Michael Cohen led a strong bowling display by the Powerade South Africa Emerging team before Senuran Muthusamy and Thomas Kaber shone with the bat to leave Zimbabwe A on the ropes after day three of their second four-day match in Kwekwe on Friday.
Cohen first claimed three for 66 to help bowl out the hosts for 225, before the tourists replied with 214/5 declared at the Sports Club. That left the Zimbabweans with a victory target of 444 and they managed to reach stumps on 30/0.
Apart from Cohen, there were also notable performances from Lwandiswa Zuma (2/42), Okuhle Cele (2/36) and Kyle Simmonds (2/33) – leaving the home side shot out in 64 overs.
The South Africans then scored at a brisk 4.28 to the over to move the game forward rapidly. Central to their cause was Muthusamy, who followed his first-innings 102 with 85 (93 balls, 8 fours). Kaber also impressed with an unbeaten 55 (68 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) and so too did Isaac Digale (47).
That left Zimbabwe, who trail the two-match series 1-0, with a massive task on their hands, but they managed to negotiate nine tricky overs before the close thanks to captain Chamu Chibhabha (23) and Brian Chari (7).
Powerade SA National Academy Men’s Squad: Karabo Mogotsi (Gauteng), Wihan Lubbe (North West), Yaseen Vallie (Gauteng), Tony de Zorzi (Northerns), Janneman Malan (North West), Senuran Muthusamy (KZN), Isaac Digale (North West), Michael Cohen (WP), Lwandiswa Zuma (KZN), Tladi Bokako (EP), Okuhle Cele (KZN), Migael Pretorius (Northerns), Kyle Simmonds (Boland), Thomas Kaber (Northerns), Kyle Verrynne (WP), Matthew Christensen (EP).
Management team: Malibongwe Maketa (Head Coach), Shane Burger (Assistant Coach), Nandile Tyali (Fitness Trainer), Michael Gwilliams (Physio), Hendrikus Coertzen (Video Analyst).