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Aug 10, 2014
Zimbabwe and South Africa is playing a one-off Test series at Harare, which started on Saturday. It is a great opportunity for Zimbabwe as they are hosting world’s best Test side at this moment. South Africa fielded a strong eleven on the field.
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.
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.
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