Black caps on top after opening day against South Africa

Black caps on top after opening day against South Africa

Black caps on top after opening day against South Africa

New Zealand (from): Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Neil Wagner, Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry.

Hashim Amla (53) started off strongly and continued to keep the runs flowing from one end.

Kagiso Rabada, who took 13 wickets in South Africa's last test outing against England, is set to complete a three-man pace attack.

Stand-in South African skipper Faf du Plessis backed his batting line-up, but it was the Black Caps bowlers who came up trumps on day one in Durban.

The pair batted confidently and nudged South Africa to 146 for four at the tea break. "With the overcast conditions we thought the ball might swing around".

Left-armer Boult made New Zealand's first breakthrough, having Stephen Cook caught behind for 20 during a superb opening spell of one for eight in eight overs.

"They are two massive bowlers for us and we will be the first to say that we saw against England that you can not replace an experienced bowling attack".

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"It's not a great position to be in", Amla admitted. He got a quick 30 and had he not got out, we would have been in a good position.

"We wouldn't be afraid of playing two spinners if we felt the pitch was going to be dry and turn", added Hesson. Hashim Amla scored a stroke-filled half-century for the Proteas and there were handy contributions from Temba Bavuma (46) and Quinton de Kock (33) down the order but Neil Wagner with figures of 3/47 was the pick of New Zealand's four-pronged pace attack.

Although Domingo, who hadn't been told the specifics five days ago, has said the best players will continue to be chosen, the make-up of South Africa's final XI tonight will tell its own story. "As he becomes more experienced he will work out which is the better option, but as it is he gave us good momentum".

De Kock had advanced down the pitch twice in a row to hit Santner over the top for boundaries, but did it again next ball and skewed an ugly shot to be caught for 33, while Bavuma missed a sweep two balls later and was given out LBW, the TV review confirming umpire Ian Gould's decision.

For the first time, New Zealand find themselves above South Africa in the International Cricket Council Test rankings.

"Both teams go in a little bit blind, but at the same time it looks like a pretty good surface", Williamson said.

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