South Africa on top in Hamilton

March 16, 2012
Dale Steyn
by Privatemusings

2nd Test, Hamilton
Day 2: New Zealand 185 & 65/4 v South Africa 253

South Africa took charge of the 2nd Test match against New Zealand in Hamilton on day two, as New Zealand trail the visitors by 3 runs with just 6 second innings wickets in hand.

The day had started promisingly for New Zealand when they restricted South Africa to 185-8 with the scores level. However, the final two wickets cost New Zealand another 68 runs which was a significant lead on a wicket that was proving difficult to bat on.

AB de Villiers top scored with 83 from 133 balls, and he was well supported at the back end of the innings by Morne Morkel who contributed 35 not out, as he frustrated the home side. Mark Gillespie was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers finishing with figures of 5-59.

New Zealand had to face 31 overs in the final session of the day, and they would have hoped to wipe out South Africa’s lead without much damage to the wicket column. However, they finished at stumps on 65-4, in what may prove to be a match winning session for the visitors. Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander picked up two wickets each putting South Africa in charge.

Kane Williamson (41*) and Daniel Vettori (0*) will resume tomorrow morning knowing they face an uphill task to give New Zealand any hope of winning this second Test match.

The Scoop 16/03/2012


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