Twitter explodes as Rachin Ravindra delivers outstanding performance for New Zealand on Day 1 of Hamilton Test – NZ vs SA 2024

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In a compelling display of cricket prowess, New Zealand asserted their dominance on the opening day of the second Test in the ongoing series against South Africa at Seddon Park in Hamilton. The Blackcaps showcased their bowling brilliance, outshining the Proteas’ batting lineup with a remarkable performance. The hosts’ relentless attack and strategic execution left South Africa struggling to contend, setting the stage for an enthralling continuation of the Test match.

South Africa’s sloppy batting

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, South Africa’s captain Neil Brand saw his team face early setbacks as they lost Clyde Fortuin without a score on the board. Despite Brand’s commendable effort with 25 runs, the Proteas encountered further challenges, with Raynard van Tonder departing after settling in with 32 runs off 71 balls and Zubayr Hamza struggling to a score of 20 off 99 balls before dismissal.

David Bedingham, however, provided stability with a mature knock of 39 off 102 balls before falling in an unusual manner. Keegan Petersen‘s absence contributed to South Africa finding themselves at 150/6. The resilient partnership between Ruan de Swardt and debutant Shaun von Berg salvaged the innings, amassing unbeaten 70 runs for the 7th wicket.

De Swardt notched up his maiden Test fifty, finishing the day on 55 not out off 135, while Von Berg, making his debut, contributed a solid 34 not out off 82 balls. With 13 extras conceded by the fielding side, South Africa concluded the day at 220/6.

New Zealand’s stellar bowling display

Rachin Ravindra emerged as the standout performer, delivering exceptional figures of 3/33 in 21 overs. Contributions also came from Matt Henry, William O’Rourke, the debutant, and the formidable Neil Wagner, each securing a wicket apiece. Notably, skipper Tim Southee is yet to make an impact with the ball. While the Kiwis can take satisfaction in their overall bowling performance, they may lament letting South Africa off the hook to some extent.

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