Kane Williamson fell for 1 to Morne Morkel     Getty Images
Kane Williamson fell for 1 to Morne Morkel Getty Images

South Africa continued their prime-form in the second Test match against New Zealand on Day Three. The visitors take a vital 91-run lead in the first innings after getting bundled out for 359. The Basin Reserve in Wellington continued to be Morne Morkel’s favourite ground as he relentlessly haunted the hosts with his bowling to put New Zealand into a worrying position. Going into lunch New Zealand were 55 for 2, survived by Jeet Raval and Neil Broom, trailing South Africa by 36 runs. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD, New Zealand vs South Africa, 2nd Test at Basin Reserve, Wellington

Raval and Latham came out in the middle with New Zealand trailing South Africa by 91. After a few lucky boundaries past the slip cordon, Latham’s stay came to a stalling end after he fended a simple catch to gully off Morkel for 6. Williamson s bad run continued after he was out giving the faintest of edge to keeper for 1. Raval and debutant Neil Broom played out some hostile bowling from Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander in the final 30-minutes of the session to take New Zealand into lunch at 55 for 2, trailing South Africa by 36 runs.

Earlier in the session, Philander and Morkel came out all guns blazing. Morkel, in particular chanced his arm from the get go hitting Jeetan Patel and Neil Wagner for boundaries. Morne, with surpassed his highest ever Test score in no time. It was Patel who got his man, cleaning up Morkel for 40. This meant South Africa finished their innings on 359 runs, leading New Zealand by a 91-runs.

This also brought an end to a record 10th wicket stand of 57 runs between Morkel and Philander (highest for SA vs NZ). For New Zealand, it was Colin de Grandhomme that stood out with figures of 3 for 52, while Wagner gave away 102 runs for his 3 wickets. Tim Southee had 2 in his kitty while Patel and Neesham claimed one apiece.

Brief score:

New Zealand 268 all out & 55 for 2 (Jeet Raval 21*, Neil Broom 20*; Morne Morkel 2 for 14) trail South Africa 359 all out (Quinton de Kock 91, Temba Bavuma 89 ; Colin de Grandhomme 3 for 52) by 36 runs.

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