New Zealand vs South Africa 3rd Test Day 2: New Zealand make solid reply after South Africa make 314

Latham ensured New Zealand made an excellent start to their innings

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New Zealand openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval helped their side get off to a strong start after the Black Caps bowled South Africa out for 314 on the second day in Hamilton.

Starting off the day on 123/4, South Africa lost batsman Temba Bavuma early on for 29.

Just when the Proteas were starting to rebuild their innings, captain Faf du Plessis was dismissed by Mitchell Santner for 53, which came off 108 balls and included nine boundaries.

Du Plessis scored his 12th Test fifty

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Vernon Philander only managed to make 11 runs, while Keshav Maharaj fared no better as he was caught behind off the bowling of Neil Wagner for nine runs.

Shortly after Maharaj’s dismissal, the rain came and the players were ushered off the field.

After a delay of almost two hours, play resumed and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock took the attack to the Black Caps.

But, just as he was approaching his hundred, he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Wagner for 90 off 118 balls, which included 11 boundaries and two sixes.

De Kock made his ninth half-century in Test cricket

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South Africa ended up being bowled out for 314 when Kagiso Rabada was caught behind off the bowling of Wagner for 34.

Matt Henry was pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Wagner took three, Colin de Grandhomme got two and Mitchell Santner chipped in with one.

Trailing by 314 runs, New Zealand made a solid start to their innings as Latham and Raval put together an unbeaten 67-run partnership before bad light brought pay to an end for the day.

Latham finished on 42 off 82 balls, which included eight boundaries, while Raval remained undefeated on 25 off 71 deliveries, which included three boundaries.

New Zealand ended day two on 67/0 and will continue batting on Monday at 10:30 local time or 21:30 GMT (the previous day).

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