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  • 11:10 AM IST

    So that should enough for the day. We will meet tomorrow again to see how far can Dean Elgar take his side along with Temba Bavuma and QDK who’s still awaiting his chance in the dressing room. So till then tada, ciao!

  • 11:09 AM IST

    Just in case if you have missed out on any action from Day 1, here’s the in-detailed match report

  • 10:40 AM IST

    That will be stumps on Day 1. What a day this has been for both teams. New Zealand have finished at 229 for 4 courtesy to a resilient 7th Test century from South African opener Dean Elgar who is unbeaten on 128 along with Temba Bavuma on 38. Both these batsmen have put up 81 runs for the 5th wicket. New Zealand bowling looked pale and their bowlers looked frustrated for not getting any success later on. Neil Wagner was the man who got 2 wickets, otherwise Trent Boult, Jimmy Neesham got 1 each. Spinners Jeetan Patel and Mitchell Santner went wicketless

  • 10:29 AM IST

    Last over of the day to be bowled and South Africa have made sure of taking the game in their command easily. The 126 runs partnership between Elgar and Faf followed with this unbeaten stand of 77 runs has just taken the game away from hosts in last two sessions.

  • 9:58 AM IST

    Elgar and Bavuma have put up a 64-run partnership for the 5th wicket so far!

  • 9:58 AM IST

    Bavuma is looking good. he needs it for himself and for his confidence

  • 9:56 AM IST

  • 9:55 AM IST

    Last 9 overs remain of the Day 1. And South Africa are going strong, completely opposite of how the day started for them. But irrespective of everything, if the visitors lose even 1 wicket, the game might just go back in New Zealand’s court. Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma are going strong and sturdy which is a good sign for them. But as I said, a wicket here can change the dimensions of the game.

  • 9:44 AM IST

    This has been a dry spell for South Africa, both Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma have struggled spin bowling. Elgar is having his problem with cramps, while Bavuma is just about surviving against Santner. New Zealand have unleashed Santner and Jeetan Patel on the South Africa, who are now playing for stumps. Good news for NZ is that the new ball is due in about an over or so.

  • 9:18 AM IST

  • 9:14 AM IST

    Kane Williamson may feel the void of lacking Tim Southee or even Colin de Grandhomme. But Jimmy Neesham has filled in the boot of both quite well having taken the important wicket of Faf du Plessis. Williamson seems to be trying out various bowling variations by changing his bowlers. Also, this has pulled down the over rate drastically. With 19 overs left in the day, New Zealand would be hoping for at 1-2 more wickets, while South Africa would be hoping no further casualty takes place.

  • 9:11 AM IST

    statalert: Last time an overseas opener scored a century in the first innings of a series in New Zealand was Marvan Atapattu (2005) at Naiper in 2005.

  • 8:59 AM IST

    This match is a good opportunity for Temba Bavuma. He has been out of form of late and a big score for this little man can work wonders. Has been amongst runs consistently but the previous series against Sri Lanka, he managed just 21 runs in 3 games. So here is a great chance for Bavuma to score big. And he has looked confident today since the time he has come out to bat!

  • 8:56 AM IST

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  • 8:49 AM IST

    This just shows how much he has toiled today!

  • 8:48 AM IST

    That is it! That is Test hundred No. 7 for Dean Elgar. Excellent batting from him. Has been there for his team since the start and has played brilliantly today

  • 8:46 AM IST

    Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma have a stiff task here. They will have to ensure of not losing any wickets in this last session.South Africa do have a decent batting lineup more to come. they have QDK followed by Keshav Maharaj, Vernon Philander who can bat at times. But a batting collapse once more time for visitors and they are definite to find themselves in a spot of bother.

  • 8:32 AM IST

    So South Africa ended the second session on the score of 153 for 4. So just in case if have missed out on the action from the second session, here’s the in detailed Tea report

  • 8:01 AM IST

    Okay, wait. There’s a twist in the tale. Skipper Faf du Plessis is out. Neesham has his man second time in the over. A short ball well outside off stump which Faf fetches and pulls to deep square–leg. Top-edged it. Unnecessary shot at this juncture of the game

    du Plessis c Boult b Neesham 52(118)

  • 7:59 AM IST

    Faf du Plessis has been given lbw on Neesham’s bowling. But he goes for instant DRS and the reply shows that there’s a little inside edge as the ball hit the pad. He just went for the DRS without consulting Elgar. Also as Faf tried to fend the ball away, he had jumped and the ball had hit up. SO anyway he’s safe

  • 7:55 AM IST

    Fifty for Faf du Plessis. Very patient knock and a captain’s knock as he came in a tough situation and handled the pressure well complimenting his partner. This fifty has come off 111 deliveries. Partnership of 126 runs in 234

  • 7:39 AM IST

    This is an example of excellent batting from Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar. They started this stand in a precarious situation but now have ensured of sailing their ship and steading it. Both have now put up a 93-run stand off 213 deliveries for the 4th wicket. Kane Williamson has tried shuffling his bowlers but it appears to me like both these batsmen have settled against every Kiwi bowler. Every run scored by Elgar to a knife in Watling’s heart. Watling had dropped Elgar on 36!

  • 7:14 AM IST

  • 7:12 AM IST

    100 up for South Africa. This has been an excellent partnership between these two. Elgar has been leading the partnership with some sturdy blows but Faf has been impressive. He has looked positive with his footwork and has ensured of taking singles and not letting the pressure build at any point. This partnership for the 4th wicket has gone up to 81 in 168 deliveries

  • 6:46 AM IST

    That is the fifty for Dean Elgar. His 6th of Test career. Had to work hard especially in the first hour of the play when New Zealand quicks were lethal. has got one life though early in the second innings off Boult’s bowling.

  • 6:30 AM IST

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  • 6:23 AM IST

    Session 2 started with a maiden from Santner, but wicketkeeper BJ Watling dropped Dean Elgar in the second over from Trent Boult. A full delivery from Boult down the leg side which Elgar looks to flick but manages a faint edge but Watling could never gather it. A straightforward chance put down. How costly can this be?

  • 6:14 AM IST

    Here we get underway for the second session

New Zealand host South Africa for a 3-Test series © Getty Images
New Zealand host South Africa for a 3-Test series © Getty Images

Hello, good morning and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates of the first day’s play of the first of the three-Test series between New Zealand and South Africa. This is Rohan Arun Sawant, and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and posts of the exhilarating contest being played at University Oval in Dunedin. Both New Zealand and South Africa come from series wins against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka respectively, thus making this a tough affair. LIVE SCORECARD, New Zealand vs South Africa: 1st Test

South Africa clearly hold an edge over New Zealand when it comes to Test wins. For that matter, New Zealand defeated South Africa in only four Tests so far. New Zealand’s only win at home against South Africa came at Eden Park in 2004. South Africa won’t have it easy this time around, with New Zealand looking in prime form at home, losing just the one series against Australia since 2012.

This series will see two of the best bowling attacks battle it out in the middle, where conditions will be suitable to fast-bowling. In Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner, hosts have a fierce trio, while South Africa in Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel have an equally potent line-up.

The batting department of both sides looks solid, with Kane Williamson, Faf du Plessis, Tom Latham, Hashim Amla, Ross Taylor and JP Duminy on full display.


Kane Williamson(c), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Jeetan Patel, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling,

South Africa Test: Faf du Plessis(c), Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Jean-Paul Duminy, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier, Theunis de Bruyn, Heinrich Klaasen, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris