New Zealand 482 (Nicholls 105, Blundell 96, Henry 58*, Olivier 3-100) beat South Africa 95 (Henry 7-23) and 111 (Bavuma 41, Southee 5-35) by an innings and 276 runs
Christchurch: The hosts secured the vital World Test Championship points with a thoroughly convincing performance, capped by Matt Henry’s seven-wicket haul and a century by Henry Nicholls.
South Africa started day three on the backfoot, trailing by 353 runs with seven wickets in hand. It did not take much time for Matt Henry to pick up the first wicket of the day, as he bowled Rassie van der Dussen (9) to continue a dream Test performance on his home ground.
The fans in Christchurch were entertained with some top-quality fast bowling through the first session as Kyle Jamieson picked up the wicket of Zubayr Hamza (4) leaving the visitors in all sorts of trouble.
Temba Bavuma (41) was one of the only South African batsmen who put up a fight but yesterday’s first session hero with the bat, Neil Wagner, trapped Bavuma for an LBW.
Tim Southee brought up his 200th wicket in New Zealand when he dismissed Kyle Verreynne (30) with a back-of-a-length delivery swinging away outside off. He quickly made it 201 by picking up the wicket of Kagiso Rabada (0).
Wagner picked up his second wicket of the innings with Marco Jansen (10) edging one to Tom Blundell ensuring the hosts get an additional half hour before lunch break.
Tim Southee secured his five-wicket haul with the final wicket of Glenton Stuurman (11) who was initially adjudged non-out but that decision was changed upon New Zealand’s review.