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  • 8:54 PM IST

    And that is Stumps on Day 1.

  • 8:49 PM IST

    Bad news: Bad light stops play!

  • 8:36 PM IST

    Live: South Africa 228/8 vs New Zealand | Batting: Dale Steyn 0, Kagiso Rabada 8: Another soft dismissal leads to the 8th wicket for South Africa. With Philander now gone, the end looks near for SA. Wagner has now taken his third wicket.

  • 8:33 PM IST

    OUT! Vernon Philander c Southee b Wagner 8(16)

  • 8:11 PM IST

    Live: South Africa 213/7 vs New Zealand | Batting: Vernon Philander 5, Kagiso Rabada 0: Two quick wickets here for New Zealand have again pushed South Africa on the back foot. Quinton de Kock was caught by Doug Bracewell, off the bowling of Santner, after he had hit two consecutive fours. Bavuma was then trapped in front by Santner in the same over. He went for the review but was given out.

  • 8:05 PM IST

    OUT! Temba Bavuma lbw b Santner 46(90)

  • 8:00 PM IST

    OUT! Quinton de Kock c Doug Bracewell b Santner 33(33)

  • 7:35 PM IST

    Live: South Africa 180/5 vs New Zealand | Batting: Quinton de Kock 9, Temba Bavuma 42: Bavuma has played some exquisite shot through the covers. De Kock has began well too. A very talented pair at the crease for South Africa. SA need more runs, and also no more loss of wickets.

  • 7:21 PM IST

    Live: South Africa 161/4 vs New Zealand | Batting: Quinton de Kock 1, Temba Bavuma 31: South Africa looked positive after the Tea interval. Bavuma showed great intent. It was important to stay at the crease, after the loss of quick wickets. They did that, withered the aggression from the pacers and kept the spinners away as well. But now Du Plessis’ dismissal, thanks to a stunning one-handed catch from Kane Williamson off Wagner has again put them in a place of bother.

  • 7:18 PM IST

    OUT! Faf du Plessis c Williamson b Wagner 23(84)

  • 6:45 PM IST

    And that brings us to Tea. This second session clearly went in New Zealand’s favor! Two important wickets and they also didn’t give away any runs at the closing stages of the session. The bowlers can relax with a cup of tea.

  • 6:16 PM IST

    Live: South Africa 138/4 vs New Zealand | Batting: Faf du Plessis 12, Temba Bavuma 20: New Zealand bowlers have bowled good lines in the last few overs. And they haven’t let Bavuma and Du Plessis score runs easily. Plenty of tight overs. The fielding has been good too. There have been a few inside edges too. But SA will be happy their batsmen have not given away their wicket.

  • 5:44 PM IST

    Live: South Africa 131/4 vs New Zealand | Batting: Faf du Plessis 9, Temba Bavuma 16: Bavuma and Du Plessis have done well, scored a few boundaries. Some have come from brilliant strokeplay, some have gone for four from outside edges. These two need to hang in there for at least till Tea. Southee has not had a good day, has strayed on the leg side a lot.


  • 5:22 PM IST

    Live: South Africa 110/4 vs New Zealand | Batting: Faf du Plessis 4, Temba Bavuma 0: Two quick wickets have fallen here. First Duminy was tempted to play the hook shot off Wagner, he got a top edge and it was caught by Boult easily. Then Amla was cut into half, as he edged one to Watling. Boult claimed his wicket. SA now in trouble. Need someone to step up.

  • 5:19 PM IST

    OUT! Hashim Amla c Watling b Boult 53 (71)

  • 5:08 PM IST

    30th Test fifty for Hashim Amla.

  • 5:04 PM IST

    Faf du Plessis comes out to bat.

  • 5:03 PM IST

    OUT! JP Duminy c Boult b Wagner 14 (34)

  • 5:00 PM IST

    Live: South Africa 102/2 vs New Zealand | Batting: Hashim Amla 49, JP Duminy 14: Amla and Duminy have started cautiously after lunch. But Amla’s punch through the covers, his 10th boundary of the innings took SA, past the 100-run mark. Both the batsmen looking good.

