Zouth Africa A gets a perfect start

UNBEATEN centuries from Hashim Amla and skipper Boeta Dippenaar gave South Africa A a perfect start on the first day of their second and last four-day match against Zimbabwe Select at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.
The two batsmen profited from some poor fielding by the home side as Amla, wh

o was dropped once, finished unbeaten on 115.
Dippenaar, who was given three lives, was also still in there with 103 runs to take South Africa to 287 for the loss of just two wickets in 94 overs.
Dippenaar won the toss and chose to bat first. Openers Morne van Wyk and Imran Khan put up 51 for the first wicket before Khan was run out attempting a run that was never there.
Khan pushed a delivery from off spinner Prosper Utseya to square leg and set off for a quick single but van Wyk never moved on the other hand and Elton Chigumbura had an easy task of running in to run out Khan who was stranded in the middle of the park.
Gangling pace bowler Christopher Mpofu picked up the second wicket in the second over of his second spell of the morning when he trapped van Wyk leg before wicket for 30 runs with brilliant delivery.
The batsman had survived another close leg before shout from the same bowler in the same over.
The dismissal of van Wyk proved to be the only celebration for the hosts as Amla and Dippenaar cut lose.
Stuart Matsikenyeri dropped Amla at midwicket off the bowling of left arm spinner Keith Dabengwa.
Amla reached the half century mark after facing up to 103 balls in 123 minutes at the crease in which he struck six fours.
Brendan Taylor first put down Dippenaar on 60 off Mpofu’s bowling. Dippenaar got his second life on 77 when wicketkeeper Tatenda Taibu missed a chance off leg spinner Tymicen Maruma.
In the second over before the close, Dippenaar was once again let off on 102 when first slip Hamilton Masakadza missed a sharp edge off Mpofu.
Play resumes this morning with the South Africans hoping to continue with their dominance while Zimbabwe Select would be hoping that the spinners find some turn on the pitch.
South Africa A are 1-0 up in the two match series after they won the first match played at Harare Sports Club by eight wickets.


South Africa A First Innings

M. van Wyk lbw b Mpofu 30
I. Khan run out (Chigumbura) 27
H. Amla not out 115
*B. Dippenaar not out 103
Extras: (2lb, 7nb, 3w) 12
Total: (two wickets 94 overs) 287
Fall of wickets: 1-51(Khan 18 overs), 2-70(van Wyk 25.5 overs)
Still to bat: A. Prince, J. Ontong, A. Hall, T. Tsolekile, P. Harris, Y. Abdullah and J. Botha.
Bowling: Mpofu 17-2-62-1(1nb, 1w), Brent 18-7-35-0, Chigumbura 14-3-45-0(5nb, 2w), Utseya 16-3-50-0, Maruma 17-2-53-0(1nb), Dabengwa 9-0-33-0, Masakadza 3-1-7-0
Zimbabwe Select team: H. Masakadza, B. Taylor, V. Sibanda, +T. Taibu, S. Matsikenyeri, E. Chigumbura, *P. Utseya, T. Maruma, G. Brent, K. Dabengwa, C. Mpofu.

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