De Kock to miss rest of four-day Test

De Kock to miss rest of four-day Test

Besides spending valuable time in the middle in their only warm-up game ahead of the Test, Masakadza also batted through the period of sunset and when the lights took full effect on the first day. Faf du Plessis was ruled out of the encounter, forcing AB de Villiers to lead the side.

The tourists resumed at 30 for four after having been bullied into submission by a fired-up Morkel in the opening evening session on Tuesday.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa:Stand-in South Africa captain AB de Villiers won the toss and made a decision to bat first in the one-off day-night Test against Zimbabwe at St George's Park on Tuesday.

Faced with nearly an hour to bat before tea, Zimbabwe showed greater resistance in their second innings but Morkel remained a threat.

After a cautious start from the South African openers which saw them score just six runs off the first five overs.

"We are looking to play positive cricket and will try to take the game to the South Africans although different conditions, different team, but definitely looking to go out there and play positive cricket". All three had something to do with the slowness of the St. George's Park surface, but also with unwise strokes; Dean Elgar, who had moved attractively to 31, flicked Jarvis uppishly; Hashim Amla failed to keep down a back-foot slash; and de Villiers drove early to offer a return catch to Chris Mpofu.

When the post-dinner session began, South Africa were 251 for 4.

Jarvis sent back Bavuma with a delivery not dissimilar to the one that dismissed Markram, before Graeme Cremer picked up a pair of quick lbws to send back Vernon Philander and de Kock. Zimbabwe included two new caps in batsman Ryan Burl and fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani.

With 16 overs possible in the Zimbabwe's innings, Morkel (3-20) looked lethal with the wickets of Hamilton Masakadza (0), Chamu Chibhabha (6) and Brendan Taylor (0) while Philander (1-5) trapped Craig Ervine (4) LBW and were reeling at 14 for four. This came after International Cricket Council's (ICC) permission to stage a four-day Test. It necessitates the use of the pink ball.

Zimbabwe did better on the second day, scoring 265 thanks to Dion Ebrahim (72) and Andy Blignaut (61), and the Test was done and dusted well before stumps.

De Villiers held three catches behind the wicket, taking his total of wicketkeeper dismissals to 101 in 26 of his 107 Test matches.

Second on the points table led by India (124 points), South Africa will remain on 111 points even if they win the match while a draw will see them lose one point.



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