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New Zealand vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 2 in Wellington: As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: March 22, 2017, 2:12 PM IST

2nd Test, Basin Reserve, Wellington 16 - 20 March, 2018

Toss won by South Africa (decided to bowl)

South Africa beat New Zealand by 8 wickets

Man of the Match: Keshav Maharaj

New Zealand vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 2 in Wellington: As It Happened

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Day 1 Round Up

Tim Southee and Colin de Grandhomme grabbed a wicket each to reduce South Africa to 24 for two in response to New Zealand's 268 at the close of the first day's play of the second test at the Basin Reserve on Thursday.

Southee had Stephen Cook caught at second slip by Jimmy Neesham for three before de Grandhomme, a surprising choice to share the new ball, had Dean Elgar also snapped up by the same fielder for nine to reduce the Proteas to 12 for two.

Commentary (South Africa innings)

Right, then! That's it from us. South Africa have another win under their belt in this format and now, lead the 3-match Test series 1-0. The last game will take place in Hamilton and it's equally important for both sides. It takes place on the 25th of March at 1100 local time, 2200 GMT the day before. Do join us for it. Till then, cheers!

Man of the Match, Keshav Maharaj says he feels great to be there (In Wellington). Adds that he kept his hands in his pocket as it was quite cold throughout. Feels confident in his abilities and wants to continue to learn and become an accomplished cricketer. States every game is a new challenge and is looking forward to the game in Hamilton.

Faf du Plessis says it looked pretty dark initially but like in the last few years, his side came through successfully from tough spots. Is happy with his side's performance on such a wicket, especially the tail for batting the way they did. Credits Keshav Maharaj for the way he bowled on a track that suited the pacers. Applauds his players as whenever it has demanded, someone has always stood up and did the job for his team. Lauds his bowlers for putting in a great effort. On the pacers, he states that his pacers kept their heads and did the job when it counted.

Kane Williamson says that South Africa's last wicket partnership (between Bavuma and de Kock) was the starting point of a terrible day for them. Stresses on the fact that it is important to keep the pressure on for longer periods of time. Mentions that the ball was doing quite a lot and if you bowl in the right areas, like South Africa did, you will get wickets. Adds positives are there, like Henry Nicholls' debut Test ton and wants to shake this defeat off quickly. Says he expects the wicket in Hamilton to be quite different to this one, so is looking forward to the challenge. Was quite happy with how Colin de Grandhomme bowled, especially towards the back end of the innings. Knows that his side has a lot of work to do if they are to win the next game. Is looking forward to the rest in the next few days but is keen to get back to training.

Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock stitched in a very important 160-run stand which made sure they crossed the score posted by the hosts. But cameos from Morkel and Philander gave them the upper hand and that got them the very important lead. It turned the tide in their favour and that proved to be decisive in the Proteas clinching the victory.

South Africa had done everything right from the moment they won the toss and put the Kiwis to bat first. The home team struggled but Henry Nicholls came to their rescue with his maiden hundred which meant they posted a score of 268. The pitch seemed improving for batting as the day progressed but even the visitors got off to a false start.

The total was never a problem for South Africa, especially as today was just the third day. It was just a matter of time before the Proteas finished it off. Play was extended by a further half hour and in that time, Amla and Duminy made sure they finished it off as quickly as possible.

South Africa have scripted another victory against the Kiwis. They have also managed to keep their winning ratio intact with this win. After posting a lead of 91 runs, they came roaring with the ball. Their pacers started off really well and troubled all the Kiwi batsmen except Jeet Raval who kept ticking from one end. But Keshav Maharaj grabbed the headlines as he bowled a decisive spell and returned with his career best figures of 20.2-7-40-6. This meant that the hosts could only set a target of 81 runs on the board.

