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  • 10:51 AM IST

    Thi is still anybody’s game for sure. Tomorrow’s day will be very vital. I know I’d said the same thing yesterday, but given the way things have gone today, Day 4 certainly promises to be a cracker one in this riveting encounter. So do join us tomorrow, 9 minutes earlier than scheduled remember

  • 10:49 AM IST

    Well, the bad light has won after all. Has forced early stumps on Day Three. Play will resume early tomorrow to make up for the lost overs 9 minutes earlier than schedule.

  • 10:36 AM IST

    The fire alarm break seems to have pumped up New Zealand. Jeet Raval and Mitchell Santner have troubled Amla and Elgar but both the batsmen have survived so far. On the other hand, Kane Williamson can’t get in any of his pacer’s. The light is pretty low for any pacer to bowl.

  • 10:05 AM IST

    So what we have got to know is that there are some real concerns with the light. So only spinners are supposed to bowl and the seamers. Umpire Bruce Oxenford has got his light-meter out!

  • 10:04 AM IST

  • 10:03 AM IST

    Well amidst all this the game has resumed and should we see any wicket here?

  • 10:03 AM IST

    What cause the issue is still a mystery. What made the fire alarms go off? Any drinker, maybe!

  • 9:59 AM IST

    Play will be extended for extra 30-minutes to make up for the lost time and overs

  • 9:58 AM IST

    Okay, so the word is that inspection has been done and things are okay to carry on with the game. Should resume in probably 2 minutes

  • 9:50 AM IST

  • 9:50 AM IST

    These are the latest pictures of the ground. Bizzare scenes!

  • 9:47 AM IST

    Something has gone terribly wrong here. Players, commentators, officials, TV crews, spectators are all evacuated. Only firefighters are present at the scene

  • 9:42 AM IST

    The Grandstand is been evacuated. Break in play. The fire alarms are going off and spectators and players have been told to evacuate

  • 9:37 AM IST

  • 9:36 AM IST

  • 9:36 AM IST

    Brilliant atmosphere at the University ground. New Zealand have got the first breakthrough and they are budding with confidence. The crowd too has been very vocal cheering every single delivery when the bowler starts his run up. Hashim Amla has walked in at No. 3 and has looked to counterattack Trent Boult and Neil Wagner. A good cricket overall.

  • 9:26 AM IST

    Definitely not the start South Africa would have wanted. Cook could have reviewed and saved his wicket, but he just walked off as soon as the umpire raised his hand.

  • 9:20 AM IST

    South Africa began their innings and Stephen Cook is out! BJ Watling strikes. A difficult decision, no review from South Africa. Cook goes for a duck. Now enters Hashim Amla.

  • 9:07 AM IST

    And Maharaj ends the deeds, with maiden fifer in Tests. Neil Wagner was the last victim. Wagner and Taylor played some big shots in the middle to build the lead, however, Maharaj got the better of them. New Zealand have managed to build lead of just 33 runs. How advantageous will this be for the them?

  • 8:51 AM IST

    Another wicket down for New Zealand. Boult goes for 2, Maharaj strikes. Meanwhile, Ross Taylor is back to resume his innings. New Zealand have managed to take just 17 runs lead. Can they build on the lead?

  • 8:41 AM IST

    Lead taken! A sneaky single and New Zealand have finally taken lead over South Africa. Just a 1 run lead, but still, A lead is a lead!

  • 8:35 AM IST

    With the last wicket left, New Zealand innings can coil up soon. The only question is if Wagner and Boult will manage to take lead over South Africa or will South Africa bowlers will get a wicket here!

  • 8:33 AM IST

    Here’s the Tea report for you guys.

  • 8:04 AM IST

    BJ Watling has been clean bowled by Keshav Maharaj. Misjudged the length and tried to work it down the leg side by going on the back foot. But the ball zips in after pitching and clatters on the stumps through his pads

  • 8:01 AM IST

  • 7:57 AM IST

    Finally, the wicket South Africa wanted. Mitchell Santner has departed. Morne Morkel gets his second wicket. Trapped I must say! Runs were hard to come and the visitors allowed Santner to come on strike. Morkel bowled a fuller one well outside off; enough for Santner to drive the ball. Santner does and finds Keshav Maharaj at covers. Sharp catch!

  • 7:19 AM IST

    This partnership is very important from both team’s perspective. Watling and Santner have frustrated the South African bowlers. The pacers have come hard, banged in short, bowled yorkers, tried varying pace, but nothing has deterred the batsmen. Whenever bad deliveries are bowled, they have ensured of dealing in boundaries. This has curbed the gap and if it continues, New Zealand may soon start leading South Africa!

  • 6:58 AM IST

    OUT! BIG BREAKTHROUGH! Kagiso Rabada has removed Kane Williamson. Pitched on length. Extra bounce and pace from the new ball did the trick. The ball just left kissing Williamson’s bat settling into QDK’s gloves. but WHAT AN INNINGS!

New-Zealand-vs-South-Africa,-1st-Test-Day-3Hello, good morning and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates post for the third day’s play in the opening Test between New Zealand and South Africa. The opening Test of the three-match series is being played at the University Oval in Dunedin. This is Rohan Arun Sawant, bringing you the live cricket scores and updates from the third day’s play, which could tell us a lot about where this contest is headed. South Africa are leading New Zealand by 131 runs, and unless the Kiwis suffer a batting collapse, they are set to take a lead in the first innings. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD, New Zealand vs South Africa, 1st Test at Dunedin

For New Zealand to take a lead, they will have to bat with the same passion they did on the second day. Jeet Raval and Kane Williamson dropped the anchor to add 102 runs for the second wicket, after the Kiwis lost Tom Latham once again for a cheap score. Latham is going through a rough patch and runs are hard to come by for the opener, but he is expected to put his poor run behind anytime soon. At stumps, Williamson was unbeaten on 78, accompanied by nightwatchman Jeetan Patel batting on 9 not out as New Zealand provided South Africa with a strong reply. The visiting side was bowled out for a mere 308 with Dean Elgar scoring close to half the runs.

Elgar faced 299 balls and cracked 24 boundaries to score 140, which was not the only bright spot in the South African innings, though. Faf du Plessis continued his good form with the bat, clobbering 7 boundaries to score 52 off 118 balls, but it was the innings of 64 from Temba Bavuma which would have brought a huge sigh of relief in the South African camp. Bavuma has had a string of failures in Test cricket, but he showed tremendous character to bat for as long as 164 balls and hitting 10 boundaries in the process. For New Zealand, Trent Boult took 4 for 64, Neil Wagner got 3 for 88 and Patel claimed 2 for 85.

Jimmy Neesham snaffled 1 for 34. Vernon Philander provided South Africa with an early breakthrough when he had Latham caught behind by Quinton de Kock for 10. This was when Raval and Williamson got along and put New Zealand on the path for a strong reply. Raval fell after scoring 52, facing 102 balls and hitting 6 boundaries in the process. Williamson, who is batting on 78, has so far cracked 11 boundaries and faced 146 balls. There is some concern for New Zealand as Ross Taylor limped off the field and it remains unclear whether he will bat once again or not.

Teams:

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, BJ Watling (wk), Mitchell Santner, Neil Wagner, Jeetan Patel, Trent Boult.

South Africa: Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), Jean-Paul Duminy, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel.

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD, New Zealand vs South Africa, 1st Test at Dunedin