from the umpire to go with the dismissal of Sean Williams earlier. Zimbabwe will feel aggrieved, but it's in the scorebook now, I'm afraid.
Big Vern will partner Steyn with the second new ball, and Chatara tonks two more toward square before. Is that another drop? It looks like it - de Kock this time going for the outside-edge and misjudging it, the ball bouncing away off his wrist. Great ball from Philander, urging Chatara to have a play at it. A little bit of salt is rubbed nicely into the wound then as the batsman then swings two consecutive boundaries down to the empty fine-leg area...that must seriously rankle. The 250 is so close for Zim now, they can almost taste it.
Steyn steams in to Donald Tiripano, and an out-swinger kisses the edge of the bat only to fall short of captain Hash at first-slip! Nearly an instant reward there for the fielding side, but Tiripano remains at the crease and plays out the rest of a fiery Steyn over, a maiden.
Dropped catch; my my, a good effort from Hashim Amla at short mid-wicket admittedly. The ball was flicked high, Amla leapt into the air and managed to get a hand on it to parry it, and the ball dropped agonisingly close to his outstretched hand as he attemped to take the catch at the seond attempt. Chatara survives, making Duminy pay by ending the over with a pure-blooded slog from outside off-stump clattering into cow-corner. What a way to say goodbye to the old ball!
Piedt to Chatara, who sweeps the bowler to fine-leg without fanfare for one. Tiripano, however, is all defence - no sweep shot for him, no sir. There are 11 overs left in the day's allotted quota; we'll see how many of those we do manage to get in with the day's play scheduled to close in around 15 minutes.
Tiripano, now the senior partner, turns Duminy around the corner for one before a silly run-out is only averted by the lack of a direct-hit. Great fielding by AB de Villiers (when is it not?) and the extra split-second it took de Kock to collect the ball was enough to see the batsman home - just. A wild swish across the line garners an edge past slip, two runs accruing as the ball is pursued down into the third-man area for the umpteenth time today. Can Zimbabwe at least reach 250?
Oh dear, Taylor has holed out! Can you believe it - he swung Dane Piedt right down the throat of the man in the deep at mid-wicket, an easy catch for JP Duminy. Four wickets to to Piedt, and his day is looking even rosier now. ZImbabwe's captain departs, the mainstay of their innings, and it's the first time that he's been out in the nineties in his Test career. Gone for 93, and he played fantastically well to keep his side afloat. A five-for now beckons for Piedt, but new man Tendai Chatara decides to swing lustily at him, a four to cow-corner the result. He tries to loft another down the ground but doesn't time it nearly as well, falling safely as Alviro Petersen ran back from mid-on in an effort to pouch it in the encroaching shadow of the pavilion.
Another bowling change, with JP Duminy taking up the challenge from his Cobras team-mate Piedt. Brendan makes some room for himself for the cut and is lucky to inside-edge the ball through the keeper's legs, giving him time for a single. Ooh, so close - the edge comes off Tiripano's bat this time and falls just before a stretching AB de Villiers at slip! They don't come much closer than that, and Donald survives.
Duminy does well to put in a dive at cover that prevents Taylor from getting more than a single from a well-timed back-foot push - good shot! Wait, is thisa wicket for Morne now? The close fielders all go up as Morkel cuts the batsman in half, but the umpire correctly spots the deflection coming off the batsman's leg rather than the balde - not out, ladies and gentlemen.
Slip, leg-slip, short-leg - pressure for Brendan to deal with, but he remains calm and collected. He defends stoically with a dead bat before gently tucking one around to the leg-side for a comfortable single - he's done that many times today off both Piedt and JP Duminy.
Captain Taylor moves into the nineties with a push that goes past slip for yet another single - ten runs away from what would be his fifth century in this format of the game. A huge yell goes up from bowler Morkel as Tiripano tries to deal with a short one and is hit high on the thigh; the ball dropped and almost made its way onto the stumps, but the batsman had no idea as to where it had gone once it had hit him. Crisis averted!
A leave is a wise choice from Donald Tiripano, especially considering Philander's reputation for putting the ball on a tempting line and length. He finally decides to defend, pushing cautiously to cover with no reward. That's a maiden, the fourth out of Big Vern's thirteen overs today.
