Zim Capitulate In 9-Wicket Loss To SA
Zimbabwe spiraled down after lunch as they lost wickets at regular intervals in setting South Africa a meagre total of 41 to win the only test in Harare.
At 80-2 by lunch, Zimbabwe looked like they would give themselves a chance at a draw if they could bat with the same tenacity as that shown in the first innings.
But the bite of Dale Steyn, the viciousness of Morne Morkel and budding guile of Dane Piedt ensured that the Proteas would not be forced into a fifth day against the Chevrons.
There were pockets of resistance with Vusi Sibanda putting some runs on the board for 45, Mark Vermuelen with 21 and Richmond Mutumbani’s 43.
It was however man of the match Piedt (4-62) along with the two speedsters who took the game to the Zimbabweans, showing why South Africa is ranked number 1 in the test rankings. Zimbabwe went past the 141 mark with a defiant Mutumbami at the centre of it but that only served to delay the inevitable.
SA captain, Hashim Amla, in a press conference after the match said he was happy with the way his side had performed saying they had adjusted well to the peculiar Harare Sports Club conditions. “Any win inside four days is a good win,” Amla said of his second win in three matches since he took over the captaincy.
Zimbabwe’s Brendan Taylor said his side had been competitive over three days and was disappointed by the way they had folded after lunch.
A lot of positives or Zimbabwe but they will be well aware of the fact that they have a lot of work to do.
Zimbabwe now turn to a 3-match one day series against South Africa set for Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo before Australia join the two for a triangular series at Harare Sports Club.
For Taylor and his boys it will be interesting. He says it is a load off his mind that Elton Chigumbura is the one day captain but we are pretty sure it will be as intense as ever.