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New Zealand vs South Africa, 1st Test, Day 3 in Dunedin: As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: March 10, 2017, 12:12 PM IST

New Zealand vs South Africa Live Cricket Score, South Africa in New Zealand, 3 Test Series, 2017 1st Test, University Oval, Dunedin 08 March, 2017

Toss won by South Africa (decided to bat)

New Zealand drew with South Africa

Man of the Match: Dean Elgar

New Zealand vs South Africa, 1st Test, Day 3 in Dunedin: As It Happened

Kane Williamson. (Getty Images)

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Catch all the live action of the third day of the first Test between New Zealand and South Africa in Dunedin.

Day 2 Roundup:

A battling Kane Williamson ensured New Zealand took the second-day honours despite a crippling calf injury to senior batsman Ross Taylor in the first Test against South Africa on Thursday.

Williamson was not out 78 as he propped up the innings with nightwatchman Jeetan Patel on nine, taking New Zealand to 177 for three in reply to South Africa's 308.

Commentary (South Africa innings)

So that's it from us! It was an exciting match which rather concluded in not the best of ways. But a draw would be a fair result, reflecting upon both sides' performances. Now the attention moves to the second Test, which takes place at Wellington and will begin on 16th of March. It's going to be a huge match as whoever wins it will take an unassailable lead. Till then, take care! Cheers!

DEAN ELGAR has been adjudged MAN OF THE MATCH for his superb performances in both the innings. He scored his 7th ton in the first innings to help South Africa cross the 300-run mark. And then, 89 in the next innings to take his team to safety.

The New Zealand camp however would be disappointed as they failed to grasp some big chances. They also have a thing to worry about going into the next match as their key players, Ross Taylor and Trent Boult suffered injuries in this Test. South Africa, on the other hand, would be happy with the way they bounced back when under pressure but would look to improve on minor things to get back to their best.

The hosts then struck early in the third innings and it looked as if they could capitalize on their small lead and march towards victory. But once again, Elgar stood tall and stitched some important partnerships with the middle order to take his team to safety. Bowlers from both the teams had a great match as the conditions favoured them. Especially Keshav Maharaj, who took his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests.

It was an evenly fought contest and was nicely poised, before rain had the final say. On a tricky surface, Dean Elgar fought out for the visitors in both innings. His century in the first innings added with a couple of half centuries from Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma took South Africa to a substantial total. In reply, the Black Caps skipper, Kane Williamson lead from the front. He got to his 16th ton and with the support of Jeet Raval and BJ Watling, along with a cameo from Neil Wagner, his team took a lead of 33 runs.

Update 1345 local time - Just as we expected, the umpires have taken the final decision and the play has been called off! THE FIRST TEST ENDS IN A DRAW! The rain spoilt the whole day as we didn't see a single ball being bowled.

Update 1300 local time - So with the rain still pouring over Dunedin, the first session of the final day has been washed out and IT'S LUNCH ON DAY 5! Signs of any play happening today look very, very slim. Let's hope for the best! Stay tuned for further updates!

Not a good news to start the day! It's RAINING OVER at Dunedin and the signs are ominous. Hope the weather clears rather quickly and we get to see some cricketing action!

Hello and a warm welcome to the final day of the first Test between New Zealand and South Africa. A couple of 50-plus stands involving Elgar yesterday saw the Proteas get to a position of safety. They are effectively 191/6. And with the pitch helping the bowlers, the visitors look in a good position. The hosts on the other hand would look to wrap up things quickly and try to repeat their performance against Bangladesh from the previous series. How will the final day pan out?

... DAY 5, SESSION 1 ...

Right then! We are down to the final day of this opening Test. A grim forecast tomorrow suggests this one heading towards a draw but for cricket's sake, we hope for the rain to stay away. The pitch is not the easiest to bat on and say, if we get a full day's play, a target in excess of 225 may not be chaseable in the fourth innings. Play will start early tomorrow, at 1040 local (2140 GMT, previous night) with 94 overs scheduled. Do join us for all the action from Day 5. Until then, you can catch all the action from the first Sri Lanka-Bangladesh Test in Galle. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

With Trent Boult not fit, it turned out to be a big blow to the Kiwis as they were able to use only one pacer with the second new ball. Wagner bowled his heart out, picking up 2 wickets while Patel was brilliant with his 2 scalps.

Terrific fight shown by South Africa. They were lucky this morning, but Dean Elgar and JP Duminy survived those tough moments with a 74-run stand. That was followed by another 80-run partnership for the 4th wicket between Elgar and Faf du Plessis before a minor collapse occurred towards the end.

New Zealand will be disappointed with their day's efforts. They could have had the Proteas on the mat had they taken their chances. They bounced back towards the end of the day but is it too late? Technically they have the whole of tomorrow but then the forecast is poorer than today.

End of a good session for both sides. The Proteas scored 67 runs while the Kiwis picked up 3 wickets. The visiting side is ahead by 191 runs and looks pretty much safe in this Test.

That is it then! The light has not improved and it will be STUMPS ON DAY 4.

Another look at the light meter and umpire Bruce Oxenford is not happy this time. The players are off but it is not the end of the day yet. Though, having said that, we are not far from the close either. Stay tuned...

101.6 J Patel to Philander, Flatter through the air outside off, Philander covers his stumps and defends it off the back foot on the leg side. 224/6

101.5 J Patel to V Philander, Served outside off, spinning in, VP shuffles and takes a huge stride forward to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. 224/6

101.4 J Patel to Philander, Comes from over the wicket, spins in, Vernon shuffles a touch and flicks it to mid-wicket. 224/6

101.3 J Patel to Philander, On the pads, defended from within the crease. 224/6

101.2 J Patel to Philander, Off spinner around middle, Philander blocks it on the leg side. 224/6

101.1 J Patel to Philander, On middle and off, spinning down leg, defended with the turn. 224/6

More looks at the light meter. Play continues.... might be the last over of the day.

100.6 M Santner to Plessis, Slower through the air outside off, defended solidly. 224/6

100.5 M Santner to Plessis, Sliding in, FdP closes the face of the bat early and gets a leading edge on the off side. 224/6

100.4 M Santner to du Plessis, Flatter through the air outside off, Faf prods forward to defend, gets an outside edge past first slip to backward point. 224/6

100.3 M Santner to Plessis, GREAT DELIVERY! Bounce and turn! Tossed up slower through the air outside off, spins away with bounce, du Plessis who is proding forward in defence gets beaten by that superb delivery. 224/6

100.2 M Santner to du Plessis, Full outside off, driven to covers again. 224/6

100.1 M Santner to Plessis, Nicely looped delivery outside off, driven powerfully but straight to the man at extra cover. 224/6

The light meter comes out again. Umpire Bruce Oxenford looks at it long and hard but eventually is happy with play to continue.

99.6 J Patel to Philander, The batsman has driven it through mid off. 224/6

99.5 J Patel to V Philander, Landed outside off, VP looks to chop it through the off side but gets a bottom edge towards leg slip where substitute Tim Southee collects. The close-in fielders appeal for a catch, claiming that it came of Watling's boot but nothing in it. 224/6

99.4 J Patel to Plessis, Full on middle and off, bunted towards mid on for a run. 224/6

99.3 J Patel to Philander, Around off, Vernon looks to flick but the ball goes off the inside edge, past leg slip and towards fine leg. A single taken. The lead is now 190. 223/6

99.2 J Patel to Philander, Comes around the wicket and bowls it around off, worked straight to short mid-wicket. 222/6

99.1 J Patel to Philander, Full and outside off, spinning in, Philander looks to defend with his bat behind the pad. The ball goes off his pads towards point. 222/6

98.6 M Santner to Plessis, The batsman has driven that ball straight back. 222/6

98.5 M Santner to Plessis, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. 222/6

98.4 M Santner to Plessis, Full and outside off, Faf goes for another paddle and just about lobs it over Jimmy Neesham running across from first slip towards leg slip. Two more to the total. 222/6

98.3 M Santner to Plessis, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 220/6

98.2 M Santner to Plessis, Full and outside off, watchfully defended. 220/6

98.1 M Santner to Plessis, SAFE. Du Plessis reaches out, takes this on the full and paddles it through fine leg. The call is for two and Jeetan Patel quickly gets to the ball from backward square leg. He scores a direct hit at the striker's end and it is referred upstairs. Replays show that he is well in. 220/6

A run out appeal against du Plessis is referred upstairs!

MITCHELL SANTNER has change on ends.

97.6 J Patel to Philander, Full and outside off, pushed towards point. 218/6

VERNON PHILANDER is the new man to walk in, replacing de Kock!

97.5 Patel to de Kock, OUT! BOWLED! 4 in 4! This is Jeetan Patel's record against Quinton de Kock in the last 4 meetings. He dismissed him in the 4th ODI, 5th ODI and now in both innings of this Test! An off spinner's delight. Tossed up on middle and leg, draws de Kock forward and then spins it past the outside edge to knock the stumps. De Kock admires that delivery too and walks off in a hurry. SOUTH AFRICA ARE EFFECTIVELY 185/6! 218/6

97.4 J Patel to Kock, Full and around off, pushed towards cover. 218/5

97.3 J Patel to Kock, This stays low, de Kock looks to play him off the back foot but gets a thick inside edge. 218/5

97.2 J Patel to Kock, Full and around off, pushed towards cover. 218/5

97.1 J Patel to Kock, The batsman works it down the leg side. 218/5

JEETAN PATEL is brought back into the attack!

11th Test fifty for Faf du Plessis, his second one of the match!

96.6 N Wagner to Plessis, FOUR! What a way to get to the half century mark. Overpitched around off, du Plessis flicks it through mid-wicket and gets a boundary. There were two short mid-wickets in place, still he bisected them to perfection,. Brilliant. The stand moves into double figures. 218/5

96.5 N Wagner to Plessis, Outside off, on a length again, shouldered arms to. 214/5

96.4 N Wagner to Plessis, On a good length outside off, pushed towards point. 214/5

96.3 N Wagner to Plessis, FOUR! Excellent shot. Full and around off, du Plessis comes forward and chips it over the non-striker to the fence down the ground. Beautifully played. The lead is now 181. 214/5

The light meter is out again. Play continues though.

96.2 N Wagner to Plessis, Oohh.... that stayed low. On a good length outside off, du Plessis looks to punch it away but the ball shoots down and goes off the bottom part of the bat towards cover. 210/5

96.1 N Wagner to Plessis, A wayward bouncer down the leg side, du Plessis lets it pass. 210/5

95.6 M Santner to Kock, Full and outside off, pushed towards cover. 210/5

95.5 M Santner to Kock, FOUR! Gets off the mark. Santner fires it on the pads and de Kock nicely tucks it through the vacant leg slip to the fine leg fence. 210/5

95.4 M Santner to Kock, Full and around off, watchfully pushed out. 206/5

95.3 M Santner to Kock, Around middle, worked towards short leg. 206/5

95.2 M Santner to Kock, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 206/5

QUINTON DE KOCK walks in at number 7, replacing Bavuma.

