Du Plessis ton puts South Africa on top

Stand-in captain scored a fifth Test century before his bowlers ripped through New Zealand's top order

Reuetrs August 29, 2016
Faf du Plessis raises his bat as he celebrates scoring a century at the Supersport Cricket stadium on August 28, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

PRETORIA: Stand-in captain Faf du Plessis scored a fifth Test century before his bowlers ripped through the New Zealand top order to leave South Africa firmly in charge after day two of the second Test at Centurion yesterday.

Du Plessis was unbeaten on 112 when South Africa declared on 481-8 before reducing New Zealand to 38-3 at the close with superb fast-bowling on a wicket that has both sideways movement and variable bounce. Skipper Kane Williamson is not out on 15 and will carry the hopes of the touring side into the third day, along with Henry Nicholls who is unbeaten on four.

South Africa’s opening bowlers, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander, both returning to the side for this series after injury layoffs, used the conditions superbly and were unlucky not to find more success.

Proteas in complete control on day one

Neil Wagner was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with figures of 5-89 in 39 overs.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 29th, 2016.

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