Twitter Reactions: Rain saves South Africa as New Zealand lose the series 1-0
Rain saved South Africa from the blues and helped them win the series.
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New Zealand’s hopes of squaring up the series against the Proteas were washed away by steady rain on the fifth day of the third Test at Seddon Park. New Zealand were in pole position to restrict the South Africans, who were struggling with the bat well short of their 175-run lead. But luck was not in favour of the Kiwis as the match was called off due to heavy rainfall on Day 5 of the third Test and the Proteas clinch the series 1-0.
Winning the toss and opting to bat first South Africa posted a total of 314 on the board with wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock top scoring with 90. Matt Henry was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand as he grabbed four wickets giving away just 93 runs. In reply the hosts came out very strong as Kane Williamson struck a superb ton once again proving his class.
Williamson’s innings of 176 runs helped the Kiwis take a massive 175 run lead leaving the Proteas in a spot of bother. Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada had their time in the match as both of the bowlers picked up 4 wickets each in the innings giving away 100 and 122 runs respectively. Looking at the South African batting line up everyone expected them to put up a strong fight in order to get back into the match but everything went horribly wrong for the men in green.
The team led by Faf du Plessis lost their openers Dean Elgar and Theunis de Bruyn quite early in the innings making life difficult for the middle order. The middle order failed equally to cope up with the pressure and South Africa found themselves five down at the score of 80 at the end of Day four. But much to the joy of the visitors, the rain saved them from the jaws of defeat as not even a single ball was played on day five of the test. The match had to be called off as it became impossible to dry the ground and the series ended on a disappointing note.
Here is how Tiwitterati reacted to South Africa’s series win:
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) March 29, 2017
— Kass Naidoo (@KassNaidoo) March 29, 2017
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) March 29, 2017
— Rumple Spilskind (@justus_beets) March 29, 2017
— ICC (@ICC) March 29, 2017
One of those rare occasions when rain actually helped South Africa in cricket! #NZvSA
— Nitesh Sinkar (@snitesh11) March 29, 2017
Philander. 2 wickets in 3 tests in seamer friendly conditions. WTF?? #NZvSA
— Mike Strachan (@SaffaStrachan) March 29, 2017
— Brendan O'Carroll (@realmshark) March 10, 2017
Thanks to the rain queen of NZ for making sure the test was drawn#NZvSA coz we were outplayed
— Arsenal&Amakhosi4Lyf (@The_Real_Goud) March 29, 2017
Oh man! Rain saved the Proteas. So sad for KW. Brilliant 100 deserved a win. SA take the series 1-0. #NZvSA
— கரிக் கடை Yogiji Boy (@KarikadaiBoy) March 29, 2017
— Cricket365 (@Cricket365) March 29, 2017
— The Mushi (@Mushiii20) March 29, 2017
Totally out classed by the kiwis in this game. Rain wins the series …we should be thankful #NZvSA
— Dorris (@Dorris852) March 29, 2017
Proteas lucky there. Rained out fifth day with backs against the wall. Series win! ?? #NZvSA
— Ngqabutho Mpofu (@The_Otzovist) March 29, 2017