result
2nd Test, Wellington, Mar 15 - Mar 19, South Africa tour of New Zealand
268 & 171
(24.3 ov, target 81)359 & 83/2
South Africa won by 8 wickets
player of the match
Keshav Maharaj
South Africa
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• The Report by Andrew McGlashan

Maharaj's career best gives South Africa 1-0 lead

South Africa cruised to an eight-wicket win within three days after Keshav Maharaj produced figures of 6 for 40 to bowl New Zealand out for 171 in Wellington

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Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu
Scorecard summary
New Zealand268/10(79.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Henry Nicholls118 (161)
Jeet Raval36 (83)
South Africa359/10(98 overs)1st INNINGS
New Zealand171/10(63.2 overs)2nd INNINGS
Jeet Raval80 (174)
BJ Watling29 (83)
Keshav Maharaj6/40(20.2)
Morne Morkel3/50(11)
South Africa83/2(24.3 overs)2nd INNINGS
Hashim Amla*38 (61)
Dean Elgar17 (50)

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
Neesham to Duminy, no run

back of a length and drifting outside leg, Duminy can't put bat on ball

end of over 242 runs
SA: 77/2CRR: 3.20 
Hashim Amla38 (61)
Jean-Paul Duminy9 (13)
Neil Wagner8-2-18-1
James Neesham2-0-22-0
23.6
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
Wagner to Amla, no run

head-hunting bouncer, Amla ducks out of the way

23.4
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
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 2310 runs
SA: 75/2CRR: 3.26 
Hashim Amla37 (57)
Jean-Paul Duminy8 (11)
James Neesham2-0-22-0
Neil 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
Neesham to Amla, no run

banged in short, angled in at off, Amla rocks his head out of the way

22.3
Neesham to Amla, no run

overpitched and outside off, Amla thumps another drive, but can't beat cover this time

22.2
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 22Maiden
SA: 65/2CRR: 2.95 
Jean-Paul Duminy8 (11)
Hashim Amla28 (51)
Neil Wagner7-2-16-1
James Neesham1-0-12-0
21.6
Wagner to Duminy, no run

glanced off the hips to square leg

21.5
Wagner to Duminy, no run
21.4
Wagner to Duminy, no run

short and angling across off, ducks under it

21.3
Wagner to Duminy, no run

short and climbs towards the chest, hops and fends to short leg

Best performances - batsmen
Henry Nicholls portrait
HM Nicholls
118 runs (161)
15 fours
0 sixes
Control87%
Productive shot
flick
28 runs
1 four
0 sixes
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Quinton de Kock portrait
Q de Kock
91 runs (118)
10 fours
3 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
cut shot
16 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Keshav Maharaj portrait
KA Maharaj
O
20.2
M
7
R
40
W
6
ECO
1.97
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W2W
LEGOFF
LHB
2W
1W
JP Duminy portrait
JP Duminy
O
11.3
M
2
R
47
W
4
ECO
4.09
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Basin Reserve, Wellington
TossSouth Africa, elected to field first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of New Zealand
Season2016/17
Player Of The Match
Keshav Maharaj
Keshav Maharaj
Series resultSouth Africa led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTEST No. 2255
Hours of play (local time)11.00am start, Lunch 1.00-1.40pm, Tea 3.40-4.00pm, Close 6.00pm
Match days16,17,18 March 2017 - day match (5-day match)
Test debut
Neil Broom
Neil Broom
Umpires
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Kumar Dharmasena
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Rod Tucker
TV Umpire
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Bruce Oxenford
Match Referee
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David Boon