NZ steamrolls SA, Matt Henry picks up 7 wickets. On the first day of the first Test in Christchurch on Thursday. New Zealand rolled South Africa for 95 in their first innings in two sessions. Led by Matt Henry’s career-best seven wicket haul. Tea was taken early when tail-ender Duanne Oliver was out for one to end the innings. With Henry taking seven for 23 as New Zealand profited from winning the toss and requesting South Africa to bat in bowler-friendly conditions.
MoreoverZubayr Hamza, who was back in the South African starting lineup for the first time in two years, led the tourists with 25 points.
Henry has also struggled to establish himself as a regular member of New Zealand’s attack. Where Tim Southee and Trent Boult have long been the new ball bowlers. His previous best was four for 93 against South Africa four years ago.
As New Zealand steamrolls South Africa, Matt Henry picks up 7 wickets.
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But, with Boult on paternity leave, Henry, who was born in Christchurch. Relished the opportunity to perform in front of his home crowd.
He removed South African skipper Dean Elgar for one with his fourth ball, a ball that nipped off the pitch.
When South Africa appeared to be putting up a fight, with Hamza and Kyle Verreynne putting on 33 for the sixth wicket, Henry removed the pair, as well as Kagiso Rabada and debutant Glenton Stuurman, in an eight-ball burst.
Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, and Neil Wagner each took one wicket in addition to Henry.