Brendon Taylor is playing a captain's knock at Harare © AFP
Brendon Taylor is playing a captain’s knock at Harare © AFP

 

Aug 9, 2014:

 

Brendan Taylor, the Zimbabwe captain made a fighting half century against the South Africa in the one-off Test at Harare. His fifty came in 89 balls. It is an important knock in the context of the game. As wickets are tumbling on the other end, Taylor hold one end up and scored important runs for his team. A captain’s knock for him.

 

Earlier Dane Piedt, the South African off spinner, took two more wickets after Lunch. He got the wickets of Hamilton Masakadza (45) and Regis Chakabva (0) in the 33rd over of the match. He also took the wicket of Mark Vermeulen (14) in his first ball in Test cricket. Piedt become the 19th bowler and second South African after Bert Vogler to take a wicket with his first ball in Tests. After that dale Styen another wicket in the form of Sean Williams (24). From 90 for two, the hosts slipped to 120 for five.

 

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.