A fighting unbeaten half-century from Colin de Grandhomme in the final session on Day 2 helped New Zealand recover from the early blows to post 157/5, but they were still 207 runs behind South Africa’s first-innings total of 364 on Saturday in the second Test at the Hagley Oval here.
Earlier, the Blackcaps’ bowlers started the day on the front foot, exerting pressure and picking up four South African wickets in the opening session. Matt Henry continued his fine form from the first Test as the hosts picked up two crucial wickets early in the morning, dismissing Temba Bavuma (29) and Kyle Verreynne (4).
Neil Wagner added three wickets to his tally after picking up wickets of Rassie van der Dussen (35), Wiaan Mulder (14) and Kagiso Rabada (6), finishing his spell with a four-wicket haul.
Keshav Maharaj and Marco Jansen built a strong 64-run partnership for the ninth wicket, before Kyle Jamieson finally got the breakthrough and wrapped up the South African innings at 364.
The New Zealand innings got off to the worst possible start as they lost captain Tom Latham (0) in the first over to Kasigo Rabada. The speedster struck once again as he clean bowled the other opener, Will Young (3).
Devon Conway (16) was the next to depart to Marco Jansen, edging one to the wicketkeeper down the leg side. The tall seamer continued his good spell by picking up the crucial wicket of Henry Nicholls (39) who looked in good touch until he decided to cut one over gully but ended up finding the man halfway from the boundary at backward point.
Rabada came back into the spell with the hosts reeling and ensured he put the icing on the cake with a brilliant fast bowling display which earned him his third wicket of the innings in the form of Tom Blundell (6).
Coming in at 91/5, de Grandhomme picked up the the pieces and launched a counter-attack against the South African bowlers hitting seven boundaries and two sixes to bring up a 36-ball fifty. He slowed down a bit with the introduction of spin but finished the day with a healthy strike-rate of 88.52.
The visitors lead by 207 runs with Daryl Mitchell (29 not out) and de Grandhomme (54 not out) at the crease.
New Zealand had won the opening Test at the same venue by an innings and 276 runs.
Brief scores: South Africa 364 in 133 overs (Dean Elgar 41, Sarel Erwee 108, Aiden Markram 42, Marco Jansen 37 not out, Keshav Maharaj 36; Matt Henry 3/90, Neil Wagner 4/102) vs New Zealand 157/5 in 45 overs (Colin de Grandhomme 54 not out; Kagiso Rabada 3/37, Marco Jansen 2/48).
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The 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers has been marred in controversy as the match between Brazil and Argentina saw violent clashes between rival supporters before the start of it. The high-profile fixture had to be delayed by 30 minutes as the Marcana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro witnessed ugly scenes, with disturbing visuals emerging on social media.
With the Brazilian and Argentinian players lining up for national anthems, the camera turned towards the stands as a section of rival fans exchanged blows. The local police officials could be seen beating up a section of Argentinian fans with batons and it did not go well with the tourists. By pointing at the violent scenes, Messi and co. decided to walk off the pitch.
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Pakistan cricket fans were left ruing their luck at the toss as it fell in England’s favour at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday. With Jos Buttler winning the toss marking the end of Pakistan’s campaign at the showpiece event, netizens have relentlessly trolled Babar Azam and his men for losing the contest at the toss.
Coming into the game, Pakistan were facing a near impossible equation as winning the toss was the first priority. After winning the toss, Pakistan had to beat them by a massive 287-run margin. As things stand currently, Babar Azam and co. must do the unthinkable, bowling out for a mere 20 runs and getting those in only 1.3 overs, which would be their best-case scenario.
As things stand, the target for Pakistan will get bigger and the overs will keep diminishing. Pakistan fans were already irked as Babar was excluded among the list of captains during the light show at the Gateway of India in Mumbai on Thursday. It’s worth noting that Pakistan haven’t qualified for the 50-over World Cup semi-finals since the 2011 edition.
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CWC 2023: South Africa vs Australia Semi-Final To Be Shifted To Mumbai If Pakistan Reach Knockouts, Confirm ICC Sources
The ODI World Cup semi-final between South Africa and Australia will be shifted to the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai if Pakistan qualify for the knockouts, sources in the International Cricket Council confirmed to the Free Press Journal on Thursday.
If Pakistan manage to reach the semis then they will face arch-rivals India once again in this tournament. In that case, the semi-final will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 15.
But if Pakistan don’t reach the semis then India will face either New Zealand or Afghanistan in Mumbai and South Africa will take on Australia in Kolkata as per the original schedule.India are scheduled to play their semifinal match in Mumbai only if they don’t face Pakistan. The Men in Green have refused to play in Mumbai due to security reasons.
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But Pakistan’s qualification depends on the result of the match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka which is being played at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.
If New Zealand manage to beat Sri Lanka by a comfortable margin then Pakistan’s qualification will take a hit even if they defeat England in their last league game. A loss against the defending champions in Kolkata on November 11 will automatically knockout Pakistan from the race for the semis.
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