Zimbabwe v South Africa, only Test, Harare, 4th day August 12, 2014

Piedt ensures South Africa triumph

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South Africa 397 (Du Plessis 98, De Kock, 81, Nyumbu 5-157) and 44 for 1 beat Zimbabwe 256 (Taylor 93, Steyn 5-46, Piedt 4-90) and 181 (Sibanda 45, Piedt 4-62) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Zimbabwe had competed ably for 10 sessions in Harare, but they wilted in the face of reverse swing and prodigious turn after lunch on the fourth day. They lost eight wickets for 83 runs and South Africa cantered to another victory on the road. The 41-run target provided just enough for openers Alviro Petersen and Dean Elgar to have a little fun. Zimbabwe earned one final say when Tendai Chatara disturbed Elgar's stumps before they were beaten.

The pitch offered consistent assistance to spin and there were ominous signs before lunch when the top-scorer Vusi Sibanda's defences were breached with the first ball Dane Piedt bowled - a loopy delivery that swerved from outside off to sneak between his bat and pad. The batsman survived, but the first ball of the offspinner's second over fetched the wicket as the nighwatchman Donald Tiripano, having been sensible for 62 balls, opted for a slog sweep and ended with his leg stump uprooted.

Piedt was rampant in the second session and finished with 8 for 152, the best match haul by a South Africa spinner on debut. He tied Mark Vermeulen in knots, tempted Brendan Taylor to lob to short leg, and preyed on Sibanda's patience. His flight was a big factor in the turn he extracted and his line ensured the batsmen were under constant pressure.

At the other end, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel's threat was enhanced by reverse swing. Vermeulen was set up with steady diet outside off. He shuffled across and groped, displaying all the rust of his 10 years out of Test cricket until an inswinger had him plumb in front.

Sibanda was the set batsman. His face still showed vestiges of the chicken pox he had recovered from, as he concentrated on protecting his off stump from Steyn. He batted on off stump to Piedt and swept from outside it, once for a six over midwicket. Zimbabwe eased to 52 runs at the cost of only one wicket in the morning and it was largely down to some stubborn batting. But the ill-timed charge from Sibanda to lob a return catch to Piedt exemplified Zimbabwe's falling away since lunch. He was out for 45, his 15th consecutive sub-fifty outing.

Taylor had looked Zimbabwe's best batsman in the first innings and had generally played Piedt off the back foot or with sweeps during his 93. Here though he was drawn forward by the offspinner, the ball dipped and bounced and the inside edge was smartly grabbed by Dean Elgar at short leg.

Zimbabwe were trailing by 28 but had five wickets in hand. Morkel threw a wrench into that equation with two quick wickets and the hosts were down to their last three men and still behind by 17. The tail, guided by wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami, managed to erase the deficit. He led Zimbabwe's highest partnership of the innings - the 54 runs he collected with John Nyumbu had the Harare crowd roaring.

The rot that set in in the middle session was forgotten as Mutumbami struck four fours after tea. That too, his 69 minutes at the crease were spent in pain after Morkel welcomed him with an attempted yorker that nailed his left toe. He was not seen for South Africa's chase, with Regis Chakabva taking the gloves. However, the absence of the first-choice keeper did not really hurt Zimbabwe any more than they must have already been hurting.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Chris_P on August 13, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    @Greatest_Game &@ BellCurve. That is an impressive record & well done for achieving it. I got no problems handing out kudos when deserved & this one is richly deserved, especially when I read about the "lions at home" comments some who post are fixated with. Cheers!

  • Greatest_Game on August 13, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    @ BellCurve. Thanks for clarifying the series win/series undefeated question for me. That is definitely one with which to tickle some of our 'sensitive' Aussie friends.

    @ PPL11. As strong as your belief is, it will not change the record books. SA ARE undefeated in a series in India since 2004 - 10 YEARS! During India's most successful test period - 2008 to 2011, when South Africans Gary Kirsten and Paddy Upton coached them - the ONLY country to win a test in India was SA - TWICE. SA won in 2008 & 2010, but both series were drawn. At home, Ind do not even have a winning record against SA! SA have won 5 tests, & India have won 5.

    Of course India have NEVER won a series in SA, winning only 2 tests, to SA's 8 wins. SA clearly dominate India in South Africa, & India only manages parity with SA in India. And the icing on the cake? SA have WHITEWASHED India, in a series IN INDIA! Yes, Sachin, VVS, Dravid, Ganguly, Kumble, Azharuddin, Jaffer & Co were whitewashed, in India, by SA! FACT!

