New Zealand v South Africa, 2nd Test, Wellington, 3rd day

Maharaj's career-best returns, Williamson's twin failures

Stats highlights from the third day's play in Wellington, where South Africa won by eight wickets

Keshav Maharaj's 6 for 40 was the second-best figures for a South African spinner against New Zealand © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

1973 Last instance a visiting spinner took two consecutive five-wicket hauls in a series in New Zealand before Keshav Maharaj. Intikhab Alam took 7 for 52 and 6 for 127 against New Zealand in 1973. The last left-arm spinner to achieve this feat was Derek Underwood, in 1971.

6-40 Keshav Maharaj's figures in this Test - the second-best figures for a South Africa spinner since readmission. It was also the fifth-best figures for a South Africa spinner away from home.

2003 The previous instance when a South Africa spinner took two consecutive five-wicket hauls in a Test series. Paul Adams took five wickets in both innings of a Test against Bangladesh.

1952 The last time a spinner from South Africa took 13 or more wickets in the first two Tests of a series. Hugh Tayfield took 17 wickets in the first two Tests against Australia.

110 Jeet Raval's strike rate against Morne Morkel. He scored 33 runs from 30 balls. In contrast, Raval was very conservative against the other four bowlers, scoring at a strike rate of 32.6. (47 runs from 144 balls). In the first session, Raval scored seven runs from 35 balls against Kagiso Rabada. Rabada had bowled four maidens from seven overs in his first spell. Raval left 17 and defended 27 balls out of the 57 he faced from Rabada in this Test.

Jeet Raval top 4 shots vs Kagiso Rabada
Shots Balls Runs Dots
 Defended  27  2  25
 Left Alone  17  0  17
 Flick  6  4  3
 Pull  4  8  0

3 Runs scored by Kane Williamson in this Test - the worst match aggregate in his Test career when he has batted twice. Previously, his lowest was six runs, against England at Leeds in 2015.

265 Runs added by the last four wickets for South Africa - third highest for them in Tests. The highest for South Africa is the 318 added by the last four wickets against Australia in Melbourne in 2008.

0 South Africa have never lost a Test series to New Zealand. With their 1-0 lead, they cannot lose the ongoing series either.

25 Wins for South Africa in Tests against New Zealand - their best win-loss ratio against any team, barring Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. South Africa have lost only four matches out of 44 against New Zealand.

Gaurav Sundararaman is a senior stats analyst at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Helmut on March 18, 2017, 21:22 GMT

    The last stat says it all really. 25 wins and lost only 4 out of 44. Last time, the BC's went with their strength and produced seaming pitches and Vern came to the fore. He had it on a string. This time he was just as menacing with nothing to show for it. His spell at Broom was spellbounding to watch. On slower pitches looking to negate SA's pacebowling. Only for Maharaj to cash in. Not arguably, not so-called but THE VERY BEST travelling side in world cricket. They got done in India without the calming influence of Smith and Kallis for the first time and was still shell-shocked by that series loss when faced ENG at home. They have a chance to put in ENG and India in their place with away and home series against each respectively. More than Duminy struggling, what SA need is a consistent Cook or opening partner for Elgar and Amla back to his best. Amla scoring runs again,one feels, is crucial in making this team purr like the well-oiled machine it is.

  • diren on March 18, 2017, 13:31 GMT

    Typical SA. Start tours slowly. Get into hopeless positions and are staring down the barrel....Then they explode and win the match out of nowhere . They have been doing this for the last decade. Traveling the world and conquering all that has been put in front of them. 1 series loss in the last 10 years is it ????They are with out a doubt the most adaptable team and are truly No.1 in the world.

  • muntas4920248 on March 18, 2017, 12:40 GMT

    nz test team should be1. raval 2. Watling 3. kW 4. Taylor 5. Munro

  • Niraj on March 18, 2017, 6:49 GMT

    SA Investment in Maharaj is paying off. He is much better than Tahir who gave control away by leaking lot of runs.

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