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2nd Test, Basin Reserve, Wellington, 16 March 2017

New Zealand vs South Africa

South Africa 4th Inn:83/2 (24.3)

Hashim Amla 38 (61);Jean-Paul Duminy 15 (16);
Neil Wagner 8-2-18-1; James Neesham 2.3-0-28-0;

Last bat: Dean Elgar

Result: South Africa won by 8 wkts.

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South Africa 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Stephen Cook c Neesham & b Southee 11 20 0 0 55
Dean Elgar c Watling & b Wagner 17 50 1 0 34
Hashim Amla not out 38 61 5 0 62.3
Jean-Paul Duminy not out 15 16 2 0 93.75
Faf du Plessis(c) dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Temba Bavuma dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Quinton de Kock(wk) dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Vernon Philander dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Keshav Maharaj dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Kagiso Rabada dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Morne Morkel dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 0, w - 2, nb - 0)2
Total(83 for 2 in 24.3 overs)83 (3.39 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/18 (Stephen Cook, 4.6 ov.) 2/48 (Dean Elgar, 17.5 ov.)  
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Tim Southee 6 2 17 1 2.83  
Colin de Grandhomme 8 1 20 0 2.5  
Neil Wagner 8 2 18 1 2.25  
James Neesham 2.3 0 28 0 11.2 (2w)
               

New Zealand 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Tom Latham c Duminy & b Morne Morkel 6 15 1 0 40
Jeet Raval st de Kock & b Maharaj 80 174 10 0 45.98
Kane Williamson(c) c de Kock & b Morne Morkel 1 6 0 0 16.67
Neil Broom c de Kock & b Morne Morkel 20 57 3 0 35.09
Henry Nicholls b Maharaj 7 21 0 0 33.33
James Neesham c du Plessis & b Maharaj 4 5 1 0 80
BJ Watling(wk) c Duminy & b Maharaj 29 83 3 0 34.94
Colin de Grandhomme b Maharaj 0 6 0 0 0
Tim Southee c Duminy & b Maharaj 4 7 0 0 57.14
Jeetan Patel c de Kock & b Rabada 0 3 0 0 0
Neil Wagner not out 4 3 1 0 133.33
             
Extras(b - 10, lb - 1, w - 5, nb - 0)16
Total(171 all out in 63.2 overs)171 (2.7 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/16 (Tom Latham, 4.3 ov.) 2/26 (Kane Williamson, 6.5 ov.) 3/64 (Neil Broom, 24.4 ov.)
4/86 (Henry Nicholls, 31.1 ov.) 5/90 (James Neesham, 31.6 ov.) 6/155 (Jeet Raval, 57.3 ov.)
7/161 (Colin de Grandhomme, 59.3 ov.) 8/167 (Tim Southee, 61.4 ov.) 9/167 (Jeetan Patel, 62.3 ov.)
10/171 (BJ Watling, 63.2 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Morne Morkel 11 0 50 3 4.55 (5w)
Vernon Philander 12 3 28 0 2.33  
Kagiso Rabada 17 5 38 1 2.24  
Keshav Maharaj 20.2 7 40 6 1.97  
Jean-Paul Duminy 3 1 4 0 1.33  
               

South Africa 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Stephen Cook c Neesham & b Southee 3 12 0 0 25
Dean Elgar c Neesham & b de Grandhomme 9 19 1 0 47.37
Kagiso Rabada b Southee 9 10 2 0 90
Hashim Amla c Henry Nicholls & b de Grandhomme 21 63 4 0 33.33
Jean-Paul Duminy c Henry Nicholls & b Wagner 16 21 3 0 76.19
Faf du Plessis(c) c Watling & b de Grandhomme 22 40 1 1 55
Temba Bavuma c Neesham & b Wagner 89 160 9 0 55.63
Quinton de Kock(wk) c Watling & b Neesham 91 118 10 3 77.12
Vernon Philander not out 37 77 5 0 48.05
Keshav Maharaj c Williamson & b Wagner 1 5 0 0 20
Morne Morkel b Jeetan Patel 40 63 7 0 63.49
             
Extras(b - 4, lb - 5, w - 12, nb - 0)21
Total(359 all out in 98 overs)359 (3.66 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/12 (Stephen Cook, 4.4 ov.) 2/12 (Dean Elgar, 5.3 ov.) 3/26 (Kagiso Rabada, 8.5 ov.)
4/59 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 17.1 ov.) 5/79 (Hashim Amla, 24.4 ov.) 6/94 (Faf du Plessis, 30.3 ov.)
7/254 (Quinton de Kock, 69.1 ov.) 8/290 (Temba Bavuma, 78.1 ov.) 9/302 (Keshav Maharaj, 81.1 ov.)
10/359 (Morne Morkel, 97.6 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Tim Southee 27 7 98 2 3.63 (5w)
Colin de Grandhomme 23 7 52 3 2.26  
Neil Wagner 22 1 102 3 4.64 (1w)
Jeetan Patel 14 1 57 1 4.07  
James Neesham 12 2 41 1 3.42 (6w)
               

