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Keshav Maharaj took career best figures of 6-40 as South Africa romped to an eight-wicket victory over New Zealand on the extended third day of the second test on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Hashim Amla and JP Duminy guided the tourists to victory in an additional 30 minutes of play at the Basin Reserve, the latter firing the boundary that saw the Proteas ease past the 81-run victory target to 83-2.

Amla finished on 38 not out and the winning four gave Duminy an unbeaten 15 but it was a victory set up by the bowling unit, who had dismissed New Zealand for 171 in their second innings after tea.

South Africa had themselves been bowled out for 359 in their first innings in the opening session of the day before fast bowler Morne Morkel tore the top off New Zealand’s lineup with the first three wickets.

Maharaj, who took his previous career-best figures of 5-94 in the first test in Dunedin, then bamboozled New Zealand’s middle and lower order with his variations in pace and flight.

New Zealand 1st innings 268 (H. Nicholls 118; J. Duminy 4-47)

South Africa 1st innings (Overnight: 349-9)

S. Cook c Neesham b Southee 3

D. Elgar c Neesham b de Grandhomme 9

K. Rabada b Southee 9

H. Amla c Nicholls b de Grandhomme 21

J. Duminy c Nicholls b Wagner 16

F. du Plessis c Watling b de Grandhomme 22

T. Bavuma c Neesham b Wagner 89

Q. de Kock c Watling b Neesham 91

V. Philander not out 37

K. Maharaj c Williamson b Wagner 1

M. Morkel b Patel 40

Extras (b-4 lb-5 w-12) 21

Total (all out, 98 overs) 359

Fall of wickets: 1-12 S. Cook,2-12 D. Elgar,3-26 K. Rabada,4-59 J. Duminy,5-79 H. Amla,6-94 F. du Plessis,7-254 Q. de Kock,8-290 T. Bavuma,9-302 K. Maharaj,10-359 M. Morkel

Bowling

T. Southee 27 – 7 – 98 – 2(w-1)

C. de Grandhomme 23 – 7 – 52 – 3

N. Wagner 22 – 1 – 102 – 3(w-1)

J. Patel 14 – 1 – 57 – 1

J. Neesham 12 – 2 – 41 – 1(w-2)

New Zealand 2nd innings

T. Latham c Duminy b M. Morkel 6

J. Raval st de Kock b Maharaj 80

K. Williamson c de Kock b M. Morkel 1

N. Broom c de Kock b M. Morkel 20

H. Nicholls b Maharaj 7

J. Neesham c du Plessis b Maharaj 4

B. Watling c Duminy b Maharaj 29

C. de Grandhomme b Maharaj 0

T. Southee c Duminy b Maharaj 4

J. Patel c de Kock b Rabada 0

N. Wagner not out 4

Extras (b-10 lb-1 w-5) 16

Total (all out, 63.2 overs) 171

Fall of wickets: 1-16 T. Latham,2-26 K. Williamson,3-64 N. Broom,4-86 H. Nicholls,5-90 J. Neesham,6-155 J. Raval,7-161 C. de Grandhomme,8-167 T. Southee,9-167 J. Patel,10-171 B. Watling

Bowling

M. Morkel 11 – 0 – 50 – 3(w-1)

V. Philander 12 – 3 – 28 – 0

K. Rabada 17 – 5 – 38 – 1

K. Maharaj 20.2 – 7 – 40 – 6

J. Duminy 3 – 1 – 4 – 0

South Africa 2nd innings (Target: 81 runs)

S. Cook c Neesham b Southee 11

D. Elgar c Watling b Wagner 17

H. Amla not out 38

J. Duminy not out 15

Extras (w-2) 2

Total (for 2 wickets, 24.3 overs) 83

Fall of wickets: 1-18 S. Cook,2-48 D. Elgar

Did not bat: F. du Plessis, T. Bavuma, Q. de Kock, V. Philander, K. Maharaj, M. Morkel, K. Rabada

Bowling

T. Southee 6 – 2 – 17 – 1

C. de Grandhomme 8 – 1 – 20 – 0

N. Wagner 8 – 2 – 18 – 1

J. Neesham 2.3 – 0 – 28 – 0(w-2)

Referees

Umpire: Kumar Dharmasena

Umpire: Rod Tucker

TV umpire: Bruce Oxenford

Match referee: David Boon

Result: South Africa won by 8 wickets