While one team is at the rock bottom of its game, the other team is at the very top of its game and that is South Africa piling up the agony on a feeble New Zealand. At stumps on the second day, SA are sitting pretty with a first innings lead of 84 with seven wickets standing strongly. It was yet again the partnership of Kallis and Amla that is troubling the New Zealand bowling attack.
The Kiwis who had started the second day’s play with just the one wicket in had could only add one more run to their overnight total of 187. Craig Cumming didn’t come into bat as he was just operated on his face after sustaining fractures due to yesterday’s blow from a Dale Steyn bouncer. Chris Martin gave a perfect start with the new ball cleaning up the two openers Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs cheaply. But that was the only joy coming for the tourists as the inform Amla and Kallis carried on from where they had left in the first test.
Both Amla and Kallis gave New Zealand no chance of coming back in the game with their solid batting. NZ eventually could find a breakthrough in the final session when Mark Gillespie picked up his first test scalp that of Kallis (131 from 177 with 17 fours and 2 sixes). For Kallis, it was hundred no.29 to stay on level with the great Don Bradman! Amla along with Prince saw the day off with SA at 272 for 3 in 66 overs. Amla has got himself to 89 with 13 fours having faced 176 balls. Once again it was a shortened day with bad light eating up almost a full session.