Brendan moves back and steers one past cover point for two runs to welcome Morne Morkel back. The ball travelled in the air for a bit, ultimately landing safely for the batsman. Bang, down the ground, four! Taylor has shown grit and class today, and that was a bit of the latter as he stroked that delivery down the ground for his eighth boundary off the 150th ball he's faced.
A bit short there, and Taylor pulls easily away for one more. Play, miss - a nothing prod from Tiripano to the typical line-and-length delivery we all know and love from Vernon Philander. Donald finally gets his first runs from his 14th ball faced, an outside edge past the slips cordon for four - far from glamourous, but effective nonetheless. The "Donald Duck" jibes will have to wait. That's seventy overs up, and there are ten overs left before the new ball becomes available to skipper Amla
Everything now rests on captain Taylor as he attempts to drag his side towards a respectable total. He tries to turn Dale Steyn to square-leg, getting a leg-bye instead for his efforts. 300 seems a long, long way off now. Tiripano is greeted with a short ball that sees him drop to get out of the way - it wasn't the best-directed bouncer Steyn has ever produced, truth be told. The umpires call for the final drinks break of the day, with an hour's worth of play left here on day one in Harare - Zim are 205/7.
Dane Piedt is given a rest; Vernon Philander comes back into the attack, and immediately adds to his wicket column with Panyangara chasing a wider one into the right glove of a tumbling Quinton de Kock. Gone! First ball back yields the result, a good catch from the young keeper too. Tinashe goes for 12, replaced by debutant Donald Tiripano who only just manages to get a bit of bat to a vicious in-swinger that thundered into his pad.You can already hear the Twitter jokes about "Donald Duck" if he fails to get off the mark here - let's hope that's not the case. He sees out the rest of Philander's comeback over, and Zim are now 204/7 halfway through the day's final session.
Well now - Panyangara shows the world that he's no mug as he gets four off Dale Steyn with a late cut that runs away to third-man for a huge cheer from the crowd. Steyn presses again, pitches it up once more and the batsman brings up the 200 with a prod that takes the edge and flies just past the two slips to cannon into the fence - frustration for the bowler! A third-slip comes in, but you have to wonder if it's a little late for that now. Amla sends a man back to square-leg, hinting that a short delivery is on its way - Steyn double-bluffs and pitches it up, Panyangara keeping it out and going through for a single.
Tinashe Panyangara breaks his duck, two runs pushed past point encouraging Piedt to attack the right-hander from over the wicket instead. A confident drive through the covers, just a single as the lower-order man retains the strike for the next over - he's got a Test-best score of 40 not-out, does the man from Marondera.
Oh, look at this - four more to Brendan, carved superbly through the covers off Steyn. He really has been the rock for Zimbabwe, far and away their best batsman today. The captain leans back and slaps the bowler aerially towards third-man but doesn't get quite enough purchase on it to enable it to go for four. Steyn retaliates with another fuller in-swinging dart, going up for the appeal as it thuds into the pads - going down leg, though. Zimbabwe's 200 approaches.
A short and wide one from Dane Piedt gets the treatment from Taylor, and rightly so - four runs! Cracked through cover point for another boundary, and a reverse-sweep to third-man adds two more to his total. He's played that a couple of times to Piedt now, and it's worked each time. Seven off that over, Piedt's 19th.
Bam! Huge appeal, the finger goes up and Richmond Mutumbami is out LBW. Steyn delivers for his captain with a sharp in-swinger, that may just have clipped leg-stump - perhaps a tad harsh for the keeper, who shakes his head as he trudges off. The umpire's word is law, and that's 21 runs for Mutumbami today. The 59-run partnership between him and his captain has come to an end, and we now have Tinashe Panyangara heading out to join Brendan Taylor in the centre.
Sweep from Mutumbami, who finds the gap well but won't get four as the fielder gives chase and hauls it in before the rope. If it ain't broke, don't fix it - another sweep, two more runs again courtesy of an inside-edge down to fine-leg. He continues to favour the shot, but this time fails to make contact with one that pitched outside leg-stump. Too much of a good thing, Richmond?
