Dale Steyn took the first wicket of Zimbabwe early in the day © Getty Images
Dale Steyn took the first wicket of Zimbabwe early in the day © Getty Images


Aug 9, 2014:


Zimbabwe played out the morning session of the one off Test at Harare against South Africa by losing only two wickets. They reached 64 for two. Captain Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza are at the crease. For South Africa Dale Steyn and Dane Peidt are the two wicket-takers. Not a bad session for the hosts.


Dane Peidt, the South African off spinner, who is making his debut in the one-off Test against Zimbabwe at Harare, created history as he took the wicket of Mark Vermeulen 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.


Brief scores:

Zimbabwe  64 for two at lunch on Day one at Harare (Hamilton Masakadza 28*, Brendan Taylor 19* ; Dale Steyn one for 11, Dane Peidt one for 16) against South Africa.


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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)