(Zimbabwe take on the No 1 Test side South Africa in a one-off Test match. Catch live cricket score and live updates of the match here
Stumps on day two!! Du Plessis and De Kock have rescued South Africa somewhat. They have already added 44 runs for the fifth wicket already. Though De Kock was dropped in the bowling of Nyumbu. He went back to cut, got a thick edge to slip where Taylor could not hold on to this tough chance. It deflected off his hand to the right of the keeper but was outside his reach. Meanwhile another good day for Zimbabwe. They are still in the game with couple of big wickets in the post Tea session.
STAT: Dane Piet’s figures 4-89 at the moment are best by a South African spinner on debut in last 108 years!!! #ZimvSA
80 overs are done and dusted and Zimbabwe should take the new ball. After Tea they have done really well, one more wicket and South Africa will be under immense pressure. Faf du Plessis who batting quite confidently will be the key for the visitors. Quinton de Kock just joined him. The current partnership has already reached 35. Meanwhile, New ball taken straightaway and Nyumbu is bowling with the new ball. Surprising!!
Zimbabwe have made a strong comeback after Tea. They have managed to remove Amla and de Villiers. Faf du Plessis is still there though. Faf reached his fifty in 142 balls. His wicket will be key for both the teams. Quninton de Kock has joined him. John Nyumbu, the debutant off-spinner has taken two wickets so far for Zimbabwe. Debutants are doing well in this Test so far.
AB de Villiers c Sibanda b Nyumbu 7 (34)
SA vs Zim- SA are 149/3 and SA in a good position. There is Technical Problems so no coverage in SA. #ZimvSA#SSCricket#cricket
Another wicket gone!! Amla misses out. Chatara got his wicket. It’s wide and can be left alone but Amla drives in the air straight to Sibanda at cover, who happily accepts the chance. AB de Villiers comes out at number five.
Amla c Sibanda b Chatara 4 (27)
Out!! Zimbabwe got the second one.Tiripano is the wicket-taker. That one has a little less width on it and Elgar is tempted into having a swish, he reaches out for it and gets and edge. Mutumbami goes one handed to his left and snatches it out of the air for a stunning catch! He had very little time to react and Elgar is furious as he walks off. Second catch for Mutumbami toady. Out come the South African captain, Hashim Amla.
Elgar c Mutumbami b Tiripano 61 (146)
Dean Elgar made a classy fifty as South Africa continues their steady progress after lunch. His fifty came in 131 balls with five boundaries attached in it. This is his second Test fifty.
100 up for Zimbabwe. Faf du Plessis, was dropped in the bowling of Nyumbu. But it was a tough chance! There was an edge there but it was a tough chance for short leg.
South Africa 82/1 after 32 overs (Elgar 37*, du Plessis 13*), trail by 174 runs. #ZimvSA
Lunch on Day two!! Zimbabwe have bowled disciplined line and lengths. The fast bowlers got the ball to move around and the spinners got some bite and turn off the wicket. Petersen was looking good before he fell to a fancy stroke on the cusp of lunch. Elgar is taking his time and does not seem to be in a hurry. Fuf du Plessis has joined him.
First wicket for Zimbabwe. Debutant Nyumbu strikes and what a dramatic catch from wicket-keeper Mutumbami!! Nyumbu flighted it on leg and it was turning down leg, Petersen looked to paddle sweep it fine and got a thin edge down leg, the ball hit the keeper and deflected the other side, to his right, and Mutumbami leapt to his right and caught it with his right hand.
Petersen c Mutumbami b Nyumbu 32 (58)
So fifty is up for South Africa. Both Elgar and Petersen are looking confident. Though there were couple of close calls for the Proteas openers as the new ball was swinging for Panyangara and Tiripano.
Steady start for South Africa. Meanwhile it was just the fourth time in eight attempts that Zimbabwe had passed 200 in their first innings of a Test against the Proteas — an achievement that looked highly unlikely as Steyn and Piedt pounced in the first two sessions.
I feare for the Zimbabwean seamers on this flat pitch. You have to be really quick and reverse swing is a necessity. #ZimvSA
So the first over has been bowled by Tinashe Panyangara and he starts with a maiden. Dean Elgar and Alviro Petersen have walked out for South Africa, both in contrasting forms off late. Openers will be looking forward to give the visitors a strong start. Zimbabwe will be looking forward to take early wickets.
250 up for Zimmers in 90 overs against Steyn and co. India couldn’t bat 90 overs in 2 innings against Ali and co. #zimvsa#engvind
It’s all over for Zimbabwe. Five wickets for Dale Steyn. Last batsman out is John Nyumbu. But they have managed to get past 250 mark, which is a significant achievement for the hosts. They have added eight runs in the morning and Steyn has bagged his 24th five-for in Tests.
Nyumbu c de Kock b Steyn 2(29)
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the second day’s play between South Africa and Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club. This is Sandipan Banerjee bringing you the updates of the match.
On the first day, Dale Steyn and Dane Piedt claimed four wickets apiece for South Africa, but Zimbabwe defied the odds as they batted out the first day of the one-off Test to reach stumps on 248 for nine. Top-ranked South Africa had been expected to rifle through ninth-ranked Zimbabwe after the hosts had won the toss and elected to bat, but came up against a determined side that was marshalled by captain Brendan Taylor’s 93, AFP reported.
It was just the fourth time in eight attempts that Zimbabwe had passed 200 in their first innings of a Test against the Proteas — an achievement that looked highly unlikely as Steyn and Piedt pounced in the first two sessions.