One slip and a leg-slip lie in wait for Brendan Taylor as he faces up to Morne. Dale Steyn is busy doing his warm-up stretches in the outfield as Taylor leans out to push one past a diving fielder at point to collect one more single for his personal tally. Is that the last over we'll see from Morkel today?
Taylor moves across to Piedt, working him once again into the on-side for a single. Mutumbami is all defence, getting both forward and back to keep the Capetonian's off-spinners out.
It seems that Morne has tired of his previous approach, reverting back to over the wicket against the two right-handers. He gets Taylor hopping around defending, with a short one almost played into short-leg's hands. JP Duminy just couldn't get there, and they scuttle past for a single as it went beyond his left hand. He's not a tall man, Brendan Taylor, and he has to get well up on his toes to defend against the steepling bounce - so far, so good.
Well done, lads - the fifty partnership between these two comes up with a back-foot push from Brendan Taylor down to long-on. There's not too much time to celebrate as the Proteas all go up confidently for a catch after Mutumbami attempts a sweep off Dane Piedt. The ball looped up for Quinton de Kock to pouch, but umpire Aleem Dar correctly ruled that the ball had come off the arm, rather than the glove. Piedt thought he had wicket number four there...almost, but not quite.
A short-ball barrage is expected from Morne Morkel, but one blazed in from around the stumps doesn't rise nearly as much as expected - Taylor does well to adjust and defend it. He turns the strike over to his partner with another wristy flick into the leg-side, rather subcontinental-like stroke, that. Mutumbami must feel a sense of deja vu as he ducks under the last two deliveries of the over - it's pre-tea all over again.
Welcome back, everyone - Dane Piedt starts us off, with Taylor scoring the first runs of the evening session with a cut past backward-point for one. Mutumbami gets back into the swing of things with two, albeit from an outside-edge off a back-foot cut. Three wickets for 64 in 15 overs so far for the debutant off-spinner.
- South Africa's session, but Zim have come back in the latter half with grit and guts from Brendan Taylor, 60, and Richmond Mutumbami, 15, playing out of his skin to stay at the crease. Dale Steyn had the ball reverse-swinging but was only able to nab the wicket of the aggressive Sean Williams. Dane Piedt grabbed two wickets in an over to extend his golden run on this first day in Harare, but Zimbabwe are fighting hard to be able to post a competitive first-innings total. Join us in about 15 minutes (15:00 Zimbabwe time) for the day's last session.
- Time for a rest, Dale Steyn - he's replaced by Morne "Haydos" Morkel.
- The return of SA's premier fast bowler does the trick; can captain Taylor stand firm and help his side put up a solid first-innings total against their African neightbours? He's joined in the middle by Richmond Mutumbami, the side's wicketkeeper.
- And, just like that, Dane Piedt is trending on Twitter. A good first day of Test cricket so far for the young man. Amla smells blood and brings back the tall man, Morne Morkel to welcome new man Sean Williams. For now, it'll be Taylor to face up to him.
- Welcome back, folks - it's nearly time for play to resume here at the Harare Sports Club. Zimbabwe will resume on 64/2, Hamilton Masakadza and skipper Brendan Taylor at the crease for the locals.
- So, lunch is taken at 12:05 Harare time - join us again in 40 minutes or so as coverage resumes for the afternoon session. Enjoy your sandwiches! Goodbye for now.
- That's the first session of this one-off Test match in the bag, and Zimbabwe have certainly not embarassed themselves after losing the early wicket of Vusi Sibanda. Masakadza and Mark Vermeulen defended stoutly against the trying pace of Steyn, Philander and Morkel, both playing some eye-pleasing shots. Vermeulen fall LWB to Dane Piedt's first delivery at this level, but Brendan Taylor survived a nervous start to his time at the crease to look a bit more assured as the session drew to a close.
- Hello, hello, hello - looks like we'll have a little bit of JP Duminy on the stroke of lunch.
- It's been a testing first hour for Zimbabwe, but these two have dug in and are stoically trying to keep the Proteas at bay. Can they see it through to lunch?
- Third-slip makes way as Big Vern starts his sixth over, leaving two slips and a gully in place. Vermeulen circumspectly defends before turning one to fine-leg for a single, before Masakadza plays out the remaining two deliveries.