24.3 J Neesham to Duminy, FOUR! And that does it, Duminy hits the winning runs in style! Pulls this short ball through square leg for a boundary. SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 8 WICKETS AND LEAD THE 3-MATCH SERIES 1-0! 83/2

24.2 J Neesham to Duminy, JP Duminy stands tall and pulls it along the ground through mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 79/2

24.1 J Neesham to Duminy, Back of a length, angling down, looks to tuck it fine but misses. 77/2

23.6 N Wagner to Amla, Angles across a short of a length delivery, Amla arches back and leaves it alone. 77/2

23.5 N Wagner to Amla, Short again, ducked and evaded. 77/2

23.4 N Wagner to Amla, Hashim Amla does well to stand tall and play that short delivery. 77/2

23.3 N Wagner to Duminy, On the hips, Duminy hops across and tucks it to short fine leg. A misfield from the man there allows the batsmen to take a single. Wagner is annoyed, just shows his attitude towards the game. Comes steaming in every ball and gives it his all. 77/2

23.2 N Wagner to Duminy, Down the leg side on a shorter length, no shot played. 76/2

23.1 N Wagner to Amla, On middle and off, walks across and clips it to square leg for a single. 76/2

22.6 J Neesham to Amla, Pushes this length ball past the cover fielder and takes a single. 6 to win for SA. 75/2

22.5 J Neesham to Amla, FOUR! Loose, short and wide, a rubbish delivery really. Hashim Amla cuts this through backward point and gets a boundary to his name. Just 7 needed to win now. 74/2

22.5 J Neesham to Amla, Wide! Follow it up with one more bouncer, but it's too high and hence wide is signalled by the umpire. 70/2

22.4 J Neesham to Amla, Bouncer on middle, Amla looks to pull but then sways away to leave it alone. 69/2

22.3 J Neesham to Amla, Drives it off the middle once again but it's straight to the cover fielder this time. 69/2

22.2 J Neesham to Amla, Length delivery outside off, left alone. 69/2

22.1 J Neesham to Amla, FOUR! That's a very good shot. Full and wide outside off, Hashim Amla walks across and drives it through the covers for a boundary. 69/2

21.6 N Wagner to Duminy, Full and speared on the pads, it's clipped down to short fine leg. 65/2

21.5 N Wagner to Duminy, Short of a length on leg, shuffles across and it's left alone. 65/2

21.4 N Wagner to Duminy, Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment. 65/2

21.3 N Wagner to Duminy, Short one again, on middle and leg, Duminy just about manages to fend it in front of short leg. 65/2

21.2 N Wagner to Duminy, Way down the leg side this time, Duminy doesn't bother playing at it. 65/2

21.1 N Wagner to Duminy, From around the wicket, short and down the leg side, JP shuffles across and leaves. 65/2

20.6 J Neesham to Amla, Fuller on middle and off, meets it with a straight bat. SA require 16 more runs to win this game. 65/2

20.5 J Neesham to Amla, Outside off on a back of a length, left alone. 65/2

20.4 J Neesham to Amla, FOUR! That's crunched! Amla wastes no time in dispatching this. Sees the width and smashes it through the covers for a boundary. 65/2

20.3 J Neesham to JP Duminy, Short and wide outside off, Duminy cuts it past point and picks up three runs for doing so. 61/2

20.3 J Neesham to Duminy, Wide! Banged in short but it's too short, wide signalled. 58/2

20.2 J Neesham to Duminy, FOUR! He's showing he wants this over today itself. Charges down to this length delivery and hammers it over the bowler's head for a boundary. 24 needed to win now. 57/2

20.1 J Neesham to Duminy, Angling in from around the wicket, on middle and off, defended from within the crease. 53/2

Jimmy Neesham is called in for a bowl.

