Only Test, St George's Park, Port Elizabeth, 26 December 2017

South Africa vs Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe 3rd Inn:121/10 (42.3)

Graeme Cremer 18 (37);
Keshav Maharaj* 17.3-5-59-5; Vernon Philander 7-3-10-1;

Last bat: Blessing Muzarabani

Result: South Africa won by an innings and 120 runs.

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Zimbabwe 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Hamilton Masakadza c de Villiers & b Maharaj 13 34 1 1 38.24
Chamu Chibhabha c de Villiers & b Rabada 15 54 2 0 27.78
Craig Ervine lbw Phehlukwayo 23 58 2 1 39.66
Brendan Taylor(wk) c Amla & b Maharaj 16 36 3 0 44.44
Ryan Burl c de Villiers & b Phehlukwayo 0 4 0 0 0
Sikandar Raza c Phehlukwayo & b Maharaj 5 4 1 0 125
Peter Moor c de Villiers & b Phehlukwayo 1 6 0 0 16.67
Graeme Cremer(c) not out 18 37 4 0 48.65
Kyle Jarvis b Philander 5 10 1 0 50
Chris Mpofu b Maharaj 0 3 0 0 0
Blessing Muzarabani b Maharaj 10 9 1 1 111.11
             
Extras(b - 8, lb - 7, w - 0, nb - 0)15
Total(121 all out in 42.3 overs)121 (2.85 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/54 (Chamu Chibhabha, 17.2 ov.) 2/75 (Brendan Taylor, 26.6 ov.) 3/75 (Craig Ervine, 27.2 ov.)
4/80 (Sikandar Raza, 28.3 ov.) 5/80 (Ryan Burl, 29.1 ov.) 6/87 (Peter Moor, 31.2 ov.)
7/91 (Hamilton Masakadza, 34.2 ov.) 8/98 (Kyle Jarvis, 37.5 ov.) 9/103 (Chris Mpofu, 38.6 ov.)
10/121 (Blessing Muzarabani, 42.3 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Morne Morkel 4 0 12 0 3  
Vernon Philander 7 3 10 1 1.43  
Keshav Maharaj 17.3 5 59 5 3.37  
Kagiso Rabada 7 3 12 1 1.71  
Andile Phehlukwayo 7 2 13 3 1.86  
               

Zimbabwe 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Hamilton Masakadza lbw Morne Morkel 0 1 0 0 0
Chamu Chibhabha c Bavuma & b Morne Morkel 6 19 1 0 31.58
Craig Ervine lbw Philander 4 31 1 0 12.9
Brendan Taylor(wk) c de Villiers & b Morne Morkel 0 5 0 0 0
Ryan Burl b Morne Morkel 16 35 3 0 45.71
Kyle Jarvis c de Villiers & b Phehlukwayo 23 50 3 0 46
Sikandar Raza c de Villiers & b Morne Morkel 0 4 0 0 0
Peter Moor b Phehlukwayo 9 19 1 0 47.37
Graeme Cremer(c) c de Villiers & b Rabada 2 10 0 0 20
Chris Mpofu c Bavuma & b Rabada 0 4 0 0 0
Blessing Muzarabani not out 4 5 1 0 80
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 2, w - 0, nb - 2)4
Total(68 all out in 30.1 overs)68 (2.25 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/0 (Hamilton Masakadza, 0.1 ov.) 2/11 (Chamu Chibhabha, 6.2 ov.) 3/11 (Brendan Taylor, 8.1 ov.)
4/14 (Craig Ervine, 10.4 ov.) 5/36 (Ryan Burl, 19.1 ov.) 6/36 (Sikandar Raza, 19.5 ov.)
7/55 (Kyle Jarvis, 25.5 ov.) 8/63 (Graeme Cremer, 28.4 ov.) 9/63 (Peter Moor, 29.1 ov.)
10/68 (Chris Mpofu, 30.1 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Morne Morkel 11 5 21 5 1.91  
Vernon Philander 10 4 21 1 2.1  
Kagiso Rabada 6.1 2 12 2 1.94  
Andile Phehlukwayo 3 0 12 2 4  
               

