Check Stats: New Zealand clinches historic test victory against South Africa

In a stunning display of cricketing prowess, New Zealand secured a monumental victory over South Africa by seven wickets in the second Test, sealing the series 2-0. Kane Williamson’s remarkable fourth-innings century stood as the cornerstone of New Zealand’s triumph against the inexperienced Proteas side. Here’s a breakdown of the key numbers from this historic win:

1. Series Milestone: This series win marks New Zealand’s first-ever Test series victory over South Africa in 18 encounters since their inaugural clash in 1932. Out of the previous 17 series, South Africa emerged victorious in 13, while the remaining four ended in draws.


2. Impressive Chase: New Zealand’s successful pursuit of 267 runs in the fourth innings ranks as the fourth-highest successful run chase in Tests on their home soil and the fifth-highest overall in their Test cricket history. This chase also represents the highest successful run chase at Seddon Park, Hamilton.

3. Unbeaten Streak: New Zealand’s triumph extends their undefeated streak in home Test series to 13 consecutive series. The last time they faced defeat at home was in March 2017 against South Africa. Since then, they’ve clinched victory in 10 series, with three ending in draws.

4. Williamson’s Masterclass: Kane Williamson’s stellar batting performance further solidified his status as a cricketing legend. With his seventh century in the last 12 Test innings, Williamson surpassed 4500 runs on home soil, boasting the second-highest batting average in home Tests after Don Bradman.

5. Fastest to 32 Centuries: Williamson’s fourth-innings ton marked his 32nd Test century, making him the fastest player to achieve this milestone in terms of innings, surpassing Steven Smith’s record. This century also places Williamson in the elite league of batters with the most centuries in successful run chases in Tests.

6. Historic Partnerships: Williamson’s partnership with Will Young for the fourth wicket propelled New Zealand forward, marking the fourth-highest stand for New Zealand in the fourth innings of a home Test. Dane Piedt’s exceptional bowling figures and William O’Rourke’s debut heroics added to the spectacle.

As New Zealand celebrates this historic victory, cricket enthusiasts worldwide marvel at the remarkable feats achieved on the pitch, underscoring the enduring spirit of the sport.