Recent Match Report – South Africa vs New Zealand 2nd Test 2021/22

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New Zealand fought their method again into the Test match with 4 wickets for 60 runs in 27 overs on the second morning

Lunch South Africa 298 for 7 (Jansen 11*, Rabada 2*, Wagner 3-59, Henry 3-80) vs New Zealand

New Zealand fought their method again into the Test match with 4 wickets for 60 runs in 27 overs on the second morning as South Africa have been unable to completely capitalise on their first-day benefit. Their run charge was caught at simply over two an over as New Zealand relied on self-discipline to create probabilities. They bowled an additional 9 maiden overs, so as to add to their 31 on the primary day, to take their complete to 40 – greater than a 3rd of the overall overs up to now.

Situations modified mid-way by the session as clouds rolled in and a light-weight drizzle started to fall, which South Africa will not thoughts an excessive amount of. With the pitch getting a good sprinkling, their bowlers will not be too sad to start bowling quickly however they will first attempt to push the rating effectively past 300.

Matt Henry created the primary alternative within the fourth over of the morning. Rassie van der Dussen tried to drive a ball that swung away however edged to Tim Southee at third slip. After 5 edges didn’t keep it up the primary day, it appeared New Zealand have been shocked when one did and Southee couldn’t maintain on. van der Dussen chipped the following ball again to Henry nevertheless it fell brief and scooted away for 3. In his subsequent over, Henry discovered the seam motion that had been absent on the primary day and beat van der Dussen with a ball that regarded prefer it took the sting however did not. Lastly, Henry had some luck when he bowled Temba Bavuma with a supply that snuck below the bat and knocked over off stump.

Two balls later, Henry beat Kyle Verreynne with a supply that seamed away and missed the sting and two balls after that, Verreynne was almost run-out on the non-striker’s finish as he bought off the mark with a dangerous single. Henry solely needed to wait till his subsequent over for Verreynne to nick off to second slip. South Africa’s wicketkeeper-batter has now scored simply 112 runs from six Test innings and averages 14.

South Africa misplaced 2 for 23 within the first 10 overs of the morning and New Zealand stored the stress on, conceding simply 16 runs within the subsequent 10 overs and one thing needed to give. Neil Wagner was the beneficiary of the squeeze when van der Dussen, determined for runs, chased a large half-volley on one knee and edged to Daryl Mitchell at first slip.

Wiaan Mulder, nonetheless thought-about a batting allrounder, regarded composed and performed crisp drives off the back and front foot earlier than making an attempt a pull off a size ball that he tried to bail out of taking part in. He top-edged Wagner excessive and Tom Blundell took the catch simply behind the stumps.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent

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