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South Africa Vs Zimbabwe Live Score (TEST)

Date: Wednesday, 27 December, 2017 22:10 IST Venue: St George's Park, Port Elizabeth Match Status: Match Ended

South Africa beat Zimbabwe by an innings and 120 runs

309/9
Overs
78.3
R/R
3.95
Fours
38
Sixes
3
Extras
7
68/10
Overs
30.1
R/R
2.26
Fours
10
Sixes
0
Extras
4
121/10
Overs
42.3
R/R
2.86
Fours
15
Sixes
3
Extras
15
  • Well, what can we expect from Zimbabwe now? Fightback or at least a semblance of it? Hope. One thing is for sure, the Protea pacers would come out breathing fire more in such helpful conditions. There's an update here - AB de Villiers will keep wickets as Quinton de Kock, hampered by his hamstring injury, won't be taking field. Let's see how this last period of play in the day pans out.
  • Earlier in the day, the hosts won the toss and had no hesitation in taking the willows in hand. They began in sound fashion with a 72-run stand. Markram happily stroked his way to a century. But what will be a talked-about point in this innings, is their inability to converts stands into something substantial. As many as three fifty-plus stands without converting either of them to a triple figure shows just that.
  • The last 5 wickets have fallen for 46 runs. Bavuma's fall after the break opened the floodgates for Zimbabwe to make further strikes. Talk about making the ball talk under lights. The visitors have done well to not let the game slip out of their hands here. Jarvis and Mpofu snared up 3-wickets apiece, ably supported by Cremer with a couple.
  • SOUTH AFRICA HAVE DECLARED AT 309/9! Yes, you read it right. Declaration before even the first day ends. The expression on Heath Streak's face says it all! He seems shocked with the declaration here. Zimbabwe's steady stream of wickets in the period after Dinner seems to have mooted this move for sure.
  • 78.3 OUT! That is a good catch and South Africa are nine down! A length ball outside off, Maharaj initially looks to push at that but then tries to withdraw the bat away. Is late and the ball flies off the outside edge towards gully where Ryan Burl dives to his left and takes a neat catch. What a wonderful fielding display by Zimbabwe!
  • 78.2 FOUR! Flashed and flashed hard. Short and wide outside off, Maharaj cuts it uppishly over point. Sikandar Raza leaps but to no avail.
  • 78.1 A bouncer on middle, Maharaj ducks.
  • 77.6 Maharaj punches this through covers for one. 305/8
  • 77.5 The ball strikes the batsman very low on the pads
  • The next batsman in is KESHAV MAHARAJ.
  • 77.4 OUT! There is the tailenders' running on display! Rabada eases this through cover-point and ambles across to the other end. He, for some reason best known to him, wants a second in spite of Phehlukwayo saying NO. The man at covers hares after the ball and returns a good flat throw to the keeper, who does the rest. The third umpire has been referred to. The replay shows that Rabada is well short. However, Taylor's technique there has to be questioned. He collected that in front of the stumps and flicked his gloves back to disturb the bails.
  • Is that it for Rabada then? He looks to come back for the second and seems to be run out. The TV umpire has to be involved to get the decision right...
  • KAGISO RABADA is the next man in.
  • The final drinks break of the day!
  • 77.3 OUT! Another South African heads back to the dressing room! Cremer tosses this one around off, de Kock gets down to sweep this one but misses. The ball hits him on the front pad. This acts like a switch that sets the Zimbabweans on to appeal. The umpire slowly raises the dreaded finger yet again. De Kock talks to his partner but decides against opting for the review. My colleague reckons he should have taken it. However, it would have been futile as Ball Tracker shows three reds.
  • 77.2 Floated up on leg, the ball spins down leg. QDK misses the flick here.
  • 77.1 Flatter on the pads, turned away towards square leg.
  • 76.6 Andile stands in his crease and blocks it with a straight bat. 303/6
  • 76.5 Length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 76.4 Fuller outside off, driven towards covers.
  • 76.3 FOUR! Nicely struck. This should get his confidence levels up. Mpofu spears this outside off, Phehlukwayo strides forward and square drives this. Such is the timing that the ball goes all the way to the fence. Brings up the 300 for South Africa.
  • 76.2 Bowled outside off, left alone.
  • 76.1 On a length outside off, guided towards point for one.
  • CHRIS MPOFU is brought back into the attack. Can he hasten the end with his slingers?
  • 75.6 Phehlukwayo fails to make contact as it turned a long way. 298/6
  • ANDILE PHEHLUKWAYO is the next man in.
  • 75.5 OUT! Philander has to depart, taking the review with him! Cremer strikes with the wrong 'un. He serves it on off, it spins in a touch. Philander lunges forward in defense but fails to read the one that goes the other way. Ends up getting struck on the pads right in front of the stumps. The players appeal, Kettleborough takes his own sweet time before raising the dreaded finger. Vernon chats with his partner and takes it upstairs. Only an inside edge can save him at this point, but the absence of that signals his fate. South Africa are six down now.
  • Philander is gone! He's been given out LBW but he decides to take it upstairs. Looks to be a goner.
  • 75.4 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region.
  • 75.3 Flatter down the leg side, Philander misses the flick. The ball doesn't turn in and goes straight on. The keeper fails to collect that although he gets some glove to that. Two byes taken.
  • 75.2 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 75.1 Flicked off the pads towards square leg.
  • Spin time. GRAEME CREMER is back into the attack.
  • 74.6 FOUR! Well guided! Length ball outside off, Philander stays back and helps it on its way. He opens the face of the bat and guides it through backward point for a boundary. 295/5
  • 74.5 This is outside off, left alone.
  • 74.4 The disadvantages of the rocket-straight drive. Philander drives this one straight back, Chamu gets his hand on that. The ball goes on to strike the stumps at the other end but QDK is well in.
  • 74.3 The batsman plays the square cut. They pick up a single.
  • 74.2 De Kock plays this one to the man at gully.
  • 74.1 Why is he bowling it so short at 121 kph, whines our scorer, Jiggu, here! He's not wrong. That isn't the length that Chibhabha should be bowling. De Kock cuts it powerfully square of the wicket on the off side. The fielder in the deep has to rush to his left to get to the ball. He does so and a couple results. Quinton doesn't look to be comfortable yet. He is seen limping while picking up those couple.
  • 73.6 Nicely driven but straight to the man stationed at mid off. 288/5
  • 73.5 Landed around off, blocked from the crease.
  • 73.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 73.3 On a length outside off, Philander stands tall and punches it through covers for a couple.
  • 73.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 73.1 Punched off the back foot towards covers.
  • 72.6 FOUR! The hammy is good, as of now! De Kock gets a short length ball and he metes out the right treatment to it. Pulls it in front of square on the leg side and the ball trickles away to the fence. Symmetrical over - boundary to start and end this one. 10 off this one. 286/5
  • 72.5 This one is pushed towards covers.
  • 72.4 De Kock lets that come on to the bat and guides it towards backward point for nothing.
  • The physio is out in the middle to tend to Quinton de Kock. The southpaw has been given some salt tablets. Don't know how they help, but as long as it helps, the Proteas won't complain. They'd need him to keep wickets as well post his stint with the bat. He's good to go after popping a couple of pills.
  • 72.3 Another delivery that is full outside off, de Kock times his cover drive nicely. Cremer from mid off gives it a chase and does extremely well to save a couple of runs with a dive near the fence. Should have been three there but as de Kock ran to complete his second, he immediately clinched his hamstring in pain.
  • 72.2 Full on off, driven towards covers.
  • 72.1 FOUR! Streaky yet effective! Chibhabha runs in from round the wicket and serves it full outside off. De Kock looks to drive it through covers but gets an inside edge past the stumps for a boundary.
  • 71.6 FOUR! This shot will prove why he is in at the fall of the fifth wicket. Overpitched outside off, Philander gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it through wide mid off for a boundary. Nice way to get your innings started. 276/5
  • 71.5 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails.
  • 71.4 Bowled outside off, left alone.
  • VERNON PHILANDER is the next man in. Expected Phehlukwayo to come ahead but since this guy has proved himself with some gutsy knocks, he has rightly been sent up at no.7. How will he approach this?
  • 71.3 OUT! Zimbabwe are in this big time! Jarvis serves it just ahead of a good length and the line is just outside off. Bavuma looks tentative in playing this one and pushes at it with no footwork. The ball moves away just a bit and takes the outside edge of his bat and flies through into the waiting hands of Taylor behind. He gets down to his right to pouch that. Bavuma has perennially struggled to convert his starts and here is another instance of that. He flatters to deceive. Yet again he gets into the 40s and throws it away. Timely strike for the tourists, half the home side is back in the hut now.
  • 71.2 Bowled outside off, left alone.
  • 71.1 Oh that extra bounce! Length ball on off, it comes in a touch with some extra zip. Bavuma does well to play it with soft hands off the inner half. The ball rolls through backward square leg and a brace results.
  • 70.6 De Kock keeps this ball out off the back foot. 270/4
  • 70.5 Landed around middle and off, pushed towards covers.
  • 70.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 70.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 70.2 Pushed defensively towards point.
  • 70.1 Hurled outside off, de Kock points his bat skywards to let that go.
  • Interesting. There was a clip showing Taylor's wicketkeeping practice before the game. It is seen there that he didn't dive to his left in that instance. On 69.1, the ball had flown to his left and he didn't go for that. Contrastingly, earlier he took a stunner with a dive to his right to end Markram's stay at the crease. Shows that Brendan seems to be not at ease getting to his left.
  • 70.1 No ball! Bavuma taps this length ball through cover-point for a single. There is a slight fumble by the fielder there but still no extra run results. What's more, Chamu has overstepped.
  • CHAMU CHIBHABHA back into the attack.
  • 69.6 This delivery is hit straight to the man at mid off. 268/4
  • 69.5 Fuller on off, nicely driven but straight to the man at mid off.
  • 69.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 69.3 Similar delivery on this occasion, same action sequence from the keeper.
  • 69.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 69.1 FOUR! Half-chance? Perhaps. Jarvis bowls it on a length on off, going across de Kock. The southpaw looks to punch it from the crease. But the ball kisses the outside edge of the bat and lands just short of Masakadza at first slip, who gets to his right but fails to get a hand to that. The ball eventually races to the third man fence. In hindsight, Taylor could have gone for that, it could have been on the lines of the catch that he took to dismiss Markram.
  • 68.6 Bavuma stands tall to this one and blocks it watchfully. 264/4
  • 68.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 68.4 On the pads, tucked through backward square leg for one.
  • 68.3 Some width on offer on this one, de Kock plays the cut but straight to the man at backward point.
  • 68.2 Length ball on middle and off, blocked from the crease.
  • 68.1 The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • 67.6 Length ball outside off, Bavuma presents a defensive bat. The ball takes the outside edge and goes on the bounce to gully. 263/4
  • 67.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 67.4 Length ball on off, blocked solidly from the crease.
  • 67.3 Huge appeal! Jarvis delivers this one with an angle into the batsman. Bavuma looks to present a straight bat in defense but gets struck high on the thigh pad. The players appeal but the umpire stays unmoved. Height could be a factor and also that the ball might be sliding down leg.
  • 67.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 67.2 No ball! Jarvis runs in and lands it just outside off, Bavuma lets it go. The umpire signals a no ball for overstepping. Ahh! Tough luck Kyle. That was marginal.
  • 67.1 Length ball on the pads, clipped through backward square leg for a brace.
  • 66.6 Wonderfully bowled. This is the magic that the ball does when the lights are switched on. Suddenly a 125 kph ball seems like a 140-plus. Angled across the southpaw, he looks to defend it but the ball just shoots past the outside edge of the bat. Nice way to end the over. 260/4
  • 66.5 Another harmless delivery outside off, de Kock just lets it be.
  • 66.4 Good judgement by de Kock. Blessing goes wide of the crease and hurls it full just outside off. The ball moves in a touch even as Quinton shoulders arms to that.
  • 66.3 This is outside off, left alone by Quinton.
  • 66.2 Angling in on the batsman, Bavuma fails to flick it away. The ball goes off his pads and a leg bye is stolen.
  • 66.1 FOUR! Welcome to the attack, says Bavuma with a boundary. Not that it should have been a boundary there. This one is short length ball outside off, Bavuma stays deep in the crease and cuts it through the point region. Raza in the deep runs to his right but is a tad lazy in getting down to stop that. The ball eventually meets the fence after passing below his hands.
  • BLESSING MUZARABANI to bowl from the other end.
  • 65.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 255/4
  • 65.5 Fuller on off, driven towards mid off.
  • 65.4 FOUR! De Kock edges one right away but he won't mind that. Jarvis lands it on a length around middle and off, angling away from the southpaw. De Kock looks to work it away but gets an edge through the slip cordon for a boundary. Gets going with that.
  • Ooops... False start straightaway! Jarvis steams in and gets into his delivery stride but does not let go of the ball. Has a look at the point of landing before going back to his mark.
  • Welcome back! 33 overs to go in the day. We can hope to get through most of them if the spinners bowl from both ends in the lead up to the second new ball. The floodlights have been switched on and KYLE JARVIS will bowl the first over in the session, well three balls in the over that is left. QUINTON DE KOCK, the new batter will face first up. TEMBA BAVUMA waits at the other end.
  • ... Day 1, Session 3 ...
  • To be honest, Zimbabwe have not been bad. But they could not get enough out of the surface in spite of the grass. There is turn available but Cremer has not been able to exert any pressure for it to materialize. Can they make hay while the light shines in the night session? Will South Africa declare tonight? Too many questions... Join us back at 1900 LOCAL (1500 GMT) to find out the answers.
  • No worries as such for the Proteas on the whole. Bavuma has got his eye in and is looking good so far while Quinton de Kock will be aiming for some nice batting practice. 32.3 overs scheduled in the day. The Proteas will be eying 350 tonight.
  • AB de Villiers started the attack after Tea but then Markram soon joined in. The 96-run stand gave excellent momentum to the Proteas and even after AB fell, it did not get hampered. Markram grew from strength to strength and was in good shape till Jarvis' penultimate over, when he got hit on the knee and lost concentration, eventually nicking one in the next over.
  • Session 2 - 155/2 in 35.3 overs. South Africa did get a move on in this session. They were watchful and conservative in the afternoon one but in the second, they made full use of the starts they had got.
