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Dean stands firm

Cape Town: An unbeaten 69 from Dean Brownlie helped New Zealand reach 169 for four in their second innings on the second day of the first Test against South Africa, on Thursday.

The Proteas, having dismissed the visitors for just 45 on Day One, declared their first innings on 347 for eight shortly after lunch with a lead of 302. They are still 133 runs ahead at stumps. But New Zealand offered much stronger resistance second time round, responding well to widespread condemnation of their woeful performance on Wednesday.

New Zealand also bowled better in the morning session and made the ideal start when Trent Boult forced Alviro Petersen to play on after adding just three runs to his overnight score of 103.