A touch of Kane pain for Proteas


Oh dear.

New Zealand enjoys a commanding lead of 528 runs in the first test against South Africa at the Bay Oval.

The inexperienced Protea team had an opportunity to surprise friend and foe with their play in the test. But after three days of blood sweat, no one is really surprised.

On the contrary, most supporters actually expected the struggle.

Matt Henry and Mitchell Santner first ran amok among the visitors’ batsmen to bowl out South Africa for 162 runs in reply to the Kiwis’ first innings score of 511 runs.

Keegan Petersen (45 runs) and David Bedingham (32 runs) performed best among the Protea batsmen, but none of the other batsmen could score more than 23 runs.

If you want to put pressure on your opponents, you simply need to hit fifties and hundreds.

After that, Kane Williamson delivered a one-man show that doesn’t scare anything.

The former Swartcap captain scored his second hundred of the Test and he batted at a brisk pace to put the inexperienced Protea bowlers under enormous pressure.

At least Neil Brand managed to take his wicket, but by then Williamson had already hit 109 runs from just 132 balls. His innings included 13 boundaries.

The only bright spot so far for South Africa in the Test is Brand’s bowling.

The new Protea captain has already taken eight wickets in the match and he is on course to take ten wickets in his first match for South Africa.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

New Zealand 511/10 in 144 overs: Rachin Ravindra 240, Kane Williamson 118 and Neil Brand 6/119.

South Africa 162/10 in 72.5 overs: Keegan Petersen 45, David Bedingham 32 and Matt Henry 3/31.

New Zealand 179/4 in 43 overs: Kane Williamson 109 and Neil Brand 2/52.

  • New Zealand enjoys a lead of 528 runs.