Markram century lifts South Africa

Aiden Markram scored a second century in his third Test as  South  Africa  moved on to 251 for four on the first day of the one-off day-night Test against Zimbabwe at St George's Park on Tuesday.

But AB de Villiers' return to the Test arena after an almost two-year hiatus ended in disappointment when he was caught and bowled for 53 just  when he had started accelerating  towards another characteristically flamboyant innings.

Markram scored 125 before being caught behind by Brendan Taylor off Kyle Jarvis just before the dinner break, leaving Temba Bavuma not out on 35 after the first two sessions.

Christopher Mpofu snared De Villiers with an athletic catch after taking the equally prized wicket of Hashim Amla for five.

Dean Elgar (31) was the first  to be dismissed after an opening partnership of 72 with Markram, when he chipped the ball to mid-wicket and was caught by Peter Moor off Jarvis.

Markram, who made a promising debut against Bangladesh in September, reached his century off 175 balls.

De Villiers quickly reached his half century off 62 balls.

It was his 40th Test fifty but he was out three deliveries later as Mpofu took a fine catch after De Villiers checked his shot and hit the ball straight back to the bowler.

De Villiers stepped in as captain when Faf du Plessis pulled out through illness and won the toss as  South  Africa  look for a good showing before three home Tests against top-ranked India next month.  

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