AB hits 50 as SA dominate NZ
AB de Villiers hit 67 in South Africa’s first innings against New Zealand on Day 2 of the first Test at Cape Town on Thursday.
The fifty helped South Africa consolidate their position in the Test, having bowled New Zealand out for a stunning 45 on Day 1.
SA lost Graeme Smith for just 1 run but the rest of the batsmen offered NZ no further respite. Alviro Petersen lead with 106 (176b, 4x11, 6x1) while Hashim Amla (66), Jacques Kallis (60) and AB de Villiers (67, 129b, 4x8) chipped in half centuries before SA declared on 347/8, a first innings lead of 302 runs.
Brendon McCullum led NZ’s second innings fightback with his 51. Dean Brownlie played support and was unbeaten at Stumps on Day 2 with his 72*. NZ were 169/4 at Stumps on Day 2, trailing SA by 133 runs with 6 wickets in hand.