New Zealand took the top position leaving behind Australia and India world test championship (WTC) Points table after an order won by 281 runs Against a less powerful South African team in the first Test at Mount Maunganui. New Zealand is currently ranked No. 1 in the WTC points table with a scoring percentage of 66.66 percent. The Tim Southee-led team now has a good chance of qualifying for the WTC final next year. They are favorites to win the next Test and sweep the two-match series 2-0 against a South African team that featured six debutants in the first Test. Most of South Africa's frontline cricketers were unavailable for this series as the dates clashed with the SA20.
after Kane Williamson's two centuries And while Rachin Ravindra's double century put New Zealand in a strong position ahead of the fourth day's play, fast bowler Kyle Jamieson and spinner Mitchell Santner allowed the hosts to seal a dominant win.
With the beautiful Bay Oval overcast, Jamieson set the tone for the final session by striking twice after lunch, dismissing David Bedingham (87) and Keegan Pietersen (16).
Chasing the target of 529 runs, the South African team collapsed for 247 runs and Santner took the last wicket of Dan Patterson.
New Zealand, champions of the inaugural edition of the WTC in 2021, have played only three Tests during this current WTC cycle. They played a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh late last year.
Following the results at Bay Oval, last year's champions Australia (55) slipped to second, India (52.77) dropped to third and South Africa dropped to seventh and below fourth-placed Bangladesh, Pakistan to fifth and West Indies to sixth. .
However, India and England have a big chance to turn their situation around in the coming few weeks. They are currently playing a five-match series in India. England took a 1-0 lead by winning the first Test in Hyderabad, but India bounced back with a thumping 106-run win in the next Test in Visakhapatnam to make the score 1-1.
The next three tests will be very important for India. They would like to win at least two of them to stand a good chance of making it to the WTC title for the third time. He is scheduled to undertake a tough tour of Australia at the end of the year. The third Test will start from February 15 in Rajkot.