December 27 2017 – THE Standard Bank Proteas took 16 wickets on the second day of their one-off day/night Test match against Zimbabwe to clinch victory by an innings and 120 runs at St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday(yesterday).
Zimbabwe simply had no answer to the Proteas attack as Morne Morkel (his seventh five-wicket haul) did the demolition job in the first innings and then Keshav Maharaj helped himself to his third five-wicket haul in the second innings when the visitors had been forced to follow on.
In all Zimbabwe batted no more than 72 overs in their two innings and while they had to contend with the twilight and night time conditions for the first part of their first innings their entire second innings took place in day light.
In addition to Maharaj’s 5/59 in 17.3 overs Andile Phehlukwayo returned career-best figures of 3/13 in 7 overs.
Aiden Markram was named Sunfoil Man of the Match for his first innings century.
AB de Villiers, the stand-in wicketkeeper for the injured Quinton de Kock, took eight catches behind the stumps and now has 205 catches (not all behind the stumps) and five stumpings from his Test career. – ANA