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  • 11:32 AM IST

    So that is enough action for a day. We will meet tomorrow for the live updates of the Day 3 of this riveting encounter between these two heavyweights. So, till then this is your hosts Rohan Arun Sawant take care, bye-bye!

  • 11:31 AM IST

    Just in case if you have missed out in the action of the last session of Day Two, here’s the in-detailed Day Report

  • 10:59 AM IST

    So that will be stumps on Day 2. What a day we have witnessed here. New Zealand have ended their day at 177 for 3 with their captain Williamson leading from the front with unbeaten 78 and has nightwatchman Jeetan Patel batting on 12. The still trail South Africa by 131 runs with 7 wickets in hand.

  • 10:13 AM IST

    Ross Taylor has retired hurt. He seems to have damaged his calf muscle. He limped out of the field and looked in terrible pain. And Kane Williamson has just saved his wicket. Henry Nicholls guided one through deep square. There were easy two, which both the batsmen completed comfortably. But as Nicholls reached the striker’s end he saw Williamson shooting towards him for 3rd run. There was desperate call from Nicholls of WAIT WAIT. But his skipper had already reached half the wicket. Williamson ran back towards the non-striker’s end and threw himslef. The throw was at the striker’s end. QDK had already removed one of his glove. the moment he got the ball he threw it towards Philander who collected and dislodged the stumps. BUT THAT DIVE SAVED WILLIAMSON.

  • 10:02 AM IST

    Williamson is looking in fine touch. There is a reason he has jumped to No. 2 spot in ICC Test Rankings for batsmen. He looks good for a hundred. Taylor, on the other hand, has limped off the field. He has retired hurt. In comes Henry Nicholls.

  • 9:37 AM IST

    Only one boundary since Raval departed. New Zealand have gone on the defensive in the last 5.4 overs. However, they still have Williamson and Taylor in the middle. They now trail by 181 runs.

  • 9:22 AM IST

  • 9:17 AM IST

    OUT! Jeet Raval is out! Not a typical wicket-taking delivery from Keshav Maharaj. It was just ahead of pitching short; The ball stuck to the pitch and came late on the bat. Raval was already in the shot and wanted to work it on the leg-side but ended up giving up easy catch to Elgar at short midwicket! 102 run stand broken. HUGE RELIEF for the visitors here

  • 9:15 AM IST

    Jeet Raval has scored Test fifty No. 3

    100-run partnership between Raval and Williamson

    Williamson has scored Test fifty No. 26.

    Williamson hammered 3 back-to-back boundaries off Rabada’s bowling

    Second best partnership for New Zealand vs South Africa.

  • 8:52 AM IST

    This has been excellent batting by New Zealand. Kane Williamson and Jeet Raval have come out to bat with a positive approach. They have knocked the ball well and have scored boundaries on whatever has been pitched short, full or outside off. This partnership has gone up to 64 now. New Zealand still trail by 229 runs

  • 8:37 AM IST

    50 run stand between Jeet Raval and Kane Williamson. New Zealand have started on a positive note since the start of the last session.

  • 8:32 AM IST

    End of second session. New Zealand have reached 59 for 1 with Jeet Raval (26) and Kane Williamson (21) battling it out.
    This session has seen 3 wickets falling in total. 2 for South Africa and 1 for New Zealand. And just in case, if you have missed on the live action from the second session, here’s the in-detailed Tea report

  • 8:03 AM IST

  • 7:59 AM IST

    Jeet Raval and Kane Williamson are busy doing the repair work and resurrect their innings. New Zealand lost Latham early in off Philander‘s bowling. But since then this Kiwi pair has not given any moments to their opposition to take control of the game. Faf du Plessis has got 2 new bowlers in place of Rabada and Philander. Comeback man Morne Morkel and Keshav Maharaj, the slow left-arm orthodox bowler have been brought in. But these bowling changes have not looked dangerous as off yet. Maybe South Africa needs to be patient here and not try something in hassle. This partnership has gone to 28 runs off 86 deliveries

  • 7:32 AM IST

  • 7:27 AM IST

    Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada have started asking the Kiwi batsmen questions upfront. But both Kane Williamson and Jeet Raval too, have been right on the money avoiding making any mistakes which can turn fatal for them. Williamson and Raval have watched the ball, defended well and not poked at anything that was sung away from them or pitched outside off. Currently, New Zealand should not be bothered about the consecutive maiden overs. Seeing this tough period out will be crucial for them

  • 7:05 AM IST

    Vernon Philander has drawn the first blood. Change of angle has worked for him. Philander comes Round the wicket. Fullish delivery which nips away off the seam from off stump. Latham drives but is beaten by the swing. QDK takes a regulation one!

