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1st Test, Christchurch, February 17 - 19, 2022, South Africa tour of New Zealand

New Zealand won by an innings and 276 runs

Player Of The Match
7/23, 58* & 2/32
matt-henry
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Scorecard summary
South Africa 95/10(49.2 overs)
1st INNINGS
Matt Henry7/23 (15)
Neil Wagner1/11 (9.2)
New Zealand 482/10(117.5 overs)
1st INNINGS
Henry Nicholls 105 (163)
Duanne Olivier3/100 (21)
Tom Blundell 96 (138)
Marco Jansen2/96 (29.5)
South Africa 111/10(41.4 overs)
2nd INNINGS
Tim Southee5/35 (17.4)

1.55pm That's that from this Test match. New Zealand are a dominant force at home, but this performance was up there with their very best in terms of just how dominant and ruthless they were. They'll have selection headaches for sure ahead of the second Test, with Trent Boult due to return, but the bigger headaches will be at the South Africa camp. A real wake-up call for them this game after their series win against India at home. They have been annihilated in one of their most one-sided defeats ever. Their bowlers were just listless for long periods of this game, their catching was far below their best, and they only put up 95 and 111. Perhaps they'll feel the only way from here is up. Anyway, Until then, it's goodbye from myself, Thilak and Srivathsa.

Matt Henry is the Player of the Match. "It's pretty special to come here and for us all to have a performance like that is brilliant. It's a great occasion and fantastic to get a win like that. It was important that we kept them playing [as often as possible]. We created pressure from both ends for a long period and I was the one that got the rewards. I'm pretty pleased with how we went. Speed is something I've been working on for a while and it just seems to be when I get my rhythm right I operate best. It was good fun [with the bat] to take it as deep as we could and put them under the pump. I think that was my first time batting [No.] 11 and I don't mind it. It's a great feeling to get this first Test win."

Tom Latham: "It's a fantastic performance. Winning the toss was a big part of it. It's probably the perfect performance. We are used to these conditions. We put their bowlers under pressure and scored at 4 an over. And we kept putting partnerships together. Matt Henry hasn't played a lot of Test cricket [but he] put the ball in the same area for long periods to get the results. We know how good South Africa are. We expect them to be at their best next game. Our focus is coming out and winning the next Test match."

Dean Elgar: "We were outskilled in all three departments and failed to execute the basics. Not a very good showing considering what we built up prior to this series. I don't like to use [ten days of quarantine] as an excuse. Maybe some people might use that as an excuse but I'm not going to. Getting outdoors a bit earlier might have been a little more effective for us, but it's hard for me to put my finger on what exactly went wrong. We've got a few days to reflect and have a few looks in the mirror. It boils down to intensity. Test cricket demands intensity and we know when we up our game we can play an extremely competitive brand of cricket. A lot went wrong. Not a lot went right. A bit of a self-reflection may not be a bad idea. We have some unplanned days off to do that. We should be a hell of a lot more competitive. Clearly what we produced out there over the last few days is not reflective of us as a squad."

Tim Southee: "We knew we had a lot of work in front of us, and it was just a clinical three days from us. It was the way we wanted to play, and the way we've played in New Zealand for a while. When you play for long enough, you can tick off a few milestones along the way, but each time you're in the same conversation with Sir Richard is a special moment [Southee is now New Zealand's leading wicket-taker in home Tests]. It's a special victory, it's a side we haven't had a lot of success against. We know they'll bounce back, but we'll enjoy what has been a pretty impressive performance from everyone."

Jason: "The Blackcaps have robbed us of 2 days of test cricket. Not impressed! "

Ashish: "Third biggest Test win for NZ in terms of innings wins (the other two were both against Zim!).. absolutely clinical stuff by the kiwis!"

Nelson : "I have never seen NZ look this dominant before. And to think it came against a team whom they hadn't beaten for nearly 20 years!"

Tim: "Is there a better bowling squad in any test team than NZ right now?" -- As far as pace resources go, they're up there with India and Australia, but in Asian conditions?

1.33pm Two days and one (extended) session. That's all it's taken New Zealand, whose fast bowlers have been absolutely magnificent in these conditions. They've continually got the ball to do something or the other, even after it looked like the pitch was flattening out considerably when they batted. Matt Henry has nine for the match, Southee has five in the second innings. Kyle Jamieson and Neil Wagner were absolutely relentless as well, and there was - as is usually the case for visiting batting sides here - no respite for South Africa.

