An incredible 13 wickets fell at Centurion on Day Three of the second Test between South Africa and New Zealand.
And with the wicket becoming more and more wicked, the Proteas will be confident of claiming victory and a series success over the visitors.
The Blacks Caps lost seven sticks yesterday as they were bowled out for 214 in their first innings, trailing SA’s 481/8 declared by 267.
Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis, though, decided not to enforce the follow-on and gave his three-man pace attack a rest by batting again — only for his manne to lose six wickets in one and a half sessions.
Kagiso Rabada (66/3), Dale Steyn (62/3) and Vernon Philander (48/2) were all lethal, but will have the breather they need to come out and have a second go at New Zealand — especially with Steyn and Philander only coming back to the five-day game after injury layoffs.
With the track showing some uneven bounce as it breaks up, the Proteas will be upbeat of their chances of ending the Black Caps’ resistance, especially after SA slumped to 105/6 at stumps last night.
Before that, though, there was time for revenge for Neil Wagner, the SA-born left-arm seamer who “bombed” the Proteas relentlessly in claiming 5/86.
The hosts’ lead of 372 runs will give them the space with two days still to play.