New Zealand defeated Proteas to top the WTC. cricket.com.au

New Zealand has taken a 1-0 lead in the two-match series by registering an emphatic 281-run win over the inexperienced South African team late on the fourth day of the first Test.

Just before the start of play at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, the Black Caps declared their second innings at 4-179, leaving the Proteas with a winning target of 529 runs.

The home fast bowlers dismissed openers Neil Brand and Edward Moore cheaply within the first 20 minutes, but progress halted when Zubair Hamza (36) and Renard van Tonder (31) put on a 63-run stand for the third wicket. Gone.

But Kyle Jamieson (4-58) fired after lunch, dismissing both early on, before David Bedingham proved the more serious disruptor.

The 29-year-old right-handed batsman, playing in his third Test, ultimately reiterated his excellent first-class form by playing a brilliant attacking innings of 87 runs to take his team to tea at 4-173.

Jameson got his man soon after the break when Bedingham missed a chance for his maiden century by attacking a short ball and dismissing it to deep midwicket.

Keegan Pietersen was the next batsman out for 16 when he too took a short ball from Jamieson, but only managed to pull the ball towards Rachin Ravindra at long leg.

Specialist spinner Mitch Santner had no luck and part-time Glenn Phillips got the next breakthrough when Clyde Fortuin (11) hit a shot which hit the close fielder's knee and flew into the air for an easy catch.

South Africa crossed the 200-mark but Santner (3-59) eventually dismissed Duane Ollivier (1), Tshepo Moreki (6) and Dane Paterson (15) to bowl out the tourists for 247.

New Zealand captain Tim Southee said, “I think it was good to have a good (pitch) to prepare it for the batsmen and for the bowlers to take 20 wickets.”

He said, “We knew that the South African team would be strong. You watch them in all the sports, they compete, they are a very proud nation so we knew they would come out and fight.

The second and final Test begins in Hamilton from February 13, when New Zealand will aim for a first series win over South Africa after almost a century of trying.

“We were completely outplayed by a very good New Zealand team,” said Proteas opening batsman Brand.

“I think our patience was tested on this wicket. People went inside and then came out themselves. Back to the drawing board and I hope we can compete more in the second Test.

After this victory, New Zealand has overtaken Australia to top the World Test Championship (WTC) table.

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