South Africa 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Dean Elgar c Moor & b K Jarvis 31 56 5 0 55.36
Aiden Markram c Brendan Taylor & b K Jarvis 125 204 14 2 61.27
Hashim Amla c Moor & b Mpofu 5 11 1 0 45.45
AB de Villiers(c) & (wk) c & b Mpofu 53 65 5 1 81.54
Temba Bavuma c Brendan Taylor & b K Jarvis 44 72 5 0 61.11
Quinton de Kock lbw Cremer 24 38 4 0 63.16
Vernon Philander lbw Cremer 10 15 2 0 66.67
Andile Phehlukwayo not out 4 6 1 0 66.67
Kagiso Rabada runout (Brendan Taylor) 1 1 0 0 100
Keshav Maharaj c Ryan Burl & b Mpofu 5 5 1 0 100
Morne Morkel dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 2, lb - 2, w - 1, nb - 2)7
Total(309 for 9 in 78.3 overs)309 (3.94 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/72 (Dean Elgar, 21.3 ov.) 2/77 (Hashim Amla, 24.2 ov.) 3/173 (AB de Villiers, 46.5 ov.)
4/251 (Aiden Markram, 65.3 ov.) 5/272 (Temba Bavuma, 71.3 ov.) 6/298 (Vernon Philander, 75.5 ov.)
7/303 (Quinton de Kock, 77.3 ov.) 8/304 (Kagiso Rabada, 77.4 ov.) 9/309 (Keshav Maharaj, 78.3 ov.)
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Kyle Jarvis 18 2 57 3 3.17  
Blessing Muzarabani 13 2 48 0 3.69  
Chris Mpofu 13.3 1 58 3 4.3 (1w)
Chamu Chibhabha 11 1 51 0 4.64  
Graeme Cremer (c) 18 0 66 2 3.67  
Sikandar Raza 5 0 25 0 5  
               
All|Overs 1-50|Overs 51-100
4

Morkel to Masakadza, FOUR, full delivery on the pads, and Masakadza is off the pair! A huge sigh of relief as he flicks it off his pads to the deep mid-wicket fence for four

4

Morkel to Chibhabha, FOUR, smacked away! That's a lovely shot. Banged short outside off, Chibhabha keeps his eyes on the ball and times his cut over cover-point. A positive shot after a long time

4

to Chibhabha, byes, FOUR, this is wayward again. Going down the leg, misses Chibhabha's flicks and beats the diving keeper

4

to Craig Ervine, FOUR, floated ooutside off, Ervine goes down and sweeps this to the fine leg fence. That was fetched from well outside off

4

to Craig Ervine, byes, FOUR, sharp turn on that. Tosses it up on off and tempts the batsman into a drive. It misses the bat, AB misses it and the ball rolls down to the ropes eventually

6

to Craig Ervine, SIX, Oh like poetry in motion! flighted ball outside off, Craig Ervine comes down the track and lofts it over long-on for an effortless six

4

to Chibhabha, FOUR, touch short from . Enough for Chibhabha to go on the back foot and punch through covers for a boundary

4

to Chibhabha, leg byes, FOUR, wayward from , straying down the leg-side past diving ABD for a boundary

4

to Craig Ervine, FOUR, Craig Ervine goes for the reverse sweep and executes it perfectly. Ball races for the boundary along the carpet

W

to Chibhabha, out Caught by de Villiers!! Extra bounce for gets the better of Chibhabha. Short of a good length delivery outside the off-stump, Chibhabha has a poke at it and gets a faint outside edge. ABD takes it and throws the ball in the air in delight. Chibhabha c de Villiers b 15(54) [4s-2]

4

to Brendan Taylor, FOUR, Brendan Taylor picks it up beautifully off his pads. The timing was stellar and the ball races for a boundary through mid-wicket. This will give him confidence

4

to Brendan Taylor, FOUR, just above the mid-off fielder. Brendan Taylor charges down the track but fails to reach the pitch of the ball. Gets it off the toe end and manages to get it over mid-off

4

to Brendan Taylor, FOUR, turning away from Brendan Taylor who punches it off the back foot and finds the gap to perfection. Ball races for a boundary