  • on August 13, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    Just a question has SA finally found a decent spinner. Is this end of the round Imran Tahir?

  • gimme-a-greentop on August 13, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    @wellrounded87...you are entitled to your opinion, no problem. I won't call you ill-informed, and avoid being wrong that way :)

  • on August 13, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Sorry guys I eventually went to check quickly. I am thinking of a previous series between SA and India.

  • on August 13, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    I am sure someone can confirm this but since 2008 I am sure South Africa have chased the most scores in excess of 300 and we have also chased 400 in Perth along with nearly chasing 458 against India, yet we get called conservative and boring. I don't recall that 404 chase being boring, or 3 years later Hash plundering 100 in a session on route to 196 followed by AB reverse sweeping Lyon 4 times to reach 100 eventually 160 to setup victory sealed by Steyn's 5'fer. Or how boring was watching Faf and AB surge along in chasing 450 on a deck where the odd ball rolled. Some can sit by their "at least we tried" argument, which in sporting terms means "loser".

  • on August 13, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    @ PPLL11, you are incorrect, the result of the series you are referring to was drawn. SA won the 1st test by an innings and 6 runs and IND the 2nd test by an innings and 57 runs in the 2 match series. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/441824.html

  • on August 13, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    @PPL11 - South Africa drew that series. How difficult is it to do your homework before correcting someone else? South Africa last lost a Test match series away from home to Sri Lanka in July 2006. Fact.

  • BellCurve on August 13, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    @ PPL11 - you are wrong my friend

  • johno04 on August 13, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    @PPL11, that series in India was drawn 1-1. If you are talking about a the last series South Africa was there

  • Chris_P on August 13, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    @Greatest_Game &@ BellCurve. That is an impressive record & well done for achieving it. I got no problems handing out kudos when deserved & this one is richly deserved, especially when I read about the "lions at home" comments some who post are fixated with. Cheers!

  • Greatest_Game on August 13, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    @ BellCurve. Thanks for clarifying the series win/series undefeated question for me. That is definitely one with which to tickle some of our 'sensitive' Aussie friends.

    @ PPL11. As strong as your belief is, it will not change the record books. SA ARE undefeated in a series in India since 2004 - 10 YEARS! During India's most successful test period - 2008 to 2011, when South Africans Gary Kirsten and Paddy Upton coached them - the ONLY country to win a test in India was SA - TWICE. SA won in 2008 & 2010, but both series were drawn. At home, Ind do not even have a winning record against SA! SA have won 5 tests, & India have won 5.

    Of course India have NEVER won a series in SA, winning only 2 tests, to SA's 8 wins. SA clearly dominate India in South Africa, & India only manages parity with SA in India. And the icing on the cake? SA have WHITEWASHED India, in a series IN INDIA! Yes, Sachin, VVS, Dravid, Ganguly, Kumble, Azharuddin, Jaffer & Co were whitewashed, in India, by SA! FACT!

  • on August 13, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    Just a question has SA finally found a decent spinner. Is this end of the round Imran Tahir?

  • gimme-a-greentop on August 13, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    @wellrounded87...you are entitled to your opinion, no problem. I won't call you ill-informed, and avoid being wrong that way :)

  • on August 13, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Sorry guys I eventually went to check quickly. I am thinking of a previous series between SA and India.

  • on August 13, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    I am sure someone can confirm this but since 2008 I am sure South Africa have chased the most scores in excess of 300 and we have also chased 400 in Perth along with nearly chasing 458 against India, yet we get called conservative and boring. I don't recall that 404 chase being boring, or 3 years later Hash plundering 100 in a session on route to 196 followed by AB reverse sweeping Lyon 4 times to reach 100 eventually 160 to setup victory sealed by Steyn's 5'fer. Or how boring was watching Faf and AB surge along in chasing 450 on a deck where the odd ball rolled. Some can sit by their "at least we tried" argument, which in sporting terms means "loser".

  • on August 13, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    @ PPLL11, you are incorrect, the result of the series you are referring to was drawn. SA won the 1st test by an innings and 6 runs and IND the 2nd test by an innings and 57 runs in the 2 match series. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/441824.html

  • on August 13, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    @PPL11 - South Africa drew that series. How difficult is it to do your homework before correcting someone else? South Africa last lost a Test match series away from home to Sri Lanka in July 2006. Fact.

