NZ vs SA: ‘We’ll definitely back ourselves to get it’, says Colin de Grandhomme
NZ vs SA: If South Africa reach 270 in the ongoing second Test, New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme believes the Kiwis will be able to chase the target.
With a heroic 120-run performance, De Grandomme saved New Zealand’s batting innings, allowing them to cut South Africa’s lead to 71 runs. South Africa will continue to play on Day 4 with a 211-run lead and five wickets in hand.
“I think if they get 270, we’ll definitely back ourselves to get it. If they bowl well and get us out, fair enough. I think it might change only a little bit might just get a bit slower and maybe lower but that’s about it. I think it’s still a good batting wicket,” De Grandhomme said about the day’s performance in a statement.
New Zealand scored 293/10 in the first innings, with De Grandomme scoring an undefeated 120.
“Obviously, from the first Test, I felt like I missed a bit out there and coming back into the team and just working hard. Getting to your milestone obviously means a lot and helping the team out,” said De Grandomme.
Day three of the ongoing Test match was magnificent, as it was well balanced with South Africa marginally ahead, and Day four promises to be just as riveting and fascinating as Day three, if not more so.
Against the Kiwis, the South African hitter put in a strong performance and batted with discipline.
Temba Bavuma and Rassie Van Der’s connection proved fruitful. And the Proteas needed something like this to swing the game’s balances in their favour. Both sides deserve credit for another exciting session because of their perseverance and discipline during the Test match.
The Kiwi bowlers will have a difficult morning on Day 4. With Verreynne and Mulder still on the pitch, and will need early wickets to set a chaseable score.
However, the Kiwis will have a chance to win this game. If they put in a solid performance in the first period.
From 3:30 a.m. IST on Sunday, Day 4 of the ongoing Test match will be broadcast live and exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.