  • 65.3 OUT! It is a legal delivery! My word, Brendan Taylor has taken a stunner! He has done a Quinton de Kock. Superb, absolutely superb. The line is nice, just outside off and the length is fractionally short of full. Markram probably could have left it alone but the thought of the ball coming in could have tempted him to push at it. The result is an outside edge which is dying on its way towards first slip but Brendan Taylor flings himself to his right and takes it with his glove! That too, cleanly! Take a bow. Markram has to walk back dejected. He is asked to wait for a bit, as the umpires check for the overstepping but replays confirm Jarvis is fine. Markram will be utterly disappointed. He played a terrific knock, but would have wished to go in unbeaten at the break. DINNER ON DAY 1!
  • Edged and gone! But has Jarvis overstepped? Oh dear... oh dear...
  • 65.2 Outside off, another block.
  • 65.1 Around off, defended to the leg side.
  • 64.6 Full and outside off, watchfully defended. 251/3
  • 64.5 The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • 64.4 Short and outside off, cut through point for a single.
  • 64.3 Oops... Markram comes down the track and looks to flick but is nowhere near the pitch of the ball. Gets a leading edge to point.
  • 64.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 64.1 Outside off, watchfully defended.
  • GRAEME CREMER changes ends again...
  • 63.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 250/3
  • 63.5 Yes, it is still hurting. Aiden looks to punch and run through the off side but limps as he gets across.
  • 63.4 Ouch... that would have hurt. Aiden looks to work this through the leg side but gets a thick inside edge onto his knee.
  • 63.3 One more leave outside off.
  • 63.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 63.1 FOUR! Welcome into the attack, mate! A short ball outside off, Markram goes back and punches it through the covers and gets a boundary. Moves to 123.
  • KYLE JARVIS is back on. Around 12 minutes to go for Dinner.
  • 62.6 Landed outside off, Temba looks to play at that but then withdraws his bat. 245/3
  • 62.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 62.4 Full and just outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 62.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
  • 62.2 Shorter in length, cut away for a single.
  • 62.1 Full and outside off, Bavuma leans and pushes this towards point.
  • 61.6 Short and outside off, punched through the covers for a run. 243/3
  • 61.5 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails.
  • 61.4 FOUR! Too short, outside leg, Bavuma goes back and pulls it behind square leg for a boundary!
  • 61.3 Fuller this time but Markram still goes back and punches it to long on for a run.
  • 61.2 A tad short this time, Bavuma goes back and works this through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 61.1 Bowled wide outside off, left alone.
  • 60.6 Beautiful comeback. The line and length are similar and Aiden looks to defend but is beaten. 236/3
  • 60.5 SIX! Effortless! Not a bad delivery, tossed up outside off, expecting it to turn but Markram gets to the pitch of the ball as soon as it lands and lofts it as clean as a whistle over long off!
  • 60.4 Finally puts bat to ball and works it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 60.3 Again in that line outside off, this time TB plays inside the line of that.
  • 60.2 Similar ball, this time Temba looks to paddle but misses. Taylor puts in an appeal for a caught behind but then keeps quiet.
  • 60.1 Beauty. Tossed up outside off, Bavuma lunges to defend but the ball spins away a mile and beats the outside edge.
  • 59.6 Goes back and works it through mid-wicket for one. 229/3
  • 59.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 59.4 On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 59.3 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 59.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 59.1 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 58.6 The batsman has been struck on the thigh pad. One run added to the total. Leg bye given by the umpire. 226/3
  • 58.5 Short and outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
  • 58.4 Landed outside off, not much turn, left alone.
  • 58.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 58.2 Another long hop, cut through point for a couple. 50-RUN stand comes up and at a pretty decent rate too. Third one today. Can this one go into triple figures?
  • 58.1 Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
  • 57.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. Two runs added to the total. 222/3
  • 57.5 FOUR! Full and outside off, Bavuma leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary!
  • 57.4 Driven through mid on by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 57.3 Full and outside off, watchfully kept out.
  • 57.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 57.1 Full on middle, swept through square leg for a single.
  • 56.6 Full and outside off, well kept out. 214/3
  • 56.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 56.4 Pushes this down to long on for a single.
  • 56.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single.
  • 56.2 Short and outside off, cut away for a couple more.
  • 56.1 FOUR! SECOND TEST TON for Markram and that too, in succession! Boy, does this lad look solid. In his first innings, he was dismissed for 97, else he could have had three tons in as many innings! Well played. Full and outside off, Markram comes forward and drives it through the covers and gets a boundary! The crowd and the team applaud his effort. Can he score a double now? Does he have the time to do that?
  • Markram is back on strike... Number 99 once more...
  • 55.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 206/3
  • 55.5 Slightly fuller but Temba prefers to play that from the crease and clips it through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 55.4 Action replay of the previous delivery.
  • 55.3 Outside off, punched towards short mid-wicket.
  • 55.2 Landed outside off, spinning in, left alone.
  • 55.1 Landed around off, defended from the crease.
  • 54.6 Full and outside off, watchfully defended. 204/3
  • The crowd senses now... Markram on 99...
  • 54.5 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 54.4 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 54.3 Short and outside off, cut away for a single.
  • 54.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 54.1 Outside off, punched towards cover.
  • GRAEME CREMER changes ends...
  • 53.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 202/3
  • 53.5 Outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 53.4 The batsman plays a pull shot to this short delivery. One run added to the total.
  • 53.3 BOWLED! No! Missed! One of the few things happening in this session... Outside off, Bavuma looks to punch this through the covers but the ball stays low and takes the inside edge. Cannons back but goes past the off stump to fine leg. Two runs taken and that brings up the 200 as well.
  • 53.2 Stays back in his crease and defends.
  • 53.1 Short and around off, Markram punches this down to long on for a single.
  • SIKANDAR RAZA to bowl his off spinners now.
  • 52.6 Full and outside off, watchfully defended. 197/3
  • 52.5 The ball takes the outside edge goes towards the slip region.
  • 52.4 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
  • 52.3 FOUR! Superbly played. Fractionally short outside off, Bavuma gets on top of the bounce and dabs it behind gully to the third man fence.
  • 52.2 Banged in short, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 52.1 A length ball outside off, Markram pushes at it but then the ball suddenly bites off the surface. The batsman is surprised by it but manages to take his right hand off the bat. The ball hits the top of the bat's handle and dies down in front of gully.
  • 51.6 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single. 192/3
  • 51.5 Down the leg side this time, clipped fine for a couple.
  • 51.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 51.3 FOUR! Nicely done. Shorter in length, outside off, Markram waits on his back foot and then dabs it to third man for a boundary. Moves into the 90s now...
  • 51.2 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 51.1 Landed outside off, de Villiers comes forward and shoulders arms. Oops... did I write de Villiers? Indeed I have! Markram and de Villiers play so similar to one another that it is hard not to compare the two. In this case, I admit my mistake, it is Markram.
  • 50.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 185/3
  • 50.5 Full and outside off, driven straight back to the bowler.
  • 50.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 50.3 This is slightly short in length, Temba lets it through again.
  • 50.2 Full again, slightly wider than the previous one, outside off, shouldered arms to once more.
  • 50.1 Full and outside off, coming in with the angle, Bavuma shoulders arms.
  • 49.6 Landed outside off, turning away, let through. 185/3
  • 49.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 49.4 The line is closer to the off stump and Markram defends.
  • 49.3 Full on middle, Bavuma paddles it through square leg for a single.
  • 49.2 One more leave outside off, allowing the ball to turn.
  • 49.1 Outside off, quietly let through to the keeper.
  • 48.6 FOUR! ELEGANT! Not the best of balls to finish what would have been a great over. Half volley outside off, Markram leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary. 184/3
  • 48.5 Outside off, Markram pushes hard, but with soft hands. Gets an outside edge which dies down in front of gully.
  • 48.4 Full and straight, watchfully blocked out.
  • 48.3 Comes forward and dabs this towards mid on.
  • 48.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 48.1 Full on middle, pushed straight to mid on.
  • 47.6 A short ball outside off, Bavuma looks to pull but misses. That stayed low. 180/3
  • 47.5 Outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 47.4 The batsman gets a leading edge on that one.
  • 47.3 Now he gets the sweep out and earns a couple.
  • 47.2 FOUR! Streaky. Full and outside off, Bavuma pushes forward but gets a thick outside edge which rolls past first slip to the third man fence.
  • 47.1 On middle and off, clipped through the leg side for a single.
  • 46.6 Fuller on off and middle, defended off the front foot onto the ground. 173/3
  • TEMBA BAVUMA makes his way to the middle at no.5.
  • Drinks are on the field now. The break couldn't come in at a better time. It would be sweeter with the dismissal of the Protea skipper. He has an ability to switch gears and take the attack to the opposition and that danger is averted. Markram has started to look good now, getting his runs at a quicker pace. He has scored his last 33 runs in 45 balls. So that's another potential threat for the visitors. Will they get him before Dinner?
  • 46.5 OUT! Another one is in Mpofu's pocket here! What a wicket this one is! De Villiers was in an attacking mode today and this shot is one of those that a batter would play only when he is looking to attack. Chibhabha hurls it on a fuller length on off, de Villiers drives it back aerially. Chamu gets low to his left quickly and takes it inches off the ground and throws the ball up in delight. Once again he celebrates by making the zipping-the-pocket action. The 96-run stand is broken. Zimbabwe making good inroads.
  • 46.4 Markram gets an inside edge onto his pads to this length ball. The ball rolls to the on side and a run is taken.
  • 46.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 46.2 FOUR! The placement is good here! Length ball outside off, Markram stays back and cuts it through backward point for a boundary.
  • 46.1 This ball is cut away to the man at point.
  • 45.6 Here's another short one from Cremer. This gives ample time for the batter to go back and play his shot. ABD goes back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a single. 168/2
  • 45.5 Floated outside off, driven through covers for one.
  • 45.4 Markram gets back in his crease and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 45.3 Tossed up outside off, Aiden doesn't bother putting bat to that.
  • 45.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 45.1 De Villiers hits it to the man at sweeper for a single. Cremer isn't helping anyone by bowling on a shorter length.
  • 44.6 Outside off, left alone. 164/2
  • 44.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 44.4 Mr.360 gets to his 40th Test fifty in a trice - off just 62 deliveries. He has looked fluid with his shots since he has walked in. There was a phase when he was edging the ball more but he's got through that and is starting to look threatening. He taps this one towards mid on and scampers to the other end. Raises his bat to acknowledge his feat.
  • 44.3 FOUR! Look at this man's power! De Villiers nonchalantly plays the short arm jab over mid-wicket and helps himself to a boundary. It was a length ball angling into him and he picked it up pretty early. Gets to 49 with this one.
  • 44.2 De Villiers clips this through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 44.1 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total.
  • 43.6 Punched towards the cover region from the crease. 156/2
  • 43.5 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 43.4 Flatter on off, de Villiers gets it off the inner half towards short fine leg. It was the wrong one.
  • 43.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 43.2 Markram places it towards the cover region and gets to the other end.
  • 43.1 Served on a length on the stumps, blocked off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 42.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 155/2
  • 42.5 Worked away round the corner for one.
  • 42.4 FOUR! This adds salt to the injury! Length ball outside off, Markram gets a thick outside edge onto this one as he looks to keep this out. The ball races away through the slip cordon for a boundary.
  • 42.3 A stifled appeal there, dies quickly. Chibhabha lands it on a length outside off, Markram misses his defense due to the inward movement on that. Gets hit high on the front pad, that draws an appeal from the opposition. We felt that the height and the impact could be an issue. No! Hawk Eye shows the ball to be nailing the bull's eye. Got the importance of DRS, Zimbabwe?
  • 42.2 This ball on off is driven back towards the bowler.
  • 42.1 On the pads, flicked away through square leg for one.
  • 41.6 Solidly defended off the front foot. 149/2
  • 41.5 FOUR! Markram is getting into the groove here. Gets a low full toss on off and middle, Markram accepts the offering gleefully. Dispatches it over mid-wicket for a one-bounce boundary.
  • 41.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 41.3 Tossed up outside off, Markram gets his front foot forward and lets it be.
  • 41.2 Floated in line of the stumps, clipped away through mid-wicket for one.
  • 41.1 Wide outside off, de Villiers hits it towards covers. The fielder there leaps high to his left to prevent a run. Chibhabha the man.
  • 40.6 FOUR! Pristine timing! Full ball outside off, Markram just drives it through mid off. Such is the timing that in spite of the dive from the fielder, a boundary results. 144/2
  • 40.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 40.4 Aiden hangs back and keeps it out nicely.
  • 40.3 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 40.2 Full on off, driven straight back. The ball deflects towards long on after striking the stumps at the other end. A run added to the tally.
  • 40.1 Clipped through mid-wicket for one.
  • 39.6 SIX! What a shot from Markram! This came out of nowhere. Cremer bowls a half-tracker on off, Aiden has enough of these short ones. He goes back to this and pulls it over wide long off for half a dozen. 137/2
  • 39.5 Markram gets forward and blocks that.
  • 39.4 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball but fails.
  • 39.3 This ball is punched through covers for a single.
  • 39.2 Cremer is getting the drift there and that's getting de Villiers into trouble here. He looks to block it with a lunge but the turn means that the outside edge of the bat is beaten.
  • 39.1 The short of length delivery has been cut away through square on the off side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 38.6 NOT OUT! Impact isn't an issue but there is a big inside edge! Chibhabha lands it on a length outside off, de Villiers looks to block but there is a slight inward and hence strikes him on the pads. The players appeal but the umpire doesn't agree. Cremer has a chat with Taylor and opts for the DRS. Replays show the presence of a thick inside edge, confirmed by the Snicko as well. Zimbabwe exhaust both their reviews within 39 overs in the innings! 129/2
  • The reviews for Zimbabwe are on the line! There is an appeal for LBW against de Villiers. The umpire stays unmoved. Cremer asks his keeper before deciding to opt for the DRS. Impact could be an issue...
  • 38.5 Eased through mid-wicket for one.
  • 38.4 Fuller outside off, Markram seems to have struck on the thigh pad. A stifled appeal follows from the visitors to no avail. Replays shows the presence of a big inner edge.
  • 38.3 Hurled full outside off, de Villiers covers the stumps and lets it go. The ball moved away a touch after pitching.
  • 38.2 De Villiers drives it towards mid on and quickly gets to the other end.
  • 38.1 Here's another edge from ABD's bat. Length ball aiming at the off stick, moves away a touch after pitching. The batter is squared up a touch and he gets it off the outer half towards backward point.
  • 37.6 This one is punched towards covers. 127/2
  • 37.5 Tossed up googly on off, Aiden picks this one well and keeps it out towards short leg.
  • 37.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 37.3 Huge applause goes all over the ground to acknowledge the 50-run partnership between Markram and de Villiers. This ball is punched through the cover region for a single to get to the mark.
