In the second day of Dunedin test, South Africa resumed on 229 for 4. However, Dean Elgar’s wicket at 140 was a break point in the inning. The rest of the batting line-up wobbled without any good contribution. New Zealand bowlers scalped six South Africa wickets for 56 runs. New Zealand started their inning with a strong strike from Kane Williamson. With Jeet Raval, the player partnered for 102 runs in the first stretch of the inning. All was well for the team until Ross Taylor retired hurt from the inning. It was the 43rd over when he had to walk off with the calf injury. New Zealand fell to 148 for 2. This puts Taylor into an indefinite stance and might not participate further in the match.
Earlier in the inning, South Africa could not par with an intensive run rate was the lower order players including Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma were removed quick. Tom Latham could not do well with the red ball being attacked by Vernon Philander. However, Jeet Raval came up with a strong strike taking strikes. Earlier in the series with Pakistan and Bangladesh, Raval displayed intensive innings. In his third test, the bowler smashed a fifty off 95 balls. Against Pakistan, the player scored a half century twice scoring 55 in two innings. New Zealand was batting at 177 for 3 with Williamson remaining unbeaten on 78. Jeetan Patel was partnering with the captain, by the day’s end.
Another batsman who was removed by South Africa was Henry Nicholls. He was dismissed by Keshav Maharaj, the left arm spinner, being caught at slip by Hasim Amla. In the morning session, Williamson was playing carefully to contain Philander. He plundered Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada to knock 50 off 87 balls. Temba Bavuma knocked three boundaries off the last over bowled by Neil Wagner. Jeetan Patel was successful to cap Quinton de Kock. The batsman has been troubled by Patel since the final two ODIs.
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