  • BellCurve on August 13, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    @ PPL11 - you are wrong my friend

  • johno04 on August 13, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    @PPL11, that series in India was drawn 1-1. If you are talking about a the last series South Africa was there

  • PPL11 on August 13, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    @BellCurve: "They have won 10 and drawn 4 in the last 8 years" - Get your facts right buddy, SA lost to india in india in 2009 / 2010 series and thats definately not 8 years ago !!

  • BellCurve on August 13, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    @ Greatest_Game - 18 is the record for remaining unbeaten on the road. It was achieved by the Windies between 1980 and 1996. During this period they won 9 and drawn 9 series away from home. SA is currently on 14*. They have won 10 and drawn 4 in the last 8 years. SA therefore already has broken the record for the most away series wins without losing. Also, SA has by far the best win-loss ratio of all teams since 1963 when the peerless Graeme Pollock made his Test debut. That is 51 years of dogged consistency.

  • ZainE111 on August 13, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    Conclusive, clinical victory for SA. I see no comments from those who were fussing and complaining about the run rate. In the end, SA played the conditions perfectly - and the bowlers were brilliant.

    If Alviro is dropped, Faf should open - he's the only choice really. That would leave Stiaan and QdK in the lower-middle order which is problematic due to lack of experience but eventually they will gain experience. QdK is NOT a test quality opening batsman. I think he does well at number 6 - keep him there. There is unfortunately no space for Bavuma or Rillee in the current test team - it's sad but we will have to just live with that.

    I can't believe people are still questioning JP's batting. He made a hundred against Australia; a hundred (not out) against SL and a hard fifty against Zimbabwe. And he's shown time and again that he is capable of marshaling the tail. His part-time spin will also be useful on days when Piedt doesn't perform.

  • on August 13, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Everybody is forgetting that JP is a quality batsman being wasted at no.7 He should be in the top 6. After his injury he batted at no4 when Kallis was injured and scored a 100. I would not open with faf. Amla should stay at 3 with AB at 4. Faf at 5 and JP at 6. De kock at 7. Alviro should step up because his rope is long enough. Elgar needs to get the experience and be more consistent. Until we find a natural opener Alviro must play. Feel sorry for guys like stiaan & rossouw. If AB takes the gloves, we can let de kock open, but he needs to improve his technique. Opening in test cricket is not the same as in odi cricket. Imagine him wanting to play on a moving wicket against good seam bowling. Lets see what the future hold for us.

  • Kingman75 on August 13, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    What? The test match was still going on at day 4. I gave up on day 2. Easiest of pitches and South Africans scoring at the formidable rate of 1 per over.

  • on August 13, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    To the people rattling on about SA's scoring rate I suggest you check 2 things One person even suggested one should score at 4.5

    1) Hash's explanation on video where he explains how hard it was on that pitch against negative bowling and a packed off side field

    2) Look at the results of 2013 - Pakistan played 2 tests and in 4 innings did not score above 3 RPO once. Pakistan won one and lsot one

    - Bangladesh played 2 tests and batted 6x - 1-1. More to the point Bangladesh scored below 3 RPO all 4x.

    I would agree SA have a couple of issues to fix as a result of the departure of Smith and Kallis.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 13, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Looking ahead I think SA should always play a spinner (even in Centurion) and I'm not talking about a part-timer like JP. It helps with the over-rate and adds good variation. Dane Piedt has control over his line and length unlike Imran Tahir.

    It also adds positive pressure on to JP's batting spot, no longer can he rely on his part-time spin to get automatic selection if Piedt plays, allowing Stiaan and Rillee to perhaps get a look in.

    For the next series, I would like to see Stiaan getting his opportunity but I dont see how, because Zimbabwe was the perfect opportunity for the selectors. The question is - how do we get Stiaan and Rillee in a team that already has two of the worlds top ranked batsmen already in it - AB & Amla?

  • on August 13, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    ZiM play very good and odi seris INSHA ALLAH zoM win

  • loverofthegame on August 13, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    Greatest_Game Quinton de Kock could open the batting, and open a slot for van Zyl at 6. Also, Hashim Amla has often found himself walking to the crease in the first 5 overs, so he could also open. In my opinion, however, none of these are really long-term options and are not ideal, but they could be short term solution while another opener is groomed. Great game for Dane Piedt. Hope he can be the spinner SA have been looking for for years.

