Black Caps in strife after three wicket burst
Centurion: The Proteas take a stranglehold on the second test against the Black Caps with three wickets in 10 overs on day two. Faf du Plessis and Neil Wagner enjoyed satisfying homecomings at the ground that moulded their cricketing careers, though the South African captain predictably had the widest grin as New Zealand’s bid for a maiden series win at Centurion virtually disintegrated. Rather than beckon, history looks destined to repeat on the highveld as the Proteas maintained a vice-like grip on the second and final test at SuperSport Park on Sunday after du Plessis negated his former schoolmate’s fourth five-wicket haul with a relentless unbeaten century. Du Plessis’ return to form with a patient 112 was then complemented in a short order by the Black Caps’ long-term tormentors Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn as New Zealand were in survival mode at 38-3 at stumps on day two. Having laboured almost two days in the field, openers Martin Guptill  and Tom Latham  then had only fleeting time at the crease before trudging off inside five overs.