NZ vs SA 1st Test: Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell and Matt Henry shine as hosts seven wickets away from victory

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NZ vs SA 1st Test: Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell and Matt Henry shine as hosts seven wickets away from victory
NZ vs SA 1st Test: Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell and Matt Henry shine as hosts seven wickets away from victory

NZ vs SA 1st Test: Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell and Matt Henry shine as hosts seven wickets away from victory

NZ vs SA 1st Test: On Day 2 of the ongoing first Test at the Hagley Oval, New Zealand dominated South Africa with the bat, with Henry Nicholls (105) and Tom Blundell (96) starring.

South Africa’s total at stumps was 34/3, with the team still trailing by 353 runs. For the visitors, Rassie van der Dussen (9*) and Temba Bavuma (22*) remain unbeaten at the crease. South Africa got off to the worst possible start, losing opening hitter Sarel Erwee (0) on the second ball of the innings, trailing by 387 runs. The visitors were left reeling at 2/2 when the Proteas skipper Dean Elgar (2) was dismissed on the bowling of Matt Henry.

Southee then took off Aiden Markram (2), reducing Proteas to 4/3. Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma, in the end, ensured that South Africa did not lose any more wickets before the end of Day 2.

Earlier in the day, with the score at 116/3, overnight batters Henry Nicholls. And Neil Wagner battled it out in the middle, adding 75 runs to the total. Kagiso Rabada ultimately despatched Wagner (49) to the pavilion, reducing the Kiwis to 191/4.

Nicholls (105) broke the three-figure barrier, allowing the hosts to extend their lead to over 200 points. As New Zealand absolutely dominated the proceedings, Tom Blundell and Colin de Grandhomme both contributed key knocks.

In the end, Blundell and Matt Henry frustrated the Proteas bowlers by putting on a 94-run partnership for the final wicket. With a 387-run lead, New Zealand was bowled out for 482.

Brief Scores:

South Africa 95 and 34/3 (Temba Bavuma 22*, Rassie van der Dussen 9*; Tim Southee 2-20)

New Zealand 482 all out (Henry Nicholls 105, Tom Blundell 96; Duanne Olivier 3-100)