New Zealand vs South Africa 2nd Test, Day 2 Live Score Updates
New Zealand vs South Africa 2nd Test, Day 2 Live: All-rounders Ruan de Swardt and Shaun von Berg were leading a South African rearguard on Tuesday as they recovered to 220-6 after New Zealand had dominated the start of the second Test. De Swardt had reached his maiden half-century to be 55 not out at stumps on day one, while von Berg was on 34 on his Test debut, with the pair having combined for 70 off 27 overs in Hamilton. It represented a recovery for the tourists, who won the toss but were 64-3 at lunch and 150-6 early in the final session when key batsman David Bedingham was dismissed in freakish fashion. (LIVE SCORECARD)
Right then, as the first day's play draws to a close, neither side will be too unhappy about how the proceedings went for them. With the second new ball only 9 overs old, New Zealand will look to make good use of the early movement on offer on Day 2 and take the remaining 4 wickets and bat when the conditions will likely be the same as Day 1. As for South Africa, the onus will be on this pair to see off that first hour and bat for as long as possible to stretch the first-inning total close to 300 at the very least. Day 2 will begin at 3.30 am IST (10 pm GMT, the previous day), but you can join us earlier for the build-up. Until then, take care and goodbye!
As for New Zealand, patience was the theme of the day for them. They were patient throughout and kept the Proteas batters in check on this opening day. Matt Henry set the tone for the Kiwis with a wicket in his first over, thanks to a one-handed grab from Glenn Phillips. It was the debutant, William O'Rourke, who gave them the second breakthrough before Neil Wagner used his short-ball ploy to get in on the wickets column. Introduced early in the