Zimbabwean players bemoan poor lighting in Boxing Day match

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Zimbabwean fast bowler, Christopher Mpofu, admitted that it was always going to be difficult for batsmen against the pink ball under lights.

“I would say the lights played a big part. I think for us its a big opposition against South Africa. I think we gave our best shot. We might have started maybe not the way we wanted, we should have got a few. But I think our first session we bowled well maybe second session we gave them a few runs. But I still believe that as a unit we bowled well.”

South Africa dominated the opening day of the historic day/night four day one-off test against Zimbabwe in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday. The Proteas who won the toss and decided to bat, closed their innings on 309 for nine, and in reply the visitors finished the day on 30 for four.

Fast bowler Morne Morkel took three of the Zimbabwean wickets.

Earlier opening batsman, Adian Makram, hit 125, his second century in three test matches.

Markram says he is still adjusting to the pink ball used for the first time in South Africa this match.

“We just came from a domestic T20 competition. It’s always not an easy to jump from format to format like that. I’m still inexperienced it’s always a challenge for me. There were a few factors that contributed today. The pink ball is much different to the red ball. Today was a toughest experience for me as well.”