Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma shared a 160-run stand for sixth-wicket to help South Africa gain momentum after early collapse against New Zealand in Wellington.

Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock held their nerves and registered an impressive turnaround for visitors as they finish day two of Wellington Test at 349 for nine, with a lead reading 81 in the first innings.

South Africa started off poorly on day two after posting an overnight score of 24 for two. Proteas were quick in losing wickets, importantly, the big ones even before the score could touch hundred. From captain Faf du Plessis to JP Duminy, all were shown the door and they were then left with the pair of Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma on the crease.

Not-so-tall batting duo had their share of narrow escapes early on, but later, jammed their feet and anchored the innings well. De Kock, as known as an attacking batsman didn’t disappoint at all, as his innings of 91 runs off 118 balls had ten fours and three sixes stitched to it.

Bavuma, on the other hand, had a subtle approach to head on in the innings. Facing 160 balls he scored 89 runs. Much to hosts’ amusement, both of them showed a big heart and turn around, what could be a disastrous fall-out for them early on.

Even after their departure South Africa kept moving on with the scorecard. Courtesy to a valiant knock from Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel, who are unbeaten on 36 & 31 respectively, the Proteas are now ahead with a bothering lead of 81 runs and one wicket in hand.

Brief Score:

New Zealand – 268; Henry Nicholls 118(161), Jean-Paul Duminy 4/43

South Africa – 349/9; Quinton de Kock 91(118), Temba Bavuma 89(160), Colin de Grandhomme 3/52

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