Black Caps v Proteas 2nd Test Day 1

Day One Of Play Coverage By Josephine O’Driscoll

Day 1 – Second Test – Black Caps vs Proteas sees us at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
The Proteas have an unchanged side from the first test with the Black Caps making 3 changes with Tim Southee returning for the injured Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme replacing Mitchell Santner and Neil Broom making his test debut replacing the injured Ross Taylor.
SA’s Faf du Plessis would win the toss and quite correctly elect to bat and it would be fair to say SA won the first session.
Tom Latham’s bad luck would continue and NZ would find themselves at 11/1. Not the start we wanted.
Kane Williamson came to the crease early again but he would be unable to repeat his innings from the 1st test and he would depart 2 runs later leaving NZ 13/1.
That brought Neil Broom to the wicket with Jeet Raval at the other end doing his best to steady the ship, but Neil Broom wouldn’t last departing for a duck.
NZ were in a spot of bother at 21/3.
That brought Henry Nicholls to the crease and he and Jeet Raval would go on to right the ship somewhat bringing up a 50 partnership before Raval was dismissed the ball before lunch. NZ would go to lunch at 73/4.
After lunch Jimmy Neesham and Henry Nicholls would bring up NZ’s 100 before Jimmy Neesham was stumped and NZ were 101/5.
That would bring BJ Watling to the crease. Henry Nicholls being well supported by BJ Watling would go on to make a well deserved 50.
Nicholls and Watling while bringing up there 50 run partnership would bring up NZ’s 150 and they would continue on to score their own 100 partnership before Henry Nicholls was dismissed for a very well deserved 118. NZ 217/6.
Colin de Grandhomme didn’t last long being dismissed for 4. NZ were now 221/7.
Watling was dismissed 1 run later for a hard fought 34.
This bought Jeetan Patel and Tim Southee together and boy oh boy did we see some big hitting, firstly from Jeetan Patel and then from Tim Southee. Southee can hit that ball a long long way.
Tim Southee was dismissed for a quick 27 which took NZ’s total to 266/9.
Neil Wagner was the final batsmen out and he didn’t offer up much resistance and NZ were all out for 268.
A quick change-over saw SA start their first innings needing to bat a tricky 8 overs.
Tim Southee started brilliantly with getting the ball to move around lots and SA would find themselves 12/1 and the very next over Colin de Grandhomme would strike getting Dean Elgar and SA would be 12/2 with Jimmy Neesham taking both catches at second slip.
SA would finish day 1 on 24/2.
Pretty even stevens on day 1. Bring on tomorrow

Kahu Thanks Josephine Once Again For Her Great Coverage Of The 2nd Test – Black Caps v Proteas In Wellington

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