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2nd Test: Sarel Erwee hits maiden ton as South Africa take day one honours against New Zealand | Cricket News – Times of India

CHRISTCHURCH: A daring name by South Africa to bat first within the second Test against New Zealand paid dividends Friday with the vacationers 238 for 3, together with a maiden century to Sarel Erwee, at stumps on day one.
Erwee, in his second Test, headlined the scoreboard with 108, with 42 from Aiden Markram and 41 from Dean Elgar.
Not out have been Temba Bavuma on 22 and Rassie van der Dussen on 13.
“We’re probably on top at the moment,” mentioned Erwee, who at 32 is a late arrival within the Test enviornment, and began cautiously earlier than opening up as a high quality strokemaker with 14 fours from the 221 deliveries he confronted.
“To sit here today with a Test hundred behind my name is extremely special.
“It’s a really particular day I need to say. Probably 24 months in the past I in all probability did not assume I’d be ready to even be near a South African Test squad.”
He shared in partnerships of 111 with Elgar and 88 with Markram but when Markram was dismissed Erwee followed three balls later.
The Proteas, trounced in the first Test and needing to win to save the series, surprised when they won the toss and elected to bat at Hagley Oval, where the customary green-tinged wicket favours seamers on the opening day.
Elgar, the first captain to win the toss and not bowl in the 11-Test history at the Oval, justified his decision by saying he wanted his batters to “entrance up” after they folded for innings of 95 and 111 in the first Test.
He managed scores of one and nought, and Erwee 10 and nought in that Test, and the pair responded positively in the second which began with Elgar sending the first ball of the day to the boundary.
“With our backs against the wall we needed to present up,” added Erwee who described the team performance as “uplifting”.
The floor was not as inexperienced as within the first Test and new ball bowlers Tim Southee and Matt Henry could not get the same movement through the air and off the surface.
It saw Elgar and Elwee post South Africa’s first century opening stand in 16 innings, and first away from home in a decade.
While conditions were favourable for batting, there was some assistance for the bowlers, with Southee getting one delivery to swing sharply into Elgar then nip away to take the off-stump.
Other chances created by the bowlers tended to find an edge and fall short of the slip cordon until a brief period after tea.
Markram looked set on 42 when he was lulled into a drive by Neil Wagner and nicked the off-cutter to Daryl Mitchell at first slip.
In the next over, Erwee’s try and drive Henry was edged to wicketkeeper Tom Blundell.
New Zealand had 10 overs with the new ball with several unsuccessful appeals for lbw, and Rassie van der Dussen was dropped on seven.

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