New Zealand placed 175 runs lead in 1st innings against Proteas at Hamilton

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 | 0

South Africa cricket team is playing the last Test match against New Zealand in this tour which has started in 25th March, 2017 at Hamilton. South Africa won the toss and decided to bat first. The Test series consists of three matches and in past two matches, Proteas won one and other one was drawn. So, Proteas still lead the series by 1 – 0 and if the could draw or win the match, they will win the series as well. Besides, excluding long format series, team SA also won T20I and ODI series against Black Caps.

However, came to bat within just 5 runs, Proteas lost their two openers Elgar and Bruyn where Bruyn did not get chance to open his run account. Amla batted for first down and made partnership with Duminy. They added almost 60 runs to the scoreboard when Duminy was out with individual 20 runs. Rest players participated to the scoreboard and made at least two figure runs where de Kock scored highest 90 runs for the team. Excluding him, Amla and captain Plessis achieved fifty each. So, they finished the innings with 314 runs. Due to rain, Proteas did not played 90 overs in first day but played just 41 overs. In return, Black Caps came to bat and with Williamson’s century and Latham, Raval and Grandhomme’s half century, they finished their innings by scoring 489 runs. New Zealand captain Williamson scored highest 176 runs for the team. Morkel and Rabada took four wickets each for the team.

So, New Zealand able to place 175 runs lead in front of Proteas in the first innings and South Africa came to bat for 2nd innings. In second innings, Proteas faced breakthrough in just 13 runs when Elgar got out by Grandhomme. Later in 25 runs, Bruyn was being run out unfortunately and in 43 runs, their 3rd wicket has fallen. Just one run later, Duminy was gone by Patel. So, they faced one kind of batting disaster and fifth wicket Bavuma was gone in nine runs later when team score was just 59. So, after losing top five wickets in just 59 runs, Proteas needed to make along lasting partnership and so Plessis and De Kock started to play carefully. And according to the latest news, they are on the crease with 15 runs each respectively.

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