Harare - John Nyumbu became the second Zimbabwean to record a five-wicket haul
on Test debut but South Africa still put themselves in the driving seat
on day three of the one-off Test on Monday.
As it happened: Zim v SA, Day 3
Nyumbu sank to his
knees and pointed to the heavens after taking figures of 5 for 157 in a
South African total of 397 all out, which gave the tourists a lead of
141 on first innings.
Morne Morkel then dismissed opener Hamilton
Masakadza before Zimbabwe reached stumps on 28 for one in their second
innings, still trailing by 113 runs.
Only fast bowler Andy
Blignaut had taken five wickets on Test debut for Zimbabwe, but Nyumbu
chipped away throughout the day to add the scalps of Faf du Plessis,
Dale Steyn and JP Duminy to the two wickets he had picked up on Sunday.
Plessis was out for 98 shortly before the lunch interval after a
264-ball innings, ending a 119-run stand with Quinton de Kock for the
De Kock also missed out on a century when he chipped
left-arm spinner Sean Williams to midwicket to depart for 81, having
showed the most intent out of the South Africans.
prompted extreme caution from the batsmen who followed, as JP Duminy and
Vernon Philander added 42 runs in 27 overs before Philander was bowled
by Williams on the stroke of tea.
"It was important for us to make
sure we got as close to 400 as we could and the only way you could do
that was to spend time in the middle," said Du Plessis.
South Africa lifted their scoring rate at the beginning of the final
session, their overall run-rate of 2.5 per over was the slowest they had
recorded in a first innings against Zimbabwe.
"It doesn't always
have to look pretty. This is one of those specific situations where you
do the work, you do the hard yards," Du Plessis said.
"People don't see it as flashy and it doesn't look like the number one team in the world, but it's what we know we need to do."
added a further 63 with the tail after Philander's departure, but was
last man out for 55 when he was caught at slip off Nyumbu.
left the Proteas with 13 overs to bowl at the hosts, and Morkel made the
only impression when he bounced out Masakadza for 19.
Vusi Sibanda reached stumps unbeaten on eight, while nightwatchman Donald Tiripano had one.