South African bowler Vernon Philander (unseen) bowls out New Zealand batsman Mitchell Santner (C) on the third day of the second Cricket Test Match between South Africa and New Zealand at the Supersport Cricket stadium on August 29, 2016 in Centurion, South Africa. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTIAN KOTZE
South African bowler Vernon Philander (unseen) bowls out New Zealand batsman Mitchell Santner (C) on the third day of the second Cricket Test Match between South Africa and New Zealand at the Supersport Cricket stadium on August 29, 2016 in Centurion, South Africa. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTIAN KOTZE

Centurion : South Africa held on to a strong position despite a top-order batting collapse in their second innings on the third day of the second Test against New Zealand on Monday.

South Africa were 105 for six at the close, an overall lead of 372 runs on a pitch at Centurion’s SuperSport Park offering assistance to bowlers, with swing, seam and uneven bounce.

New Zealand hit back after conceding a first innings lead of 267, with Tim Southee and Trent Boult taking two wickets each to reduce South Africa to 47 for four. Doug Bracewell and Neil Wagner also picked up wickets, with only Quinton de Kock shining for the South Africans, with his second half-century of the match.

South Africa’s three-pronged pace attack was mainly responsible for New Zealand being bowled out for 214 in their first innings.

Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada took three wickets each and Vernon Philander claimed two.

Only captain Kane Williamson was able to provide sustained resistance for New Zealand. He was last man out for 77. While his team-mates struggled, Williamson remained calm and well-organised, seemingly with time to spare as he combatted the pace threat. He batted for 286 minutes and faced 133 balls in an innings which included eight fours and a six.

With star bowlers Steyn and Philander both returning from long-term injuries, it was the first time they had played in the same Test match as Rabada, South Africa?s 21-year-old cricketer of the year.

The combination proved relentless, although it took South Africa more than an hour to take the first wicket of the day, when Rabada trapped Henry Nicholls leg before wicket for 36.

South Africa: 481/8

New Zealand

M Guptill c Van Zyl b Philander……. 8

T Latham c De Kock b Steyn…………4

K Williamson c De Kock b Rabada.77

R Taylor run out………………………….1

H Nicholls lbw b Rabada……………36

B Watling c De Kock b Steyn…………8

M Santner b Philander………………..0

D Bracewell lbw b Rabada…………18

T Southee c De Kock b Piedt…………8

N Wagner c De Kock b Steyn………31

T Boult not out…………………………..0

Extras: (b5, lb2, nb1, w15)……….23

Total: (All out)………………………214

Bowling: Steyn 20-3-66-3, Philander 15-1-43-2, Rabada 16.3-4-62-3, Piedt 7-0-36-1

South Africa

S Cook lbw b Boult……………………..4

De Kock c Williamson b Bracewell.50

H Amla c Guptill b Southee………….1

J Duminy lbw b Southee……………..0

F du Plessis c Taylor b Boult………….6

T Bavuma batting…………………….25

Van Zyl c Watling b Wagner………….5

V Philander batting…………………….3

Extras: (b4, nb1, w6)……………….11

Total: (6 wkts, 34 overs)…………105

Bowling: Southee 10-5-27-2, Boult 8-0-38-2, Bracewell 7-2-19-1, Wagner 9-1-17-1.

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