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Zimbabwe bowled out twice in one day as Proteas sweep to an an easy win by an innings and 120 runs.

ANOTHER ONE DOWN: The Proteas celebrate as Morné Morkel takes another wicket in the day-night Sunfoil Test at St Georges Park yesterday.

One-off Test
South Africa vs Zimbabwe

St George’s Park Port Elizabeth

Sa First Innings309/9 dec

Batting: AK Markram 125, AB de Villiers 53, T Bavuma 44

Bowling: K Jarvix 3/57, C Mpofu 3/58

Zimbabwe First Innings68 all out

Batting: K Jarvis 23

Bowling: M Morkel 5/21

Zimbabwe Second Innings121 all out

Batting: C Ervine 23, A Cremer 18*

Bowling: K Maharaj 5/59, A Phehlukwayo 3/13

Result: SA win by innings and 120 runs

Zimbabwe were bowled out twice yesterday as South Africa swept to an easy victory by an innings and 120 runs as the inaugural four-day day-night Test finished inside two days at St George’s Park.

Zimbabwe were dismissed for 68 runs in their first innings and then 121 in their follow-on in reply to South Africa’s 309/9 declared.

The one-off Test ended inside five sessions as the gulf in ability between the two neighbours was cruelly exposed.

Destroyer-in-chief

Morné Morkel was the destroyer-in-chief in Zimbabwe’s first innings with figures of 5/21, as night-watchman Kyle Jarvis top scored with 23 off 50 balls. Debutant Ryan Burl, who added 16, was the only other Zimbabwean batsman to get to double figures.

Zimbabwe, who are bottom of the 10-team Test rankings, started the second day reeling on 30/4 after being put in to bat for the last hour of the first day of the first day-night Test played in South Africa and struggled with the pink ball in unfamiliar conditions.

They did show some resistance at the start of their second innings but once their first wicket fell on 51, when Chamu Chibhabha was caught behind, there followed a steady procession of batsmen to the crease as Keshav Maharaj took 5/59 and Andile Phehlukwayo returned figures of 3/13.

All Zimbabwe’s second innings wickets fell in a single session between the tea and dinner break. Craig Ervine was their top second innings scorer with 23 runs.

South Africa won the toss and batted first on Tuesday with Aiden Markram scoring 125 and AB de Villiers 53 on his return to the Test arena after a hiatus of almost two years.

The four-day Test is the first since the International Cricket Council tweaked regulations to give some of the weaker nations a more sporting chance, in the wake of Afghanistan and Ireland being granted Test status.

The one-off game against Zimbabwe was also supposed to provide the home team with preparation for their three-Test series against top ranked side India, which begins next week.

But it was much more of a one-sided contest than originally expected and will have provided neither side with any meaningful experience.

Reuters