NZ vs SA: South Africa has tied New Zealand 1-1 in the two-match Test series.© AFP
The South African men’s cricket team came back strong from defeat in the first to tie the two-game run 1-1 with a 198-point win in the second Test at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch against New Zealand. This may be considered a normal test win by many; however, statistics prove that the triumph in Christchurch helped South Africa maintain a record they will be extremely proud of. It’s been exactly 90 years since the two test countries battle it out in the game’s longest form. It is surprising, however, that New Zealand, the defending World Test Champions, has not yet won a test series, at home or away, against South Africa.
A staggering 17 series have been played between the two countries to date, the first being way back in 1932, 13 of which have been won by South Africa and 4 drawn.
This time, when South Africa came into the country for a two-match Test series, New Zealand were not seen as overwhelming favorites given their recent poor outings in India and against Bangladesh at home.
South Africa, on the other hand, was fresh off a spectacular test series victory against India at home and exuded confidence.
However, New Zealand proved the doubters wrong and crushed the visitors with an innings and 276 runs in the series-opener. The 90-year dubious record would be broken.
But a fight and a brave performance by the entire South African squad in the second Test helped them win the match by 198 runs and level the series to end hopes that New Zealand will see their first-ever Test series against South Africa would win.
And with that, the jinx continues!
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