W

to Brendan Taylor, out Caught by Amla!! Hashim Amla is confident that he has taken a clean catch. Taylor trusts the fielder, Amla, and decides to walk off. However, the umpires decide to go upstairs. The TV umpire has been woken up. The soft signal is OUT. Here we go. Fair delivery. Tossed up delivery on a good length, Taylor gets down on one knee and tries to reverse-sweep. Gets an under-edge and the ball hits the flap of the back pad before ballooning up. Amla, at first slip, dives to his right and takes a one-handed catch with his right hand. The third umpire is having a look at various angles. The zoomer is in as well. Taylor has started to walk, and now umpire Paul Reiffel gets the message and raises his finger. That's an excellent catch. He grasped it inches above the ground. Brendan Taylor c Amla b 16(36) [4s-3]

W

to Craig Ervine, out Lbw!! And now, another wicket. It's the other set batsman. Ervine thinks of reviewing, talks with his partner and decides to go off. Probably the right call. Where did it pitch? That's the only doubt. HawkEye confirms that it pitched on leg. A seam-up delivery from a short of length that straightened a tad. Ervine doesn't account for it and ends up playing down the wrong line. Gets hit on the front pad and then the back leg. That's crashing into the off-stump. Ball-tracking shows three reds. Craig Ervine lbw b 23(58) [4s-2 6s-1]

4

to Raza, FOUR, good positive shot! Raza dances down the track, doesn't quite get to the pitch of the ball, but manages to hammer the drive through the extra cover region

W

to Raza, out Caught by Phehlukwayo!! This is ordinary stuff from Sikandar Raza. He is a much better batsman than this. Tries to upset the bowler by being over-aggressive and that has led to his downfall. Once again, he puts his dancing shoes. saw that and floated it slightly wide of off, Raza throws his bat and the ball flies to backward point off the outside part of the bat. Straightforward catch! Raza c Phehlukwayo b 5(4) [4s-1]

W

to Ryan Burl, out Caught by de Villiers!! Zimbabwe are falling apart here. Another nothing shot. This time, the debutant Burl. It was a tad fuller than a good length ball from round the wicket that pitched around off and may have jagged away a shade. Burl, sans any feet movement, goes for the drive and gets an outside nick. AB won't drop those. He moves to his left and takes a tumbling catch. Ryan Burl c de Villiers b 0(4)

6

to Masakadza, SIX, Masakadza will play his shots. Flighted ball that pitches on leg and turns a bit, Masakadza crouches low and smacks the slog-sweep over deep mid-wicket

W

to Moor, out Caught by de Villiers!! A loud appeal for caught behind and umpire Richard Kettleborough raises his finger after giving a thought. Moor reviews. Fair delivery. A faint inside edge? There's a spike on UltraEdge! Moor reviewed it straightaway. Well, well. Zimbabwe lose a review now. The onfield call stays! It's 87/6. Andile gets his third wicket. This was an in-nipper from a short of length and bounced a bit more than Moor expected it to. Plays for the straighter one by sticking his bat out. The ball takes the inside edge and settles into the mitts of the keeper. Moor wanted to let it go as he saw the ball cutting in, but was late to decide. Moor c de Villiers b 1(6)

4

to Cremer, FOUR, wow! Not too full, but Cremer has leaned into it and timed the off-drive to perfection. Runs away into the fence in a jiffy

W

to Masakadza, out Caught by de Villiers!! Edged and taken! That was a superb delivery from the spinner. Flight, drift, grip and turn. A top ball to dismiss Masakadza. A delight for any orthodox left-arm bowler. It was tossed up from round the wicket, drifted in, pitched around middle and turned away. Masakadza was lunging forward to block and he must have thought that he had the line covered. Alas, that wasn't the case. Gets a faint outside edge and de Villiers takes yet another catch with the gloves on. South Africa are now three wickets away! Masakadza c de Villiers b 13(34) [4s-1 6s-1]

4

to Jarvis, FOUR, puts away the half-volley to the fence. It's full and outside off, Jarvis gets down and drives it stylishly through the gap at covers

