NZ post 268 after Nicholls ton and remove SA openers

NZ post 268 after Nicholls ton and remove SA openers

New Zealand vs South Africa,2nd Test,Wellington

Series: South Africa tour of New Zealand 2017

Day 1 Stumps

NZ 268/10 Henry Nicholls(118) Duminy 4-47

RSA 24/2 (7.0 Ovs) Grandhomme 1-2

A maiden Test century by Henry Nicholls hauled New Zealand back into the second Test earlier than South Africa suffered lost 2 wickets on day one in Wellington on Thursday.
From reeling at 21 for 3 inside the first hour, New Zealand had been all out for 268 in the very last session with the left-handed Nicholls offering the backbone of the innings with 118.
South Africa in respond lost each openers, first Test centurion Dean Elgar and the out-of-form Stephen Cook, to be 24 for 2 at stumps, trailing by still of 244.
Elgar went for nine and Cook for three to go away nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada on 8 with Hashim Amla but to attain.
On a day wherein 12 wickets fell, Nicholls’ formidable innings not most effective rescued New Zealand but also silenced his critics.
He went into the Test with an average of 30.12 from 18 innings and his function underneath scrutiny as number 5 batsman and responded with an innings of assured drives and cuts in opposition to the quicks and perfect footwork against spin.
In one exceptional over from Rabada, a relevant figure within the top order crumble, Nicholls smacked 3 fours.
The 2nd took him past his previous best 98 and to his leap forward century, at the same time as the following four lifted his partnership with BJ Watling to 103 to better one of the longest-satnding New Zealand cricket.
The previous best was 6th-wicket stand by using New Zealand against South Africa of 100 was set eighty five years ago by Ted Badcock and Giff Vivian.
When South African captain Faf du Plessis won the toss he placed New Zealand into bat noting conditions have been ripe for seam and swing and he turned into not let down.
After Morne Morkel disregarded Tom Latham for eight, Rabada captured the important thing wicket of Kane Williamson for two and four balls later had debutant Neil Broom for a duck which brought Nicholls to the middle.
Keshav Maharaj eliminated Jeet Ravel (36) and Jimmy Neesham (15) either side of the lunch destroy earlier than Watling joined Nicholls to add 116 earlier than New Zealand’s batting anchor become bowled with the aid of JP Duminy.
It precipitated a brief collapse in which 3 wickets fell for 5 earlier than Tim Southee and Jeetan Patel lashed out with a whirlwind forty four off as many balls.
Duminy added the wickets of Colin de Grandhomme for four and Watling for 34 within the area of 11 balls and completed the innings while he had Neil Wagner leg before wicket for two and boasting figures of 4/47.
Morkel ended Southee’s quick cameo of 27 off 30 deliveries at the same time as Patel become 17*.

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