New Zealand 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Jeet Raval c Amla & b Maharaj 36 83 6 0 43.37
Tom Latham c Elgar & b Morne Morkel 8 18 1 0 44.44
Kane Williamson(c) lbw Rabada 2 10 0 0 20
Neil Broom c de Kock & b Rabada 0 4 0 0 0
Henry Nicholls b Duminy 118 161 15 0 73.29
James Neesham st de Kock & b Maharaj 15 18 3 0 83.33
BJ Watling(wk) c de Kock & b Duminy 34 132 4 0 25.76
Colin de Grandhomme c Amla & b Duminy 4 4 0 0 100
Tim Southee c Philander & b Morne Morkel 27 30 2 2 90
Jeetan Patel not out 17 14 1 1 121.43
Neil Wagner lbw Duminy 2 3 0 0 66.67
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 4, w - 1, nb - 0)5
Total(268 all out in 79.3 overs)268 (3.37 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/11 (Tom Latham, 6.2 ov.) 2/13 (Kane Williamson, 8.6 ov.) 3/21 (Neil Broom, 10.4 ov.)
4/73 (Jeet Raval, 25.4 ov.) 5/101 (James Neesham, 31.4 ov.) 6/217 (Henry Nicholls, 69.3 ov.)
7/221 (Colin de Grandhomme, 71.1 ov.) 8/222 (BJ Watling, 73.2 ov.) 9/266 (Tim Southee, 78.3 ov.)
10/268 (Neil Wagner, 79.3 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Morne Morkel 18 3 82 2 4.56  
Vernon Philander 15 7 29 0 1.93  
Kagiso Rabada 19 6 59 2 3.11 (1w)
Jean-Paul Duminy 11.3 2 47 4 4.09  
Keshav Maharaj 16 4 47 2 2.94  
               
All|Overs 1-50|Overs 51-100
OT

Grandhomme to Stephen Cook, no run, loud shout for lbw. Kumar Dharmasena isn't interested. Cook, the batsman. NZ review. Fair livery. No bat involved. Missing leg and the on-field call stays. Not Out. Wasted review. It was a short of length livery that seamed in and struck Cook's pad in front of leg. HawkEye shows impact is umpire's call and the wickets - missing leg

D

Grandhomme to Stephen Cook, 2 runs, edged and safe! Did that carry? Yes. Will go down as a drop. This one moved away late and takes the outsi edge off Cook's bat who wanted to whip it through the on-si. Neesham at second slip dives to his left and shells it down. Wouldn't have carried to Raval at first slip. The ball rolls back and Cook collects a brace

W

to Stephen Cook, out Caught by Neesham!! Edged and gone! The away going delivery is Cook's nemesis and once again it proves to be. Short of a good length delivery that pitches around off and nips away off the deck. Cook is slightly squared up and hangs his bat out. Gets a fat outside edge that is gobbled up by Neesham at second slip. Stephen Cook c Neesham b 11(20)

4

to Amla, FOUR, that's a gift and Amla deposits it into the fence. Half-volley on leg, Amla leans forward and clips it between mid-on and mid-wicket. Excellent use of the wrists and the timing was exquisite

D

Grandhomme to Elgar, no run, dropped? Falls short of the slip fielr. Watling could have gone for it. Back of a length livery that cked away, Elgar gets an outsi edge on his push. Falls in front and to the right of first slip

4

Grandhomme to Elgar, FOUR, cracking shot! Short ball without any venom. Elgar has ample time to pull it over mid-wicket. Right off the meat of the bat

W

to Elgar, out Caught by Watling!! That's not at all Elgar's cup of tea. The short ball does the trick as it often does for . A sharp head-high bouncer. Elgar clears his front leg and goes for a wild hook shot. Gets a top edge that is pocketed by Watling. Elgar c Watling b 17(50) [4s-1]

4

to Amla, FOUR, easily done. Short delivery down leg, Amla shuffles across and pulls it away into the fine leg fence

4

to Duminy, FOUR, there's the intent! Dances down and elevates this short of length delivery over the bowler's head. Not off the middle of the bat, but the ball has enough legs to go over the rope

4

to Amla, FOUR, glorious! That's an eye-pleasing stroke. Pitched up delivery, no feet movement from Amla. Just extends his arms and caresses the drive through the covers. No need to run for shots like that

4

to Amla, FOUR, oh hello! That's a top shot. Walks down the track and drives this pitched up delivery through the line beating the diving mid-off fielder

4

to Amla, FOUR, seven needed now! Short and wide outside off, Amla slashes hard. The ball flies through the vacant backward point region and into the fence in a flash

4

to Duminy, FOUR, Duminy finishes it off in style. South Africa go 1-0 up in the 3-match series. Coming to the delivery, it was a non threatening short ball, Duminy swivels across and smacks the pull backward of square and the ball races away into the fence

4

Morkel to Latham, FOUR, streaky way to get off the mark! Lucky as well. Latham is squared up by this good length delivery that leaves the lefty. The edge flies between third slip and gully into the fence

4

Morkel to Jeet Raval, FOUR, edged and four! But, to Raval's credit, he played with soft hands. Back of a length delivery in that corridor of uncertainty. Raval stands tall and looks to keep it down with his bat face open; takes the outside edge and runs between the gap in the cordon into the fence

4

Morkel to Jeet Raval, byes, FOUR, four bonus runs. Morkel bangs it halfway down and the ball roars well over the batsman's head. QDK can't even touch it with a jump. Runs away to the boundary

