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  • 5:55 PM IST

    When it’s not meant to be, it’s not meant to be! How wet outfield has managed to spoil your day and ours and all the cricket lovers too, is for all to see. Now at least we know this game is heading for a draw. But anyway, we will be back with the updates on Day 5, hoping there is light at the end of the tunnel. Till then Goodbye and have a great day ahead.

  • 5:50 PM IST
    Play has been called off in Durban!
  • 5:48 PM IST

    Still awaiting a positive news…Looks like inspection is underway.

  • 5:16 PM IST

    Nope, no hope of the game starting as of yet.

  • 12:58 PM IST

  • 12:57 PM IST

    Good morning, let us start with a bad news. Sorry but that is what we have for you as far as this match is concerned: a 2-hour delay is very likely here.

Steyn-and-Philander

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates post of the fourth day’s play between South Africa and New Zealand, at Kingsmead, Durban. It has once again been a disappointing Test as far as weather is concerned, because not a single ball was bowled on the third day and a large part of the second day was washed out. It was only on the opening day of this Test at an entire day’s play was possible, following which poor ground conditions and management resulted in the abandonment of the third and the fourth day. New Zealand were struggling at 15 for 2 in reply to South Africa’s first-innings total of 263. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs New Zealand, 1st Test at Durban

It has been very disappointing to see weather and poor ground management robbing off the fans of some quality cricket. Dale Steyn, who is playing his first Test since December 2015, gave ominous signs to the Kiwis, snaffling both the wickets that fell on the second day.

New Zealand trail by another 248 runs but with no play being possible on the third day and for most of the second day, it can be said it will be tough for both the teams to force a result in this Test.

For New Zealand, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are at the crease, batting at 2 not out, each. They will need to drop the anchor and bide time, and not allow South Africa to gain some valuable moral advantage with a poor batting show.

Teams:

South Africa XI: Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis(c), Jean-Paul Duminy, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Dane Piedt.

New Zealand XI: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult