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  • 11:30 AM IST

    Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis have stretched the lead to 191 putting the visitors in command.

  • 11:29 AM IST

    The light has not improved and so the umpires have called it a day.

  • 11:05 AM IST

    Bad light has stopped play at Dunedin. South Africa will be happy with the way things have gone for them so far. They did lose 3 big wickets of Elgar, Bavuma and de Kock, but du Plessis is still out there. They are leading Neew Zealand by 191 runs.

  • 10:51 AM IST

    If New Zealand get Faf du Plessis out now, they might just wind up the South African tail quickly. Du Plessis is the key to everything now. If he gets going, he might just take the game away from New Zealand in no time. Kane Williamson needs to do something real quick. there are many things happening at once. Runs, wickets, fifty, run-out chance; so the hosts should show some urgency to get rid of du Plessis!

  • 10:47 AM IST

    What a ball that was from Jeetan Patel to get Quinton de Kock! Pitches on the leg stump and turns to uproot the off stump. BEAUTY!

  • 10:43 AM IST

    That is fifty no. 11 for Faf du Plessis. Great innings from the South Africa skipper. has held the fort from his end.

  • 10:42 AM IST

  • 10:37 AM IST

  • 10:36 AM IST

    Temba Bavuma has been clean bowled by Mitchell Santner. Perfect defence standing upright. But the ball drops on the pitch and rolls over onto the stumps. UNLUCKY DISMISSAL!

    He did try kicking the ball, but Bavuma the little guy but his legs were just not long enough!

  • 10:16 AM IST

    Temba Bavuma and Faf du Plessis have not wasted much time being defensive. They have started dealing in singles at least to keep the scoreboard ticking. As the overs pass by, South Africa might just start going all guns blazing. They still have Quinton de Kock in the dressing room. So that is a good prospect for the visitors. On the other hand, New Zealand needs QUICK wickets. Or else they are inviting too much pressure on themselves!

  • 10:01 AM IST

    Talking about Elgar, there was a hundred definitely for the taking. He should be livid with himself for not getting to the milestone twice in a Test match. South Africa are definitely trying to score runs quickly. Not big shots as such, but sneaking singles doubles.

  • 9:57 AM IST

    BIG WICKET! DEAN ELGAR WHAT HAVE YOU DONE! Jeetan Patel tosses it up. Elgar dances down the track but is beaten in flight. Kane Williamson takes a good running catch at short extra cover.

  • 9:52 AM IST

    Another big partnership here. And as expected, these two have started scoring runs quickly

  • 9:52 AM IST

  • 9:49 AM IST

    There was some issue with lights. Umpires had their lightmeter’s out to check. Turns out the light had dimmed a bit, so New Zealand had spinners deployed. But the umpires later informed about the light being appropriate after some overs. So immediately Williamson got in Wagner. He has been getting some reverse swing, but Faf du Plessis got one boundary beyond the second slip and gully. Mis-hit but four runs!

  • 9:23 AM IST

    Back after Tea and South Africa continue their slow flow of runs. Elgar and Du Plessis taking turns for the boundaries. Meanwhile, a new ball has been taken.

  • 8:59 AM IST

    Tea taken here. South Africa end at 157 for 3 with Dean Elgar at 73* with his skipper Faf du Plessis at 16*. South Africa now have a lead of 124 runs as they head for Tea. If in case you have missed out on the happenings of the second session, do read the Tea Report

  • 8:20 AM IST

    Still going strong, South Africa. Various bowling changes have been made but none have actually worked for New Zealand. Dean Elgar is getting in the groove now having no issues facing the Kiwi quicks. Faf du Plessis too has settled down quickly and has hit some cracking boundaries to ease himself into the game. These two seemed to have pulled of the second session for South Africa quite easily!

  • 7:55 AM IST

  • 7:54 AM IST

    The lead is of 102 runs now. This has been fighting innings for South Africa. But Dean Elgar has done it for his side so far. Great batting against a very probbing Kiwi attack. 53 overs remain for the day if the extra-time is to be played out. South Africa would be looking to play at least half of it and take the lead up to 250. If they do so, chasing 251 in the fourth innings against Rabada, Philander, Morkel, Maharaj is always going to be tough. Also, we can’t overlook the pitch given the fact that it’ll be the 5th day of the match.

  • 7:26 AM IST

    Fifty for Dean Elgar. He has played a beautiful inning here. Resumed from where he left in first innings and now has a fifty to show for himself after that scintillating 140 from the first innings. Was very watchful initially against a very lethal bowling attack. But has played sensible cricket and he should carry on keeping the South African inning gs together. 

  • 7:16 AM IST

  • 7:06 AM IST

    OUT! Important breakthrough for New Zealand. Neil Wagner has got JP Duminy. Back of length delivery which keeps low and nips back in. Partnership of 74 finally broken.

  • 6:46 AM IST

    The second session has started and South Africa are leading by 67 runs. Here’s the in-detailed lunch report, just in case of you have missed out on any action from the game

  • 5:49 AM IST

  • 5:27 AM IST

    Well, I reckon South Africa’s idea would be to see off this session without losing any wicket. Just stay cautious go at lunch for the loss of 2 wickets and then increase the scoring second session onwards.

  • 5:26 AM IST

    Dean Elgar and JP Duminy have steadied the South African ship so far. About 40-45 minutes for lunch so the job for these two batsmen not done yet. Tom Latham dropped Duminy’s sitter at second slip off Boult’s bowling. That is how close New Zealand came to getting the third wicket. This partnership has gone up to 24 runs off 68 deliveries.

  • 4:48 AM IST

    South Africa have scored in a flurry since the game has resumed. JP Duminy has looked sturdy whereas Dean Elgar has been wristy turning the ball into gaps dealing in singles. There was a strong appeal for caught behind against JP. On-filed umpire Bruce Oxenford turned it down though. But the hosts opted for DRS. The replay showed the ball hitting the pads and not the bat. That is what made the sound.

  • 4:30 AM IST

    The covers are coming off. Seems like it has brightened up pretty quickly.

  • 4:28 AM IST


Hello, good morning and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates post for the fourth day’s play of the first Test between New Zealand and South Africa at the University Oval in the down south beautiful city of Dunedin. I am Rohan Arun Sawant, bringing you the live cricket scores and updates from the fourth day’s play of this riveting encounter. South Africa have managed a 5-run lead by the time the day’s play ended but they will have to apply themselves well to post a competitive target for the hosts. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD, New Zealand vs South Africa, 1st Test at Dunedin

Left-arm fast bowlers Trent Boult and Neil Wagner were New Zealand’s stars from the first innings. The duo will have their tails up and will look forward to take advantage of the early swing on offer. If they can restrict the South African lead to below 250, then New Zealand will sniff a victory. However, the injury to Ross Taylor is a major setback and may go on to haunt them as the Test progresses.

Day Three witnessed more intensity in what has been a close contest so far. Kane Williamson’s 130 gave New Zealand the lead, but South African spinner Keshav Maharaj ensured the visitors restricted it to 33 runs with his five-for. There was more drama in store when a fire alarm went off after tea. Play was stopped, and both teams had to evacuate the dressing-rooms and come on to the field during.

Both sides will have opportunity to set a firm foot towards victory on the fourth day. South Africa are a good batting unit and possess players who can take the game away from the opposition; the onus, however, will be on the New Zealand bowlers, spearheaded by Boult, to stop them from doing that. The three spellbinding days of play have set up the contest for Day Four, which only promises more excitement.

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

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

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