DRIVING FORCE: Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis

The Proteas struck three times with the new ball to put New Zealand on the ropes at the close of Day Two of the second Test match at SuperSport Park yesterday.

On what amounted to a near perfect day for the home side Faf du Plessis led from the front with his fifth Test century and his second against New Zealand (112 not out) to set up the third highest first innings Test score at this venue of 481/8 declared.

And then Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander got rid of the New Zealand opening pair as quickly as they had done in the previous match at Kingsmead.

Temba Bavuma then chimed in with the brilliant run out of Ross Taylor from his specialist short leg position to leave New Zealand on 38/3 at the close and still 443 runs in arrears.