The 2-match Test series between New Zealand and South Africa started from 4 February, in which the first match between the two teams is being played on the grounds of Mount Maunganui. The first day was entirely in the name of the host Kiwi team, who had scored 258 runs at the loss of 2 wickets by the end of the day’s play. In this match, 6 players from the African team got a chance to debut in Test cricket, one of which is 30-year-old fast bowler Tshepo Moreki. In his debut match itself, Moreki did a great job and took a wicket on the very first ball in which he made New Zealand team’s opening batsman Devon Conway his victim.
Became the fourth bowler to do so for Africa in Test cricket
Many key players of the South African team are currently playing in the SA T20 League, due to which a less experienced team has been sent on this tour. In this match, Neil Brand, who is captaining the African team, is also playing his debut match in Test cricket. Tshepo Moreki got the bowling in the second over of this match and he got Conway out LBW and got his wicket. For Africa, Moreki has also become the fourth bowler to do so, who has achieved the feat of taking a wicket on the very first ball of his debut Test match. Earlier, Bert Vogler, Dan Piedt and Hardus Viljoen have achieved this feat for Africa. Tshepo Moreki has become the 24th bowler to achieve this feat in Test cricket.
Rachin Ravindra also scored a century on his return to Test
In the first Test match of the series being played on the grounds of Mount Maunganui, the New Zealand team lost the wickets of both its opening batsmen at the score of 39. After this, the Kiwi team did not lose any more wicket till the end of the day’s play, in which till now there has been a partnership of 219 runs for the third wicket between Kane Williamson and Rachin Ravindra, who returned to the playing 11 of the Test match after a long time. . Williamson was unbeaten on 112 runs while Rachin Ravindra was unbeaten on 118 runs. Whereas from African side, Moreki and Dan Patterson have taken 1-1 wicket.
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