  • 37.2 This isn't good from the visiting skipper. Flatter and shorter outside off, slapped through covers for one.
  • 37.1 Floated fuller on off, de Villiers gets down and sweeps it to fine leg for one.
  • GRAEME CREMER is back on. He had got some turn in the couple of overs that he has bowled so far. Hence it is imperative for him to look and build up on that to pick up a wicket.
  • 36.6 Good running. Length ball on the stumps, de Villiers pats it in front of mid on and hares to the other end. 124/2
  • 36.5 De Villiers hangs back to this one and defends it watchfully.
  • 36.4 Markram clips this one through mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
  • 36.3 Fuller on off and middle, driven to the man at mid off.
  • 36.2 Length ball on off, blocked from the crease.
  • 36.1 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 35.6 Another edge, this time the ball rolls towards point for nothing. 122/2
  • 35.5 Edged but safe! On a length outside off, de Villiers hangs his bat out at that. The ball takes the edge and goes to second slip. Ervine there takes it on the bounce and has a shy at the batter's end but misses.
  • 35.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 35.3 SIX! Irrespective of the format, when AB de Villiers is at the crease, can a biggie be far away? Nopes! Gets a length delivery that is on the shorter side, de Villiers just heaves it over square leg. Such is the timing on that it goes the distance. On another look, it shows that Jarvis delivered an off cutter there.
  • 35.2 Similar delivery, this time the Protea skipper defends it from the crease.
  • 35.1 Length delivery on off, AB hops and keeps it out towards the bowler.
  • 34.6 Around off, blocked solidly from the crease. 116/2
  • 34.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 34.4 Markram gets beaten there! Length delivery just outside off, the ball nips away a touch after pitching. Aiden looks to defend it but misses.
  • 34.3 Length ball outside off, punched through covers for one.
  • 34.2 On the pads, flicked away through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 34.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • CHAMU CHIBHABHA back on. Wonder why Cremer is inclined to go to him, in spite of him not being threatening with the ball.
  • 33.6 Fuller on off, driven back straight from where it came. 114/2
  • 33.5 De Villiers stands in the crease and defends it solidly.
  • 33.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 33.3 There it is! 2nd Test fifty for Aiden Markram. He has deserved it, hasn't he? Watchful in his defense and crisp in his strokeplay, that's what this 50-run knock includes. How does he get there? Taps it towards mid-wicket to scamper to the other end.
  • 33.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 33.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 32.6 FOUR! Another one! De Villiers is looking to get a move on. Gets another short delivery outside off, the Protea skipper hangs back and slaps it nicely through cover-point for a boundary. He moves to 27 in a partnership of 36. 113/2
  • 32.5 FOUR! Probably, de Villiers read what we had mentioned on the last ball. Not commanding? Here he goes! Boom! Muzarabani bangs this short outside off, ABD hangs back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. No chance for the fielder in the deep to cut that off.
  • 32.4 De Villiers is looking a touch loose in his defense, opines by colleague KI. After Tea he hasn't looked commanding and even in the previous over he got a run off the inner half of his bat. This one - well he hung his bat out in defense but again did so off the inner half.
  • 32.3 Landed in line of the stumps, blocked from the crease.
  • 32.2 Fuller around off, Markram looks to work it away to the on side but gets a leading edge through covers. Gets a run that takes him to 49.
  • 32.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 31.6 Markram gets an inside edge towards square leg. De Villiers hares across to the other end and completes a run easily. 104/2
  • 31.5 Turned towards mid-wicket from the crease.
  • 31.4 Nicely bowled. Jarvis gets it to land on a fuller length around off and it nips back in. De Villiers gets it off the inner half of his bat through the gap between mid on and mid-wicket. Mpofu hares behind it from the former position and parries it to the latter (Moor, maybe). Three runs result before the ball is returned.
  • 31.3 Pitched further up on off, defended from the crease.
  • 31.2 Landed full on off, AB defends it with a straight bat face.
  • 31.1 Starts with a full ball on off and middle, eased towards mid on.
  • Kyle Jarvis to run in from the other end.
  • 30.6 Nicely clipped through mid-wicket. Before the tidying up job is done in the deep, a brace results. 100/2
  • 30.5 Fuller on off, Aiden presents a straight bat to keep it out.
  • 30.4 Yet again angled in on the pads, de Villiers flicks it away to fine leg for one.
  • 30.3 A touch fuller on the stumps, eased towards mid on.
  • 30.2 Sprayed down the leg side, de Villiers doesn't bother putting bat to that.
  • 30.1 Begins with a length ball angling into Markram, he taps it towards mid on and gets to the other end in a flash.
  • Welcome back! The players would be refreshed in this break and so would their vigors be. The visitors are in a huddle, discussing some last-minute plans, before taking their positions on the ground. Markram and de Villiers make their way out to the centre. Their stand is worth 19 as of now, with the latter scoring 15 of those. Blessing Muzarabani to start off the proceedings with the ball.
  • ... Day 1, Session 2 ...
  • Markram is still solid out there and looks poised for a big score. He survived a DRS scare earlier, though he was never really in danger with that. Giving him company is the comeback-man de Villiers. He has been fluent with his drives as of now and would like to hammer the opposition to all parts of the ground, apart from settling into the longest format of the game. Another exciting session awaits us, with Cremer getting some purchase from the deck. How will the session pan out? Join us in a while to find out.
  • Good comeback from Zimbabwe towards the end! They were struggling to pick up wickets earlier in spite of finding the edges of the bats then. The bowlers weren't too indisciplined yet failed to stop the openers from getting over a fifty-run stand. Perhaps, there was something special in the drinks. Post that, Zimbabwe managed to pick up a couple, glaring being Amla's scalp very cheaply. He played a shot that he would be ruing in the dressing room right now.
  • 29.6 Floated on the stumps, driven through mid on for one. That's TEA, DAY 1! 96/2
  • 29.5 Flatter outside off, Markram covers his stumps and lets it go. Taylor fails to collect it and it goes towards slip.
  • 29.4 Aiden lunges forward and blocks this one.
  • 29.3 This is the wrong 'un. Markram doesn't spot this early and defends it off the inner half towards short leg.
  • 29.2 Served on a fuller length on off, defended towards covers.
  • 29.1 Tossed up outside off, on a shorter length. De Villiers camps back and slaps it through covers for one.
  • 28.6 Full on off and middle, driven towards mid on. 94/2
  • 28.5 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 28.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 28.3 Full in length outside off, driven towards covers.
  • 28.2 Fuller in length on off, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 28.1 Length delivery outside off, pushed towards point.
  • Another change. CHAMU CHIBHABHA is back for another spell. About 5 minutes left to Tea...
  • 27.6 Blocked solidly off the front foot onto the ground. 94/2
  • 27.5 Another ball that spins. This is tossed up on off, de Villiers looks to play it through covers but yet again gets beaten.
  • 27.4 Wonderfully bowled! Cremer floats this up and the ball drifts in to the batsman. It pitches and spins away past the outside edge of de Villiers' bat. Taylor whips off the bails but AB is well in.
  • 27.3 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 27.2 A touch shorter outside off, de Villiers gets back and slaps this through covers for a single.
  • 27.1 Flatter outside off, cut away towards backward point for nothing. Not much turn there.
  • Spin is here finally. GRAEME CREMER has the ball in his hand. Begins with a slip and a short leg.
  • 26.6 Flicked away off his pads through square leg for one. He moves to 13 of 13 balls and also, 9 runs have come off this over. 92/2
  • 26.5 ABD defends this one by getting behind the line of the ball.
  • 26.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 26.3 The batsman has driven that ball straight back.
  • 26.2 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for the Protea skipper! This one is majestic, as all straight drives are. Mpofu overpitches this on the stumps, de Villiers drives it back. No chance for anybody to cut that off when Mr.360 times it so well. Moves to 12 from 9.
  • 26.1 FOUR! Mpofu isn't displaying any control here. He angles this on a length on the pads, all de Villiers has to do is get bat to that. He clips it with nice timing and the ball runs away in front of square on the leg side for a boundary.
  • 25.6 Aiden keeps this ball on the stumps out from the crease. 83/2
  • 25.5 Fuller on the pads, flicked away towards fine leg for a single.
  • 25.4 Driven nicely towards covers.
  • 25.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 25.2 Defended from the crease with a straight bat.
  • 25.1 Short ball on off, pulled away towards deep square leg for one.
  • 24.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 81/2
  • 24.5 10000 First Class runs for ABD! A nice way to start your innings here, a small milestone. This is bowled straighter in line, de Villiers clips it through mid on. Gets three for doing so.
  • 24.4 Flicked off the pads towards square leg.
  • 24.3 Fuller ball, angling down leg, de Villiers misses his flick and gets rapped low on the front pad.
  • Hold your breaths! AB DE VILLIERS has made his way to the middle next. He is coming back to this format after almost a couple of years. January 2016 was his last game in the longest format. Would be interesting to see how he approaches this.
  • 24.2 OUT! Oh Amla, what have you done? He has thrown it away in a Test match, something that you don't associate with him. Mpofu lands it on a back of a length outside off, Amla hangs on the back foot and looks to slap it square of the wicket on the off side. All he manages is to spoon a catch towards cover-point. Moor gets to his left and pouches this easily. Mpofu cannot believe what has just happened here. He is delighted, yes, but not able to fathom the batter he has just got here. Does some strange celebration of putting something in his pocket and zipping it up. Shows that he wants to signify that he has pocketed Amla. The hosts are rocked back early.
  • 24.1 FOUR! Glorious, gracious and great! Mpofu hurls it full on off and middle, Amla just pushed it down the ground. The timing is such that mid off doesn't stand a chance of cutting that off.
  • CHRIS MPOFU to bowl now. The wickets column has zero against it and he would want a figure there, sooner than later.
  • 23.6 Outside off, left alone. 73/1
  • 23.5 Length ball on off, Aiden gets behind the line of the ball and blocks it.
  • 23.4 Beaten! Jarvis is doing well to get the batsman forward. Hurls this on a full length outside off, inviting Markram to drive. He gets ahead and presents a straight bat but the ball passes the edge and goes to the keeper.
  • 23.3 Pitched further up to the batsman outside off, Aiden covers his stumps and has nothing to do with that.
  • 23.2 On a length on off, Aiden is squared up a touch before blocking that from the crease.
  • 23.1 Full ball outside off, Markram strides forward confidently in defense. The ball goes to the cover fielder.
  • 22.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. 73/1
  • 22.5 Angled in on a good length, Amla judges it well to shoulder arms to that.
  • 22.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 22.3 Blessing bowls this too wide outside off to make Amla play that.
  • 22.2 Fuller on off and middle, driven towards mid on.
  • 22.1 Full outside off, Amla lets it be.
  • BLESSING MUZARABANI gets another spell. Perhaps a wicket that fell earlier would have mooted this change.
  • 21.6 Angled into the batter, Amla clips it through square leg for a run to get going. 73/1
  • 21.5 Amla blocks this one from the crease.
  • 21.4 Harmless delivery outside off, left alone by Amla.
  • The Mighty Hash, HASHIM AMLA is seen walking out to bat next. Whoever be the opponent, this bearded batter is never tired of scoring big runs and he would relish this opportunity presented to him here.
  • 21.3 OUT! Jarvis draws first blood! The bowling change has worked for Zimbabwe. Jarvis bowls this on the pads, this should have been nudged away for a single. Elgar had the same intention. But the ball stopped a touch on the track, which meant that Elgar was early into his flick. The fielder at mid-wicket, Moor, had an easy offering and he accepted it gleefully. The 72-run opening stand ends. Elgar looks disappointed with his fall and he hits the advertising board with his bat.
  • 21.2 Landed on middle, Elgar lets the ball come on before dead-batting that.
  • 21.1 On the pads, turned through mid-wicket for a single.
  • KYLE JARVIS is brought back for another spell.
  • 20.6 Markram taps it towards wide mid on for one. 71/0
  • 20.5 Markram defends it from the crease.
  • 20.4 FOUR! Typical shot from a Highveld batsman, says the on-air commentator. Chibhabha bowls it on a shorter length outside off, Markram stands tall and pulls it through mid-wicket. Jarvis in the deep runs to his left but fails to prevent a boundary that results.
  • 20.3 The batsman has driven it through mid on.
  • 20.2 Well done, Raza! Width on offer on this length ball outside off, Markram cuts it from the crease. Sikandar rushes to his right, dives and prevents a run.
  • 20.1 Begins with a delivery on a length outside off, cut away towards backward point.
  • CHAMU CHIBHABHA is asked to roll his arm over. A touch surprising from the skipper to not bring himself on.
  • 19.6 This is kept out off the front foot. 66/0
  • 19.5 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
  • 19.4 Length delivery outside off, Elgar presents a straight bat to block that. But the ball climbs a bit more and strikes him high on the bat.
  • 19.3 Hurled outside off, left alone by Elgar.
  • 19.2 FOUR! Elgar is the leading scorer in Tests for the South Africans and this shows why! Mpofu comes round the wicket and overpitches it outside off. Dean leans ahead and just times his drive wide of mid off. Such is the timing that the mid off fielder had no chance of preventing the ball from going to the fence. The opening stand is worth 66 now.
  • 19.1 A low full toss down leg, Markram gets bat to that and the ball goes to fine leg. A run is what AM gets for that.
  • 18.6 Full ball on off, kept out off the front foot. 61/0
  • 18.5 FOUR! Muzarabani is losing it here. He has largely been disciplined but not on this occasion. Lands it short and wide outside off, the room is enough for Elgar to play. Camps back and cuts it fiercely through point to get a boundary.
  • 18.4 Hurled outside off, left alone.
  • 18.3 On the pads, clipped away to fine leg for one.
  • 18.2 Fuller on off, driven towards mid off.
  • 18.1 FOUR! Glorious stroke! Markram has largely been watchful in this innings so far but he had middled his drives. Sees this ball bowled full outside off, he gets his left foot out and drives it through the cover region for a boundary.
  • 17.6 On the pads, flicked away through square leg for a single. 52/0
  • 17.5 Length ball on off, Aiden presents a straight bat in defense.
  • 17.4 Keeps this length delivery out off his back foot.
  • 17.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 17.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 17.1 Full length ball on off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 16.6 Elgar blocks this off the front foot onto the ground. 51/0
  • Mpofu's right arm that is the bowling arm is slightly lower than that of Muzarabani, observes Michael Holding on air. Due to this, the new comer gets more bounce than the former. Also, Mpofu's followthrough is very abrupt while Muzarabani has a more complete followthrough.
