South Africa’s spearhead fast bowler Kagiso Rabada and left arm pacer Marco Jansen took 5 wickets between them to make sure that Proteas finished the Day2 in control like the first day at the Hagley Oval, Blackcaps are still 207 runs behind this could have been more but thanks to counter attacking half century by de Grandhomme, New Zealand finishes on 157 for 5 at the Stumps on Day2 of the second test match.
After Sarel Erwee’s century on Day 1 gave South Africa edge, Day2 brings much differ challenge with Matt Henry and Neil Wagner combined to dismantle the Proteas middle order completely, Henry first bowled Temba Bavuma in his very next over he dismissed the proteas wicket keeper Kyle Verreynne, then Neil Wagner dismissed both Rassie Van der Dussen and Mulder before lunch as South Africa finished on 296 for 7.
After the lunch Wagner got another wicket in the form of Kagiso Rabada to leave South Africa 8 down before a 15 minute rain break, after the break everyone expected New Zealand to rattle down as quickly as possible but Maharaj and Jansen had other ideas as they played briskly where Maharaj scored 36 while Jansen scored 36 to push South Africa to 364 runs in the first innings, For New Zealand Wagner was pick of the bowler with 4 wickets while Matt Henry and Jamieson picked 3 and 2 wickets respectively.
New Zealand did not have the best of starts as Rabada got New Zealand’s skipper Tom Latham in the first over itself when he was caught down the leg side and then he came back to dismiss Will young in the fifth over to hand South Africa early advantage. the two new batsmen Devon Conway and last test centurion Henry Nicholas added 42 runs for the 3rd wicket to recover from the early set back both batsman were dismissed on 16 and 39 respectively off Marco Jansen.
New Zealand lost half their side at just 91 runs this happened when Kagiso Rabada came in the 27th over to bowled Tom Blundell for just 6 runs, then Daryl Mitchell (29*) and Colin de grandhomme(54*) added an unbeaten 66 run partnership where de grandhomme was playing attacking cricket and got to his fifty in just 39 balls. He is still at the crease on 54 off 61 while New Zealand are 157/5 on score board at the Stumps on Day2 of the second test match at Hagley oval, for South Africa Kagiso Rabada picked 3 wickets while Jansen picked 2 wickets to hand the early advantage.
It will be interesting to see what folds on the third day of the play as it is often called the moving day of the test match, will South Afirca bowlers be able to bowl out New Zealand to gain lead or New Zealand will seize the early advantage taken by the Proteas bowlers, we will see this tomorrow till then have fun!
New Zealand – 157-5 (Colin de Grandhomme 54, Nicholls 39; Kagiso Rabada 3-37, Marco Jansen 2-48) trail South Africa – 364 (Erwee 108, Markram 42; Wagner 4-104, Matt Henry 3-90) by 207 runs.