Andile Phehlukwayo returned career-best figures to leave South Africa A five wickets away from victory against Zim A in Bulawayo.
The Dolphins all-rounder claimed 5-62 in 20 overs as the hosts were bowled out for 356 in reply to the visitors’ 570-6 declared – a deficit of 214.
Phehlukwayo was the pick of the bowlers with his maiden five-for in what is just his 16th first-class match, while Duanne Olivier weighed in with 3-63.
At one point it looked like it was going to be another impressively stubborn batting display from the hosts, as Prince Masvaure made a mammoth 146. They were on 293-4 with Craig Irvine chipping in with 59, but the last six wickets fell for just 63.
Phehlukwayo (1-7) then claimed another second-innings scalp as the home side reached stumps following on at 89-5, leaving them still 125 behind with only five wickets standing.
Maharaj was the stand-out performer second time around at the Queens Sports Club thanks to his 3-37 in 16 overs. The other wicket went to Piedt (1-12).
What might be of slight concern to SA is that Vernon Philander hasn’t yet chipped in with a wicket in this match as he takes the road back to Test cricket. He will have five opportunities to do so on Monday, the final day of the final match of the series, after the first one was drawn in Harare.
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