Better session for NZ

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iol spt jan3 NZ-celebrate AP New Zealand had a better morning session on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at Newlands. Photo by: Schalk van Zuydam

Cape Town – Resuming on 252 for three, South Africa lost three wickets in the morning session of the first Test against New Zealand in Cape Town, adding 83 runs before lunch on Thursday.

At the break, South Africa were at 335 for six, increasing their lead to 290.

Picking themselves up after what was possibly the worst day in New Zealand’s Test history, the Black Caps took to the field and were rewarded with the early wicket of Alviro Petersen.

On 103 overnight, Petersen faced four deliveries before Trent Boult struck with his first ball.

It nipped back a fraction and Petersen got an inside edge onto his stumps. His innings of 106 came off 176 balls and included 11

fours and a six.

Faf du Plessis got an outside edge to Chris Martin which flew to Kane Williamson at gully and Du Plessis departed for 15.

A loud cheer greeted Dean Elgar’s first Test run, after he made a pair on debut against Australia in Perth last year.

Skipper Brendon McCullum missed an opportunity to ask for a review when Elgar, on 18, played across a full delivery from Boult which hit him on the pads. Replays showed the ball had hit him plumb.

Elgar continued to scratch around for his 21 runs before he got a faint edge to Boult giving BJ Watling an easy catch behind the stumps.

AB de Villiers brought up his 30th Test half-century in 88 balls, scoring 11 boundaries, and went to lunch on 61 with Robin Peterson yet to open his account. – Sapa


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