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Only Test (D/N), Port Elizabeth, Dec 26 - 27 2017, Zimbabwe tour of South Africa [Dec 2017]
(42.3 ov)(f/o) 68 & 121
South Africa won by an innings and 120 runs
player of the match
Aiden Markram
South Africa
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• The Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

South Africa wrap up four-day Test in two days

Morne Morkel and Keshav Maharaj were South Africa's first and second-innings bowling heroes as Zimbabwe folded for 68 and 121 in a combined 72.4 overs

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Commentator: Sreshth Shah
Scorecard summary
South Africa309/9(78.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Aiden Markram125 (204)
Kyle Jarvis3/57(18)
Chris Mpofu3/58(13.3)
Zimbabwe68/10(30.1 overs)1st INNINGS
Kyle Jarvis23 (50)
Ryan Burl16 (35)
Morne Morkel5/21(11)
Kagiso Rabada2/12(6.1)
Zimbabwe121/10(42.3 overs)2nd INNINGS

6.26pm That's all from Port Elizabeth. Only 907 balls in this Test as South Africa complete a comfortable innings victory. Slightly damp finish to this landmark game, but that's how it goes sometimes. Lots for South Africa to be happy about, ahead of their series against India. For Zimbabwe, back to the drawing board. Here's Karthik's report for you to catch up on. For now, it's good bye from Varun Shetty and myself. Hope you enjoyed ESPNcricinfo's coverage of this (sic) four-day Test. Tada!

6.11pm Time for the presentation. Markram or Morkel (or Maharaj) for Man of the Match? Mmm. Let's find out.

First up, the Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer. He says: "We knew it was always going to be tough. When we saw how the ball moved around under the lights, we knew it was tough, especially with their attack. But we prepared, and mentally, too, but the end of the day they were too good for us. Against Sri Lanka and West Indies, they were flat wickets. So this was more about gearing up mentally and tightening our techniques, which let us down. I don't think we were overwhelmed by the atmosphere. We were surprised seeing the ball move so much, and we didn't assess the conditions. Just one of those things. We play a tri-series against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in January, then Dubai and then the qualifiers. Work to do."

Next, the winning captain, AB de Villiers. He says: "Happy to return. You could see I was enjoying myself. Nice to get some runs, would've liked some more. Always a good crowd here, India next so taking some confidence out of this. My back is okay, not so bad at the moment. De Kock should be okay, the scans didn't show too much damage. He just needs some rest. Faf will be back for the India series, and they will all be fit so our selectors will have the good problem of finding just the XI. We bowled exceptionally well, we were quite happy with that spicy wicket. Still had to do the basics well, landed the ball in good areas for long spells. The slip-ers and myself were in the game all the time. Goes well with some time on our legs ahead of the India series. We lost a lot of late wickets, but we structured our innings well. Aiden Markram's in great form, and it doesn't seem like he's losing touch. Temba was good too. Overall, happy with our batting. The ball moves about late in day-night Tests, so it's important not to lose wickets in the evening. It's just about having the teams adapt, and understand the structures."

Now, the Man of the Match. The award goes to Aiden Markram, for his 125 in the first innings. He says: "Pretty tough wicket, but as a batting unit we had the best of the conditions. Was good to get stuck in there. It's been a good start to my career, enjoyed every minute of it. There are tough times and easy times, and helps you grow as a person. Happy to take my opportunity. Learnt more about my game, my role, my strengths and to avoid my weaknesses. You learn a lot when you're out in the middle, so that's what I wanted to do. It got easier as we batted, but I never felt in. Was a tough wicket, but got easier the more time one spends in the middle. Looking forward to the India series a lot. Very exciting for me, and it's how you want to test yourself. Want to fight against the best teams in the world, and there's a lot of good players in our team. Should be exciting."

Jigar: "South Africa would feel they are deprived of not enough match practice before India test match."

6:05pm We're done, 15 minutes before the end of session No. 5. This is the least number or balls South Africa have needed to take 20 wickets in a Test. It was also their lowest first innings total in an innings win - 309 for 9 declared. They were still batting at this time yesterday. More such bizzare stats in our bulletin after this game. Zimbabwe finds themselves on the wrong end of all of them. A pity after they practically flattened South Africa when the lights came on yesterday - remember, they'd taken 5 for 37 when South Africa decided to declare. Completely outplayed after that, and making it very clear how much they are in need of cricket at this level. A spirited performance followed by a very painful date with gravity. The lights didn't even need to come on a second time.