W

Morkel to Latham, out Caught by Duminy!! "Same old, same old," screams Ian Smith on air as Latham once again edges one to the cordon. He could have let it go. Went after a wide-ish ball and paid the price. It was full and angled across, Latham goes for the drive away from his body. He went hard at it as well. Gets a fat outside edge to Duminy at third slip. Latham c Duminy b Morkel 6(15) [4s-1]

4

to Jeet Raval, FOUR, shot! Glorious. Very full on middle, Raval drives it down the ground all along the carpet. He didn't try to hit it hard. Relied on timing and gets full reward

W

Morkel to Williamson, out Caught by de Kock!! SA review for caught behind. The bowler and the keeper were absolutely sure. There's a mark on the HotSpot and Williamson walks back. A beautiful delivery from Morkel. It was on a short of a length. Pitches on off and nips away a tad. Williamson has to play at it. He looks to defend and gets a faint outside edge that is spotted by QDK and the bowler. Kumar Dharmasena doesn't spot it, but the TV umpire helps him to make the right call. Williamson c de Kock b Morkel 1(6)

4

to Neil Broom, FOUR, in the gap this time. Puts his tall frame to use in showing the pulled back length, a rather uncharacteristic one, the full bat face in punching it past the two cover men. An optimistic chase and a dive from Bavuma does no good. Has his face stuck in the ground with mud and grass in his mouth to sohw for his effort

4

to Neil Broom, FOUR, through the cordon. A very English shot. Half defends - half steers this good length delivery outside off and finds the outside half run through the tiny gap in the cordon. The soft hands as well

4

to Neil Broom, FOUR, down leg. And capitalized big time. Broom swivels, sinks and dispatches it with a punishing sweep into the fine leg fence. A rare miss in line all morning

4

to Jeet Raval, FOUR, width. With the friendly length as well. Way too full and Raval is more than glad to throw his bat at it. Reaches out and sdrives it square past the man lurking around at gully

4

Morkel to Jeet Raval, FOUR, good shot! Morkel starts with a loosener. Short and wide outside off. Raval waits for the ball and cleanly steers it behind square on the off-side. Good way to start off after the break

4

Morkel to Jeet Raval, FOUR, four more! Good looking shot. The bumper doesn't trouble Raval. He picks the length early and smacks the pull in front of square on the on-side. The ball races away

W

Morkel to Neil Broom, out Caught by de Kock!! Wow. That was meant to be Amla's catch at first slip. But de Kock wants it and takes a screamer. A good length delivery that decks away a tad. Broom has a push at it away from the body. Gets an outside edge that is snared up by the keeper who dives full length to his right. Collects it in front of first slip. Second stunning catch from de Kock in this match, and both have led to the downfall of Broom. Neil Broom c de Kock b Morkel 20(57) [4s-3]

4

Morkel to Jeet Raval, FOUR, confident stroke! Anticipates the short ball, stands tall and smacks the pull with a swivel through mid-wicket. Rabada in the deep didn't pick it up and the ball runs away

4

Morkel to Jeet Raval, FOUR, four more! Another short ball. Raval once again swivels across and pulls it behind square on the on-side. He was in total control of that shot. There is none in the deep to stop that

W

to Henry Nicholls, out Bowled!! After that treatment, Nicholls plays just one ball. Gone! Big wicket for the South Africans. It was tossed up well outside off and was on the fuller side side as well. Nicholls sinks low and went hard on the sweep. All he managed was an inside tickle that crashes onto the stumps. Henry Nicholls b 7(21)

4

to Neesham, FOUR, that's a superb reply from the batsman. He gets low and swats it away in front of square on the leg-side. That went like a bullet

W

to Neesham, out Caught by du Plessis!! New Zealand are five down and they still trail by one run. Neesham wanted to be ultra-positive and that has led to his downfall. A flighted delivery well outside off, Neesham dances down, doesn't get to the pitch and mistimes the hoick across the line. Faf du Plessis at short mid-wicket jumps and takes a one-handed catch. Neesham c du Plessis b 4(5) [4s-1]

4

Morkel to Jeet Raval, FOUR, back of a length delivery with width on offer outside off, Raval opens his bat face and steers it wide of gully

OT

to Jeet Raval, 3 runs, fourth Test fifty for Raval! A top class innings from the opener. He gets there with a delightful cover drive through the gap between point and cover. Collects a triple

4

to Jeet Raval, FOUR, teases him with a wide floater. And Raval nails the sweep. Gets something off the middle of his blade for a change

4

to Watling, FOUR, more of the brooms. This time it is wielded by Watling. Fetches it right at the source getting just the length he wanted and ensures that he directs it very fine. The line drifting down leg makes it all the more easier

4

to Jeet Raval, FOUR, a warm up delivery. No pace and sitting up nicely on the abdomen for Raval to stand up tall and flat bat it in front of square

D

to Jeet Raval, 1 run, another life? Oh dear. Yes. Raval pulls but just doesn't manage to keep his down. Cook, at square leg gets his arms up to his right and to the ball as well. Cannot latch on

4

to Watling, FOUR, a lot more intent. For a change BJ decides to go hard on his drive and there is hardly a gap between cover and mid-off. Small but not enough to restrict this drive

