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Zimbabwe bowlers stifle SA

Harare: Zimbabwe stifled South Africa’s usually fluent top six, but the world’s top-ranked Test side remained in control by reaching 201 for four, 55 runs behind, at the close on the second day of the one-off Test, at the Harare Sports Club, on Sunday.

The day yielded just 209 runs in the 90 overs on a wicket that is becoming increasingly difficult to bat on as Zimbabwe posted 256 in the morning session. Faf du Plessis (69) and Quinton de Kock (27) will resume on day three.

In the hour after tea, South Africa scored 11 runs for the loss of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers as the home side packed the offside field and bowled wide of off-stump, daring the batsmen to blast their way through the ring of men.

Meanwhile, Chatara has been reprimanded after pleading guilty to a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the first day's play.

The charge related to an incident in the 83rd over of Zimbabwe's innings, when Chatara, after being given out caught behind, shook his head and pointed to his leg as he walked to the pavilion.