  • SICHO on August 13, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    Ahhh....... Another win.... With a spinner playing a major role. Now that's rare sight for a SAn fan. I wonder how many of those 1st ball strikes in Piedt's new spells would've been full-tosses if it was Tahir.... Finally, we have a promising spinner (been a long flippin' time!) that can develop into something special in the Test arena, mind you, I said PROMiSING.

  • Greatest_Game on August 13, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    @ David Douglas writes "Petersen …is not justifying his position at the top, but who else at the moment could/should replace him?"

    I think Faf is the choice. He already goes in after just a few overs, has the right temperament to see off the new ball, & can attack as well as he defends, as we have seen in short formats. He was opening for Chennai in the IPL & did so well most thought he was a T20 specialist! His "other side" surprised them all on debut in Adelaide.

    Faf would (theoretically) stabilize the top & provide a platform to bring Hash or AB in at 1st drop. This may be their plan, & moving Faf to 3 was a "test run" of sorts to "clear the way" for Alviro be seamlessly replaced. Something like QdK coming in on AB's "injury." One match & the kid is there to stay …

    Methinks Hash, AB, Domingo, Kirsten & co may be "working the situation," several moves ahead of SA's sports politicos. Bavuma/Van Zyl/Riley then get tried out down the order, & the top is stable - if Faf/Elgar works!

  • on August 13, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    I have nothing but respect for Pat Symcox as a player, but South Africa have never had a world class spinner since readmission. If they've got one now the rest of us are in for some stick.

  • TrickDaddy on August 13, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    Well played SA it was expected, they just didn't run through Zim within 3 days as widely expected. People need to stop hailing Dane Piedt yet, he's just a debutant spinner who was lucky enough to debut against the 9th ranked team on a turning track. Till he does wwell against accomplished spin players on the subcontinent then we can't really rate the young man so highly yet. Zimbabwe played their hearts out and showed that they need more test (continuity) and would be handful against fellow lower ranked teams.

  • Mervo on August 13, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    Good to see a spinner who does not rely on wicket spin alone and doesn't become toothless if there is no sharp sideways movement. Flight and top spin are the distinction of the quality spinner.

  • dunger.bob on August 12, 2014, 23:40 GMT

    I guess congrats to SA are in order, especially to the new guy Piedt. We done him.

    Zim also did pretty well and they'll probably be happy with the efforts also.

  • wellrounded87 on August 12, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    @gimme-a-greentop I freely admit we are quite ordinary on low, slow turners.

    That being said, negative cricket is still a stain on the game. You can call me an ill informed fan, or that I don't understand the difficulty and concentration required to block out a day for a draw. But the fact is you are wrong. I do understand that, I commend the abilities of guys like AB and Faf for some of the great escapes they have played.

    However I will still criticise it, and the mindset behind it. It's basically admitting you're not good enough to win and trying to avoid a loss by default. This goes against the very nature of competition. Playing for a draw is almost as unsportsmanlike as deliberately losing.

    I would much rather see Australia lose a test by 50 runs chasing a victory, than see them block for 3 sessions and 'save the test'. I mean honestly, in what world does a fan say I hope this test ends up being a draw. Draws are a blight on the game

  • Warm_Coffee on August 12, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    Good effort by Zimbabwe. Was a bit unlucky when it came to the poor umpiring decisions otherwise they could've scored even more. I think at home in tests they have the ability to match against all the Asian sides due to conditions.

  • MeijiMura on August 12, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    Contrary to what the title of the above article states, it was actually a combination of woeful umpiring decisions (four of them) against Zimbabwe in the Zimbabwean first innings and poor Zimbabwean fielding in South Africa's first innings that ensured South Africa's victory. The appalling umpiring decisions against Zimbabwe on Day 1 were ultimately responsible for Zimbabwe making 256 instead of 400. Add to that Zimbabwe missing the huge run out opportunity of du Plessis when he was on 1 (He made 98) and the dropped catch of de Kock on 45 (He made 81) and you can see the difference they made to the end of the game. Zimbabwe could have made 400 in their first innings instead of 256 and they could have bowled South Africa out for 264 or less which when you add Zimbabwe's second innings of 181 would have set South Africa an impossible 318 for victory batting last on a two-paced pitch offering uneven bounce and sharp turn. With competent umpires and better fielding Zimbabwe would have won.

  • legfinedeep on August 12, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    As an aside, how scared is Tahir now that Piedt has performed well. I bet he must have been the only Protea hoping Piedt didn't do well.

