Dean

Dean Elgar (128*) scored his 7th century to take South Africa to a respectable position against New Zealand, at stumps, on Day One of the first Test at Dunedin. Opting to bat first, South Africa were in precarious situation, at 22 for 3. However, a 126-run stand between Faf du Plessis (52) and Elgar for the fourth wicket resurrected the Proteas after a collapse. The hosts included spinner Jeetan Patel in the playing XI, benching ace pacer Tim Southee as the wicket was supposedly conducive to spin bowling. But only Neil Wagner (2 for 59), Jimmy Neesham (1 for 29) and Trent Boult (1 for 44) were amongst the wickets for the hosts. LIVE SCORECARD, New Zealand vs South Africa: 1st Test

So let s take a look at some of the highlights from Day One that garnered a lot of attention:

The fiery spell: Boult started off the day s proceedings in his 50th Test going gun-ho from the first ball. On a wicket that was more favourable for spinners, Boult managed to swing the ball in to Stephen Cook, who was beaten several times. There, in fact, was a rhythm in his bowling that spew fire. Cook was eventually trapped in front, having scored just 3 off 29 deliveries. Boult hurled 9 overs on the trot to finish the first session with figures of 9-5-8-1.

The perfect combo: With Boult tormenting constantly from one end, Williamson shuffled his bowlers from the other. He shuffled between local boy Wagner and Jeetan Patel, bowled 12-over spell. He, however, didn t get any wicket against his name but managed to bowl 6 maidens. Patel curtailed the scoring, giving the batsmen hardly any chance to free their arms or even take singles.

This was when Wagner was introduced for his second spell, and the impact was immediate. First was Hashim Amla who missed full delivery swinging in that defeated him all ends up. NZ vs SA, 1st Test, Day 1: Elgar’s century guides Proteas to 229 for 4

Five deliveries later it was JP Duminy who tried to tackle a short delivery off Wagner, which he first gloved onto to his helmet. Ross Taylor, at second slip, took an easy catch.

Dropped: Just on the seventh delivery of second session, Boult would have got a big fish. It was a ball to be punished, as Boult strayed down the leg side. Elgar, who was batting resiliently, tried to place the ball past the wicketkeeper BJ Watling, but Elgar induced a thin edge inside, which Watling failed to pouch.

Cometh the hour, Cometh the men: South Africa started on a disastrous note and needed partnerships desperately. And rightly so, the Proteas saw two vital partnerships at the crucial junctures. First, it was skipper Faf du Plessis. He walked down against spinners to negate the spin. Against the pacers, he avoided poking anything outside off. Once he got in the groove, he took over the charge. Before du Plessis perished, he added 126 runs for 4th wicket along with Elgar.

Bavuma regained his form at a crucial point in the game. Once du Plessis and Elgar had resurrected their innings, someone needed to partner Elgar and capiltalise on the foundation. Bavuma batted sensibly avoiding rash shots. He was coming out of a sullen series against Sri Lanka. But yet, he persisted along with Elgar to put up an unbeaten stand of 81 rubs stand by the end of day s place.

Stunning Dean Elgar: Elgar batted for 262 out of 540 deliveries bowled today, meaning he faced 48% ball thrown down at the South Africans.

He could not find his feet at the start of the innings. The ball even missed the edges many a time. He survived nonetheless.

He waited for the bad time to wait over. And when he got his eye in, he didn t go all guns blazing. Instead he waited for the bowlers to wilt. He waited for the bad deliveries to pounce on, and when they did, he made amends. There were free-flowing drives and late-cuts, with immaculate foot word against the guile of Patel and Santner.