Published: Sun, March 12, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Williamson put South Africa under pressure

Williamson put South Africa under pressure

The Proteas have added one run to their overnight score and are 39 for two.

New Zealand had nine overs with the new ball before stumps and conceded 18 runs without threatening the batsmen.

With South Africa 38-1, and holding a lead of five runs, play was twice pushed back but eventually got underway at 11.30 at University Oval.

McKenzie argued that if rain forced a draw neither side could take any extra momentum into the second Test starting in Wellington on Thursday, but New Zealand bowler Jeetan Patel claimed a psychological edge for the home side.

The pair were forced to battle in frigid conditions on a wearing wicket that made run-scoring extremely hard, and their 80-run stand for the fourth wicket helped South Africa close the day on 224 for six, giving them a lead of 191 runs. Elgar had been a shining light in the gloom of Dunedin, batting comfortably to keep New Zealand at bay as he backed up from a first innings 140.

Elgar got a reprieve on 35 when Watling could not hold on to the low offering, denying Neesham his first wicket of the day.

"We put down couple of chances. but the way guys kept fighting was impressive", Patel said.

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Shortly after his dismissal, the players left the field due to bad light after just 20 minutes of action.

Forecasted rain in Dunedin on Sunday is likely to condemn the first test to a draw‚ and the South Africans know from their experience of the conditions in Hamilton that Seddon Park‚ where the third test starts on March 25‚ is receptive to slow poison.

Duminy had a number of let-offs, surviving several challenges under the Decision Review System and another close call in which he was probably out but which New Zealand chose not to review.

Earlier Williamson's 130 plus valuable half-centuries from Jeet Raval and Watling - along with Taylor's late return despite a calf injury - carried New Zealand to 341.

The 27-year-old spinner Keshav Maharaj ended the innings when he had Wagner caught by JP Duminy to finish with 5-94, his first five-wicket Test haul.

Temba Bavuma (6) and Quinton de Kock (4) then fell to spin as they were bowled by Santner and Patel, respectively. Producing the highest strike-rate of all the batsmen so far, Neil Wagner was also dismissed by Maharaj in their very last wicket, with a score of 32 off 32 balls.

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