An outstanding century from the 32 years Sarel Erwee helped south Africa earn day 1 honor’s in the 2nd Test Match at the Hagley Oval. Erwee did not have best of starts in his debut game last week and in a country and against the bowling attack who don’t treat openers well but Erwee stood tall along with his captain Dean Elgar.
Earlier today South Africa’s captain Dean Elgar opted to bat on the same wicket where his side fell for 95 and 111 in the last game but thanks to Erwee maiden century and a 111 run partnership between both the openers took South Africa to 238/3 at the stumps on Day1 of the second test match of the series.
Sarel Erwee struck 14 boundaries in his 221 ball innings the most important thing in his innings was the rigidity and patience he shown leaving the bowl outside off and driving the ball under his eyes also pitch was not like the previous one with a little tinge green but still he have to go past new ball of Tim Southee and Matt Henry.
Pitch was not having the same zip as it have during the last test but still Tim Southee was dangerous with the new ball beating Elgar’s edge many times and also edged a ball which fell just short of slip but more importantly for the Proteas was that Elgar was still there and showing the courage which was much needed considering the last game.
At the other end Erwee was playing his shots and was playing with the straight as he was dismissed LBW in the last game so he corrected his technique and was just looking to play the shots in the “V”. New Zealand bowlers were bowling tight lengths but both the openers did not panic and played cautiously and added 80 runs on the board at Lunch in which Erwee’s contributing 53 runs.
After Lunch both the openers scored 25 runs in the first 4 overs and 89 runs in the session in the process Elgar and Erwee became the first South African opening pair to put on 100 partnership in an overseas Test after 34 games and 10 years. Elgar eventually fell to Tim Southee after 111 run partnership but Erwee continued to play his shots and went on to complete his first century with a four of Neil Wagner but was soon dismissed on 108 runs when hi edged a ball to the keeper of Matt Henry.
Aiden Markram coming to bat at number 3 played eye pleasing shots and scored 42 runs and was looking good but was Neil Wagner got him to give some relief to New Zealanders. Temba Bavuma and Rassie Van der Dussen added an unbeaten 39 runs for the 4th wicket as South Africa finished the Day 1 on 238/3.
New Zealand only managed to pick 3 wickets in entire day which is the least amount of wickets taken by them after bowling on an uninterrupted first day of a Test since 2013.
Brief scores –
South Africa – 238/3 (Sarel Erwee 108, Aiden Markram 42; Tim Southee 1-41) vs New Zealand.