Matt Henry claimed 2 for 25 in the first session of Day, 3rd Test    Getty Images
Matt Henry claimed 2 for 25 in the first session of Day One, 3rd Test Getty Images

A six minutes early lunch due to rains saw New Zealand bowlers ruling the first session bringing South Africa down to 71 for 3 at Lunch break on Day One of the third and final Test at the Seddon Park in Hamilton. Matt Henry was on top with two wickets while Colin de Grandhomme made complete use of the tailor-made conditions grabbing apiece. Openers Dean Elgar and debutant Theunis de Bruyn failed to provide the impetus leaving the task on their experienced lot Hashim Amla and JP Duminy. Although Duminy succumbed to the New Zealand bowlers, Amla looked threatening and remained unbeaten on 38 and is 79 runs away from 8,000 Test runs. After three wickets down, captain Faf du Plessis entered at No. 5, remaining unbeaten on 6. Live Cricket Scorecard: New Zealand vs South Africa, 3rd Test at Hamilton

Elgar opened along with new partner de Bruyn. Elgar went underway nudging the ball towards fine leg and gaining two runs. However, a rather nervous de Bruyn edged his third delivery to second slip to Tom Latham and Henry was on the money. No. 3 batsman Amla joined Elgar to bring some momentum to the innings, however, the trend of brain-fade spread in New Zealand as well. This time de Grandhomme s straight delivery was misjudged by Elgar that removed the bails of the top of off stump. A stunned Elgar was dismissed for 5 and New Zealand celebrated their second successive wicket.

Amla and Duminy who entered when South Africa s score was reading 5 for 2, took charge. Amla smashed the first boundary of the innings off de Grandhomme towards mid-wicket. Amla picked the pace and smashed consecutive boundaries off Henry one towards mid-off and the other towards cover, racing the run-rate to 3 per over.

However, New Zealand s incorrect decisions with usage of DRS continued when Wagner was called into the picture after the 10th over. Duminy on strike, Wagner pitched the delivery towards the front of the middle stump that was reviewed by the hosts. But the on-field umpire declined it instantly. Kane Williamson nodded in disappointment and left out a decision that could have worked in their favour. Duminy was caught under pressure the second time by Henry. This time the delivery was pitched outside and was high as well with the on-field umpire Rod Tucker denying the review. On DRS third umpire Kumar Dharmasena also found no touch and New Zealand lost a review.

Duminy was the lucky the third time when Neil Broom dropped him at cover. Remaining unfazed by the drama, Amla continued his run-parade taking South Africa to fifty-run mark by the 19th over. Amla and Duminy stitched a healthy partnership of 59 runs for the third wicket, keeping South Africa s hopes alive. However, the growing partnership came to an end when Henry was right on money once again with a short ball and picked Duminy for 20 with Jeetan Patel making no error at the fine leg.

Earlier, South Africa elected to bat in the third and final Test against New Zealand. The Proteas who are 1-0 up in the series, need another win to elevate them to No. 2 in the world rankings. However, rain is threatening to disrupt the Test with heavier showers forecasted from Sunday.

South Africa made one change to the side with de Bruyn replacing opener Stephen Cook. As for New Zealand who have lost their two frontline bowlers, dropped all rounder Jimmy Neesham in favour of a second spinner in Mitchell Santner.

Brief scores:

South Africa 71 for 3 (Hashim Amla 38*, JP Duminy 20; Matt Henry 2 for 25) vs New Zealand