  • 6:59 AM IST

  • 6:56 AM IST

    New Zealand have got off to a good start with Jeet Raval and Tom Latham out in the middle. Latham who was in a dismal form since past few games (ODI series) has looked good and has timed the ball well which is a good sign for him. Jeet Raval, on the other hand, has been watchful. So a good positive approach from the hosts. As for South Africa, Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander have opened the bowling. They are still trying to get their length and line correctly because they have been all over the wicket so far.

  • 6:40 AM IST

    Jeet Raval gets off the mark with a nice drive off Rabada’s bowling to get going

  • 6:39 AM IST
  • 6:37 AM IST

    For New Zealand, Trent Boult took 4, whereas Neil Wagner, the Kiwi workhorse took 3 wickets while Jeetan Patel took 2 and Jimmy Neesham took 1.

  • 6:34 AM IST

    South Africa have been bowled out for 308. Trent Boult took 4 wickets conceding 64 runs in 32.4 overs. Dean Elgar was the star performer scoring his career best 140. Temba Bavuma and Faf du Plessis played valuable innings of 64 and 52 respectively to support their team and take it to a challenging total.

  • 6:23 AM IST

    Jeetan Patel cleans the woodwork of Kagiso Rabada. Off stump uprooted

  • 6:11 AM IST

    So here we go again in the second session of the day. Trent Boult has begun the proceedings; aggressive approach banging in the ball against Kagiso Rabada.

  • 6:05 AM IST

    Here’s the in-detailed lunch report or you folks just in case if you have missed out on the live action today

  • 5:36 AM IST

    That’ll be lunch here on Day 2. South Africa have reached 301 for 8. Will be uploading the lunch report soon. So stay tuned.

  • 5:28 AM IST

    Wickets tumbling for South Africa. Trent Boult has got his 3rd

  • 5:10 AM IST

    One more down. A big one. Temba Bavuma is the latest South African batsman to walk back to the dressing room. He walked too much across the stumps and manages to get a faint edge and the ball eventually nestles into keeper BJ Watling’s gloves. If he had not walked so across, that would have been an easy single any time of the day.

  • 4:51 AM IST

    Gone! Jeetan Patel gets rid of Quinton de Kock. You just can’t keep Neil Wagner out of the game. Loose drive outside off. Wagner takes a comfortable catch at deep backward point region.

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South Africa have been off to a steady start on the opening day of the 1st Test against New Zealand, as they have scored 229 runs while they also have lost four crucial wickets © Getty Images

Good Morning/Evening, Goeienaand! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog session of Day 2 of the first of the three-Test series between hosts New Zealand and visitors South Africa at the University Oval in Dunedin on Thursday. I am Rohan Sawant, and I will be bringing to you the live updates from today’s action. South Africa have been bowled out for 308, riding on Kiwi pacer Trent Boult’s 4-for. Boult bowled 32.4 overs conceding just 64 runs. Apart from Boult, Neil Wagner (3 for 88), Jeetan Patel (2 for 85) and Jimmy Neesham (1 for 34) played important roles in stopping the Protea innings. Soth Africa opener Deam Elgar starred scoring his career-best knock of 140 thus helping South Africa to climb out of s precarious situation of 22 for 3. Elgar received good support from skipper Faf du Plessis (52) and Temba Bavuma (64) later on the in to post a challenging total on the board which looked distant at one point of time. the LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD, New Zealand vs South Africa, 1st Test at Dunedin

South Africa got off to a disastrous start as they lost Stephen Cook (3), Hashim Amla (1) and JP Duminy (1) within first 18 overs with just 22 runs on the board. But a 126-run partnership between Elgar and his captain Faf du Plessis (52) resurrected the fallen Proteas innings by the end of the second session to put them back in contention in this series opener of three-Test series. At stumps, centurion Elgar (128) batting along with Temba Bavuma (38) having constructed an broken 81- run stand for the 5th wicket. NZ eye 3rd spot in ICC Rankings ahead of Test series vs SA

South Africa have reached a decent total on stumps at Day One and still have Quinton de Kock along with Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj to come and bat on Day 2 if needed. New Zealand, on the other hand, will be a little happy with the fact that they have not conceded many runs despite the game going away from their grip. Elgar, Wagner hope to renew schoolboy rivalry


New Zealand: Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, BJ Watling (wk), Mitchell Santner, Neil Wagner, Jeetan Patel, Trent Boult.

South Africa: Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), Jean-Paul Duminy, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel.

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