  • 16.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 16.4 Beautiful delivery. Blessing angles it across Elgar on a fuller length outside off, Elgar pushes his bat at it. But the ball moves away greatly to miss the edge of the bat.
  • 16.3 Continues over the wicket and lands it on a length outside off, cut away towards point.
  • 16.2 Straightens his line and bowls it on the pads, Aiden clips it towards fine leg for a single.
  • 16.1 Runs in from over the wicket and hurls it on a fuller length outside off. Markram covers his sticks and lets that pass.
  • The first drinks break in the game has been taken. South Africa have not lost a wicket but started a bit shaky. They were not really finding the middle of the bat. The Zimbabwean bowlers have managed to get the edge of the bat but nothing really has happened. Quiet session for both teams but Zimbabwe will be looking to pick up a wicket as soon as possible.
  • 15.6 Defended from the crease by Elgar. 50/0
  • 15.5 Outside off, tries to poke at it but misses.
  • 15.4 Outside off, Elgar opens the face of the bat and guides it to third man.
  • 15.3 Length ball, defended by Elgar.
  • 15.3 WIDE! That's the 50-run stand. Way outside off and Elgar doesn't bother playing at it.
  • 15.2 Fuller in length, played onto the ground.
  • 15.1 Elgar drives this to mid on.
  • 14.6 FOUR! Short and wide and Markram flashes his blade for a boundary. The ball goes through backward point all the way to the fence. 49/0
  • 14.5 Shouts for an LBW! Muzarabani lets out a length delivery outside off and Markram decides not to offer any shot. To his surprise, the ball moves in a shade to strike him on the front pad. They put in an unsuccessful appeal. The bowler wants it reviewed, has a chat with his skipper who walks up to the keeper but they fail to take any decision. Eventually, the idea of taking the DRS is aborted. Good call as the replays show that it's missing the off stump by a fair distance. Markram, though, needs to be careful. Luckily for him, the ball didn't move back in a great deal to cause any harm.
  • 14.4 Markram defends this outside off.
  • 14.3 Length ball, defends it by getting behind the ball.
  • 14.2 Outside off, Markram guides it towards backward point for no run.
  • 14.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 13.6 Outside off, Elgar tries to poke at it but he gets an edge. The ball goes to the gully fielder, falling short of him. 45/0
  • 13.5 FOUR! Gets right behind the line of the ball and drives it through covers for a boundary. Nobody bothers chasing that.
  • 13.4 Markram plays this to mid-wicket for a run.
  • 13.3 Around off and it gets an edge of Markram. Falls well short of second slip and a good stop there by the fielder. Dives to his right to save a certain boundary.
  • 13.2 Length ball, defended off the back foot by Markram.
  • 13.1 Outside off, Markram lets this through to the keeper.
  • 12.6 Outside off, left alone. 40/0
  • 12.5 Length ball around off, defends it onto the ground.
  • 12.4 Back of a length, Elgar defends this off his back foot.
  • 12.3 Short again, Elgar jumps to defend this.
  • 12.2 Short ball, Markram pulls it away square of the wicket on the leg side to pick up a run.
  • 12.1 Fuller in length, pushed to covers.
  • BLESSING MUZARABANI back on for another spell.
  • 11.6 Worked on the leg side to pick up a run. 39/0
  • 11.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 11.4 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 11.3 In line of the stumps, Markram plays it onto the ground.
  • 11.2 Length this time outside off, Markram punches it to the off side for nothing.
  • 11.1 Back of a length, Elgar punches it away to point for a run.
  • 10.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 37/0
  • 10.5 Outside off, Markram tries to fiddle with it but misses.
  • 10.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 10.3 FOUR! Fuller in length again and into the pads. Markram works it on through mid-wicket and the ball goes all the way to the fence.
  • 10.2 Fullish in length, flicked away to the leg side for a run.
  • 10.1 Elgar shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 9.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 32/0
  • 9.5 Markram plays this onto the ground.
  • 9.4 Defended off the back foot.
  • 9.3 Wide outside off, Markram goes for it and misses.
  • 9.2 FOUR! Short and wide and Markram doesn't miss out on it. Slaps it through point for a boundary.
  • 9.1 A slight fuller, the batsman flicks it on the leg side.
  • CHRISTOPHER MPOFU is coming into the attack as first-change. He's been given a couple of slips first up.
  • 8.6 Elgar defends this ball showing the full face of the bat. 28/0
  • 8.5 On the leg stump region, Elgar plays it to mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 8.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 8.3 On the leg, Markram works it on the leg side to pick up a run.
  • 8.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • Deep square leg in place. Short ball next or double bluff?
  • 8.1 Fuller in length and Elgar drives it again down the ground. Not timed like he would have liked it. The fielder chases it and saves a boundary. They come back for the third.
  • 7.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 24/0
  • 7.5 NOT OUT! Zimbabwe lose their review early in the innings. It is a length ball outside off, Markram strides forward to defend. The ball moves away just a touch and goes to the keeper. Muzarabani yells in appeal but doesn't get the umpire's consent. Cremer is interested in it too and isn't seen asking the slip cordon to a great deal. Takes it upstairs and there is nothing on Ultra Edge. Taylor behind the stumps, say the commentators on air, didn't look convinced with that. Wonder what made them go upstairs then.
  • Review for caught behind by Zimbabwe. Have they got Markram? The bowler and the skipper feel so and hence they decide to take it upstairs. Remember, the keeper and the slip cordon didn't look all that interested...
  • 7.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 7.3 FOUR! The bowler has just missed his length. Bowls it fuller on the leg and Markram flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 7.2 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 7.1 FOUR! Straight drive and straight to the fence. Slightly full around off, Elgar drives it beautifully down the ground.
  • 6.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 15/0
  • 6.5 Tailing in to the batsman, Elgar gets an inside edge to it and the ball goes to hit the pad. They pick up a single.
  • 6.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 6.3 Length ball, Elgar defends this showing the full face of the bat.
  • 6.2 Length ball on middle, Markram plays this towards mid on. Mpofu gets to his right, puts in a lousy slide but fails to stop the ball. Before he runs after it to retrieve it, three runs result.
  • 6.1 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 5.6 FOUR! Beautifully played! Muzarabani lands a half volley outside off, Elgar leans into it and pierces the gap through covers. There is proof of how good the outfield is, as the ball speeds away to the fence, the first of the game. 11/0
  • 5.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 5.4 Delivered on a length outside off, angling in to Markram. He gets an inside edge onto his pads and the ball rolls to the leg side. Elgar spots that, calls for the run and the batters complete it eventually.
  • 5.3 Full outside off, shouldered arms to by Aiden.
  • 5.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 5.1 A low full toss on off and middle, eased back towards the bowler.
  • 4.6 Fuller this time and on leg, they pick up a run on the leg side. 6/0
  • 4.5 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 4.4 Length ball, gets an inside edge of the bat, the ball goes down towards fine leg and they run through for a single.
  • 4.3 The batsman has worked it off his pads behind square. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 4.2 Fuller in length, Elgar drives it straight to the stumps at the bowler's end. The ball deflects towards long off and they pick up a run.
  • 4.1 Stifled appeal from the players. A length ball angled across, goes through the big gap between bat and pad. It goes to the keeper and they all appeal. Nothing from the umpire there.
  • 3.6 Moving into the batsman. Markram gets an inside edge to it and the ball hits the pad. 2/0
  • 3.5 Length ball in of line with the stumps, Markram defends this showing the full face of the bat.
  • 3.4 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 3.3 Outside off on a good length, Markram plays it to point.
  • 3.2 Darts this on a full length area. Markram defends this by getting his bat down in time.
  • 3.1 Length ball around off, left alone by Markram.
  • 2.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 2/0
  • 2.5 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 2.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 2.3 Good ball, moving away from Elgar. He tries to flirt with it but misses the ball.
  • 2.2 Wide outside off, left alone by Elgar again.
  • 2.1 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 1.6 Back of a length ball on leg, Elgar tucks it away to fine leg for a run. 2/0
  • 1.5 Good ball by Blessing. Swinging in a bit, fuller in length and Elgar just gets bat to ball with one of his hands coming out.
  • 1.4 Length ball around off, Elgar defends this off his back foot.
  • 1.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 1.2 Length ball around off, left alone by Elgar.
  • 1.1 Over the wicket on a good length, Slightly moving in to Elgar and it takes an inside edge before dying on the ground. Good ball first up.
  • The debutant BLESSING MUZARABANI will run in with the new cherry from the other end. He too, has a couple of slips in place.
  • 0.6 Appeal made for an LBW, no avail though. Markram looks to play this length ball around off and middle to the on side, but misses and gets hit high on the pad. The visitors appeal unsuccessfully and ponder about the review before deciding against it. Height could have been the factor. A good over to start for Zimbabwe, just a run off it. 1/0
  • 0.5 Angled in to the batter, flicked towards mid-wicket.
  • 0.4 Full and swinging away outside off, Markram watches that go to the keeper's mitts.
  • 0.3 Sprayed down the leg side, Aiden has nothing to do with that.
  • 0.2 Better area this time. On a length aiming at the off stump, Markram stands tall and blocks it with a straight bat.
  • 0.1 Not the best of lines to start with. Hurls it on a length on the pads, Elgar nudges it fine down the leg side. The keeper hares to stop that but a run results. Elgar and the Proteas are off the mark.
  • We're done with the anthems. The moment when Muzarabani received his Test cap is displayed on the screen. Brendan Taylor was the man who handed him the cap. The South African openers DEAN ELGAR and AIDEN MARKRAM make their way out to the middle with the bat. The former has the chance of becoming the highest run-getter in Tests this year while the latter had an excellent time with the bat against Bangladesh who came here a couple of months back. KYLE JARVIS will run in with the first new pink ball. A couple of slips in place.
  • The players and the officials line up for the national anthems. It will be the visitors' first followed by the hosts'.
  • Just a reminder about the playing conditions for the game - 1. Each day will be of 98 overs, thereby play lasting 6 and a half hours daily. 2. A lead of 150 will be enough to enforce a follow-on, rather than the traditional 200. 3. For this Test, the first two sessions will run for 2 hours 15 minutes, with the third running for two hours.
  • Zimbabwe Playing XI - Chamu Chibhabha, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Peter Moor(wk), Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Graeme Cremer(c), Kyle Jarvis, Chris Mpofu, Blessing Muzarabani
  • South Africa Playing XI - Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers(c), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock(wk), Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel
  • TOSS - AB de Villiers calls it right and SOUTH AFRICA OPT TO BAT. The big news from the centre is that Dale Steyn misses out from this game due to a viral infection. Well, for all those who waited to see him in action, this is like a small child being denied a candy after he waited all day in anticipation. This should sound sweet for the Zimbabweans. Blessing Muzarabani makes his Test debut for the visitors.
  • What are Zimbabwe here for? Perhaps to try and compete and hone their skills. We saw them give a good fight when Windies came calling to their lands earlier this year. They were boosted by the return of Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis then and dished out good performances. Sikandar Raza amazed us all with his ability to handle pressure well. They will be expected to encounter many a tough situations in this game and how they shape up will be good to see. Stay tuned as we get to you the toss and the teams in a while.
  • Faf du Plessis had slim chances of playing in this game but he is ruled out now. AB de Villiers has been named the leader of the Protea pack, which comes as a surprise given Dean Elgar was widely tipped to captain the side in du Plessis' absence. Another man on whom the spotlight will be, is Dale Steyn. He is making a comeback to international cricket after November 2016 and the whole nation would be watching in anticipation to see how he turns up.
  • Imagine a spoof of a top movie - an interesting plot, good storyline but characters who just don't hold it tight enough to thrill us to the end. Similar is the backdrop of this historic game. Boxing Day game, the first four-day Test match, the first day-night game of the longest format in South Africa... Who is the opposition? Zimbabwe. Anticlimax on paper, but contests aren't won just on that basis. With this premise, we are glad to welcome you to our coverage of the only Test between South Africa and Zimbabwe in Port Elizabeth.
  • We're hearing that SOUTH AFRICA HAVE ENFORCED THE FOLLOW-ON! What can we expect now? The conditions should be better for batting now than later in the evening. So we should see Zimbabwe put up a better batting show at least till the last session. The Protea bowlers haven't spent a lot of time in the field and hence they would still be relatively fresh. Let's wait and watch what happens in the ensuing passage of play. Stay tuned.
  • This rut was started in the last session yesterday. The tourists' top order couldn't deal with whatever was thrown at them by the Protea pacers. Morkel was the wrecker-in-chief with yet another five-fer, his 7th in Tests. He was ably supported by the other seamers. Rabada and Phehlukwayo picked up a couple while Philander had one to his name.
  • So! This is the second lowest score for Zimbabwe against South Africa in Tests. If anyone had some hopes of a fightback from Zimbabwe this morning, they'd well go to sleep. All that we have seen today is a steady fall of the visitors' wickets. Burl started the procession after getting knocked over. When the best stand in the innings is a mere 22 runs (between Burl and Jarvis), you know your batters have disappointed you.
  • 30.1 OUT! That's it! ZIMBABWE FOLD OUT FOR 68, WITH A TRAIL OF 241 RUNS! Rabada lands it on a length outside off, Mpofu doesn't know what to do with that. Hangs his bat out at that and only manages to get a thick edge. The ball flies towards gully, where Bavuma gets to his right and snaffles it up.
  • 30.1 NO BALL! Bowled outside off, Mpofu has a feel for that but misses. Rabada has overstepped there.
  • 29.6 FOUR! Muzarabani connects and connects well! Plays a shot similar to the one that he did on the previous ball. Only difference being, this ball was around off and that meant that the batter got good wood on that. Clears mid on with ease for a one-bounce boundary. 67/9
  • 29.5 Oh wow! Muzarabani is out there for having some fun. Sees a full ball outside off, he swings hard to set the ball soaring into Zimbabwe. All he does is make contact with thin air.
  • 29.4 Another play and miss! This time, however, Muzarabani hides his bat behind the front pad and lets the ball go.
  • 29.3 Full outside off, Blessing throws his bat at that without moving his feet. Ends up just fishing at it.
  • 29.2 Landed just outside off, Muzarabani plays inside the line and lets it go.
  • The last batter in for the visitors is debutant, BLESSING MUZARABANI.
  • 29.1 OUT! Peter Moor, the last recognized batter is on his way now. Length ball just outside off, Moor plays down the wrong line. The delivery is angled in and Moor plays for a straighter one. Ends up chopping it on. The ball hits the top of the middle stump to send the bails flying. Phehlukwayo is delighted as he picks up his second. One of the bails is broken as well!
