NZ vs SA, 2nd Test Day 5: South Africa beat New Zealand by 198 runs in the second Test match at Hagley Oval in Christchurch to level the two-match series 1-1.
NZ vs SA, 2nd Test, Day 5 Highlights: Kagiso Rabada and Marco Jansen were the standout performers with the ball in the final innings as South Africa defeated New Zealand by 198 runs in the second Test at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch to level the two-match series at 1-1. Resuming Day 5 at 94/4, Devon Conway and Tom Blundell kept New Zealand in the game and the duo mixed caution with aggression to help the hosts. In the first session, South Africa was able to take just one wicket as Lutho Sipamla got the better of Conway (92). However, in the second session, the complexion of the entire game changed as South Africa took wickets in a hurry and once Blundell (44) lost his wicket, New Zealand’s innings went completely downhill. Earlier, South Africa eventually declared their innings at 354/9 after Kyle Verreynne 136-run knock. Earlier, Sarel Erwee scored a fine 108 as South Africa went on to post a total of 364. In reply, New Zealand were bowled out of a total of 293, as the visitors took a 71-run lead in the first innings.
Watch: Will Young’s “Simply Outrageous Catch” In New Zealand vs South Africa 2nd Test
Will Young pulled off an “outrageous” catch to dismiss South Africa pacer Marco Jansen during the 79th over of their second innings in the 2nd Test against New Zealand.
New Zealand were beaten comprehensibly by South Africa in the second Test in Christchurch on Tuesday but that doesn’t mean the hosts did not have their share of brilliance in the series-deciding final Test match. On Day 4, Will Young pulled off an “outrageous” catch to dismiss South Africa pacer Marco Jansen. During the 79th over of South Africa’s second innings, Jansen had flicked Colin de Grandhomme’s delivery towards the deep midwicket region.
While the ball was seemingly travelling for a four atleast, Young, who was deployed around that region, came running and pouched an excellent one-handed catch.
Young took a stumble but held on to the ball, leaving the commentators and viewers scratching their heads.
Watch: Will Young’s Outrageous Catch In NZ VS SA 2nd Test
South Africa eventually declared their innings at 354/9 after Kyle Verreynne 136-run knock, handing New Zealand a target of 426.
NZ were all out for 227 eight balls after tea on the final day.
It completed a remarkable turnaround for South Africa who read the conditions far better than New Zealand after being thrashed by an innings and 276 runs in the first Test on the same ground.
A century by Sarel Erwee laid the base for a first innings 364, Kagiso Rabada took five for 60 as New Zealand folded 71 in arrears and an unbeaten 136 from Kyle Verreynne in the second innings tightened the clamp on New Zealand.Listen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com
A disappointed New Zealand captain Tom Latham, who saw the chance of a history-making first series win over South Africa slip away, put the blame on his batsmen, “Our blueprint is about putting a big first innings score on the board, if we were able to do that things might look slightly different,” he said.
“Unfortunately we were not able to build partnerships in the first or second innings.”
90 Years And Counting: South Africa Maintain Astonishing Record Against NZ
New Zealand vs South Africa: Since 1932, the New Zealand men’s cricket team have achieved incredible success but South Africa still remains their unconquered nemesis.
The South African men’s cricket team came back strongly after the defeat in the first to draw the two-match series 1-1 through a 198-run victory in the second Test at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch against New Zealand. This could be considered a regular Test win by many; however, statistics prove that the triumph in Christchurch helped South Africa maintain a record which they will be extremely proud of. It has been exactly 90 years that both the Test playing nations have been battling it out in the longest format of the game. However, astonishingly New Zealand, the defending World Test Champions, are yet to win a Test series, home or away, against South Africa.
As many as 17 series’ have been played so far between the two countries with the first one being way back in 1932 out of which 13 have been won by South Africa while 4 have been drawn.
This time around when South Africa came into the country for a two-match Test series, New Zealand weren’t seen as overwhelming favorites considering their recent poor outings in India and against Bangladesh at home.
South Africa, on the other hand, were fresh from a spectacular Test series triumph against India at home and were oozing confidence.
However, New Zealand proved the doubters wrong and crushed the visitors by an innings and 276 runs in the series opener. The 90-year-old dubious record was set to be broken.Listen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com
But a fighting and a gutsy performance from the entire South Africa squad in the second Test helped them win the match by 198 runs and level the series to end hopes of New Zealand winning their first-ever Test series against South Africa.
And with that, the jinx continues!