New Zealand middle-order batsman Dean Brownlie scored his maiden century against South Africa to keep the hopes alive of the visitors of facing innings defeat on Day Three of the first Test at Cape Town.
At lunch, New Zealand were 262 for the loss of five wickets, trailing by 73 runs.
The 28-year old scored 106 runs, smashing 11 fours and one six. Earlier, skipper Brendon McCullum scored half-century before getting dismissed.
New Zealand put up a fighting batting performance on the second day to reach 169 for four in their second innings, against South Africa in the first Test at Cape Town.
McCullum made 51 and Brownlie was undefeated on 69.
They were still likely to lose the match but it was a much better showing by the tourists after a calamitous first day during which they were bowled out for 45 and then leaked runs at almost four an over.
New Zealand’s bowlers and fielders gave an improved performance, restricting South Africa to 97 runs and claiming five wickets in 31.2 overs before the home side declared at 347 for eight, a lead of 302.
“Compared to yesterday, it was immense,” said Black Caps fast bowler Chris Martin.
“The way we turned up with the ball was much better. We were more consistent and we dried up the runs which brought the five wickets. That set the tone for the way our batters went out and put up a much sterner fight,” he added.
Brief Scores: New Zealand 45 and 262 for 5 (Dean Brownlie 109, Brendon McCullum 51; Jacques Kallis 2 for 22) trail South Africa 347 for 8 dec. (Alviro Petersen 106, AB de Villiers 67, Hashim Amla 66; Chris Martin 3 for 63) by 73 runs.