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South Africa Wrap Up Nine-Wicket Victory

Dale Steyn celebrates a wicket with Dean Elgar
Dale Steyn took three wickets as South Africa completed victory over Zimbabwe in Harare
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South Africa 397 (du Plessis 98) & 44-1 beat
Zimbabwe 256 & 181 (Piedt 4-62) by nine wickets
Only Test, Harare

South Africa wrapped up a nine-wicket win over Zimbabwe on day four of their only Test in Harare as Dane Piedt recorded the best figures by a South African spinner on Test debut.

At lunch, Zimbabwe had reached 80 for two in their second innings as they tried to bat out the day and set South Africa a challenging target.

However, South Africa hit back to take five wickets in the afternoon session and three more after tea to dismiss them for 181, off-spinner Piedt claiming four for 62 to claim match figures of eight for 152.

Set a target of 41, they needed just 10.4 overs to knock off the runs for the loss of Dean Elgar's wicket.

Zimbabwe enjoyed an excellent morning session as they lost only nightwatchman Donald Tiripano, who was bowled by Piedt for a valiant five in 63 balls.

Vusi Sibanda (45 in 111) and Mark Vermeulen (21 in 68) were solid and put on 40 together as the Zimbabweans reached lunch 61 runs behind.

However, South Africa turned the game decisively in their favour by taking five wickets for 61 in the middle session of the day as Zimbabwe collapsed from 98 for two to 124 for seven, limping to tea at 141 for seven.

Vermeulen was trapped in front by Steyn and Sibanda was caught and bowled by Piedt with the score on 98 and Zimbabwe never recovered from losing both set batsmen.

Piedt took the important wicket of Brendan Taylor (5) and went on to have John Nyumbu caught and bowled for 13.

Morne Morkel returned figures of three for 15 by removing Regis Chakabva and Sean Williams in quick succession before a 54-run stand for the eighth-wicket between Richmond Mutumbami and Tendai Chatara put Zimbabwe in front.

Mutumbami made 43 in 69 balls before falling leg before wicket to Steyn (3-38), who quickly wrapped up the innings by bowling Tinashe Panyangara for two.

Although there was plenty of time left in the day, South African openers Alviro Petersen and Elgar set about chasing down their target quickly.

Elgar smashed Nyumbu for a huge straight six and then swung Chatara away to the mid-wicket boundary for four before he was bowled trying to win the game with one more big hit.

He had made 21 in 27 balls and while he fell short, Faf du Plessis (5 not out) made no mistake, winning the game with a boundary through mid-off.

Petersen was unbeaten on 17 in 30 balls at the other end.

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