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South Africa holds Zimbabwe to 248-9 in one-off test despite Taylor's 93

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HARARE, Zimbabwe - South Africa's Dale Steyn and offspinner Dane Piedt took four wickets each to hold Zimbabwe to 248-9 at stumps on day one of the only test at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

Fast bowler Steyn returned 4-45 and Piedt 4-90, taking a wicket with his first ball in tests and then going on to an impressive return on debut.

Zimbabwe struggled on a slow pitch, with only captain Brendan Taylor providing prolonged resistance for the host with his 93. Opener Hamilton Masakadza made 45 and shared a 57-run stand with Taylor. Taylor and wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami also combined for a half-century stand, but the Zimbabwe skipper fell to Piedt seven short of his century and near the close, putting the 24-year-old spinner one short of an impressive five-wicket haul on debut.

On a dry, helpful surface for slow bowlers, Piedt earlier struck to remove Mark Vermeulen lbw for 14 when his first delivery in international cricket turned sharply from outside off stump. Vermeulen was making his first test appearance for Zimbabwe in nearly 10 years. Piedt also bowled Masakadza and dismissed Regis Chakabva in the space of three balls to continue his fantastic start to tests.

Steyn led top-ranked South Africa's pace attack, striking for the first wicket when opener Vusi Sibanda edged to Alviro Petersen in the slips for a duck. After winning the toss, Zimbabwe took nearly four overs to score its first run and only the contributions by Taylor and Masakadza, the team's most experienced players, partially saved test cricket's strugglers.

The one-off match is the first test between the neighbours in nearly a decade. It's also South Africa's first game since reclaiming the No. 1 ranking in tests from Australia with a series win in Sri Lanka last month.

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