Match Live - Stumps + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: South Africa, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
  • Referee: DC Boon
  • When: 25 Mar 2017, 00:00 SAST

Umpires

  • Umpire1: RJ Tucker
  • Umpire2: BNJ Oxenford
  • Third Umpire: HDPK Dharmasena

321/4

Run Rate: 3.09

Overs: 104.0 / 0.0

New Zealand

314/10

Run Rate: 3.51

Overs: 89.2 / 0.0

South Africa

Last Wicket:Nicholls c de Kock b Rabada 0 (1 b 0x4 0x6 ) SR: 0; 293/4(94.1)

That will be all from me for this Test. Akshay will take over tomorrow. Bring the stats and the philosophy and the DRS debates to him like you have the last few days. Rain can't stop us. Good night, folks.

7.02pm Stumps on day three. And two full sessions in a row. A total of 78.3 overs today despite losing an hour in the morning. 254 runs came off those and they have pushed New Zealand marginally ahead in this game considering that this is a must-win game for them against the devilish forecast. Three wickets fell in the final session, that pushed them into conservation, but Williamson is still around and there is enough batting to cause slight panic if the weather holds up tomorrow. South Africa were lazy and frustrated in the field, for most parts, happy to repeat the motions till the new ball came around. It did bring wickets but any good bowling wasn't sustained for long enough. Morkel's spell in the morning was probably the best of this Test. Philander kept his discpline in small periods, and Rabada didn't have the greatest of days till he snared two in the end. South Africa spoke of reverse swing a lot in the lead up to this game, and seemed to lose focus when the reversing ball was changed.

Jeet Raval will remember this innings for a long time. It wasn't aesthetically pleasing, but that exposure of the middle order in the end showed why it was vital. He missed out on a century again, but it was a top-class Test innings.
It allowed Williamson to flourish and notch up two top New Zealand batting records at the other end. He beat Crowe as fastest to 5000 runs, and has also equalled him for most centuries by a Kiwi. Any attack tomorrow will be led by him.

103.6KA Maharaj to MJ Santner, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, back of a length at off stump, stands tall, deep in his crease and punches this gloriously between midwicket and mid-on.
103.5KA Maharaj to MJ Santner, No run, full at off stump, turns in sharply and catches him on the pad. Elgar dives dramatically across the pitch to catch that. It barely went up off the ground.
103.4KA Maharaj to MJ Santner, No run, good length at off stump, forward defence.
103.3KA Maharaj to MJ Santner, No run, back of a length outside off, shoots in from the rough and De Kock takes it on top of off stump.
103.2KA Maharaj to MJ Santner, 2 runs, tossed up outside off, gets to the pitch and pushes it past mid-off.
103.1KA Maharaj to KS Williamson, 1 run, tossed up at leg stump, turned into the leg side with a big stride and New Zealand are in the lead.
End of over 103. 1 runs this over. 314/4 after 618 balls.
MJ Santner 7 (37b 0x4 0x6 ) JP Duminy 4-0-18-0
KS Williamson 147 (215b 14x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 102. 1 runs this over. 313/4 after 612 balls.
MJ Santner 7 (32b 0x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 28-2-64-0
KS Williamson 146 (214b 14x4 3x6 ) more

TJ: "Wait... Broom and Nicholls are specialist batsmen. (And didn't Nicholls make a 100 in the previous test?) NZ actually has an ideal team balance: five batsmen, two all rounders (a spin bowler and keeper), and in normal circumstances four pace bowlers, one of whom (de Grandhomme) is a more than capable batsman, and should improve once he settles at test level. "

Angus : "@Simon When Taylor is fit you wouldn't have both Broom and Nicholls in your side. Possibly put Guptill ahead of both too, but I would like to see him as a"specialist 6", a concept which keeps coming up in commentary. "

End of over 101.  A maiden over! 312/4 after 606 balls.
MJ Santner 7 (28b 0x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 24-5-74-2
KS Williamson 145 (212b 14x4 3x6 ) more

mike: "@Dave - No they're specialist fieldsmen"

Simon has divided opinions:
Dave: "Simon, I think you'll find Broom and Nicholls ARE the specialist batsmen. A handy hint is that neither of them bowls..."

Todd: "@Simon Grady, you freakin nailed it!"

End of over 100. 6 runs this over. 312/4 after 600 balls.
MJ Santner 7 (22b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 25-6-59-0
KS Williamson 145 (212b 14x4 3x6 ) more

Simon Grady: "This match is showing the usefulness of specialists over part timers who are not world class in either discipline. No team in world cricket could carry both Broom and Nichols at the same time. The formula for NZ going forward is simple, 5 specialist batsmen, a keeper who can hope to average over 30 with the bat, 4 specialist bowlers, and a genuine all-rounder."

End of over 99. 3 runs this over. 306/4 after 594 balls.
MJ Santner 6 (20b 0x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 21-1-83-2
KS Williamson 140 (208b 13x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 98. 4 runs this over. 301/4 after 587 balls.
MJ Santner 4 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 24-6-51-0
KS Williamson 137 (206b 13x4 3x6 ) more

The light has been checked and the extension has been taken. Stumps at 7pm tonight.

turns out Santner had got pad first on a forward defence last over.

