New Zealand vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 2: De Kock, Bavuma rescue South Africa from dire situation

De Kock scored his eighth Test fifty

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South Africa were on the verge of a major collapse against New Zealand on the second day in Wellington, but Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma spearheaded the Proteas’ revival with knocks of 91 and 89 respectively.

Starting of the day on 24/2, New Zealand continued where they left off on Thursday as they continued to spear through South Africa’s batting line-up.

First to go was nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada, who was clean bowled by Tim Southee for nine runs.

JP Duminy, who starred with the ball for South Africa on the opening day, failed to have the same kind of impact with the bat as he was dismissed by Neil Wagner for 16.

Hashim Amla fared no better as he was on his way back to the pavilion for 21. Not long after, captain Faf du Plessis was caught behind of the bowling of Colin de Grandhomme for 22.

All of a sudden, the Proteas found themselves in real trouble at 94/6, but De Kock and Bavuma came to the rescue in their team’s time of need as they amassed a 160-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries.

With South Africa clawing their way back in contention and within touching distance of taking the lead, New Zealand were in desperate need of a wicket, and it was James Neesham who delivered it as he had De Kock caught behind for 91 off 118 balls, which included 10 boundaries and three sixes.

Bavuma went on to make 89 off 160 deliveries, which included nine boundaries, before he was sent packing by Wagner.

Bavuma made his sixth half-century in Test cricket

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Even though Keshav Maharaj fell shortly after just one run, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel kept New Zealand at bay and built on South Africa’s lead with an unbeaten 47-run partnership.

Philander finished on 36 off 76 balls, which included five boundaries, while Morkel also struck five boundaries during his knock of 31, which came off 46 deliveries.

Wagner and De Grandhomme picked up three wickets apiece, while Southee snapped up two and Neesham claimed one.

South Africa ended day two on 349/9 and will continue batting on Saturday at 11:00 local time or 22:00 GMT (the previous day).

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