Zimbabwe is giving tough fight to South Africa in the one-off Test at Harare
Zimbabwe is giving tough fight to South Africa in the one-off Test at Harare © AFP


Aug 11, 2014


Zimbabwe managed to finish day three of the one-off Test against South Africa at Harare on a high note as the got South Africa out for 397 in their first innings, which means the visitor got a lead of 141. Many would have expected South Africa to get a bigger lead, but they took their time to score before John Nyumbu bagged a five-for on debut. Chatara and Panyangara were also very tight with their line and length.


At stumps, Zimbabwe reached 28 for one in their second innings. They lost the wicket of Hamilton Masakadza in the bowling of Morne Morkel. Zimbabwe sent Donald Tiripano as nightwatchman. Till the end of day three hosts still trail by 113 runs with nine wickets in bag.


Earlier South Africa failed to reach 400, as JP Duminy (55) become the fifth victim of John Nyumbu. He became only the second Zimbabwe bowler to take a five-for on debut after Andy Blignaut. Nyumbu’s final figure was 49.3 overs seven maidens 157 runs and five wickets. Good debut for the off spinner.


After losing the first session, Zimbabwe bounced back with two wickets in the post lunch session on day three against South Africa in the one-off Test at Harare. South Africa scored only 56 runs in 30 overs in the post lunch session. At Tea South Africa were 334 for seven, leading by 81 runs with 3 wickets remaining.


South Africa lost just one wicket in the morning session and was in control of the Test match. Faf du Plessis, Protea’s number three in Tests misses out his fourth Test hundred by just two runs. He became the third wicket of John Nyumbu. Du Plessis was 98 when came down the track to Nyumbu, the ball was a bit short of length on leg, it turned and the bounce took the edge straight to backward short leg where Regis Chakabva took an easy catch. His innings of was decorated with 11 boundaries. Wicketkeeper batsman de Kock has given him good company and shared an important 119 run partnership with du Plessis.


Du Plessis came to the crease after the fall of Alviro Petersen’s wicket. His contribution was crucial for the visitors as they lost Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers cheaply. With Quinton de Kock he has shared an important partnership to give South Africa the lead in the morning session of third day of the one-off Test.


Earlier Zimbabwe made 256 in their first innings. The last pair of Nyumbu and Tiripano added eight runs in day two morning. Last wicket was taken by Dale Steyn, 24th five wicket haul for him. Last batsman out was Nyumbu. But they have managed to get Zimbabwe past 250 mark, which is a significant achievement for the hosts.


Fourth day is going to be crucial for both the teams, specially Zimbabwe, who would like to overhaul the South African lead and give them a competitive score to chase in the fourth innings.


Brief scores:

Zimbabwe 256 all out in 92.4 overs (Brendon Taylor 93, Hamilton Masakadza 45 ; Dale Steyn five for 46, Dane four for 90) against South Africa 334 for seven in 143.3 overs (Quinton de Kock 81, Faf du Plessis 98 ; John Nyumbu three for 122) at Tea on Day three at Harare.

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(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at Cricket Country. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)