  • legfinedeep on August 12, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    @nixnixon - chess is a great analogy for how SA play their cricket. That's why I am a fan of their game even if they are batting at less than 1 RPO, it is because the situation demands it. They can bat at a run a ball to chase almost 450, then bat at 1 run every 100 balls if the match situation demands it and it is impossible to win. That is intelligent cricket. Intelligent cricket is not willy-nilly going out to hit every ball. That is what the IPL is for, for those who want "EXCITING" cricket. Yet the Proteas play in matches that are draws that are much more exciting than one-sided wins.

  • on August 12, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    Well done to Zimbabwe they were coming close at one point kept a team like SA below 400 runs and scored more than 100 in both innings they are getting a better team

  • Chris_P on August 12, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    @gimme-a-greentop. Not sure which person you're referring to as I have been reading this & only one has said anything at all? India aside, FYI, Australia has acquitted themselves well at other SC venues, last 2 series in SL resulted in a 3-0 & 1-0 win on rank turners. That said, I would suggest there isn't one knowledgeable Aussie cricket fan who seriously believes we haven't got issues playing on SC pitches. That aside, agree with @Greatest_Game on the howls of playing for draws by the regular ill informed "fans". Good effort by both sides, Sth Africa did what was needed & that's all you can do.

  • gimme-a-greentop on August 12, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    let the wise owl Robin Jackman have the last word.."it wasn't pretty but it was pretty necessary..."

  • gimme-a-greentop on August 12, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    On another note, when was the last time anyone saw a field setting like the one Piedt had when SA have been bowling in a Test match? Crickey that must have been a weird mirage or something.

  • gimme-a-greentop on August 12, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    Dear fellow-commenting Australians. While I must respect your national stereotype of criticizing our national stereotype of ultra-conservatism (true, but mostly in rugby and religion, and, er, Smith) the fact remains that the last couple of series have been on low, slow, turners. Please just have the decency to admit that your team has traditionally been rubbish on those wickets, just as ours has. The policy is safety first, as befits the stereotype. Now I am not denying either that SA generally have a safety first approach in Test cricket. Sure they do. It bores people (who seem unable to handle a game of cricket where the run-rate is not at least 3.5 - how biased is that against good bowling, by the way?) although no-one can say it's not effective. But you also see moments (some of them rather sustained) of utter brilliance and genius from Amla, Steyn, AB etc. So just appreciate those, and ignore the hilarious fear of losing while we laugh at your lack of "ticker" about blocking out a day.

  • GermanPlayer on August 12, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Funny can't see the SA haters anymore! Where are they hiding?

  • MeTalHeD69 on August 12, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    I never understood the mindset of the critics. They don't like South Africa because they don't win how THEY (the critics) want them to win. They want SA to dominate by winning every game by an innings, and within 3 days before they admit they deserve the number one spot. If their tactics work and they get to the number one spot how they choose to, is that not good enough? And when people argue that the rankings aren't a true reflection then why even bother having rankings at all? Beating any team within 4 days and still having time to bat at your pace clearly means you've dominated. Dictating the pace, taking the lead, bowling the opposition out cheaply then chasing the total down before the dawn of the fifth day sounds like a pretty darn good performance to me.

  • Greatest_Game on August 12, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    @ BellCurve wrote "Looks like 18 is the record. South Africa's streak of 14 is 2nd on the list."

    Is that the record for wins on the road, or the record for undefeated on the road?

  • Greatest_Game on August 12, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    @ TommytuckerSaffa. We do not have 8 years of consecutive overseas victories, in tests or in test series. We have lost away tests in the last 8 years, but we have not lost a series. However, we have DRAWN series. A draw may at times seem like a win, but it is a draw, not a win.

    On the road we have not lost a series, but we have drawn. We are undefeated in AWAY test series. Remember that we have been defeated at home. It is a good record, bot it does not mean that we have beaten everybody, in every series, on the road.

    However, another win is always a welcome addition to the record. And, Zimbabwe have shown that they can put up a really strong fight, and that they deserve more tests. Well done Zimbabwe!

  • ZkAneela on August 12, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Well played SA...I m a bit sad for AB as he has lost his No.1 ranking but I believe He will get it back soon..Love u AB and SA...

  • duncanmoo on August 12, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Awesome debut for Piedt just look at the list of SA bowling debuts with list of wickets, don't only compare his haul to SA spinners.

    Philander and Pietersen are a concern, and surely Duminy could have been effective bowling on this pitch, was he under bowled?