  • 28.6 Full ball outside off, driven towards covers. 63/8
  • 28.5 Well played, Mpofu! He digs out this yorker back towards the bowler.
  • CHRIS MPOFU walks in at no.10. It is a promotion from his usual no.11, observes KI, my colleague. Remember, he can wield his willow. Will he do that now?
  • 28.4 OUT! This is what pace can do for you. It is hurled at 141 kph outside off, it is a touch fuller than good length. The ball keeps coming in with the angle and gets Cremer into a tangle. He is forced to play at that and only manages a thin nick through to de Villiers, who is too good to miss these. Zimbabwe going down pretty quickly here.
  • 28.3 Cremer keeps this length ball out towards point.
  • 28.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 28.1 Hurled outside off, left alone.
  • 28.1 NO BALL! On a length around off and middle, Cremer gets beaten for pace and the ball goes off the thigh pads towards gully. Rabada oversteps and a no ball is signaled. Marginal one this is.
  • 27.6 This ball is worked away towards mid-wicket. 62/7
  • 27.5 FOUR! Much better shot. The first real one today, that has been played with some authority. Phehlukwayo lands it on a length and offers width to the batsman. Moor stands deep in the crease and square cuts it through backward point for a boundary.
  • 27.4 Harmless delivery outside off, Moor withdraws his bat to let that pass through to the keeper.
  • 27.3 Length ball outside off, punched towards covers.
  • 27.2 Full delivery outside off, Moor gets on his front foot to block. Gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 27.1 This ball is blocked from the crease.
  • 26.6 Cremer watchfully keeps this out off the front foot. 58/7
  • 26.5 Unusual bounce. Too high to worry the batsman!
  • 26.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 26.3 Oh Giraffe! He does well to stop this with a dive. Cremer turns this through mid-wicket, Morkel runs to his right, dives and stops that one. Cannot prevent the couple of runs through.
  • 26.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the backfoot. One run added to the total.
  • 26.1 Length ball angling into the batsman, Moor misses the flick and gets hit on the thigh pad.
  • 25.6 Bowled outside off, left alone. 55/7
  • The Zimbabwean skipper, GRAEME CREMER, is the next man in.
  • 25.5 OUT! Another one bites the dust! Phehlukwayo lands it on a length just outside off, Jarvis is forced into playing that on account of the line of the ball. All he does is get an edge to the ball, that nips away a touch after pitching. De Villiers behind the wickets gets a dolly and that's his 200th CATCH IN TESTS. Pouches it and throws it up in joy. Zimbabwe trail by 254 runs, 105 runs still behind from avoiding the follow on.
  • 25.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 25.3 Moor has worked it off his pads behind square. They pick up a single.
  • 25.2 Length ball on the pads, nudged down to fine leg for a brace.
  • 25.1 Begins with a full ball outside off, Jarvis taps it towards covers for one.
  • ANDILE PHEHLUKWAYO to have a bowl now.
  • 24.6 50 up for Zimbabwe! They'd be relieved to have reached this mark, after where they were earlier. Jarvis drives it crisply through mid off, where Philander dives but fails to stop it cleanly. The ball trickles towards the long off fence but doesn't reach that. Vernon recovers and retrieves the ball, resulting in three runs. 51/6
  • 24.5 Landed on the off stump, Kyle defends it off the back foot.
  • 24.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 24.3 Hurled outside off, left alone.
  • 24.2 On a length angling in, Jarvis makes room and blocks it towards the bowler.
  • 24.1 Length ball angling down leg, Kyle fails to get bat to that and gets hit on the pads.
  • KAGISO RABADA to bowl for the first time today.
  • 23.6 Outside off, left alone. 48/6
  • 23.5 Full ball outside off, Moor goes for the drive with no footwork. He misses the ball by not much.
  • 23.4 Banged short on the stumps, Moor ducks to let it go.
  • 23.3 Another delivery outside off, Moor just lets it be.
  • 23.2 This is outside off, left alone.
  • 23.1 Well bowled! The first sound on this one seemed as if Moor was knocked over. But he has got an inside edge onto his pads to the on side.
  • 22.6 Finds the mid off fielder with the drive. 48/6
  • 22.5 Punched off the backfoot by the batsman.
  • 22.4 FOUR! Edgy runs, Jarvis won't mind that. This is bowled outside off, Jarvis looks to cut it. Gets a thick edge that rolls through point for a boundary.
  • 22.3 Length delivery outside off, Jarvis feels for it but misses.
  • 22.2 In the air but runs! Full ball on the stumps, Kyle drives it on the up through mid on. The fielder there dives to his left but failed to get a hand to that. A brace is what results.
  • 22.1 Oh Phehlukwayo, no Phehlukwayo! Length ball on middle, tucked away towards square leg. The batsmen rush through for a run. Andlie runs there from mid-wicket but fumbles and doesn't prevent the run. The look on Philander's face says it all. Moor gets his first run on the board.
  • 21.6 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery. 41/6
  • 21.5 Morkel comes round the wicket and bangs it short in line of the stumps. Kyle ducks and lets it go.
  • Short leg and a leg gully in place now.
  • 21.4 Jarvis stands tall in the crease and blocks that.
  • 21.3 Careful Jarvis! He looks to leave this length ball alone but the ball takes the outside edge and rolls towards the slip cordon.
  • 21.2 Good length on off, Jarvis defends it off the front foot.
  • 21.1 Wide enough for the batsman to play at it.
  • 20.6 Back of a length on off, Jarvis guides it towards point for a run. 41/6
  • 20.5 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 20.4 FOUR! In the air...but through the gap! Philander lands it on a length outside off, Jarvis drives it uppishly through covers for a boundary.
  • 20.3 BEATEN AGAIN! Two in two balls. Philander once again lands it on a length aroundoff. Jarvis again is done in by the away movement as he tries to defend but gets beaten.
  • 20.2 Good length on off shaping away. Jarvis tries to defend but the ball teases the edge off the bat as it goes past it.
  • 20.1 Works it with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 19.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 36/6
  • Peter Moor walks out to the middle.
  • 19.5 OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! 7th FIVE-FER FOR MORKEL in Tests! Raza walks back for a duck. Morkel lands it on a length on off, shapes away a touch. Raza tries to defend but is undone by the swing. He gets a faint outside edge to de Villiers who takes it and appeals. The umpire raises his finger and Sikandar starts walking back. This is a big wicket, considering the fact that his two previous Test scores were 80 or more. Zimbabwe trail by 273.
  • 19.4 Play and a miss! He might have been expecting another bouncer here but Morkel hares it on a length around off, it holds its line. Raza hangs his bat out and gets beaten.
  • 19.3 HAS THAT CARRIED? Bavuma straightaway signals it has not. Morkel bowls a nasty bouncer on middle, Raza by taking his eye off the ball, tries to defend it. It hits the top off the bat and and lobs towards gully. Bavuma there runs in, dives and seems to have taken it. But he signals it has not carried. Raza survives.
  • 19.2 Welcomes him with a bouncer! Raza does well to defend it.
  • Sikandar Raza strides out to the middle. He has been the man for the crisis for Zimbabwe in recent past. Can he bail them out again?
  • 19.1 OUT! Knocks the off stump out! The change of angle does the trick! Half the side back in the hut for Zimbabwe. Morkel comes round the wicket and lands it on a length around off, the ball comes in with the angle. Burl tries to push at it but leaves a gap between bat and pad in doing so. The ball sneaks through it and hits the top of off stump. Fourth wicket for Morkel and an early one for South Africa today. This is the start that the tourists would have dreaded today.
  • 18.6 Fuller in length on off, pushed to mid off. 36/4
  • 18.5 Bavuma with a brilliant stop! A length ball on off, shapes away a touch. Jarvis tries to defend but gets an outside edge which goes along the ground towards gully. He must have thought there are runs to be taken here but Bavuma there dives to his right and makes a fine stop.
  • 18.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 18.3 OOOOO! Whizzes past the outside edge! Lovely stuff from Philander. He lands it on a length around off, angling into the batsman at first, then leaves him after pitching. Jarvis tries to defend but gets beaten.
  • 18.2 On the pads, Burl fails to take full toll of it as he misses the flick. The ball brushes the pads. The keeper dives to his right, gets a glove to it but fails to hang on. The ball rolls towards the leg side and the batsmen take a leg bye.
  • 18.1 Burl who is standing way outside his crease while facing Philander, plays a forward defense to the length ball on middle.
  • 17.6 Good length on middle, shapes away after pitching. The batsman tries to flick but gets a soft leading edge through point for a run. 35/4
  • 17.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 17.4 Bowls a bumper but outside off, Burl ducks under it.
  • 17.3 BEAUTY! Makes great use of the angle and lands it on a length around off. Angles it away from the batsman also gets it to bounce a touch more. Burl camps back and tries to defend but gets beaten.
  • 17.2 Back of a length on off, guided to gully.
  • 17.1 Good length on middle, Burl tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • Morne Morkel will bowl from the other end. He had taken three yesterday. Can he strike early? He has three slips and gully in place.
  • 16.6 Good length on middle, Jarvis gets an inside edge towards mid-wicket as he tries to defend. 34/4
  • 16.5 BEATEN! The batsman need not play at those though. It was pitched outside off and swinging away. Jarvis tries to defend it away from his body but luckily for him he gets beaten.
  • 16.4 FOUR! Shot! First runs of the day for Zimbabwe and Jarvis. Overpitched around off, Kyle just pushes it through mid off. The ball races away to the fence in no time.
  • 16.3 Jarvis blocks this from the crease.
  • 16.2 Length ball on stumps, flicked towards mid-wicket.
  • 16.1 Jaffa first up! Philander runs in from over the wicket and hurls it on a length just outside off - that zone of apprehension there. Jarvis, the lower order batter that he is, is forced to play at that but the ball just whizzes past the outer edge of the bat.
  • We are all set to get underway. RYAN BURL and KYLE JARVIS walk out to resume their resistance. The latter has done well to survive through the storm towards close yesterday. VERNON PHILANDER will run in with the ball first up today. Three slips and a gully stand in attention. Here we go...
  • It has been a deja vu of sorts for de Villiers who is leading the side (Faf du Plessis was ruled out of this fixture after his ailing back did not let him take field) as well as keeping wickets after a hamstring injury prevented Quinton de Kock from taking field yesterday. It's unlikely that we'll see him even today. This would have a great bearing on the Proteas' decision of enforcing the follow-on on Zimbabwe, if the opportunity so arises. The reason we say this is, de Villiers left the role of gloveman in lieu of his troubled back. Hence, he would we wise enough to be cautious about the same in order to be fit and raring to go. Will the Proteas run through the remaining Zimbabwean wickets or do we have something in store from the tourists? Stay with us to find out just that.
  • Today seems to be a day of fightbacks. England did well to do so earlier in the day and get a hold on the game. Can Zimbabwe be at least expected to put some runs on the board to repay the efforts of their bowlers? They have Sikandar Raza and Peter Moor in their ranks yet. The former is coming on the back of a couple of missed centuries to his name while the latter is also a reliable batter, who can be expected to show some resistance with the blade. This is in addition to Ryan Burl's presence at the crease, who has a pretty decent record with the bat in the domestic scenario.
  • 13 wickets in the day, 9 in a session, an Aiden Markram hundred, an AB de Villiers fifty... the first day witnessed it all. South Africa have made the right noises in the game so far and their bowlers will be waiting to breathe fire and literally gobble up the opposition soon. We welcome you to our coverage of the second day's play of his historic 4-day Test, a day-night affair between South Africa and Zimbabwe being played at Port Elizabeth.
  • ... Day 2, Session 1 ...
  • Right then! A 4-day Test scheduled to be so, could end up being a 3-day one. And say, if the Proteas manage to knock off Zimbabwe in the first session on Day 2, they might well enforce the follow-on and finish off the game on Wednesday itself! Or they might wanna bat again and get some practice. You never know. Can Zimbabwe fight? Can they make the South African bowlers toil? Join us at 1330 LOCAL (1130 GMT) for all the action from the second day of this 4-day Day-Night Test. In the meanwhile, you can catch all the action from the 4th Ashes Test as well. Adios! Take Care!
  • Ryan Burl has looked pretty confident out in the middle but there is not much batting to come for the visitors. Philander was inconsistent tonight but he was warming up nicely with more exposure. Rabada hardly got much bowling. Expect these three bowlers to go full throttle at the Zimbabweans on Day 2.
  • Zimbabwe's happiness barely lasted 10 minutes. They lost Masakadza for a golden duck and then were 4/14 in next to no time. Morne Morkel was breathing fresh air, his comeback to international cricket of sorts and he was raring to go. 3 wickets in 25 balls is a big statement. Beware India. And Australia of course, later in the year 2018.
  • A look at the match situation and your assessment would be - Zimbabwe in trouble. Big deal. This was always expected, wasn't it? True. But credit must be given where it is due. At the stroke of Tea, the visitors were staring at a massive total, probably a 350-plus one tonight itself but the bowlers stuck to their lines and lengths, making good use of the lights and conditions, restricting the Proteas to 309/9, with the last 6 wickets falling for 58 runs. If Jarvis got rid of the top order, it was Mpofu who revelled in the lights. Both picked up 3 each. For South Africa, it was a day of missed opportunities, with 4 batsmen getting starts but only one going on to make a century - Aiden Markram...
  • So the first day of the historic 4-day Test comes to a close. 13 wickets have fallen in 94.3 overs. But it was not like there were dismissals throughout the day. Just 4 fell in the first two sessions while the last one was a jackpot, with 9 falling down.
  • 15.6 FOUR! A boundary to finish the proceedings. The ball is a half volley on the pads and Burl just flicks it through square leg with the ball meeting the ropes. STUMPS ON DAY 1, ZIMBABWE TRAIL BY 279! 30/4
  • Last ball then...
  • 15.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 15.4 On a length outside off, RB feels for it but misses.
  • 15.3 This time he meets the ball confidently and pushes it to point.
  • 15.2 Beaten! Morne nearly gets another one. The ball is on a length outside off and Ryan looks to push it through the off side. But misses. Extra bounce.
  • 15.1 Around off, cutting in, Burl works it off the inner half of the bat towards short mid-wicket.
  • Should be the last over of the evening...
  • 14.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 26/4
  • 14.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 14.4 Down the leg side, Kyle looks to flick but misses it totally. Shouts of LBW from behind but nothing from the bowler.
  • 14.3 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 14.2 The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • 14.1 Bowls this down the leg side, Jarvis turns this around the corner and nearly gets it to the fine leg fence but Keshav Maharaj runs to his right and puts in a good dive to prevent the boundary. Two runs taken.
