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New Zealand vs South Africa: International cricket, 1st Test

New Zealand vs South Africa: International cricket, 1st Test”

Elgar set the tone for the revival with a 126-run stand for the fourth wicket with captain Faf du Plessis and followed with an unbroken 81 for the fifth wicket with Bavuma. Kane Williamson was very almost run out by way of a mix-up with Nicholls but a desperate dive saw the captain make his ground before Philander whipped off the bails.

The visitors had been under pressure when they resumed after lunch on 63-3 and New Zealand could have driven home their advantage had Watling held on when Elgar got a thick edge in the second over of the session.

Taylor was undergoing a scan on Friday morning after he was assisted off University Oval during the first cricket test against South Africa, limping heavily and looking in serious doubt for the rest of a three-test series.

Reaching stumps with 3 for 177 on the board - still trailing by 131 runs it should be added - it was Kane Williamson and Jeet Raval doing the damage, the skipper ending on 78 not out while the youngster at the other end was dissmissed for 52.

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South Africa coach Russell Domingo said that while the absence of influential batsman de Villiers would be keenly felt in the Test series, they had no option but to move on. Temba Bavuma had yet to score.

The Proteas were rocked by the loss of three early wickets when left-arm seamer Neil Wagner claimed two victims in one over following du Plessis's late decision to bat after winning the toss.

Morne Morkel, in his comeback Test from a back injury, started with two maidens and completed five overs for 10 runs in his first spell before requiring ice treatment to a knock on the hand.

Williamson then reintroduced Wagner from the city end and he struck immediately to remove the risky Hashim Amla for one.

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But as the New Zealand bowlers exhausted, South Africa added 90 for the loss of one wicket in the middle session and 76 without loss after tea.

Quinton de Kock (10), undoubtedly the world's best number-seven batsman, was uncharacteristically cautious and once again the strategy failed as wickets fell without many runs being added.

Boult was the sharpest of the New Zealand bowlers with four for 64, while Wagner took three for 88 and Patel finished with 2-85.

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