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De Swardt defiantly holds his ground against Ravindra’s triple onslaught!

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Ruan de Swardt was unbeaten on 55 at Stumps on Day 1.

In a gripping turn of events, Ruan de Swardt’s fighting half-century emerged as a beacon of hope for South Africa on the opening day of the second Test against the formidable New Zealand National Cricket Team. Despite the setbacks caused by Rachin Ravindra’s triple strike, de Swardt’s resilience allowed the visitors to end the day at 220/6 after a shaky start at 101/5.

Shaky Start for South Africa

Opting to bat first, South Africa faced early adversity when Clyde Fortuin fell victim to a stunning one-handed catch by Glenn Phillips off the bowling of Neil Wagner. Skipper Neil Brand’s departure further deepened the crisis as debutant William O’Rourke claimed his maiden wicket. Although Raynard van Tonder managed to counterattack with a boundary, his dismissal, along with Zubayr Hamza’s fall to Ravindra, left South Africa struggling at 101/5.

De Swardt’s Resilience

Amidst the turmoil, Ruan de Swardt teamed up with David Bedingham to stage a recovery. Despite Ravindra removing Bedingham, de Swardt’s unwavering determination, showcased through a well-earned half-century, anchored South Africa’s innings. Partnered with Shaun von Berg, de Swardt defied the New Zealand attack, thwarting all attempts to break the crucial partnership. 

New Zealand’s Frustration

Even Rachin Ravindra’s return to the bowling crease failed to dismantle the resilient duo, forcing New Zealand to take the second new ball. While Tim Southee found the edge, de Swardt’s authoritative drive through the covers brought up his fifty, further frustrating the Kiwi bowlers. As the day concluded, South Africa’s hopes rested on de Swardt and von Berg to propel them beyond the 300-run mark on day two.


Despite the early blows, Ruan de Swardt’s defiant innings has given South Africa a fighting chance in the second Test against the New Zealand National Cricket Team. The battle between bat and ball promises an enthralling second day, as de Swardt and von Berg aim to steer their team to a competitive total.

Brief scores: South Africa 220/6 (Ruan de Swardt 55*, David Bedingham 39; Rachin Ravindra 3/33) vs New Zealand 

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