Faf du Plessis scored an unbeaten 114 © Getty Images
Faf du Plessis scored an unbeaten 114 © Getty Images

It is Day 3 of the second and final Test between South Africa and New Zealand. The match is being played at the Super sport park, Centurion. Catch the live cricket streaming of the match on tensports.com, while the live telecast of the match is available on Ten 2. Also enjoy the live streaming of the match on your mobile through Ditto TV app. Day 2 went in favour of the hosts as skipper Faf du Plessis scored his century which led South Africa to a total of 481. Later the day, the pacers came into action and reduced New Zealand to 38 for 3 at stumps. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs New Zealand, 2nd Test at Centurion

South Africa showed a contrasting batting performance to that in first Test. All the top four batsmen of the team had scored individual half-centuries. De Kock took his score to 82 while JP Duminy contributed with his 88. Du Plessis was the highest scorer with his unbeaten 112 as South Africa declared the innings at 481 for 8. READ: SA vs NZ 2nd Test, Day 2: du Plessis, seamers put hosts in control

Hashim Amla, after South Africa’s dismal batting in first Test, had said to Cricbuzz, “Quite a few of us got out to deliveries in ways that could have been avoided. I tried to bat normally. It wasn’t a conscious effort to score quickly. If I look at anybody else, they were hitting the half-volleys and cut shots. That’s what you need to do to score runs.”

Among the New Zealand bowlers, Neil Wagner remained the most successful with a 5-for while Tm Southee, Doug Bracewell an Mitchell Santner all bagged a wicket each.

Chasing the huge target, New Zealand could not get a good start, losing three of their top-order batsmen on Day 2 itself. None of Martin Guptill, Tom Latham or Ross Taylor could put up a double digit score. Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander both got a wicket each and will look to end the visitors’ innings early on Day 3. As play commences, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will bat at 15 with Henry Nicholls at 4.

Talking about his innings to AFP, du Plessis said, “There is a lot happening in the wicket and we just needed one guy to anchor the innings and keep them out there as long as possible. The plan right from the beginning was to try to get to 400, which is a good score on this wicket, and then have a little dip at them at the end of the day.

“The grass stands up a little more towards the end of the day and because of the light you can see the little indentations on the pitch which you don’t see when the sun is shining brightly in the middle of the day. It plays on your mind a bit.”

Talking about Wagner’s 5-for, teammate Southee told AFP, “Neil’s been outstanding for a long period of time. He’s just reaping the rewards for the efforts and the tough overs he’s bowled throughout his career. He keeps running in and will make something happen from nothing.”

Talking about his own spell that fetched only one wicket, Southee said, “It was frustrating. When the ball did something it did too much, but credit to the way South Africa batted, particularly Faf.”

For Wagner, who is a born and bred South African, this is the first Test in front of friends and family. Talking about the experience to AFP, Wagner said,  “I have loved every bit of it. I live in Dunedin today and that has played a big part of who I am and how I have developed as a cricketer. “I had a lot of goosebumps when I walked out. It’s the first time in my life that I had my whole family and a lot of the friends I grew up with sitting next to the field and watching a Test match. I remember sitting on that bank and watching Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock and those guys, growing up and falling in love with this game. Walking out there today to represent the Black Caps in a Test match was an amazing feeling. I loved every moment of it.”

“It’s just respect for the place where I live now. It’s an English-speaking country. I’m a fully converted Kiwi now,” he added.

The first Test had ended in a draw. New Zealand had started things off well, restricting the hosts at 263. Amla was the only batsman to score a half-century while Temba Bavuma contributed with a 46. Both Trent Boult and Neil Wagner had bagged 3 wickets to cause the total damage to the South Africa innings.

South Africa made a comeback with their bowling as ace speedster Dale Steyn promptly removed Martin Guptill and Tom Latham in quick succession at the very start of New Zealand’s batting innings. As Williamson and Taylore were batting, rain disrupted play. Though rain stopped post second day, the poor condition of the Kingsmead outfield, its wetness compelled the match umpires to call off the match.

Squads

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Stephen Cook, Quinton de Kock (wk), Jean-Paul Duminy, Dean Elgar, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Stiaan van Zyl

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (wk)

Time: 1:30 PM IST | 8:00 AM GMT