New Zealand need 227 runs to win

New Zealand need 227 runs to win
New Zealand need 227 runs to win
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Published: 15 February 2024, 18:33

New Zealand need 227 more runs to win the Hamilton Test. South Africa on the other hand need 9 wickets. David Bedingham’s century saw South Africa bowled out for 235 in their second innings. New Zealand scored 40 for 1 at the end of the third day with a target of 267 runs to win. To win, Kiwis need to score 227 more runs by taking 9 wickets.

In the first innings of the second and final Test of the series, New Zealand were bowled out for 211 runs in response to South Africa’s 242 runs. South Africa ended the second day with a lead of 31 runs from the first innings. On the third day, South Africa started their second innings and lost 3 wickets for 39 runs. Bedingham and Zubair Hamza handled the initial shock by building a partnership of 65 runs for the fourth wicket. After Hamza returned to the pavilion with 17 runs, Bedingham added 98 runs to Keegan Pietersen for the fifth wicket.

South Africa were in good shape with Bedingham’s maiden century in the fourth match of his Test career after the return of Pietersen, who scored a personal 43. But Pietersen’s dismissal led to a batting collapse in South Africa’s innings. Proteas lost the last 6 wickets for 33 runs and were all out for 235 runs.

New Zealand debutant pacer Will O’Rourke hunted Bedingham as the seventh batter for the team’s 219 runs. Bedingham scored 110 runs off 141 balls. Like the first innings, O’Rourke is the successful bowler of New Zealand. The bowler who took 4 wickets in the first innings now hunted 5 wickets.

The two New Zealand openers, Tom Latham and Devon Conway, were separated by starting with 40 runs after playing a target of 267 runs. Conway, who scored 17 runs, was dismissed leg before by South African off-spinner Dan Peet, who took 5 wickets in the first innings. After this out, the day’s play came to an end.

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