Zimbabwe vs South Africa Only Test Day 3: De Kock and Duminy give South Africa upper hand despite Nyumbu’s five-wicket haul

De Kock struck five boundaries and a six during his knock of 81

De Kock struck five boundaries and a six during his knock of 81

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South Africa wicketkeeper batsman Quinton de Kock and all-rounder Jean Paul (JP) Duminy both scored half-centuries to give the Proteas the upper hand against Zimbabwe at the end of the third day of the only Test in Harare.

However, Zimbabwe debutant John Nyumbu deserves a huge amount of credit as he picked up a five-wicket haul.

Starting out the day on 201/4, de Kock and Faf du Plessis converted their 44-run partnership into a 119-run partnership, during which de Kock brought up his half-century, before du Plessis was caught by Regis Chakabva at short leg off the bowling of Nyumbu.

Du Plessis’ brilliant knock of 98 came off 264 balls and included 11 boundaries.

De Kock went on to score 81 off 152 deliveries, which included five boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Vusi Sibanda at midwicket off the bowling of Sean Williams.

Vernon Philander scored 17 runs before he was clean bowled by Williams.

Dale Steyn made a quickfire 19 before he was caught by debutant Donald Tiripano off the bowling of Nyumbu.

Debutant Dane Piedt mustered 13 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Tiripano.

Despite wickets falling at regular intervals, Duminy managed to maintain his composure and score 55 runs, which came off 134 balls and included one boundary, before he was caught by Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor at slip to give Nyumbu his maiden five-wicket haul.

Duminy's excellent form with the bat continued

Duminy’s excellent form with the bat continued

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Nyumbu was easily the pick of the bowlers with his five wickets, while Tiripano and Williams snapped up two wickets apiece and Tendai Chatara chipped in with one as South Africa were bowled out for 397, giving them a 141-run lead.

Nyumbu looks up to the heavens after registering his first five-wicket haul

Nyumbu looks up to the heavens after registering his first five-wicket haul

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Trailing by 141 runs, Zimbabwe got off to an awful start as opening batsman Hamilton Masakadza was caught by AB de Villiers at third slip off the bowling of Morne Morkel for 19 runs.

Sibanda and Tiripano, who was sent in as the nightwatchman, amassed an unbeaten three-run partnership before stumps was called.

Sibanda finished on eight off 24 balls, which included one boundary, while Tiripano remained undefeated on one.

Morkel was the only bowler to take a wicket.

Zimbabwe ended day three on 28/1 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.

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