Proteas win with a day to spare

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South Africa needed just 41 runs to win the one-off Test against Zimbabwe in Harare, bowling the hosts out for 181 in the evening session on day four, and reached that target with nine wickets to spare.

South Africa needed just 41 runs to win the one-off Test against Zimbabwe in Harare, bowling the hosts out for 181 in the evening session on day four, and reached that target with nine wickets to spare.

The Proteas ended the match with a day in hand thanks to a good all-round bowling effort, with spinner Dane Piedt taking eight wickets in the match, the best figures by a South African spinner on debut.

The day began with Zimbabwe on 28 for one, and they managed to take that to 80 for two at lunch. They resisted well in the morning, with only night watchman Donald Tiripano departing, bowled by Piedt.

The afternoon was a different story though, as Piedt, Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn ripped through the rest of the order. They lost their last eight wickets for 83 runs, starting with Mark Vermeulen and Vusi Sibanda with the score on 98.

The pair had batted so well in the morning, though Vermeulen looks at sea against Piedt, who spun the ball at right angles on the dry pitch. Vermeulen was trapped LBW by Steyn for 21.

The next over saw Sibanda out for 45, caught and bowled by Piedt, who then also bagged Brendan Taylor. Morkel then got in on the act, sending Sean Williams and eEgis Chakabva packing.

A tail end resistance then saw John Nyumbu and Richmond Mutumbami put on a half century stand, thus allowing the hosts to avoid an innings defeat. They erased the deficit before Steyn removed Mutumbami for 43.

The home innings ended in the 77th over when Tinashe Panyangara was bowled by Steyn, the lead on 40. The visitors made light work of the chase, despite Dean Elgar falling with two runs to go, chopping onto his stumps off Tendai Chatara.

The sides now go into an ODI series, with all three games to be played in Bulawayo, starting on 17 August.

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