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Williamson leads New Zealand fightback

New Zealand’s Kane Williamson guides the ball to the off side during day two of the 1st Test against South Africa in Dunedin, on Thursday.
 DUNEDIN, March 9: A battling Kane Williamson ensured New Zealand took the second-day honours despite a crippling calf injury to senior batsman Ross Taylor in the first Test against South Africa, here today.

Williamson was not out on 78 as he propped up the innings with nightwatchman Jeetan Patel on nine, taking New Zealand to 177 for three in reply to South Africa’s 308.

Taylor was on eight when he limped from the field during a torrid period in which he was also hit on the helmet by a fired-up Morne Morkel, who sent down a lively 10 overs for 26 in his comeback from a serious back injury.


South Africa 1st innings: S Cook lbw Boult 3, D Elgar c Watling by Wagner 140, H Amla b Wagner 1, J Duminy c Taylor b Wagner 1, F du Plessis c Boult b Neesham 52, T Bavuma c Watling b Boult 64, Q de Kock c Wagner b Patel 10, V Philander b Boult 21, K Maharaj c Neesham b Boult 5, K Rabada b Patel 4, M Morkel not out 0. Extras: (B-4, LB-1, W-2) 7. Total: (all out in 122.4 overs) 308. Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-20, 3-22, 4-148, 5-252, 6-265, 7-279, 8-298, 9-308, 10-308. Bowling: Boult 32.4-12-64-4, Wagner 31-8-88-3, Patel 33-12-85-2, Santner 18-5-32-0, Neesham 8-2-34-1.

New Zealand 1st innings: T Latham c de Kock b Philander 10, J Raval c Elgar b Maharaj 52, K Williamson not out 78, R Taylor rtd hurt 8, H Nicholls c Amla b Maharaj 12, J Patel not out 9. Extras: (LB-6, NB-2) 8. Total: (for 3 wickets in 55 overs) 177. Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-117, 3-165. Bowling: Rabada 14-3-46-0, Philander 14-4-37-1, Morkel 10-3-26-0, Maharaj 16-3-57-2, Duminy 1-0-5-0. – AFP

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