41.4
W
Southee to Stuurman, OUT

big celebrappeal for lbw as Southee beats the stuck-in-cement Stuurman with what I suspect is the three-quarter-seam nip-backer. Past the inside-edge of his hurried defensive jab and into the back pad. Not given, and New Zealand have reviewed... It's hit his back leg in line with middle stump, and it's crashing into leg stump according to Hawkeye! Five for Southee, and an utterly clinical win for New Zealand

Glenton Stuurman lbw b Southee 11 (38m 30b 2x4 0x6) SR: 36.66
41.3
Southee to Stuurman, no run

goes wide of the crease and angles a full ball into the stumps. Defended to mid-on

41.2
Southee to Stuurman, no run

length ball close to off stump, leaves Stuurman late, and he pokes and misses without moving his feet

41.1
Southee to Stuurman, no run

fullish outswinger close to off stump, defended towards mid-off

And with that, Henry gets a chance to wrap up his 10-fer. Oh wait, it's still Southee.

end of over 415 runs
SA: 111/9CRR: 2.70 
Duanne Olivier0 (10b)
Glenton Stuurman11 (26b 2x4)
Neil Wagner 7-2-19-2
Tim Southee 17-6-35-4
40.6
Wagner to Olivier, no run

back of a length on off stump, hops to ride the bounce and stabs it away towards point

40.5
Wagner to Olivier, no run

length ball swinging in towards off stump, jams his bat down in front of his pad and defends towards mid-on

40.4
Wagner to Olivier, no run

back of a length, shapes back towards off stump, defended back to the bowler

40.3
Wagner to Olivier, no run

back of a length, angling across the stumps. Squares up as he tries to defend, but the thick edge falls short of the busy Mitchell at first slip

40.2
1
Wagner to Stuurman, 1 run

short again, at the rib cage, and Stuurman, looking to fend it away, gets a top edge that balloons behind the keeper and slightly to the leg side, and Mitchell looks to chase after it but can't catch up before it lands

40.1
4
Wagner to Stuurman, FOUR runs

shortish, rising ball int he corridor, and Stuurman leans away to try and ramp it over the slips. Ends up edging it thickly, and it's just outside the reach of Mitchell leaping diagonally to his right with his arm outstretched

Looks like Matt Henry is warming up, but he'll probably only come back from the other end, if South Africa survive this over.

end of over 401 run
SA: 106/9CRR: 2.65 
Duanne Olivier0 (6b)
Glenton Stuurman6 (24b 1x4)
Tim Southee 17-6-35-4
Neil Wagner 6-2-14-2
39.6
Southee to Olivier, no run

full, close to off stump, defended to mid-off

39.5
1
Southee to Stuurman, 1 run

full, this is the inswinger tailing into the stumps. Jams his bat down just in time and the ball rolls into the square leg region off the inside edge

39.4
Southee to Stuurman, no run

full, angling down leg, can't connect with the flick

39.3
Southee to Stuurman, no run

ooh, in the blockhole, just outside off, and it swings away late to beat the outside edge as Stuurman jams his bat down to try and keep it out

39.2
Southee to Stuurman, no run

full on off stump, punched to mid-off

39.1
Southee to Stuurman, no run

ooh, nearly. Back of a length, swinging away late after angling into the fourth-stump channel, and Stuurman squares up, pokes, and misses

end of over 39Wicket maiden
SA: 105/9CRR: 2.69 
Duanne Olivier0 (5b)
Glenton Stuurman5 (19b 1x4)
Neil Wagner 6-2-14-2
Tim Southee 16-6-34-4
38.6
Wagner to Olivier, no run

full, angling across into the corridor and straightening back a touch. Left alone

38.5
Wagner to Olivier, no run

length ball slanting across, swings back in slightly but not as much as Olivier expects, and he's beaten on the outside edge as he props forward to defend

38.4
Wagner to Olivier, no run

full, and Olivier plays all around his front pad as Wagner swings this back in. Appeal for lbw, but it's probably missing leg stump

38.3
Wagner to Olivier, no run

and again, back of a length and slanting away into the corridor, and Olivier pulls his bat away from the line of the ball to let it pass harmlessly

Best performances - batters
HM Nicholls
HM Nicholls NZ
105 runs (163)
11 fours0 six
Control
80%
Productive shot
flick
25 runs
0 four0 six
81030131010420
TA Blundell
TA Blundell NZ
96 runs (138)
12 fours0 six
Control
88%
Productive shot
flick
25 runs
2 fours0 six
4628223111210
Best performances - bowlers
MJ Henry
MJ Henry NZ
O
15
M
7
R
23
W
7
ECO
1.53
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
TG Southee
TG Southee NZ
O
17.4
M
6
R
35
W
5
ECO
1.98
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Hagley Oval, Christchurch
TossNew Zealand, elected to field first
Series
Season2021/22
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
Matt Henry
Series resultNew Zealand led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2450
Match days17,18,19 February 2022 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Glenton Stuurman
Glenton Stuurman
Sarel Erwee
Sarel Erwee
Umpires
New Zealand
Chris Brown
New Zealand
Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpire
New Zealand
Wayne Knights
Reserve Umpire
New Zealand
Shaun Haig
Match Referee
New Zealand
Jeff Crowe
PointsNew Zealand 12, South Africa 0
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