W

to Jarvis, out Bowled!! Off-stump goes for a walk. Too good for the tail-ender. It's angled in to the batsman and nips away to beat his front-foot defence. Later, hits the top of the stump and makes the batsman look puzzled. Perfect delivery by Vernon , and surprisingly that's his first wicket of this innings. Proteas need only 2 wickets more to end this. Jarvis b 5(10) [4s-1]

4

to Cremer, FOUR, tossed up delivery on middle, Cremer gets down and sweeps it towards fine leg. No fielder stationed there and the batsman collects easy runs

W

to Mpofu, out Bowled!! Nine down. Tosses it up around off and invites the batsman for a drive. He falls in the trap, the ball beats him comprehensively and takes down the sticks. This flighted delivery would have dismissed most of the tail-enders out there. Also, needs only 1 wicket more to complete his 5-wicket haul, but, can he achieve the feat? Mpofu b 0(3)

4

to Cremer, FOUR, good length delivery on middle, Cremer shuffles outside off and clips it to the fine leg fence for a delicate boundary

4

to Muzarabani, FOUR, full and flighted on middle and leg, Muzarabani hoicks it over a jumping mid-off for four.

6

to Muzarabani, SIX, oh dear! Full and tossed up outside off, Muzarabani just throws his entire body-weight and swipes it over deep mid-wicket for six!

4

to Cremer, FOUR, good length delivery wide outside off, Cremer stretches and tries to caress a cover drive, manages to slice it off the outside half of the blade to the deep backward point fence for four

W

to Muzarabani, out Bowled!! Fifer for Keshav ! He's gone through the ridiculous slog! Oh aren't tail-enders a joy to watch? The only sport where you are forced to do something you are absolutely horrendous at! Flighted on off and middle, turns away and hits the top of off as Muzarabani goes for the almighty heave. He was looking at mid-wicket before the bat even came through. Eventually, hears the fateful rattle of the stumps behind him. Muzarabani b 10(9) [4s-1 6s-1]

W

Morkel to Masakadza, out Lbw!! Wow! What a start for South Africa! Masakadza has been given OUT lbw and the batsman has reviewed. Fair delivery. The impact is on the front pad just above the kneeroll in front of middle. No bat for sure. What does HawkEye show? Three reds and Masakadza has to go for a golden duck! Not only does he walk back without scoring runs, he goes off taking a review with him. Ideal start for the Proteas and the opposite for the Zimbabweans. It was a short of length delivery that seamed in a bit. A scrambled seam delivery. Masakadza was neither forward nor back. Got stuck in his crease and failed to cover the line. That would have gone onto hit the leg-stump. Masakadza lbw b Morkel 0(1)

4

Morkel to Craig Ervine, FOUR, first runs for Zimbabwe. Overpitched and Ervine latches onto it. There was width provided outside off and that's been driven down the ground well past the man at mid-off. Ervine gets off the mark with a boundary

4

Morkel to Chibhabha, FOUR, well wide of the man at fourth slip and there's no third man to stop that. A scrambled-seam delivery that angled in and cut away, Chibhabha thought he had the line covered off the back foot. Takes the outside edge and races away past the boundary rope

W

Morkel to Chibhabha, out Caught by Bavuma!! Edged and taken! That's a superb catch from Temba Bavuma. He has taken so many blinders in his career and once again he has made this look so easy. Oh, wait! Has Morkel overstepped? Just in, maybe. The third umpire is happy with that. Zimbabwe lose their second wicket. It was a full ball outside off, and Chibhabha went for the booming drive. You don't do that when the ball is hovering around like that and four men waiting to gobble anything coming their way. Chibhabha went for it and got a fat outside edge that flew towards the cordon. Temba Bavuma, at fourth slip, leapt to his left gathered it with ease. Chibhabha c Bavuma b Morkel 6(19) [4s-1]

W

Morkel to Brendan Taylor, out Caught by de Villiers!! Third wicket for Morkel and he is elated. Zimbabwe are under the pump. "This is why AB de Villiers declared," says Michael Holding on air. That's very tough to negotiate to be honest. It was angling in on a good length and seamed away considerably after hitting the deck. Taylor, sans any feet movement, had a poke at it and gets a thick outside edge. Good carrythrough to the keeper and AB won't drop those. Brendan Taylor c de Villiers b Morkel 0(5)

