South Africa 372 ahead after 13-wicket day

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 utilized appreciable lateral movement to nip out three wickets in two overs: Stephen Cook lbw after being pinned in the crease to a Boult in swinger, 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.

Summarized scores: 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

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