W

to Jeet Raval, out Stumped!! His lives run out. Looks to keep charging down in dealing with this super floater from way outside off. Misses the line all ends up and ends driving in thin air. And for a change a guy on the field hides his friendly generosity. QDK snaffles it up and in no time at all whips the bails off. The Kiwis now in deep trouble. Jeet Raval st de Kock b 80(174) [4s-10]

4

to Watling, FOUR, smeared along. Too full, too wide and Watling with his arms free spanks it with a drive through mid-off

W

to de Grandhomme, out Bowled!! Too good. here comes the stump knocker. Beautiful flight and Grandhomme looking to read it off the pitch with his camp on the back foot has no clue about its whereabouts. Pitches on middle and spins just enough to jab the top of off. Where was the bat? Somewhere around leg. Missed it by almost a foot. The Kiwis get one foot in the grave now. de Grandhomme b 0(6)

W

to Southee, out Caught by Duminy!! Oh dear. An unwitting lofted attempt from Southee. Why would you do that with Watling stranded at the other end. Nevertheless he looks to loft one through the line, miscues finding only the toe end and a running in long-off has one of the simpler grabs. has his second fifer. In consecutive Tests in New Zealand that too. Wow. Southee c Duminy b 4(7)

W

to Jeetan Patel, out Caught by de Kock!! This is collapsing faster than a cyclone bringing down a pack of cards. And finally has his reward for continuing to pitch it in short. Too good for Patel getting himself in a complete tangle while looking to pull it away. With both feet walking across while looking to do so. A lob of the gloves to the keeper and JP doesn't bother wasting his time with the reviews. Jeetan Patel c de Kock b 0(3)

4

to Wagner, FOUR, up and over. A rare gift of width from losing his direction in the process and Wagner stands tall in fencing it over point

W

to Watling, out Caught by Duminy!! Here's the finishing touch. continues his fun. His best bowling figures in a Test match. Can't really blame Watling for looking to get aggressive with none of his partners willing to grind it out in the middle with him. Jumps down the track looking to go inside out in his lofted drive and Duminy is kept busy running in from long-off to pouch this one up. Watling c Duminy b 29(83) [4s-3]

4

to Elgar, FOUR, full and slanting away, Elgar goes after with an angled bat attempting a drive. Takes the outside edge and runs down to the third man fence

W

to Stephen Cook, out Caught by Neesham!! strikes! Cook's struggle with the bat in this series continues. Chases a wide-ish delivery that angles in and moves away off the pitch. It was pitched up by just outside off, Cook went for the booming drive away from his body and all he managed was a fat outside edge that was pouched by Neesham at second slip. No feet movement as well. Stephen Cook c Neesham b 3(12)

W

Grandhomme to Elgar, out Caught by Neesham!! One more down and it's not the nightwatchman. It's the other opener who goes back to the dressing room. Very similar to the previous dismissal. Grandhomme bowls it full and wi of off and Elgar chases it with hard hands. Gets a thick outsi edge that has been snared by Neesham at second slip who bends forward to take a low catch. Elgar c Neesham b Grandhomme 9(19) [4s-1]

4

to Rabada, byes, FOUR, woah! How did that miss the off pole. 137.8kph full delivery that swung in sharply. Rabada poked his bat out to defend. The ball beats the inside edge, evades the off stump and goes past the keeper into the fine leg fence

4

to Rabada, FOUR, not a bad shot! Will settle some nerves in the South African camp. It was a harmless short delivery outside off, Rabada bends his back backwards and late-cuts it over the cordon. The ball runs away into the fence

4

to Rabada, FOUR, Rabada ends day 1 with a boundary! A low full toss, Rabada on-drives it wide of mid-on with ease. The ball races away into the fence

W

to Rabada, out Bowled!! That's a beauty. The nightwatchman couldn't do anything. It'd have troubled a top order batsman as well. pitches it up and gets it to swing in sharply. Rabada looks to flick it away and misses it by a long way. The ball brushes his pads and cannons onto the stumps. Good start for and New Zealand. Rabada b 9(10) [4s-2]

4

Grandhomme to Duminy, FOUR, shot! Slightly overpitched and Duminy latches onto it. Leans forward and drills it down the ground well wi of mid-off

4

Grandhomme to Amla, FOUR, shot! All class. Overpitched, Amla takes full toll of it. Presses forward and caresses the straight drive. No chance for mid-off to stop that

4

Grandhomme to Duminy, FOUR, short and wi outsi off asking to be punished. Duminy rocks back and cuts it fiercely through point. the ball races away into the fence

4

Grandhomme to Duminy, FOUR, and again, short and wi outsi off. This time, Duminy opens his bat face at the last moment and runs it down into the third man fence

4

to Amla, FOUR, short ball that sits up nicely for Amla. He gets on top of the bounce and pulls elegantly behind square on the leg-side

4

to Amla, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Amla stands tall and crunches the cut through point and the ball races away past the boundary rope

W

to Duminy, out Caught by Henry Nicholls!! Where did this come from. A bonus wicket for and his expression says it all. It was a nothing delivery. A half-volley on leg, Duminy moves across and looks to whip it through mid-wicket. He isn't committed into the shot and ends up chipping it straight to Nicholls at mid-wicket. Duminy c Henry Nicholls b 16(21) [4s-3]