W

to Craig Ervine, out Lbw!! Craig Ervine is given out lbw. Looks close to me. Where did that pitch? Fair delivery. No bat for sure. Pitching : in-line. Impact & Wickets: umpire's call. The onfield call stays. Look at that poor score - 14/4! This was fuller than a good length and Ervine is stuck in his crease. He is slightly off-balance as he tries to work it away through the on-side. It pitched just in-line, skidded through and rapped Ervine on the pad and that would have clipped leg. Craig Ervine lbw b 4(31) [4s-1]

4

to Ryan Burl, FOUR, tries the yorker and ends up bowling a low full toss. Burl takes heavy toll of it. Burl leans across and clips it beautifully through mid-wicket

4

Morkel to Ryan Burl, FOUR, that's a half-volley and Burl has put it away. Reaches out for it, bends the back knee and creams the drive through the vacant extra cover region

4

Morkel to Ryan Burl, FOUR, that's been punished! Half-volley on the pads, and Burl flicked it nonchalantly through backward square leg. No chance for long leg to cut that off. That's stumps on day one!

4

to Jarvis, FOUR, pitched up delivery and driven down the ground. Lovely straight bat and the ball sped away to beat the dive from the man at mid-off, who gave it a good chase

W

Morkel to Ryan Burl, out Bowled!! The off-stump goes cart-wheeling! The ball came in from the round the wicket angle and the batsman played well outside the line of the ball to miss it by a mile. Morkel strikes big again. He is on a roll, so is the African unit. Zimbabwe being sidelined pretty brutally here. Ryan Burl b Morkel 16(35) [4s-3]

W

Morkel to Raza, out Caught by de Villiers!! He is gone. Fifer for Morkel. The doubts were implanted in his mind thanks to that perfume ball he faced earlier in the over and now the length ball closes his chapter in the first innings. He thought of leaving it but then it was late as the minor edge was found. The keeper did the rest. Raza c de Villiers b Morkel 0(4)

4

to Jarvis, FOUR, airy fairy and the batsman gets it tantalizingly past the man at cover for a four. On a length it was and the batsman threw the kitchen sink at it

4

to Jarvis, FOUR, some pace on the ball. The batsman tried to drive it, got it off the outer half of the blade and the ball raced away through the point region for a four. Bavuma tried to fetch it back but even a valiant dive could not prevent it

W

to Jarvis, out Caught by de Villiers!! Edged and gone. As cliched as it can get. Length ball, batsman goes fishing outside off and nets himself. strikes in his first over. A nothing shot from the nightwatchman and the fun has ended for him. He put up a brave show though as he hung in there for 50 balls. Jarvis c de Villiers b 23(50) [4s-3]

4

to Moor, FOUR, punished! Width on offer outside off and Moor slams it past the fielder at point. Good head position and timing on that back foot cut by Moor. Has to be one of the most convincing shot of this innings

W

to Cremer, out Caught by de Villiers!! Here's the first wicket of the match for Kagiso. Sticks to his line and reaps benefits out of it. Bangs it on a length around the off-stump channel, Cremer goes for a gentle poke as a result of which gets a nick. AB de Villiers take an easy catch to send the opposition skipper back to the pavilion. Proteas need only two more to clean up the tail. Cremer c de Villiers b 2(10)

W

to Moor, out Bowled!! Is this match getting over today? It might. No foot movement by the batsman whatsoever. It's a length delivery around off, Moor with not much footwork dabs at it. As the ball nips in, it induces an inside edge and takes down the sticks. Zimbabwe are nine down and on the verge of getting bowled out for an embarrassing score. Really embarrassing. Moor b 9(19) [4s-1]

4

to Muzarabani, FOUR, clubbed! He'll be proud of that shot. It's full and in the slot, Muzarabani just like the previous delivery swings hard. Connects nicely and finds the long-on fence

