Zimbabwe A – 344 and 22-2 in 15 over (Takudzwanashe Kaitano 10 *, Brian Mudzinganyama 8, Timycen Maruma 3 *; Daryn Dupavillon 2/9)
South Africa A – 603-4 bid in 135 overs (Zubayr Hamza 222 *, Sinethemba Qeshile 124 *, Ryan Rickelton 109; Roy Kaia 3/98, Tanaka Chivanga 1/101)
Day 3 – Strains: Zimbabwe A trail of 237 tracks
Roy Kaia’s three wickets for 98 were the only positive to come for Zimbabwe A in the long ordeal on the third day of their four-day match against South Africa A at Harare Sports Club on Wednesday.
The highlight for the tourists was the huge unbroken 338 fifth wicket partnership between Zubayr Hamza and Sinethemba Qeshile which knocked the Zimbabwean players into the ground and put their team in a powerful position with a bid at 603.
Eventually Zimbabwe A had started their second inning badly, having lost two wickets for 22 points.
The day started with South Africa A on 257 for two wickets, with Ryan Rickenton on 105 and Hamza 19.
Zimbabwe A opened bowling this morning with Tapiwa Mufudza and Kaia, and the move paid off well, as in the fourth over Rikelton threw a ball from Kaia into the blankets and was caught by Takudzwanashe Kaitano, scoring 265 for three. wicket.
Senuran Muthusamy came next, meaning four of the top five South African hitters in this match were left-handed.
Muthusamy only lasted three balls, however, before reaching forward on the defensive for Kaia, he missed and was dealt lbw without scoring.
With Qeshile coming in later, for the first time in the innings there were two right-handed hitters in the crease.
Queshile took 20 balls to score his first points, but Hamza hit aggressively from the start.
He drove a Kaia ball for six and reached his fifty out of 78 balls, right after the 300 appeared on the scoreboard.
Three overs after 80 overs were thrown and the second new ball became available, although it was not caught immediately.
Queshile took some time to settle in before he too started attacking bowling.
Both were still together when Zimbabwe was approved in total 344, with just four fewer wickets.
At this point the second new ball was taken, with Tendai Chatara and Tanaka Chivanga using it.
Hamza was not discouraged and beat two fours on Chatara’s first over.
Chatara followed with two first overs at Qeshile, however, after which lunch was taken at 369 for four, with Hamza now at 93 and Qeshile at 32, the partnership now putting on 104.
After lunch Hamza hit Chatara again for two to four, reaching his century with 147 balls.
Not happy with a century mother, he went on his way and his collaboration with Qeshile continued to grow.
A well-timed hook for four out of Chatara brought Qeshile his fifty balls out of 117; Hamza was now at 136.
For Hamza, 150 came out of 187 balls, and then came the double century partnership with Qeshile, the team’s score reaching 465.
The 500 appeared on the scoreboard just before tea, when the exact total was 506 for four wickets: Hamza now had 178 and Queshile 75.
The fatigue of the Zimbabwean bowlers continued after tea.
Chivanga showed some pace and hostility when he opened bowling after half-time, some of his deliveries really tested the hitters, but with their personal benchmarks in sight they weathered and weathered the storm.
Qeshile hit Kaia for two consecutive fours to bring up the first-class first century of his career, which brought him 186 balls.
In the ensuing over Hamza swung a leg-side delivery from Chivanga for four to complete the second double century of his career, after dealing with 226 balls – he soon surpassed his previous high of 203 without being eliminated.
Another four from Qeshile have lifted the partnership by 300 races.
The bid eventually came when the total exceeded 600 – 603 for four wickets, to be exact.
Hamza didn’t come out with 222, he scored 240 balls with 28 fours and three sixes, while Qeshile didn’t come out with 124, 213 balls with 17 fours.
Their partnership had put on 338, which is the first fifth wicket partnership to exceed 300 in all first-class cricket involving a Zimbabwean team.
This is the first total of over 600 recorded against a Zimbabwean team since Sri Lanka scored 713 for three against a weakened Zimbabwean team in the May 2004 Bulawayo Test match.
Kaia took three of the four wickets to fall, while Chivanga took the other, for 101 points.
Brian Mudzinganyama and Kaitano opened the second inning for Zimbabwe A after a long day on the pitch, and of course they played a cautious game.
They looked solid enough until, with nine points on the scoreboard, Mudzinganyama (8) fatally rested his arms on a Daryn Dupavillon ball that went off the pitch and shattered his stumps.
Then two balls later Wessly Madhevere was trapped lbw by the same pitcher with the score unchanged.
Kaitano did a great job for the team by holding out until the end, when he was 10, while Timycen Maruma, substitute for concussion along with Chivanga for Dion Myers and Milton Shumba, wasn’t out with three.
Zimbabwe A will have a very severe battle Tomorrow if they want to save a draw from this match.