New Zealand vs South Africa : 1st Test Day 3 | Williamson ton gives NZ the lead

New Zealand started off the day at 177 for 3 with skipper Williamson and Patel in the middle. The former scored his first run of the day after enduring tough spells from Morne Morkel, Rabada and Philander. While he got some time to find his feet, South Africa capitalised by picking up the wicket of nightwatchman Jeetan Patel when he was snared by Philander, thanks to a blinder from du Plessis. Jimmy Neesham didn't trouble the scorers much.

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After being worked over by Rabada and Morkel, the left-hander nicked a delivery of the latter's, straight to the wicket-keeper. There was some controversy with the dismissal, as many thought that Morkel had overstepped, but Rod Tucker felt that it was a legitimate delivery and took three minutes to decide the same. New Zealand had an uphill task and were in need of a partnership. Kane Williamson joined hands with BJ Watling and the duo saved New Zealand's ship.



Kane Williamson who had been a spectator at the other end, slowly got into the nineties. When he was at 99, Duminy bowled a loopy full-toss and Kane Williamson would've definitely thanked the spinner as he got to his 16th Test ton. His 16th takes him one behind Martin Crowe's record of 17 centuries. Watling's patience with the bat is impeccable and he proved his abilities once again. Both the batsmen made the South African bowlers work. Their 84-run stand came was brought to an end when Williamson edged one straight into the hands of de Kock to give Rabada his only wicket. Santner scored a solitary boundary in the fourth ball of his innings before being dismissed on the 42nd. Watling got to his first half-century in 14 innings, coming off 127 deliveries. Wagner belted the South African bowlers, scoring all his 32 runs through boundaries and sixes. His knock came at run-a-ball. On the other end, Watling and Boult were dismissed in quick succession, bringing in Ross Taylor who was retired out yesterday. He struck a huge six but Wagner on the other end was dismissed to give Keshav Maharaj his fifth wicket of the innings.



Fortunately for South Africa, the lead wasn't too big. But their start couldn't have been worse as Cook was sent packing in just the fourth delivery when he edged one straight into the hands of Watling. Amla and Elgar then started the resurrection work, with both batsmen resisted the attack for a while and the former struck few magnificent drives as South Africa ended the day, 5 runs ahead of New Zealand's lead.

Brief Scores 

South Africa 308 and 38 for 1 lead New Zealand 341 all out (Williamson 130, Raval 52, Watling 50, Maharaj 5 for 94) by 5 runs. 

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