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New Zealand Surges to WTC Summit with Resounding Win Against South Africa…

In the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) cycle, New Zealand has participated in only three Test matches. They drew a two-match Test series against Bangladesh and secured a victory over South Africa.

Following a convincing 281-run win against South Africa in the first Test at Mount Maunganui, New Zealand now leads the WTC standings. This victory enhances their chances of reaching the final for the second consecutive year.

\With a well-rounded performance, the Kiwis surpassed the previous WTC finalists, India and Australia, reaching the top of the rankings with a 66.66% points percentage.

After the conclusion of the first Test, Australia moved to the second position, while India dropped to third. The defeat in this match pushed South Africa down to the seventh spot in the WTC rankings, with Bangladesh (4), Pakistan (5), and the West Indies (6) ahead of them.

In the first Test, New Zealand showcased a dominant display against South Africa. Kane Williamson’s twin centuries and Rachin Ravindra’s double ton provided a solid foundation by the end of Day 3. On Day 4, pacer Kyle Jamieson, supported by spinner Mitchell Santner, played a crucial role in securing a commanding victory for the hosts.

Under overcast conditions at Bay Oval, Jamieson’s two key wickets after lunch, dismissing David Bedingham (87) and Keegan Petersen (16), set the tone for the final session. South Africa, attempting to chase down 529, ultimately collapsed at 247, with Santner claiming the final wicket of Dane Paterson.



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