4

to Amla, FOUR, Amla has punished all overpitched deliveries. Gets half a stride forward and drills it down the track. Everything was right about that shot

4

to du Plessis, FOUR, drives and drive beautifully. A juicy half volley with the angle going away to aid it further. Steams it through the covers on the up

6

to du Plessis, SIX, a hook. Takes on the short pepper, is barely in control but the winds of Wellington get hold of the top-edge and ensures that it lands only into the grass banks. Very compulsive

W

Grandhomme to Amla, out Caught by Henry Nicholls!! Yet another half volley, the ones that are meant to be introduced into the fence, yields a breakthrough. And this time it is that of the big fish. A real nothing on the pads after setting him up with nagging balls around off. Amla instinctively looks to clip it away, just that he doesn't bother keeping it down. Chips it in the end to short mid-wicket, where Nicholls leaps, juggles and mops it up - right in the nick of time. He really cannot put a foot wrong in this match, can he? Amla c Henry Nicholls b Grandhomme 21(63) [4s-4]

W

Grandhomme to du Plessis, out Caught by Watling!! What is with these dismissals on innocuous liveries. Faf helps himself to the list. A wi juicy half volley from Grandhomme and Faf without bothering to move his feet just chases it on the full-blood drive. Gets the insi tickle and Watling, the ever so alert chap, dives against his initial trigger and plucks it inches over the grass. du Plessis c Watling b Grandhomme 22(40) [4s-1 6s-1]

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, tests Bavuma with the short one. But gets too generous with the width this time. A standing angle batted punch through the covers

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, another top-edge. Another wind taker into the fence. In no sort of control is Bavuma looking to stay true to his aggressive approach. Takes his eyes off the ball though as he swings his bat up hoping to get some contact. He does with the miscue flying well over the keeper and the cordon

4

Patel to de Kock, FOUR, that must amplify his confidence. Lots of air on this delivery outside off. de Kock lunges forward and square drives it through the point region

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, Bavuma takes full toll of this filthy delivery. Short and wide outside off with not much pace behind it as well. Bavuma upper-cuts it over the non-existent backward point region

4

Patel to de Kock, FOUR, beautifully played! Uses the short length and a bit of width outside off superbly by going back in his crease and employing the late cut. Gets it well wide of the slip fielder and the ball runs away

4

to de Kock, FOUR, that's a trademark de Kock shot. Uses the width outside off and pace to good effect. Not much feet movement, but he back-cats it wide of point and the ball races away. He absolutely middled it

6

to de Kock, SIX, wow! How easily did he hit that. A chest-high short ball with enough width outside off for de Kock to arch his back and upper cut it over the cordon. The timing was good and the ball has enough wings to go over the boundary rope

4

to de Kock, FOUR, bangs it in short first ball. de Kock expects it, spots it and pulls it away behind square on the leg-side by swivelling across. There was a man at long leg, but he couldn't do much there as the ball bulleted away

6

to de Kock, SIX, in the air and well over the fielder. bangs it in short, de Kock goes after it by going hard on his pull. For a moment, it looked like he didn't time it good enough. But there was enough timber to get it over Jeetan Patel at fine leg who was just a spectator

4

to de Kock, FOUR, shot! he makes batting look so easy. Shortish delivery wide of off, de Kock waits for the ball and flays it behind square on the off-side

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, that's a gift and Bavuma won't miss out. Down the leg-side and Bavuma flicks it away fine into the fine leg fence. Runs coming easily

4

to de Kock, FOUR, more runs. Some way to get to his half-century in his rescuing act. Waits on the half volley - the attempted yorker gone wrong - and times it straight down the ground. A real counter act this. Classy at the same time. #8

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, well onto the pads and flicked right off the middle of the sweet spot. The two mid-wickets are mere spectators

OT

to Bavuma, 2 runs, another bouncer. And once again it stays only as high as the shoulder. Bavuma has been in control of his pulls this session. Keeps the man at the square leg fence busy. Brings up the 100-run stand

OT

to Bavuma, 2 runs, Bavuma isn't one to be left behind. Joins his partner in getting to a half-century. Is helped by yet another back of a length delivery and helped it through the covers with a punch

4

to de Kock, FOUR, all too easy. Just not threatening with no pace on the ball and the overcooked lenth with that. Powered away with a whip fetching it from the base of off to dispatch it through mid-on

4

Grandhomme to Bavuma, FOUR, jeez. Bavuma's late incision almost has him chopping one back. Gets well across his stumps in his initial trigger movement and attempts the drive before eming the ball to be too wi and pulling out. All too late. Gets a tickle running past the stumps and past a diving attempt by the keeper

4

Patel to Bavuma, FOUR, too easy. Short, wide and put away aptly. Bavuma backs away, manufatures room for himself and punches it through sweeper

4

Patel to de Kock, FOUR, sinks on a knee and sweeps it behind square

6

Patel to de Kock, SIX, gallops down the track. Gets up, close and personal to tonk it down the ground. High and mighty

4

Patel to de Kock, FOUR, a rank long hop. Much quicker though and no sort of width as well for Quinton to be cutting these. Just that he does so with aplomb. The 150-run partnership comes up with it too