95.1 M Santner to T Bavuma, OUT! BOWLED! That is so unlucky! Landed outside off, Bavuma comes half forward to defend. However, the ball hits the toe end of the bat and rolls behind. Bavuma realizes a fraction late what is happening, tries to kick the ball away but cannot and the ball hits the stumps! The little man is distraught. The Kiwis are elated. SOUTH AFRICA ARE EFFECTIVELY 173/5! 206/5

94.6 N Wagner to Plessis, A bit fuller outside off, du Plessis gets back and blocks. 206/4

94.5 N Wagner to Plessis, Landed around off, defended watchfully. 206/4

94.4 N Wagner to T Bavuma, Banged in short, Temba swivels and pulls it to long leg for a single. 206/4

94.3 N Wagner to Bavuma, Full and wide outside off, left alone. 205/4

94.2 N Wagner to Bavuma, Ooohh.... comes back in a long way, Bavuma initially thinks of letting it go but then at the last moment, gets his bat down to defend. Had he not made that last-minute decision, the off stump would have been sent cartwheeling. 205/4

94.1 N Wagner to Bavuma, Full and outside off, left alone. 205/4

93.6 M Santner to Plessis, Wide outside off, FdP gets across and lets it go. 205/4

93.5 M Santner to Plessis, Around off, Faf dead-bats it. 205/4

93.4 M Santner to du Plessis, Thrown up outside off, driven sweetly but straight to short cover. 205/4

93.3 M Santner to Plessis, Very full around off, du Plessis lunges and works it through mid-wicket. 205/4

93.2 M Santner to Bavuma, A bit shorter, around off, worked past mid-wicket for a single. 205/4

93.1 M Santner to Bavuma, Full and outside off, pushed back to the bowler. 204/4

MITCHELL SANTNER comes back into the attack, replacing Patel!

92.6 N Wagner to Plessis, FOUR! A bit streaky though. A length ball outside off, du Plessis initially thinks about letting it go but then decides to poke at it. The ball goes off the outside edge past second slip to third man. The stand moves into double figures. The skipper moves to 43 with his 8th boundary. The lead is now 171. 204/4

92.5 N Wagner to Plessis, On a fuller length wide outside off, FdP shoulders arms. 200/4

92.4 N Wagner to Plessis, Outside off, punched off the back foot. 200/4

92.3 N Wagner to Plessis, Back of a length outside off, angling in, Faf is squared up a touch but manages to bunt it back to Wagner. 200/4

92.2 N Wagner to Plessis, Similar ball, played towards point this time. 200/4

92.1 N Wagner to Plessis, On a good length around off, defended back to the bowler. 200/4

91.6 J Patel to Bavuma, FOUR! Full outside off, Bavuma kneels down and sweeps it through square leg for a boundary. Gets off the mark in style. 200/4

91.5 J Patel to Bavuma, Wide outside off, Temba gets across and leaves it. 196/4

91.4 J Patel to Bavuma, Served fuller on off, spinning in, blocked on the leg side. 196/4

91.3 J Patel to Bavuma, Spinning into the pads, defended on the leg side with the turn. 196/4

91.2 J Patel to Plessis, Flatter through the air, FdP goes on the back foot and punches it through mid-wicket. Southee lets it go through his legs and a single is taken. 196/4

91.1 J Patel to Plessis, Tossed up outside off, Faf shimmies a touch and blocks it out on the off side. 195/4

DRINKS BREAK.

90.6 N Wagner to Bavuma, Full and outside off, driven towards mid off. 195/4

90.5 N Wagner to Bavuma, On a good length outside off, defended from the crease. 195/4

90.4 N Wagner to Bavuma, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 195/4

90.3 N Wagner to Bavuma, The tempter outside off, fuller in length, Bavuma does not fall for it. 195/4

90.2 N Wagner to Bavuma, This is well outside off, an easy leave. 195/4

90.1 N Wagner to Bavuma, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover. 195/4

89.6 J Patel to du Plessis, OFF THE EDGE! Quicker through the air outside off, pokes at it, gets an outside edge past Neesham at first slip. A couple taken! 195/4

89.5 J Patel to Plessis, Tossed up outside off, du Plessis gets across and takes it on the pads. 193/4

89.4 J Patel to Plessis, Sliding in, defended on the leg side. 193/4

89.3 J Patel to Plessis, Tossed up outside off, du Plessis looks to defend it off the front foot but gets an inside edge onto the pads. 193/4

89.2 J Patel to Plessis, Spinning in from around off, turned to short fine leg. There's a slight hesitation in the running between the two but nothing harmful. No run taken! 193/4

89.1 J Patel to Plessis, Quicker through the air outside off, FdP gets across and takes it on the pads. 193/4

88.6 N Wagner to Bavuma, Outside off, angling in a touch, TB covers his stumps and defends it on the off side. 193/4

88.5 N Wagner to Bavuma, Full on off, driven to covers. 193/4

88.4 N Wagner to Bavuma, Outside off, Bavuma lets it go. 193/4

88.3 N Wagner to Bavuma, Pitched outside off, defended off the front foot on the off side. 193/4

88.2 N Wagner to Bavuma, Angling into the pads, worked down the leg side. 193/4

88.1 N Wagner to Bavuma, Wide outside off, left alone. 193/4

87.6 J Patel to Plessis, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 193/4

87.5 J Patel to Plessis, Served around off, defended from within the crease. 193/4

87.4 J Patel to Plessis, Straighter and quicker outside off, du Plessis plays for the turn which isn't there. Gets beaten past his outside edge. There's a hug appeal for caught behind by Patel but Watling isn't interested this time. 193/4

87.3 J Patel to Plessis, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 193/4

87.2 J Patel to Plessis, Spinning in from outside off, turned to mid-wicket. 193/4

TEMBA BAVUMA is the new man to walk in!

87.1 Patel to D Elgar, OUT! ELGAR HOLES OUT! After playing so well, Elgar loses his patience and misses on his twin tons. Tossed up delivery outside off, Elgar uses his feet, gets to the pitch of the ball, looks to go big. Ends up getting it off the toe end of the bat high in the air. Williamson, who is at long off, covers good ground to his right and takes a well-judged catch. End of a good knock! Much needed breakthrough for the Kiwis! End of the 80-run stand! 193/4

86.6 N Wagner to Plessis, Outside off, left alone. 193/3

86.5 N Wagner to Plessis, Full outside off, driven to mid off. 193/3

86.4 N Wagner to Plessis, Angling away from Faf, he opts to leave it. 193/3

86.3 N Wagner to Plessis, Angling across from around off, defended to point. 193/3

86.2 N Wagner to du Plessis, Length delivery outside off, Faf prods forward and dabs with soft hands in the cover region. Takes off for a quick single. There's a throw at the striker's end but it missed the stumps. The replays show that had the ball hit, du Plessis was a goner. 193/3

86.1 N Wagner to Elgar, Very full in the line of the stumps, almost a yorker, dug out to mid on. 192/3

85.6 J Patel to Elgar, Sliding into the pads, driven past the left of the bowler for a single. 192/3

85.5 J Patel to Elgar, Served outside off, pushed in the cover region. 191/3

85.4 J Patel to Elgar, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 191/3

85.3 J Patel to Plessis, Tossed up outside off, driven through widish mid off for a single. 191/3

85.2 J Patel to Elgar, Full outside off, Elgar plays it slightly uppishly through point for a single. 190/3

85.1 J Patel to D Elgar, Loopy delivery outside off, driven off the front foot to covers. 189/3

84.6 N Wagner to Plessis, Length delivery outside off, straightens after pitching. Faf, who is already covering the stumps, defends it on the up to point. 189/3

Wagner is not happy with the landing area. The ground staff comes out with a hammer.

84.5 N Wagner to Plessis, Very full outside off, swinging in, driven of the inner half of the bat back to the bowler. 189/3

84.4 N Wagner to du Plessis, FOUR! Edged and through! Very full outside off, du Plessis goes for an expansive cover drive. Gets a thick outside edge and the ball flies through the gap between the slip cordon and gully to the fence behind. 189/3

84.3 N Wagner to Elgar, Full outside off, Dean prods ahead and pushes to mid off. Takes off for a quick single and completes by the time Williamson's throw reaches the bowler's end. 185/3

84.2 N Wagner to Elgar, Outside edge but doesn't carry! Full outside off, straightens a touch, Elgar looks to play with a straight bat. Gets an outside edge but the ball goes on a couple of bounces to Neesham at second slip. Playing with soft hands saved him there! 184/3

84.1 N Wagner to Elgar, Fails to get the hang of the new ball, sprays it wide down the leg side, Elgar leaves it. Watling has to dive to his right to collect it. 184/3

Bizarre. NEIL WAGNER has been allowed to bowl. A couple of overs ago, he was deemed dangerous to bowl under these conditions. Seemingly, the light has improved.

83.6 J Patel to Elgar, Slides this one middle and leg, flicked through widish mid on for a single. 184/3

83.5 J Patel to Elgar, Full on middle and off, driven back to the bowler. 183/3

83.4 J Patel to Elgar, Bowls this slightly round arm, angles it into the pads, Elgar is careful and remains solid in his defence. 183/3

83.3 J Patel to Elgar, Outside off, another easy leave for DE. 183/3

83.2 J Patel to Elgar, Served outside off, Elgar leaves it comfortably. 183/3

83.1 J Patel to Elgar, Pitched outside off, skidding through, defended very late on the off side. 183/3

82.6 M Santner to Plessis, Slides it on middle and leg, defended with the angle on the leg side. 183/3

82.5 M Santner to Plessis, Slower through the air around middle, defended with a straight bat. 183/3

82.4 M Santner to Plessis, Darts this one on middle and leg, straightens a touch, Faf clips it through mid-wicket for a brace. 183/3

82.3 M Santner to Plessis, FOUR! Short outside off, du Plessis goes back and punches it through covers. Finds the gap and gets it through to the fence. Easy picking those! 181/3

82.2 M Santner to Elgar, Tossed up outside off, pushed gently towards mid on. The fielder there is slightly deeper and a single is completed with ease. 177/3

82.1 M Santner to Elgar, Flatter through the air outside off, spinning in, Elgar shimmies a touch and works it with the angle on the leg side. 176/3

Interesting scenes in the middle. NEIL WAGNER comes on to bowl but umpire Bruce Oxenford does not agree. He checks the light meter and feels it is too dangerous for a pacer to bowl. Poor Wagner is all ready, warming up and all but now, he is sent back to field. Kane Williamson has a long chat with Tim Southee and eventually, they decide to continue with the spinners. Meanwhile, the SECOND NEW BALL has been taken. Baffling.

81.6 J Patel to Plessis, Spinning in from outside off, turned to mid-wicket. 176/3

81.5 J Patel to Plessis, FOUR! Short outside off, punched off the back foot through covers for a boundary. Makes full use of the loosener! 176/3

81.4 J Patel to Plessis, Tossed up slowly outside off, spinning in, Faf moves across and dead-bats it from near the surface. 172/3

Umpire Bruce Oxenford has the light meter in his hands but does not seem inclined to take a reading as yet.

81.3 J Patel to Elgar, Sliding in, Elgar dabs it at the very last moment past first slip for a single. 172/3

81.2 J Patel to Elgar, Pitched outside off, Elgar covers his stumps and leaves it. 171/3

81.1 J Patel to Elgar, Tossed up around off, skids through, Elgar brings his bat down at the last moment and gets an inside edge on the leg side. 171/3

80.6 M Santner to Elgar, Sliding in, Elgar stays back and works it on the leg side for a single. 171/3

80.5 M Santner to Elgar, Spinning into the pads, flicked on the leg side. 170/3

80.4 M Santner to Elgar, Full outside off, pushed to covers. 170/3

80.3 M Santner to Elgar, Straighter one wide outside off, DE gets across to defend. But, he is playing for the turn and is beaten all ends up by the variation. 170/3

80.2 M Santner to Elgar, Dean leans ahead and turns it with the spin to square leg. 170/3

80.1 M Santner to Elgar, Served wide outside off, spinning in, Elgar prods forward and defends it on the off side. 170/3

The second new ball is due but it is not taken yet.

