De Kock, Bavuma re­gain con­trol for South Africa

New Straits Times - - Sport -

WELLING­TON: Quin­ton de Kock and Temba Bavuma shared a 160run part­ner­ship yes­ter­day to help South Africa build an 81-run lead over New Zealand on day two of the sec­ond Test.

At stumps, South Africa were 349 for nine in re­ply to New Zealand’s 268 at the Basin Re­serve.

De Kock made 91 and Bavuma 89 be­fore tailen­ders Vern Phi­lan­der (36 not out) and Morne Morkel (31 not out) con­tin­ued the stub­born re­sis­tance with an un­bro­ken 47-run stand for the last wicket.

Three overs be­fore lunch the tourists ap­peared in se­ri­ous trou­ble at six for 94, still 174 runs be­hind New Zealand, who had taken four wick­ets in the morn­ing ses­sion.

But it was an­other 39 overs be­fore the home side would strike again when Jimmy Nee­sham took the wicket of a re­ju­ve­nated de Kock after tea.

His dis­missal ended a sus­tained counter-at­tack which saw the South African pair grow in con­fi­dence as the New Zealand seam­ers strug­gled with their line and length.

De Kock fell with South Africa 14 runs short of the New Zealand to­tal while Bavuma sol­diered on un­til the tourists were 22 runs ahead.

The first ses­sion be­longed to the New Zealand seam­ers as Colin de Grand­homme re­moved Hashim Amla for 21 then Faf du Plessis for 22.

Tim Southee also bowled night­watch­man Kag­iso Rabada for nine and Neil Wag­ner saw off JP Du­miny for 16 be­fore de Kock and Bavuma bat­ted South Africa back into the match.

De Kock sur­vived an early anx­ious mo­ment against his neme­sis Jee­tan Pa­tel, who has taken his wicket cheaply the four times they have met in the past month.

As his tim­ing and con­fi­dence grew, de Kock took a four and six off suc­ces­sive Southee de­liv­er­ies and handed out the same pun­ish­ment to Wag­ner as he raced to his eighth Test 50 in 55 balls.

By the time he had edged a Nee­sham de­liv­ery to wick­et­keeper BJ Watling, he had put South Africa in a com­fort­able po­si­tion.

Bavuma had a let-off on five when he skied a Wag­ner bouncer and de Grand­homme slipped when mov­ing to take what should have been a reg­u­la­tion catch.

How­ever there was lit­tle risk­tak­ing after that in his 160-ball in­nings, un­til he even­tu­ally fell when he hooked a Wag­ner bouncer to Nee­sham at square leg.

De Grand­homme and Wag­ner each have three wick­ets while Southee has two and Nee­sham one. AFP

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