Neil Brand writes history with multiple records after 6-wicket haul against New Zealand on debut

Neil Brand

South Africa captain Neil Brand broke several records after picking 6 wickets against New Zealand in New Zealand’s first Test against South Africa. The left-arm spinner took a six-wicket haul on his Test debut and stole a string of records in his name.

In the absence of Temba Bavuma and Aiden Markram, Neil Brand leads South Africa in NZ vs SA test series. The home team, the Kiwis, were asked to bat first in the match and posted a mammoth total of 511-10 in the first innings.

Although New Zealand did a lot of damage with the bat, fans praised Neil Brand for his outstanding bowling show in the match. The left-arm orthodox spinner took 6 wickets for 119 runs on his Test debut. He got wickets Rachin RavindraDaryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee and Matt Henry to record brilliant bowling figures.

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Neil Brand records best bowling performance by spinner in Test Debut

On his journey to a 6-wicket haul on debut, Neil Brand broke multiple bowling records. To begin with, Brand recorded the best bowling performance by a spinner on his Test debut. The previous record was held by Bangladesh’s Naimur Rahman, who took 6 wickets for 132 runs against India in November 2000.

Additionally, Brand has also teamed up with former South Africa captain. Shaun Pollock to get a six-wicket haul as skipper. Pollock took five hauls against India as captain in November 2001. The best bowling performance on Test debut by a South African player is that of Lance Klusener, who took 8 wickets for 64 runs against India in November 1996.

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South Africa get off to a poor start in batting

Meanwhile, Neil Brand failed to lead South Africa to a powerful bowling show against New Zealand. With a double century from Rachin Ravindra (240) and a century from Kane Williamson (118), the Kiwis recorded a mammoth 511-10 in the first innings. In addition to Brand’s 6 scalps, Ruan de Swardt picked up 2 wickets, while Tshepo Moreki and Dane Paterson picked up 1 scalp each.

Later, South Africa also had a miserable start in batting. They lost starter Neil Brand by just 4 runs. They later also lost Edward Moore (23) and Raynard van Tonder (0) cheaply. Kyle Jamieson found New Zealand’s first two breakthroughs of the match.

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At the end of day 2, South Africa lost 4 wickets for 80 runs. Zubayr Hamza was the fourth batsman to lose his wicket by 22 runs. On day 3 of the first test of NZ vs SA, David Bedingham and Keegan Petersen will strike. South Africa trails by 431 runs in the match.