AB hits 50 in SA pummeling of NZ
AB de Villiers hit a brisk 51 as South Africa piled on the runs against New Zealand on Day 1 of the second Test on Friday at Port Elizabeth.
Hashim Amla had anchored the SA innings after they had chosen to bat first in a 92 run stand with Graeme Smith (54) for the second wicket. But two quick wickets in the form of Smith and Jacques Kallis (8) meant they were at a tricky 137/3 when AB de Villiers walked in during the second session of the day. The pair steadied the proceedings, taking SA to Tea on 191/3.
AB nearly outscored Amla in his 86 run 4th wicket partnership with him, bringing up his 6000th Test run during the knock. His 50 came off just 79 deliveries but he fell soon after that trying to clear midwicket for 51 (81b, 6x4).
Amla went on to make 110 while Faf du Plessis (137) and Dean Elgar (103*) added tons down the order to help SA rack up 525/8 before declaring in their first innings.
Dale Steyn took 5/17 as NZ were bowled out for 121 in their first innings on Day 3, giving SA a lead of 404. NZ battled better in their second innings, reaching 157/4 at Stumps on Day 3, trailing SA by 247 runs but still face the possibility of a heavy innings defeat.