South Africa vs New Zealand 2nd Test Day 3: De Kock’s 50 pushes South Africa’s lead towards 400

De Kock scored his second fifty in the match

De Kock scored his second fifty in the match

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Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock continued to make the most of being promoted to an opener as he scored another half-century against New Zealand on the third day of the second Test in Centurion.

Starting off the day on 38/3, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and batsman Henry Nicholls converted their 12-run partnership into a 60-run stand before Nicholls was given out lbw off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada for 36.

Following Nicholls’ dismissal, New Zealand began losing wickets at regular intervals, and it was only due to Williamson that they managed to keep their head above surface.

Left-arm seamer Neil Wagner struck a quickfire 31 before New Zealand were ultimately bowled out for 214, which gave the Proteas a 267-run lead, when Williamson was caught behind off the bowling of Rabada.

Williamson’s excellent innings of 77 came off 133 balls and included eight boundaries and a six.

Williamson was New Zealand's top-scorer with 77 runs

Williamson was New Zealand’s top-scorer with 77 runs

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Rabada and Dale Steyn picked up three wickets apiece, while Vernon Philander snapped up two and Dane Piedt chipped in with one.

With a 267-run lead in hand, De Kock made his presence felt right away, but the same could not be said about the rest of the South African batsmen as Tim Southee and Trent Boult speared through their top order with some exceptional swing bowling.

Having been reduced to 47/4, South Africa found themselves in a spot of bother, but De Kock kept the scoreboard ticking until he was ultimately dismissed by Doug Bracewell for 50 off 43 deliveries, which included eight boundaries and a six.

Stiaan van Zyl did not last long at the crease either, but Temba Bavuma and Philander managed to put together an unbeaten seven-run partnership before stumps was called.

Bavuma finished on 25 off 69 balls, which included four boundaries, while Philander remained undefeated on three.

Southee and Boult took two wickets apiece, while Bracewell and Wagner claimed one wicket each.

South Africa ended day three on 105/6 and will continue batting on Tuesday at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.

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