South Africa 481-8 declared, has NZ 38-3 in 2nd test
CENTURION, South Africa (AP) Stand-in captain Faf du Plessis led with an unbeaten century as South Africa made 481-8 declared in its first innings and had New Zealand 38-3 on Day 2 of the second test on Sunday.
Du Plessis' fifth test century ensured South Africa was in a strong position even before seamers Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn grabbed a wicket each before stumps.
Temba Bavuma then ran out Ross Taylor with a direct hit to give South Africa the perfect end to an ideal day.
All of South Africa's top five batsmen made half-centuries but Du Plessis was the one to capitalize and get to three figures, with his 112 not out allowing the home team the luxury of declaring in its first innings.
The short two-test series will be decided in the second match after the weather-affected first test was drawn.