- Little respite for the hosts as Morne Morkel comes into the attack, replacing Dale Steyn. Vermeulen responds with another back-foot bunt through the covers, standing tall and adding three more runs to his name. Good shot from the Zim number three, and it's clear that that's an area he likes to look for runs in. Morne's height enables him to extract bounce from even the most unlikely pitch, and Masakadza does well to hoist his hands high as a ball takes off and swings into him, passing his chest on the way through to the keeper. There was a leg-slip in place, but captain Amla decides to move him to cover - plans afoot. Another snorter from Morkel sees the batsman sway and duck well to evade danger, but one feels there'll be plenty more of that for him to deal with in this spell.
Too short and wide down the leg-side from the bowler, not making the batsman play and eventually wided for his efforts by the umpire. Not quite what you'd ask for as captain in the final over of a session - really should be making the batsman play. Morne's radar briefly comes right again, forcing Mutumbami to evade a nasty one angling across him. He's gutsing it out well, and Morkel uses up his two allocated short balls for the over with an absolute ripper that the young Zimbabwean number seven someone manages to get out of the way from. A prod-and-miss sews up the afternoon session - there'll be no late wicket for the Proteas this time. Mutumbami survives, and he and his captain have taken their side to 165/5 at the break.
We're right on the stroke of tea now as JP Duminy continues with his right-arm off-breaks; Taylor immediately helps himself to a single at fine-leg, playing with the spin. Richmond pushes forward to steer one into the third-man area for a run of his own, and it looks like we'll have time for one more over from Morne Morkel before they put the kettle on in the pavilion.
Angled in from Morne, Brendan can't get bat on it but they go through for a leg-bye regardless. Morkel changes his line of attack with Richmond on strike, around the wicket and it almost pays off too! The batsman fend away and plays the ball down towards short-leg, the ball bouncing just before it reached the man under the helmet. There's definitely a ploy here to cramp him up and rush him with pace and bounce - the young man doing well so far to survive. It's not quite on a par with Morkel's hostile spell to Michael Clarke earlier in the year, but still a pretty daunting task nonetheless.
Duminy gets through the over quickly, keeping Taylor quiet despite one or two fuller ones. The batsman manages to turn the last ball away to leg for one more run, backward-square-leg coming into play there.
Back-foot defensive shot sees the two batsmen scamper through for a single before Mutumbami misses one that ricochets off his thigh-pad down to fine-leg. No run taken. The batsman then takes his eye off the ball both times against two shorter ones from Morkel, ducking underneath. Economical first over back from the bowler.
Paddle-sweep is pulled back from the fine-leg fence by a chasing AB de Villiers, denying Brendan Taylor another boundary. Mutumbami then keeps one out of the block-hole before wildly swinging one to Dean Elgar on the bounce. Very good stop by the Proteas' opener. We've now had fifty overs at the HSC, with Zimbabwe on 157/5.
Her comes Steyn once more, steaming in to the Zimbabwean keeper in only his fifth Test. The bowler is seaming it away from Richmond, who gets his bat down just in time to keep out one that reverses into him - cheeky smile from Dale. Keep your eyes peeled, folks - it's going both ways and Steyn would dearly love to take advantage of this by grabbing at least another wicket before the approaching tea break.
Duminy gets away with a full-toss, blocked here by Richmond Mutumbami. Sharp run turns out well in the end, as Mutumbami makes his ground before de Kock whips off the bails. Taylor had dropped one into the off-side, and smart fielding from AB de villiers, the slip fielder who had given chase, kept the batsmen honest. Three runs from that over, as JP, bowling in sunglasses ala Graeme Swann, collects his hat from the umpire.
Not the most convincing of shots from Mutumbami to get a single on the on-side, timing well off and squirted away off the inner half of the bat. Third slip comes out with Taylor back on strike, and Steyn goes up for a huge LBW appeal, but there was a large inside-edge onto the pads to put paid to that. A classical forward-defence is Brendan's retort, and Dale Steyn won't be having any wickets in this over, I'm afraid.
