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New Zealand off to solid start after de Kock's brilliance propels South Africa past 300

Quinton de Kock was brilliant for his 90
Quinton de Kock was brilliant for his 90

South Africa 314 (de Kock 90) v
New Zealand 67-0 (Latham 42no)
Third Test, Hamilton, day two

After a blistering 90 from Quinton de Kock propelled South Africa to 314, New Zealand openers, Jeet Raval and Tom Latham gave a solid start of 67 for naught at stumps on day two of the final Test in Hamilton.

South Africa resumed the day at 123 for four. The play started on time with an improved weather and Faf du Plessis (53) and Temba Bavuma (29) got the odd boundaries going.

Matt Henry (4-93) broke the 51-run stand when he had Bavuma caught in the slips but du Plessis went on to complete his 12th Test fifty.

De Kock (90) announced his arrival with a couple of boundaries followed by a six and just as the Proteas looked in control, du Plessis was caught brilliantly at short leg by Latham to give Mitchell Santner (1-24) a wicket.

With a boundary in the 65th over, Vernon Philander (11) became the sixth South African player to score 1000 runs and pick 100 wickets as well. However, he failed to carry on as he edged a delivery to the slips to give Henry his fourth scalp. South Africa went into lunch at 243 for seven and in the process de Kock completed his ninth fifty.

On resumption, Keshav Maharaj (9) was snared by Neil Wagner (3-104) but Kagiso Rabada (34) provided solid support to de Kock at the other end.

New Zealand took the second new ball when available and close to 4pm local time, heavy rains lashed that delayed the play by a hour.

The final session saw both de Kock and Rabada smashing boundaries and in the 87th over bowled by Henry, the duo scored 17 runs to take South Africa close to the 300-run mark.

De Kock missed out on a deserving century when he was trapped LBW by Wagner, who also claimed Rabada to dismiss South Africa for 314.

In the first over of New Zealand innings, Latham (42 not out) was given out caught behind but he used a review to overturn the decision and few overs later, South Africa used a review for LBW against him but the ball had pitched outside leg.

Latham and Raval (25) brought their 50-run stand in the 19th over and ensured New Zealand ended the day at 67 for naught before bad light intervened. They now trail South Africa by 247 runs with all 10 wickets in hand.

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