Colin de Grandhomme reached a second check century, 4 years after his first, and shared a 133-run sixth-wicket partnership with Daryl Mitchell on Sunday to shore up New Zealand’s first innings on the third day of the second check towards South Africa.
He was 103 not out at lunch when New Zealand was 253-7, trailing South Africa by 111 on the primary innings.
De Grandhomme got here to the crease late on the second day with New Zealand in bother at 91-5 in reply to South Africa’s first innings of 364. He dashed to a half century from 36 balls then, as if remembering the seriousness of New Zealand’s place, took solely 4 extra runs from 25 balls earlier than stumps.
He resumed his innings Sunday with a 4 from the primary ball of the day and moved rapidly on in direction of the 90s earlier than as soon as once more retreating into his shell. He was 89 at drinks and had helped New Zealand add 60 runs from 15 overs in a brisk first hour.
De Grandhomme then spent one other 47 minutes navigating the 90s earlier than dabbing a ball from Keshan Maharaj behind level to convey up his century 9 minutes earlier than lunch.
The milestone got here from 138 balls in simply over three hours and with 12 fours and three sixes.
Zimbabwe-born de Grandhomme, often called “Dutchy” to his teammates and well-known as a person of few phrases, made his check debut for New Zealand in 2016 and was a daily from then on, valued for his aggressive batting and helpful medium tempo bowling which was particularly efficient on New Zealand pitches.
He posted his first check century towards West Indies in December, 2017 and crammed an necessary function within the New Zealand lineup as a bowling allrounder.
However as gamers comparable to Neil Wagner and Kyle Jamieson grew to become components of New Zealand’s four-pronged seam assault and Mitchell emerged as a batting allrounder, de Grandhomme struggled to carry his place. Mitchell Santner and these days Rachin Ravindra offered different choices as batting allrounders in spinning situations.
De Grandhomme performed solely twice for New Zealand in 2021, though that included the World Check Championship last towards India.
His 45 within the first innings of the primary check towards South Africa and his century on Sunday will add new gas to the controversy over whether or not he nonetheless has a job for New Zealand at 35.
Mitchell, who resumed at 29 on Sunday, went on to his half century from 106 balls and the century partnership for the sixth wicket got here up shortly afterwards from 159 deliveries. De Grandhomme contributed 65.
Mitchell was 60 when he was trapped lbw by Maharaj, ending the partnership at 133. Maharaj was one of the best of South Africa’s bowlers within the first session, troubling the New Zealand batsmen with flight, bounce and little flip.
Mitchell was crushed by a ball which angled in on center and off, beat the bat and struck him low on the entrance pad.
Kyle Jamieson (13) additionally fell earlier than lunch, leaving de Grandhomme to marshal New Zealand’s resistance among the many tail-enders.