NZ vs SA 2nd Test, Day 4 STUMPS: South Africa six wickets away from victory

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NZ vs SA 2nd Test, Day 4 STUMPS: South Africa six wickets away from victory
NZ vs SA 2nd Test, Day 4 STUMPS: South Africa six wickets away from victory

NZ vs SA 2nd Test, Day 4 STUMPS: South Africa six wickets away from victory

NZ vs SA 2nd Test: On Day 4 of the ongoing second Test at the Hagley Oval, South Africa dismantled New Zealand’s top-order in the fourth innings and took complete control.

New Zealand’s score at stumps was 94/4, with 332 runs needed to win. At the moment, Devon Conway (60*) and Tom Blundell (1*) are on the crease. With only five runs on the board, New Zealand got off to a disastrous start, losing the wickets of Will Young (0) and Tom Latham (1). Kagiso Rabada took the first two wickets of the match. New Zealand was reduced to 25/3 in the 12th over when Henry Nicholls (7) failed to make an impact when he was bowled by Keshav Maharaj.

The Kiwi innings was then resurrected by Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell. Both hitters put on 56 runs for the fourth wicket, however the hosts lost Mitchell’s wicket half an hour before stumps (24). Conway and Tom Blundell, in the end, ensured the hosts did not lose any more wickets before stumps.

South Africa had added 214 runs to their total before declaring on Day 4 at 140/5, setting a formidable mark for the hosts. Kyle Verreynne top-scored for the visitors in the second innings with an unbroken 136-run knock. Wiaan Mulder and Kagiso Rabada also contributed 35 and 47 points respectively.

Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, and Neil Wagner all took two wickets for the hosts.

Brief Scores:

South Africa 364 and 425/9d (Kyle Verreynne 136*, Kagiso Rabada 47; Matt Henry 2-81).

New Zealand 293 and 94/4 (Devon Conway 60*, Daryl Mitchell 24; Kagiso Rabada 2-17).