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Continuous rain on Day 5 forced the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand to a tame draw after four days of exciting action. The game was evenly poised at the end of Day 4 with South Africa leading by 191 runs and having four wickets in hand. A quick declaration and an attempt to bowl out the Black Caps was expected on Day 5, but rain ruined hopes for both teams at Dunedin. Not a single ball was bowled on Day 5, and the fans are left wondering what would have been the case if play had resumed after a wonderful display of Test cricket thus far. Dean Elgar, Neil Wagner and Kane Williamson will walk off with proud faces after a brilliant showing in the first Test. All of them, would, however, wonder if their contributions could have been match-winning ones had the game proceeded.
Best economical pick & Smart pick – Morne Morkel made a much-awaited return after a one-year break from the game due to a back injury. As the saying goes, 'class is permanent' and Morkel was at his beastly best in Dunedin. He generated disconcerting bounce and bowled the right channels to trouble the Kiwi batsmen.Jeetan Patel, enjoyed yet another great comeback to the Test side and bowled with great control on a slow wicket. He kept the dangerous Proteas keeper, Quinton de Kock, silent in both innings with his guile and dismissed him both times.
Top captains & vice captains – Fighting fire with fire is Dean Elgar's way of batting. The not so elegant, gritty South African opener showed his teammates the way to bat on a green yet sluggish wicket at Dunedin. He was boring and left more balls than most South Africans did whole summer, but importantly he got the job done. A brilliant first innings 140 single-handedly led his team to a good total on a difficult pitch against some sharp bowling. However, when he saw that his team was trailing in spite of his tough innings, he returned to play another crucial knock in the second outing, an 89 against some serious slow bowling from Jeetan Patel. While Dean Elgar was watchful and fought hard to score his runs, Kane Williamson made run scoring look rather easy on a difficult wicket. He was quick on his feet and left the right balls while managing to score at a rate well above what the game had proceeded in. Kane Williamson led from the front. He got to his 16th ton and with the support of Jeet Raval and BJ Watling, along with a cameo from Neil Wagner, his team took a lead of 33 runs in first innings.
Cautions Pick – The comeback of 34-year-old Jeetan Patel has New Zealand pondering on the inclusion ofMitchell Santner, their all-round spinner. Santner has barely contributed with the bat and despite being tidy with the ball, remained in the shadows of Patel in the first Test.My XI – Dean Elgar (Captain), Kane Williamson (Vice-Captain), Morne Morkel, Jeetan Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Jeet Raval, James Neesham, Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Tom Latham