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New Zealand vs South Africa: Tourists claim 198-run win to level Test series in Christchurch |  Cricket News

South Africa posted 364 runs in the first set and declared 354-9 in the second to earn a dominating 198 run victory over New Zealand in Christchurch, beating the hosts for 227 on the final day; Two rounds of tests end at level 1-1

Last Update: 03/01/22 07:28

Temba Bavuma and his South Africa team-mates celebrate Tom Blundell’s wicket on the final day

South Africa turned the tide against New Zealand with an emphatic 198-point victory in the second Test in Christchurch, crushing the hosts’ hopes of a first series win against the Proteas.

After suffering their second-worst Test defeat in the first encounter in Christchurch, South Africa bounced back superbly at Hagley Oval, knocking out the Black Caps for 227 in their second leg just after fifth day tea.

Chasing a world-record win target of 426 runs, New Zealand came back 94-4 in the morning and there was a glimmer of hope to save the game as they reached lunch at 180-5.

However, resistance was broken when wicketkeeper Tom Blundell (44) and versatile Colin de Grandhomme (18) surrendered with loose shots after the break, with the Black Caps losing 6-61 to see the two-legged series tests end 1-1. .

New Zealand vs South Africa: Tourists claim 198-run win to level Test series in Christchurch |  Cricket News

Tom Blundell’s resistance on the final day could not prevent New Zealand’s home defeat

South Africa’s spearhead of pace Kagiso Rabada was man of the match after taking eight wickets and netting 47 runs in the second leg where the tourists went 354-9 to set up victory .

“It’s never easy playing against New Zealand and we knew what we had to do…I’m glad we got the job done,” Rabada said. “In the first test we didn’t move at all. We knew we had to win this one, at least to make it 1-1.”

Rabada’s pacemate Marco Jansen grabbed three final-day wickets to finish with seven for the game, while spinner Keshav Maharaj was influential with 3-75 in the second innings.

New Zealand’s missed chance for decisive victory

After demolishing South Africa by an innings and 276 runs in Game 1, New Zealand only had to draw to complete their first series win over the Proteas and end 90 years of frustration dating back to the teams’ first in 1931/32.

But their first order was routed twice, leaving them to continue the game after the South African batsmen opened with 364 winning the draw, despite only posting 206 in total in the opener. of the series on the same ground.

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“It’s obviously not the result we were hoping for,” said substitute New Zealand captain and fly-half Tom Latham, who was sent off for a duck and one by Rabada in the rematch. “We knew South Africa were going to be at their best and to their credit they played fantastically.”

New Zealand dressmaker Matt Henry was named player of the series, having topped the wicket list with 14 wickets at an average of 16.14 ahead of Rabada, who captured 10.

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Matt Henry impressed for New Zealand in both Tests

The Black Caps fought hard in the morning session, with number three Devon Conway pushing for his fourth century try, but South African third dressmaker Lutho Sipamla trapping him lbw for 92, ending a partnership of 85 races with Blundell.

Jansen opened the game with three quick wickets after lunch, with Blundell and De Grandhomme both guilty of their dismissals as they fired the long seamer directly at the outfielders.

Jansen and Rabada worked all the way to bring South Africa within a wicket of victory before an untimely downpour frustrated the Proteas by bringing an early tea break. It was only a brief reprieve for New Zealand, with Maharaj wrapping up victory by dismissing Henry lbw for a duck early in the final session.

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