Saturday, 17 March 2012 - 13:58
South Africa edges ahead in second Test



South Africa grabbed the second Test against New Zealand by the scruff of the neck yesterday, reducing the hosts to 65 for the loss of 4 wickets at the close of the second day's play at Seddon Park.

The hosts were still three runs behind South Africa's first innings score of 253 with Kane Williamson 41, and Daniel Vettori nought, together at the close after they had slumped to 7 for 3 in the first 25 balls of their second innings.

Rob Nicol was bowled by Vernon Philander for 1, when the ball thudded off his pads and bounced back onto the stumps, Brendon McCullum was trapped in front by Philander for 5, then Martin Guptill hit the ball straight to Hashim Amla at mid-wicket off Dale Steyn to leave New Zealand floundering.

Ross Taylor and Williamson were worked over by South Africa's pace trio, but began to resurrect the innings and gave the hosts a slim chance of going into the third day, only 3 wickets down.

However Taylor, was trapped lbw by Steyn for 17 with a little more than two overs remaining in the day, and with the match so well advanced, South Africa is heavily favoured to take a 1 nil lead in the best of 3 series.