Dale Steyn and Dane Piedt took four wickets each to restrict Zimbabwe to 248/9 at stumps on Day One of their one-off Test at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday. The hosts won the toss and chose to bat. The Proteas struck early dismissing Vusi Sibanda (0) after he edged one from Steyn to the slips without the home side getting off the mark at 0/1.
The next wicket to fall was that of Mark Vermuelen (14) who was trapped LBW by debutant Piedt leaving his side on 33/1. Skipper Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza took the Zimbabweans to 64/2 at lunch. After lunch the skipper and birthday boy Masakadza put on a 57-run partnership to take their side to 89/2 before Masakadza (45) was clean bowled closely followed by Regis Chakabva (0); both off the bowling of Piedt (4/90) as the home side found themselves 90/4.
In came Sean Williams who put on a 30-run partnership with Taylor who brought up his seventh Test fifty before Williams departed for a well-played 24 off the bowling of the Phalaborwa Express leaving them on 120/5. Richmond Mutumbami was the next man out in the middle and with his skipper added 45 runs to take them to 165/5 at tea. After tea the home side lost Mutumbami (21) and Tinashe Panyangara (12) as they found themselves on 204/7.
Debutant Donald Tiripano joined Taylor at the crease and took them to 220/7 before the skipper fell seven short of a century. The next man Tendai Chatara managed 22 runs before he was dismissed by Steyn (4-45). Another Zimbabwean debutant John Nyumbu (0 not out) was in at number ten and with Tiripano (9 not out) saw their side to 248/9 at stumps on Day One.