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Zimbabwe vs South Africa one-off Test at Harare: Zimbabwe stay in the game with two late wickets

Zimbabwe bowlers managed to hold South Africa back on day two of Harare Test © AFP
Zimbabwe bowlers managed to hold South Africa back on day two of Harare Test © AFP

Aug 10, 2014

Zimbabwe managed to stay in the game against South Africa at Harare with couple of late strikes in the post Tea session. They got the price wickets of Hashim Amal (4) and AB de Villiers (7) cheaply. By doing this they have made a strong comeback into the game. Faf du Plessis and  Quninton de Kock have rescued South Africa somewhat with an unbeaten 44 run partnership late in the day. As a whole another good day for Zimbabwe cricket.

Debutant John Nyumbu did well for the hosts. He got two important wickets of AB de Villiers and opener Alviro Petersen. Donald Tiripano and Tendai Chatara were the other wicket takers. For South Africa, Dean Elger, who was looking set and batting on 61 got out just before Tea and the match changed when Amal and de Villiers got out just after Tea. Importantly for the visitors, Faf du Plessis is still there in the crease though. He reached his fifty in 142 balls. Wicket keeper batsman Quninton de Kock is giving him company.

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.

In reply South Africa started their first innings against 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 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. The first wicket for Zimbabwe in the form of Alviro Petersen was taken by debutant off-spinner Nyumbu in the second last over before lunch. It brought Faf du Plessis in the crease to join Elgar.

First session of the third day will be crucial for both the teams. Zimbabwe has taken the new ball, so they will be looking forward to utilise it. On the other hand South Africa will look to get as many runs as possible in their first innings, cause they will be batting fourth on this slow pitch. South African team management and fans should also remember that Harare does not have a good record for the chasing team in the fourth innings of a Test match.

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 201 for four in 84 overs (Dean Elgar 61, Faf du Plessis 69* ; John Nyumbu two for 71) at Stumps 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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