Debutant off-spinner Dane Piedt and Dale Steyn took four scalps each as South Africa restricted hosts Zimbabwe to 248 for 9 at the end of first day’s play of their one-off test on Saturday. 

On a flat Harare Sports Club wicket that offered little purchase for the quicks, but had plenty of turn, Dale Steyn proved why he is the best bowler in the world as he took four for 45 to put the screws on the Zimbabwean scoring. 

The South African has now gone past West Indian legend Malcolm Marshall to 379 test wickets and occupy the 14th place on the all-time wicket-takers list, and will now set his sights on Ian Botham‘s tally of 383. While Malcolm Marshall is consistently regarded as the greatest fast bowler in the game, Steyn achieving his wickets tally 6 test matches and 10 innings earlier is likely to cement Steyn’s standing as the greatest fast bowler in the last decade. 

Steyn has moved past Marshall’s tally bowling approximately 2000 less deliveries and possessing a better strike rate of 41.7 compared to Marshall’s 46.7. Steyn is just 34 wickets away from claiming a place in the Top 10, a position currently held by India’s Harbhajan Singh

Muttiah Muralitharan leads the pack with 800 test wickets and an impressive 67 five-wicket hauls. 

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