JP Duminy returns for some off-spin from around the wicket. beating Mutumbami with one that goes right across him. Taylor had swept him for one first-up, but Richmond is beaten once more before using a sweep shot of his own to get off strike. It brings up Zimbabwe's 150 in the process, with a run-rate of 3.26 so far. They've scored well after lunch, but have also lost three wickets in this session so far.
Steyn to Mutumbami, and the youngster plays and misses a scorcher before edging a fortunate boundary past the three men in the slips for a third-man boundary. He went hard at it, and it seemed to arrive quicker than he thought it would. No matter, four runs are added to his name regardless. Another thunderbolt from Dale is watched closely, Richmond keeping his eye on it as he swayed slightly to let it past; the cherry on top, however, is the cover-drive he unfurls off the last ball of this over. Four! Beautifully timed, and Steyn gives him a wry grin. Just a little bit of width, boom!
Mutumbami gets off the mark with a single dropped into the covers - he's away. Smack! A sweep shot is cracked behind square from Brendan Taylor, and that hit the fence hard. He reaches his seventh Test fifty with a push through the covers for two, his efforts warmly cheered by the die-hard supporters here in the crowd. Zimbabwe's hopes of a competitive first-innings total rest firmly on his shoulders; he's certainly leading from the front so far.
Pure class from Taylor as he flicks a fuller ball from the Phalaborwa Express sweetly to the square-leg boundary for four. Sumptous timing! He'll want to shield Mutumbami from the strike as much as he can with Steyn reversing the ball, and two runs behind square help him do so. Good fielding on the boundary prevents what could have successive boundaries; stout, gritty defending sees Brendan play out the rest of the over without fuss. He's a quality player, one of Zim's best.
Four runs, courtesy of a Brendan Taylor reverse-sweep! Piedt grimaces - effective from the Zimbabwean. He drives to long-on for one, and will keep the strike against the reverse-swinging Dale Steyn next up.
Dale Steyn has been tossed the ball, and his first ball up is a total loosener - notably though, slow-motion replays confirm that he managed to get some reverse-swing on that ball. The outfield is a touch abrasive here in Harare, and Hashim Amla will have enjoyed seeing that ball behave. Williams is beaten all-ends-up the next ball, feeling at one that zings past him to keeper Quinton de Kock, and he has the batsman playing and missing again in a similar fashion after Willams had stabbed one into the off-side for two. His luck runs out, however - OUT, is that a nick behind? Yes says the umpire, and Sean Williams looks unimpressed with that decision. He doesn't feel that he hit it, but de Kock went up immediately, as did Steyn. Gone for 24, and half the side are back in the hut for Zim now.
That's better from Morne - he finally gets Williams to have a wee nibble to a rising one outside off. He'll be annoyed with himself as he left a similar delivery the ball before - this is an important partnership. A single is added as Morkel loses his radar to drift onto the batsman's pads, worked into a gap on the leg-side.
PIedt to continue; Taylor reaches out and sweeps across the line to one pitched quite far outside off for one. The bowler errs on the short side to Sean Williams, who doesn't need a second invitation to clout one firmly in front of square, leaving Philander to jog around leisurely to do the fielding - two easy runs. Good back-foot shot, and Zim's innings run-rate now sits at exactly three-an-over.
Hello! Audacious shot from Williams, cutting the bowler over the slips' heads for an outrageous four. He's rattling along nicely, and that shot to a shorter one angled into him will have made his captain smile. Morne hasn't looked quite on-song so far today, and Sean duly works him away to fine-leg for a single.
For the most part, Piedt is bowling a good line to Brendan Taylor, but this time he gets a bit too straight, allowing the captain to work him away into the on-side for an easy single. Appreciable turn again being extracted from this HSC pitch, with one turning sharply away from Sean Williams despite not being pitched near where there would be any footmarks. Could become interesting later on in the game, for sure.
Morkel gallops in, aiming to angle it across the left-handed Wiliams. The batsman doesn't need to bother with the first ball, full and far too wide, but does well to negotiate one which encouraged him to have a nibble at it. Morne changes tack, deciding to take his attack around the wicket with two slips and a gully standing by, waiting greedily for the edge.Full and wide once more, left alone easily by the batsman - bit of a waste from the bowler, to be honest, as he wants him to play away from his body outside off.
