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Officially, Sunday’s man of the match in Benoni was Tatenda Taibu, the miniature Zimbabwean wicketkeeper who’s been through the worst of his cricket’s ugly political treadmill.

Fitting, then, that his hundred should come up against South Africa, the country best poised to have helped the game north of the border, but which displayed an apathy in keeping with South Africa’s general political approach to dealing with Zimbabwe; a small victory for a man doing his best to help patch together a shadow of side beyond the Limpopo.

But if Taibu showed up the frailties of South Africa’s bowling unit, short on match practice and susceptible to the counter-attack, then it was another of the old hands you provided the most entertainment on Sunday.

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