1st Test: Brownlie hits fifty for NZ but South Africa in control

An unbeaten 69 from Dean Brownlie helped New Zealand reach 169 for 4 in their second innings on day two of the first Test against South Africa on Thursday.

The Proteas, who dismissed the touring side for just 45 on day one, declared their first innings on 347 for 8 shortly after lunch with a lead of 302 and they were still 133 runs ahead at the close. But New Zealand, largely through Brownlie and captain Brendon McCullum who made 51, offered much stronger resistance second time round, reponding 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. Early morning rain had cleared two hours before the start of play, but the ominous grey skies remained for much of the morning and AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis had to survive an awkward period in which the pitch offered the seamers lateral movement.Read more
Courtesy : cricketnext.in.com

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