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Patel strikes early to wrap up SA innings

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/03/2017

South Africa have added another 10 runs to their overnight total, taking a 91-run lead over the Black Caps on the third day of the second Test in Wellington.

Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander lasted three overs, extending their last-wicket partnership to 57 runs after South Africa resumed on 349-9 at the Basin Reserve on Saturday.

Morkel equalled his highest score in 72 Tests in reaching 40 before he was bowled by Jeetan Patel.

Philander was left unbeaten on 37, the Proteas bowled out for 359 in reply to New Zealand's 268.

The Kiwis had dominated Friday's first session, picking up four wickets to leave the Proteas 104-6 at lunch.

But South Africa went on to add 253 runs for the loss of their final four wickets, their innings rescued by a 160-run seventh-wicket partnership between Quinton de Kock (91) and Temba Bavuma (89).

Tireless Black Caps seamer Neil Wagner, who returned figures of 3-96, said that partnership offered some encouragement for the New Zealanders.

"It's obviously a bit easier to bat on - it's flattened out a bit, which is quite good for us at this stage," he said.

"They showed that once that moisture in the morning goes away, it's a lot easier to bat on and once you get yourself in, you can make the most of it."

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