South Africa have the chance to edge past New Zealand on Day Two    Getty Images
South Africa have the chance to edge past New Zealand on Day Two Getty Images

Day One at the Basin Reserve in Wellington saw a cruel game unfold for the visitors. South Africa asked New Zealand to bat first under seam-friendly conditions, only to pay a hefty price at the end of the day. JP Duminy and co. forced Kane Williamson s side into submission, bundling them out for 268. If not for Henry Nicholls, who achieved his first ever Test ton, New Zealand would have been reeling in the doldrums. South Africa, in their riposte, stumbled a few steps to land themselves on 24 for 2, trailing New Zealand by 244 runs. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD, New Zealand vs South Africa, 2nd Test at Basin Reserve, Wellington

New Zealand Day 2 perspective: New Zealand was the happier side going into stumps on Day One. Stephen Cook and Dean Elgar s wicket in the last session infused some life into a poor outing for the hosts in totality. The first session on Day Two will be the most vital, which is likely to influence the outcome of the match. Conditions will be helpful to the likes of Tim Southee, Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham and most importantly Neil Wagner.

With Wagner s bounce-them-out approach, with a tinge of grass on the pitch, would add spice to his bowling. After seeing Duminy and Maharaj, Jeetan Patel would be licking his lips to outfox the spin-frightened Proteas batting line-up.

South Africa Day 2 Perspective: South Africa were clearly the better side on the first day of the second Test. After bundling out the hosts for 268, visitors did not get off to a right note themselves, gifting away two easy wickets. Much will rely on overnight batsman Hashim Amla, who is a crucial screw in their batting cog. With Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy to come in South Africa will want to get past New Zealand s total.

On a personal reminder, Amla will be eager to get past his 8,000-run mark in Test. Temba Bavuma s form with the bat could very well be a game-changer for the side. With a strong tail to follow, South Africa needs to bat with calmness after witnessing the failure of New Zealand batting on the opening day.

Pitch and conditions:

With no rain predicted whatsoever, Day Two could be the best day to bat on. With lesser moisture in the air, the pitch is showing signs of slowing down. Green squares on the pitch will continue to provide assistance to the bowlers, while slightly abrasive patches will increase spin bowling.