79.6 J Patel to Plessis, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. 170/3

TRENT BOULT been out of the field from the period before Tea, so he cannot bowl immediately. In fact, we understand that Boult has suffered a GROIN STRAIN. Oh dear... That might influence the decision to take the second new ball.

79.5 J Patel to Plessis, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 170/3

79.4 J Patel to Plessis, Full and outside off, watchfully pushed away. 170/3

79.3 J Patel to Plessis, Another LBW appeal. This one spun in a long way as Faf du Plessis shouldered arms to it. Was hit high on the thighs and probably that is why the LBW appeal was turned down. 170/3

79.2 J Patel to Elgar, Shorter outside off, punched towards cover. 170/3

79.1 J Patel to Elgar, Full and outside off, watchfully defended back to the bowler. 169/3

78.6 M Santner to Plessis, Outside off, watchfully blocked out. 169/3

78.5 M Santner to Elgar, A bit shorter around off, Dean goes back and works it through square leg for a single. Moves to 80. 169/3

78.4 M Santner to Elgar, Full and around off, worked towards short leg. 168/3

78.3 M Santner to Elgar, FOUR! Not a bad ball. Full and wide outside off, Elgar comes down the track but is done for all money. He swings with the turn but is not in control. However, the ball goes off the inner half of the bat over mid-wicket and he gets a boundary. 168/3

78.2 M Santner to Elgar, Full and outside off, worked towards short mid-wicket. 164/3

78.1 M Santner to Elgar, Tossed up wide outside off, driven towards deepish mid off. 164/3

77.6 J Patel to Plessis, Full and outside off, played with soft hands towards square leg. 164/3

77.5 J Patel to Plessis, Shorter in length, punched towards mid on. 164/3

77.4 J Patel to Plessis, Well outside off, another one padded away by Faf, another LBW appeal ensues, one more turned down. 164/3

50-run stand is up between Elgar and du Plessis!

77.3 J Patel to Plessis, FOUR! Fine shot, Full and outside off, du Plessis reaches out and sweeps it through square leg for a boundary. Moves to 21 with his 4th boundary. The lead is now 131. 164/3

77.2 J Patel to Plessis, Action replay of the previous delivery. 160/3

77.1 J Patel to Plessis, Full and outside off, padded away. 160/3

76.6 M Santner to Plessis, On middle and leg, worked towards square leg. There is a slight miscommunication between the batsmen and a run out chance occurs but substitute Colin de Grandhomme fumbles and the single is easily completed in the end. 160/3

76.5 M Santner to du Plessis, Full and outside off, driven towards mid off. 159/3

76.4 M Santner to Elgar, Full and outside off, Elgar brings out his reverse sweep through point. There is plenty of free space available and the fielder does well near the ropes, sliding across to save the boundary. Just a single taken. 159/3

76.3 Santner to Elgar, Full and outside off, Elgar lunges to defend but the ball spins in, goes past the inside edge and hits him on the pads. It lobs up to short leg and the Kiwis desperately appeal for a bat-pad catch but umpire Bruce Oxenford turns it down. Replays show the ball to be miles away from the bat. 158/3

76.2 M Santner to Elgar, Well wide outside off, left alone. 158/3

76.1 M Santner to Elgar, Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. 158/3

75.6 J Patel to Plessis, Well outside off, du Plessis shoulders arms and pads it away. 158/3

75.5 J Patel to Plessis, Full and outside off, pushed back to the bowler. 158/3

75.4 J Patel to Plessis, Landed around off, worked towards short mid-wicket. 158/3

75.3 J Patel to Plessis, Full and outside off, pushed back to the bowler. 158/3

75.2 J Patel to Elgar, Full on middle again, flicked straight to short mid-wicket. 158/3

75.1 J Patel to Elgar, Full on middle, pushed back to the bowler. 157/3

JEETAN PATEL to continue from the other end.

74.6 M Santner to Plessis, Full and outside off, eased straight to cover. 157/3

74.5 M Santner to Plessis, A bit of loop outside off, Faf pushes this past the bowler. Short extra cover fumbles and the batsmen think about the single but then mid off mops it up and the single is avoided. 157/3

74.4 M Santner to Plessis, Landed outside off, defended watchfully by coming forward. 157/3

74.3 M Santner to Plessis, A short ball outside off, spinning away, worked towards mid on but short mid-wicket gets across to cut it off. 157/3

74.2 M Santner to Plessis, Fired on the pads, flicked towards short mid-wicket. 157/3

74.1 M Santner to Plessis, Landed outside off, du Plessis gets across and shoulders arms. 157/3

Welcome back for the final session. 36 overs left in the day. Can the match take a turn towards a result? The players are back out in the middle. It will be MITCHELL SANTNER vs FAF DU PLESSIS first up. Here we go...

... DAY 4, SESSION 3 ...

Graft, graft and graft. That is what the Proteas need to do. A lead of 124 may not be enough to get them completely out of the woods but they are slowly taking time out of the equation. The pitch is offering some help to the spinners, so Williamson will hope that his team fares better in the extended final session. Join us back at 1630 local (0330 GMT) for all the action...

New Zealand struck early after Lunch, with Wagner trapping Duminy LBW but after that, they have not been able to get through. Of course, their sloppy fielding has not helped them either. Dean Elgar has already got three chances and he seems to be making the most of those, poised to get to his second century in the Test.

A good session for South Africa. They scored 57 runs in 31 overs for the loss of Duminy. Scoring has been difficult but the Proteas have moved to a position of safety.

73.6 Patel to Elgar, NOT OUT! DECISION OVERTURNED! Drama at the brink of Tea! Flatter through the air, outside off, Elgar looks to defend off the front foot but misses. As the ball goes past the batsman, there's some noise and as soon as the ball lands in Watling's gloves, there's a huge appeal. Umpire Dharmasena rules it out straightaway. Elgar goes for the review instantly. The Hot Spot shows that the bat had made contact with the pad and there was no contact between the bat and the ball. The Snicko confirms it. So, the decision is overturned. Good review by Elgar. He survives another session as IT'S TEA ON DAY 4! 157/3

Elgar has been adjudged caught behind. He has gone for the review straightaway!

Another change in field! Second slip comes in now.

73.5 J Patel to Elgar, Flatter through the air outside off, Dean prods ahead and defends solidly. 157/3

Slight field change! Forward short leg moves to silly point now!

73.4 J Patel to Elgar, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 157/3

73.3 J Patel to D Elgar, Full outside off, DE covers his stumps, and drives it to mid on. 157/3

73.2 J Patel to Elgar, Tossed up outside off, Elgar prods forward and defends it from near the surface. 157/3

73.1 J Patel to Elgar, Fuller on middle and off, turned to mid-wicket. 157/3

72.6 M Santner to Plessis, Outside off, Faf doesn't flirt with it. 157/3

72.5 M Santner to Plessis, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 157/3

72.4 M Santner to Plessis, Sliding in, Faf stays back in the crease and keeps it out. 157/3

72.3 M Santner to Plessis, Served outside off, du Plessis covers his stumps and lets it go through. 157/3

72.2 M Santner to du Plessis, Full outside off, FdP pushes it off the front foot to covers. 157/3

72.1 M Santner to Plessis, Served outside off, spinning away, du Plessis feels for it but withdraws at the last moment. 157/3

71.6 J Patel to Elgar, INSIDE EDGE AND THROUGH HIS LEGS! Served flatter outside off, keeps very low, Elgar looking to defend it off the back foot has to adjust. He gets his bat down in time and gets an inside edge through his legs. 157/3

71.5 J Patel to Elgar, Sliding into the pads, worked off the back foot through mid-wicket for a brace. 157/3

71.4 J Patel to Elgar, Full outside off, Elgar prods forward and dead-bats it. 155/3

71.3 J Patel to Elgar, Elgar stays back and defends the incoming delivery from within the crease. 155/3

71.2 J Patel to Elgar, Served around off, sliding in, defended off the front foot. 155/3

71.1 J Patel to Elgar, Straighter one outside off, Elgar covers his stumps and leaves it alone. 155/3

70.6 M Santner to Plessis, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 155/3

70.5 M Santner to Plessis, Outside off, Faf covers his stumps and lets it go. 155/3

70.4 M Santner to Plessis, NICE PIECE OF BOWLING! Tossed up outside off, spins away a touch, du Plessis looks to play at it at the last moment gets beaten past the outside edge. 155/3

70.3 M Santner to Plessis, Sliding into the pads, worked to short fine leg. 155/3

70.2 M Santner to Plessis, Served outside off, spinning away, left watchfully. 155/3

70.1 M Santner to Plessis, Tossed up around off, Faf prods forward and blocks it from near the surface. 155/3

69.6 J Patel to Elgar, Full and straight, pushed towards mid on. 155/3

69.5 J Patel to Elgar, Outside off, the southpaw goes back and dabs it towards point. 155/3

69.4 J Patel to Elgar, Full and straight, Dean comes forward and defends. 155/3

69.3 J Patel to Elgar, Outside off, dabbed towards point. 155/3

69.2 J Patel to Elgar, FOUR! On the pads, worked through mid-wicket. The fielder from short mid-wicket gets to the ball and pulls it back in just inside the ropes. Oh wait... has the fielder touched the ropes? Replays show he has. Elgar moves to 71. The stand is worth 42 and the lead moves to 122. 155/3

69.1 J Patel to Elgar, Landed around off, Elgar looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge to the leg side. 151/3

68.6 M Santner to Plessis, Tossed up outside off, du Plessis pushes forward but the ball spins past the outside edge. 151/3

68.5 M Santner to D Elgar, EDGED, SHORT! Ahh... that sort of a day for New Zealand. Santner bowls this beautifully outside off and Elgar pushes at it from his crease. Gets an outside edge which goes low and lands in fro of Neesham at first slip. It deflects off his right boot and the batsmen take a single. 151/3

68.4 M Santner to Elgar, Full and around middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket. 150/3

68.3 M Santner to Elgar, Fuller and outside off, DE lunges to block but there is extra bounce and the ball hits the bat a bit higher. 150/3

68.2 M Santner to Elgar, Landed outside off, this time Dean gets back and blocks. 150/3

68.1 M Santner to Elgar, FOUR! Rare shot of aggression. Risky, but well executed. Tossed up outside off, Elgar comes down the track and hits it off the rough, straight back over the bowler for a boundary. 150 UP FOR SOUTH AFRICA! 150/3

67.6 J Patel to Plessis, Full and wide outside off, FdP lunges and pads it away again. Another LBW appeal, turned down once more. 146/3

67.5 J Patel to Plessis, Full and straight, pushed back to the bowler. 146/3

67.4 J Patel to Plessis, Well wide outside off, Faf gets across and pads it away. Screams of an LBW from the Kiwis but nothing in it. 146/3

67.3 J Patel to Plessis, Full and around off, pushed towards short leg. 146/3

67.2 J Patel to Plessis, Looped up invitingly outside off, du Plessis lunges to block. 146/3

67.1 J Patel to Plessis, Shorter around off, worked to the leg side. 146/3

66.6 M Santner to Elgar, Full on middle and leg, worked towards short leg. 146/3

66.5 M Santner to du Plessis, Full on middle, Faf pushes this towards mid on and sets off for a quick single. A bit of a comical moment as Elgar collides into Bradley Watling and both tumble. 146/3

66.4 M Santner to Plessis, On middle and off, blocked towards the leg side. 145/3

66.3 M Santner to Plessis, More flight and width outside off, du Plessis drives it beautifully through the covers but Jeetan Patel dives to his right to stop. 145/3

66.2 M Santner to Plessis, Full and wide outside off, driven towards mid off. 145/3

66.1 M Santner to Plessis, NOT OUT. Comfortably in. Shortish on middle, du Plessis works this through mid-wicket and sets off for a single. But Jeet Raval dives to his right and makes an excellent save. Du Plessis has to go back and Raval scores a direct hit at the striker's end. An appeal is made and umpire Kumar Dharmasena at square leg refers it upstairs. Replays confirm that Faf is well in. 145/3

Umpire Dharmasena has referred the run out appeal against du Plessis. He looks well in and has a laugh after Dharmasena refers it upstairs.

