South Africa lost two wickets after Tea but extended their lead over New Zealand to 211 runs by the end of day three to exit Sunday’s second Test in Christchurch on a delicate balance.
Test 2: South Africa extends lead after Collin de Grandhomme ton recovers New Zealand on Day 3 (AP Photo)
- Colin de Grandhomme scored his second Test ton to help New Zealand’s recovery
- South Africa went to stumps with a 211-run lead and five wickets in hand
- Grandhomme’s unbeaten 120 outshined Kagiso Rabada’s five-wicket haul
South Africa extended their lead to 211 after Colin de Grandhomme’s unbeaten 120 outshone Kagiso Rabada’s five-wicket draw to keep New Zealand alive on Day 3 of Sunday’s second Test in Christchurch.
Despite de Grandhomme’s exploits, New Zealand conceded a 71-run lead after being ejected for 293. However, the bowlers kept the Black Caps’ hopes alive by limiting South Africa to 140/5 on stumps on Day 3.
With wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne not out at 22 and all-rounder Wiaan Mulder at 10, the pair’s steady 36-run partnership increased the Proteas’ chances of beating New Zealand out of the game.
“We’re pretty happy, I’d say. Not entirely happy,” Van der Dussen told reporters.
“They have some world-class bowlers in terms of their discipline. They really don’t give you much.
“If we can survive their first few spells, their bodies will be sore… I think it’s going to be a long road for us.”
A century from Colin de Grandhomme pushed New Zealand to 293 in response to the Proteas’ first innings 364 before the hosts’ sailors broke through their top order to limit them to 42 for three at tea.
Tim Southee picked up opener Sarel Erwee lbw with eight goals and trailed South Africa captain Dean Elgar with 13. Matt Henry bowled number three Aiden Markram with 14 hits.
New Zealand staying in the game is thanks to all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme, who didn’t stroll out at 120 after anchoring a 133-run streak with Daryl Mitchell.