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Zimbabwe vs South Africa one-off Test at Harare: South Africa off to steady start, reach 62 for 1 at lunch

Dale Steyn (R) is congratulated for a wicket by captain Hashim Amla (L) during the second day © AFP
Dale Steyn (R) is congratulated for a wicket by captain Hashim Amla (L) during the second day © AFP

Aug 10, 2014

South Africa started their first innings against Zimbabwe well as they reached 62 for one at lunch on day two of the one-off Test at Harare. The opening pair, Dean Elgar and Alviro Petersen had played out the new ball and added 57 for the first wicket. The first wicket for Zimbabwe in the form of Alviro Petersen was taken by debutant off-spinner John Nyumbu in the second last over before lunch.

It brought Faf du Plessis in the crease to join Elgar. Before that the openers played the first hour carefully. Though there were couple of close calls for the Proteas openers as the new ball was swinging for the Zimbabwe opening bowlers Tinashe Panyangar and Donald Tiripano.

Earlier Zimbabwe made 256 in their first innings. The last pair John 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 John Nyumbu. But they have managed to get past 250 mark, which is a significant achievement for the hosts.

On the first day, 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.

Brief scores:

Zimbabwe  256 all out (Brendon Taylor 93, Hamilton Masakadza 45 ; Dale Steyn five for 46, Dane four for 90) against South Africa 62 for one (Alviro Petersen 32, Dean Elgar 25*; John Nyumbu one for 22) at Lunch on Day two 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)

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