Blackcaps wave the scepter early on


The Blackcaps are in control after the second day’s play of the first test against the Proteas at the Bay Oval.

Although Kane Williamson could only add six runs to his overnight tally before he was caught by Tshepo Moreki off Ruan de Swardt’s bowling, Rachin Ravindra ran amok among the South Africans.

The 24-year-old New Zealander scored the first double century of his young Test career and he hit 29 boundaries in his innings of 240 runs.

He found good batting partners in Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips and together they saw to it that the Kiwis were able to pile up more than 500 runs in their first innings.

However, Neil Brand was able to open the wicket taps a little bit for the South Africans.

In addition to the wickets of Mitchell and Phillips, he also clean bowled Ravindra to boast a bowling analysis of 6/119 in his first international red-ball cricket match.

South Africa’s newest Test captain then had to quickly put on his leg warmers to start the Protea innings with Edward Moore.

After a steady start, however, he was caught behind the wickets by Tom Blundell off Kyle Jamieson’s bowling in the tenth over.

Jamieson made the inexperienced Protea test batsmen stand out with his bounce and he also took the wicket of Raynard van Tonder.

At half-time, the Proteas faltered with their score at 80/4 with David Bedingham and Keegan Petersen in front of the wickets.

At least Bedingham looks like he belongs on the international stage as well and he impressed with one or two good drives.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

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

South Africa 80/4 in 28 overs: David Bedingham 29* and Kyle Jamieson 2/21.