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  • 9:06 PM IST

    And it stumps on Day 2! NZ: 38/3 – A fantastic day at the office for the hosts! Smiles all around and why not! South Africa have made most of the overs they bowled, apart from their captain who owned Day 2 with a fantastic century! Well, it’s advantage SA today, let’s see what tomorrow brings! Till then it’s a goodbye from us here!

  • 8:53 PM IST

    Live: South Africa (481/8 dec.) vs New Zealand 37/3 | Batting: Henry Nicholls 3, Kane Williamson 15: With three wickets already down NZ wouldn’t want to lose any more wicket here. It’s already an uphill task for them now. Williamson will have to take his team out of this situation, and spend a lot of time at the crease. Nicholls would also want to justify the faith selectors have shown in him.

  • 8:32 PM IST

    OUT! Ross Taylor run out (Bavuma) 1(12) – Panic leads to a run-out! Big blow this for NZ! Bavuma doesn’t miss the run-out opportunity.

  • 8:10 PM IST

    Live: South Africa (481/8 dec.) vs New Zealand 18/2 | Batting: Ross Taylor 0, Kane Williamson 5: SA have had a splendid start here! Late movement, swing, line; everything has been perfect. Guptill was the reward for Philander’s brilliance. Steyn was steaming in too. Latham’s wicket didn’t have enough evidence to rule him out, but well he is back to the pavilion now.

  • 8:08 PM IST

    Ross Taylor at the crease now with Williamson!

  • 8:03 PM IST

    OUT! Tom Latham c de Kock b Steyn 4(11): Inswinger from Steyn, didn’t look like it got an edge off Latham’s bat, and the on-field umpire too gave it not out, but Steyn was convinced, SA went for the review. It was then given out. There was nothing on the ultra edge though. Big decision that!

  • 7:54 PM IST

    OUT! Martin Guptill c van Zyl b Philander 8(13)

  • 7:42 PM IST

    And we’re off with New Zealand’s first innings.

  • 7:29 PM IST

    Woosh! Big big score this! A fantastic hundred from Du Plessis, and the top-four too contributing with half-centuries. Now time for Steyn and Philander to unleash themselves. Let’s see what happens! Stay tuned.

  • 7:28 PM IST

    And South Africa declare their innings at 481/8.

  • 7:17 PM IST

    Dale Steyn is the new man in.

  • 7:14 PM IST

    OUT! Kagiso Rabada c Henry Nicholls b Santner 7(20): Trying to slog sweep Santner, Rabada, hold out to Nicholls at deep mid-wicket.

  • 7:09 PM IST

    This is how SuperSport cheered for Faf when he reached his hundred!

  • 7:01 PM IST

    Live: South Africa 452/7 vs New Zealand | Batting: Faf du Plessis 104, Kagiso Rabada 4: The message is clear now. SA will score quickly now. Just after his (Du Plessis) hundred, the very next ball was smashed for four. Rabada too has come out and looked positive. He would want to rub the wounds now.

  • 6:56 PM IST

    Century! And he takes a double to reach there! 5th Test hundred for Du Plessis! Jumps in delight. A watchful, patient, determined knock this. Typical Du Plessis stuff!

  • 6:53 PM IST

    Kagiso Rabada is the new man in. End of the over Du Plessis on strike now.

  • 6:51 PM IST

    OUT! Vernon Philander b Wagner 8(28): Ideal delivery by a left-armer to get rid of a roight hander. Comes in to knock Philander’s stumps, through his drive.

  • 6:44 PM IST

    The dressing room awaits what will be a wonderful century. So do we.

  • 6:39 PM IST

    Du Plessis, just 3 runs away from a century!

  • 6:32 PM IST

    We are now ready for the final session of play on Day 2.

  • 5:50 PM IST

    Vernon Philander is the new man in. Survives an LBW review first ball he faces. NZ have no reviews left now.

  • 5:49 PM IST

    OUT! Stiaan van Zyl c Ross Taylor b Wagner 35(88): Wagner has his 4th wicket. Van Zyl edged it to slip where Taylor held onto it. There is a bit of movement, but this one straightened a bit.

  • 5:42 PM IST

    Live: South Africa 426/5 vs New Zealand | Batting: Faf du Plessis 90, Stiaan van Zyl 35: South Africa are in no hurry. Van Zyl has now started playing his strokes. Du Plessis has slowly reach 90. Yet another partnership has made it even more frustrating for the Black Caps. The bowlers are looking a bit tired too… Guptill or Williamson for a couple of overs? What’s the problem in trying…

  • 5:12 PM IST

    400 up for South Africa with a boundary from van Zyl!

    Drinks on the field.

  • 5:07 PM IST

    Live: South Africa 398/5 vs New Zealand | Batting: Faf du Plessis 84, Stiaan van Zyl 13: Both, du Plessis and van Zyl have carried on well. They have made most of bad deliveries and haven’t given away their wicket, have left balls well too. SA are on course for a big big score. Let’s see were they reach.

  • 5:03 PM IST

    Faf du Plessis and Stiaan van Zyl have now put on a 50-run partnership!