4

Patel to Bavuma, FOUR, the aggression continues. A hop, skip and a jump to get to the pitch of the delivery and swishes it with a whip to get it through mid-wicket. The juggernaut keeps rolling

4

to de Kock, FOUR, races away into the 90s with yet another boundary. Yet another cut off the front foot. A warm up ball from . Angling away and Quinton flurries it behind point, into no man's land

W

to de Kock, out Caught by Watling!! Completey against the run of play. The ploy of keeping it way wide outside off pays off. A lazy, tired approach this from Quinton looking to go chasing after it. Pays the ultimate price, nine runs short of what would have been a stunning century. Gets the tickle on the outside edge and the keeper does the rest. of all bowlers providing the breakthrough. de Kock c Watling b 91(118) [4s-10 6s-3]

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, Bavuma continues his charmed life. Edges and it runs right through the gap between slip and gully. A lazy square up with him pushing away from his body. The healthy edge is found but pockets a boundary for it

4

to Philander, FOUR, takes the short one head on. Head high but just not the pcae on it to get Philander cramped or hurried up. Enough time to pull it away in front of square. South Africa move into the lead now

4

to Philander, FOUR, takes on the pepper with the pull. One that would have made a top-order bat proud. Uses his entire frame to good effect in getting himself on top of the ball and swats it away powerfully

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to Bavuma, out Caught by Neesham!! The end of the li'l man's luck with the edges. But let nothing take away the contribution of his bucket of runs. reaps the rewards for his patience and heart to keep bumping it in short and Bavuma almost compulsively goes through with his hook. Nowhere in a position to play it with his eyes off the ball a long time prior to that. Top edges and this for a change carries to the man at the mid-wicket fence running in. Bavuma c Neesham b 89(160) [4s-9]

4

to Philander, FOUR, shot! Philander loves to play the pull shot. He stands tall and smacks this short ball that rises up to his torso into the deep mid-wicket fence

4

to Philander, FOUR, cracking stroke! It made a cracking sound when the ball made contact with the bat. Philander gets into a good position and smacks the pull through mid-wicket. One bounce into the fence

W

to Maharaj, out Caught by Williamson!! South Africa lose their ninth wicket with the lead being 34. It was pitched up outside off, Maharaj wanted to carve over the covers. He went hard at it sans any feet movement and ended up slicing it off the toe end. Williamson at mid-off takes a couple of steps backwards and takes an easy catch. Maharaj c Williamson b 1(5)

4

to Morne Morkel, FOUR, wow! That's a glorious shot. Hal-volley? Yes, but still had to be put away. He doesn't move his feet much. Drills it through the line. No chance for the mid-off fielder

4

to Morne Morkel, FOUR, even better. Uses the width on this short ball and elevates it over backward point for a boundary

4

to Morne Morkel, FOUR, hat-trick of boundaries! Very similar to the previous shot. Only difference this time is he hit it square of the wicket on the off-side. There was point in place. There is nothing he couldn't do other than watching it bullet away into the fence

OT

Patel to Morne Morkel, no run, loud shout for lbw. Not given. KW opts to review. Morne Morkel the man in question. Fair delivery. No bat involved. Looks close. Two reds and an orange. So the on-field call stays. Not Out. It was pushed through on middle and leg. Morkel is late to bring his bat down in time. The impact is on middle and leg. HawkEye reckons clipping leg stump

4

Grandhomme to Morne Morkel, FOUR, that's a top shot! One of the best shots of the day. It was banged in short by Grandhomme. Sits up nicely for Morkel who muscles the pull between mid-on and mid-wicket. That went like a bullet

OT

Grandhomme to Morne Morkel, 1 run, bouncer outsi off, Morkel takes his eyes off it and hooks it. Doesn't middle it and the ball balloons up. Luckily for the batsman, the ball falls short of the ep square leg fielr. The drama doesn't stop there. Morkel is late to go for the single and just about makes it to the bowler's end

4

Grandhomme to Philanr, FOUR, shot! Effortlessly done. Leans forward and caresses the cover-drive through the vacant extra cover region. All along the carpet into the fence

4

Grandhomme to Morne Morkel, FOUR, sloppy! Short ball, pulled to fine leg. The sub fielr, Santner, attacks the ball and in the process loses his balance allowing the ball to go past the rope

4

Patel to Morne Morkel, FOUR, heaves it away. Two balls into the day and just hoicked away down the ground. A bounce into the fence.

4

to Morne Morkel, FOUR, shot! Slightly overpitched and Morkel pounces on it. Leans forward a bit and nails the on-drive. The quick outfield ensures the rest

W

Patel to Morne Morkel, out Bowled!! Finally a wicket for Patel. After all those quicker deliveries, Patel bowls one slowly around off. The ball goes on with the arm. Beats Morkel's defensive blade on the inside edge and the ball cannons onto the stumps. Morne Morkel b Patel 40(63) [4s-7]

4

Morkel to Latham, FOUR, edged and four! That's a moral victory for the bowler. Latham is squared up by this short of length delivery just outside off. Latham went with hard hands on his on-drive. Gets a thick outside edge that runs away through the cordon into the fence. First boundary of the day

