New Zealand vs South Africa 1st Test Day 2: Williamson stands firm after South Africa make 308

Williamson struck 11 boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 78

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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson led by example with an unbeaten 78 after South Africa were bowled out for 308 on the second day of the first Test in Dunedin.

Starting off the day on 229/4, South Africa lost opener Dean Elgar fairly early on as he was caught behind off the bowling of Neil Wagner for a career-best 140, which came off 299 balls and included 24 boundaries.

Quinton de Kock only made 10 runs before he was caught by Wagner off the bowling of Jeetan Patel.

Temba Bavuma went on to make 64 off 164 balls, which included 10 boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Trent Boult.

Bavuma made his fifth Test fifty

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None of the Proteas’ lower order offered much resistance and they were ultimately bowled out for 308.

Boult was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Wagner snapped up three, Patel got two and James Neesham chipped in with one.

Trailing by 308 runs, New Zealand opener Tom Latham fell early as he was caught behind off the bowling of Vernon Philander for 10 runs.

Williamson and Jeet Raval made up for the early loss of Latham with a 102-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Raval was sent packing by Keshav Maharaj for 52 off 102 balls, which included six boundaries.

Raval scored his third Test fifty

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Not long after, Ross Taylor was forced to retire hurt on eight runs after injuring his calf, while Henry Nicholls only mustered 12 runs before becoming Maharaj’s second victim.

Williamson and Patel, who was sent out as the nightwatchman, managed to put together an unbeaten 12-run partnership before stumps was called.

Williamson finished on 78 off 146 balls, which included 11 boundaries, while Patel remained undefeated on nine off 19 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Maharaj was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Philander claimed one.

New Zealand ended day two on 177/3 and will continue batting on Friday at 11:00 local time or 22:00 GMT (the previous day).

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