  • 13.6 The batsman fails to put bat on ball. 24/4
  • 13.5 Gets this on a length around off, makes it to jag back in, catches Burl by surprise and hits him on the thigh pads.
  • 13.4 Full and outside off, Ryan looks to push at that well away from his body but misses again.
  • 13.3 Outside off, left alone this time.
  • 13.2 FOUR! ELEGANT! Burl looks a confident young man. The ball is pitched up, there to be driven, with the risk that you could nick it as well if it moves late. But Burl is confident, gets to the pitch of the ball and then drives it beautifully. The strawberry hits the middle of the bat and rockets through the covers for a boundary. 136 more needed to avoid the follow-on. The stand moves to 10 while Burl is onto 11.
  • 13.1 Around off and outside, well defended.
  • MORNE MORKEL for one more over perhaps...
  • 12.6 Finally puts bat on ball and pushes it towards cover. Jarvis will be relieved that is the end of the over. 20/4
  • 12.5 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
  • 12.4 One more. A length ball outside off, a play and a miss once again.
  • 12.3 Another play and a miss. Jarvis keeps feeling for balls outside off. And misses.
  • 12.2 On a length outside off, Jarvis feels for it but misses.
  • 12.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 11.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 20/4
  • 11.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 11.4 FOUR! Some runs. On the pads, flicked through the leg side for a boundary. The deficit is now 289.
  • 11.3 A short ball outside off, Ryan sways away.
  • 11.2 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 11.1 Full and outside off, driven straight to point.
  • 10.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs. 16/4
  • 10.5 Full and outside off, a play and a miss.
  • Night watchman time. KYLE JARVIS walks in. Kepler Wessels on air is not to sure about the idea.
  • 10.4 OUT! The margin of that call is very close. Umpire's call. On the impact and the hitting. But Ervine has to go. It looked dead and plumb to the naked eye, though technology does not show it that close. Philander pitches this on a length and gets it to nip back in. Ervine looks to flick but once again he falls over and is hit on the pads. Philander runs towards the keeper in joy at first and then realizes that he has to appeal as well. Umpire Reiffel is just waiting for someone to appeal and up he raises his finger. Ervine is downcast, walks towards Burl and then signals for the review. Pitching in line, says Hawk Eye, impact just around leg, not totally, but there is some impact and then going on to clip the leg stump. Zimbabwe do not lose a review as it was umpire's call but they are 4 down now. Still 146 runs more needed to avoid the follow-on.
  • Got him, gone! You know, when the bowler runs in like a young child when it comes first in a running race... it is most likely out. Ervine has been adjudged LBW but he still takes the review.
  • 10.3 Full and outside off, tails back in, Ervine falls over in his attempt to flick and is hit on the pads. No LBW appeal though.
  • 10.2 Around off and outside off, let through.
  • 10.1 Full and around off, pushed towards cover.
  • VERNON PHILANDER gets a change of ends.
  • 9.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 14/3
  • 9.5 Wider again, left alone once more.
  • 9.4 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 9.3 A bouncer outside off, Burl sways away from the line.
  • 9.2 The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
  • 9.1 On a length, around middle and off, well kept out by coming forward.
  • 8.6 Around off and outside, nicely kept out. 14/3
  • 8.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 8.4 Full and around off, watchfully kept out.
  • 8.3 OVERTHROWS BUT MORNE, WATCH YOUR HEAD! Outside off, Burl taps this to the left of the bowler and sets off for a single. The man at short leg runs back and has a shy at the bowler's end but in doing so, Morne Morkel comes in his way. The fielder realizes that and tries to control his throw but just like an arrow released from a bow cannot get back into the quiver, unless you are watching timelines on a camera, likewise, a throw released from the hand cannot be brought back. Morne ducks just in time though and by the time the fielders from the slip cordon can get to the ball, two extra runs are taken.
  • 8.2 Landed around middle and leg, Burl feels for it but gets beaten.
  • RYAN BURL walks in now, at number 5, replacing Taylor.
  • 8.1 OUT! It is a procession out there now. Morne is on fire, is an understatement. He has got the Zimbabweans all over the place. Bowling short, length, good length, back of a length and now full as well. You tell what you want from the menu. This one is pitched right up, outside off and Taylor does not do much wrong. He gets across a touch, thinks he has covered the line but then the ball moves away at the last moment and takes the outside edge. Right into AB de Villiers' gloves.
  • 7.6 Pitched in on a good length outside off, Craig looks to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Ervine hops and so does Rabada, in anticipation of an LBW but then quietens down. 11/2
  • 7.5 Full and outside off, Ervine comes forward and defends carefully.
  • 7.4 Goes right back in his crease and blocks again.
  • 7.3 Around off, watchfully defended from the crease.
  • 7.2 The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
  • 7.1 Outside off, pretty wide, left alone.
  • KAGISO RABADA gets a share now. Can he be among the wickets?
  • 6.6 A sharp bouncer outside off, Brendan hops and then sways away. Hostile bowling. 11/2
  • 6.5 Full and outside off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 6.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 6.3 A short ball to welcome, Taylor hops and tucks it towards short leg.
  • BRENDAN TAYLOR walks in to face the music now. 39 minutes or 8.4 overs - whichever comes first... remaining for the night.
  • 6.2 OUT! Edged and taken! The Giraffe strikes again! Chibhabha never looked comfortable in his short stay at the crease and eventually has been relieved. The length is not that full but Chibhabha still looks to drive. As a result, the ball hits him high on the bat and flies off the outside edge. Safe as houses is that slip cordon and Temba Bavuma takes his over his head at third slip. The umpires want to check for the overstepping and one replay angle does seem to indicate that Morne might have landed on the line but it is too close to call and he rules it in favour of the bowler. Two down Zimbabwe, still 149 more needed to avoid the follow-on.
  • 6.1 On a length outside off, defended watchfully.
  • Love ya Michael Holding for your honesty. Brutal honesty, shall I say. The on-air commentators are going ga ga over Faf du Plessis declaring because he would like to have a go at the Zimbabweans under lights. Holding opines that is not the best way to play Test cricket. Because the captain is taking a call depending on the floodlights. Not because of his bowling attack. Holding goes further to say that this is Test cricket. The ultimate test of cricket. But sadly, it is being tampered with (in his opinion) to make the sport a bit fancy. Gold dust commentary.
  • 5.6 Full and outside off, Craig feels for it but misses. 11/1
  • 5.5 Pitches this around middle, Ervine misses his tuck and gets hit on the pads.
  • 5.4 On the pads, CC misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads to the leg side. A leg bye taken. 149 more to avoid the follow-on.
  • 5.3 Down the leg side, Chamu misses his flick.
  • 5.2 Outside off, Chibhabha pushes at it but is beaten as the ball moves away.
  • 5.1 Outside off, pushed to the leg side.
  • 4.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single. 10/1
  • 4.5 Back of a length around off, defended to the off side.
  • 4.4 FOUR! Off the edge. Zimbabwe won't mind how they come. The ball is pitched on a length outside off and Chibhabha looks to defend. Gets squared up and the ball goes off the outside edge, but wide of the packed slip cordon to the third man fence.
  • 4.3 Again that extra bounce, CC is up and flying before gravity gets him down. But he manages to make contact with the ball and pushes it towards short leg.
  • 4.2 Comes back in a long way, Chamu is beaten for pace again as he looks to play from his crease, in the air as he tries to do that and the ball hits him right on the unmentionables. Ouch ouch ouch.
  • 4.1 Full on middle, Chibhabha falls over and works it through the leg side but short leg dives to his right to stop it.
  • 3.6 The ball takes the outside edge goes towards the slip region. 5/1
  • 3.5 The batsman has edged that one.
  • 3.4 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 3.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 3.2 Outside off, Ervine pushes but misses.
  • 3.1 On middle and leg, flicked away for a single. Gets off the mark.
  • 2.6 Comes over the wicket and bowls this around leg, Craig feels for it but is beaten. 4/1
  • 2.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 2.4 FOUR! Nicely played! Zimbabwe are on the board after 15 dot balls on the trot. This is not a half volley by any means, nor is it that full. But Ervine comes forward and punches it down the ground through mid off. Comfortable boundary.
  • 2.3 Gets the line right this time, keeps it just outside off, Ervine pushes at it but misses.
  • 2.2 Action replay of the previous delivery.
  • 2.1 On a length outside off, nice carry, shouldered arms to.
  • 1.6 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman. Two maidens in the first two overs. 0/1
  • 1.5 Full and outside off, Chamu feels for it, well away from his body and nearly nearly nearly nicks it behind.
  • 1.4 Pushes this towards mid on now.
  • 1.3 Gets it right in line of the stumps this time, Chibhabha gets right across and defends.
  • 1.2 Wider outside off, pretty worthless, not played at again.
  • 1.1 Full and outside off, swinging away, left alone.
  • VERNON PHILANDER to share the new ball with the Giraffe.
  • 0.6 The batsman has driven that ball straight back. Terrific start from Morne - right on the money. 0/1
  • 0.5 On a good length, on middle and off, Ervine trusts the bounce and lets it go. The ball goes over the sticks.
  • 0.4 Ouch! Morkel causing plenty of problems. He lands this on a good length and then causes it to rise off the surface. CE is beaten by pace and is hit on the box.
  • 0.3 Needless this time. The ball is pitched well outside off and from over the wicket angle of Morne, it should have been left alone. But Craig still pushes at it and misses.
  • 0.2 Landed around off, Ervine is forced to play at that but then the ball deviates off the seam and beats the outside edge.
  • CRAIG ERVINE walks in at number 3, replacing Masakadza.
  • 0.1 OUT! Hamilton is gone first ball! Dream start for South Africa on the field. Morne has his tail fired up. He pitches this on a length outside off and then gets it to jag back in. Masakadza is late in getting his bat down and is hit on the pads. Morne appeals and even before he could turn behind and look, umpire Paul Reiffel raises his finger! The two batsmen have a long chat and eventually Masakadza signals for the review. No use. Plumb in front. A golden duck for the big Ham.
  • Right then! The 4-day Test ends much earlier than anticipated! Mostly everyone expected the result but perhaps not the mauling. Zimbabwe have just been disposed off with disdain while South Africa will take a lot of confidence from this game into the India series. That ends the coverage of this game from our side. Wishing you a very happy and prosperous 2018 in advance but would request you to check what is going on in the Ashes and whether Windies can prove a match for the Kiwis in the shortest format. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • MAN OF THE MATCH, AIDEN MARKRAM says he is happy but looks pretty much composed while speaking. Stresses that it was a very difficult wicket to bat and hence it is very satisfying to score a century on that wicket. On his innings, he feels that it has enriched his character. Playing a long innings strengthens you and improves patience and that was his goal, he says. Agrees that it did get a bit easier after playing a few balls but honestly admits that HE NEVER FELT IN. Is eagerly waiting to face India as it is an opportunity to test oneself against the best team in the world. Says that he is very excited to play that series but honestly, Pommie Mbangwa looked more excited while asking the questions. Really modest guy, this Markram. Great to see.
  • Victorious South African skipper AB DE VILLIERS says that he is very happy with the result but would have liked to score more runs, personally and also for the team. Is thrilled to feature again in Tests. On his back issue, AB confidently says that he is fine. On Quinton de Kock's hamstring injury, de Villiers hopes that he will be fit for the first Indian Test. The scans do not reveal too much damage, he says. Is not too happy with the fact that they could get only two days of cricket but reckons that majority of the players would be fit for the upcoming Indian series, especially Faf du Plessis. Praises his bowlers for being very consistent and not letting the opposition get away at all. Hopes that they make good use of this break and come out fresh for the Indian series. Admits that a batting collapse is not what the Proteas would have wanted but is confident that they will do better against India. On playing a day-night Test, AB de Villiers feels that the night session is probably the most difficult and hence the most important session of the game. Plus the condition and colour of the ball are challenging too. But adds that once the players get used to all these factors, day-night Tests will get easier to play as well.
  • Visibly, GRAEME CREMER is very disappointed. He says that they knew it was always going to be tough after playing the warm up game in Paarl. Is almost in tears as he adds that they tried their best to be prepared but unfortunately were no match for the Proteas. Feels that the pitch is more about a mental thing. They did reasonably well in Sri Lanka and at home against West Indies and could have done well here too, but did not assess the conditions that well. Does not agree that Zimbabwe were perhaps overawed by the team and the surrpoundings. On his team's upcoming games, Cremer informs that the team will be travelling to Bangladesh for a tri-series and then to New Zealand to play the World Cup Qualifiers. Admits that there is plenty of work to do for his side.
  • Excellent bowling display by the home side. Two biggest positives - Morne Morkel hitting his strides from the very first ball and Andile Phehlukwayo showing that the bowling bench strength of South Africa is very solid as they have won this game without the services of Steyn or Morris. Also, Maharaj is quickly rising up the ranks and showing that he is going to be a permanent fixture in this South African unit. Time for the presentations...
  • Did South Africa get what they wanted? Personally, I am not totally sure. Majority of their players are short of international match practice and ideally, the Proteas should have batted again and batted deep. They are going to get a much tougher opposition in the next one week and apart from Aiden Markram, majority of the batsmen looked rusty.
  • Terrific bowling? Poor batting? Combination of both. Hard to find positives amidst the batting when you have lost 16 wickets in a day but the Zimbabwean side is clearly short of skill when it comes to playing Test cricket. No proper batsman stood up in either innings and that shows when your number 9 player in the batting order is the highest scorer in both innings combined. Thank you Zimbabwe for coming, as far as South Africa are concerned.
  • Half-time! Yaa... normally in soccer and hockey and a few other sports, when half the time allotted elapses, the players take a break, resulting in half time. Well, theoretically, this was supposed to be a 4-day Test with 392 overs scheduled. We did not have even 2 complete days and the number of overs bowled are 151.1. So not even half time but that is how short this Test match has been. Abject, abject, abject Zimbabwe.
  • 42.3 OUT! 4-day Test ends in 2 days! Third 5-wicket haul for Maharaj and it has been a great piece of bowling, however non-competitive the opposition might be. He bowls this a bit flatter as compared to the previous two deliveries and Muzarabani continues his wild swing. Misses once again but this time, the ball hits the off stump. VICTORY FOR SA BY AN INNINGS AND 120 RUNS!
  • 42.2 Comes down the track, gets a rocket on the pads, only he and the creator of this world know how on earth did he manage to get bat on ball to defend. There was a clear case of stumping on offer, but the bat came in the way.
