Player of the Match
Player of the Match

6.59pm South Africa were mired at 94 for 6 just before lunch on the second day. They have now sewed up the match just before stumps on the third. What a turnaround! De Kock and Bavuma (counter) punched half-centuries each, before Philander and Morne Morkel combined for a 57-run stand - the highest for the last wicket for South Africa against New Zealand in Test cricket. After earning a 91-run first-innings lead, South Africa, headed up by Maharaj's career-best 6 for 40, the second-best figures for a spinner at the Basin Reserve, skittled the hosts for 171 in their second innings, and knocked off 81 in 24.3 overs. That is all we have for you from this match. Do come back for the third Test, starting March 25. Night.

Maharaj is the Man of the Match

rickyg: "NZ also sorely missing a fit Corey Anderson at No 6 as a proven all rounder. Too many supposed allrounders only delivering with one suit at present - that said the Top 5 need to deliver the runs and aren't. Big decisions to make for Hamilton."

24.3
4
Neesham to Duminy, FOUR runs, South Africa wrap up the Wellington Test in three days and secure a 1-0 lead. Duminy finishes it off in style. Neesham goes short and wide outside off, hip-high ball, Duminy skips back and nails a pull over square leg

Mark: "For me these last few overs have summed up the NZ side. Neesham is bowling rubbish and getting carted while Wagner is running in with intent and still bowling his heart out even though the game is lost."

24.2
2
Neesham to Duminy, 2 runs, short and outside off, Duminy sits back and swats away between midwicket and mid-on for a double
24.1
0
Neesham to Duminy, no run, back of a length and drifting outside leg, Duminy can't put bat on ball

END OF OVER:
24 | 2 Runs | SA: 77/2

  • HM Amla38 (61b)
  • JP Duminy9 (13b)
  • N Wagner8-2-18-1
  • JDS Neesham2-0-22-0
23.6
0
Wagner to Amla, no run, short and slanting away outside off, Amla has his eyes locked on the ball before swaying his upper body out of the way
23.5
0
Wagner to Amla, no run, head-hunting bouncer, Amla ducks out of the way
23.4
0
Wagner to Amla, no run, back of a length and jumps on middle, Amla quells it to leg
23.3
1
Wagner to Duminy, 1 run, short on leg stump, glanced to short fine leg
23.2
0
Wagner to Duminy, no run, back of a length and down leg, left alone
23.1
1
Wagner to Amla, 1 run, Amla shuffles across off and stylishly whips an off-stump ball through square leg

END OF OVER:
23 | 10 Runs | SA: 75/2

  • HM Amla37 (57b)
  • JP Duminy8 (11b)
  • JDS Neesham2-0-22-0
  • N Wagner7-2-16-1
22.6
1
Neesham to Amla, 1 run, pitched up and outside off, drilled to point, who makes a half save
22.5
4
Neesham to Amla, FOUR runs, half-tracker outside off, duly dispatched to the square boundary with a powerful cut
22.5
1w
Neesham to Amla, 1 wide, proper bouncer outside off, sails through to the keeper, as Amla bails out of the hook and leaves. Wide called for height

Rigor: "Totally agree with comment re: Ryder. It is a testament to the ability of the guy that his name keeps coming up after all this time. What an amazing player. A real pity, as he can definitely make a difference. A game changer "

22.4
0
Neesham to Amla, no run, banged in short, angled in at off, Amla rocks his head out of the way
22.3
0
Neesham to Amla, no run, overpitched and outside off, Amla thumps another drive, but can't beat cover this time
22.2
0
Neesham to Amla, no run, back of a length, veers away outside off, Amla simply watches it through to the keeper
22.1
4
Neesham to Amla, FOUR runs, crrrrrrrunched! Really full and outside off, Amla shimmies out and drives it on the up through extra cover. The ball purrs away to the boundary

END OF OVER:
22 | (maiden) | SA: 65/2

  • JP Duminy8 (11b)
  • HM Amla28 (51b)
  • N Wagner7-2-16-1
  • JDS Neesham1-0-12-0
21.6
0
Wagner to Duminy, no run, glanced off the hips to square leg
21.5
0
Wagner to Duminy, no run,
21.4
0
Wagner to Duminy, no run, short and angling across off, ducks under it
21.3
0
Wagner to Duminy, no run, short and climbs towards the chest, hops and fends to short leg
21.2
0
Wagner to Duminy, no run, short and down leg, left alone
21.1
0
Wagner to Duminy, no run,

SA need 16 runs in 15 minutes

END OF OVER:
21 | 12 Runs | SA: 65/2

  • HM Amla28 (51b)
  • JP Duminy8 (5b)
  • JDS Neesham1-0-12-0
  • N Wagner6-1-16-1
20.6
0
Neesham to Amla, no run, full and angled in on off, defended
20.5
0
Neesham to Amla, no run, shortish and outside off, Amla covers his off stump and lets it pass

Winning Ways

0

Instances of New Zealand beating South Africa in series either home or away. SA take a 1-0 lead and cannot lose the series.

Rare feat

1973

Last Instance of a visiting Spinner to take 2 five wicket hauls in consecutive matches in New Zealand - Intikhab Alam took six and seven in Dunedin

Watling at Wellington

20

Percentage of career runs scored by BJ Watling at the Basin Reserve. Before this match Watling has scored 511 runs with 2 centuries and 2 half centuries

Not a great match

3

Runs scored by Kane Williamson in this match - His least match aggregate in which he has batted twice. His previous lowest was 6 runs vs England in 2015

Spinners on Day 1

1946

Last instance of spinners taking 5 or more wickets on Day 1 of a Test at Basin Reserve. Bill O'Reilly took 5 for 14 to dismiss NZ for 42.

First Century

1

Number of centuries for Henry Nicholls in Tests. His previous highest score was 98 against Bangladesh in Christchurch earlier this year.

Sixth Wicket Stands

76.5

Average sixth wicket stand at Basin Reserve since Jan 2012 - highest for any ground with a minimum of 15 innings.

Rabada vs Williamson

3

Number of times Rabada has dimissed Kane Williamson from 4 innings in Tests. Williamson has scored 61 runs from 116 balls so far.

Not a Dream Debut

0

Runs scored by Neil Broom today on debut. Last instance of a batsmen from NZ to be dismissed for a duck on debut was Tom Latham against India at Basin Reserve.

Tough Conditions

199

Average score from last three Tests for NZ in the first innings of the match at the Basin Reserve. In those three innings they have not managed to bat more than 55 overs.