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  • 5:49 PM IST

    It was a beautiful, bright sunny day, perhaps perfect for cricket. But the thunderstorm last night at Durban, was too good for the outfield. The ground staff tried, but their efforts could not get play underway at Kingsmead. It’s a shame, but it is what it is. Anyway, that’s it from us here. Hope to see some cricket on Day Four. Goodbye, and do join us tomorrow. Who knows, a Steyn thunderstorm might follow!

  • 5:44 PM IST

    You might have got the message! Play has been called off without a ball being bowled!

    Stumps it is!
  • 5:41 PM IST

  • 5:39 PM IST

    It looks like the South African players have not yet reached the stadium.

  • 5:34 PM IST

    Time for inspection…hope for the best!

  • 4:17 PM IST

  • 3:53 PM IST

    “Underfoot conditions are treacherous”. Another two hour break before inspection.

  • 3:51 PM IST

    The groundsmen have surely put in a lot of hardwork. But perhaps, last night’s thunderstorm was too much for the outfield.

  • 3:48 PM IST

    It looks like some areas on the field haven’t dried up yet. There will be another inspection at 2 PM Local Time.

  • 3:30 PM IST

  • 2:06 PM IST

    This might get a smile on your face, amidst no play! throwback to when Martin Guptill took 3 wickets against Zimbabwe in the 2nd Test. Oh Ross!

  • 1:27 PM IST

    65mm of rain fell last night and therefore the first session of play can be expected to be washed out.

  • 1:08 PM IST

    This was the scene an hour back! Phew…
  • 1:02 PM IST

    Now, the important news, it had rained heavily last night at Durban and when I say heavily it means it it really really poured down. It has not rained in the morning. But there will be an inspection at 12 PM Local time. No play till then.

  • 1:00 PM IST

    Well, what could have been a fantastic day for Steyn and co. was spoiled by rain on Day Two. Early wickets of Guptill and Latham had certainly got the Proteas going. But what followed was rain, rain and more rain.

Dale Steyn will test the New Zealand batsmen again on Day 3 © AFP
Dale Steyn will test the New Zealand batsmen again on Day 3 © AFP

Greetings everyone! Welcome to CricketCountry’s live match coverage of the third day of first Test between South Africa and New Zealand at Kingsmead, Durban.  After Trent Boult wrecked havoc of an erratic batting line-up of the home team to dismiss them for 263, New Zealand had to face the daunting spell of Dale Steyn on Day Two before rain interrupted the entire day’s play. The match looks evenly poised but hosts have a slight edge at the moment. If we get whole day’s play on Day Three, we will get to know who has a clear edge over the other. At stumps on Day Two, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, their most experienced batters, are at the crease and will have to face the South African speedsters smartly to take a lead in the first innings. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs New Zealand, 1st Test at Durban Steyn looked in complete control of the proceedings as he bowled with a lot of fire and dismissed both the openers, Martin Guptill and Tom Latham. He bowled six overs and conceded only three runs, with two maidens and two scalps. This shows the menacing spell of his which troubled the New Zealanders a lot. South Africa are still leading the opponents by 248 runs and will like to dominate them again on Day Three which promises to be a great contest, on a Sunday, between bat and ball. The top scorers for South Africa, in their first innings, were Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma and Kagiso Rabada as their team bundled out for a modest total. Taylor will have to carry on from where he left in Zimbabwe to bail his team out from a tricky situation.