De Kock’s aggression pays off for South Africa

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Quinton de Kock’s game-changing partnership with Temba Bavuma left South Africa feeling comfortable with an 81-run lead after day two of the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington on Friday.
At 349 for nine at stumps in reply to New Zealand’s 268 any further runs tailenders Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel could add on Saturday would be a bonus, de Kock said.
The wicketkeeper-batsman joined Bavuma to turn the game around with a 160-run stand for the seventh wicket.
When de Kock went to the middle South Africa were in trouble at 94 for six and despite the pressure he said he knew it was no time for caution.—AFP