  • 4:41 PM IST

    There has been some great fast bowling on show, some fantastic batting too and all in all, the second session might bring some more good cricket. Let’s see which side can get a hold of this game.

  • 4:04 PM IST

    And it’s Lunch.

  • 3:54 PM IST

    Spin introduced now. Mitchell Santner comes into the attack.

  • 3:41 PM IST

    Live: South Africa 77/2 vs New Zealand | Batting: Hashim Amla 33, JP Duminy 5: Amla has played some wonderful shots in his innings so far. He struck three consecutive boundaries off Bracewell. We have already seen a few punches and straight drives from him. Duminy has begun slowly. Neil Wagner has come into the attack now.

  • 3:22 PM IST

    Live: South Africa 46/2 vs New Zealand | Batting: Hashim Amla 7, JP Duminy 0: Bracewell had bowled a good line before getting Elgar’s thick edge, which carried to second slip where Guptill made it look easy. Elgar had played some fine shots through the covers though. But well, two quick wickets now. SA on the back foot now. Need a partnership. Who better than ‘Hash’ to have at the crease.

  • 3:18 PM IST

    JP Duminy is the new man in.

  • 3:16 PM IST

    OUT! Dean Elgar c Guptill b Doug Bracewell 19(43)

  • 3:08 PM IST

    The stadium looks almost empty but there is no denying we are having a cracker of a contest between bat and ball! New Zealand have been good. The Proteas have been good too.

  • 3:02 PM IST

    Live: South Africa 33/1 vs New Zealand | Batting: Dean Elgar 13, Hashim Amla: There has been late movement for the pacers, especially Boult. Cook played to his plans. Didn’t play at balls outside off. Elgar too struck a fine boundary in Bracewell’s over. It was a good start from South Africa but then Boult struck, to get a thin edge off Cook. Was at a good height for Watling to catch. SA lose their first.

All eyes will be on Dale Steyn as South Africa will want to change their fortunes in Tests sooner than later © Getty Images
All eyes will be on Dale Steyn as South Africa will want to change their fortunes in Tests sooner than later © Getty Images

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live updates of South Africa vs New Zealand 2016. Here you will get all the live cricket updates of Day One’s play of the first Test of the two-Test series. The match is being played at Kingsmead, Durban. The contest should be neck to neck as both South Africa and New Zealand have different motives and agenda to play for but the end result, in both the team’s mindset and strategy, will be the same. New Zealand have begun a new era after the retirement of their swashbuckling skipper, Brendon McCullum. Kane Williamson has been handed the captaincy in all formats and has done well for the team, as a leader, in the ICC World Twenty20 (T20I) and in a two-Test series against Zimbabwe, prior to this series. South Africa, on the other hand, have a different agenda as they have slumped to the seventh position in the latest ICC Test rankings. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs New Zealand, 1st Test at Durban Every other team is breathing down the neck of the one above it, in the rankings, and this is a grueling period for some intense battle in Tests. South Africa were World No. 1 in 2015 but their downfall have been shocking for all to see. They will like to comeback hard starting from this series as they also have a great record against the Kiwis at home. They are without the services of injured players like AB de Villiers and Morne Morkel. Faf du Plessis will lead in the absence of de Villiers. New Zealand will want to continue from strength to strength and try and climb up the rankings as their bowlers and batsmen are in good form after a one-sided series against Zimbabwe. Williamson would like to better his record against the home side, in their den, as he has his highest score of 43 in the African nation and will be eager to ad more to his kitty. Squads: New Zealand: Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Matt Henry, Luke Ronchi, Jeet Raval, Ish Sodhi South Africa (From): Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis(c), Temba Bavuma, Jean-Paul Duminy, Quinton de Kock(wk), Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Dane Piedt, Wayne Parnell, Stiaan van Zyl, Kyle Abbott, Chris Morris