W

to Mpofu, out Caught by Bavuma!! Zimbabwe have been knocked over for 68. Think they'll have to bat again as they have conceded a huge trail of 241. It's banged short on off, Mpfou hangs his bat and ends up splicing it up to the ever-energetic Temba Bavuma. It was an easy catch but Bavuma at gully made it look difficult. Mpofu c Bavuma b 0(4)

4

to Elgar, FOUR, half-volley outside off, Elgar leans into an elegant cover drive and it races away to the extra-cover fence for four

4

to Elgar, FOUR. What a shot! Half-volley just a fraction outside off, Elgar waits for the ball to reach this time and check-drives it straight down the ground for four. The perfect shot on a wicket where the ball is nipping around

4

to Markram, FOUR, full delivery on the pads, clipped away to the deep mid-wicket fence for four! Excellent shot! Played right under his eyes!

OT

to Markram, no run. There's a review! This was a back of a length ball just outside off and seaming in. Looks like the wobble-seam ball and Markram may have got a feather through to the keeper! There is daylight between bat and ball. Ultra-edge shows nothing, and it has been declared not out! Excellent ball though, on a perfect length, and straightening unpredictably. Zimbabwe lose a review

4

to Markram, FOUR, first real bad ball, short and wide outside off, Markram stays on the crease and he slashes it behind backward point for four

4

to Markram, FOUR, good length ball on the pads, easy pickings for Markram as he stays front-on and clips it away in front of square leg for four

4

to Elgar, FOUR, full delivery from round the wicket Elgar leans into the cover drive and it races away to the extra-cover fence for four

4

to Markram, FOUR, short-ball wide outside off, Markram jumps and plays cuts it square of the wicket for four

4

to Markram, FOUR, a full length delivery on off, Markram leans into his drive and finds the gap at covers. That was a really beautiful drive by the right-handed opener

4

to Elgar, FOUR, that's a cracking shot! Short delivery outside off, Elgar rides the bounce and crunches it through covers. Bread and butter for the elegant southpaw

4

to Elgar, FOUR, that's eye-candy. bowls a full length delivery outside off, Elgar leans ahead and drives it past the fielder at mid-off. Finds the gap to perfection!

4

to Markram, FOUR, short and punished! Banged short on off, Markram sits back and times his pull through mid-wicket. There's a fielder converging in the deep, who puts in a dive to save it but fails in his quest

W

to Elgar, out Caught by Moor!! A soft dismissal, that! Full in length on middle, a bit slow in pace. Elgar goes for a flick but fails to keep it on the ground. It goes straight to short mid-wicket where Moor makes no mistake. So, it's , one of the most consistent bowlers who gets the breakthrough. The bat twisted a bit as Elgar went for that flick. Perhaps, the reason behind that loose shot. Elgar c Moor b 31(56) [4s-5]

4

to Amla, FOUR, first one of the innings for Amla. It's a full length delivery on off, Amla drives it straight and beats mid-off. Hasn't looked convincing in this innings so far though

W

to Amla, out Caught by Moor!! Amla perishes! He wasn't looking in great touch and departs early too. It's a short delivery outside off, Amla goes after it and finds the man at cover-point. And again, it's that man Moor who makes no mistake and sends the top-order batsman back to the pavilion with a sharp catch. Couldn't middle his cut and ended up slicing straight into the fielder's palms. Amla is disappointed with himself. Utterly! Amla c Moor b 5(11) [4s-1]

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, easy pickings for the Incredible AB de Villiers. You bowl it on the pads and he'll put those away more often than not. Full on leg and AB nonchalantly flicks it away

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, no fielders moved there. There was no chance to stop that. It was full and AB makes sure to drill this down the ground. It goes straight past the bowler and finds the ropes. It's an absolute delight to watch AB when he's at his best

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, shot! He picked the length (short) early, got into a good position on the back foot and nailed the pull through mid-wicket

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, four more! This time through the off-side. overcorrects and darts one well outside off. The line was wide as well, asking to be punished. AB stays back and slashes it away through point

OT

to Markram, 1 run, good call from de Villiers and they scamper through for a quick single. Second Test fifty for Markram! Gets there by nudging a short of length delivery on the on-side towards short mid-wicket. His scores in Test career so far: 97, 15, 143 and 50* (today). Can he convert it into a big one?

