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Black Caps gaining headway against Proteas on day two

By Marc Jacobson - Mar 9, 2017
Black Caps gaining headway against Proteas on day two

Heading into day two of the 5-day Test match against New Zealand at the University Oval in Dunedin, South Africa projected a hopeful 229/4 from the first day’s spoils, but managed to only conjure up a further 79 runs with the loss of their final six wickets.

Scoring a total of 308 all out in their first innings, the Proteas managed to harbour New Zealand’s onslaught for just 32.4 overs on day two, with respects to Trent Boult’s and Neil Wagner’s swing bowling.

Dean Elgar, who scored his highest figures for the Proteas with 140, ahead of his previous highest of 129 against Sri Lanka over December, went out with a delivery brought about by flight and in two-minds, as a late pull-shot was edged for a catch by the keeper in the 13th over of the day.

Elgar surpassed his personal best, but only managed to score 12 runs on day two; and just seven overs later, South Africa lost their late order hopeful, Quinton de Kock for just 10 and just three overs after that, Temba Bevuma, who added some driving momentum from the first day, scoring a styling 64.

Following that slump, the Proteas were ineptly in trouble from a disciplined New Zealand bowling attack looking to further the visitors’ misery.

Boult boasted with figures of 4/64 and Wagner 3/88, as New Zealand looked ahead to taking the crease in the middle. They did well, and looked undisturbed and calm, as their batting display put a solidified 177/3 on the board after 55 overs at the close-of-play on day two.

Kane Williamson sparkled for the Black Caps with bat-in-hand, as he produced 78 not out, and was partnered well with Jeet Raval, as the two scored a considerable 102-run partnership. Raval scored 52. Williamson and Jeetan Patel (8 not out) reached stumps on day two.

To South Africa’s mindful fancy, Ross Taylor retired from the match hurt, and New Zealand will hope that won’t come back to bite them. Day three will then prove to be a new day for reckoning, as the home side trail by 131 runs with seven wickets in hand.

South Africa’s Test spinner, Keshav Maharaj took 2/57 bowling figures and Vernon Philander 1/37 at the end of the day.

Image: Stephen Cook injuring his hand while fielding at the University Oval, Dunedin.