Henry and Santner run through SA to give NZ lead of 349

South Africa

Tea New Zealand 511 and 27 for 1 (Conway 9*, Williamson 9*) lead South Africa 162 (Petersen 45, Henry 3-31) by 376 runs

New Zealand continued their dominance in the first Test against a severely depleted South Africa by taking a massive lead of 349 runs in the first innings after Matt Henry and Mitchell Santner took three wickets each to help bowl the visitors out for 162 halfway into the second session. Rachin Ravindra took two to add to the two Kyle Jamieson grabbed on Monday as South Africa crawled their way from their overnight 80 for 4 to 162 in 44.5 overs before New Zealand decided not to enforce the follow-on.

Kane Williamson and Devon Conway then took them to 27 for 1 at tea after Tom Latham fell lbw to Dane Paterson for 3, to flatten the visitors with a lead of 376 and seven sessions left in the game to push for victory.

Keegan Petersen was the main source of resistance for South Africa along with supporting acts from Clyde Fortuin and Duanne Olivier who faced more than 50 deliveries each. The onus fell on Petersen after Henry’s double-wicket over dented them in the first hour which didn’t see a lot of runs. They had scored just three runs in the first 33 balls of the day before a solid-looking David Bedingham got a leading edge off a wild pull and Santner settled under it near the pitch. Two balls later, left-hand batter Ruan de Swardt, among the six debutants, shouldered arms to an inswinger from around the wicket to be struck outside off and was given out by Richard Kettleborough. De Swardt reviewed almost immediately, and ball-tracking showed the ball would have just shaved off stump and the batter had to walk back reluctantly.

Petersen and Fortuin got together at a precarious 83 for 6 and resisted with plenty of blocks and leaves before they started to open up. Petersen was much slower initially, having not scored for as many as 31 balls when he was on 2, while Fortuin showed good technique outside off and by ducking and swaying under the short balls from the quicks. Petersen soon picked up pace with a rare boundary off Tim Southee, who continued to swing the old ball along with Jamieson, and started to drive a little more on the off side. He also survived a close lbw call when he missed a rare reverse sweep against Santner and New Zealand called for a review, but ball-tracking showed the ball to be missing the stumps.

Fortuin took 17 balls to get off the mark and even survived a chance when Santner drew an outside edge that deflected off wicketkeeper Tom Blundell’s gloves and landed near the right boot of first slip. He was troubled by Jamieson too and his stubborn 79-minute vigil and the seventh-wicket stand of 37 ended when he attacked Santner but handed a catch to short cover for 9.

Soon after Duanne Olivier collected consecutive boundaries off Jamieson after lunch, Southee brought on spin from both ends after seeing promising turn and bounce from Santner who drew a few edges and kept the lbw in play. Santner produced two loud lbw shouts in the 60th over against Olivier and Peterson, but on both occasions the batters had edged the ball. When it looked like Peterson would bring up a valiant fifty, he threw his wicket away with a slog against Ravindra and handed a leading edge to mid-off for 45.

Olivier continued to frustrate the hosts with his confident blocks which made the spinners strike in consecutive overs at the other end. Santner removed Moreki’s off stump for his 50th Test wicket whereas Ravindra snared Paterson in similar fashion to wrap up the innings.

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