Led by a fluent 82 from Quinton de Kock and fifties from Stephen Cook, Hashim Amla and JP Duminy, South Africa claimed the honours on day one of the second Test against New Zealand in Centurion by scoring 288 for three from 88 overs.
Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat has blamed the unseasonal rain in Durban for the poor outfield conditions at Kingsmead where the first Test between the Proteas and New Zealand ended in a draw.
Overnight rain at Kingsmead in Durban left the outfield wet and unsuitable for play, eventually forcing the umpires to abandon play on the third day of the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand.
Inclement rain washed out two sessions on the second day of the first Test in Durban but not before South Africa speedster Dale Steyn struck twice to remove the New Zealand openers, restricting the Black Caps to 15 for two in 12 overs.
New Zealand put up a disciplined bowling display to restrict South Africa to 236 for eight from 77.4 overs that were possible on the first day of the first Test in Durban, which was affected by bad light.
Ish Sodhi and Martin Guptill shared six wickets equally between them as New Zealand completed a 2-0 clean sweep after bowling Zimbabwe out for 132 runs in the second innings and secured a massive 254-run victory on the fifth day of the second Test in Bulawayo.
A spirited unbeaten ton from Craig Ervine led Zimbabwe’s fightback as the hosts scored 305 for six by the end of the third day of the second Test against New Zealand in Bulawayo, bringing the deficit down to 277 runs.
After tons from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor pushed New Zealand to 582 for four, Zimbabwe opening batsmen safely saw out the final session and scored 55 for naught to end the second day of the second Test in Bulawayo trailing the Blackcaps by 527 runs with 10 wickets in hand.
A majestic century from Tom Latham and crucial knocks of 95 and 87 from Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill respectively highlighted a strong batting display from New Zealand, who ended the first day of the second Test in Bulawayo with a score of 329 for two.
Sean Williams along with a determined Graeme Cremer made New Zealand sweat hard on the fourth day with a 118-run stand but the Black Caps bounced back well in the second session to bowl out Zimbabwe for 295 and claim an innings victory in the first Test in Bulawayo.
An unbeaten 173 from Ross Taylor and a century from BJ Watling boosted New Zealand to 576 for six before a triple strike from Trent Boult left Zimbabwe reeling at 121 for five in the second innings, still trailing the visitors by 291 runs at the end of day three of the first Test in Bulawayo.