65.6 J Patel to Elgar, Another leave outside off. 145/3

65.5 J Patel to Elgar, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 145/3

65.4 J Patel to Elgar, On middle and leg, worked to the leg side. 145/3

65.3 J Patel to Elgar, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 145/3

65.2 J Patel to Elgar, Full and outside off, left alone. 145/3

65.1 J Patel to Elgar, Full and around off, watchfully defended. 145/3

64.6 M Santner to Plessis, The batsman drives the ball straight down the ground. 145/3

64.5 M Santner to Plessis, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover. 145/3

64.4 M Santner to Elgar, Full and outside off, eased through the covers for a single. 145/3

64.3 M Santner to Elgar, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 144/3

64.2 M Santner to Elgar, Full and outside off, watchfully defended. 144/3

64.1 M Santner to Elgar, DROPPED! Ahem... Santner almost got a wicket off his first ball of the day there. Full and outside off, Elgar looks to drive but the ball spins in off the rough, takes the inner half of the bat and goes towards short leg. Tom Latham under the lid does not have enough time to react and the ball lobs off his right knee towards square leg. Tim Southee gets across from short mid-wicket but not before the ball has bounced. Tough luck. 144/3

Finally, MITCHELL SANTNER has been introduced into the attack!

63.6 J Patel to Plessis, Another massive appeal for LBW. Turned down. Full and miles outside off, du Plessis gets a big stride to pad it away and is hit on the pads. The Kiwis scream their lungs out but umpire Dharmasena shakes his head. Hawk Eye shows the ball to be not spinning in enough to hit the stumps. 144/3

63.5 J Patel to Plessis, Full and wide outside off, Faf gets across and shoulders arms. The ball hots his pads and lobs over first slip. 144/3

63.4 J Patel to Plessis, Very full outside off, worked straight to short mid-wicket. 144/3

63.3 J Patel to du Plessis, Full and straight, pushed towards mid on. 144/3

63.2 J Patel to Plessis, Landed pretty wide outside off, Faf gets across and shoulders arms. 144/3

63.1 J Patel to Plessis, Full and outside off, du Plessis lunges to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. 144/3

62.6 T Boult to Plessis, The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total. 144/3

62.5 T Boult to Plessis, On a good length around off, defended towards mid on. 143/3

62.4 T Boult to Plessis, Outside off, left alone. 143/3

62.3 T Boult to Plessis, FOUR! What a shot. Fractionally short of a length outside off, du Plessis stands tall and punches this through the covers for a boundary. No one moved. The lead moves to 110 and this stand is worth 30 now. 143/3

62.2 T Boult to Plessis, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. 139/3

62.1 T Boult to Plessis, Full and around off, pushed back to the bowler. 139/3

61.6 J Patel to Elgar, Full and around of, flicked straight to short mid-wicket. 139/3

61.5 J Patel to Elgar, Full and outside off, spinning away, shouldered arms to. 139/3

61.4 J Patel to Elgar, EDGED, FOUR! More luck for Elgar. This is tossed up on off, Elgar reaches out for the drive but the ball spins away and takes the outside edge. Jimmy Neesham at first slip dives to his left but the ball is wide of him and races to the third man fence. Kane Williamson is frustrated to no end. Elgar moves to 61. 139/3

61.3 J Patel to Elgar, Full and straight, defended towards short mid-wicket. 135/3

61.2 J Patel to Elgar, Outside off, left alone. 135/3

61.1 J Patel to Elgar, Full and outside off, pushed towards cover. 135/3

60.6 T Boult to Plessis, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 135/3

60.5 T Boult to Plessis, Slips this down the leg side, swings further away, Faf misses his flick and Bradley Watling dives to his left to collect. 135/3

60.4 T Boult to Plessis, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. 135/3

60.3 T Boult to Plessis, FOUR! Very well controlled. A short ball around off, du Plessis swivels and pulls this all along the ground through square leg. Backward square leg in the deep had just 5 yards to travel to his left but he could not get to the ball. THE LEAD CROSSES 100. The stand is worth 22 now. Du Plessis is into double figures as well. 135/3

60.2 T Boult to Plessis, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 131/3

60.1 T Boult to Plessis, Short and outside off, punched towards mid off. 131/3

59.6 J Patel to Elgar, Sliding into the pads, hurries onto Elgar a touch, tucked late on the leg side. 131/3

59.5 J Patel to Elgar, Full and straight outside off, Elgar with fifth leave in a row. 131/3

59.4 J Patel to Elgar, Wide outside off, another easy leave for the batsman. 131/3

59.3 J Patel to Elgar, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 131/3

59.2 J Patel to Elgar, Straighter one outside off, Elgar leaves it watchfully. 131/3

59.1 J Patel to Elgar, Nice loopy off spinner, spins away sharply but it's too wide outside off and Elgar leaves it, rotating his bat in his hands. 131/3

58.6 T Boult to Plessis, Pitched outside off, Faf lets it go through to the keeper. 131/3

58.5 T Boult to Plessis, Fires it full around off, du Plessis calmly defends it from within the crease. 131/3

58.4 T Boult to Elgar, Angling into Elgar, he flicks it through backward square leg for a single. 131/3

58.3 T Boult to Elgar, On a length outside off, Dean doesn't flirt with it. 130/3

58.2 T Boult to Elgar, Very full outside off, Elgar presses ahead and pushes it to covers. 130/3

58.1 T Boult to Elgar, Length delivery outside off, angling in, Elgar turns it to mid-wicket. 130/3

Between the overs, the senior players, Kane Williamson, Tim Southee and Trent Boult were having a chat. And now, TRENT BOULT comes in for another spell!

Drinks break!

57.6 J Patel to Plessis, Once again du Plessis pads it away. Off spinning delivery outside off, spinning in. This time the players go up in appeal but it is turned down. Maybe, the ball didn't spin enough! 130/3

57.5 J Patel to Plessis, Off spinner outside off, once again du Plessis takes it on the pads. 130/3

57.4 J Patel to Plessis, Served wide outside off, Faf gets across and takes it on the pads. 130/3

57.3 J Patel to Plessis, Wide outside off, Faf looks to slap it but gets it off the bottom edge back to the bowler. 130/3

57.2 J Patel to Plessis, Mild shout for lbw! Flatter through the air outside off, Faf gets across to defend but gets beaten. The ball hits him low on the pads. There's a mild appeal which is turned down! 130/3

57.1 J Patel to Plessis, Tossed up outside off, spinning in, FdP prods forward and buries it in the ground. 130/3

56.6 N Wagner to Plessis, Fuller on the pads, clipped gently on the leg side for a single. 130/3

56.5 N Wagner to Plessis, Angling across du Plessis, this time he makes a watchful leave. 129/3

56.4 N Wagner to Plessis, MISSES THE OUTSIDE EDGE BY WHISKERS! Length delivery, angling away, du Plessis feels for it and hangs his bat in the air. The ball goes past the outside edge by just. Testing times for the South African skipper. Wagner is having a gala time out there! 129/3

56.3 N Wagner to Plessis, Length delivery, angling across, punched to covers. 129/3

56.2 N Wagner to du Plessis, Full outside off, driven to mid off. 129/3

56.1 N Wagner to du Plessis, FOUR! Streaky boundary! Full and angling away, shapes away a touch extra, du Plessis looks to play it with a straight bat but the ball goes off the outside edge past gully for a boundary. That's really good piece of bowling from Wagner! 129/3

55.6 J Patel to Elgar, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 125/3

55.5 J Patel to Elgar, Slower through the air outside off, Dean prods forward and dead-bats it. 125/3

55.4 J Patel to Elgar, Slider around off, angling in, Elgar waits for it and then works it behind square on the leg side for a brace. 125/3

55.3 J Patel to Elgar, Full outside off, DE covers the stumps and defends it from near the surface. 123/3

55.2 J Patel to Elgar, Sliding into the pads,worked on the leg side. 123/3

55.1 J Patel to Elgar, Short and wide outside off, cut through cover-point. The fielder there half-stops it and then the point fielder does the covering up. No run taken! 123/3

54.6 N Wagner to Elgar, Angling into the pads, tickled fine down the leg side for a single. 123/3

54.5 N Wagner to Elgar, Length delivery outside off, dabbed to point. 122/3

54.4 N Wagner to Elgar, Full outside off, pushed to covers. 122/3

54.3 N Wagner to Elgar, Fullish around off, Elgar prods forward and defends it on the off side. 122/3

54.2 N Wagner to Plessis, On the pads, FdP clips it on the leg side for a single. 122/3

54.1 N Wagner to Plessis, Outside off, left alone. 121/3

53.6 J Patel to Elgar, BEATEN! Peach of a delivery! Tossed up nicely outside off, spinning away, Elgar presses forward in defence but is beaten by the away turn. 121/3

53.5 J Patel to Plessis, Bye! Angling across, du Plessis leaves it. The ball goes off the gloves of Watling and the batsmen run through for a bye. Not a good piece of keeping that! 121/3

53.4 J Patel to Elgar, Sliding into the pads, clipped through behind square on the leg side for a single. 120/3

53.3 J Patel to Elgar, Straighter one outside off, left carefully. 119/3

53.2 J Patel to Elgar, Sliding into the pads, worked through square leg for a couple. 119/3

6th Test fifty for Dean Elgar!