Off the mark with a well-timed sweep in front of square, and a boundary off the following ball as well for Sean Williams. He likes to attack, and he rocked back and cut a shorter one from Piedt to the point fence there. Taking the attack to the South Africans instead of just sitting back may be Zim's best option here, and Williams adds a further three runs to take the tally for this over to twelve: eleven of those off his own bat.
Brendan watches the bowler circumspectly, leaving outside off before turning a fuller ball wristily into the mid-wicket area to help himself to three runs. Williams just has the one ball to contend with, and he raises his arms high out of the way as Morne angles one across the left-handed batsman.
Zim rattling along nicely since the break, but they lose their other opener now - bowled, Hamilton goes! A second wicket for Dane Piedt, whose around-the-wicket ploy has paid off as he pitched one on off-stump, straightened it and bowled Masakadza for 45. Oh dear, that's a blow that the home side really didn't want. The new man, Regis Chakabva, strides out to face the music...and goes second ball! Dear me, that is a soft dismissal and the bowler is overjoyed! A fuller delivery is bunted straight to Hashim Amla at short-mid-wicket and that's two in the over for the debutant. The batsman seemed to think it may have been a bump-ball, but the umpire is confident and TV replays confirm that the catch was clean. Odd - perhaps a sign of frustration there from Regis, but he has to go. Post-lunch blues now for Zimbabwe!
Taylor inside-edges one onto his pads before tapping one past gully for an easy single. Masakadza, meanwhile, has a Test match fifty in his sights now and cuts one with a bit more bounce through the vacant third-man area for a couple; He then tries to work Philander through mid-wicket, but can only find a fielder blocking his path. Five runs to go until his milestone - he mustn't give it away now.
Dane Piedt continues, with Taylor playing him into the on-side with the turn for a single. Hamilton obliges with one of his own, and the bowler almost has his second Test wicket as the Zimbabwean captain tries to work the ball off his pads. The glove is taken, but the ball drops juuuust short of the diving fielder at leg-slip - so close! Hands on heads, and the batsman celebrates by sweeping fine behind square, where Morne Morkel has to put the dive in yet again. It was slightly ungainly, but well done in the end by the fast bowler as he prevented the ball from kissing the rope. A bit of excitement in that over!
Probably, ideally, not the length to pull - too full. But Masakadza goes for it regardless, swatting four between mid-on and midwicket. Quite a disdainful shot, really. Philander disrespected, somewhat. The bowler then bites back with a superb away-swinger. Great one-on-one battle within the overall war here.
Piedt is getting some favourable spin as he resumes from around the wicket, looking to pitch and straighten against these two right-handers in an attempt to trap them in front. Lovely shot from Masakadza who advances and cracks the ball sweetly through the covers for four - oh, glorious! Got to the pitch of that one, and it was a good cricket shot all round.
First ball after lunch is a no-ball - oops, Vernon Philander. The line was not great either; we'll have to chalk it up to a bit of post-lunch rustiness, shall we? Morkel parries one slightly awkwardly as he goes to ground attempting to field an on-drive from Hamilton, at least preventing the boundary. A cry goes up from the bowler as Taylor prods forward at a straight one and gets a healthy inside-edge on it, the ball ending up at fine-leg.
Duminy, like Piedt before him, opts to go around the wicket to these two. Leg-slip, leg gully and a lone slip in place for the Cobras bowler. Good line to start, but Masakadza helps himself to a pair of singles before Brendan Taylor swats the final ball of the session to the mid-wicket rope for four, to great cheers from the home supporters scattered around this lovely ground. That's lunch!
Around the wicket goes Dane Piedt, who immediately goes up for an LBW shout against Masakadza. The ball pitched and straightened nicely, a very good shout, but possibly would have just hitthe leg-stump. If there had been DRS in place for this game, you think that Amla would have quite possibly reviewed that one. No matter - no use for ifs and buts here, and Brendan gets two more runs with a tickle to fine-leg off the overs' last delivery.
Taylor shoulders arms to one pitched on a great line and moving in off the seam, good knowledge of where his off-stump is from the number-four man. Lunch is swiftly approaching, and he'd love his side to sit down for their meal with no further wickets lost. Steyn, naturally, has other ideas and is testing the batsman with pace, bounce and a line just outside of off - no bite from Brendan just yet.