6

to de Villiers, SIX, wow! That's special and only AB can produce shots like that. rolled his fingers to bowl the off-cutter. Wasn't that short, but de Villiers has enough time to go back and play the pick-up shot. Plays it off his hips and elevates it over square leg. Into the stands

OT

to de Villiers, no run. Another loud appeal for lbw and once again the umpire is unmoved. Cremer after consulting his mates, decides to go up. Fair delivery. Height will be an issue here, IMO. Oh, wait, we need not go till there. There's a big inside edge. Ultra Edge confirms the same. NOT OUT! Zimbabwe have lost both their reviews in 39 overs! It was an in-angler from a back of a length, de Villiers walked across to work it through the on-side and got an inside edge onto his pad

6

to Markram, SIX, there's a rank long-hop from and Markram ensures that it's been punished. Goes deep into his crease and muscles the pull over the cow corner

4

to Markram, FOUR, that's a delight! Half-volley around off and Markram has drilled it down the ground. Employs the off-drive and it beats the diving mid-off fielder

4

to Markram, FOUR, you can't bowl these freebies. A short ball in the previous over and now a full toss. Markram clears the front leg and bludgeons it over wide mid-on. One bounce and into the fence

4

to Markram, FOUR, edged and four! Length ball seaming away, Markram, with limited feet movement, goes after it for a push through the off-side, gets a thick outside edge and the ball runs away into the third man fence

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, de Villiers goes aerial and collects another boundary! Not quite off the middle, but it was hit in the gap. Short ball without any venom, AB has ample time to hang back and pulls it over the vacant mid-wicket region

OT

to de Villiers, 1 run, 40th Test fifty for AB de Villiers! He's back, and looks in fine touch. World cricket missed him. So did all of us. Didn't we? Gets there by gently tapping a short of length delivery to the right of the bowler

4

to Markram, FOUR, there was a man in the deep and he had to run around four to five metres and he moved two. The ball bulleted away into the fence. Not a great ball from . Loads of width on offer outside off and Markram slashed it away through backward point

W

to de Villiers, out Caught&Bowled!! This is a big wicket! And is pumped and rightly so. He has cut short de Villiers's innings. Another soft dismissal. Chips a fullish ball back to the bowler and holds onto it. An innocuous ball from over the wicket and de Villiers was probably a touch early into his stroke - the straight drive. He got it off the bottom part of the bat and ended up spooning it back into the hands of the bowler. Sharp return catch. got low swiftly and held onto a low catch to his left. de Villiers c and b 53(65) [4s-5 6s-1]

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, off the mark with a boundary. It's a tossed up delivery outside off, Bavuma goes for a drive and gets an outside edge that goes past the fielder at slip. Runs down to the third man fence in no time

4

to Markram, FOUR, elegant cover drive! Bowls a full length delivery around off, Markram leans ahead into the drive and finds the gap at covers. Got into good position and got that right from the meat off his bat

4

to Markram, FOUR, a good late cut. Short and outside off, Markram rocks back and cuts it past the fielder at slip. Short third man gives it a chase but to no avail. The opener has moved into his 90s with that boundary

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, soft hands. On a length outside off, Bavuma keeps his eyes on the ball and plays it very late. Finds the gap between gully and point. No chance for the fielders there

4

to Markram, FOUR, second century in Test cricket for Markram. Well played boy. It's a tossed up delivery outside off, Markram creams the drive through the gap at covers and finds the fence. South Africa needed a consistent player at the top and they have found one. Has been a solid knock by the youngster!

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, fetch that! It's a tossed up delivery outside off, Bavuma keeps his head still and drills it through covers. No fielders moved there. Was hit with so much precision and right into the gap!

