Twitter reactions: Kagiso Rabada, Marco Jansen shine as South Africa gain upper hand over New Zealand

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  • New Zealand finished Day 2 at 157/5 in reply to South Africa's first innings total of 364.

  • Kagiso Rabada returned with impressive figures of 12-2-37-3.

Twitter reactions: Kagiso Rabada, Marco Jansen shine as South Africa gain upper hand over New Zealand
Kagiso Rabada shines with the ball on Day 2 of second Test against New Zealand (Image Source: Twitter)

After the impressive Day 1 performance, South Africa replicated the similar stuff to stay on top over New Zealand on the second day of the ongoing second Test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

Resuming the first innings at their overnight score of 238/3, the visitors lost four wickets for just 60 runs as Black Caps bowlers fought back in the morning session. Despite South Africa’s middle-order collapse, New Zealand failed to capitalise as Marco Jansen (37 no) and Keshav Maharaj (36) pushed the score to 364 after forming a crucial 62-run partnership for the ninth wicket.

The batting momentum was nicely carried forward in the bowling by the Proteas, thanks to Kagiso Rabada, who wreaked havoc with early blows. Rabada dismissed both the openers, Tom Latham (0) and Will Young (3), to reduce New Zealand to 9/2.

Soon, Jansen, who contributed well with the bat, sizzled with the ball as well, removing set batters Devon Conway (16) and Henry Nicholls (39). Rabada then came back and removed Tom Blundell (6), reducing the hosts to 91/5 in 26.3 overs.

Before the tourists could make any damage further, Colin de Grandhomme and Daryl Mitchell joined hands to show some fightback. De Grandhomme smashed an unbeaten half-century from 36 balls, then blocked out several overs to stay unbeaten on 54 at the end of days’ play. Mitchell was not out on 29 in an unbroken partnership of 66 as New Zealand were 157/5 at stumps on Day 2.

Brief Scores:

New Zealand 157/5 (Colin de Grandhomme 54, Henry Nicholls 39; Kagiso Rabada 3/37, Marco Jansen 2/48) trail South Africa 364 (Sarel Erwee 108, Aiden Markram 42; Neil Wagner 4/104, Matt Henry 3/90) by 207 runs.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

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