53.1 J Patel to Elgar, DROPPED! Tossed up outside off, Elgar comes down the track and lofts it over extra cover. Colin de Grandhomme there is very late to react and the ball goes through his hands. Williamson from mid off chases it and cuts it down just before the fence. A brace taken and with that Elgar reaches his half century! Good knock in a tough situation. He has really stood out! 117/3

52.6 N Wagner to Plessis, Once again closer to the stumps, defended with a straight bat on the off side. 115/3

52.5 N Wagner to Plessis, This time it's full and in the line of the stumps, defended well by du Plessis. 115/3

52.4 N Wagner to Plessis, Full and wide outside off, angling across, the batsman not interested in to play at it. 115/3

52.3 N Wagner to Plessis, Length delivery, angling away, defended with the angle to covers. 115/3

52.2 N Wagner to Plessis, Angling away from the right-hander, he leaves it. 115/3

52.1 N Wagner to Elgar, Length delivery, reversing in, Elgar waits for it and then tucks it late through behind square on the leg side for a single. 115/3

51.6 J Patel to Plessis, Off spinner outside off, clipped with the turn to Williamson at mid on. 114/3

51.5 J Patel to Plessis, Tossed up outside off, du Plessis prods forward and blocks it on the leg side. 114/3

51.4 J Patel to Plessis, Slider outside off, left alone watchfully. 114/3

51.3 J Patel to Plessis, Served outside off, spinning in, Faf doesn't offer any shot and gets rapped on the front pad. The players appeal but it is turned down. The bowler too didn't seem much interested. Maybe it didn't spin much to go on to hit the stumps. 114/3

51.2 J Patel to Plessis, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 114/3

51.1 J Patel to Plessis, Flatter and quicker outside off, du Plessis hops across in leave. 114/3

50.6 N Wagner to Elgar, A touch fuller outside off, Elgar prods forwards and taps it to covers. 114/3

50.5 N Wagner to Elgar, Full outside off, reversing in late, defended off the inner half of the bat on the leg side. 114/3

50.4 N Wagner to Elgar, On a good length outside off, Elgar blocks it from the middle of the bat. 114/3

50.3 N Wagner to Elgar, Full and angling in with a hint of reverse swing, clipped to mid-wicket. 114/3

50.2 N Wagner to Elgar, Pitched outside off, DE once again covers his stumps and defends it solidly on the off side. 114/3

50.1 N Wagner to D Elgar, Length delivery outside off, Elgar prods forward and defends it on the off side. 114/3

49.6 J Patel to D Elgar, Full and wide outside off, driven through the covers for a single. 114/3

49.5 J Patel to Elgar, Full and wide outside off, Elgar reaches out to defend. 113/3

49.4 J Patel to Elgar, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 113/3

49.3 J Patel to D Elgar, Now Elgar is not as confident as he was on the previous two balls and lunges to play this one. Gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. The ball rolls back behind to Bradley Watling who looks to parry it onto the stumps but misses. Elgar was in anyways. Could have been an overthrow but Watling quickly gets to the cherry. 113/3

49.2 J Patel to Elgar, Landed outside off, this one comes in too, Dean lets this one go as well. 113/3

49.1 J Patel to Elgar, Full and outside off, Elgar lunges and watches it go. 113/3

48.6 N Wagner to Plessis, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 113/3

FAF DU PLESSIS walks in at number 5, replacing Duminy.

48.5 N Wagner to Duminy, OUT! LBW! The umpire's call stays! Wagner strikes again. Reverse swing has helped him get his second wicket. On a good length outside off, Duminy gets across to defend but the ball reverses back in and hits him on his pads. It looks very good and umpire Bruce Oxenford agrees on the appeal for LBW. Duminy walks across slowly towards his partner and then signals for the review. Hawk Eye shows the ball to be clipping the bails, so Duminy has to go. The 74-run stand is broken and SOUTH AFRICA ARE EFFECTIVELY 80/3! 113/3

JP DUMINY has been adjudged LBW! He wants to have a second look though...

48.4 N Wagner to Duminy, On a good length around middle, defended back to the bowler. 113/2

48.3 N Wagner to Duminy, Swings this back into the southpaw, fuller in length, jabbed towards short mid-wicket. 113/2

48.2 N Wagner to Duminy, That is a good shot, On a length outside off, JP punches it through the covers on the up and gets a couple. The lead is now 80. 113/2

48.1 N Wagner to Duminy, MIX-UP, BUT SAFE. Duminy works this towards short mid-wicket and sets off for the single but is immediately sent back by Elgar. No way was there a run on offer as Jimmy Neesham swooped onto the ball quickly. 111/2

47.6 J Patel to Elgar, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover. 111/2

47.5 J Patel to Elgar, That is a dart and Elgar prefers not to play in a darts competition. Fired in outside off, coming in with the angle, DE knows where his off stump is and shoulders arms. 111/2

47.4 J Patel to Elgar, This is in line of the stumps, full again, watchfully pushed back. 111/2

47.3 J Patel to Elgar, A bit more flight on this one, outside off, Dean watches it turn away. 111/2

47.2 J Patel to Elgar, Full and around off, watchfully defended. 111/2

47.1 J Patel to Elgar, FOUR! Delicate. Full and on the stumps, Elgar bends and gently scoops it past the keeper to the fine leg fence. The stand is worth 72 now. 111/2

46.6 N Wagner to JP Duminy, FOUR! Nicely controlled. A short ball around off, Duminy pulls it through mid-wicket with a nice 360-degree swivel and beats the man running to his right from deep square leg. 107/2

46.5 N Wagner to D Elgar, Full and outside off, pushed past cover for a single. The lead is worth 70 now. 103/2

46.4 N Wagner to Elgar, Full and outside off, pushed to the off side. 102/2

46.3 N Wagner to Duminy, Slips this down the leg side, JP flicks it behind square leg for a single. 102/2

46.2 N Wagner to JP Duminy, Full on middle and off, pushed towards cover. 101/2

46.1 N Wagner to Duminy, Definitely some reverse swing. This is landed on a good length outside off, nips back in, Duminy defends with a hop. Wagner is making an attempt to cover the shine of the ball while running in to bowl. Normally he does not do that. 101/2

45.6 J Patel to Elgar, Loops this up outside off, Dean comes forward, watches the ball closely and shoulders arms. 101/2

45.5 J Patel to Elgar, Full and straight, watchfully defended. 101/2

45.4 J Patel to Elgar, The arm ball now, arrowed into the left-hander, Elgar looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads which rolls back to the bowler. 101/2

45.3 J Patel to Elgar, Comes down the track, Patel slows the ball up, deceives Elgar in flight, who looks to flick but gets a leading edge to cover. 101/2

45.2 J Patel to Elgar, Tossed up outside off, driven back to the bowler. 101/2

45.1 J Patel to D Elgar, Full and outside off, pushed defensively towards mid off. 101/2

44.6 N Wagner to JP Duminy, Full and outside off, reverse swing on offer, pushed towards mid on. 101/2

44.5 N Wagner to Duminy, Outside off, pushed towards cover. 101/2

44.4 N Wagner to Elgar, Pushes this wide of mid on for a quick single. 101/2

44.3 N Wagner to Elgar, On a good length around off, blocked towards mid on. 100/2

44.2 N Wagner to Elgar, Slightly short of a fuller length this time, around off, Elgar gets across and defends awkwardly. 100/2

44.1 N Wagner to Elgar, Full and outside off, swinging in, pushed towards mid off. 100/2

NEIL WAGNER to bowl from the other end.

43.6 J Patel to Duminy, Around off, punched towards mid-wicket. 100/2

43.5 J Patel to JP Duminy, Very full outside off, JPD looks to drive but finds the bowler himself in his way. 100/2

43.4 J Patel to Duminy, Played to the point region by the batsman. 100/2

43.3 J Patel to Duminy, Fuller in length, JP comes forward and blocks. 100/2

43.2 J Patel to Duminy, Landed outside off, punched towards point. 100/2

43.1 J Patel to Duminy, On middle and leg, Duminy goes back and works it towards square leg. 100/2

The players are back out in the middle. JEETAN PATEL to JP DUMINY first up.

Welcome back after a refreshing lunch break. It was an action-packed opening session where the batsmen were struggling to play the ball while the fielders were struggling to catch the ball. A couple of poor reviews aided South Africa as well. How will this session pan out? Still overcast.

... DAY 4, SESSION 2 ...

The New Zealand bowlers are trying their hearts out. Both the pacers, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner bowled long spells and kept the Protea batsmen on their toes. Jeetan Patel then got the ball to turn to trouble the opposition and was really unlucky to not get a wicket. Now, with the ball doing the trick, will the South African batsmen prevail again, adding to their lead? Or will the introduction of Mitchell Santner to partner Jeetan Patel turn the tides in favour of the Kiwis? Join us in a short while to find out!

JP Duminy then walked in before the skipper and lived a charmed life. He struggled a lot in the middle and was dropped too by Tom Latham. However, he made the most of his reprieves and is currently amidst an unbeaten 61-run stand with Dean Elgar. The southpaw opener continued from where he left off in the first innings. But he too, was struggling and got a reprieve when BJ Watling dropped him just before Lunch.

South Africa just scrape through this session and extend their lead. They could have easily lost two-three wickets in this period but a poor effort in fielding by the Kiwis and some forgetful review decisions see them in a good position. After a delayed start, New Zealand started off the day in a superb fashion as they sent Amla packing early. However, they couldn't capitalize on it.

42.6 J Neesham to Elgar, On middle and leg, worked towards square leg. LUNCH ON DAY 4, SOUTH AFRICA LEAD BY 67! 100/2

42.5 J Neesham to Elgar, Full and down the leg side, Elgar misses his flick and is hit on the pads. No appeal this time. Going down leg. 100/2

42.4 J Neesham to Duminy, Outside off, played through mid-wicket for a run. 100 UP FOR SOUTH AFRICA! 100/2

42.3 J Neesham to Duminy, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. 99/2

42.2 J Neesham to Duminy, A short ball down the leg side, Duminy misses his flick. 99/2

42.1 J Neesham to Elgar, The batsman plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man for a single. 99/2

41.6 J Patel to Duminy, On middle, straightening a touch, Duminy goes onto his back foot and defends it on the leg side. 98/2

41.5 J Patel to Duminy, Full and outside off, pushed towards point. 98/2

41.4 J Patel to Duminy, Short and down the leg side, JPD misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads twoards square leg. Elgar wants the single but Duminy sends him back as he sees Watling get across quickly. 98/2

41.3 J Patel to Duminy, Flatter through the air outside off, dabbed to point. 98/2

41.2 J Patel to Duminy, Bowls it slightly round arm, lands it on middle, spinning away, defended from the middle of the bat from within the crease. 98/2

41.1 J Patel to Duminy, Tossed up outside off, pushed to covers. 98/2

40.6 J Neesham to Elgar, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. 98/2

40.5 J Neesham to Elgar, On a good length around off, coming in, worked towards square leg. 98/2

40.4 J Neesham to Elgar, Full and outside off, close to the stumps, watchfully pushed towards cover. 98/2

40.3 J Neesham to D Elgar, EDGED, DROPPED, FOUR! When it is not your day, it is JUST NOT your day. Full and around off, Elgar pushes at it and gets a healthy outside edge as the ball moves away. But Bradley Watling's dive to his left is not enough to pouch the catch. Replays show that his initial movement was towards the leg side of Elgar, hence he took that extra second to dive. Tough catch. The ball goes to the third man fence as well. 98/2

40.2 J Neesham to Elgar, Landed around off, angling in, Dean blocks it a bit awkwardly towards short mid-wicket. 94/2

40.1 J Neesham to Elgar, Slightly fuller outside off, angling in, Elgar shoulders arms. 94/2

39.6 J Patel to Duminy, Sliding into the pads, keeps a touch low, Duminy does well to get bat down in time and work it on the leg side. 94/2

39.5 J Patel to Duminy, FOUR! Good shot that! Tossed up delivery around off, JP dances down the track and lofts it over the bowler's head for a boundary. That will boost his confidence! 94/2

39.4 J Patel to Duminy, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 90/2

39.3 Patel to Duminy, NOT OUT! BIG INSIDE EDGE! Flatter through the air outside off, sliding in, Duminy looks to play it off the back foot but gets beaten and is hit on the pads. The fielders appeal but is turned down. Watling and Patel look sure and tell their skipper to go for the review and Williamson obliges. The replays shows that there is an inside edge onto the pads and the Hot Spot confirms it. Another waste of a review! Hang on, the replays showed that once again Neesham at first slip spotted the edge and told his skipper but he ignored it! 90/2

Another LBW shout against Duminy! Umpire Dharmasena shakes his head again. This time the Kiwis go for the review.

