The Proteas warm up themselves in style for #India series.
As expected South Africa are the winners of the Day Night 4 Day Test match at Port Elizabeth. But poor Zimbabwe failed to put on some fight. The test match ended in just 2 days as South Africa crush Poor Zimbabwe by an innings and 120 runs.
In this historic test match South Africa won the toss and chose to bat first.
Zimbabwe bowled decently they restricted the hosts to 309 for the loss of nine wickets. One was expecting South Africa to score 450 plus but the visitors bowled well to restrict them to such a score.
Many of the South African players got starts but they didn’t convert them into a big score. Dean Elgar scored 31 runs, Temba Bavma scored 44 runs and Ab de Villers scored 53 runs.
But the innings was held together by Aiden Markram. His master class 125 runs were the only highlight in South Africa’s batting. He dominated the Zimbabwe bowlers at ease on a difficult pitch. His 125 run knock saw the game to shift in the home team’s favour.
Zimbabwe bowlers struggled to pick up his wicket. He was standing like a lone warrior. When South Africa lost the openers quickly after a decent start Markram and de Villers were the ones who brought the innings back on track.
De Villers contribution in his comeback game was crucial for South Africa. He completed his 10.000 FC runs on his way of his 53 run knock. He also led his side well in the absence of their regular captain Faf Du Plesi.
Makram and De Villers shared a small partnership of 96 runs, which was enough for the Proteas to be back in the game.
This partnership was broken when De Villers was caught and bowled by Mpofu, ABD departed after making well made 53 runs. But he missed an opportunity of scoring a well deserved hundred on his comeback game.
Markram still stood there but he too departed quickly after De Villers. He departed after his 125 runs knock. K Jarvis was the one who picked up the wicket of the lone centurion of the match Aiden Markram.
South Africa still had batsmen to come and their contributions were handy in the context of the game. After de Villers and Markram, Quinton de cock and Temba Bavma played a little cameo.
Their small little innings helped the hosts to get pass the 300 hundred run mark. Temba Bavma was the first one to go, his cameo innings of 44 was ended by K Jarvis again.
De cock too departed after the wicket Vernon Philander, de cock scored 24 runs.
Rabada and Keshav Maharaj were dismissed in quick succession. Andile Phehlukwayo was the not out batsman on 4.
As South Africa ended their innings on 309 for the loss of 9 wickets
Zimbabwe bowled decently, they were successful in restricting the batting power house of South Africa for just 309 runs.
K Jarvis and Chris Mpofu picked up 3 wickets each and skipper Graeme Creamer picked up 2 wickets.
Zimbabwe’s 1st innings batting was a sorry figure, the visitors couldn’t handle the extra pace and bounce generated by the South African bowlers.
They lasted only for 30.1 overs in front of Morne Mokel and co.
Morne Morkel crushed the Zimbabwe batting line up single handedly. He picked up 5 wickets and gave away just 21 from his 11 overs.
Kagiso Rabada and Andile Phehlukwayo supported Morkel well, they picked up 2 wickets each with Philander was the other wicket taker. He took 1 wicket in this innings.
Again it was a bad scorecard for the visitors in their 2nd innings, they didn’t put a fight at all. They just surrendered themselves to the mighty South Africans.
Clinical bowling display allowed South Africa to bundle out the visitors for just 121.
The spin king of South Africa was the hero for them in the second innings. Keshav Maharaj had nothing to do much in the 1st innings but he seized the opportunity and took a 5 wicket haul in the 2nd innings.
Morne Morkel didn’t pick up any wickets and Rabada, Philender picked up 1 wicket each with Andile Phehlukwayo picked up 3 wickets.
This clinical bowling effort allowed the South Africans to win the first ever Day Night 4 Day Test match on their home soil. They won this historic test match by an innings and 120 runs.
Markram was the man of the match for his wonderful contribution with the bat. His 125 run knock stole the show for the Proteas.