  • BellCurve on August 12, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    Looks like 18 is the record. South Africa's streak of 14 is 2nd on the list.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 12, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    8 Years of consecutive overseas victories and counting. Credit to Zimbabwe who really showed a lot of guts. They made a slow, turning pitch to blunt SA's strengths but didnt see our Débutante spinner coming - Dane Piedt. He is someone who can finally hold an end and take some wickets. He is no Warne, Murli, Ajmal or Herath - but he is best spinner we have produced in a long time. Now I have to wait for another 4 months for the next Test match!!

  • on August 12, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    I think zim is better than indian team bcuse they atleast gave a target to SA.

  • SripriyaReddy on August 12, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    @Greatest_Game couldn't agree more. A win definitely shadows all the negative prospects, though there aren't as many as other comments force us to believe. Yes, SA batted quite slow, but A Win is A Win, none the less.

  • pollachiprakash on August 12, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    Good performance by zimbabwe they should play more cricket in all countries

  • Greatest_Game on August 12, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    Yep. As expected, the "slow batting trolls" are all hiding today, unwilling to show their blushing faces. Come out, come out, wherever you are - and admit that, as usual, you were wrong and that South Africa's game plan SUCCEEDED. Yeah - nothing succeeds like success, and nothing gets rid of negative trolls quicker tham a solid SA win!

    You might not like ud, but you can't beat us!

  • cricchanel.com on August 12, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    I think ZIm played well against the predictions vs a very powerful opponent South Africa. Their performance will surely impress ICC to give them chance of playing more test matches. I wish them good luck for their future

  • SurlyCynic on August 12, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Well done Zim. Haven't seen many of these players and it looks like there is some talent to work with for the future, as well as a great fighting spirit.

    As others have said, they also got their pitch and tactics right which is up to them as the home team. On a slow, low pitch with variable bounce, bowling wide of the stumps means batsmen either have to play risky shots and get out or leave the ball. Maybe not the favourite tactics of the average T20 viewer but they didn't want to lost in 3 days and they accomplished that.

    Despite the usual critics this was a professional performance by SA. Solid batting. Steyn was great again on an unhelpful pitch, Morne was a handful to face and Piedt should stay in the team now. I'm a bit worried about Vern though, he needs to get fitter and rediscover his old, fuller length. He doesn't bowl as fast as Steyn and Morkel so should be able to bowl longer, tight spells. And bowling short of a length regularly at his pace is pointless.

  • on August 12, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Great début by Pied, lets hope he is the spinner now. Concerns still with Petersen, he is not justifying his position at the top, but who else at the moment could/should replace him?

  • Mornecapetown on August 12, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    South africa is a very efficient cricket team. It's not every team that can win away from home like the proteas. 8 Years unbeaten on the road...now that's simply BRILLIANT. Doesnt matter the pitch or opposition,...they'll find away to win,...and if they cant win,...u can bet they'll fight till the bloody end to save a test! That's truelly a remarkable team. RESPECT.

  • and1son on August 12, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    I'm not going to pat anyone's back. Constructive criticism of our performance is the only way to get better. A loss is a loss and some players need to look at their averages albeit that it was the world no.1 team.

    Match batting averages: Sibanda 22.5, Masakadza 32, Taylor 49, Vermeulen 17.5, Williams 13.5, Chakabva 7.5, Mutumbami 32, Panyangara 7, Tiripano 10, Nyumbu 7.5, Chatara 22. I expected much better from Vermeulen, Williams and Chakabva. Looks like Mutumbami is surpassing Chakabva in the race to be wicketkeeper as I expected.

    A lot of wickets were given away there in the middle. Everyone gave one away either in the 1st or 2nd innings. Ironically the wicket was made to nullify the pacers, only to give way to the spinner man of the match. On to the ODI's and hopefully some of the sidelined guys like Raza, Vitori, Utseya, Mpofu, Mawoyo will be back.

  • on August 12, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Poor performance just not good enough. Against ZIM we should always win by an innings and inside of 3 days with a run rate of no less than 4.5 no matter the conditions. Back to the drawing board for team SA. Like I said before not a great team just a team that gets great results. Lol not many trolls around today. @NixNixon totally agree and the more the results come the more they will stick to their guns and continue to set their game plans according to the conditions and situations. Well played SA

  • JohannK on August 12, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Steve Waugh's approach was "bat once and bat well". Exactly how that manifests depends on the pitch and, in this match, the negative bowling by the hosts. SA played it extremely well (except for Amla and AB, that is).