19.6 N Wagner to Amla, Short one angling down, ducked and that's the end of the over. 53/2

19.5 N Wagner to Amla, Bouncer from Wagner, it sails over the batsman's head to the keeper. 53/2

19.4 N Wagner to Amla, FOUR! Boundary for Hashim Amla. He moves across to this short ball and pulls it along the ground through backward square leg to send it across the rope. 53/2

19.3 N Wagner to Amla, Shortish and going down leg, Amla walks across, raises his arms and lets it through. 49/2

19.2 N Wagner to Amla, Bouncer on middle and off, Amla ducks and evades. 49/2

19.1 N Wagner to Duminy, Short and down the leg side, from around the wicket, Duminy swivels across and pulls it down towards fine leg for one. 49/2

After having a chat with all the players, the umpires have decided to add another half an hour of play. South Africa need 33 runs to win this match.

18.6 de Grandhomme to Amla, Brings his bat ahead of his front pad and defends it in front. 48/2

18.5 de Grandhomme to Amla, Speared on the pads, worked to short mid-wicket. No run taken. 48/2

18.4 de Grandhomme to Amla, Driven this full delivery towards mid on for no run. 48/2

18.3 de Grandhomme to Amla, On the fuller side of the length, on middle and off, Hashim leans ahead and buries it into the track. 48/2

18.2 de Grandhomme to Amla, Angles it in on the stumps, a bit too straight this time from de Grandhomme, Amla stays behind the line to defend. 48/2

18.1 de Grandhomme to Amla, Fullish in length and attacking the stumps, blocked. 48/2

17.6 N Wagner to Duminy, Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him. 48/2

JP Duminy walks out to the middle.

17.5 Wagner to D Elgar, OUT! Edged and taken! You wouldn't see him playing such a shot otherwise, but given the circumstances, it's understandable. Short on middle and off, Elgar makes a little room to pull. Gets a top edge which goes behind into Watling's gloves. NZ have their second wicket. 48/2

17.4 N Wagner to Elgar, Bangs this across Dean Elgar who taps it down on the track off the back foot. 48/1

17.3 N Wagner to Amla, Short and angling down, Amla swivels across and pulls it down towards fine leg for one. 48/1

17.2 N Wagner to Amla, Full and attacking the stumps, Amla flicks it through the gap in the mid-wicket area for a double. 47/1

17.1 N Wagner to Amla, Around the wicket, back of a length angling in from around off, Hashim Amla leaves it alone. 45/1

16.6 de Grandhomme to Elgar, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 45/1

16.5 de Grandhomme to Elgar, Another outside off, left alone. 45/1

16.4 de Grandhomme to Elgar, Tight line from Colin de Grandhomme, keeps it very close to the off stump on a back of a length, it's defended tightly down on the strip. 45/1

16.3 de Grandhomme to Elgar, Sprays it way outside off, Dean does not go near it. 45/1

16.2 de Grandhomme to Elgar, From around the wicket, it's on a good length, Elgar meets it with the full face of the bat. 45/1

16.1 de Grandhomme to Amla, Full on the stumps, a bit too straight, Amla off the inside half plays it square leg for a brisk single. 45/1

15.6 N Wagner to Elgar, Shortish delivery banged into the body, Elgar just about manages to keep it down off the shoulder of the bat. 44/1

15.5 N Wagner to Elgar, Another bumper, on middle and off, Elgar does not fiddle with it. 44/1

15.4 N Wagner to Elgar, Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him. 44/1

15.3 N Wagner to Amla, Full outside off, driven through backward point for three runs. 44/1

15.2 N Wagner to Amla, Similar ball, it's driven nicely through the covers for a couple of runs. 41/1

15.1 N Wagner to Amla, Back of a length delivery outside off, Amla dabs it to point. 39/1

14.6 de Grandhomme to Elgar, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 39/1

14.5 de Grandhomme to Elgar, FOUR! Top shot! Short delivery into the body, Elgar pulls it over the mid-wicket region for a boundary. 39/1

14.4 de Grandhomme to Elgar, Good length delivery nipping away, Elgar hands his bat in the air in defence but the ball flies off the outside edge. 35/1

14.3 de Grandhomme to Elgar, Elgar stays deep in his crease and defends it back to the bowler. 35/1