42.3
W
Maharaj to Muzarabani, OUT

full at off stump, swipes across the line, misses it and loses his off stump. That's the match.

Blessing Muzarabani b Maharaj 10 (13m 9b 1x4 1x6) SR: 111.11
42.2
Maharaj to Muzarabani, no run

full and dropping at leg stump. Steps out and cops it on the pad after missing the flick

42.1
Maharaj to Muzarabani, no run

full, dipping at off stump, spinning away from the batsman's wild swing

end of over 424 runs
ZIM: 121/9CRR: 2.88 
Graeme Cremer18 (37)
Blessing Muzarabani10 (6)
Vernon Philander7-3-10-1
Keshav Maharaj17-5-59-4
41.6
Philander to Cremer, no run

good length, swinging away late at an off stump line. Tapped into the covers off the outside half

41.5
Philander to Cremer, no run

full and just outside off, pushed into the off side off the front foot

41.4
Philander to Cremer, no run

back of a length outside off, tapped to extra cover

41.3
Philander to Cremer, no run

good length outside off, left alone

41.2
Philander to Cremer, no run

good length in the corridor, defended on the front foot

41.1
4
Philander to Cremer, FOUR runs

full outside off, leans in and slices this past point with an open face

end of over 4110 runs
ZIM: 117/9CRR: 2.85 
Blessing Muzarabani10 (6)
Graeme Cremer14 (31)
Keshav Maharaj17-5-59-4
Vernon Philander6-3-6-1
40.6
Maharaj to Muzarabani, no run

length outside off, very slow. Heaves across the line with his long reach, but can't get bat on it

40.5
Maharaj to Muzarabani, no run

back of a length on middle stump, defended off the back foot

40.4
Maharaj to Muzarabani, no run

beaten outside off as he slogs at this length ball outside off

40.3
Maharaj to Muzarabani, no run

full toss outside off, head ends up pointing at long leg again, ball sliced on the bounce to cover

40.2
6
Maharaj to Muzarabani, SIX runs

buh-bye! The perfect slog. Tossed up at middle stump, swings the long levers across the line, head looking at long leg, ball sailing over the midwicket boundary

40.1
4
Maharaj to Muzarabani, FOUR runs

shot. Eight runs in Test career, two fours, one over mid-on in the first innings and now a classy one over mid-off. Full and he uses his wrists to clear that fielder

end of over 404 runs
ZIM: 107/9CRR: 2.67 
Graeme Cremer14 (31)
Blessing Muzarabani0 (0)
Vernon Philander6-3-6-1
Keshav Maharaj16-5-49-4
39.6
4
Philander to Cremer, FOUR runs

oh lovely shot. Kevin Pietersen, are you watching? Length ball at off stump. Walks a long way across to expose middle and leg, then whips it fine. Maharaj sprints to his right at fine leg and can't keep it in with a slide

39.5
Philander to Cremer, no run

back of a length in the corridor, defended on the back foot

39.4
Philander to Cremer, no run

good length in the corridor, defended to mid-off on the front foot

NIall Litchfiel: "re Tayfield - its a pretty good bet he never took 7 wickets on day 2 though. "

39.3
Philander to Cremer, no run

good length at off stump, defended on the front foot

39.2
Philander to Cremer, no run

good length at middle stump, poked to midwicket off the inside edge as he looks to drive on the rise

Best performances - batsmen
Aiden Markram portrait
AK Markram
125 runs (204)
14 fours
2 sixes
Control93%
Productive shot
defended
21 runs
1 four
0 six
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AB de Villiers portrait
AB de Villiers
53 runs (65)
5 fours
1 six
Control89%
Productive shot
pull
18 runs
2 fours
1 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Morne Morkel portrait
M Morkel
O
11
M
5
R
21
W
5
ECO
1.9
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Keshav Maharaj portrait
KA Maharaj
O
17.3
M
5
R
59
W
5
ECO
3.37
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W4W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
TossSouth Africa, elected to bat first
SeriesZimbabwe tour of South Africa [Dec 2017]
Season2017/18
Player Of The Match
Aiden Markram
Aiden Markram
Match numberTest no. 2290
Hours of play (local time)13.30 start, Lunch 15.30-16.10, Tea 18.10-18.30, Close 20.30
Match days26,27 December 2018 - daynight(4-day match)
Test debut
Blessing Muzarabani
Blessing Muzarabani
Ryan Burl
Ryan Burl
Umpires
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Paul Reiffel
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Richard Kettleborough
TV Umpire
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Michael Gough
Reserve Umpire
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Shaun George
Match Referee
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Chris Broad