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  • 11:29 AM IST

    South Africa win by 8 wickets and take 1-0 lead in the 3-Test series. In a rarity it was the spin bowlers from South Africa that overturned the match on its head; Keshav Maharaj chiefly. Maharaj’s 6-for downed New Zealand in the second innings. Hashim Amla anchored South Africa’s chase with all his might making a sturdy 38 off 61.

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  • 10:51 AM IST

    Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar are playing with utmost ease in the middle. South Africa are 36 more runs from winning the 2nd Test and taking a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series. New Zealand team have a lot to dwell in next couple of days before the commencement of third Test.

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  • 10:25 AM IST

    Both Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar are in no hurry what so ever to knock over the remaining runs. Play can be extended by half and hour today if need be. Tim Southee and Neil Wagner continue to bowl their heart out to gain an outside chance for a win.

  • 10:08 AM IST
    Stephen Cook did not make good use of his dropped chance as he is soon dismissed for 11. Cook pokes outside the off stump, yet again, and gives a simple catch to Neesham. Hashim Amla, joins Elgar in the middle with South Africa needing 63 runs to win.
  • 9:50 AM IST

    South African openers Dean Elgar and Stephen Cook have provided the side with a steady start. Tim Southee and Colin de Grandhomme will be expected to make early inroads, which in a saw seems a long ask. Pressure will be on Jeetan Patel to perform like Maharaj.

  • 9:37 AM IST

    ALL OUT! New Zealand collapse and are bundled out for 171 runs. South Africa need 81 runs to win the second Test at Wellington. Keshav Maharaj scripts history becomes second South African spinner after Hugh Tayfield to take five wickets in two consecutive Tests. Maharaj also records his career best figures of 6 for 40.

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  • 9:16 AM IST
    A rampaging Maharaj cuts Colin de Grandhomme’s stay in the middle short. Maharaj flights the ball, gets to turn from middle and rattle the top of off stump; de Grandhomme goes for duck.
  • 9:08 AM IST

  • 9:07 AM IST
    Maharaj’s perseverance finally game good in his 18th over as the knocked over the key wicket of Raval for 80. Raval, came down the track to a delivery that kept on spinning away from him; he missed it and got stumped. He and Watling had added vital 65 runs for the sixth wicket.
  • 8:52 AM IST
    South Africa continue to operate with Keshav Maharaj from one end and a fast bowler from other in the post-tea session as well. Raval’s tryst with luck continued in the final session as he was dropped on 76, Stephen Cook the culprit at square leg.
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  • 8:39 AM IST

    Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj continue to bowl in the post-tea session. Faf du Plessis has opted to bowl Maharaj from one end since the start of post-lunch session; no change their. The pair of Jeet Raval and BJ Watling also bring up their 50-run stand. Raval is nearing his first Test hundred.

  • 8:18 AM IST

  • 8:13 AM IST

    TEA – Jeet Raval and BJ Watling have ensured that New Zealand do not suffer another causality after suffering yet another collapse. South Africa, on the hand, would be the sadder side going into tea, after they had a superb start to the post-lunch session. New Zealand at tea lead South Africa by 48 runs.

  • 7:58 AM IST

    Keshav Maharaj has been phenomenal in the second innings get the ball to turn square. Raval has been lucky quite to few time to survive Maharaj’s scare. BJ Watling, on the other hand, is looking solid and un-nerved by the whole situation. The pair have already added 42 runs.

  • 7:37 AM IST

  • 7:29 AM IST

    Superb innings by Jeet Raval. He has absorbed all the pressure the South African bowlers have thrown at him today. BJ Watling yet again will be expected dug their side out a hole.

  • 7:08 AM IST

  • 6:59 AM IST
    Henry Nicholls, second innings did not yield much as he departed for 7, trying to sweep Keshav Maharaj. Maharaj, struck yet again in the same over getting Jimmy Neesham for 4. Neesham’s wicket should be credited to Faf du Plessis, who took a one-handed stunner at mid wicket. Also New Zealand go into the lead.
  • 6:57 AM IST

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  • 6:43 AM IST

    Morne Morkel has continued to ask tough questions to Henry Nicholls. Nicholls has been peppered with short-ball stuff already. He could have been put if no for the ball dropping just short of the short leg fielder. Morne is working in coordination with along side Keshav Maharaj, who is getting some purchase off the track.

  • 6:21 AM IST

    Welcome back for the post-lunch session, South Africa are still leading New Zealand by 27 runs. The hosts will want to surpass the deficit as early as possible without losing any more wicket. Morne Morkel struck in only his first over after lunch as Neil Broom gave a simple catch to a leaping de Kock.


Hello, good morning and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates of the third day’s play from the second Test of the three-match series between New Zealand and South Africa. This is Vishal Mehra, and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and posts of the exhilarating contest being played at Basin Reserve, Wellington. Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma stole the show away from New Zealand to put their team in a dominating position by the end of Day Two at 349 for 9. South Africa still have Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel at the crease who have put up a 47-run unbeaten stand for the last wicket extending South Africa’s lead over the hosts by 81 runs.  LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD, New Zealand vs South Africa, 2nd Test at Basin Reserve, Wellington

South Africa resumed Day Two with the overnight score of 24 for 2 with Hashim Amla and nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada at the crease. But the Kiwi quicks struck quickly and got wickets at regular intervals. Amla (21), JP Duminy (19), Faf du Plessis (22), the batting stalwarts, perished quickly putting South Africa in a precarious situation early on. South Africa were tottering at 94 on 6, but sensible batting from de Kock and Bavuma saw South Africa easily surpassing the New Zealand total.

Colin de Grandhomme and Neil Wagner played a pivotal role,  getting the crucial wickets early in the game. They received enough of swing and bounce from the wicket which kept probing the South Africa top-order in the first session constantly. But as the overs passed by, the wicket became flat with swing reducing as the ball became old. Despite this, both Wagner and de Grandhomme were breathing fire having got important wickets in the first session. But Bavuma and de Kock batted out the tough hour excellently, not poking at anything that went away from them.

But the persistence of both the batsmen paid off and as the session passed by, de Kock and Bavuma eased into the game scoring runs freely. Both were then involved in careless shots to throw away their wickets. But Philander and Morkel have batted well by the end of day’s play, scoring valuable 47 runs towards the end.

Day Three will have a lot at stake for New Zealand. The hosts have been outplayed in the majority of the game as they first disappointed with bat scoring just 268 and then losing the grip of the game against de Kock and Bavuma.

Kane Williamson and his men will have to play to the best of their ability to keep their challenge alive in this Test and also in the series. Where for South Africa, they would be hoping to get as many runs they can from Philander and Morkel in the first session and then try bowling out New Zealand paving the path for what will be an emphatic victory.