Zimbabwe vs South Africa Only Test Day 2: South Africa make slow progress despite half-centuries from du Plessis and Elgar

Du Plessis is currently unbeaten on 69

Du Plessis is currently unbeaten on 69

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Despite half-centuries from South Africa opener Dean Elgar and batsman Faf du Plessis, the Proteas made slow progress against Zimbabwe on the second day of the only Test in Harare.

Starting out the day on 248/9, Zimbabwe debutants Donald Tiripano and John Nyumbu only added eight runs to their two-run partnership before Nyumbu was caught behind off the bowling of Dale Steyn for two runs.

Steyn was the pick of the bowlers after registering his 24th five-wicket haul, while debutant Dane Piedt snapped up four wickets and Vernon Philander chipped in with one as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 256.

Trailing by 256, South Africa got off to a solid start as Alviro Petersen and Elgar amassed a 57-run partnership before Petersen was caught behind off the bowling of Nyumbu for 32.

Elgar and du Plessis kept the runs flowing with a 75-run partnership, during which Elgar brought up his half-century, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Tiripano.

Elgar’s fantastic knock of 61 came off 146 balls and included seven boundaries.

Elgar struck seven boundaries during his knock of 61

Elgar struck seven boundaries during his knock of 61

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South Africa captain Hashim Amla only made four runs before he was caught by Vusi Sibanda at cover off the bowling of Tendai Chatara.

AB de Villiers failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught by Sibanda at midwicket off the bowling of Nyumbu for seven runs.

Du Plessis and Quinton de Kock put together an unbeaten 44-run partnership before stumps was called.

Du Plessis finished on 69 off 192 balls, which included eight boundaries, while de Kock remained undefeated on 27 off 48 deliveries, which included three boundaries.

Nyumbu was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Tiripano and Chatara claimed one wicket each.

South Africa ended day two on 201/4 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.

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