29 Aug 2016

Proteas well on top

6:24 am on 29 August 2016

Three quick wickets before stumps have the Black Caps on the back foot after two days of the second Test against South Africa at Centurion.

The tourists are 38 for three in their first innings, 443 runs behind the Proteas.

See how the match unfolded here

Neil Wagner of New Zealand celebrates after getting the wicket of Temba Bavuma of South Africa at Centurion Park, Pretoria on 28 August 2016 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Neil Wagner took five for 86 Photo: Photosport

After declaring on 481 for eight late on day two, the South Africans sent New Zealand into bat before the end of the day and picked up the wickets of openers Martin Guptill and Tom Lathan cheaply, while Ross Taylor was run out on one.

Guptill lasted exactly three and a half overs for his eight runs, before nicking one behind off Vernon Philander.

Latham lasted one over longer before he was ruled on review to be caught for four by Quentin de Kock off Dale Steyn.

Taylor ran himself out going for a run that wasn't there.

Captain Kane Williamson will resume day three at the crease on 15 with Henry Nicholls on four.

Faf du Plessis salutes the crowd after his 50 against New Zealand at Centurion Park, Pretoria on 28 August 2016 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Faf du Plessis salutes the crowd after his 50 Photo: Photosport

The Proteas were irresistible with the bat in their first innings after losing the toss.

Faf du Plessis top-scored with 112 not out, while only three batsmen didn't make it well into double figures, and there were five half-centuries.

Neil Wagner's five wickets for 86 runs was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers.


South Africa 1st innings (Overnight: 283-3)

S. Cook c Williamson b Bracewell 56

Q. de Kock c Boult b Wagner 82

H. Amla c Watling b Wagner 58

J. Duminy c Watling b Southee 88

F. du Plessis not out 112

T. Bavuma c Bracewell b Wagner 8

S. van Zyl c Taylor b Wagner 35

V. Philander b Wagner 8

K. Rabada c Nicholls b Santner 7

D. Steyn not out 13

Extras (b-10 lb-4) 14

Total (for 8 wickets, 154 overs) 481

Fall of wickets: 1-133 Q. de Kock, 2-151 S. Cook, 3-246 H. Amla, 4-317 J. Duminy, 5-342 T. Bavuma, 6-426 S. van Zyl, 7-442 V. Philander, 8-463 K. Rabada

Did not bat: D. Piedt


T. Southee 35 - 5 - 114 - 1 T. Boult 35.4 - 7 - 107 - 0

D. Bracewell 30.2 - 9 - 98 - 1

M. Santner 14 - 1 - 62 - 1

N. Wagner 39 - 8 - 86 - 5

New Zealand 1st innings

M. Guptill c van Zyl b Philander 8

T. Latham c de Kock b Steyn 4

K. Williamson not out 15

R. Taylor run out (Bavuma) 1

H. Nicholls not out 4

Extras (lb-1 w-5) 6

Total (for 3 wickets, 16 overs) 38

Fall of wickets: 1-13 M. Guptill, 2-13 T. Latham, 3-26 R. Taylor

To bat: B. Watling, M. Santner, D. Bracewell, T. Southee, N. Wagner, T. Boult


D. Steyn 8 - 2 - 18 - 1

V. Philander 4 - 1 - 10 - 1

K. Rabada 4 - 0 - 9 - 0 (w-1)


Umpire: Ian Gould

Umpire: Paul Reiffel

Match referee: Andy Pycroft

TV umpire: Richard Illingworth