Zimbabwe vs South Africa Only Test Day 1: Piedt shines on debut with four-for

Piedt picked up a wicket on the first ball of his Test career

Piedt took a wicket on the first ball of his Test career

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South Africa debutant Dane Piedt stole the limelight on the first day of the only Test against Zimbabwe in Harare with his magnificent four-wicket haul.

Piedt was brilliantly supported by pace bowler Dale Steyn, who also took four wickets.

However, Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor deserves a lot of credit as he kept the Proteas at bay for a while with his glorious knock of 93.

Taylor would have been brooding over his decision to bat first early on after opening batsman Vusi Sibanda was caught by Alviro Petersen at third slip off the bowling of Steyn for a duck.

Mark Vermeulen, who was playing in his first Test match in over a decade, only made 14 runs before he was trapped lbw to give Piedt his first Test wicket.

Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza stabilised the innings with a 57-run partnership before Masakadza was clean bowled by Piedt for 45.

Piedt struck again just two balls later when Regis Chakabva was caught by South Africa skipper Hashim Amla at midwicket for a duck.

Sean Williams scored 24 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Steyn.

Taylor and Richard Mutumbami steered the innings back the right direction with a 59-run partnership, during which Taylor brought up his half-century, before Mutumbami was given out lbw off the bowling of Steyn for 21.

Tinashe Panyangara mustered 12 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Vernon Philander.

Taylor ended up making 93 off 159 balls, which included eight boundaries, before he was caught by Jean Paul (JP) Duminy at deep midwicket off the bowling of Piedt.

Taylor hit eight boundaries during his fabulous knock of 93

Taylor hit eight boundaries during his fabulous knock of 93

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Tendai Chatara made a quickfire 22 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Steyn.

Debutants Donald Tiripano and John Nyumbu amassed an unbeaten two-run partnership before stumps was called.

Tiripano finished on nine off 67 balls, which included one boundary, while Nyumbu has yet to get off the mark.

Piedt and Steyn picked up four wickets apiece, while Philander chipped in with one.

Steyn dismissed Sibanda, Williams, Mutumbami and Chatara

Steyn dismissed Sibanda, Williams, Mutumbami and Chatara

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Zimbabwe ended day one on 248/9 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.

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