Black Caps on top in Kingsmead

first_img(REUTERS) – South African-born Neil Wagner took three wickets for New Zealand against the country of his birth as bad light brought an early close to play on the first day of the first Test at Kingsmead with South Africa 236 for eight.Wagner, 30, who left South Africa to play provincial cricket in New Zealand a decade ago, took the wickets of JP Duminy, stand-in captain Faf du Plessis and swashbuckling Quinton de Kock to give the visitors the upper hand.Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner grabbed two wickets each while Hashim Amla (53) and Temba Bavuma (46) top-scored for South Africa.The home side never settled at the crease after electing to bat on an unfamiliar surface which promised to be flat but ended up quickening and providing some swing in the first winter Test ever played in Durban, where previous Test encounters have come in the height of a sun-baking summer.“We bowled nicely from both ends with some green on the wicket and swing at the start. But we had to be patient and not get frustrated with the ball just passing the bat. We need credit for sticking at it,” Boult told reporters afterwards, predicting that the wicket would become quicker today.Amla set off at a brisk pace in his innings before becoming bogged down and then was undone by a blistering delivery from Boult.De Kock played a cavalier knock of 33 before he was caught in the deep after an injudicious slog at Santner’s spin.Bavuma was more circumspect as he edged towards 50 only to be trapped lbw attempting a sweep. Kagiso Rabada (14 not out) and Dale Steyn (two not out) will resume today.SOUTH AFRICA 1st inningsS. Cook c Watling b Boult 20D. Elgar c Guptill b Bracewell 19H. Amla c Watling b Boult 53J. Duminy c Boult b Wagner 14F. du Plessis c Williamson b Wagner 23T. Bavuma lbw b Santner 46Q. de Kock c Bracewell b Santner 33V. Philander c Southee b Wagner 8K. Rabada not out 14D. Steyn not out 2Extras: (lb-4) 4Total:: (for 8 wickets, 77.4 overs) 236Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-41, 3-102, 4-106, 5-160, 6-208, 7-208, 8-228.Bowling: T. Southee 18-1-63-0, T. Boult 17-3-42-2, D. Bracewell 15.4-6-53-1, N. Wagner 15-4-47-3, M. Santner 11-2-22-2, M. Guptill 1-0-5-0.last_img read more

Senegal Secure World Cup Spot After South Africa Win

first_imgSenegal have booked their place at next year’s World Cup after they defeated South Africa 2-0 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane in what was a crucial qualifying clash in Group D.Two first half goals from West Ham striker Diafra Sakho and a Mjabiluse Mkhize own goal was enough to give Aliou Cisse’s men the victory they needed to guarantee their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.The win took Senegal’s point tally to an unassailable 11 points from 5 games while South Africa stay rooted to the bottom of the table in Group D with a paltry 4 points.Both sides meet again on Tuesday in what would be a dead rubber while the other group members namely Burkina Faso and Cape Verde also meet with the knowledge that both teams can no longer qualify for Russia 2018.Senegal would be making their 2nd appearance at the World Cup after their debut at the 2002 edition in South Korea and Japan. They reached the quarterfinals before losing to Turkey becoming only the 2nd African country after Cameroon (1990 edition) to achieve that though Ghana have also matched that feat (2010 edition). RelatedWorld Cup Qualifying Wrap (CAF) Group D: Senegal Beat South Africa Again As Burkina Faso Thrash Cape VerdeNovember 15, 2017In “Africa”2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (Africa): Senegal, Tunisia Record Important Wins In Race To Join Nigeria In Russia.October 8, 2017In “FIFA”CAF #WCQ Match Day 5: Nigeria, Tunisia, and Egypt one win away from Russia 2018.October 5, 2017In “Africa”last_img read more