Tshepo Moreki Joins Elite Club as 24th Player to Claim a Wicket with First Ball in Men’s Tests

The Test cricket is keeping the cricket lovers busy these days. On the one hand, India and England are playing a Test series and on another hand, South Africa is facing New Zealand in another Test series. In the first Test, South Africa and New Zealand witnessed an amazing record. South African bowler Tshepo Moreki becomes the 24th player in men’s Tests to pick a wicket first ball in Tests. 

Amazing Start of Moreki:

South Africa and New Zealand are facing each other in a two-match Test series. The first Test match is taking place in the Bay Oval. While bowling first, South Africa had a good start. South African bowler Tshepo Moreki achieved an amazing milestone in his career. He has become the 24th player in men’s Tests to pick a wicket first ball in Tests.

In his debut Test match, Tshepo Moreki made an immediate impact by taking a wicket with his very first ball, adding to the pressure on a struggling New Zealand team. He picked up Devon Conway on LBW when the batter was on 1. That was an early setback for the Kiwis. 

Moreki, aged 30, is making his Test debut after claiming 192 wickets in 93 matches in South Africa’s domestic first-class competition. The right-arm bowler showcased effectiveness by adopting a round-the-wicket approach against left-handers and delivering across to right-handers. This strategy proved fruitful on a hard, dry pitch at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, where the ball exhibited some movement.

Match Tour:

After facing India at home, South Africa is locking horns with New Zealand in a two-match Test series. On February 4, both teams met at the Bay Oval for the first Test match. After winning the toss, South Africa decided to bowl first. New Zealand had a shaky start. Moreki picked up Devon Conway on 1 run in the very first delivery of the second over. After that, Dane Paterson dismissed Tom Latham in 20 runs. 

After losing two wickets early, the Kiwis were on the back foot. All they needed was a good partnership. Kane Williamson and Rachin Ravindra made an amazing partnership. They carried the team forward after the setback. They both completed their half-centuries and are now close to their centuries. Williamson is batting on 96 runs in 234 balls with 12 boundaries. On the other hand, Rachin Ravindra is just 2 runs away from century, batting on 98 runs in 182 balls. In the 78th over, New Zealand is 221/2.

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