For the second consecutive Test match, it was a tough start with the bat as 12 wickets fell on the first day between New Zealand and South Africa with the hosts holding the upper hand in Wellington by a slim margin. Join The Roar for live scores of Day 2 from 9am (AEDT).
While the first Test in Dunedin saw a low and slow pitch make scoring difficult, it was the complete opposite at the Basin Reserve, as the sides were confronted with a green top.
The Kiwis are understrength, with both Trent Boult and Ross Taylor on the sidelines with injury, although they did welcome back Tim Southee into the fold.
Losing the toss and being sent in to bat almost landed a death blow for the Kiwis, who were quickly reduced to 3-21 thanks to some excellent bowling from Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada, while Vernon Philander was also accurate but had no luck.
The difficulties of playing pace brought JP Duminy into the equation throughout the day, who bowled excellently to pick up four wickets.
For the hosts, a Henry Nicholls century got them out of danger. He ended up with 118, with some support from BJ Watling, who scored 34, and Tim Southee, who plundered 27 from just 30 balls.
New Zealand finished with 268, which it seemed to be around par given the way the pitch played.
In the six-over stint to stumps, the Proteas lost two early wickets. Given Duminy took four wickets, the pitch is likely to be a good one for turn at the end of the match, so a first innings lead of some description is vital for South Africa.
With both openers back in the sheds, Hashim Amla will have to be the rock of the innings. Rabada was brought in as the night-watchman before stumps, but once he departs the middle order must knuckle down and still be batting at stumps.
The pitch is likely to flatten out, making today and tomorrow the optimal time to bat. The Kiwis could build a big score on the back of that, so the pressure is on for South Africa to run up a lead first.
Day 2 prediction
The Kiwis are on top at the moment, but the Proteas will have a lead by stumps with a few wickets in hand.
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