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Morkel to Latham, out Caught by Elgar!! First breakthrough. A beautiful delivery from Morkel. There's not much Latham could do. A short of length delivery that pitched around off and jagged away a shade. Latham had to play at that. Looks to defend with hard hands, gets a fat outside edge that is snared up by Elgar at third slip. A bit of extra bounce made his task even more tough to keep the ball down. Latham c Elgar b Morkel 8(18) [4s-1]

W

to Williamson, out Lbw!! LBW appeal and Williamson is given OUT. NZ take a review. Fair delivery. Definitely no bat. What does the HawkEye show? Oh, wait. what has happened here? The TV umpire, Oxenford, says the ball tracking is not available. There is no evidence to overturn to the on-field call and Williamson has to walk back. Not the first time this has happened in NZ. Coming to the delivery, it was a full length delivery that nipped in sharply to beat the inside edge off the defensive blade. The impact was on the back thigh in front of middle. That would have gone onto hit the stumps. strikes in his very first over. Williamson lbw b 2(10)

4

to Jeet Raval, FOUR, edged and four! Streaky. Short of a good length delivery, Raval is early to close his bat face. Gets a thick outside edge that runs away through the cordon into the third man fence

4

to Jeet Raval, FOUR, top shot! Everything was right about that shot. Pitched up delivery and Raval latches onto it. He comes forward and caresses the off-drive wide of mid-off. All along the carpet into the fence

W

to Neil Broom, out Caught by de Kock!! That's a stunning catch from QDK. Second wicket for and a duck on debut for Broom. The good length delivery that swung in and moved away after pitching. Broom is squared up as he looks to defend it. Gets an outside edge that is gobbled up by de Kock who dives full length to his right. That's a screamer. First time Broom makes contact with the red ball and he is dismissed. Neil Broom c de Kock b 0(4)

4

to Jeet Raval, FOUR, poor delivery and Raval makes him pay. misses his radar and sprays one down leg, Raval flicks it away into the fine leg fence

OT

to Jeet Raval, no run, the umpire cannot get a break from all the appealing. Neither can the third ump. For an LBW decision this time. Let's hope the HawkEye is in working condition now. A roaring inswinger and too good for the batsman looking to tuck it across the line. Overbalances and falls over in the process playing all around it. Okay here we go - nothing on the bat. And yes the ball tracking is up and running. Pitched down leg - doesn't matter what the ball does after that. One of those rare instances where the bowler asks the skipper not to review but guess who the boss is. Raval survives

4

to Jeet Raval, FOUR, wants the surprise yorker does . Gets it a cool yard shorter and with the line slipping down leg. All the timing on display here from Raval in whipping it away through mid-wicket

4

to Jeet Raval, FOUR, more of the overcooked freebies. Right in the slot to be spanked and Raval does it ever so lovingly with a full bat face presentation in driving it down the ground

OT

to Jeet Raval, 2 runs, they take on Bavuma. Not the smartest thing to do but for a change he misses the direct hit after charging in from cover and there is no backing up to stop the overthrow from being stolen

4

Morkel to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, a smash. With a leaning drive and this time imparts decent momentum on it to take it all the way into the fence. A hammering cream through extra cover

4

to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, smoked away. With utmost elegance. Gets an overcooked half volley outside off and with all the timing strokes it through the covers. Holds the pose for us as well

4

to Jeet Raval, FOUR, a dangling carrot just before lunch. And a hungry Raval goes chasing after it. massive float up way outside off and Raval flashes an away from his body drive. A fat outside edge flies past the lone slip

W

to Jeet Raval, out Caught by Amla!! A bonus. To take the Proteas to a sumptuous lunch. They just about squeezed in the over and the carrots hung to Raval has consumed the hungry man. Tosses it up much straighter this time teasing him around the fifth stump channel, a channel that Raval has ignored all through the session. Not this time though. Tries to play for the turn and pushes at it. Gets the death edge and Amla takes it ever so cleanly. Lunch with it. Jeet Raval c Amla b 36(83) [4s-6]

4

Morkel to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, short and wide outside off and Nicholls pounces on it. He jumps and slashes hard at it. Elevates it over the gully region. No third man and there is none stopping that

4

Morkel to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, four more. Once again Morkel offers width outside off and Nicholls goes after that. He slashes hard at it. Though it came off the outside part of the bat, it was a safe shot. Goes over the cordon into the third man fence

4

Morkel to Neesham, FOUR, fur more through the cordon. It was angled in from round the wicket, Neesham brings his bat down at an angle. He played with soft hands as well. The ball moves wide of gully off the outside part of the blade into the fence

4

Morkel to Neesham, FOUR, shot! Short ball outside off, Neesham stands tall, fetches it from outside off and pulls it wide of mid-on. He was in total control of the shot. The ball races away

4

Morkel to Neesham, FOUR, overpitches and gets the punishment. Neesham bends forward and times the on-drive to perfection. All along the carpet past the boundary rope. 14 runs off that over..

