Seddon Park on Saturday looked empty due heavy rain on Day One of third Test    Getty Images
Seddon Park on Saturday looked empty due heavy rain on Day One of third Test Getty Images

After long wait and various inspections due to rain, the Day One s play was abandoned after tea break with South Africa tottering at 123 for 4 in Hamilton. The second session lasted for an hour that saw New Zealand bowlers grilling South Africa with Colin de Grandhomme and Matt Henry right on money, sharing 4 wickets. Meanwhile, Amla secured his 32nd fifty and his first in the series. Amla now is just 67 runs away from completing his 8,000 Test runs. Amla and Faf du Plessis added 33 runs for the fourth wicket. Only 14.2 overs were bowled post lunch break with du Plessis, Temba Bavuma playing on 33 and 13 respectively. Live Cricket Scorecard: New Zealand vs South Africa, 3rd Test at Hamilton

The second session began with du Plessis smashing a boundary off Jeetan Patel. But New Zealand s incorrect decisions with DRS continued in the second session as well. An lbw decision was reviewed by New Zealand when the delivery struck the middle of du Plessis bat that was declared not out by on-field umpire Bruce Oxenford and third umpire Kumar Dharmasena. Du Plessis struck 7 fours to reach his 33 runs and on the way Amla got to first fifty of the series. But de Grandhomme continued to exploit the conditions and bagged his second wicket for the day of Amla. By the 35th over, South Africa were 100 runs up.

South Africa electing to bat saw Amla standing tall amidst the fall of wickets in the first session. South Africa were 71 for 3 with Amla, du Plessis unbeaten on 38 and 6 respectively when rain enforced six minutes early lunch break. Debutant Thenuis de Bruyn was gone for naught while Dean Elgar was dismissed for 5, leaving a delivery that he should have played. Amla and Duminy, who built a healthy partnership of 59 runs from third wicket, saw the latter dismissed close to lunch for 20 after being lucky when an lbw call was not reviewed by New Zealand off Wagner s delivery, a trend that has been followed this series.

Duminy was lucky for the second time when Henry s lbw appeal against Duminy on 18 was turned down in turn New Zealand wasting a review with the ball pitching outside leg stump. The third time he got lucky when Neil Broom dropped a catch at the cover in Henry s same over.

South Africa and New Zealand made a few changes to their side for the third and final Test. Stephen Cook was dropped and de Bruyn made his debut while Mitchell Santner was called to replace Jimmy Neesham.

South Africa, who are aiming for No. 2 spot in team rankings, are under fix with the weather having the final say on the outcome with early rain forcing a delayed start to the Test and showers forecast throughout the five days.

Brief scores:

South Africa 123 for 4 (Hashim Amla 50, Faf du Plessis 33*; Matt Henry 2 for 25, Colin de Grandhomme 2 for 43) vs New Zealand