14.2 de Grandhomme to D Elgar, Did that carry? No just fell short of the fielder. Angling in from a length outside off, Elgar tries to fend it on the leg side but gets an outside edge which nearly carries to the fielder at first slip. 35/1

14.1 de Grandhomme to Elgar, Fuller length delivery way outside off, Elgar shoulders his arms to it. 35/1

13.6 N Wagner to Amla, Angling across on a back of a length, Hashim Amla looks to push it inside the line but is beaten past the outside edge. 35/1

13.5 N Wagner to Amla, Stays right behind the line and blocks it out. 35/1

13.4 N Wagner to Amla, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 35/1

13.3 N Wagner to Elgar, Length ball outside off, pushed to covers by Elgar for a single. 35/1

13.2 N Wagner to Elgar, Another one banged in short, angling across on middle and off, ducked and evaded yet again. 34/1

13.1 N Wagner to Elgar, Wagner has a change of angle and comes from around the wicket, wastes no time in bringing out the short ball. Elgar ducks and watchfully evades. 34/1

12.6 de Grandhomme to Amla, Length delivery outside off, left alone to end the over. 34/1

12.5 de Grandhomme to Amla, The batsman has driven it through mid on. They manage to come back for the second. 34/1

12.4 de Grandhomme to Amla, Brings the wrists into play and turns it away on the leg side. 32/1

12.3 de Grandhomme to Amla, Shaping away from around off, on a back of a length, played to point. Dot ball. 32/1

12.2 de Grandhomme to Amla, Sprays this on the pads, Amla flicks it through backward square leg. Wagner from fine leg runs to his left and dives to keep it from the rope. Two runs are taken. 32/1

12.1 de Grandhomme to Amla, Back of a length and outside off, Amla has nothing to do with it. 30/1

Colin de Grandhomme is brought back into the attack.

11.6 N Wagner to Elgar, Wagner ends the over with a short one. Elgar sways away from the line and evades it. 30/1

11.5 N Wagner to Elgar, Bowls it up there this time, Dean replies with a solid front foot block. 30/1

11.4 N Wagner to Elgar, Wagner brings out the short one and angles it in on middle and leg, Elgar crouches low and lets it go over him. 30/1

11.3 N Wagner to Elgar, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 30/1

11.2 N Wagner to D Elgar, Full and angling in on middle and off, driven towards mid on this time. 30/1

11.1 N Wagner to Elgar, Full delivery outside off, driven past the mid off fielder for a couple of runs. 30/1

10.6 Tim Southee to Amla, Another good length delivery outside off, Amla shoulders arms. 28/1

10.5 Tim Southee to Amla, FOUR! Top shot! Full and on the pads this time, Amla places his bat to it and pushes it through the mid-wicket region for a boundary. 28/1

10.4 Tim Southee to Amla, Another length delivery curling away, Amla stays in his crease and pushes it towards covers. 24/1

10.3 Tim Southee to Amla, Full delivery into the pads, Amla clips it towards the fielder at mid-wicket who makes a diving stop. 24/1

10.2 Tim Southee to Amla, Length delivery angling away, Amla goes to push at it but ends up getting an inside edge onto his pads. 24/1

10.1 Tim Southee to Amla, Angles this one into the stumps, Amla defends it on the off side. 24/1

9.6 N Wagner to Elgar, Probing over from Wagner comes to an end. Fires it in the corridor of uncertainty, it's not bothered with. 24/1

9.5 N Wagner to Elgar, Fractionally ahead of a length, Elgar defends it on the off side with soft hands. 24/1

9.4 N Wagner to Elgar, Holding its line as it's bowled on a length outside off, left alone by Elgar. 24/1

9.3 N Wagner to Elgar, Another one speared full, just outside off, Dean takes a big stride forward and drives it to the right of the mid off fielder. 24/1

9.2 N Wagner to D Elgar, Full delivery around off, driven to mid off for no run. 24/1

9.1 N Wagner to Elgar, Excellent delivery from Wagner to start his spell. He hurls it in the channel outside off, Elgar initially thinks of playing at it but then withdraws at the last second. 24/1

Neil Wagner is introduced into the attack.

