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Taylor leads Zimbabwe resistance

Steyn, Piedt pick up four wickets each to restrict hosts to 248 for 9 at stumps on Day 1

Taylor leads Zimbabwe resistance - Cricket News
Zimbabwe batsmen in action.
Dale Steyn and Dane Piedt ripped through Zimbabwe with four wickets apiece but at 248 for 9, the hosts still wouldn’t be too unhappy with its efforts on the first day of the one-off Test at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday (August 9).
 
South Africa, top of the ICC Test rankings, was expected to ease past ninth-ranked Zimbabwe. But led by Brendan Taylor, the captain who scored a valiant 93, Zimbabwe put up a fight to survive the day, albeit narrowly.  
 
Steyn ended the day with figures of 4 for 45, and with 379 scalps, he went past the legendary Malcolm Marshall on the list of Test cricket's leading wicket-takers. Meanwhile, Piedt, who returned figures of 4 for 90 on his Test debut, became the 19th player to pick up a wicket with his very first delivery after he had Mark Vermeulen trapped in front for 14.
 
Having won the toss and opted to bat, Zimbabwe lost its first wicket without a run on the board after Steyn had Vusi Sibanda caught at slips. Vermeulen was the next to fall as Zimbabwe slipped to 33 for 2.  
 
Hamilton Masakadza and Taylor then steadied things a bit as Zimbabwe went to lunch at 64 for 2. The two resumed and extended their partnership to 57 runs before Piedt claimed two wickets in three balls. He first had Masakadza bowled, bringing an end to his 93-ball knock of 45. Then, Regis Chakabva was sent back for a duck.
 
Sean Williams then scored a quick 24 before being caught behind off Steyn, leaving Zimbabwe five down for 120.
 
Taylor found some support in Richmond Mutumbami, the wicketkeeper-batsman and the two added a crucial 59 for the sixth wicket to defy South Africa.
 
Taylor was impressive throughout but he couldn’t cap the day with a century after his attempt to attack Piedt ended up with the fielder at deep midwicket.
 
At that stage, Zimbabwe was 220 for 8. Tendai Chatara boosted the total with a quick 26-ball 22 before becoming Steyn’s fourth victim.
 
However, Donald Tiripano and John Nyumbu, both making their Test debuts, defied South Africa till stumps.

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