South Africa made hay in batting-friendly conditions to reach 247/2 at Tea on Day 1 of the second Test against West Indies in Johannesburg on Wednesday, March 8. Aiden Markram forged a 76-run opening stand with Dean Elgar (42) and followed it up with a century partnership for the second wicket with Tony de Zorzi during his 139-ball stay in which he amassed 96 runs. De Zorzi (70*) and Temba Bavuma (27*) then joined forces for an unbroken 55-run association to deflate West Indies who seemed devoid of ideas on a dry Wanderers pitch.
De Zorzi, who had scores of 28 and 0 in the first Test, raised his maiden Test fifty. Bavuma built a good partnership with de Zorzi, who was quick to punish anything loose.
Motie, who was brought into the eleven in place of Shannon Gabriel, drew first blood for South Africa as Elgar top-edged a sweep, with Roston Chase taking a good low catch at short fine leg. The dismissal did not have a bearing on Markram’s approach as he struck his 10th four, off Chase, to bring up a 68-ball fifty.
What a moment for Tony de Zorzi 👏
He brings up his maiden half-century with his seventh four of the innings 🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/zzzjWfK9rr
— SuperSport 🏆 (@SuperSportTV) March 8, 2023