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Maharaj six-wicket haul sets up convincing victory for South Africa

Keshav Maharaj picked eight wickets in the game
Keshav Maharaj picked eight wickets in the game

South Africa 359 & 83-2 (Amla 38 no) beat
New Zealand 268 & 171 (Maharaj 6-40) by eight wickets
Second Test, Wellington, day three

A brilliant six-wicket haul from Keshav Maharaj dismissed New Zealand for 171 in their second innings following which South Africa chased down the target of 81 runs with eight wickets in hand to win the second Test in Wellington and claim an unassailable lead of 1-0 in the series.

South Africa resumed their innings at 349 for nine. In the first over, Morne Morkel (40) was handed a reprieve when BJ Watling missed a stumping off Jeetan Patel (1-57).

However, South Africa added just 10 runs to their overnight score with Patel taking his revenge to castle Morkel and bowl out Proteas for 359 runs in their first innings.

After trailing by 91 runs, New Zealand had a poor start to their second innings losing both Tom Latham (6) and Kane Williamson (1) to Morkel (3-50). South Africa had to use a review to overturn Williamson's caught behind decision.

Jeet Raval (80) and Neil Broom (20) consolidated the innings to take New Zealand to 55 for two at the end of the first session.

On resumption, Broom edged a Morkel delivery to the slips as New Zealand were reduced to 64 for three. Maharaj (6-40) dented New Zealand's hope further with his double strike in the 32nd over to remove both Henry Nicholls (7) and James Neesham (4).

However, Raval went on to complete a fighting half-century following which JP Duminy (0-4) dropped him in the slips. South Africa continued to remain sloppy on the field when Quinton de Kock missed out on a stumping as well to give Raval his second life.

Raval and Watling (29) added unbeaten 49 runs to take New Zealand to 139 for five at tea, also taking the lead to 48 runs.

The final session saw left-arm-spinner Maharaj going into a wicket-taking spree as he snared five out of the remaining six wickets to bowl out New Zealand for 171 and in the process also completed a six-wicket haul. South Africa were set a target of 81 runs to win in the final innings.

Stephen Cook (11) survived an early review from New Zealand for LBW in the third over and in the next over he was dropped by Neesham (). However, his luck ran out and was caught by Neesham in the slips to give Tim Southee (1-17) a wicket.

Dean Elgar (17) failed to carry on as he nicked a Neil Wagner (1-16) delivery behind the stumps and South Africa were reduced to 48 for two.

However, from there on Hashim Amla (38 not out) and Duminy (15 not out) ensured there were no further hiccups as they completed the chase in the extra time to seal an eight wicket victory.

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