PICK OF THE SPORTS: Proteas have a large Kiwi mountain to climb

Dylan Bettencourt

➤ The Proteas have started their New Zealand campaign with a performance they would rather forget.

New Zealand led the Proteas by 21 runs at the end of day one after bowling South Africa all-out for 95 in an abysmal batting performance, their lowest opening score in almost a century.

A test series isn’t decided after one day of action but the Proteas have a large New Zealand mountain to climb if they are to avoid seeing the Kiwis make history in Christchurch.

South Africa have never lost to New Zealand in a test-series, but the Kiwis are coming off the back of an ICC World Test Championship victory brimming with confidence.

The Proteas’ confidence from winning the last three of four series took a major blow on Thursday night, given that New Zealand are without three of their top players for the series.

The action between the Proteas and New Zealand could continue throughout the weekend until Monday – if the Proteas are able to survive that long.


All the cricket action can be watched live on DStv channel 212.

➤ As the race for the English Premier League title hots up, the game of the weekend will see log leaders Manchester City take on a struggling Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday night.

When Antonio Conte joined Tottenham, his appointment looked like a masterstroke but the situation at the club has not yet turned out the way fans hoped.

Tottenham go into the clash against City off the back of three consecutive Premier League defeats and find themselves in eighth spot in the League.

The last time Pep Guardiola’s men tasted defeat in the League was on 30 October in a shock defeat to Crystal Palace. Their only other defeat this season came on the opening day against Tottenham.

City will be looking to inflict further damage on Tottenham on Saturday night at 7.30pm with the game live on DStv channel 203.

➤ AmaZulu will be looking to get their first win in their debut season of the CAF Champions League when they take on Horoya of Guinea on Friday night.

Following last week’s defeat to Raja Casablanca, Benni McCarthy’s men will hope home advantage will get them their first three points in the competition on Friday night at 9pm.

Mamelodi Sundowns on the other hand will look to capitalise on last week’s victory with another three points over Al-Merrikh of Sudan on Saturday afternoon.

The Brazilians face the Sudanese giants in their backyard on Saturday at 3pm.

All the CAF Champions League action can be watched live on DStv channel 202.

Image source: @OfficialCSA

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