Twitter reactions: Colin de Grandhomme, bowlers help New Zealand fightback in 2nd Test vs South Africa

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  • New Zealand fightback after impressive show by Colin de Grandhomme and the bowling unit in 2nd Test against South Africa.

  • The Proteas have scored 140/5 in their second innings and are leading Black Caps by 211 runs.

Twitter reactions: Colin de Grandhomme, bowlers help New Zealand fightback in 2nd Test vs South Africa
Colin de Grandhomme, bowlers lead New Zealand's fightback in 2nd Test (Image Source: Twitter)

Collin de Grandhomme‘s magnificent century, followed by a spectacular bowling display, helped New Zealand fightback against South Africa on Day 3 of the ongoing second Test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

Resuming their overnight score of 157/5, the pair of De Grandhomme and Daryl Mitchell formed a splendid partnership of 133 runs for the sixth wicket to ensure hosts don’t stay too much behind the game. While Grandhomme smashed a brilliant century, Mitchell hit a much-needed fifty.

Mitchell scored a brilliant 60 off 134 deliveries before Keshav Maharaj trapped him in front to break the crucial partnership. From there on, the hosts kept losing wickets at regular intervals, but Grandhomme held his wicket and managed to stay unbeaten on 120 to take the team to 293, cutting down the deficit to 71 runs.

For the visitors, Kagiso Rabada continued from where he left on the second day, taking important wickets to keep the momentum away from New Zealand. Rabada went on to claim his 11th Test five-wicket haul, giving away 60 runs in 19 overs, including three maidens. Marco Jansen also supported his senior teammate, picking up a 4-fer for 98 in 22 overs.

In the second innings, New Zealand’s pace battery didn’t allow South Africa to settle in as the tourists ended Day 3 with 140/5 on the board, leading the home team by 211 runs. Tim Southee (2/28) and Neil Wagner (2/44) bagged a couple of wickets each to keep things under control.

“Went well for me today, and the boys got a decent score on the board. Hopefully, we’ll be in a good position tomorrow by lunch. (On coming back into the team) I’ve been enjoying my cricket lately and try to take whatever I’ve been getting. It’s good to be back. I executed and did what I needed to do. It’s nice to do well for the team today and put us in a good position,” said De Grandhomme after the end of the day’s play.

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