Match Report: 2nd Test: Day 3: South Africa vs New Zealand at Centurion, August 28, 2016
Brief scores:South Africa 4818 dec & 105-6 (de Kock 50, Southee 2-27, Boult 2-38) lead New Zealand 214 (Williamson 77, Rabada 3-62, Steyn 3-66) by 372 runs
South Africa held on to a strong position despite a toporder batting collapse in their second innings on the third day of the second Test against New Zealand on Monday .
South Africa were 105 for six at the close, an overall lead of 372 runs on a pitch at Centurion’s SuperSport Park offering assistance to bowlers, with swing, seam and uneven bounce.
New Zealand hit back after conceding a first innings lead of 267, with Tim Southee and Trent Boult taking two wickets each to reduce South Africa to 47 for four. Doug Bracewell and Neil Wagner also picked up wickets, with only Quinton de Kock shining for the South Africans, with his second half-century of the match.
South Africa’s three-pronged pace attack was mainly responsible for New Zealand being bowled out for 214 in their first innings.
Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada took three wickets each and Vernon Philander claimed two.
Only captain Kane Williamson was able to provide sustained resistance for New Zealand. He was last man out for 77. While his teammates struggled, Williamson remained calm and well-organised, seemingly with time to spare as he combatted the pace threat. He batted for 286 minutes and faced 133 balls in an innings which included eight fours and a six.
With star bowlers Steyn and Philander both returning from long-term injuries, it was the first time they had played in the same Test match as Rabada, South Africa?s 21-year-old cricketer of the year. The combination proved relentless, although it took South Africa more than an hour to take the first wicket of the day , when Rabada trapped Henry Nicholls leg before wicket for 36.
Williamson and Nicholls put on 60 for the fourth wicket and enabled New Zealand to make an encouraging start to the day after resuming at 38 for three.
New Zealand’s resistance crumbled after the breakthrough, although South Africa lost control briefly when Rabada and Steyn peppered number ten batsman Neil Wagner with bouncers, probably in retaliation for Wagner’s shortpitched assault during South Africa’s first innings of 481for eight declared. Wagner was struck on the helmet by Rabada but responded by slogging four fours and a six in an innings of 31 before he was caught behind off Steyn.
Off-spinner Dane Piedt picked up the wicket of Tim Southee, while Ross Taylor was run out during New Zealand’s collapse on the second evening. AFP