Lots to be excited about

HARARE - A nine wicket win with a day to spare is a comfortable and pretty comprehensive win in anyone's language.

And when it's one versus 10, you wouldn't expect any different.

People who will either look at their newspapers while enjoying their breakfast, will more than likely scoff and say... "We told you so".

Results and scoreboards often don't give a true reflection of how good a game had been.

Yes, the Proteas won by nine wickets, and sadly that will be the main talking point, especially for those who hadn't watched any of the cricket.

Those who took time out to really settle in for the weekend, be it in front of their television sets, or at the ground will know the true state of affairs.

This one-off Test was a hard fought and gruelling encounter.

Slow and at times tedious and laborious both teams had to dig deep and fight hard, and in the end, it was lack of game time that saw the experienced Proteas take the initiative after lunch on the fourth day.

The talking points in this Test will be the emergence of two talented off-spiners, a very disciplined Zimbabwean bowling attack, and the sheer delight of having so many world beaters in our country.

John Nyumbu has already won the hearts of Zimbabwean fans, Donald Tiripano has a definite steeliness and resolve about him, and Richmond Mutumbani has undoubtedly made the wicket keeping slot his own.

He handed himself with maturity with the gloves, and he also showed that he is capable of holding up an end which was what he did when batting in the first innings with Brendan Taylor, and then showed his ability to keep the scoreboard ticking in the second innings with a fluent 43, despite receiving a painful blow on the foot.

South Africa, although comprehensive winners, will naturally be disappointed that their two big guns Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers missed out, and Vernon Philander seems to be struggling to take wickets away from home not to dissimilar to James Anderson.

Both bowlers rely on swing and seam, and seem less threatening when playing on the lower and slower wicket of Harare Sports Club, or in Anderson's case, the faster and bouncier pitches of Australia.

Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, who rely on express pace, amongst many of their trickery in their armour, posed as much of a threat as Dane Piedt did.

Another baffling move by Hashim Amla, was to give part time bowler Dean Elgar a few overs after tea.

It was as if they wanted the Test to extend into the fifth and final day.

But in the end, South Africa did what they had to do, and even though captain Brendan Taylor seemed disappointed at the middle order's capitulation after lunch, more game time is what Zimbabwe need.

They can hold their heads relatively high, and look forward to the three ODIS in Bulawayo starting on Sunday.

Comments (1)

Rubbish! iTS A THOROUGH BEATING BY ANY STANDARDS, AND THATS WHAT IT IS! Ndimi moti tinotambura hedu neZANU but zvishoma! Kutamburisa!

Pringo - 14 August 2014

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