Dale Steyn made a splendid comeback from injury for South Africa © AFP
Dale Steyn made a splendid comeback from injury for South Africa © AFP

Rain played spoilsport on the Second Day of the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand as play could not continue after Lunch. Dale Steyn‘s two wickets had put New Zealand in an uncomfortable position in the first session, as a slight drizzle led the on-field umpires to have a discussion which eventually led to the play being stopped as the players headed for lunch. New Zealand were 15/2 at that moment, with Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor at the crease. Covers were brought on and off as rain played games with the ground staff, but eventually it started pouring down, and play was called off. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs New Zealand, 1st Test at Durban

Tom Latham was the first wicket to fall for the visitors as Steyn tempted him into playing a drive, as the edge off his bat carried to Hashim Amla at first slip. Steyn then struck again, as Guptill was trapped in front, to a ball that nipped back in. New Zealand were 12/2 then. Vernon Philander was excellent with his line and length as well. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: South Africa vs New Zealand, 1st Test at Durban

Earlier, South Africa, continuing from their last day’s score of 236/8 put on 27 runs on Day Two after the start was delayed due to rain.  Steyn was the first wicket to fall, as he was bowled by Tim Southee. Kagiso Rabada added a few runs to the score, with Dane Piedt before the latter became Trent Boult’s third victim. Boult finished with figures of 3 for 52. He was getting the ball to swing and that late movement as well. Hashim Amla was the top-scorer for South Africa with 53. Almost all batsmen reached double-figures but could not convert them into big ones. Rabada remained unbeaten at 32.

Brief Scores

South Africa 263 (Hashim Amla 53, Temba Bavuma 46; Trent Boult 3 for 52) vs New Zealand 15 for 2 (Martin Guptill 7, Tom Latham 4; Dale Steyn 2 for 3)

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