Zimbabwe vs South Africa 1st Test Match 2014

  • Zimbabwe
    92.4 Overs
    Brendan Taylor
    Hamilton Masak..
    Dale Steyn
    Dane Piedt
  • South Africa
    158.3 Overs
    Faf du Plessis
    Quinton de Koc..
    John Nyumbu
    Donald Tiripan..
  • Zimbabwe
    76.2 Overs
    Vusimuzi Siban..
    Richmond Mutum..
    Dane Piedt
    Morne Morkel
  • South Africa
    10.4 Overs
    Dean Elgar
    Alviro Peterse..
    Tendai Chatara
South Africans win the only test despite of the brave fight put up by Zimbabwe - The South Africa cricket team started off their tour of Zimbabwe with a test match. This was the only test match to be played in this tour. The match was played in the famous stadium of Harare. The home side won the toss and decided to bat first.

This was a match when everyone thought that it will be an easy one for the top placed teams in the test cricket. The 1st day brought in a surprise for the home crowd. Apart from all the expectations the home team stood tall as at lunch the team lost only 2 wickets and scored 64 runs. the story somewhat changed in the 2nd session of the day as during this session saw the fall of 3 wickets and at tea the home team was standing at a score of 120/5. The final session was an important one for the team. During the session if the home side didn’t lose many wickets they would have been in a stronger position. But in the last session the home side lost 4 wickets and thus at the end of the day were standing at 248/9.On the 1st day of the game Hamilton Masakadza scored 45 runs while the top scorer of the innings for the home side was the captain Brendan Taylor as he scored 93 runs.

The 2nd day saw the fall of the home side as they lost all the wickets and scored only 256 runs in the 1st innings. Dale Steyn was yet again the star bowler for the visitors as he took 5 wickets in the innings. He got a good support from Dane Piedt as he took 4 wickets in the innings. Vernon Philander took 1 wicket in the 1st innings. The South Africans started off their innings well. At lunch the team were standing tall at 62/1. At tea the team grew even stronger in the match as in the second session the South Africans lost only 1 wicket. At tea South Africans were at 146/2. The last session brought the home side back in the game as they took 2 wickets. The South Africans finished the day at 201/4.

The 3rd day saw some great batting performance from the Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock. They together took their team to a stronger position. At 3rd day lunch the team reached 278/5. Faf du Plessis lost his wicket after scoring 98 runs. the 2nd session of the day was equal for both the teams as it saw South Africa score runs while also lose 2 wickets. after the 2nd session the team stood at 350/7. The last session of the day saw South Africa being bowled out at 397 runs. Quinton de Kock scored 81 runs while Jean-Paul Duminy scored 55 runs. John Nyumbu took 5 wickets in the innings. At the end of the day the home side lost 1 wicket and scored 28 runs.

The 4th day of the game was a bad one for the home side who put in a brave fight. At lunch the team was standing at 80/2. The 2nd session saw the downfall of the team as they lost some real quick wickets. at tea the home side was standing at 141/7.  In the final session of the game the home side lost all the wickets and were bowled out at 181. They set up the visitors a target of 41 runs. Vusi Sibanda scored 45 runs and Richmond Mutumbami scored 43 runs. Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel took 3 wickets each while Dane Piedt took 4 wickets. the South African chased down the score pretty easily in just 11 overs thus winning the only test match of the tour comfortably. Dane Piedt was named as the man of the match for his wonderful bowling performance.