Proteas take hits against Kiwis

Henry

Let’s be honest with each other: No one is really surprised that the Proteas dug in against the Black Caps.

A somewhat depleted Protea group lost the first test at the Bay Oval by 281 runs against the Kiwis.

Firstly, the bowlers were no match for the willow prowess of Kane Williamson and Rachin Ravindra, while the batsmen today struggled against Kyle Jamieson and Mitchell Santner.

South Africa had to chase 529 runs for an improbable victory and it was simply a battle for survival early on.

Neil Brand and Edward Moore were taken out within the first four overs, after which Raynard van Tonder and Zubayr Hamza admittedly tried their best to pull the chestnuts out of the fire.

David Bedingham – probably the Proteas’ leading batsman in New Zealand – hit 87 quick runs, but one always knew that the writing was on the wall.

South Africa is over in a few days. Yes, the SA20 tournament is fun to follow, but it is not fun when the Proteas lose badly on the international stage.

According to Brand – who in his first test for the Proteas also had to take the test reins – the defeat is a bitter pill to swallow.

“We gave the New Zealanders chances and maybe things could have turned out differently. Our patience was tested on the pitch – just when the men got going, they lost their wickets. However, we want to improve and we have been brought up for the next Test,” said the opening batsman.

  • 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 declared: Kane Williamson 109 and Neil Brand 2/52.

South Africa 247/10 in 80 overs: David Bedingham 87, Zubayr Hamza 36 and Kyle Jamieson 4/58.

  • Result: New Zealand win by 281 runs.