Ravindra’s Double Century Headlines New Zealand’s Dominance Against Proteas on Day Two

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In a commanding display, New Zealand’s batsman Rachin Ravindra transformed his maiden century into a remarkable double-hundred, setting the tone for the hosts as they dominated day two of the series-opening test against South Africa in Mount Maunganui.

Ravindra’s impressive innings of 240 runs from 366 balls, the highest test score at the Bay Oval, propelled Tim Southee’s side to a formidable total of 511. The hosts, elected to bat by South Africa’s debutant skipper Neil Brand, showcased their batting prowess.

Towering paceman Jamieson further tilted the balance in New Zealand’s favor by claiming two wickets in three balls in his second over. South Africa, struggling with an under-strength lineup, ended the day at 80 for four at stumps, with David Bedingham (29 not out) and Keegan Petersen (2) at the crease, trailing by 431 runs.

Despite Brand’s noteworthy debut with six wickets for 119, the Proteas found no answers to Ravindra’s resilience. The left-hander continued to excel even after Kane Williamson’s departure for 118 in the morning.

Ravindra surpassed BJ Watling’s previous highest score at the ground and completed his double century with an easy single off Brand. The 24-year-old, making a significant comeback after two years, demonstrated exceptional form with a nine-hour knock featuring 26 fours and three sixes.

Reflecting on his performance, Ravindra expressed, “You always want to do well to — not necessarily to prove (yourself) to teammates, but always sort of feel (you) belong. But I think the beauty of this team, it doesn’t actually matter.

As Ravindra departed to a standing ovation, the Proteas bowlers faced additional challenges from tail-ender Matt Henry, who added quick runs to push the hosts past the 500-run mark.

In response, South Africa’s top order struggled against Jamieson’s brilliance. Brand fell for four, Raynard van Tonder was dismissed lbw for a duck, and Edward Moore and Zubayr Hamza also fell victim to the relentless New Zealand attack.

Despite a late chance missed by Henry in the field, New Zealand firmly asserted their dominance on day two, leaving South Africa with an uphill battle in the series-opening test.

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