    Faf does what no 3 batsmen should do: make it as hard as possible for the opposition to get you out while accumulating steadily. That allows no's 4 and 5 to face a tiring attack so they can push for big scores.

    Congratulations SA on yet another win and let's hope Piedt gets an extended run in the team. He absolutely deserves to be backed given his immense potential.

  • B.C.G on August 12, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    @David Baker-Why do you think anyone who critisizes them in a constructive fashion are cricics(in a negative way)?We only want our team to be better.International batsmen should be able to ROTATE the strike atleast.It's not abt. stupid T-20 shots.

  • on August 12, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    From a passionate SA fan, well played, Zimbabwe. You guys showed true grit and determination. Happy it wasn't an innings defeat - you guys didn't deserve to lose by an innings after fighting so hard for over 3 days. Zimbabwe should definitely play more Test cricket - they've proven that they have the ability to be competitive.

    Great debut for Dane Piedt, although as our next Test is against WI at Centurion, he might not play if we decide to go with 4 frontline seamers (Parnell/Abbott). Hopefully, though, this is the end of Tahir in Tests. He must stick to ODIs and T20s. We must now also get rid of Alviro Petersen. He obviously cannot convert his starts into big scores.

  • on August 12, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Lovely test. Lots of emotion during this test from all over. I agree with NixNixon's comments. SA is realy dynamic in their gameplay.

  • on August 12, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Wow, what a disgusting performance from the worlds best team- just a 10 wicket win then. (Or looks like it at 0-20 anyway). That will teach them to score slowly.

  • on August 12, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    What really is boring, is all those that say we are boring and don't have a killer instinct notwithstanding we have not lost abroad in 8 years have a enviable win ratio and now boast some fantastic talent to carry on courtesy of a high performance centre. I'll settle on this boring because it wins and we are winners out here.

  • on August 12, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    The critics of yesterday seem to have disappeared.

    As much as I like cricinfo you cant analyse a game from cricinfo commentary and stats.

    Zimbabwe used the right tactics for them. They prepared a low slow, crumbling pitch and they bowled defensively to prevent scoring. If SA had batter aggressively they may have only gotten a small lead and SA may have been chasing 200 plus to win.

    Further credit to Zimbabwe for fighting hard in their 2nd innings.

    On this pitch wouldnt want to have to score 200 to win batting 4th.

    Let see what haopens with the SA 2nd innings. I never count my chickens.

  • Fan_of_test_cricket on August 12, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    It is certain now that SA would win (not that I had any doubt about this). But considering how little Zimbabwe play Test cricket, they should hold their heads high. They have, without doubt, shown greater determination against the no. 1 team than India have against a team whose future was uncertain until a couple of weeks ago.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 12, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Daniel piedt seems like a good prospect for SA...Better than the likes of Nathan Lyon

  • Twinkie on August 12, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    At least the Saffers will have to bat again. Plenty to work with here for Zimbabwe. Keep rising! Do not lose heart! Wish my Windies would put up such a fight against the world's no. one.

  • NixNixon on August 12, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    I for one have really enjoyed the way SA have played test cricket over the last couple of years. I feel that they have the ability to adjust their game to the pitch and the situation and to really make use of the 5 days to like a game of chess plan their approach and its nice to see how they go about performing against different teams in different conditions. I know a lot has been said about them lacking the attacking mindset and I will be the first one to say that SA don't have an all out attacking mindset, but test cricket is not t20 cricket and its not just about high run rates and attacking mindsets. I feel that some teams only know how to attack and be aggressive, but fail the ability to adopt and execute others gameplans when the situations requires it. SA may lack an overly aggressive gameplay, but SA has more gameplans and gears to move through than most other teams who can only play one way.

  • 2nd_Slip on August 12, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Not entirely one of our best performances but there are a lot of positives to take from this test match. 1.) The end of Alviro Peiterson, good batsman, I like him as a person but he just doesn't make use and the good start he gets. 2.) Dane Piedt. At last something that we can work with in the spin department over the next 3 or so years before he becomes world class. 3.) QDK, the best young prospect in international cricket at the moment. 4.) Faf , though slow scoring, is turning out to be Mr Reliable, also doesn't get those daddy hundreds but a 80+ is better than a quick 30+ 4.) A new batting spot is up for grabs, Stiaan, Temba and Rilee here's your chance boys!! Great fight by Zim by the way.

