Jeetan Patel ended Day Four with figures of 2 for 22    Getty Images
Jeetan Patel ended Day Four with figures of 2 for 22 Getty Images

New Zealand had the upper hand in the final session of Day Four that was filled with drama in Hamilton. Colin de Grandhomme, Jeetan Patel and Matt Henry ran through the South Africa top order. However, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock provided the much needed impetus and added unbeaten 21-run stand for the fifth wicket, as they trailed by 95 runs at stumps. New Zealand are just 5 wickets away from levelling the series, while South Africa will have to up the ante to put hosts to bat again on Day Five. Full Cricket Scorecard: New Zealand vs South Africa, 3rd Test at Hamilton

Responding to hosts’ lead of 175, South Africa s debutant Theunis de Bruyn scored the first boundary of his Test career off de Grandhomme, but could manage only 12 runs before comedy of errors trapped him in a run out. He ran into Hashim Amla as he was late in responding his partner’s call. Meanwhile, Elgar continued his poor form scoring a mere 5.

By the drinks break, South Africa were 27 for 2 trailing by 148 runs. JP Duminy looked in fine touch scoring a six and a four. However, he added only 13 runs, as Jeetan Patel dismantled his defence. Nonetheless, New Zealand had trouble with DRS. The first time Williamson reviewed a caught-behind decision off Henry, nothing showed over HotSpot as well as RTS. The second review was the same story, as their was no bat involved.

Du Plessis hit a few boundaries to break the shackles, but he kept losing partners and this time in form of Temba Bavuma for 1. de Kock then joined the captain. The visitors ended day’s play at 80 for 5.

Earlier, South Africa bundled out New Zealand for 489, with Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada ending with a four-for each. However, Williamson bagged a couple of records, scoring his fifth 150-plus score and the highest against South Africa at home, going past Scott Styris record set in 2004 at Auckland.

Soon after Morkel bagged his third wicket in form of Williamson, Santner s gritty knock of 41 came to an end when Rabada got his third wicket ahead of the lunch break.

The second session saw 64 runs coming from de Grandhomme s blade. He scored his maiden half-century inlcusive of 5 fours and 2 sixes. In the process, he built crucial stands with Watling (46) and Henry (34). New Zealand were skittled out for 489.

Brief scores:

South Africa 314 & 80 for 5 (Hashim Amla 19, Faf du Plessis 15*, Quinton de Kock 15*; Jeetan Patel 2 for 22) trail New Zealand 489 (Tom Latham 50, Jeet Raval 88, Kane Williamson 176, Colin de Grandhomme 57; Morne Morkel 4 for 100, Kagiso Rabada 4 for 122, Keshav Maharaj 2 for 118) by 95 runs.