Records for Steyn and Piedt on day one in Harare

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Fast bowler Dale Steyn continued a rich run of form and spinner Dane Piedt commenced a successful debut, as South Africa dominated Zimbabwe on the first day of the one-off Test at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

Fast bowler Dale Steyn continued a rich run of form and spinner Dane Piedt commenced a successful debut, as South Africa dominated Zimbabwe on the first day of the one-off Test at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

Piedt's first delivery in the longest format of the international game brought a dismissal. Only 18 others have achieved this feat. Steyn, meanwhile, surpassed the late Malcolm Marshall's tally of 376 wickets to move into the top 15 of Test cricket's most prolific bowlers.

Host captain Brendan Taylor's decision to bat first on a rather dry pitch was arguably incorrect. While he begged to differ with a sterling 93, very little to no support ultimately saw the Zimbabweans slip to 248 for nine.

The Proteas started convincingly, as Steyn removed opener Vusi Sibanda for a duck. The veteran Hamilton Masakadza dutifully defied, but the introduction of Piedt extracted considerable turn – and warranted a straightforward lbw dismissal.

Batsman Mark Vermeulen, ending a 10-year hiatus away from Test cricket, failed to convert a promising 14 – and a middle-order completed by the talented Regis Chakabva, Sean Williams and Richard Mutumbami were not a collective match for the Steyn and Piedt in tandem.

Williams, however, was unlucky to be given out caught behind. Television replays showed no obvious edge. Tail-ender Tendai Chatara suffered a similar fate. The Decision Review System is not in use for this tour.

The commanding Taylor remained resolute throughout, improving a fine record at a venue that has brought plenty of individual accolades. An uncharacteristic rush of blood to the head, though, saw him hole out in the deep seven runs shy of three figures.

A patriotic crowd was stunned to silence, but acknowledged a defining vigil that spanned 158 deliveries and featured eight fours with a rousing round of applause regardless.

Typically, right-armer Steyn completed the day's best figures of four for 45, enjoying plenty of reverse swing across 21 venomous overs. The Proteas, too, have unearthed a gem in the the 24-year-old Piedt. His telling haul of four for 90 entirely justified selection ahead of the discarded Imran Tahir.

Piedt was not the days only debutant. Zimbabwe had earlier handed maiden Test caps to seamers Donald Tiripano and spinner John Nyumbu, who will face a daunting task against a power-packed Proteas order come Sunday.

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