  • 42.1 Nearly! Tossed up on middle and leg, Muzarabani has a wild swing, only to miss. The ball was probably an inch away from handing Maharaj a fifer as it just missed the off stump by that much.
  • Maharaj again... Can he get a fifer?
  • 41.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 121/9
  • 41.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 41.4 Punches this off the back foot straight to cover.
  • 41.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 41.2 On a good length outside off, Cremer defends this watchfully.
  • 41.1 FOUR! Another boundary! A length ball outside off, Cremer leans and steers it behind point for a boundary!
  • 40.6 And again! This is even slower, Blessing is beaten once more. 117/9
  • 40.5 Tossed up slowly outside off, Muzarabani looks to have a hoick but is beaten by the lack of pace.
  • 40.4 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails.
  • 40.3 Full and outside off, hit straight to cover.
  • 40.2 SIX! THRASH! New Year is coming up. Enjoy yourself. Forget the sorrows, only rejoice. Full and outside off, Muzarabani gets underneath this one as well and has a mighty heave-ho. Swings it cleanly over the mid-wicket fence!
  • 40.1 FOUR! Some runs. Full and outside off, Muzarabani gets underneath that and lofts it over a leaping mid off for a boundary!
  • 39.6 FOUR! Nicely done. Gets across his stumps, Philander arrows one on middle but the batsman manages to get bat on that and deflects it to the fine leg fence. 107/9
  • 39.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 39.4 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 39.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 39.2 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 39.1 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • BLESSING MUZARABANI is the last man in to try and avert a record being created. This could end up being the shortest ever completed Test match in terms of balls faced...
  • 38.6 OUT! Number 9 down. Flighted on middle, Mpofu looks to drive but actually misses a full toss. The ball sneaks beneath his bat and hits the stumps. 103/9
  • 38.5 The batsman tries to sweep but fails to make contact.
  • 38.4 Full and outside off, driven down the ground for a single.
  • 38.3 FOUR! Nice shot. Full on middle, Cremer gets down and sweeps it through square leg for a boundary!
  • 38.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 38.1 Outside off, a play and a miss as the ball turns away.
  • 37.6 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery. 98/8
  • CHRIS MPOFU walks in now, to try and delay the inevitable for as long as he can. Or he could enjoy himself.
  • 37.5 OUT! Timber! This is unplayable bowling for a top order batsman, let alone a lower order one. Pretty much similar to the previous ball. But the result is totally different. The ball is pitched on a good length again, outside off and Jarvis looks to drive once more, as he attempted on the previous one. However, while the ball deviated away off the seam on ball number 4, this one jags back. One more similarity is that the ball missed the outside edge on both deliveries. This one rattled the stumps. Just 2 wickets away are South Africa.
  • 37.4 On a length outside off, Jarvis looks to drive but the ball goes away off the seam and beats him.
  • 37.3 Full on middle, pushed towards mid on for a single.
  • 37.2 Outside off, a play and a miss.
  • 37.1 The ball strikes the batsman very low on the pads. The batsmen have run through for a single. Leg bye given by the umpire.
  • VERNON PHILANDER is back on. He might want to improve his bowling average a bit.
  • 36.6 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover. 96/7
  • 36.5 Goes back in his crease and blocks.
  • 36.4 The batsman offers no stroke and gets hit on the pad.
  • 36.3 Very full, on middle, watchfully defended.
  • 36.2 Slightly shorter, on middle, turning away, Cremer defends it back to the bowler.
  • 36.1 Full and outside off, pushed towards deepish mid off. Strangely, no single taken.
  • 35.6 FOUR! Full and outside off, Jarvis leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary. 96/7
  • 35.5 Landed around off, Jarvis stays back to defend but gets a bottom edge. Is alert to go back and kick the ball away before it could hit the stumps.
  • 35.4 A bouncer around off, KJ ducks.
  • 35.3 Outside off, quietly left alone this time.
  • 35.2 Full and wide outside off, Kyle throws his bat at it, aiming a big booming cover drive but misses.
  • 35.1 On a good length outside off, Jarvis hangs back and defends.
  • 34.6 Full and around off, watchfully defended. 92/7
  • 34.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 34.4 Outside off, punched off the back foot.
  • 34.3 Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
  • The night watchman yesterday, KYLE JARVIS, comes in with an aim to take this game into the night now...
  • 34.2 OUT! That is a goodie! This one has to be credited to the bowler. Plenty of flight, plenty of guile, plenty of drift, plenty of turn, plenty of edge and to cap it off, an excellent catch! Great bowling from the left-arm spinner. Maharaj tosses this one around off and brings Masakadza forward who looks to push at it. But the ball then lands and drifts away, beating Hamilton but taking the outside edge. It is never easy to take close-in catches, especially when you are not the regular wicket-keeper. AB de Villiers is not even a regular player these days for South Africa in Tests. But he takes it as though he is the senior manager of a project in office and has been working on it for ages. Superb stuff. Not Masakadza's entire fault, here it is the Maharaj-de Villiers combo.
  • 34.1 Full and outside off, driven towards long off but the bowler cuts it off.
  • 33.6 The batsman has driven it through mid on. 91/6
  • 33.5 Full and down the leg side, Graeme misses his flick as the ball goes off his pads towards leg slip. De Villiers dives to his left to collect.
  • 33.4 Better leave this time.
  • 33.3 Another good delivery. On a good length outside off, coming in a long way, shouldered arms to. Not far away from the stumps.
  • 33.2 Oh dear... very full outside off, Cremer looks to drive but ends up yorking himself. Somehow manages to get it away to mid off.
  • 33.1 On a length outside off, cutting back in, watchfully left alone.
  • 32.6 A touch shorter outside off, Hamilton goes back but then allows it to turn away. 91/6
  • 32.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 32.4 Goes back and defends it watchfully.
  • 32.3 A bit more air this time, Masakadza drives this uppishly and it hits Dean Elgar on his left leg, as he turns around to take evasive action. However strict a critic you may be, you cannot call that a dropped catch.
  • 32.2 Similar ball, this is patted towards silly point.
  • 32.1 Full and outside off, watchfully pushed towards cover.
  • 31.6 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails. 91/6
  • 31.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 31.4 FOUR! Nice shot. Fractionally full outside off, Cremer comes forward and drives it down the ground for a boundary.
  • 31.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • GRAEME CREMER comes out to bat for the second time in the day...
  • 31.2 OUT! Waste of a review from Moor. There was a noise and the third umpire would have needed conclusive evidence to overturn the on-field umpire's call. There is evidence. But to support the call. On a length outside off, Moor looks to defend but the ball just comes back in a touch. He is beaten due to the late movement and there is some sound as the ball goes past the inside edge. AB de Villiers collects and straightaway throws the ball up in the air in jubilation while Phehlukwayo makes the customary appeal. It is initially not given though but after taking a considerably long time, umpire Kettleborough raises his finger. Slow death, as they day. But Moor does not agree. He straightaway takes the review but when it is taken upstairs, Snickometer does not support his call. Massive spike when the ball passes the bat. Yet another wicket for Andile. Yet another catch for de Villiers. Yet another dismal moment for Zimbabwe. Still 154 runs needed to make their neighbours bat again.
  • Moor has been given out caught behind! He takes the review though. Has the ball missed the edge? There was some noise...
  • 31.1 Outside off, punched straight to cover.
  • Time for drinks! Zimbabwe have found a way to crumble down from a position of strength. They were pretty well placed at 54 without loss before losing their way - 5 wickets for 26 runs. Suddenly from nowhere, the Proteas seem to be threatening to take a wicket off every ball they deliver now. What would please them is Maharaj getting among the wickets in spite of the batters looking to attack him. Even Phehlukwayo is on a roll here. This game is in a danger of getting over today itself. Can Zimbabwe take this one to the last session, at first?
  • 30.6 Masakadza keeps this one out from the crease. 87/5
  • 30.5 SIX! Hello! Where has this come from? Masakadza goes for the big hit irrespective of the position his side is in. This one is flighted a bit more, Masakadza gets down on a knee and slogs it high and handsome over the square leg fence for half a dozen.
  • 30.4 Flatter on the stumps, the big Ham goes back and blocks it.
  • 30.3 This one is landed around off, Hamilton blocks that.
  • 30.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 30.1 Moor gets off the mark by driving this one through covers.
  • 29.6 Fuller outside off, driven straight to the man at covers. 80/5
  • 29.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 29.4 Huge appeal, turned down! Andile lands it on a length angling in. Hamilton misses the flick and gets hit high on the pads. The fielding side ask the question which is turned down by the umpire.
  • 29.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 29.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • HAMILTON MASAKADZA returns. The team is in dire straits at the moment and he needs to bring his experience to the fore.
  • 29.1 OUT! What is happening out there? The wickets are falling in quick succession and the procession from the batters seems as if there's something more interesting available in the dressing room. Phehlukwayo comes round the wicket and delivers this on a length angling in. The ball moves away just a touch. Burl has to play at that but he just manages a thick outside edge straight to de Villiers behind, who doesn't miss this. Half the Zimbabwean side back in the hut with the trail showing 161.
  • 28.6 The batsman had a go at it but did not judge the flight of the ball well. 80/4
  • 28.5 Moor looks to slash this one but misses it completely.
  • 28.4 Moor fails to put bat on ball.
  • PETER MOOR walks in at the fall of the fourth wicket.
  • 28.3 OUT! That's the end of Raza's stay at the crease. Zimbabwe crumbing yet again. This is pretty ordinary batting from Raza. He charges down the track and looks to go over the top yet again. Doesn't get entirely to the pitch of the ball and ends up slicing it towards backward point. The fielder there, Phehluklwayo, settles under that and takes it easily. Maharaj is reaping rewards by varying his flight here.
  • 28.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 28.1 FOUR! Nicely played, Raza! Maharaj tosses this one outside off, Sikandar uses his feet to get to the pitch of the ball and hits it over covers for a boundary.
  • 27.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. 76/3
  • 27.5 Burl stays back to this one and keeps it out with a straight bat.
  • 27.4 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 27.3 Raza gets going with a flick through mid-wicket.
  • SIKANDAR RAZA comes into bat next.
  • 27.2 OUT! Phehlukwayo strikes! He runs in from over the wicket and spears it full around off and middle. Ervine looks to defend that but plays the wrong line. He gets struck adjacent to the stumps. The players appeal and the umpire gives him the marching orders. As plumb as it gets, shows the Hawk Eye too. One brings two, they say. Proved.
  • 27.1 This is outside off, left alone.
  • RYAN BURL comes in to bat next.
  • 26.6 OUT! 'Brendan Taylor is convinced he is out,' says Michael Holding on air as the giant screen takes ages to flash the final decision. In the end, Reiffel the on-field umpire, has been given the message in his earpiece and he raises the dreaded finger. What happened here? Here we go... Maharaj tosses this one just outside off, Brendan gets down to play the reverse sweep. He gets the bottom edge that lobs up off his back pad and goes to the right of Amla at first slip. He does extremely well to react and take that with a dive to his right. He seems confident of taking that and claims it. The umpires in the middle converge and discuss. They take their own sweet time before going upstairs where the soft signal is OUT. Taylor meanwhile asks the fielder and begins to head to the dressing room before waiting for the confirmation. The replays aren't conclusive whether the ball has bounces just in front of Amla or he has taken it cleanly. After eventually having a look at it numerous times, the TV umpire decides to stay with the on-field call. Ends Taylor's stay at the crease. 75/2
  • Taylor seems to be a goner. There is a catch claimed by Amla at first slip and the Proteas celebrate. But the umpires aren't sure and are discussing something. Taylor seems to be certain that the catch is clean and he begins his walk back. Meanwhile, the on-field umpires go upstairs, with the soft signal being OUT. Let's wait and watch...
  • 26.5 Floated on the stumps, swept away towards short fine leg.
  • 26.4 Flatter outside off, Taylor just lets it be.
  • 26.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 26.2 This is landed on off, Taylor lunged forward and defends.
  • 26.1 Floated on middle, pushed defensively towards mid on.
  • 25.6 Ervine finds the mid off fielder with the drive. 75/1
  • 25.5 Taylor flicks this length ball off his pads for a single.
  • 25.4 Craig has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total.
  • 25.3 Well bowled! Phehlukwayo lands it on a length around middle and the ball nips away after pitching. Ervine hangs his bat out to play that but misses due to the movement. It goes on the bounce to ABD behind.
  • 25.2 This is outside off, left alone.
  • 25.1 Full ball outside off, driven towards mid off.
  • 24.6 FOUR! Excellently placed! Maharaj tosses this one outside off, this is a touch short too. Taylor goes back and just slices it through cover-point and gets a boundary for doing so. 73/1
  • 24.5 Dangled this one outside off, driven towards covers.
  • 24.4 Landed outside off, Taylor dead-bats it.
  • 24.3 Floated around off, Taylor gets down the track and bunts it.
  • 24.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 24.1 Tossed up outside off, Taylor hits it a touch aerially towards covers. 'Catch it somebody' wails de Villiers from behind the wicket!
  • 23.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 69/1
  • 23.5 Length delivery around off, Ervine punches this towards covers. The fielder there dives and prevents a run.
  • 23.4 Angled on the pads, flicked away towards fine leg for one.
  • 23.3 Taylor gets behind the line of this delivery and blocks it out.
  • 23.2 Around good length on middle and leg, turned through the leg side in front of square. One run is what he gets.
  • 23.1 Starts with a fuller ball on middle, driven back towards the bowler.
  • ANDILE PHEHLUKWAYO is brought into the attack. He picked up a couple this morning to hasten the end of Zimbabwe's first innings. Can he manage to pick some top order scalps here?
  • 22.6 Fired this one on off, Brendan shows a forward defense in response. 67/1
  • 22.5 FOUR! Taylor decides to take Maharaj on here. Sees the tosses up ball outside off and charges down to go over the bowler. But the bat turns in his hands and he ends up mistiming it over mid off. Thankfully for him, it cleared the man there and rolled away to the fence.
  • 22.4 Worked away with the turn through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 22.3 Served around off, Ervine prods forward and blocks it.
  • 22.2 Flatter trajectory on the pads, nudged away to short fine leg for nothing.
  • 22.1 Taylor has flicked the ball off his pads. They pick up a single.
  • 21.6 Well bowled and even better kept out! Rabada steams in from over the wicket and spears a yorker on the stumps. Ervine does well to dig it out. 61/1
  • 21.5 Back of a length ball angling in, Taylor hops and gets it off his gloves through backward square leg for one.
  • 21.4 Taylor stays in the crease and blocks it watchfully.
