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South Africa 372 ahead after 13-wicket day

South Africa 481 for 8 dec and 105 for 6 (de Kock 50, Southee 2-27, Boult 2-38) lead New Zealand 214 (Williamson 77, Rabada 3-62, Steyn 3-66) by 372 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

South Africa gained control of the second Test in Centurion after their seamers made light work of New Zealand's middle and lower order to bowl them out for 214. On a 13-wicket third day at SuperSport Park, South Africa's lead ballooned to 372 despite New Zealand's quicks scything through their top order to leave them 105 for 6 at stumps.

Kane Williamson's diligent work ethic helped weather a testing period in the morning, but regular breakthroughs meant South Africa ripped through New Zealand's largely untested middle order, and took a first-innings lead of 267.

Having chosen not to enforce the follow-on, South Africa began their second innings in sprightly fashion after an early tea, with Quinton de Kock hitting five fours and a six off the first 11 balls he faced. But Trent Boult and Tim Southee utilised appreciable lateral movement to nip out three wickets in two overs: Stephen Cook lbw after being pinned in the crease to a Boult inswinger, Hashim Amla caught at second slip off Southee, and JP Duminy playing around his front pad. After five overs, South Africa were 32 for 3.

Just like in the first innings, New Zealand persisted by bowling short at de Kock, but he didn't shy away from pulling. He made use of any width on offer and brought up his second fifty of the Test, off 42 balls. But an unplayable bouncer from Doug Bracewell, jagging into the left-hander from around the wicket and rearing towards his head, caused him to glove a catch to gully. By then, though, South Africa were 349 ahead.

It looked like Temba Bavuma and Stiaan van Zyl would play out the overs remaining till stumps, but just when they seemed set to achieve that objective, Wagner produced a lovely delivery in the channel outside off to have van Zyl caught behind.

In the morning, Williamson displayed exemplary technique - head over the ball, soft hands at point of contact and bat near pad - to quell Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander, all of whom got the ball to move both ways through the day. Williamson repeatedly left deliveries on a testing line outside off stump, forcing the quicks straighter and then picking them off through midwicket - his modus operandi for most of his innings. He scored 77, his first Test fifty in South Africa.

At the other end, South Africa peppered Henry Nicholls with short balls. Despite looking awkward while fending or avoiding the bouncers, Nicholls seemed largely untroubled against the ensuing full deliveries until he missed a drive off Rabada. Umpire Paul Reiffel adjudged Nicholls to be not out but on review, Hawkeye indicated that the ball had pitched in line and would have hit middle stump.

The short-pitched plans continued after Nicholls' dismissal with a leg gully and short leg in place. Williamson and BJ Watling, two of New Zealand's better-equipped batsmen to tackle the bouncer, ducked or swayed out of the line.

Steyn persevered and reaped reward when he had Watling fending off his ribs, the ball grazing his glove on the way to wicketkeeper de Kock. A thin spike on the Snickometer resulted in South Africa's second wicket of the day, via their second successful review. With Mitchell Santner inside-edging Philander onto his stumps shortly before lunch, and Bracewell and Southee falling within six overs of each other after the break, New Zealand were 169 for 8.

Rabada, regularly clocking 150 kph, discomfited Wagner with a series of bouncers, one of which took the edge of his bat and lobbed to second slip via his shoulder. However, replays indicated Rabada had overstepped. Thereafter, Wagner changed tack from wearing blows to all-out attack, and heaved three fours and a six in the space of five Steyn deliveries to hurry New Zealand past 200.

He kept playing the pull, and eventually, one took his leading edge on the way to de Kock and Steyn duly directed Wagner back to the dressing room. Williamson was last man out in the next over, top-edging a pull just as Wagner had done.

Steyn passes Akram

6

Number of fast bowlers who have taken more wickets than Dale Steyn in Tests. Steyn passed Wasim Akram with the wicket of Santner.

breakthrough at last

26.3

Overs it took South Africa to take New Zealand's fifth wicket. The first four had come in just 3.1 overs.

4 down in a hurry

14

Lowest score before this innings when NZ have lost their first four wickets in a Test innings. They were 4 down for just 7 runs in this innings.

a rare double

1982

Last time a bowler dismissed both openers for a golden duck before this - Bob Willis dismissed Mudassar Nazar and Mohsin in Leeds

Tall order

336

The highest ever target successfully chased in Tests in SA, by Australia in Durban in 1950. The hosts have set a target of 400 for NZ to chase in this Test.

Declaration batting?

25

Runs scored by South Africa in the first ten overs of the day. They started the day with a lead of 371 runs in the second innings.

Enough on the board?

251

Highest total in the 4th inns in Centurion, by England in 1999-00. SA's lead has already gone over 350.

Contradictory innings

79.25

Average runs for the first 4 wickets for SA in the first inns of this Test, whereas in the second innings they have lost their first 4 wickets for just 47 runs.

Huge leads

293

Average 1st-inns lead gained by SA in their last 4 completed Tests vs NZ, including lead of 267 in this Test. They lead by 199, 302 and 404 in the last 3 completed Tests.

Kane's hot streak

5

No. of scores of 50 or more for Kane Williamson in his last 6 Test innings, including this fifty. His scores in last 5 inns - 97, 91, 113, 68*, 2*.

South Africa again

2013

Last time five of NZ's top-seven batsmen were out for single-digit scores in their first inns of a Test, before this - also vs SA in Cape Town in Jan 2013.

Williamson in SA

15

Previous highest score for Williamson in Tests in SA in 5 inns, before this match - scores of 13, 15, 4, 11, 2*. He has gone past 20 in this inns.

Guptill's struggles

10.83

Guptill's average in six Test innings in South Africa - his scores are 1, 0, 1, 48, 7, 8.

A long time coming

16

Innings between Test hundreds for Faf du Plessis; the last one came in December 2014. In these 16 innings he averaged 21.25