De Kock marshalls Proteas tail to set up competitive total

Quinton de Kock celebrates a half-century.

Quinton de Kock celebrates a half-century.

Quinton de Kock fell just short of another century as the Standard Bank Proteas enjoyed the better of a rain-hit second day against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday.

South Africa’s star wicketkeeper, who came into the game with an injury cloud hanging over his head, made a busy 90 (118 balls, 11 fours, 2 sixes) – his ninth career 50 – to shepherd another wagging tail as the tourist made 314 all out.

There was also an assertive 53 (108 balls, 9 fours) by captain Faf du Plessis and a career-best 34 from Kagiso Rabada, before the hosts survived 25.3 examining overs to close on 67/0 – still trailing by 247.

Around two hours were lost on another rain hit day, but there was a full and extended morning session in which both sides made good progress.

Du Plessis and Bavuma extended their fifth-wicket partnership to 51, before the latter fell to Matt Henry for 29. But the lower order once again proved pivotal for the Proteas with De Kock contributing most of those as 166 were scored for the final five wickets – in between a mid-afternoon downpour. He added 42 with Du Plessis, who fell to a splendidly anticipated catch by Tom Latham off Mitchell Santner at short leg after notching up his 12th career 50.

Philander (11) became the sixth South African to join the 1000 runs-100 wicket club when he added 29 with De Kock and the visiting wicketkeeper put on 30 with Keshav Maharaj (9), followed by 46 with Rabada.

The final wicket stand was worth another 19 before it was all over in 89.2 overs.

Henry was the pick of the bowlers with his best return of 4/93, while Neil Wagner claimed 3/104.

The Proteas’ bowlers were superb throughout and Latham (40) survived against Philander on one courtesy of a review to be there at the close alongside Jeet Raval (25).