South Africa vs Zimbabwe Only Test Day 1 Highlights Today 26 Dec 2017

Watch SA vs ZIM cricket highlights today on 26-12-2017. Zimbabwe vs South Africa first Test day 1 highlights and videos. Aiden Markram’s second Test hundred, in only his fourth innings was the highlight of today’s play.

Toss: South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.









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The ball that eventually dismissed Markram was easily the ball of the day. Jarvis had nibbled away in the corridor all day, and in his 14th over produced one that seamed away from a good length after initially angling into Markram. He had to play at it. Brendan Taylor, diving in front of first slip, pouched the edge in his outstretched right glove.

Until that point, Zimbabwe had struggled to find a way past Markram. He punished anything he could cut or pull, and looked particularly impregnable in defence when the ball was on off stump or straighter. He was seldom tied down by good-length balls on or around off stump, getting off strike frequently by working the ball wide of mid-on, and anything remotely on his legs ran away to the leg-side boundary.









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A wider line tested him occasionally, his natural inclination to feel ball on bat leading him to play at deliveries other batsmen may have left, but such indiscretions were few and far between. On one occasion, Zimbabwe wasted a review when Blessing Muzarabani, the stick-thin, 2m-tall debutant, beat his outside edge.

Zimbabwe made poor use of their second review as well, failing to spot an AB de Villiers inside-edge onto pad, and so, when they had an actual case to review a not-out decision against Markram on 70 – Chamu Chibhabha struck him just inside the line of off stump and ball-tracking suggested the ball would have gone on to hit the top of middle – they had none left.