39.2 J Patel to Duminy, Slides it around middle and leg, Duminy defends it on the leg side. 90/2

39.1 J Patel to Duminy, Tossed up on middle and leg, Duminy looks to defend with a straight bat but gets it off the inside edge on the leg side. 90/2

38.6 J Neesham to Elgar, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 90/2

38.5 J Neesham to Elgar, Outside off, left alone. 90/2

50-run stand is up between these two! It has been a fighting partnership and needless to say, both batsmen have ridden on luck.

38.4 J Neesham to JP Duminy, Full outside off, JP caresses it through covers and picks up three. With this the partnership crosses the 50-run mark! 90/2

38.3 J Neesham to Duminy, FOUR! Edgy! Duminy is riding his luck! Full outside off, Duminy goes for an expansive cover drive. Gets a thick outside edge and the ball goes through the gap between the slip cordon and gully for a boundary. 87/2

38.2 J Neesham to Elgar, Length delivery outside off, Elgar dabs it in the point region and takes off for a quick single. The fielder there picks up the ball and has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. A single completed! 83/2

38.1 J Neesham to D Elgar, Low full toss outside off, driven to mid off. 82/2

37.6 J Patel to Duminy, SHOUT FOR LBW! Tossed up around middle, Duminy thinks it is an arm delivery and plays with the angle. However, the ball spins away and hits him on the back pad. There's a huge shout for lbw but is turned down. The Black Caps don't go for the review as they think it's spinning away. But, the Ball Tracker shows that the ball was going on to hit the off pole. Another reprieve for Duminy! 82/2

37.5 J Patel to Duminy, Sliding in from around middle, defended from within the crease by Duminy. 82/2

37.4 J Patel to Elgar, Around middle and off, driven through mid on for a single. 82/2

37.3 J Patel to Elgar, Sliding into the pads, clipped through square on the leg side for a brace. 81/2

37.2 J Patel to Elgar, FOUR! Superb placement! Tossed up around off, Elgar uses his feet, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it with the spin through covers for a boundary. The replays show that Southee at short extra cover moved to his left anticipating the shot but the ball went to his right. 79/2

37.1 J Patel to Elgar, Off spinner outside off, DE prods forward and defends it on the off side. 75/2

JEETAN PATEL is into the attack! Spin, for the first time in the day!

36.6 J Neesham to Elgar, On a good length outside off, dabbed through point for a single. 75/2

36.5 J Neesham to Elgar, Pitched outside off, Dean covers his stumps and shoulders arms to that one. 74/2

36.4 J Neesham to Duminy, Length delivery outside off, Duminy stands tall and gently works it through point for a single. 74/2

36.3 J Neesham to Duminy, Full and angling into the pads, clipped to mid-wicket. 73/2

36.2 J Neesham to Duminy, Full and wide outside off, another easy leave for the batsman. The ball keeps low after pitching. 73/2

36.1 J Neesham to Duminy, Outside off, left alone. 73/2

35.6 N Wagner to Duminy, Back of a length delivery, Duminy rides the bounce and pulls it through square leg for a single. 73/2

35.5 N Wagner to Duminy, Pitched outside off, JP doesn't flirt with it. 72/2

35.4 N Wagner to Elgar, Length delivery outside off, punched off the back foot through covers for a single. 72/2

35.3 N Wagner to Elgar, Full and angling in from outside off, driven to mid off. 71/2

35.2 N Wagner to Elgar, Full outside off, Elgar bends his knees and taps it to covers. 71/2

35.1 N Wagner to Elgar, Full but wide outside off, easy leave for the batsman. 71/2

34.6 J Neesham to Duminy, Fullish delivery around off, defended solidly on the off side. 71/2

34.5 J Neesham to JP Duminy, Full and angling away, defended to cover-point. 71/2

2000 Test runs for JP Duminy! He averages 34.50 at the moment. Needs to be a bit more consistent to regularly feature in the playing XI.

34.4 J Neesham to Duminy, FOUR! JUST OVER! Fuller on the pads, clipped over mid-wicket. The ball goes just over the man at short mid-wicket and races towards the fence. Nice way to reach the milestone of 2000 Test runs! 71/2

34.3 J Neesham to JP Duminy, Again it's full outside off, driven to mid off. 67/2

34.2 J Neesham to Duminy, Full outside off, Duminy opens the face of the bat at the last moment and works it to covers. 67/2

34.1 J Neesham to Duminy, Wide and angling away, left alone. 67/2

JIMMY NEESHAM comes in as the first change of the morning.

33.6 N Wagner to JP Duminy, Full outside off, JP shifts his weight onto his front foot and pushes through covers. Williamson has placed himself at a very deepish and widish mid off. He takes a couple of steps to his right to field but cannot prevent the batsmen from taking the single. 67/2

33.5 N Wagner to Duminy, Pitched outside off, played off the front foot to point. 66/2

33.4 N Wagner to JP Duminy, Full and angling into the pads, driven off the inner half of the bat to mid on. 66/2

33.3 N Wagner to Duminy, Full outside off, driven superbly straight down the ground. Wagner does really well to field it. However, he hurts himself there in the process. 66/2

33.2 N Wagner to Duminy, Length delivery outside off, dabbed to point. 66/2

33.1 N Wagner to Duminy, Full outside off, pushed nicely towards covers. 66/2

32.6 T Boult to Elgar, Angling in from around off, clipped to short mid-wicket. 66/2

32.5 T Boult to Elgar, Length delivery, angling into the pads, tucked through front of square on the leg side for a couple. 66/2

32.4 T Boult to Elgar, Banged in short outside off, DE leaves it alone. 64/2

32.3 T Boult to Elgar, Banged in short and angling down leg, Elgar ducks under it and gets out of harm's way. 64/2

32.2 T Boult to Elgar, Pitched outside off, Elgar gets across and lets it go through. 64/2

32.1 T Boult to Elgar, Full and angling into the stumps, Dean leans ahead and blocks it out. 64/2

31.6 N Wagner to Duminy, Outside off, left alone. 64/2

31.5 N Wagner to Duminy, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 64/2

31.4 N Wagner to JP Duminy, Full and angling in, driven through mid on. The ball stops near the fence. Jeetan Patel there collects the ball and his throw at the bowler's end hits the woodwork. But, no overthrow conceded! 64/2

31.3 N Wagner to Duminy, Full outside off, Duminy presses forward and pushes it to covers. 62/2

31.2 N Wagner to JP Duminy, Another short delivery, this time it's outside off, JP rides his bounce and pulls it through mid-wicket for a couple. 62/2

31.1 N Wagner to Duminy, DUMINY IS REALLY STRUGGLING! Back of a length delivery, angling in, Duminy looks to drag it but the ball goes from under the bat and hits him in the waist region. 60/2

30.6 T Boult to D Elgar, FOUR! Edgy boundary! Full and angling in, straightens a touch after pitching, Elgar looking to defend it with a straight bat gets it off the outside edge through third man for a boundary. 60/2

30.5 T Boult to Elgar, Fuller length delivery outside off, defended on the off side. 56/2

30.4 T Boult to Duminy, On the fuller side of the length, JP plays it with soft hands behind square on the off side for a single. 56/2

30.3 T Boult to Duminy, Pitched outside off, Duminy covers his stumps and lets it go through. 55/2

30.2 T Boult to Duminy, Fullish delivery outside off, Duminy prods forward and guides it to point. 55/2

30.1 T Boult to Duminy, Full and angling in, Duminy defends it off the inner half of the bat on the leg side. 55/2

29.6 N Wagner to Elgar, Landed outside off, left alone once more. 55/2

29.5 N Wagner to D Elgar, A full ball outside off, Elgar reaches out to drive but gets a thick inside edge towards mid on. 55/2

29.4 N Wagner to Elgar, Outside off, left alone. 55/2

29.3 N Wagner to Duminy, Full and outside off, JP plays a loose drive and the ball goes off the inside edge through square leg. A single taken. It is not easy to force shots on this pitch. 55/2

Slight halt in play as Neil Wagner is not comfortable with the pair of socks he is wearing and so changes it!

29.2 N Wagner to Duminy, Landed outside off, on a length, Duminy feels for it but misses. 54/2

29.1 N Wagner to Duminy, On a good length around off, defended to the off side. 54/2

28.6 T Boult to Elgar, A beauty to end the over. On a good length outside off, Elgar feels for it but gets beaten. 54/2

28.5 T Boult to Elgar, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. Slight hesitation in between as Elgar comes half-forward for a single. Duminy also takes off from the other end but is sent back by Elgar. Luckily, he comes back in time and also the throw at his end misses the stumps! 54/2

28.4 T Boult to Duminy, Full on middle and off, whipped through square leg for a single. 54/2

28.3 T Boult to Duminy, Keeps it very full outside off, JP pushes forward and blocks. 53/2

28.2 T Boult to Duminy, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 53/2

28.1 T Boult to JP Duminy, EDGED, DROPPED! Oh dear... Boult is frustrated to no end. Never seen him like this before. But then, these are catches which anyone should take, let alone a Kiwi. Full and outside off, Duminy is in two minds, whether to play at it or not. He comes half-forward, but then does not show full commitment. His bat hangs in the air and the ball moves away a touch to take the outside edge. The ball goes to Tom Latham at first slip who takes it but oopss... shells it. A reprieve for the struggling Duminy. 53/2

27.6 N Wagner to Elgar, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 53/2

27.6 N Wagner to D Elgar, WIDE. A bouncer on middle, Elgar ducks. Too high and a wide is signalled. 53/2

27.5 N Wagner to Elgar, Full and straight, driven straight back to the bowler. 52/2

27.4 N Wagner to Elgar, Outside off, left alone. Too wide to be played. 52/2

27.3 N Wagner to D Elgar, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover. 52/2

27.2 N Wagner to Elgar, Full on middle and leg, flicked straight to short mid-wicket. 52/2

27.1 N Wagner to Elgar, Landed around off, defended to the off side. 52/2

26.6 T Boult to JP Duminy, FOUR! CRISP! Half volley outside off, Duminy leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary. The stand moves into double figures. 52/2

26.5 T Boult to Duminy, A bouncer on middle and off, Duminy ducks. 48/2

26.4 T Boult to JP Duminy, Full and outside off, driven towards mid off. 48/2

26.3 T Boult to Duminy, Full on middle, driven straight to mid on. 48/2

26.2 T Boult to Duminy, On middle and leg, worked straight to short mid-wicket. 48/2

26.1 T Boult to Duminy, On a good length around off, defended to the off side. 48/2

25.6 N Wagner to Elgar, Full and way outside off, left alone. 48/2

25.5 N Wagner to Elgar, Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. 48/2

25.4 N Wagner to Elgar, Excellent yorker around off, dug out to the bowler. 48/2

25.3 N Wagner to Elgar, The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. 48/2

25.2 N Wagner to D Elgar, Half volley outside off, driven towards cover. 48/2

25.1 N Wagner to Elgar, Full and miles outside off, left alone. 48/2

24.6 T Boult to Duminy, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. 48/2

24.5 T Boult to Duminy, A bouncer but down the leg side, Duminy ducks. 48/2

24.4 T Boult to Duminy, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover. 48/2

24.3 T Boult to Duminy, NOT OUT! But a lovely ball from Boult. Keeps this very full outside off and forces Duminy to play at it. Squares him up again and the ball hits something on its way to the keeper. New Zealand appeal for the catch but umpire Oxenford shakes his head. A review is taken and Hot Spot clearly shows the ball missing the bat, hitting the back pad. They check for the LBW as well but Duminy is well outside the line. The decision stays as it is. Interestingly, replays show Jimmy Neesham at second slip suggesting NOT TO GO for the review. Williamson perhaps trusted his keeper more there. A review lost. 48/2

New Zealand have taken the review for a caught behind appeal against JP Duminy!