8.6 Tim Southee to Amla, Back of a length outside off, with an open-faced blade it's run to gully. 24/1

8.5 Tim Southee to Amla, Yorker fired in outside off, digs it out just about square of the wicket on the off side. 24/1

8.4 Tim Southee to Amla, On the shorter side of the length, punched to the extra cover region for nothing. 24/1

8.3 Tim Southee to Amla, Southee makes this one swing away from outside off, Hashim Amla has nothing to do with that. 24/1

8.2 Tim Southee to Amla, Similar length, better line this time as it's on off, climbs onto Amla a bit quicker than he anticipated. Does well in the end to take the bottom hand off and block it back down. 24/1

8.1 Tim Southee to Amla, Serves this just back of a length, outside off, Amla defends it off the back foot. 24/1

7.6 de Grandhomme to Elgar, Curling away from around off, on a good length, Elgar makes an easy leave. 24/1

7.5 de Grandhomme to Amla, Lovely timing on that. Didn't even hit it hard, just a gently push really. Full around off, it's hit past mid off for three runs. 24/1

7.4 de Grandhomme to Amla, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 21/1

7.3 Grandhomme to Amla, Huge shout for an lbw, but it's turned down. Angling down, raps the pads. No response to the appeal, that was never going to be given out. This time NZ don't opt for the review, sensible stuff. 21/1

7.2 de Grandhomme to Amla, Solidly done. Amla prods forward and blocks it down in front of covers. 21/1

7.1 de Grandhomme to Amla, Angles in a fuller length ball on middle and off, Amla stays right behind the line and defends it back down the track. 21/1

6.6 Tim Southee to Elgar, Keeps hitting that off stump channel, punched to mid on off the back foot. 21/1

6.5 Tim Southee to Elgar, Moving away from the left-hander, decent shape on that as Elgar doesn't play at it. 21/1

6.4 Tim Southee to Elgar, Back of a length angling in from around off, Dean stands his ground and meets it with a straight blade. 21/1

6.3 Tim Southee to Elgar, Third leave in a row. Outside off, carefully let through for the keeper to collect. 21/1

6.2 Tim Southee to Elgar, Shaping back in a touch, outside off, Elgar withdraws his bat and watches as the ball goes past him. 21/1

6.1 Tim Southee to Elgar, Comes from around the wicket to Dean Elgar, hurls a length delivery outside off, arms are shouldered to it. 21/1

5.6 de Grandhomme to Amla, Length delivery aiming the top of off stump, played back to the bowler. 21/1

5.5 de Grandhomme to Amla, Outside off, Amla once more lets it be. 21/1

5.4 de Grandhomme to Amla, Shaping away from around off, on a good length, Hashim Amla makes an easy leave. 21/1

5.3 de Grandhomme to Amla, Over the wicket now, it's outside off on a back of a length, defended. 21/1

5.2 de Grandhomme to D Elgar, Fired in full and well outside off, Elgar reaches out to it and drives it beautifully through the covers. Won't go all the way but it's enough to fetch him three runs. 21/1

5.1 de Grandhomme to Elgar, From around the wicket, it's angling in on a fuller length, blocked. 18/1

Hashim Amla will be the next man in.

