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Proteas in command despite NZ bowling feat

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/08/2016

Black Caps all-rounder Doug Bracewell couldn't be more pleased with his side's six-wicket final session in the third day of their second Test against South Africa.

The Proteas slid to 105-6 by stumps but remain firmly in command at Centurion, holding a 372-run lead after bowling out the Kiwis for 214.

New Zealand's bowlers snared six wickets in a productive close of play, with only Proteas opener Quinton de Kock (50) offering any resistance.

"We spoke about giving it everything for a session and seeing what happens," the 25-year-old Bracewell said.

"It's pretty pleasing to go bang, bang, and get a bit of a roll-on and put them under some pressure."

Temba Bavuma (25) and Vernon Philander (3) were the unbeaten batsmen at stumps.

Tim Southee and Trent Boult claimed two wickets apiece for the tourists.

South African paceman Dale Steyn says his side will not be served well by declaring overnight, despite their commanding lead.

"The longer the sun bakes down and the cracks widen and the deeper the Test goes, the less chance there is for the team batting last," Steyn said.

Bracewell said the Black Caps weren't concerning themselves with batting just yet.

"It's going up and down a little bit and it's always going to be a challenge batting last on it, but at the moment we're focused on getting four (more) wickets.

"It's about not trying too hard and hitting good areas, and letting the surface do the work."

Earlier, New Zealand started their first innings on 3-38 and, despite a determined knock from Kane Williamson, lost wickets regularly until tea when the captain was the last batsman to fall.

Williamson's 77 came off 133 balls and, apart from an entertaining cameo by tailender Neil Wagner, there were few other batting positives.

Pretoria-born Wagner hit Steyn to all corners of the ground as he crashed 31 in 30 deliveries before the fast bowler had him caught behind.

Steyn ended with figures of three for 66 while Kagiso Rabada picked up 3-62.

The first Test was drawn.

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