24.2 T Boult to Duminy, That is a beauty. Boult lands this on a good length outside off, Duminy is squared up as he looks to defend and is beaten. 48/2

24.1 T Boult to Duminy, On a good length around off, Duminy hops to defend. 48/2

23.6 N Wagner to Elgar, Full and outside off, comes back in, allowed to go through. 48/2

23.5 N Wagner to Elgar, Wider outside off, left alone this time. 48/2

23.4 N Wagner to Elgar, FOUR! Glorious shot. Half volley outside off, Elgar leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary. 48/2

23.3 N Wagner to Elgar, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 44/2

23.2 N Wagner to Elgar, Landed outside off, left alone. 44/2

23.1 N Wagner to Elgar, Full and around middle, Elgar works it towards mid-wicket. 44/2

22.6 T Boult to Duminy, Full and straight again, pushed back to the bowler. 44/2

22.5 T Boult to Duminy, Landed outside off, guided behind point for a couple to get off the mark. The lead moves into double figures. 44/2

22.4 T Boult to Duminy, Full and straight, swinging in, pushed back to the bowler. 42/2

22.3 T Boult to Elgar, Full and outside off, Dean pushes it through the covers for a single. 42/2

22.2 T Boult to Elgar, Landed around off, watchfully defended. 41/2

22.1 T Boult to Elgar, Full and outside off, Elgar comes forward and pushes it through point for a couple. 41/2

Just a couple of minutes after the players went off, the umpires came out and asked the covers to be taken off. Soon the players came back and THE PLAY RESUMED!

Bad news folks, BAD LIGHT HALTS PLAY! Just before the end of the previous over, Bruce Oxenford took out the light meter and had a check at the light. So after the over ended, Oxenford decided not to continue with the play as the light was not good enough.

21.6 N Wagner to Duminy, A bouncer around off, Duminy ducks. 39/2

21.5 N Wagner to Duminy, Outside off, not played at. 39/2

21.4 N Wagner to Duminy, Landed outside off, on a good length, Duminy looks to defend but the ball nips back in, takes the inside edge and just misses the off stump! 39/2

21.3 N Wagner to Duminy, Outside off, allowed to go through. 39/2

21.2 N Wagner to Duminy, Full and outside off, pushed defensively towards cover. 39/2

JP DUMINY walks in at number 4, replacing Amla.

21.1 N Wagner to Amla, OUT! Soft dismissal! Well, one might say, a poor shot from Amla on this sort of a wicket but this is excellent captaincy from Kane Williamson. Amla has this habit of getting across and tucking balls on the leg side. So what he did was - kept a man at short mid-wicket and one at square leg. And then his bowler bowled what his skipper wanted him to bowl - On a length around middle and leg. Amla got across and played his favourite whip-flick. He could not keep it down and Tim Southee, the substitute for Ross Taylor, takes a simple catch with a gentle leap. He celebrates and turns around in excitement and nearly collides with Mitchell Santner running in from square leg but all is well that ends well. Another failure for Amla. SOUTH AFRICA ARE EFFECTIVELY 6/2. 39/2

20.6 T Boult to Elgar, Half volley wide outside off. pushed straight to point. 39/1

20.5 T Boult to Elgar, Full on middle and off, worked straight to short mid-wicket. 39/1

20.4 T Boult to Amla, There comes the first run of the day. Amla works it with soft hands wide of mid on and gets a single. 39/1

20.3 T Boult to Amla, Full and around off, swinging in again, Hashim covers it nicely and works it towards square leg. 38/1

20.2 T Boult to Amla, Very full around off, swinging in, Amla comes forward and blocks. 38/1

20.1 T Boult to Amla, On a good length around off, defended to the off side. 38/1

19.6 N Wagner to Elgar, Wide outside off, left alone. 38/1

19.5 N Wagner to Elgar, Pitched outside off, Elgar covers his stumps and lets it go through to the keeper. 38/1

19.4 N Wagner to Elgar, Length delivery outside off, punched to covers. 38/1

19.3 N Wagner to Elgar, Back of a length delivery outside off, Elgar hangs his bat and defended towards point. 38/1

19.2 N Wagner to Elgar, On a length outside off, nipping back in a touch, Elgar looks to defend it from within the crease but the ball goes past the inside edge of his bat and hits him near the box. However, Elgar doesn't look hurt much! Strong lad! 38/1

19.1 N Wagner to Elgar, Length delivery, defended off the front foot on the off side. 38/1

NEIL WAGNER to bowl from the other end.

18.6 T Boult to Amla, One more leave outside off to end the over. 38/1

18.5 T Boult to Amla, In that channel wide outside off, Amla shoulders arms. 38/1

18.4 T Boult to Amla, An appeal for LBW but turned down. Nothing in it, really. Amla got a long way across to work this length delivery to the leg side but missed and was hit on the pads. Impact was way outside off. 38/1

18.3 T Boult to Amla, Similar ball, left alone once again. 38/1

Oopsss.... Boult was almost ready to deliver the ball but Amla was not ready, hence pulled out at the last moment.

18.2 T Boult to Amla, Fuller in length this time, outside off, Hashim lets it go. 38/1

18.1 T Boult to Amla, A good start. Banged in short outside off, Amla looks to fend it across but then the ball bounces steeply and takes the glove, landing safely in front of second slip. 38/1

Hurrah!!! The players are back out in the middle! No rain as of now but still very overcast. Anyways, here is TRENT BOULT to HASHIM AMLA.

1110 local update - THE COVERS ARE BACK ON. It is more of a precautionary measure, as the conditions continue to be overcast. The groundsmen expect more rain, hence the covers. Stay tuned for any updates.

WEATHER - Bad news first up. It has been drizzling for quite a while and has just stopped. The conditions are heavily overcast and the forecast is not that promising. We were scheduled for a start at 1051 local (2151 GMT) but that has been delayed now, to 1115 local (2215 GMT). Hopefully, the rain does not return. Stay tuned.

It was another day of attrition on Friday as only 202 runs were scored in 77.3 overs for the loss of 8 wickets. New Zealand started the day with a chance of getting a lead but almost squandered it, before a cameo from Neil Wagner gave them some momentum. The Proteas had a bit of a wobble in the final session, as they leaked runs and also lost Stephen Cook early, but after that, Elgar and Amla restored some calmness. How will today pan out? Can the Proteas score some quick runs and put pressure on the Kiwis? Or will the Black Caps turn things around with some wickets? Hello and a warm welcome to the fourth day's play of the opening Test between New Zealand and South Africa in Dunedin.

... DAY 4 ...

That is it from us for the day then! Three days have gone by but neither team has a strong hold on this Test. Weather could play a part in the remaining two days and that could have an influence on the result. Play will start early tomorrow, at 1051 local (2151 GMT, previous night). Do join us to catch all the action from Day 4. Until then, you can have a look at how the Sri Lanka-Bangladesh Test is shaping up and how do Afghanistan and Ireland make cricket even more fun to watch. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

New Zealand quicks did not have much to bowl tonight as spinners bowled 10 of the 18 overs. They will look to come back fresh tomorrow and get some wickets. South Africa might be eyeing a target of around 300 but then they will have to score around 340 tomorrow itself to achieve that, which is not easy.

The good thing from the batting point of view is that there is nothing much on the pitch. It has not started to wear and tear and batting is still possible, provided the batsmen are patient. It is not going to be easy to dictate terms, so grafting would have to be the key. South Africa will have a specific target in mind, so at some point, run rate will come into factor.

End of a good day of cricket. Runs were hard to come by and South Africa did extremely well to stifle the Kiwis. But that cameo from Neil Wagner and the early wicket of Cook has just tilted the day slightly in New Zealand's favour. The Proteas are effectively 5/1 with 2 days to go in this Test.

We did not have to wait that long. The covers are on the pitch now, as the ground staff expects some rain around. The umpires have taken a sensible call and that will be STUMPS ON DAY 3.

The light has faded considerably and the umpires are taking the PLAYERS OFF. 1821 local (0521 GMT) is the cut-off time. In all likelihood, this should be it. Just awaiting confirmation.

17.6 J Patel to Elgar, Bowls a flatter delivery in line of the stumps, Elgar hangs back and pushes it to the fielder at mid off. 38/1

17.5 J Patel to Amla, Short delivery outside off, Amla waits for it and cuts it through covers. Single taken! 38/1

17.4 J Patel to Amla, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 37/1

17.3 J Patel to Amla, Loopy delivery outside off, turning in. Amla brings his bat and pad close together and defends it expertly with the spin to mid-wicket. 37/1

17.2 J Patel to Amla, Short delivery outside off, defended off the back foot to covers. 37/1

17.1 J Patel to Amla, FOUR! Shot! Fullish delivery around off, Amla drives it past Jeetan Patel and the ball races down the ground and through to the fence. South Africa are into the lead now. 37/1

The umpire has a chat with Williamson. He may be asking the umpire if he can bring on his pace bowlers but the umpire won't agree to that. It is pretty gloomy out there.

16.6 M Santner to Elgar, Tossed up outside off, Dean gets forward and defends it nicely. 33/1

16.5 M Santner to Elgar, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 33/1

16.4 M Santner to Elgar, Tossed up outside off, Dean shuffles across a long way and defends it towards mid on. That can be dangerous on this track, with the ball spinning ad gripping. He can be a candidate for LBW. 33/1

16.3 M Santner to Elgar, Elgar shuffles across and turns it with the spin to the leg side. 33/1

16.2 M Santner to Elgar, Similar length delivery on middle and off, defended with the spin towards mid on. 33/1

16.1 M Santner to Elgar, Fullish delivery around off, turning in. Dean clips it tentatively towards mid-wicket. 33/1

15.6 J Patel to Amla, Loopy ball outside off, spinning in. Amla clips it with soft hands to the leg side. 33/1

15.5 J Patel to Amla, Tossed up outside off, spinning in. Amla defends it off the inner half of the bat towards short fine leg. 33/1

15.4 J Patel to Elgar, Flighted delivery outside off, spinning away sharply. Elgar plays it towards short third man and the batsmen steal a quick single. 33/1

15.3 J Patel to Elgar, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 32/1

15.2 J Patel to Elgar, Fullish delivery outside off, driven to mid off. 32/1

15.1 J Patel to Elgar, Tossed up outside off, spinning away. Elgar lets it go. 32/1

14.6 M Santner to Amla, Tossed up around off, Amla comes forward and defends it. 32/1

14.5 M Santner to Elgar, The batsman has driven it through mid on. The batsmen have run through for a single. 32/1

14.4 M Santner to Elgar, Vicious turn there! Hits the rough area outside off, Elgar stays back and plays for the spin. Gets foxed by the ball skidding through and staying low to get beaten. 31/1

14.3 M Santner to Elgar, That one turned and gripped! Lands it wide outside off, spins in sharply. Elgar plants his front foot across but that was not far from the off pole. 31/1