  • 21.3 This is outside off, left alone.
  • 21.2 FOUR! Nicely played. Rabada lands it on a length around off, Taylor stays back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 21.1 Ervine shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total.
  • 20.6 Taylor punches this one off the back foot to the on side. 55/1
  • 20.5 Driven through the covers by the batsman.
  • 20.4 This is bowled on the stumps, driven towards mid on.
  • 20.3 Tossed up outside off, driven towards covers.
  • 20.2 Ervine slinks down and wrists this through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 20.1 Served on the pads, turned away to square leg.
  • 19.6 Taylor hangs back to this length ball and blocks it. 54/1
  • 19.5 Banged short on the stumps, ducked under by Brendan.
  • 19.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 19.3 Ahh! Nerves seen here! Taylor unwantedly slashes at this harmless delivery outside out. Misses the ball altogether.
  • 19.2 Ouch! That has hit Taylor on the unmentionable part of the body. It is a length ball on the stumps, he misses the defense and takes a blow.
  • 19.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • Hello? Some spectator sees that nobody's watching and decides to crawl in front of the sightscreen but hold on. The batter has spotted him and hence Rabada has to abort his run up.
  • 18.6 Flatter on the pads, turned towards square leg. A maiden for Maharaj. 54/1
  • 18.5 That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads.
  • 18.4 Edged yet safe! Ervine lunges forward to block this one but the ball takes the outer edge of his bat and goes to slip on the bounce.
  • 18.3 This ball is blocked off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 18.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 18.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 17.6 Length ball on off, kept out from the crease. 54/1
  • 17.5 Taylor stands tall and blocks this one out.
  • 17.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 17.3 Fuller on off, defended from the crease.
  • BRENDAN TAYLOR walks in next. This is interesting, considering that Masakadza is fit to bat.
  • 17.2 OUT! Rabada draws first blood! Never, I repeat, never during his 54-ball stay at the crease, did Chamu Chibhabha look comfortable. He was hopping and missing the balls, stood his ground and missed them, awkwardly played at a couple of ones and edged some too. But this time, he edges one and it goes where the Proteas want it to. Rabada serves it on a length just outside off, Chibhabha should have just let it be. Instead he has a feel for it and gets the faintest of nicks to end his stay. De Villiers accepts his 5th catch in the game and the Proteas are away. The trail stands at 187 at this moment, a good period of resistance ends.
  • 17.1 Back of a length delivery angled in, Chibhabha hops but fails to get bat to that. Wears it high on the pads.
  • 16.6 This ball is negotiated with a forward defense. 54/0
  • 16.5 Flicked off the pads towards square leg.
  • 16.4 The batsman fails to get bat on that one and is hit on the pad.
  • 16.3 FOUR! All those who have seen Ervine play know how good this guy is with the sweeps and reverse sweeps. Sees this ball floated wide outside off, he gets down and dishes out a reverse sweep. Makes good connection and earns himself a boundary as the ball races to the deep backward point fence.
  • 16.2 Eased through mid on for a single.
  • Second slip in place. Silly point goes there. This is keeping in mind the thick outside edge in the previous over that went through that region.
  • 16.1 Flatter on the pads, Chibhabha gets hit high on the pads after he fails to defend that.
  • 15.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 49/0
  • 15.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 15.4 Full ball on middle, defended back towards the bowler.
  • 15.3 This one jags back in greatly. Chibhabha gets some bat on that and the ball goes through backward square leg. One run taken.
  • 15.2 Length delivery outside off, Chibhabha slashes at that but only hits the air.
  • 15.1 Length ball on off, defended stoutly from the crease.
  • 14.6 Edged! Floated outside off, Chibhabha looks to defend. But the ball takes the outside edge and goes past slip towards third man. Three runs taken before the ball is returned. 48/0
  • 14.5 Chamu goes back and blocks this one.
  • 14.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 14.3 Maharaj pulls back his length on this occasion, Ervine goes back and works it through square leg for one.
  • 14.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 14.1 Starts off from over the wicket and bowls it around off. Ervine defends with a lunge forward.
  • KESHAV MAHARAJ continues with his spell. He has been good with his flight and guile so far.
  • 13.6 The batsman has been struck on the thigh-pad. 44/0
  • 13.5 Four Leg byes. Rabada spears this delivery on a length angling down leg. Chibhabha fails to get any bat on that and the ball swings further down and goes away to the fence. Leg byes signaled though the ball didn't make any contact with the batter.
  • 13.4 Length ball on off, defended from the crease.
  • 13.3 This ball is outside off, left alone by Chamu.
  • 13.2 FOUR! That's a nice way to get underway. Rabada hurls it on a length outside off, Chibhabha hits it through covers a touch in the air. The ball goes to the fence in no time.
  • 13.1 Straighter delivery aimed at the sticks to start off. Chibhabha defends it with a straight bat back to the bowler.
  • We are back with the action. CRAIG ERVINE, who has looked confident so far, strides out to the middle with CHAMU CHIBHABHA, who has looked a touch shaky. He has faced 38 balls for his 6 runs. Not always do numbers show the struggle but here he has looked all at sea so far. The home side is in a huddle and then jogs its way to the middle. KAGISO RABADA starts off the proceedings for this session. 2-1-1-0 read his figures currently.
  • ... Day 2, Session 2 ...
  • South Africa have been disciplined with the ball even in their second outing. That they are looking to experiment and try out their options seem evident from the fact that Maharaj has already been brought into the attack. Good for their bowlers to get into the groove before India come calling next month. The tourists should try and delay the inevitable for as long as they can in a bid to avoid complete embarrassment. Will they be able to do so? Let's find out in just a bit.
  • What do we say about this session, though? 74 runs and 6 wickets speak a lot about which aspect of the game dominated. The Protea bowlers wasted no time in setting to do what they had turned up for. They wiped out the remaining batters very quickly and in under an hour, the follow-on was enforced. Morkel showed his worth to his side with his returns - 7th fifer in Tests.
  • Wonderful passage of play for Zimbabwe! They'd certainly feel good after negotiating this period in their second essay without losing a wicket. The only casualty came in the form of Masakadza who has to retire after taking a blow on his right elbow. However, the update about the opener is that there is no fracture and he is fit to bat.
  • 12.6 Maharaj comes round the wicket for the last delivery before tea and drops it on a fuller length around middle. Ervine defends it with a straight bat. That's TEA, DAY 2! 36/0
  • 12.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 12.4 Floats this one invitingly outside off, Ervine gets an inside edge onto his pads. Good bowling by the tweaker.
  • 12.3 SIX! Up, high and above! Maharaj has been generous in his flight so far. Tosses this one well outside off, Ervine charges down the track to get to the pitch of the ball. Goes through with his shot of hitting it over long on for half a dozen. Moves into double figures with those.
  • 12.2 Another one served around off, Craig lunges forward to negotiate that.
  • 12.1 Floated around off, defended towards short leg.
  • 11.6 Hurled outside off, Chamu hangs his bat at that but misses. 30/0
  • 11.5 Landed in line of the stumps, blocked from the crease.
  • 11.4 Chibhabha keeps this length ball on off, off the back foot.
  • 11.3 Banged short on the stumps, Chibhabha ducks to let it go.
  • 11.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 11.1 Length ball on off, defended from the crease.
  • 10.6 That ball has taken the inside edge of the batsman and thudded into his pads. 30/0
  • 10.5 Ervine paddles this one yet again. This time there is protection at fine leg and only a brace results.
  • 10.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 10.3 Four Byes! Lovely ball for starters! Maharaj gives this one a bit more air outside off. Ervine lunges forward to block but the ball spins in sharply to beat him on the inside. It goes past de Villiers' right and rolls to the fence behind. The delivery is lauded by the keeper as well, in spite of he missing that one.
  • 10.2 Ervine prods forward and defends this one.
  • 10.1 FOUR! Well played! Maharaj tosses this outside off, Ervine gets down and paddles it fine down the leg side. The ball wastes no time in racing away to the fence.
  • 9.6 Blocked solidly from the crease. 20/0
  • 9.5 Four Byes! Hard on de Villiers these ones but still it would go down in his name. Rabada angles this down the leg side, Chibhabha misses his flick. The ball flies past the keeper for a boundary.
  • 9.4 Chibhabha punches it towards cover-point but the fielder there dives to his right to prevent a run.
  • 9.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • An update about the Protea wicketkeeper - Quinton de Kock is ruled out of this current game after tweaking his hamstring. Tough news for the hosts, keeping in mind AB de Villiers' workload.
  • 9.2 Ervine taps it towards covers for a single.
  • 9.1 Ervine defends this one off the front foot onto the ground.
  • KAGISO RABADA to have a bowl now.
  • 8.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 15/0
  • 8.5 Tossed up just outside off, Chibhabha strides forward to block but ends up missing the ball completely.
  • 8.4 Fired on the pads, Chibhabha misses the flick. The ball goes off his pads towards fine leg and a couple of leg byes taken.
  • 8.3 Flatter outside off, left alone by Chamu.
  • 8.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 8.1 Floated from round the wicket around off, Chibhabha strides forward and blocks.
  • Spin time from South Africa. KESHAV MAHARAJ to roll his arm over with about 15 minutes to go for Tea. He has a slip and a bat-pad in place.
  • 7.6 Ervine keeps this one out off the front foot. Another maiden for Philander. 13/0
  • 7.5 Defended this one towards point from the crease.
  • 7.4 On a length around middle and off, blocked from the crease.
  • 7.3 Straight ball aiming at the middle stick, Ervine presents a straight bat in keeping that out.
  • 7.2 Again Philander spears it full down leg. Ervine looks to flick but fails to do so. The ball swings away to the keeper. Strangely, there's an appeal there, not sure why, as the ball and the bat had the whole Russia in between!
  • 7.1 Full ball down the leg side, Ervine misses the flick. The ball swings away nicely through to the keeper after passing the batsman.
  • 6.6 Pitched further up outside off, Chamu lets it be. 13/0
  • 6.5 FOUR! That's confidently dispatched! Morkel lands it short and wide outside off, Chibhabha hangs on the back foot and belts it over cover-point. The ball trickles away to the fence after landing near it.
  • 6.4 Full ball on off, driven straight back to the bowler.
  • 6.3 Banged short on the stumps, Chamu ducks to let that go.
  • 6.2 Back of a length ball just outside off, Chibhabha sways back and lets the keeper do the rest.
  • 6.1 On a length on off, defended solidly from the crease.
  • 5.6 Another one outside off, left alone. 9/0
  • 5.5 This is full and angling away from the southpaw. Left alone by Craig.
  • 5.4 Almost a mirror image of his first innings dismissal. Full ball on the pads, Ervine falls over as he tries to flick it away. Gets a leading edge towards the off side.
  • 5.3 Straight ball on middle, Chibhabha presents a straight bat face in playing towards mid-wicket. A run taken in the meanwhile.
  • 5.2 Landed on a length in line of the stumps, Chamu defends it from the crease.
  • 5.1 Full ball on off, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 4.6 Edged but safe! Morkel runs in from round the wicket and delivers it on a length in the corridor of uncertainty. Ervine presents a straight bat but the ball goes off the edge to the slip cordon. The second slip fielder dives to his right but the ball lands just short. 8/0
  • CRAIG ERVINE walks in next. It is as good as an opening job for him.
  • Out comes the Zimbabwe team physio. Masakadza seems to be in great discomfort here. The previous ball hit him flush on the right elbow and that has got him in trouble here. Generally, the magic spray provides relief to the players but not here. He is unable to hold his bat as well and that means he has been given more attention now. Now, he's SEEN WALKING OFF! Not good signs for Zimbabwe.
  • 4.5 Ouch! That must have hurt! Length ball just outside off, Masakadza looks to block but the ball goes off his arm towards the slip cordon. Replay shows that it went off the right elbow. The extra bounce on that occasion did him in.
  • 4.4 Another one outside off, Masakadza just lets it be.
  • 4.3 This ball is flicked off his pads through mid-wicket for a single. He gets off the mark after 12 balls.
  • 4.2 Full ball outside off, left alone.
  • 4.1 In line of the stumps, driven towards mid on.
  • 3.6 Hurled outside off, Masakadza points his bat skywards as he lets the cherry pass. 7/0
  • 3.5 Pitched a touch further up to the batsman, Hamilton presents a straight bat in defense.
  • 3.4 Masakadza shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 3.3 Careful Ham! Sees this delivery pitched outside off in the area of apprehension. Masakadza lunges forward and hangs his bat out at that to defend. Misses, as the ball just moves away past the outer edge of the blade.
  • 3.2 Similar delivery, hurled straight at the stumps. Hamilton blocks from the crease.
  • 3.1 Philander runs in from over the wicket and lands it in line of the stumps. It is on a length and Masakadza defends it with a straight bat face.
  • 2.6 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball but fails. 7/0
  • 2.5 Chamu keeps this length ball out from the crease.
  • 2.4 On the pads, length ball, worked round the corner.
  • 2.3 Banged short on the stumps, Chibhabha sways away from the line and lets the keeper do the rest.
  • 2.2 Masakadza strides ahead to this one and pushes it towards point. Shouts a NO first, but then sees the ball rolling through backward point and gets to the other end.
  • 2.1 Full ball outside off, Masakadza covers his sticks and lets it be.
  • 1.6 Hurled on a length, Chibhabha defends it with a straight bat. A maiden to start for Philander. 6/0
  • 1.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 1.4 Chibhabha looks to work this one away but gets a leading edge to the off side.
  • 1.3 Beaten! On a length just outside off, Chamu has a feel for it but just misses.
  • 1.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 1.1 Begins with a length delivery on off, Chibhabha blocks it from the crease.
  • VERNON PHILANDER will share the new ball from the other end.
  • 0.6 Good shot! Masakadza pushes it through mid on and gets back for a brace. 6/0
  • 0.5 Another one outside off, left alone.
  • 0.4 This is outside off, left alone by Hamilton.
  • 0.3 FOUR! Masakadza is off the mark and off the pair as well. Gets a length ball in line of the stumps, he stays tall and clips it through the mid-wicket region for a boundary. This should settle his nerves and get him going.
  • 0.2 Masakadza strides forward and blocks it.
  • 0.1 Masakadza avoids the king pair! Morkel begins with a delivery outside off, Hamilton just lets it be.



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4969 124
2 South Africa 3888 111
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4058 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6680 119
3 England 6320 115
4 New Zealand 6404 114
5 Australia 6012 113
6 Pakistan 4811 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 2262 126
2 Pakistan 2843 124
3 India 3385 121
4 England 2029 119
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 South Africa 2238 112