Du Plessis leads Proteas' steady chase

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South Africa had lost more wickets than they'd have liked by stumps on day two of the Test against Zimbabwe in Harare, but were still on the road to a hefty lead as they sat on 201 for four at the close.

South Africa had lost more wickets than they'd have liked by stumps on day two of the Test against Zimbabwe in Harare, but were still on the road to a hefty lead as they sat on 201 for four at the close.

As such, they trailed the hosts by just 55 runs, having bowled them out for 256 early in the morning. Faf du Plessis was well set on 69 not out, while Quinton de Kock was on a patient 27.

The day began with the Zimbabweans on 248 for nine, and they were thus only able to add eight runs to their tally before Dale Steyn claimed the final wicket. This dismissal of debutant John Nyumbu gave the paceman a five-fer.

The Proteas then proceeded to bat in rather sedate fashion, using up nearly the entire day for their 200-odd, and losing skipper Hashim Amla and top batsman AB de Villiers for single figures along the way.

Opener Alviro Petersen would have been disappointed with his efforts, having reached the 30s before once again failing to capitalise on a solid start. His partner, Dean Elgar, was more fruitful, making 61.

But it was du Plessis who kept the knock together though, in his typically steady manner. He used up 192 balls for his 69, batting for much of the innings as he came in at three, and struck eight fours.

De Kock was good too for his 27, resisting what was a rather good home attack, consisting of Nyumbu and Donald Tiripano, also on debut, with the former taking two wickets and the latter that of Elgar.

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