  • 5:02 PM IST

    Mitchell Santner comes into the attack.

  • 4:53 PM IST

    Stiaan van Zyl has survived a LBW review off Bracewell. On-field umpire’s call was not out. Hawk eye suggested it would miss leg stump. NZ have lost their review.

    And that over ends a maiden.
  • 4:36 PM IST

    Live: South Africa 380/5 vs New Zealand | Batting: Faf du Plessis 75, Stiaan van Zyl 4: The run rate has gone up now. Du Plessis has decided to play short balls directed at him. Southee’s over saw one four that was well pulled by him to the boundary. The very next ball was hooked for a SIX! Runs flowing now from his bat.

  • 4:20 PM IST

    Meanwhile, here is the story till Lunch on Day 2.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live updates of South Africa vs New Zealand 2016. Here you will get all the live cricket updates of Day Two’s play of the second Test of the two-Test series. The match is being played at SuperSportPark, Centurion. The contest was neck to neck as both South Africa and New Zealand have different motives and agenda to play for but the end result as the first Test at Durban was a rain tormented washout. South Africa would have lot to cherish as they were the dominant side at the end of day one’s play with half centuries from top 4 batsmen. A rather unlucky day for the Black Caps was made most of by South Africa’s batsmen. Let’s see what Day Two brings for us. Stay tuned. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs New Zealand, 2nd Test at Centurion

South Africa’s top four batsmen made half-centuries as New Zealand’s decision to field first after winning the toss failed to work in their favour on the first day of the second and final Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Saturday (August 27). The first Test in Durban, in which only four sessions of play was possible because of rain and a poor outfield, ended in a draw. South Africa ended the day, on which 88 overs were bowled, at 283 for 3, with New Zealand set further back when Doug Bracewell limped off late in the day with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

The decision to bowl first by New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson looked right initially as his fast bowling attack looked bang on target in the first few over. Quinton de Kock who was promoted in the batting order as a opener along with Stephen Cook had lot to worry about as New Zealand pacers Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult asked serious questions to the opening pair. But irrespective of this, both Cook and de Kock made sure that they hit loose balls and respected good deliveries.

For most of the first session, runs came in for the South Africa in boundaries and the openers also made sure that they kept the score board tickling. South Africa scored at almost 4RPO in the first session as they walked back into the dressing room with head held high thanks to an attacking half-century from de Kock. De Kock had 11 boundaries in his half century which is quite evident of how attacking he had been on the New Zealand bowling in the first session.

Things looked very strong for hosts as they kept on scoring runs at ease as both openers looked very much in comfort zone. Amidst all this, Doug Bracewell and Neil Wagner struck in quick successions as both openers departed one after the other with de Kock being the first. This came in as a complete shock and against the run of play. With both openers back in the dressing room, it looked like the hosts had got into a tight spot. But next two batsmen Hashim Amla and J P Duminy handled the pressure very well.

Both these brought into their experience together as they continued to build a good partnership again lifting the fallen momentum from the South African innings. Amla looked as he had not got out of his first innings knock as he also went onto score his half-century. Amla survived a shaky start before looking settled, and eventually fell to Wagner, who bowled one, which swung in and then straightened, to have Amla caught behind. Both Amla and Duminy went onto make a 95 runs stand for the third wicket before Amla fell for 58.

But that was the last time Duminy was seen struggling because eventually he looked comfortable and played some delightful strokes for an unbeaten 67. This is his first Test half-century in two years. Captain Faf du Plessis had to play a safe game as he just had to stay around with Duminy who looked at ease throughout his unbeaten knock.

It wasn’t that easy to bat on with the New Zealand quicks maintaining disciplined line and length. Both batsmen survived, with a few edges falling short or over the fielders and weathered it and went to lunch without losing a wicket. de Kock played aggressively in his knock of 82 before perishing to a short ball from Wagner. Stephen Cook looked solid in his stay before falling victim to Bracewell.

Nothing much went the visitors way as their bowling looked bleak throughout the day. Initially there were some good signs swing for pacers but that was it. New Zealand bowlers only had those moments to cherish

Wagner was the most impressive of the New Zealand bowlers, showing enterprise as he bowled 22 overs, taking 2 for 51. Bracewell limped off two balls into the penultimate over of the day after clutching his hamstring.

New Zealand bowlers toiled hard throughout the day but success just did not turn their way. When it wasn’t denying Bracewell, who found several edges none of which went to hand, it was duping the umpires. Twice, Ian Gould turned down appeals for lbw – against Stephen Cook off Neil Wagner and against Duminy off Trent Boult- and twice, Kane Williamson did not review. In both instances, a review would have overturned the not-out decision. On the two occasions Gould raised his finger, to dismiss Hashim Amla off Boult and Duminy off Bracewell, the decisions were overturned on review.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs New Zealand, 2nd Test at Centurion

South Africa playing XI – Stephen Cook, Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Jean-Paul Duminy, Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma, Stiaan van Zyl, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada

New Zealand playing XI – Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult