Piedt and Paterson’s wicket pleasure

Henry

Who would have ever guessed that the Proteas would enjoy a lead in the second test against the Black Caps in Hamilton?

But Dane Piedt (5/89) and Dane Paterson (3/39) combined superbly to bowl out the New Zealanders for 211 runs in their first innings.

This means that South Africa – who were earlier bowled out for 242 runs – cling to a lead of 31 runs.

Not bad at all for a team that, in the first test at the Bay Oval, undoubtedly wore the label around their necks.

Paterson got the ball rolling when he took out Devon Conway for a wicket in the first over of the Kiwi batting effort.

After that, Tom Latham and Kane Williamson threatened to swing the momentum scale in the home side’s favour, but Piedt took them out before they could do too much damage.

Tshepo Moreki also contributed to the South Africans’ good performance when he clean bowled Rachin Ravindra for 29 runs.

Ravindra scored a double century in the first Test.

New Zealand were in trouble with their score at 170/8, but Neil Wagner came somewhat to his team’s rescue.

The South African born fast bowler scored 33 quick runs to ensure a touch more scoreboard respect.

Still, the Proteas deserve praise for their fighting spirit and willingness to play better cricket. Captain Neil Brand undoubtedly believes in his team’s ability and resilience.

The game is far from over, but the second day’s game definitely belongs to South Africa.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

South Africa 242/10 in 97.2 overs: Ruan de Swardt 64, David Bedingham 39 and William O’Rourke 4/59.

New Zealand 211/10 in 77.3 overs: Kane Williamson 43, Dane Piedt 5/89 and Dane Paterson 3/39.