Zimbabwe vs. South Africa, One-Off Test Day 1: Highlights, Scorecard and Report

Lee Walker@@Lee_BleacherRUK Managing EditorAugust 9, 2014

South African bowler Dale Steyn, right, appeals unsuccessfully for the wicket of Zimbabwean Batsman Mark Vermeulen during the match at Harare Sports club in Harare, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat on the first day of the one off test against South Africa. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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Zimbabwe put in a brave showing on the first day of their one-off Test against South Africa at the Harare Sports Club.

The hosts, ranked ninth of the 10 Test-playing nations, reached 248-9 at stumps against the Proteas.

Zimbabwe 1st Innings: 248 for 9 (89 overs)
Runs Minutes Balls
Sibanda c Petersen b Steyn 0 8 7
H Masakadza b Piedt 45 138 93
Vermeulen lbw b Piedt 14 61 36
Taylor c Duminy b Piedt 93 245 159
Chakabva c Amla b Piedt 0 2
Williams c de Kock b Steyn 24 32 34
Mutumbami lbw b Steyn 21 80 78
Panyangara c de Kock b Philander 12 17 14
Tiripano not out 9 95 67
Chatara c de Kock b Steyn 22 25 26
Nyumbu not out 0 26 20
Extras 2nb 2w 0b 4lb 8
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Steyn 2110 45 4
Philander 165 44 1
M Morkel 193 39 0
Piedt 241 90 4
Duminy 90 26 0

Captain Brendan Taylor led from the front with 93 as the Zimmies try to improve on a record that has seen them lose six of their seven previous Tests against their neighbours.

However, Dale Steyn and debutant Dane Piedt took four wickets apiece to peg back the home team's progress.

South Africa, who regained top spot in the ICC Test rankings last month, made the perfect start as Steyn had Vusi Sibanda caught at third slip for a duck in the third over.

Dale Steyn 376 Test wkt, level with Malcolm Marshall - Steyn (141 inns) is 10 innings faster than Marshall (151 inns) to 376 wicket. #ZimvSA

— Cricket Record (@cricinfo_record) August 9, 2014

Mark Vermeulen, playing in his first Test match in over 10 years after a string of on- and off-the-field problems, then departed for 14 to spinner Piedt's first ball.

Dane Piedt becomes the 19th bowler to take a wicket with his first ball in Tests. http://t.co/ZnQvtNVyhz #zimvsa

— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 9, 2014

Zimbabwe went to lunch at 64-2 and off-spinner Piedt struck again after the adjournment by bowling Hamilton Masakadza through the gate after the opener had made 45.

Two balls later, Regis Chakabva was on his way for a duck as he tamely flicked Piedt to South African captain Hamish Amla at midwicket.

Steyn made further inroads either side of tea by removing Sean Williams (24) and Richmond Mutumbami (21).

6 - Dale Steyn has had a Test bowling average below 22 in six of the last eight years. Incisive.

— OptaJim (@OptaJim) August 9, 2014

After Vernon Philander got in on the act, Piedt denied Taylor a fifth Test century as he was caught on the deep-midwicket boundary.

Steyn picked up his fourth victim late in the day as the sides rounded off their first day of Test cricket against each other in nine years.