Proteas beat Black Caps by 8 wickets in second Test

Keshav Maharaj took 6-40 as South Africa dismissed New Zealand for 171 in their second innings.

South Africa’s Hashim Amla with teammate Jean-Paul Duminy celebrate after winning the 2nd test during day three of the second Test cricket match between New Zealand and South Africa at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on 18 March, 2017. Picture: AFP.

WELLINGTON – Hashim Amla and JP Duminy guided South Africa to 83 for two and an eight-wicket victory over New Zealand on the extended third day of the second test at the Basin Reserve on Saturday.

Amla was on 38 while Duminy was 15 not out as the Proteas romped past the 81 runs needed for victory. South Africa lead the three-match series 1-0.

Keshav Maharaj took 6-40 as South Africa dismissed New Zealand for 171 in their second innings to leave them needing a mere 81 runs to win the second test on day three in Wellington on Saturday.

Jeet Raval and BJ Watling were fighting a rearguard action to ensure the second test against South Africa at least went into a fourth day as New Zealand reached 139 for five, a lead of 48, at tea on the third day on Saturday.

Raval was on 72, his highest test score, while wicketkeeper Watling was 14 not out after fast bowler Morne Morkel and Maharaj had snared three wickets between them in the second session

The hosts had limped to 55 for two in their second innings at lunch but Morkel wasted little time in making another breakthrough when he had Neil Broom caught behind for 20 in the second over after play resumed.

Maharaj then turned the game firmly in South Africa's favour with two wickets in one over.

He enticed first innings centurion Henry Nicholls into dragging a wide delivery onto his stumps for seven before Jimmy Neesham (4) fell into a trap five balls later when he hit a flighted delivery straight to Faf du Plessis at midwicket.

The double strike left the hosts on 90 for five and still a run in arrears after the Proteas made 359 in their first innings.