Current Match Report – New Zealand vs South Africa 1st Take a look at 2023/24

New Zealand 511 (Ravindra 240, Williamson 118, Model 6-119) and 179 for 4 dec (Williamson 109, Conway 29, Model 2-52) beat South Africa 162 (Petersen 45, Henry 3-31, Santner 3-34) and 247 (Bedingham 87, Jamieson 4-58, Santner 3-59) by 281 runs

Kyle Jamieson’s four-wicket haul backed up by Mitchell Santner’s three-for helped New Zealand document a mammoth 281-run win over South Africa within the first Take a look at in Mount Maunganui – their second highest when it comes to runs. The margin of defeat would have been way more if not for David Bedingham’s counterattacking 87 off 96 balls, the place he took on the quick ball with some aplomb.

Jamieson struck twice every after the lunch and tea breaks, breaking necessary stands as South Africa, who had been chasing 529 for a win, folded for 247 in 80 overs. There have been good partnerships constructed, however South Africa misplaced wickets in clusters manner too usually to go down. Other than Bedingham, Zubayr Hamza, Raynard van Tonder and Keegan Petersen all obtained begins however none of them might go on and get an enormous one.

Earlier, New Zealand expectedly declared their second innings in a single day on 179 for 4, setting South Africa an inconceivable goal. Their bowlers Matt Henry and Tim Southee instantly discovered help beneath overcast skies to go away South Africa at 5 for two within the fourth over. Whereas Southee troubled Edward Moore within the first over by curling the ball each methods, Henry seemingly had Neil Model caught behind together with his second supply, as Tom Blundell took a shocking catch to his left. The South Africa captain, nonetheless, was saved on overview.

Model’s keep on the crease was short-lived although, as Southee breached his defence with an incoming magnificence. He obtained the ball to jag in from the around-the-wicket angle, and Model, uncertain whether or not to play on the ball or depart it, was late and noticed his stumps in a multitude. At that time, with the ball hooping round and the batters uncertain, a collapse was on the playing cards. However Hamza and van Tonder hung round.

Hamza, who had appeared strong within the first innings, obtained the primary 4 of the innings within the eleventh over – a agency punch by covers off Jamieson – earlier than chopping Southee sq. quickly after. Van Tonder, on a pair on debut, obtained his first runs in Assessments with a push previous mid-on. He had his nervous moments although, as an edge fell in need of second slip to together with numerous performs and misses, however he saved going. The pair quickly introduced up the primary 50-run stand for South Africa within the Take a look at, and moved to lunch unscathed.

However having fought onerous, debutant van Tonder’s 83-ball vigil ended three overs after lunch when he edged a full-length Jamieson supply straight into the palms of Tom Latham, who was stationed a tad huge at slips. Two overs later, it was Hamza’s flip to depart when his meek try at a pull might solely go so far as Southee at mid-on.

Bedingham and Petersen joined forces within the thirty third over with the rating at 73 for 4, and added 105 for the fifth wicket, with the previous doing the majority of the scoring. Bedingham began nervously, swishing and lacking at a few balls after which twice edging Jamieson previous the lone slip Latham, who was positioned huge. However Petersen, on the different finish, appeared extra strong.

For 11 overs from the thirty fifth to the forty sixth, South Africa might solely handle 16 runs, with a single boundary. There have been probabilities created, however none that actually went handy. Then got here Matt Henry with a short-ball plan, and Bedingham determined to chop unfastened. Having determined to take his identify out of the SA20 draft in a bid to play this collection, Bedingham confirmed off his T20 ware on this Take a look at – and in model. Henry went quick at him 4 instances in 4 balls, however was carted for a boundary every time by making room and stepping in the direction of the leg facet, in an over that went for 19.

Rachin Ravindra was then tonked for a 4 straight down the bottom – one which obtained Bedingham to his second fifty in Assessments, earlier than he took a liking to Southee. The quick bowler went quick, and Bedingham’s back-away-and-swing-for-the-hills plan was executed to perfection. Within the final ten balls that he confronted off Southee earlier than tea, Bedingham carted him for 28. In all, South Africa scored 111 off 28 overs within the second session, with 71 coming off the final ten.

New Zealand went quick at Bedingham for 22 balls, of which he whacked 48 runs, however the shot additionally led to his downfall publish tea. Not prepared to vary his strategy, he went after Jamieson first over after the interval, however his miscued pull was caught at deep midwicket, with Bedingham falling 13 in need of what would have been a maiden Take a look at ton.

In his very subsequent over, Jamieson had Peterson caught off a brief ball all the way down to deep-backward sq. leg, with Ravindra taking a great, low catch, and the top was nigh. Clyde Fortuin’s innings was lower quick in an unlucky method when he pulled a Glenn Phillips lengthy hop straight into the knee of Latham at quick leg, with the ball popping up for wicketkeeper Blundell to finish the catch.

Duanne Olivier then edged Santner to first slip, earlier than the left-arm spinner ended Dane Paterson’s enterprising innings on 15 to shut out the sport for the hosts and helped them take a 1-0 lead.

Ravindra, for his 240 within the first innings, was named Participant of the Match.

Ashish Pant is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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