Ebrahim leads Zimbabwe A fightback

Zimbabwe A 263 for 7 (Ebrahim 84*, Taylor 68) trail South Africa A 272 by 9 runs

Dion Ebrahim and Brendon Taylor made patient half-centuries as Zimbabwe A inched towards the first-innings lead in their game against South Africa A at Bulawayo. Ebrahim's unbeaten 84 off 213 balls held the innings together and Zimbabwe A finished the second day on 263 for 7, just nine adrift of the South African total.

After Douglas Hondo had helped restrict the South Africans to 272, the top-order batsmen stitched together some useful partnerships. The 72-run stand between Taylor (68) and Ebrahim put them in a comfortable position, but Paul Adams picked up the wickets of Taylor and Tatenda Taibu to peg them back.

Zimbabwe A lost two more wickets soon after, and were in trouble at 172 for 6, before Mluleki Nkala helped revive the innings. Nkala, who smashed five fours in his 44-ball 33, added 54 with Ebrahim and the pair helped Zimbabwe A to wrest the initiative by the end of the second day.