6

to Markram, SIX, stand and deliver! Not at all a bad delivery but Markram is well set. Gets undet it and smokes it over the bowler's head. Times it to perfection and adds six runs to his tally

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, punished! A real gift for the batsman. It's short and way outside leg. Bavuma goes back and pulls it hard past the fielder at square leg. No man in the deep and easy pickings for the batsman

4

to Markram, FOUR, short of a length outside off, Markram has punched this one off the back foot. Finds the gap at cover-point as the cherry races away. Has moved onto 123* with that boundary

W

to Markram, out Caught by Brendan Taylor!! What a catch! It's a full length delivery outside off, Markram pokes at it and gets a thick outside edge. The ball flies to the right of the keeper who puts in a full length dive and grabs it. A one-handed beauty by the keeper there. got Elgar earlier and gets his partner Markram this time around. A magnificent knock by the youngster, nevertheless. Markram c Brendan Taylor b 125(204) [4s-14 6s-2]

4

to de Kock, FOUR, full delivery on leg stump, seaming away off a scrambled seam. de Kock tries to clip it away through mid-wicket and gets a leading edge through the slip cordon towards third man for four

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, poor start, short and wide outside off, Bavuma crashes it in front of deep point for four. Raza dived to stop it but not completely as it trickled away for four

4

to de Kock, FOUR, OH DEAR! It really is skiddy under the lights out there! Back of a length delivery wide outside off, de Kock stands tall and cuts, gets a loopy edge which drops just short of first slip and away for four

W

to Bavuma, out Caught by Brendan Taylor!! Good length ball just outside off, Bavuma trusts himself to react to the straightening ball which does so slightly off the seam and he gets a deflection to the right of the 31-year-old keeper who dives to his right to take another great catch today! Excellent catch by Taylor, SA are five down now! Zimbabwe will be mighty pleased with their effort on the field, and their bowling. Bavuma c Brendan Taylor b 44(72) [4s-5]

4

to Philander, FOUR, wow! just fed him that half-volley outside off, and Philander just drove through the line and through the vacant long-off region for four into the fence

4

to de Kock, FOUR, back of a length delivery from round the wicket seaming into the left-hander, de Kock thinks about driving it and is a little late in withdrawing the bat. He gets an inside-edge past leg-stump for a four to the fine leg fence

4

to de Kock, FOUR, short ball on the chest, de Kock rocks onto the back foot and checks his pull to the deep square leg fence for four. This was almost a flick after the ball was within hitting distance

4

to Philander, FOUR, short-ish, not too wide, and Philander opens the face of the bat to guide it away to third man for four. Delicate shot

W

to Philander, out Lbw!! We have a review! An LBW shout by the skipper, given out. Definitely not a no-ball. Googly on middle, spinning into leg. Not enough turn I think. It is hitting! Philander tried the forward defence but played down the wrong line as it spun past the inside edge. Ball-tracking shows that it would have hit the top of leg. Excellent decision by the umpire. Philander lbw b 10(15) [4s-2]

4

to Phehlukwayo, FOUR, good length delivery wide outside off Phehlukwayo leans into a square drive and gets it away for four

W

to de Kock, out Lbw!! Leg-break on off stump, and very full. Too full to sweep and it raps him on the pad as he goes for an expansive sweep. Has a child-ish look on his face, as he always does and the umpire raises the dreaded finger. This isn't a no-ball, and QdK is on his way back! What a break-through for Zimbabwe this is! Very timely. de Kock lbw b 24(38) [4s-4]

W

to Rabada, out Rabada Run Out!! 1 run completed. Rabada puts in a dive. Is he in? The Zimbabweans are very confident. Well short. Rabada is gone! The second run wasn't on. It was a flighted delivery outside off, Rabada drove it through the cover region. Moor, from cover, ran back quickly and fired in a superb throw just near the sticks at the striker's end. Brendan Taylor whips off the bails in a flash and Rabada can't make his ground even with a dive. Rabada run out (Moor/Brendan Taylor) 1(1)

4

to Maharaj, FOUR, in the air and just safe! Short of a length delivery, Maharaj slashes hard and gets it just wide of the man at backward point. Races away into the fence

W

to Maharaj, out Caught by Ryan Burl!! Nine down and guess what! AB de Villiers has declared. Maharaj was in two minds - whether to play or leave. Decides to let it go very late and by the time he started to pull his bat away from this skiddy short of a good length delivery, the ball had already made contact with the bat. It flew off the outside edge and what an excellent catch from Burl at gully. He flew to his right and grasped it. Maharaj c Ryan Burl b 5(5) [4s-1]