The Proteas’ disastrous first Test against New Zealand continued on Friday as they reached the end of the game on day two at 22/3, still needing 365 runs to hit the hosts again, at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
After only throwing out 95 in their first innings and then seeing the Black Caps pile up the runs and score 482 in response, the Proteas had to pull together and survive the final 40 minutes on day two and give them a chance to make it on day two. three to make a game out of it.
It wasn’t to be though as they surrendered almost immediately and fell back to 4/3 before Temba Bavuma (14no) and Rassie van der Dussen (10no) showed a bit of a struggle to get their side to the end without losing another wicket .
All signs point to a massive innings defeat on day three, with the advanced Black Caps on target to go up one nil in the series.
Earlier in the day, New Zealand resumed their first innings at 116/3 and reached 388/9 just after tea, before a disheartening last wicket score of 94 runs between the unstoppable Henry (58no) and Tom Blundell (96) effectively ended every chance the Proteas had to fight back in the game.
Henry Nicholls (105) and night watchman Neil Wagner (49) immediately set the tone for the day as they extended their fourth wicket stand to 80 runs, with Wagner being particularly brutal on Kagiso Rabada and Glenton Stuurman.
Rabada then finally had Wagner caught by Rassie van der Dussen on the deep square leg boundary with them on 191/4, before Nicholls and Daryn Mitchell (16) took them to lunch on 235/4.
After lunch two wickets before the new ball was available gave the Proteas hope as Mitchell was caught sharply on the first slip by Elgar to become Stuurman’s first Test wicket and Nicholls just after reaching his century was also caught in the slips by Markram of Duanne Olivier’s bowling with the score 273/6.
The new ball brought no joy, however, as Colin de Grandhomme hammered 45 from 42 balls and split in a seventh wicket score of 76 runs with Blundell, before part-timer Markram attacked and took his first test wicket when the Grandhomme Marco Jansen found long with them 349/7.
Kyle Jamieson (15) then took Markram’s second wicket and Southee (4) was caught after Rabada’s tea, with the Proteas ready to go back into the bat, only for Henry to step out and continue his dream test with a brutal innings.
Henry picked up 7/23 in the first innings of Proteas, scored his second ever Test Half Century and then accounted for Elgar in the second innings and seemingly can do no wrong in this match.