Impact Sheet

PLAYER

MATCH IMPACT

Dean Elgar

100

Neil Wagner

71

Faf du Plessis

54

Kane Williamson

48

Keshav Maharaj

46

Trent Boult

44

Jeetan Patel

39

BJ Watling

30

Vernon Philander

29

Temba Bavuma

24

Jeet Raval

22

Quinton de Kock

21

James Neesham

17

Morne Morkel

15

Jean-Paul Duminy

13

Mitchell Santner

13

Hashim Amla

9

Ross Taylor

6

Kagiso Rabada

4

Henry Nicholls

3

Tom Latham

3

Stephen Cook

1

Note: In a career context, all numbers are restricted between 0 and 5. However, in a match context, the numbers are not restricted. For simplicity, we are changing the scale here in the report and expressing every Match Impact number as a percentage. The maximum percentage (100) is assigned to the highest impact player of the match. All other players in the match are scaled relative to him. Negative Match Impact indicates that not only did the player not contribute in the match, but he also had an adverse effect on his team’s chances.​​

Scorecard

With play on Day 5 (Sunday, 12th March) being abandoned without a ball being bowled, New Zealand and South Africa drew the opening Test in Dunedin.

Dean Elgar was the highest impact player of the first Test.

The left-hander scored 229 runs (140 and 89) and both his innings saw him fend off the new ball ( New Ball Impact ), absorb pressure ( Pressure Impact ) and build partnerships ( Partnership-Building Impact ). He was unsurprisingly the highest impact batsman too.

Neil Wagner was the highest impact bowler for his match haul of five wickets (3 for 88 and 2 for 57, all top-middle order). He also contributed 32 runs with the bat and finished New Zealand’s highest impact player.

In all, four players from each team failed in the series opener.

 

Karthik Swaminathan