Zimbabwe v South Africa: Hosts avoid innings defeat despite damage done by spinner Dane Piedt

Last Updated: 12/08/14 5:39pm

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Dane Piedt: South African spinner took eight wickets on Test debut

Dane Piedt: South African spinner took eight wickets on Test debut

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Dane Piedt capped a memorable international debut with his second four-wicket haul to help South Africa to a nine-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the one-off Test in Harare.

Spinner Piedt took 4-62, and finished with match figures of 8-152 on his first appearance for the Proteas, while fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel took three wickets apiece as Zimbabwe crashed to 181 in their second innings.

It left the tourists a paltry victory target of 41 which was reached in the 11th over as South Africa wrapped up a comfortable triumph with a day to spare.

It is a harsh defeat for the hosts, who had been expected to be no match for the world No 1 Test side but who had battled valiantly in the opening three days.

Beginning the penultimate day 113 behind, on 28-1, they needed a strong showing from their batsmen, but a collapse in the second session - when they slipped from 98-2 to 124-7 in 10 overs - undermined their efforts.

Overnight pair Vusi Sibanda and Donald Tiripano negotiated the first hour with minimal fuss, with the former looking particularly impressive.

Piedt made the breakthrough shortly afterwards, though, as nightwatchman Tiripano was bowled after misjudging a slog-sweep.

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New batsman Mark Vermeulen survived a couple of close shouts for lbw early on to put on a 40-run partnership with Sibanda, but they both departed within the space of five balls after lunch to begin the collapse.

First Vermeulen was pinned in front from a Steyn inswinger for 21 while Piedt took a sharp return catch in the next over as Sibanda fell five runs short of a half-century.

Captain and star batsman Brendan Taylor departed in Piedt's next over after an inside edge was taken at short-leg, while Morkel bowled Regis Chakabva before Sean Williams thumped the paceman to JP Duminy at point.

Still needing 17 to avoid an innings defeat, Zimbabwe's tail did at least ensure South Africa had to bat again, with Richmond Mutumbami and John Nyumbu putting on 54 for the eighth wicket.

Mutumbami thumped six fours in his 43 but once he edged behind off Steyn, Zimbabwe's last ounce of resistance was ended as they were all out for 181.

Dean Elgar got South Africa's chase off to a healthy start with two crunching fours in the opening over, while he also hammered Nyumbu for six before dragging on a delivery from Tendai Chatara in the 10th over to depart for 23.

It hardly mattered to the overall proceedings as Alviro Petersen (17 not out) and Faf du Plessis (five not out) saw them home in the next over.

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