NZ vs SA 1st Test drawn as Rain plays Spoilsport
New Zealand vs South Africa, 1st Test,Dunedin
Series: South Africa tour of New Zealand 2017
NZ 341/10 Williamson(130) Keshav Maharaj 5-94
RSA 308, 224/6 (102.0 Ovs)
MoM: Dean Elgar
The first Test between New Zealand and South Africa led to a draw on Sunday after heavy rain washed out the 5th and final day’s play in Dunedin, leaving each sides frustrate off at losing the chance to take a 1-0 lead within the 3-match series.
The match had been delicately poised getting into the final day with South Africa 224 for six in the second innings, a lead of 191 runs, with captain Faf du Plessis on 56 and Vernon Philander on 1 at crease.
Heavy rain that began early on Sunday, however, ensured a delayed start and after the scheduled lunch damage became taken at 1 p.M, umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Bruce Oxenford decided there has been no hazard of any play.
“I assume the game became shaping up pretty properly for all 3 consequences,” New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said. “The recreation changed into surely in the balance and it’s just a disgrace no longer to get any play nowadays.
“But it is quality going into the second match with both teams having performed some precise cricket.”
New Zealand will enter the second match at Wellington’s Basin Reserve with out batting stalwart Ross Taylor, who tore his calf muscle throughout the first innings, at the same time as left arm pace bowler Trent Boult is under an damage cloud.
“It’s a actual disgrace to lose Ross, our finest batter, however therein lies an opportunity for a person else,” Williamson brought.
“(Trent) does have a little niggle but we don’t know how severe it is but.He will tour with us to Wellington and optimistically he’ll get better. He is a big player for us.”
Du Plessis felt his side can also have gained the sport had they set New Zealand a goal of approximately 250 runs in 60 overs.
“It become installation to be a extremely good end,” du Plessis said. “We were seeking to get approximately any other 50 or 60 runs and on this wicket the ball is turning well and (left-arm spinner) Keshav (Maharaj) got five in the first innings.
“The nature of the wicket changed into you could both get wickets speedy or it’s gradual scoring and we were favouring our chances due to the fact Ross become not going to bat and Trent changed into injured.”
South Africa’s opening batsman Dean Elgar, who scored a 140 in the first innings and 89 in the 2nd innings, turned as Man of the match.
The 2nd match in Wellington begins on March 16th, before the 3rd match at Seddon Park in Hamilton begins on March 25.