Dane Piedt Grabs Five Wickets As South Africa Take Second Test Lead vs New Zealand


Recalled South African spinner Dane Piedt took five New Zealand wickets on Wednesday, giving the depleted tourists a 31-run lead at stumps on the second day of the second Test. New Zealand's batting, in its first Test since 2019, succumbed to a disciplined attack led by Peedt, being all out for 211 in reply to South Africa's 242 in Hamilton. After losing by 281 runs in the first Test in Mount Maunganui, the Proteas have only one chance of leveling the 40-match Test series.

The Proteas have never lost a Test series to New Zealand, but most of their first-choice players remained at home for the domestic Twenty20 competition.

Piedt took career-best figures of 5-89 on the spin-friendly Seddon Park pitch after seven wickets fell in the final session.

The 33-year-old off-spinner, who was not needed for the first Test, took the crucial wickets of Kane Williamson for 43 and Tom Latham for 40 after lunch as New Zealand got off to a good start at 75-1.

Rachin Ravindra, who scored a double century in the first Test, dismissed Tshepo Moreki for 29 at the start of a busy third session before Piedt took charge.

Using good variation and finding good turn, he dismissed Glenn Phillips for four and Will Young for 36, with the last wicket falling to Neil Wagner, who had made 33 from 27 balls before being stumped.

Dane Patterson was also effective for the Proteas, taking 3-39 with his accurate seam bowling.

His first wicket came in the opening over of the innings when struggling opener Devon Conway was caught behind without scoring.

The Proteas started the day at 220–6, but lost their last four wickets in just 8.2 overs, as Will O'Rourke finished with figures of 4–59 in the first match.

O'Rourke bowled both batsmen overnight, with Shaun von Berg reaching 38 on debut and Ruan de Swardt reaching 64.

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