South Africa set to thrash Kiwis in their home ground
CRICDOT DESK : The fate of the match at the beginning of the day was uncertain. Kyle Verin’s first Test century leaned towards South Africa. Kagiso Rabada then went all the way back to New Zealand with an all-round performance. On the day of the bat-and-ball performance in Daputa, South Africa has created a level playing field to restore equality in the series.
The Kiwis have never won a Test series against the Proteas. To overcome that imperfection, they now face the daunting challenge of rewriting the record for most runs in a Test. To win the second and final Test of the series in Christchurch, New Zealand will have to score 332 more runs on the last day today.
And if you want to draw, you have to bat all day. Six wickets in hand. Chasing a huge target of 426 in the fourth day on Monday, New Zealand lost four wickets for 94 runs due to the injury of Rabada and Maharaj. Devon Conway, unbeaten on 60, is the last hope of the hosts.
Earlier, South Africa, who started the day with 140 for five, declared their second innings at 354 for nine with Verin batting brilliantly. The team relied on him as a keeper-batsman after Quinton de Kock retired from the Tests. If Verine is the hero in the unbeaten innings of 138 runs, then Rabada is the side hero of the day. After playing a stormy innings of 46 off 34 balls with the bat, he returned the ball to the two New Zealand openers.
South Africa 384 in the first innings. New Zealand 293 in the first innings. South Africa declared second innings 354/9 (Van der Dussen 45, Kyle Verine 136, Wayne Mulder 35, Kagiso Rabada 48. Matt Henry 2/61). New Zealand is second
Innings 94/4 (Devon Conway 80 *, Daryl Mitchell 24. Rabada 2/18, Maharaj 2/32).