Down on one knee goes Masakadza, turning Piedt around the corner for a single to leg. Hashim Amla has stationed himself at short-mid-wicket, lying in wait should one of these two right-handers miscue a shot across the line.
Brendan Taylor still hasn't quite settled in at the crease, prodding forward to Steyn - thick outside-edge falls short and runs along the ground past a diving slip fielder to go for an extremely unconvincing boundary. It also brings up the Zimbabwean fifty, folks. The captain then looks far more assured with a straight punch down the ground past the bowler, two runs added to welcome Taylor into double-figures.
Single down to long-on for Hamilton, with Piedt getting a decent amount of turn considering that we're still in the first session of this Test match. Taylor defends him before also calmly playing the ball down the ground for a single of his own.
Steyn returns after his brief stint off the field, steaming in to Brendan Taylor who defends with a classic straight bat. There's the merest hint of movement away from the batsman immediately for Dale, no doubt adding further to the batman's circumspection. He prods forward and gets an outside edge to ground, where the man at gully prevents him from relinquishing the strike. Maiden over for Dale Steyn.
A good shot from Masakadza as he looks to attack the fresh-faced off-spinner, coming down the track and hitting with the spin in front of mid-wicket for four. There's one conventional slip, a leg-slip and a man at short-leg in place for Piedt, and Taylor turns one past leg-slip for an easy single to fine-leg to move his tally to three runs.
A shot aimed towards cover instead gets Hamilton a run down to fine-leg, big inside-edge flying past his stumps. Morkel is testing these two with his customary fiery pace, and Taylor defends well before being slightly squared-up off the last ball - his technique serving him well there despite that. Dale Steyn has left the field to get some strapping on his left arm, but it looks like he'll be back on the field of play shortly.
Brendan Taylor, the captain, opens his scoring by coming down the pitch to Piedt and slogs the ball past mid-on for a couple. Unconvincing stroke, taking the ball from outside off-stump as well - not quite the quality you'd expect from Zimbabwe's best batsman.
Hamilton leans back and pulls well to mid-wicket for two runs. A brute of a ball from Morne lifts and targets the chest, with Masakadza hugely fortunate not to get a bit of glove on it as he tried to fend it away off his body. More excitement for South Africa as the bowler goes up for a bloodcurdling appeal for leg-before off the over's final delivery - not-out is the call, although the umpire did take a fair bit of time in considering it. Eventful over, a tense one for Masakadza.
What's the best way to debut in Test cricket, Why, take a wicket off your first ball just like Dane Piedt has! LBW, Mark Vermeulen plays back and is rapped on the pad to the delight of the South Africans. Maybe the slighest question of height there, but there's no DRS in place for this game, I'm afraid to say. They check for the no-ball as a precaution, but it's perfectly fine, sending Vermeulen back to the hut for 14. Welcome, Dane Piedt!
First ball back is a bouncer from Morne, but that's way too high and called wide by the umpire. He reins it back in quickly though, and a maiden over plays out with Masakadza fairly untroubled.
Faf misfields at cover (a huge suprise from anyone who's ever seen him field before), gifting Mark Vermeulen a single. Ah, it's no-ball time as Philander oversteps, the batsmen adding a single to that as Masakadza attempted to leave one and glanced it unwittingly off the edge through gully instead. Time for drinks here at the Harare Sports Club, with the game's first hour done and dusted.
Oh dear, Vermeulen takes his eye off the ball - never a good idea against Morne Morkel, It hits him on the arm guard, and they scamper through for a leg-bye. Ouch! Hamilton plays a beautiful shot for four, getting on the front foot and cracking the bowler in front of square for a rousing boundary. The small crowd here in Harare roars its approval, and rightly so. Good, confident shot from the big man, who opens up again to flick the next delivery through mid-wicket for a brace and adds a second boundary with a sweet on-drive that is unsuccessfully pulled back off the line by Dale Steyn. Hamilton, and Zimbabwe, on the move! Good over for them.
- Oh dear, almost a run-out as Masakadza wanted a run after Vermeulen defended, the ball dropping just behind his stumps and de Kock raced in with his glove off to take a shy at the stumps at the bowler's end. A direct-hit, and a diving Vermeulen would have had to head back to the pavilion...lucky. One fortunate run added to the Zimbabwean total.
