Tom Latham grabbed  stunning catch at short leg while Quinton de Kock scored 90 on Day Two © Getty Images and AFP
Tom Latham grabbed stunning catch at short leg while Quinton de Kock scored 90 on Day Two © Getty Images and AFP

The game that was tilting towards South Africa in the first two sessions on Day Two of the third and final Test, saw New Zealand owning the final session, at Hamilton. South Africa, who were wrapped up for 314 in their first innings witnessed New Zealand conjuring up a fitting reply, reaching 67 for no loss and behind by another 246 runs at stumps. If Day One was abandoned by rain, both teams saw to it that despite rain playing peek-a-boo, the second day remained action-packed. From a few stunning catches to milestones achieved to living a king size life in the middle of a cricket field, Day Two witnessed it all. Let us have a look at some of the best moments that defined the day’s play: Full Cricket Scorecard: New Zealand vs South Africa, 3rd Test at Hamilton

Living life king size: It is not necessary that people living in palaces are the only ones who can lead a luxurious life. Cricketers can have their moments as well. All to see that happening in the middle of the match. During the drinks break in the first session, one found it rather amusing to find Faf du Plussis and de Kock enjoying their break with chairs brought out in the middle of the field. While du Plessis sat on the chair, de Kock and members of New Zealand team were standing and relishing their drinks. Certainly a king size life for du Plessis who was seen enjoying home scenes amidst the pressure to take his side to No. 2 in the Test team rankings.


Quinton de Kock’s defiance: Repeating his first-innings knock of 91 at Wellington, de Kock continued his form despite suffering ligament damage to his index finger, lifting South Africa’s morale. He scored 90 off 118 deliveries that comprised of 2 sixes and 11 fours, of which 4 fours and a six came against his rival in this series, Jeetan Patel. He also built steady partnerships in the process with du Plessis, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada, to take South Africa beyond the 300-run mark.

Kagiso Rabada’s rapid-fire:  The pacer might not have had a great outing with the ball in the final session, but his 47-ball 34 that comprised of a six and 6 fours set the tone for South Africa at the tail end. Although Rabada was grabbed by Neil Wagner, thereby leading to South Africa’s end of first innings, he registered his highest Test score. Rabada’s previous best came against New Zealand itself, last year at home, when he remained unbeaten on 32 at Durban.

The Tom Latham show: New Zealand happily welcomed a rejuvenated Latham who earlier in the day not only stunned everyone with his fielding capabilities but also announced himself in the season-defining match with the bat, remaining unbeaten on 42. He dismissed du Plessis, who was playing on 53, with a terrific catch which left everyone stunned. . He anticipated du Plessis was going to sweep and before the shot was played, Latham began moving towards his right where he stretched out on his right at short leg to grab a jaw-dropping catch. Latham’s nimble work in the field not only stunned the South African skipper but also left a smile on a surprised Bruce Oxenford. Watch: Latham’s astounding catch to dismiss Du Plessis on Day Two of 3rd Test

Latham continued his fielding brilliance when he took a classy catch at the first slip of Philander for 11, handing Matt Henry his fourth wicket. In the later part of the day, Latham also ended his drought with the bat in this series as he slammed an unbeaten 42 after surviving two reviews that rightly went in the favour of New Zealand.

Matt Henry-Neil Wagner’s finishing touch: New Zealand, who entered the series without their key pacers Tim Southee and Trent Boult, found the perfect replacement in form of Henry and Wagner. Henry was the first to draw blood on Day One, snaffling the wicket of debutant Theunis de Bruyn and ended the day’s play on Saturday with his second wicket of JP Duminy. He continued his impressive run on Day Two, grabbing Temba Bavuma’s wicket followed by that of Philander, who had completed 1,000 Test runs. Henry ended with figures of 4 for 93, which was a similar effort he had put up on his debut at Lord’s against England in 2015.

Meanwhile, Wagner who was luckless with the DRS on Day One, found all the lucky charm on Day Two wiping off the South African tail beginning with the Maharaj. It was followed by the crucial wicket of de Kock with a leg-before appeal that went his way, finally. It was Wagner’s final wicket of Rabada that ended South Africa’s juggernaut.