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NZ vs SA: Sarel Erwee’s maiden ton puts Proteas in command after Day 1 of 2nd Test | Cricket News

Christchurch: South African left-wing Batter Sarel Erwee, 32, won his 100th virginity to give travelers a strong start, with Proteas finishing Day 1 of the Second Test against New Zealand at 238/3 at Hagley Oval here on Friday.

Following the debacle at the Open Test at the same venue, where South Africa lost by 276 innings and runs, Erwee won a 221-ball pass, sharing fruitful relationships with captain Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram as travelers aim to hit back with crucial World Test Championship points away from home.

Erwee could manage only 10 and one duck in his first Test a week ago as the Proteas suffered a losing innings, combined for 95 and 111 with the Blackcaps scoring 482.

But in his second international match for South Africa, Erwee came up with a commanding post, holding a deadline for almost every day on Friday.

Blunting Blackcaps’ skipper Tom Latham’s five-man speed attack alongside skipper Elgar, the pair move travelers into a commanding position through the tea break. It was an astonishing step by Elgar to choose to bat after defeating the hurricane, disregarding the historical tradition at Hagley Oval and not avoiding the horrific New Zealand volleyball attack, which he fought in the First Test.

Erwee slowed down in his innings, although he went into his attack through a combination of shots and provided plenty of performance by the time South Africa picked up their opening century. It is the first opener of over 100 by Proteas in Test Cricket in 10 years.

Elgar was rebounded by the delivery of Tim Southee on the 41st, with the Blackcaps pacer selecting the attack. The Latham team was not able to make a head start even with color, as the No.3 Markram even showed off his class. The right-hander takes his time to measure the conditions, before rushing to 42, with most of his actions coming across borders.

Markram followed Erwee through the 80s and 80s, as a newcomer to the team avoided a nervous tea break by finding three figures at the end of the second season. Negotiating Neil Wagner’s short-range tactics, Erwee pulled around the corner to increase his percentage.

Starting after tea in 163/1, the two set batters continue to let the tick mark stand still. Markram, in particular, takes the boundaries away from bowling Kyle Jamieson as he gets closer to his first fifty of the series.

Markram tossed his wicket off, with a thick edge off the bat landing into Daryl Mitchell’s hand in the first slip. New Zealand had more immediate success as Matt Henry led Erwee after a well-done 108.

Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen made sure there were no more hiccups during the day, sharing a 39-run unbeaten streak. South Africa added 75 runs in the final period for the loss of two wickets.

Short scores: South Africa 238/3 at 90 over (Dean Elgar 41, Sarel Erwee 108, Aiden Markram 42, Temba Bavuma 22 not out) vs New Zealand.

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