4.6 Tim Southee to Cook, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Cook's misery with the bat continues. Good length delivery curling away after pitching. The batsman stays in his crease and tries to defend it. Cannot counter the away movement as he ends up edging it. The ball flies away towards the second slip region. Jimmy Neesham takes a good catch there to dismiss Cook. 18/1

4.5 Tim Southee to Cook, Angling into the stumps from a fuller length, Cook clips it wide of mid on. No runs taken. 18/0

4.4 Tim Southee to Elgar, Short and into the body this time, Elgar pulls it away through backward square leg for a single. 18/0

4.3 Tim Southee to Elgar, Full delivery angling into the stumps, Elgar pushes this one towards the fielder at mid on. 17/0

4.2 Tim Southee to Elgar, Angling into the pads, Elgar clips it square of the wicket on the leg side for a couple. 17/0

4.1 Tim Southee to Elgar, Good length delivery outside off, left alone. 15/0

3.6 de Grandhomme to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 15/0

3.5 de Grandhomme to Cook, The batsman has driven that ball straight back. 15/0

3.4 de Grandhomme to Cook, Full delivery moving away, around off, driven to mid off for no run. 15/0

3.3 de Grandhomme to S Cook, Edged and dropped! A bit of luck for Stephen Cook. Full and around off, Cook closes the face too early and gets an edge which flies behind. Neesham at second slip dives to his left and gets a hand to it, but fails to keep a hold of it. It rolls away behind as Watling chases it down. Two runs taken. 15/0

3.2 de Grandhomme to Cook, Outside off, left alone. 13/0

3.1 de Grandhomme to Cook, Fuller length delivery on the stump, Stephen Cook leans ahead to play and ends up inside edging it onto his pads. It rolls away to mid-wicket, no run taken. 13/0

2.6 Tim Southee to Cook, Short delivery on off, Cook clips it square of the wicket for three good runs. 13/0

2.5 Tim Southee to Cook, On the pads, Cook clips it straight to the fielder at square leg. 10/0

2.4 Tim Southee to Cook, Short delivery into the body, Cook hops to defend it. 10/0

2.3 Tim Southee to Elgar, Fuller delivery, Elgar drives it through the extra cover region for a single. 10/0

2.2 Tim Southee to Elgar, Elgar gets behind the line of the ball to defend it. 9/0

2.1 Tim Southee to Elgar, Angling into the stumps, Elgar stays in his crease and defends it. 9/0

1.6 de Grandhomme to Cook, Angling across from a length, Cook stays in his crease and defends it. 9/0

1.5 de Grandhomme to Cook, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 9/0

1.4 Grandhomme to Cook, NOT OUT! Poor review by Williamson! Length delivery swinging into the pads, Cook tries to flick it but misses. He gets rapped on his pads and the players appeal. The umpire stays put as it was going down leg. Everything was fine until Williamson stepped in and went for a review. Replays show that there was no bat involved. Ball Tracker then showed that it was missing the stumps completely which makes it a horrendous review. The umpire's decision stands. 9/0

An lbw appeal against Stephen Cook is reviewed by New Zealand.

1.3 de Grandhomme to Elgar, Full delivery into the pads, Elgar clips it through the square leg region. The batsmen manage to run three there. 9/0

1.2 de Grandhomme to Elgar, Good length delivery outside off, Elgar covers his stumps and shoulders his arms to it. 6/0

1.1 de Grandhomme to Elgar, Length delivery sprayed way outside off, Elgar stays in his crease and lets it through to the keeper. 6/0

Colin de Grandhomme to bowl from the other end.

0.6 Tim Southee to Cook, Length delivery outside off, Cook drives it straight to the fielder at covers. 6/0

0.5 Tim Southee to Cook, Dug in short outside off, Cook ducks under it. 6/0

0.4 Tim Southee to Cook, Angling into the pads again, Cook makes no mistake and clips it through the square leg region. The batsmen run a couple. 6/0

0.3 Tim Southee to Cook, Back of a length delivery outside off, Cook stands deep in his crease to defend it. 4/0

0.2 Tim Southee to Cook, Full delivery, inswinging into the pads, Cook flicks it through the mid-wicket region for a brace. Easy runs there. 4/0

0.1 Tim Southee to Cook, Down the leg side to start with, Cook clips it through the square leg region for a couple. 2/0

First Published: March 16, 2017, 10:02 PM IST

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