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Ravindra double ton has New Zealand in control of first Proteas Test

By AFP

February 5, 2024 09:52 AM


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Rachin Ravindra struck an impressive double century before South Africa's top order collapsed on Monday, leaving New Zealand in command of the first Test in Mount Maunganui.

Ravindra crafted a career-best 240 as the home side were dismissed for 511, before the tourists' inexperience was exposed as they were reduced to 80-4 at stumps on day two.

A Proteas team featuring six players new to international cricket will resume on Tuesday facing a deficit of 431 runs, after four wickets tumbled in the space of 14 overs late at Bay Oval.

Kyle Jamieson took 2-21 and could have had a third if Matt Henry had held a chance in the outfield to remove David Bedingham.

Instead, Bedingham was unbeaten on 29 at stumps, alongside Keegan Petersen on two.

The pair are the only members of South Africa's tour squad who played in the drawn home Test series against India a month ago, with the bulk of their first-choice players having committed to play in the country's domestic Twenty20 league.

Opener and captain Neil Brand was Jamieson's first victim, caught behind for four, before fellow-debutant Raynard van Tonder departed in the same over, trapped leg before wicket for a two-ball duck.

Edward Moore (23) ballooned a Henry bouncer to a close fielder before Zubayr Hamza (22) played-on a ball from spinner Mitchell Santner.

Earlier, New Zealand's last five wickets fell for 38 as they pushed for quick runs.

One of them was Ravindra, whose 366-ball knock was a dramatic turnaround in the longest format, having never scored more than 18 in his six previous Test innings.

The left-hander, who began the day on 118, struck 26 fours and one six, with stroke-making reminiscent of his prolific efforts at last year's 50-over World Cup in India.

The 24-year-old was bowled trying to pull left-arm spinner Brand, who went on to claim figures of 6-119.

Brand became the first South African spinner to take six wickets on Test debut and his figures are the fourth best by a Proteas captain.

His most spectacular scalp was a sharp caught-and-bowled to remove Daryl Mitchell for 34 and end a 103-run partnership with Ravindra for the fourth wicket.

That followed a stand of 232 between Ravindra and Kane Williamson, who was caught on 118 trying for a big hit off Ruan de Swardt.

Scoreboard

New Zealand 1st innings (overnight 258-2)

  1. Latham c Fortuin b Paterson        20
  2. Conway lbw b Moreki                 1
  3. Williamson c Moreki b de Swardt   118
  4. Ravindra b Brand                  240
  5. Mitchell c and b Brand             34
  6. Blundell c Hamza b de Swardt       11
  7. Phillips c de Swardt b Brand       39
  8. Santner b Brand                     2
  9. Jamieson not out                    8
  10. Henry c de Swardt b Brand          27
  11. Southee b Brand                     0

Extras (b2, lb2, nb4, w3)             11

Total (all out, 144 overs)           511

Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Conway), 2-39 (Latham), 3-271 (Williamson), 4-374 (Mitchell), 5-391 (Blundell), 6-473 (Phillips), 7-474 (Ravindra), 8-479 (Santner), 9-511 (Henry), 10-511 (Southee)

Bowling: Olivier 30-3-119-0 (w1, nb2), Moreki 27-2-110-1 (w1, nb2), Paterson 32-5-98-1, de Swardt 29-7-61-2, Brand 26-1-119-6 (w1)

South Africa 1st innings

  1. Moore c Conway b Henry            23
  2. Brand c Blundell b Jamieson        4
  3. van Tonder lbw b Jamieson          0
  4. Hamza b Santner                   22
  5. Bedingham not out                 29
  6. Petersen not out                   2

Extras                                0

Total (for 4 wickets, 28 overs)     80

Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Brand), 2-26 (van Tonder), 3-30 (Moore), 4-74 (Hamza)

Bowling: Southee 8-2-31-0, Henry 7-3-15-1, Jamieson 8-2-21-2, Santner 5-1-13-1

Toss: South Africa

Umpires: Ahsan Raza (PAK), Richard Kettleborough (ENG)

TV umpire: Richard Illingworth (ENG)

Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)


AFP


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