New Zealand vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 4 highlights: Hashim Amla-Theunis de Bruyn’s comedy of errors, Colin de Grandhomme's stunning knock

New Zealand vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 4 highlights: Hashim Amla-Theunis de Bruyn’s comedy of errors, Colin de Grandhomme's stunning knock

Responding to New Zealand s lead of 175, South Africa were brought down to 59 for 5 as their top order was dismantled by hosts' collective bowling effort.

Updated: March 28, 2017 5:59 PM IST | Edited By: Shruti Hariharan

In what turned out to be a New Zealand-dominated day saw a few hilarious collisions coupled with milestones. Responding to New Zealand s lead of 175, South Africa were brought down to 59 for 5 as their top order was dismantled by hosts' collective bowling effort. However, with Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis playing on similar scores (15), the deciding day will have too much to offer, until rain continues to stay away from the match. Let us have a look at some of the moments that made Day 4 a lot more interesting: Full Cricket Scorecard: New Zealand vs South Africa, 3rd Test at Hamilton

Mitchell Santner s supporting role: After Jeet Raval was dismissed for 88, New Zealand lost Neil Broom for 12 and Henry Nicholls for nought. However, Santner played the perfect supporting role Kane Williamson (176) to build up a sizeable lead on Day Four. Where New Zealand were in a precarious condition with lead of just 7 runs on Day Three, Santner, along with Williamson, added 88-run stand for sixth wicket. While Williamson was dropping anchors and bagging records, Santner played shots with precaution and dealt ing singles or doubles, providing strike to the captain as much as possible.

Although Santner ended his innings at 41, New Zealand had comfortably produced a lead of 83 runs in the first session of Day Four.

Keshav Maharaj s late bloom: Maharaj has been the driving force for South Africa in the series so far. He claimed 5 wickets in the first Test and then ended with match figures of 8 for 87, maintaining an economy rate of 1.97, in the second. This time around luck took its time to favour the spinner. However, he was back to his form when South Africa had to get rid of New Zealand s tail-end. After bowling 273 deliveries, Maharaj finally grabbed the first wicket, sneaking through BJ Watling's defence. He then got the better of Matt Henry.

Although he conceded 118 runs, Maharaj s economy rate was decent enough in comparison to the rest of the South African bowlers. In addition, he broke two crucial partnerships. New Zealand vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 5 preview: Hosts on brink of levelling series

Colin de's grand knock: Starting off his debut against Pakistan with score of 29 at Christchurch last year to bringing up his timely maiden fifty against South Africa in the ongoing contest, de Grandhomme has probably sealed his spot in the New Zealand Test squad for a long time to come. After being dismissed for nought and 4 in the second Test, de Grandhomme filled the shoes of all-rounder Jimmy Neesham.

He not only scored vital runs but also built crucial partnerships with Watling (46) and Henry (24).

Hashim Amla-Theunis de Bruyn s comedy of errors: Cricket can be cruel at times and de Bruyn was just another victim, adding more substance to the comedy of errors.

 

Amla drove towards mid-off and called for a quick single. De Bruyn, instead of paying attention to Amla's call, kept looking at the ball. And by the time he had an epiphany, Amla had reached the non-striker's end, eventually running into de Bruyn. Williamson then threw the ball at batsman's end and ran him out for 12, putting South Africa in further trouble.
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