Trent Boult took three wickets on day two to restrict South Africa to a first innings total of 308 in Dunedin on Thursday.
With Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma surviving day one, the Proteas had a target of 350-plus in mind. Elgar managed to add 12 runs to his overnight total, setting a personal-best of 140 as SA crept past 250. The Pretoria-born Neil Wagner sparked the Proteas’ collapse by removing Elgar after 12 overs of play.
Temba Bavuma went on to score a 143-ball 50 but had to watch Jeetan Patel grab the wicket of Quinton de Kock (10), shortly after. This was the third time on tour (two ODIs, one Test) that Patel dismissed the 24-year-old.
After Wagner was smacked for three fours to take Bavuma to 64, Boult came into the attack and ripped through the batting lineup, starting with Bavuma. Boult caught the 26-year-old shuffling in his crease as he knicked a ball, going down leg, to the keeper.
With SA two runs short of 300, Boult struck again, Keshav Maharaj falling victim to a short delivery as he attempted a pull from outside off and was beaten for pace, catching the ball high on the bat to send it to James Neesham at midwicket.
The spin-pace combination seemed to be working as Patel picked up Rabada, followed by Boult who flattened Vernon Philander’s leg stump dismissing him on 21. The Proteas all out for 308.
Boult ended with figures of 4-64, having taken the wicket of Stephen Cook on day one.
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