- Good shot, a punch off the back-foot through the covers that deserved four but only gets three due to the long boundary - Vermeulen looking better now. He's been in great form domestically, hence his recall to the Zim Test side after an absence of ten years. Meanwhile, Steyn briefly changes his plan of attack by testing Hamilton from around the wicket before switching back almost immediately - not too sure what that was about, to be honest.
- The first boundary of the match comes off Vermeulen's bat, but it was far from convincing, folks: the batsman thought about playing at a ball pitched on a line outside off, and the ball deflected off the face of his bat as he tried to withdraw it. Down to a vacant third-man, and a lucky way to get off the mark (no pun intended). He's far more assured in defending one down the ground for a single off the over's final delivery, and he'll take the strike to Dale Steyn in the next over as a reward.
- Three slips and a short-leg lie in wait as Masakadza fronts up to Steyn once more. He leaves watchfully, "no run, no run" the cry to partner Vermeulen as he defends another express ball into the off-side. Dale is keeping it tight and pitching it in good areas to keep these two honest, although a slightly wayward shorter one to end the over is far easier for Hamilton to duck away from. Another frugal over.
- Absolute jaffa from Philander to Vermeulen, and they all go up for a nick behind - rightly given not-out, though by the umpire. Typical of the Philander we've come to know, great line and some slight movement off the deck on a beautiful length to get the batsman prodding at one. The sound heard was the bat hitting the pad on the way through to de Kock. Maiden over, and Zimbabwe exhale a little.
Team News - Zimbabwe have sidelined all-rounder Elton Chigumbura and debuted fast bowler Donald Tiripano and spinner John Nyumbu - and recalled batsman Mark Vermeulen. The Proteas have dropped leg-spinner Imran Tahir and handed a debut to off-spinner Dane Piedt.
Greetings - Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary on the first day of the one-off Test between Zimbabwe and South Africa at the Harare Sports Club.
- Dale Steyn continues, banging one in short in an attempt to intimidate Hamilton, but the big man wisely leaves it alone outside off. Pushing one defensively into the covers gets him a couple of runs as the fielder has to turn and chase; Steyn, however, doesn't like that and lets the batsman know with a quicker one that lifts sharply. Masakadza evades it, but only just. I wouldn't have wanted to face that one, myself!
Plenty of defence from Masakadza, who is also eager to leave as much as possible outside his off-stump. Eventually bat on ball, as the opener sneaks a single to cover. Vermeulen then takes strike - and is almost caught off guard by some sniping seam movement. Safe enough in the end, despite a lack of genuine footwork.
WICKET! The struggling Sibanda perishes for a duck. The Proteas have an opening breakthrough. Great line from Steyn, who forces the right-hander to play. Not very confident, is Sibanda, only managing a thick edge to Petersen at third slip. He hangs on to his right. Vermeulen is the next man in. This is his first Test in more than a decade.
Philander quick to find more lateral movement off the seam than Steyn. He almost strikes with his first ball, but an apparent edge down the leg-side to the wicketkeeper is deemed not out. No Devision Review System for this match. Masakadza survives, but then almost dollies a catch to third slip. It falls short, though.
Three slips in place, as Steyn tests the bounce and carry of this rather dry pitch. Sibanda very tentative, poking outside the off-stump - missing a few. The pace ace then gets one right up there, seeing if there is any swing to be utilised. A bit.
First Session, Day One - National anthems, handshakes and other pleasantries are in the past, as all and sundry head out to the middle. Chris Gaffaney and Aleem Dar are the umpires, Sibanda and Masakadza are the opening batsmen - and Steyn will have first use of the new ball.
South Africa XI - Alviro Petersen, Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Dane Piedt.
Zimbabwe XI - Vusi Sibanda, Hamilton Masakadza, Mark Vermeulen, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Regis Chakabva, Richmond Mutumbami, Tinashe Panyangara, Tendai Chatara, John Nyumbu, Donald Tiripano.
Toss - Captain Brendan Taylor triumphs in the flip of the coin - and Zimbabwe will bat first.
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