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Day-night Test: South Africa demolish Zimbabwe within 2 days to win inaugural four-day match

first_imgSouth Africa bowled Zimbabwe out twice on the second day of the inaugural four-day Test to win the day-night affair by an innings and 20 runs at St George’s Park.Zimbabwe were first dismissed for 68 runs in their first innings and then for 121 in their second while following on South Africa’s first-innings total of 309/9 declared.The difference in quality between the two nations was evident as the first-ever day-night Test in South Africa ended inside two five sessions.Morne Morkel was the destroyer-in-chief in Zimbabwe’s first innings with figures of 5/21, as nightwatchman Kyle Jarvis top scored with 23 off 50 balls. Debutant Ryan Burl, who added 16, was the only other Zimbabwean batsman to get to double figures.Zimbabwe, who are bottom of the 10-team test rankings, started the second day reeling on 30/4 after being put into bat for the last hour of the first day. Their struggle with the unfamiliar conditions and the pink ball were cruelly exposed.In their second innings, they showed some resistance as their first wicket fell on 51, when Chamu Chibhabha was caught behind. But that was followed by a procession of batsmen to the crease as Keshav Maharaj took 5/59 and Andile Phehlukwayo bagged 3/13.All of Zimbabwe’s second innings wickets fell in a single session between the tea and the dinner break. Craig Ervine top scored in the second innings with 23 runs to his name.South Africa, who were without their regular captain Faf Du Plessis, was led by the returning AB de Villiers. Aiden Markram scored125 and de Villiers hit 53 on his return to the Test arena after a hiatus of almost two years.advertisementThe four-day Test is the first since the International Cricket Council tweaked regulations to give some of the weaker nations a more sporting chance, in the wake of Afghanistan and Ireland being granted test status.The one-off game against Zimbabwe was also supposed to provide the home team with preparation for their three-test series against top ranked side India, which begins next week.But it was much more of a one-sided contest than originally expected and will have provided neither side with any meaningful experience.South Africa will now host India for a three-match Test series followed by six ODIs and three T20Is.The first Test starts on January 5 at Cape Town.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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