Ringing the warning bell! SA crush Zimbabwe in just 2 days, warn India

South Africa, Zimbabwe, Morne Morkel, Keshav Maharaj, Ab de Villiers, Brendon Taylor, Faf du Plessis, Cricket
Ringing the warning bell! SA crush Zimbabwe in just 2 days, warn India

It was not a perfect experiment for a four-day Test match as South Africa didn’t need even half the time to beat Zimbabwe and also send a warning sign to the Indian cricket team.

Keshav Maharaj picked a fifer and Andile Phehlukwayo picked up 3 wickets as SA bundled out Zimbabwe for 121 runs in the second innings of the first ever 4-day Test match to win by an innings and 120 runs.

After being bowled out for a meagre 68 in the first innings the visitor looked determined to end their first innings dismal show. But that didn’t last long. Hamilton Masakadza walked back injured and once Chamu Chibhabha was dismissed for 15 and Brendan Taylor was out for 16, a similar tale unfolded. From 75/1, they were reduced to 103/9.

In the first innings, Morne Morkel ran riot as Zimbabwe were bundled out for a meagre total of 68 runs. Morkel picked up 5 wickets while Kagiso Rabada and Andile Phehlukwayo picked up 2 wickets each as Zimbabwe hardly lasted 30 overs. Kyle Jarvis was the top scorer with 23 runs and Ryan Burl scored 16. Except for these two no other batsmen got into double digit.

After declaring their first innings for 309/9, Morne gave the Proteas the best possible start. He dismissed Hamilton Masakadza on the very first ball. He then dismissed Chamu Chabhabha and Brendon Taylor for 6 and o respectively before Philander picked up the wicket of Craig Ervine.

Burl and Jarvis added 22 runs for the third wicket and Jarvis added another 19 with Peter Moor as they crossed 50.

Earlier, Aiden Markram scored century while comeback man AB de Villiers scored 53 as South Africa scored 309/9. Temba Bavuma scored 44. As African batting collapsed they declared their innings. Kyle Jarvis and Chris Mpofu picked up 3 wickets each.

South Africa enforced follow-on as they got a first innings lead of 241 runs. This was the lowest total of 2017.

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