The 2-match Test Series between New Zealand and South Africa began at the Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui on the 4th of February. The hosts are in control of the innings so far with 258-2 at the end of the first day of the Test match. This was always going to be a challenge for a very young and inexperienced South African team who were up against a full-fledged Kiwi side. The visitors have a big task on their hands and have to come back stronger on the 2nd day and try to restrict the Kiwi batters to try and get back in the game.
The Kiwi batters will be looking to put a big total on the board and try and get the better of this South Africa side filled with a lot of new-age players. Tim Southee and his men will leave no stone unturned and will be looking at a 500+ total on the board going into day 2. The game is not over yet, but there is still a lot of work that has to be done by Niel Brand and his boys in his first game as the captain of the national side. This will be an important lesson for this side going forward in international cricket, especially in Test cricket.
Kane Williamson and Rachin Ravindra impress once again
This test match has belonged to two batters, who have set the platform in this innings one of them is the experienced Kiwi batter Kane Williamson and the other is the young and upcoming player Rachin Ravindra. Both these built an impressive partnership of 219 for the 3rd wicket and completely dominated the bowlers completely. They were also responsible for getting the team out of trouble after they were struggling at 39-2 at one stage. Williamson is currently unbeaten on 112 from 259 deliveries and Ravindra has scored 118 from 211 deliveries as well. Together both these centurions will be confident going into the 2nd day.
This is another game where Williamson has proven himself on the big stage once again and Ravindra has impressed everybody as well. This was a great display of batting in a Test match by the 33-year-old veteran and the 24-year-old young batter. They still have a job to do tomorrow with a lot of wickets in hand and a great platform set the Black Caps are definitely looking at a humongous total on the board and will take their chances on day 2. Tomorrow is going to be a big day for both teams where South Africa needs to make a comeback and New Zealand will look forward to keeping them under pressure.