Zimbabwe vs South Africa one-off Test at Harare: Dane Piedt strikes twice after lunch
Dane Piedt’s dream debut continues ©AFP
Aug 9, 2014:
Dane Piedt, the South African off spinner, took two more wickets after Lunch on day one of the one-off Test against Zimbabwe at Harare. He got the wickets of Hamilton Masakadza (45) and Regis Chakabva (0) in the 33rd over of the match. Earlier in the day he created history as he took the wicket of Mark Vermeulen (14) in his first ball in Test cricket. He become the 19th bowler and second South African after Bert Vogler to take a wicket with his first ball in Tests.
Zimbabwe have won the toss and decide to bat first in the only Test against South Africa at Harare. As expected South Africa made early in road as Vusi Sibanda got out for no score in the third over of the match. In a typical Dale Steyn delivery Sibanda opened the face of the bat to defend eventually nicked it to third slip for Alviro Petersen who took a low catch.
It is great day for Zimbabwe cricket as they are hosting World’s number one ranked Test side. South Africa is playing their full strength side in this match, with Dale Steyn leading the bowling attack. Though Imran Tahir has been left out of the Squad for the Proteas, in his place off-spinner Piedt came in.
For the host Zimbabwe it’s a matter of pride and determination to give South Africa a tough fight. The have played two debutants in this historic Test match. off-spinner John Nyumbu and right arm pacer Donald Tiripano. They have done well in domestic cricket recently. Apart from those experience batsman Mark Vermeulen is also making a comeback to Test cricket after 10 years.
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