Black Caps in strife af­ter three wicket burst

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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 [8] and Tom Latham [4] then had only fleet­ing time at the crease be­fore trudg­ing off in­side five overs.

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