14.2 M Santner to Elgar, Tossed up outside off, spinning in. Defended off the back foot. 31/1

14.1 M Santner to Elgar, Tossed up outside off aiming for the footmarks, Elgar comes forward and pads it away. 31/1

13.6 J Patel to Elgar, Loops it up nicely outside off, draws Elgar forward. He comes ahead tentatively and pushes it uppishly towards the fielder at point. Single taken! 31/1

13.5 J Patel to Amla, Short delivery outside off, punched off the back foot through covers for a single. 30/1

13.4 J Patel to Amla, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 29/1

13.3 J Patel to Amla, FOUR! Well played! Fullish on off, Amla drives it beautifully through mid off and earns himself another boundary. 29/1

13.2 J Patel to Elgar, Brilliant effort in the field by Raval! Tossed up in line of the stumps, Elgar advances down the track, is not quite to the pitch of the ball but still goes through with his clip shot. Gets it through mid-wicket and the ball is rolling towards the fence. Jeet Raval rushes after it and puts in a brilliant dive to keep the ball in play. The umpires check for the boundary but he is fine. Three runs taken! 25/1

13.1 J Patel to Elgar, Elgar comes well forward to the flighted delivery on off and defends it nicely. 22/1

12.6 M Santner to Amla, Shortish outside off, Amla pushes it off his back foot to the off side. 22/1

12.5 M Santner to Amla, Tossed up outside off, defended off the back foot to covers. 22/1

12.4 M Santner to Amla, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 22/1

12.3 M Santner to Amla, These are tight lines and lengths from Santner. Bowls it quicker and shortish on middle, Amla camps back and defends it solidly. 22/1

12.2 Santner to Amla, Bowls a yorker on middle, Amla is alert to it and jams it out down the track. 22/1

12.1 M Santner to Amla, FOUR! Beautiful! Slow through the air and fullish on off, Amla makes a bit of room and drives it elegantly through mid off. The fielder is standing pretty wide at mid off and the ball races across and reaches the long off fence. 22/1

11.6 J Patel to Elgar, Fullish delivery outside off, Dean lunges forward confidently and defends to the off side. 18/1

11.5 J Patel to Elgar, Two Leg byes! Quicker one sliding down the leg side, Elgar looks to nudge it through but the ball kisses his pads and goes down towards fine leg. Two leg byes taken! 18/1

11.4 J Patel to Elgar, Quicker delivery on middle and leg, clipped with soft hands to mid-wicket. 16/1

11.3 J Patel to Elgar, Shortish delivery in line of the stumps, Elgar stays his ground and defends it to mid-wicket. 16/1

11.2 J Patel to Elgar, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 16/1

11.1 J Patel to Elgar, Loopy delivery on middle and leg, Elgar covers the line and defends it down the track. 16/1

10.6 M Santner to H Amla, Tossed up outside off, skidding through. Amla strides forward and drives it to mid off. 16/1

10.5 M Santner to Amla, Flighted delivery in line of the stumps, Hashim defends it solidly off his front foot. 16/1

10.4 M Santner to Amla, Tossed up on middle, drawing Amla forward. He is a bit tentative with his foot movement and defends it off the inner half to the fielder at short leg. 16/1

10.3 M Santner to Amla, Nicely looped up on off, defended solidly off the front foot. 16/1

10.2 M Santner to Amla, Bowls it on a flatter trajectory on off, Amla camps back and pushes it with soft hands to short cover. 16/1

10.1 M Santner to Elgar, Full toss on off, Elgar clips it to deep mid-wicket for a single. 16/1

9.6 J Patel to Amla, Full and just around off, watchfully defended. 15/1

9.5 J Patel to Amla, Short and outside off, Hashim goes back to cut but misses due to the extra bounce. 15/1

9.4 J Patel to Amla, On middle, worked straight to short mid-wicket. 15/1

9.3 J Patel to Amla, A screaming LBW shout. Umpire Kumar Dharmasena shakes his head. No review taken. Landed outside off, Amla misses his tuck and is hit on the pads. Impact was way outside off. 15/1

9.2 J Patel to Amla, Amla walks across his stumps and Patel fires it on off stump. The ball spins in but Amla comfortably tucks it towards backward square leg. 15/1

9.1 J Patel to Amla, A short ball outside off, helped straight to short mid-wicket. 15/1

As expected, JEETAN PATEL comes on to bowl from the other end. Don't see any pacer bowling in these conditions tonight.

8.6 M Santner to Elgar, Full and outside off, watchfully defended. 15/1

8.5 M Santner to Elgar, Full and outside off, Elgar leans and flicks it wristily towards short mid-wicket. 15/1

8.4 Santner to Amla, A short ball down the leg side, Hashim misses his tuck and the ball goes off his pads through the vacant leg slip region. A leg bye taken as the Kiwis appeal vociferously for an LBW. 15/1

8.3 M Santner to Amla, Full and outside off, watchfully defended. 14/1

8.2 M Santner to Amla, Wider outside off, left alone again. 14/1

8.1 M Santner to Amla, Full and outside off, skids on, Amla watches it through. 14/1

We are hearing that stumps has pushed back to 1820 local (0520 GMT) with the extra half hour to 1850 local time. Meanwhile, the umpires check the light meter. It might be a forced one, but MITCHELL SANTNER has come on to bowl. Jeetan Patel is warming up now.

7.6 N Wagner to Elgar, Wide outside off, left alone. 14/1

7.5 N Wagner to Elgar, Landed outside off, swinging back in, Dean watchfully opens the face of the bat and blocks the ball towards one of the two gullies. 14/1

7.4 N Wagner to Elgar, Full and outside off, watchfully allowed to go through. 14/1

The umpires come together for a chat. Seems like it is a light issue but then neither has the light meter.

7.3 N Wagner to Elgar, Dishes out another wide half volley outside off, Elgar lets it through again. 14/1

7.2 N Wagner to Elgar, The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. 14/1

It has grown very dark at the venue...

7.1 N Wagner to Elgar, Full and outside off, left alone. 14/1

6.6 T Boult to Amla, Full and outside off, let through. 14/1

Good news! The players are back out in the middle and Boult will finish his pending over. Strangely, he will bowl from around the wicket. He was shifting to over the wicket before the fire break.

A couple of fire engines arrive. The entire ground is being evacuated now. The players and the umpires are nicely assembled in the middle.

Boult switches to over the wicket now... Meanwhile, what is happening? A fire alarm has triggered off. The stands and the dressing rooms are being evacuated now.

6.5 T Boult to Amla, On a good length outside off, angling in again, HA shoulders arms again. 14/1

6.4 T Boult to Amla, Landed outside off, angling in, Hashim shoulders arms. 14/1

6.3 T Boult to Amla, On a good length outside off, steep bounce, Amla keeps it down nicely. 14/1

6.2 T Boult to Amla, Full and outside off, easily left alone again. 14/1

6.1 T Boult to Amla, Full and outside off, left alone. 14/1

5.6 N Wagner to Elgar, Wider outside off, let through to the keeper. 14/1

5.5 N Wagner to Elgar, Full and outside off, coming back in a long way, watchfully defended back to the bowler. 14/1

5.4 N Wagner to Amla, Outside off, Amla looks to drive but gets a bit of an outside edge behind point. A run taken. The deficit is now 19. 14/1

5.3 N Wagner to Amla, Outside off, angling across, left alone. 13/1

5.2 N Wagner to D Elgar, Full and outside off, Elgar eases this through the covers. Kane Williamson sets off at lightning speed from mid off to his right, dives, picks the ball and then throws at the bowler's end, all in one motion. Just a single taken. 13/1

5.1 N Wagner to Elgar, A length ball on middle, worked towards square leg. 12/1

4.6 T Boult to Amla, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 12/1

Jimmy Neesham goes out of second slip to a short mid-wicket. There is s square leg and a deep mid-wicket in place as well.

4.5 T Boult to Amla, FOUR! That is a good shot. Amla is walking across his stumps to cover the swing and does so on this occasion as well. Boult bowls this down the leg side, almost similar to the way he got Bavuma in the first innings. The difference over here is that Amla shows his class and works it past square leg for a boundary. 12/1

4.4 T Boult to Amla, Massive LBW appeal. Turned down. On a shorter length outside off, Amla gets across to work it to the leg side but misses and is hit on the pads. New Zealand scream out an LBW shout but the umpire is unmoved. Hit well outside off. 8/1

4.3 T Boult to Amla, One more leave outside off. 8/1

4.2 T Boult to Amla, Outside off, left alone. 8/1

4.1 T Boult to Elgar, On middle and leg, worked wide of mid-wicket for a single. 8/1

3.6 N Wagner to Amla, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 7/1

3.5 N Wagner to Amla, FOUR! Terrific shot. A short ball around off, Amla swivels and pulls it to the backward square leg fence. Pin drop silence in the crowd. Off the mark in style. The deficit is now 26. 7/1

3.4 N Wagner to Amla, This is wider outside off, left alone again. 3/1

3.3 N Wagner to Amla, On a good length outside off, Amla takes his bat away from the line. 3/1

3.2 N Wagner to Elgar, Short and outside off, chopped towards backward point who dives to his right and half-stops it. A single taken. 3/1

3.1 N Wagner to Elgar, Landed outside off, left alone. 2/1

2.6 T Boult to H Amla, Very lucky. Full and outside off, Amla looks to drive but the ball swings back in, takes the inside edge, exposing the lack of footwork and ricochets onto the pads. That could have so easily gone back onto the stumps. 2/1

2.5 T Boult to H Amla, A short ball around off, pulled straight to short mid-wicket. 2/1

2.4 T Boult to Amla, Full and wide outside off, driven sweetly but straight to cover. 2/1

2.3 T Boult to Elgar, Landed on middle, Elgar looks to work it to the leg side but gets a bit of a leading edge towards cover. It is wide of Mitchell Santner and the batsmen take a quick single. 2/1

2.2 T Boult to Elgar, Full and around off, watchfully defended. 1/1

2.1 T Boult to Elgar, Full and wide outside off, swinging away, left alone. 1/1

1.6 N Wagner to Amla, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 1/1

1.5 N Wagner to Amla, Full and outside off, left alone. 1/1

1.4 N Wagner to Amla, Around off, defended back to the bowler. 1/1

1.3 N Wagner to Elgar, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot for a single. 1/1

1.2 N Wagner to Elgar, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 0/1

1.1 N Wagner to Elgar, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off. 0/1

NEIL WAGNER to share the new ball with Boult.

0.6 T Boult to Amla, Wide down the leg side, No trouble at all for the batsman. 0/1

0.5 T Boult to Amla, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 0/1

HASHIM AMLA walks in at number 3, replacing Cook.

0.4 T Boult to Cook, OUT! Caught behind! Boult has struck! Full and around off, Cook looks to work it to the leg side but misses. The ball deviates away towards the keeper and there is a noise as the ball goes past. There is a massive appeal and umpire Bruce Oxenford upholds it. Cook walks back with a forlorn face but hello? Replays show a massive gap between bat and ball and Hot Spot confirms bat hitting the pad! Why did he not review it? An answer which only Cook can give. Total lack of awareness. 0/1

0.3 T Boult to Cook, Around off, defended back to the bowler. 0/0

0.2 T Boult to Cook, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 0/0

0.1 T Boult to Cook, Full and outside off, left alone. 0/0

First Published: March 9, 2017, 9:53 PM IST

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