South Africa raced to victory in the inaugural four-day Test against Zimbabwe, taking 16 wickets on day two to win by an innings and 120 runs.
By SportBrief Reporter
Aiden Markram’s century put the home side in control in the one-off match in Port Elizabeth before Morne Morkel took 5-21 in the tourists’ first innings.
Earlier on in the first innings South Africa had put on 309 runs but in response, Zimbabwe were woeful with the bat and were bundled out for 68 in their first innings.
In the second innings, the Chevrons looked to put up somewhat of a fight as they went to tea at 36 without loss. But a spectacular crumble in the final session saw the visitors get dismissed for 121.
The Proteas spinner Keshav Maharaj wreaked havoc on the visitors batting line up with impressive figures of 5-59.
Craig Ervine was Zimbabwe’s top second-innings scorer with 23 as they struggled with the conditions and the pink ball.
“I don’t think we were overwhelmed but it was a surprise to us to see the ball move around like that. We didn’t assess conditions that well,” said Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer.
“This shows us where we are and where we need to be.”
South Africa’s AB de Villiers marked his return to Test cricket after almost two years out with 53.
“The bowlers were exceptional on a very spicy wicket but we still needed to do the basics well and we didn’t miss our mark very often,” De Villiers said.