Proteas

Pressure on SA despite Duminy heroics

2017-03-16 07:47
Proteas celebrate the wicket of Henry Nicholls (AP)

Wellington - New Zealand struck twice in the final three overs to ruin what would have been a perfect opening day of the second Test for the Proteas at the Basin Reserve on Thursday.

Scorecard: NZ v SA, second Test

 Instead, it was both sides reaching stumps with honours even after South Africa closed on 24/2 in reply to 268 all out by the home side.
 
First Test hero, Dean Elgar (9) and Stephen Cook (3) were the men to go late on the first day, undoing the work of the bowlers after they had kept the hosts well in check. This despite a maiden Test century from Henry Nicholls, who defied a woeful start from his side to make 118 (161 balls, 15 fours).
 
JP Duminy was the tourists’ star with the ball as the off-spinner returned career-best figures of 4/47 after the Proteas had won the toss and elected to bowl first.
 
They had the Black Caps three down for next to nothing inside the first hour and then five down just after lunch for a meagre total of 101 thanks to two wickets each from Kagiso Rabada (2/59) and Keshav Maharaj (2/47).
 
Nicholls and BJ Watling (34) added 116 for the sixth wicket to rescue the hosts, before Duminy ran through the tail with his best figures since his 4/73 against Australia at Cape Town back in 2014.
 
Nicholls was also amongst his wickets after a fine career-best innings of his own, before Tim Southee gave the total a further boost with a quick-fire 27.
 
Morne Morkel also picked up 2/82.
 
South Africa then looked well on course to end the day on top, before Southee (1/18) and Colin de Grandhomme (1/2) struck late on, leaving night-watchman Rabada (8) and Hashim Amla, who was yet to score, to negotiate the final few deliveries before the close.

Read more on:    new zealand  |  proteas  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
25 March 2017
New Zealand v South Africa, Hamilton 00:01
24 May 2017
England v South Africa, Leeds 00:00
27 May 2017
England v South Africa, Southampton 00:00
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

Proteas batsman AB de Villiers has ruled himself out of the upcoming Test series against New Zealand and England and Bangladesh. Should he just retire?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

SuperBru Super Rugby challenge

Enter and challenge Sport24's staff!

Featured

With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.