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Henry Nicholls notches maiden century on tough batting day

Henry Nicholls was the standout performer on day one
Henry Nicholls was the standout performer on day one
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New Zealand 268 (Nicholls 118) v
South Africa 24-2 (Elgar 9)
Second Test, Wellington, day one
Scorecard

Henry Nicholls registered his maiden Test century on conditions conducive for bowling as New Zealand were bowled for 268 runs in their first innings following which South Africa lost both their openers and were restricted to 24 for two at stumps on day one of the second Test in Wellington.

South Africa won the toss and decided to field first. Tight opening spell from Morne Morkel (2-82) and Vernon Philander (0-29) saw New Zealand score just 11 runs in the first six overs.

Morkel and Kagiso Rabada (2-59) struck twice in a span of three overs, to dismiss Tom Latham (8) and Kane Williamson (0) successively. Williamson dismissal had a bit of controversy as he used a review after given out LBW but since ball tracking was not available, the original decision stayed and New Zealand were given their review back.

Neil Broom (0) did not have an auspicious debut as edged a Rabada delivery behind the stumps leaving New Zealand reeling at 21 for three.

In the 13th over bowled by Rabada, Jeet Raval (36) survived a review from South Africa for LBW. The duo brought their 50-run stand in the final over before lunch which also saw Raval edge a Keshav Maharaj (2-47) delivery to the slip fielder. New Zealand were 73 for four at that stage.

On resumption, Nicholls upped the ante scoring five boundaries off two overs from Morkel. Despite, wickets falling at the other end, Nicholls completed a 66-ball fifty.

New Zealand lost the solitary wicket of James Neesham (15) in the second session while adding 87 runs in it to bring the innings on track with Nicholls having the company of BJ Watling (34).

With three boundaries in the 67th over, Nicholls completed his maiden Test century but JP Duminy (4-47) helping South Africa make a comeback by dismissing four out of the remaining five wickets and bowling out Black Caps for for 268 runs in 79.3 overs.

South Africa were put in deep trouble in the seven overs of play left in the day as Tim Southee (1-18) and Colin de Grandhomme (1-2) accounted for the wickets of Stephen Cook (3) and Dean Elgar (9) respectively to restrict the visitors for 24 for two.

At stumps, South Africa were trailing by 244 runs with eight wickets in hand.

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