W

to Neesham, out Stumped!! Why was Keshav taken out of the attack? Second wicket in his second wicket.Breaks the 28-run stand and Neesham was looking in fine touch. tossed it up outside off drawing the batsman forward and Neesham fell for the bait. He lunged forward to block and his back leg is way out of the crease. QDK collects it close to his chest and whips off the bails in a flash and went up straightaway. An easy decision for the TV umpire. Neesham st de Kock b 15(18) [4s-3]

4

to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, top shot! Nicholls is not bothered with the stuff happening at the other end. sees the pitched up delivery outside off in his slot and crunches the off-drive off the middle of the bat

4

to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, cracking shot. Floated up outside off, Nicholls moves across and gets low to go hard on his sweep. finds the gap behind square on the on-side and the ball races away

4

to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, excellent use of the feet. Slow delivery on the stumps, Nicholls steps out of his crease, gets to the pitch and lofts it over the bowler's head. Brings up Nicholls' fifth Test fifty

4

to Watling, FOUR, good shot to open your account. slows up his pace and Watling gets low on one knee and cracks the sweep backward of square on the leg-side. All along the carpet into the fence

4

to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, chops, too close for comfort but goes through with it. Under-cuts and is aided by the lack of timing in getting it into no man's land past slip

4

to Watling, FOUR, cracked away. For the first time in ages, gets generous and grants some width for Watling to unleash the punch off the back foot and he does so with all the timing as he slashes it through the covers

4

Morkel to Watling, FOUR, the leakage of runs against continues. The inconsistent length going full outside off and Watling frees his arms in flaying it with a spanking cover drive

4

to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, on the attack. The use of the feet gets him right to the pitch of the delivery and he swings in tonking it through mid-wicket. A one-bounced boundary

4

to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, he's toying around with the bowling here. Or rather the mind of the bowler. After padding one away, he forces to bowl fuller and when he does so, Nicholls gives him the charge and takes the full toss to the cleaners with his slash through extra cover

4

to Watling, FOUR, a juicy half volley. And Watling isn't in a mood to forgive these. Clears his front leg and hammers it through the covers. Doesn't even bother keeping it down

4

to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, inching closer to his three-figure landmark. Bisects the two men in the covers with his fencing stab. The feet though barely move an inch

4

to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, here it comes. Gets off the dreaded 98-run hook and notches up his maiden Test ton in some style. Spots the short ball and rise on top of it in pulling it away behind square. A proud moment with his entire family in the crowd. One of the more important knocks rescuing his side from the doldrums

4

to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, the loss of concentration. The typical century syndrome. Admonishes himself too. Pokes at a delivery he has left alone all day long and gets the thick outside edge running between the cordon and gully

4

to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, oh those enviable wrists. Pounces on the head of the ball and whips it away. Putting those big arms of his to good use. All timing here

4

to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, gets further classy. Shows the ball the full bat face for a change and strokes it down the ground. Just past the bowler

W

to Henry Nicholls, out Bowled!! He's cleaned him up. One charge down too many you'd reckon. Perhaps for the first time in the day, Nicholls looks to force matters without quite getting close enough and the ball rips through the tiniest of gaps between bat and pad to make a mess of the timber. Ahh, the drift. So very enviable. One of the better innings of the summer draws curtains. Henry Nicholls b 118(161) [4s-15]

W

to de Grandhomme, out Caught by Amla!! Another one perishes to a spinner on a green top on the first day of a Test match. And once again it is due to the batsman keen on giving it the charge. Looks to force the drive but the drift takes it well away from the meat and all it gets is the outside edge. A stunner then follows at slip. Amla - our familiar culprit who else. Pouches a deflection off the keeper's gloves. 0.3 seconds is the reaction time. Phew. de Grandhomme c Amla b 4(4)

W

to Watling, out Caught by de Kock!! The Proteas are convinced. Too much of the action here for the men on the field to trust their eyesight. Okay here's what happened. Watling goes for his favoured sweep, the only shot he seems to be playing today and the under edge jams it on the inside of the pad flap and the ball lobs over in the air to the keeper. All his hard work undone by some streaky mess. South Africa now all over them. Watling c de Kock b 34(132) [4s-4]

4

Morkel to Southee, FOUR, shot! He made that look so easy. Short ball, Southee stands tall and fiercely pulls it through square on the leg-side. The went like a bullet into the fence

6

to Jeetan Patel, SIX, wow! Easily done. Charges down the track, gets to the pitch and lofts it over long-off. Just cleared the rope

4

Morkel to Jeetan Patel, FOUR, this is entertaining. Patel is not afraid to play his shots. Patel goes for the hook shot and makes good connection. One bounce into the fine leg fence

6

to Southee, SIX, dances down, gets to the pitch and launches it over long-off for a maximum. First six for Tim Southee

6

to Southee, SIX, six more and this is a monster. Southee is turning it on here. He presses forward and lofts it over long-off. Excellent connection

4

to Southee, FOUR, almost a six! One bounce and into the fence. It was tossed up outside off, Southee fetches it from outside off and drills it down the ground

W

Morkel to Southee, out Caught by Philander!! One shot too many and Southee has to go. A good cameo comes to an end. It was pitched up by Morkel. Southee backed away and wanted to launch it downtown. Doesn't get hold of it and ends up skewing it up in the air off the bottom part of the bat. Philander at mid-on moved to his right and took it calmly. Southee c Philander b Morkel 27(30) [4s-2 6s-2]

W

to Wagner, out Lbw!! New Zealand are bowled-out for 268. Fourth wicket for on a day 1 track. Coming to the delivery, it was pushed through quicker on middle. Wagner misses the flick and is pinged on the front leg in front of middle. HawkEye shows hitting leg. Wagner lbw b 2(3)

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