Hashim Amla scored 53 in the first innings against New Zealand © Getty Images
Hashim Amla scored 53 in the first innings against New Zealand © Getty Images

Day One of the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand might have ended in New Zealand’s favour with South Africa’s score reading 236 for 8 at Stumps, but it had plenty of talking points. A Test between Faf du Plessis’s side, itching to improve themselves in the longer format, and Kane Williamson’s Kiwi side, red-hot, consistent and coming from a run feast in Zimbabwe, kicked of after a delay in proceedings. Wet outfield was the reason behind it. In spite of two high quality teams facing each other in whites, another aspect that made Test cricket look dull was the fact, that the stands were empty. Still cricket managed to entertain, here our some of the highlights from Day One. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs New Zealand, 1st Test at Durban

Quality cricket on show

The first Test at Durban, began with a fantastic contest between bat and ball. Tim Southee didn’t have a good start to the day, as he strayed down the leg side most of the times, and that continued throughout the day. But Trent Boult bowled a great line to the openers. He extracted seam and late movement from the pitch as well. He was rewarded for it in time. Stephen Cook after doing all the hard work perished, edging one to BJ Watling. Doug Bracewell too, made Elgar uncomfortable and picked up his wicket. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: South Africa vs New Zealand, 1st Test at Durban

Hashim Amla ‘on song’

Hashim Amla started the two-match Test on a brilliant note. His straight punches and drives were classy. He raced away to a half-century in no time. The balls he hit boundaries of were not even bad deliveries. But Amla, who came at No.3, in his 53-run knock played some delightful strokes. He was although, out to a ripper from Boult, that cut him in half, found his edge and Watling did the rest, only before he had scored his 30th Test fifty.

Kiwi bowlers keep things tight

After Amla was back into the pavilion, the New Zealand bowlers kept the pressure high on Du Plessis and Bavuma, who were new at the crease. Runs were difficult to come and almost no boundaries were scored during that phase. Though, the grit and determination that both the batsmen showed before the tea break was commendable. They did not lose any more wickets till tea.

Bavuma, De Kock impress

Bavuma did miss out on a half-century but while he stayed at the wicket, played some exquisite cover drives. He also pulled the ball well. The technically sharp, Bavuma hit seven boundaries in his innings. He was trapped in front by Mitchell Santner, and had to depart for 46 as the review he asked for, didn’t go in his favour.

Quinton de Kock, one of South Africa’s most promising players, also had a good outing in the first innings. He although couldn’t convert his start into a milestone, and was Santner’s first victim.

New Zealand in driving seat

Neil Wagner’s three wickets, along with the others, made sure the visitors ended the day in control of the Test. With 8 wickets down, South Africa might not be able to get many runs now, and Day Two could see them bundled out early. Day One nonetheless, saw a fine effort from their bowlers, who made sure they stuck to their line and length.

(Karan Dewana reporter with CricketCountry, loves following and playing sports. He is a Team India fan and loves winning. Follow him on his twitter handle @karan13dewan)