Nehanda Radio – This Test match was meant to last four days.

Summary

  • Zimbabwe were the losing side then too, by an innings and 294 runs against New Zealand, and they lost this one by an innings and 120 runs, as South Africa rolled them over for 68 and 121 in a combined 72.4 overs.
  • Morne Morkel was South Africa’s bowling hero in the first innings, picking up his seventh five-wicket haul in Test cricket and his first in five years.
  • South Africa had reduced Zimbabwe to 30 for 4 overnight, and if their fast bowlers had benefited from the effect of the pink ball’s behaviour under lights in the post-dinner session yesterday, it was back to clear skies and bright sunshine on day two.
  • Yet the ball kept seaming – it was a testament to how South Africa’s fast bowlers were hitting the pitch harder, and more frequently landing the ball on the seam, than their Zimbabwean counterparts.
  • It only took 3.1 overs for South Africa to get their first wicket of the day, Morkel going round the wicket to the left-handed debutant Ryan Burl and getting one to nip back in to knock back his off stump.


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