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Proteas in total control

Hamilton: New Zealand’s batting woes against South Africa continued as they slumped to 65 for four at stumps on day two of the second Test in Hamilton, squandering a fine effort with the ball.

The Black Caps, bowled out for 185 on the opening day, looked to have clawed their way back into contention when a five-wicket haul from Mark Gillespie helped restrict the Proteas’ first innings lead to 68.

But New Zealand made a disastrous start to the second innings, reduced to seven for three in the first five overs as openers Rob Nicol (1) and Martin Guptill (1) failed again and Brendon McCullum went for five.

Skipper Ross Taylor was again called on to launch a rescue mission, managing a 57-run partnership with Kane Williamson before falling lbw to Dale Steyn for 17 in the second last over of the day.

Steyn took two for 10 and Vernon Philander two for 21 as New Zealand ended the day still three runs short of South Africa’s first innings total of 253. Kane Williamson was batting on 41 and had Daniel Vettori (0) for company.

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