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Proteas falls in crushing defeat to Black Caps



The Proteas succumbed to a huge innings and 276-run loss before lunch on day three of the first Test against New Zealand at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday, after being thrown out for 111 in their second innings.

After dominated the first two days of play and going into the third at 34/3, with 353 runs left to get the hosts back to work, the visitors were expected to fold, which they did in the morning session .

A persistent lower order of opposition meant that the Black Caps had to take the extra half hour offered to them during the lunch hour to end the game, taking the full 30 minutes to eliminate the last two batters to claim the huge win. seal.

The day started with the Proteas unable to raise their overnight score before Rassie van der Dussen (9) was thrown through the gate with the second ball of the day by Matt Henry as New Zealand got off to a perfect start .

Zubayr Hamza (6) barely troubled the scorers before he was about to fall, caught on the first slip by Daryl Mitchell of the first substitution’s bowling Kyle Jamieson, failing to adapt to bouncing the ball, as the Proteas slid to 46. /5.

This brought Kyle Verreynne (30) to the fold to join Temba Bavuma (41) and they managed to show some struggle as they split in a 41-run tie for the sixth wicket.

The sad state of affairs for the visitors was brought to light as this was the biggest collaboration of the game for them in both innings, but when both fell in quick succession, the game came to an inevitable end.

Bavuma was caught LBW by Neil Wagner and Verreynne was caught in the slips by Colin de Grandhomme of Tim Southee’s bowling in consecutive overs as the Proteas slipped to 91/7.

Kagiso Rabada then gave Jamieson a tame chip midway through Southee to fall for an eight-ball duck, leaving the Proteas at 97/8 and facing the disgrace with an under-100 bowl in both innings.

Marco Jansen (10) and Glenton Stuurman (11) resisted stubbornly, however, with Stuurman overtaking them by cutting Wagner over the slip cordon for a boundary.

New Zealand were then forced to take the extra half hour, with Wagner and Southee taking the last two wickets to end the match.

Southee with 5/35 was the home bowlers’ pick, while Wagner, 2/19, and Henry, 2/32, supported him well.

Earlier in the game, the Proteas were all thrown out for 95 in their first innings, with Hamza (25) and Verreynne (18) the only batsmen to resist, while Henry was the best bowler for the hosts with 7/23.

New Zealand then amassed a massive 482 all-out in their only innings, with Henry Nicholls (105), Tom Blundell (96), Henry (58 no) and Wagner (49) making big contributions.

However, the Proteas’ abject fieldwork was a huge reason why the Black Caps managed to get such a high score, dropping seven flyouts in the innings including Nicholls on five and 23, Henry on 15 and Wagner on one. , which cost the visitors enormously.

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