  • TestsbeforeTwenty20 on August 12, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    Looks like the pitch had a lot to do with South Africa's slow scoring rate after all, and looks like this is not going to end up in a tame draw despite all the comments over the past two days. Test cricket is played over 5 days - FIVE DAYS. May as well enjoy every moment of it rather than complain just for the sake of complaining. Well done Zimbabwe for at least giving it a fight!

  • klsau on August 12, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Match very likely to end with a day to spare.Wonder where those guys who were talking about lack of 'killer instinct' are.This is test cricket..Not t20

  • RVC-38 on August 12, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    I said it yesterday you cannot have it both ways, you cannot have this batting line up kept to 2.5 runs an over with medium pace without something in it for the bowlers and that the saffers would bowl them out just after lunch for 120 odd, well alright at the moment it is 7 for 125 so I was wrong goodnight.

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  • RVC-38 on August 12, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    I said it yesterday you cannot have it both ways, you cannot have this batting line up kept to 2.5 runs an over with medium pace without something in it for the bowlers and that the saffers would bowl them out just after lunch for 120 odd, well alright at the moment it is 7 for 125 so I was wrong goodnight.

  • klsau on August 12, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Match very likely to end with a day to spare.Wonder where those guys who were talking about lack of 'killer instinct' are.This is test cricket..Not t20

  • TestsbeforeTwenty20 on August 12, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    Looks like the pitch had a lot to do with South Africa's slow scoring rate after all, and looks like this is not going to end up in a tame draw despite all the comments over the past two days. Test cricket is played over 5 days - FIVE DAYS. May as well enjoy every moment of it rather than complain just for the sake of complaining. Well done Zimbabwe for at least giving it a fight!

  • 2nd_Slip on August 12, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Not entirely one of our best performances but there are a lot of positives to take from this test match. 1.) The end of Alviro Peiterson, good batsman, I like him as a person but he just doesn't make use and the good start he gets. 2.) Dane Piedt. At last something that we can work with in the spin department over the next 3 or so years before he becomes world class. 3.) QDK, the best young prospect in international cricket at the moment. 4.) Faf , though slow scoring, is turning out to be Mr Reliable, also doesn't get those daddy hundreds but a 80+ is better than a quick 30+ 4.) A new batting spot is up for grabs, Stiaan, Temba and Rilee here's your chance boys!! Great fight by Zim by the way.

  • NixNixon on August 12, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    I for one have really enjoyed the way SA have played test cricket over the last couple of years. I feel that they have the ability to adjust their game to the pitch and the situation and to really make use of the 5 days to like a game of chess plan their approach and its nice to see how they go about performing against different teams in different conditions. I know a lot has been said about them lacking the attacking mindset and I will be the first one to say that SA don't have an all out attacking mindset, but test cricket is not t20 cricket and its not just about high run rates and attacking mindsets. I feel that some teams only know how to attack and be aggressive, but fail the ability to adopt and execute others gameplans when the situations requires it. SA may lack an overly aggressive gameplay, but SA has more gameplans and gears to move through than most other teams who can only play one way.

  • Twinkie on August 12, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    At least the Saffers will have to bat again. Plenty to work with here for Zimbabwe. Keep rising! Do not lose heart! Wish my Windies would put up such a fight against the world's no. one.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 12, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Daniel piedt seems like a good prospect for SA...Better than the likes of Nathan Lyon

  • Fan_of_test_cricket on August 12, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    It is certain now that SA would win (not that I had any doubt about this). But considering how little Zimbabwe play Test cricket, they should hold their heads high. They have, without doubt, shown greater determination against the no. 1 team than India have against a team whose future was uncertain until a couple of weeks ago.

  • on August 12, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    The critics of yesterday seem to have disappeared.

    As much as I like cricinfo you cant analyse a game from cricinfo commentary and stats.

    Zimbabwe used the right tactics for them. They prepared a low slow, crumbling pitch and they bowled defensively to prevent scoring. If SA had batter aggressively they may have only gotten a small lead and SA may have been chasing 200 plus to win.

    Further credit to Zimbabwe for fighting hard in their 2nd innings.

    On this pitch wouldnt want to have to score 200 to win batting 4th.

    Let see what haopens with the SA 2nd innings. I never count my chickens.

  • on August 12, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    What really is boring, is all those that say we are boring and don't have a killer instinct notwithstanding we have not lost abroad in 8 years have a enviable win ratio and now boast some fantastic talent to carry on courtesy of a high performance centre. I'll settle on this boring because it wins and we are winners out here.