End of over 97. 1 runs this over. 297/4 after 582 balls.
MJ Santner 2 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 20-1-80-2
KS Williamson 136 (205b 13x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 96. 1 runs this over. 296/4 after 576 balls.
MJ Santner 2 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 23-6-47-0
KS Williamson 135 (201b 13x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 95. 2 runs this over. 295/4 after 570 balls.
MJ Santner 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 19-1-79-2
KS Williamson 134 (198b 13x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 94.  A maiden over! 293/3 after 564 balls.
KS Williamson 134 (198b 13x4 3x6 ) VD Philander 22-6-46-0
HM Nicholls 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 93. 2 runs this over. 293/3 after 558 balls.
NT Broom 12 (11b 2x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 18-1-77-1
KS Williamson 134 (192b 13x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 92. 8 runs this over. 291/2 after 552 balls.
KS Williamson 133 (188b 13x4 3x6 ) M Morkel 23-4-74-2
NT Broom 11 (9b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Ryan: "How many more overs are we likely to get here today?" --- Not more than six, I would say. Final half hour of play. If the light holds, it will be more, of course.

End of over 91. 6 runs this over. 283/2 after 545 balls.
NT Broom 4 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 17-1-75-0
KS Williamson 132 (185b 13x4 3x6 ) more

Swasan: "Wow... Great young and new openers this season... Haseeb, Jennings, Rahul, Renshaw and Raval." --- Yep. And here's Raval's story. Moved from India, turned down by Subway, and then, cricket - The making of a Kiwi

End of over 90. 5 runs this over. 277/2 after 540 balls.
NT Broom 4 (1b 1x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 22-4-66-2
KS Williamson 131 (183b 13x4 3x6 ) more

Alex: "Bugger, and Raval was well on track for a triple Cowan. What a feat that would have been."

Joel: "Such a shame for Raval to miss out on a hundred but this innings has shown a lot about Raval's willingness to grit it out, just hope NZ persist with him if he hits rocky form"

Nate: "Poor Raval, missing out on the century. Done his job again though! He's cemented himself as NZ's other opener for quite a while."

Paul: "Good effort by Raval. Since Richardson retired, only 4 other NZ openers have faced 254 balls or more in an innings - Latham (3 times), McIntosh (twice) and B-Mac."



End of over 89. 6 runs this over. 272/1 after 534 balls.
JA Raval 88 (252b 10x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 16-1-69-0
KS Williamson 130 (180b 13x4 3x6 ) more

Hari: "Will this performance by Rabada rank as his worst test bowling performance ? Showing signs of fatigue after a long season imho"

End of over 88. 2 runs this over. 266/1 after 528 balls.
KS Williamson 125 (178b 12x4 3x6 ) M Morkel 21-4-61-1
JA Raval 87 (248b 10x4 0x6 ) more

Marcus: "I'd say Williamson's the classiest batsman going around today, but for sheer elegance I can't go past Mark Waugh."

PraveenP: "I rate him a notch below Sangakkara in terms of classiness."

Peter T: "@David Wedde I completely agree. He can leave it to Philander to blunt the old ball ...."

End of over 87. 4 runs this over. 264/1 after 522 balls.
JA Raval 87 (248b 10x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 15-1-63-0
KS Williamson 123 (172b 12x4 3x6 ) more

John: "Raval had one job to do and that was occupy the crease, a feat which has consistently eluded every NZ opener since Mark Richardson. His runs are irrelevant to me. He has done his job."

David Wedde: "Can't believe people are commenting on Raval's scoring rate?!? He's trying to blunt the second new ball and he's doing a great job for the team even though he is struggling for timing. Plus it's not like the South African's have one of the best attacks around...oh wait..."

End of over 86. 6 runs this over. 260/1 after 516 balls.
KS Williamson 123 (172b 12x4 3x6 ) M Morkel 20-4-59-1
JA Raval 83 (242b 9x4 0x6 ) more

MN: "Serious question here. Is Kane Williamson the classiest batsman of the modern age? His technique is probably close to perfect, and his shot selection is just sublime. I'd go as far to say that KW ranks as the classiest batsman since perhaps David Gower, exceeding the likes of Damien Martyn." --- Ian Bell did it for me.

End of over 85. 3 runs this over. 254/1 after 510 balls.
JA Raval 83 (242b 9x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 21-5-46-0
KS Williamson 117 (166b 12x4 2x6 ) more

Taj: "I don't care if Raval scores another 0 or another 100; this has been a character defining innings. All day today the timing hasn't been there, the feet haven't moved, the bowling has been tight--and he has just stayed at the crease through sheer willpower. A bit reminiscent of Chanderpaul. "

End of over 84. 1 runs this over. 251/1 after 504 balls.
JA Raval 83 (241b 9x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 19-4-53-1
KS Williamson 114 (161b 12x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 83. 1 runs this over. 250/1 after 498 balls.
JA Raval 83 (236b 9x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 20-5-43-0
KS Williamson 113 (160b 12x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 82. 7 runs this over. 249/1 after 492 balls.
JA Raval 83 (231b 9x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 18-4-52-1
KS Williamson 112 (159b 12x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 81. 1 runs this over. 242/1 after 486 balls.
JA Raval 83 (228b 9x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 19-5-42-0
KS Williamson 105 (156b 11x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 80.  A maiden over! 241/1 after 480 balls.
JA Raval 83 (225b 9x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 27-2-63-0
KS Williamson 104 (153b 11x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 79. 13 runs this over. 241/1 after 474 balls.
KS Williamson 104 (153b 11x4 2x6 ) D Elgar 1-0-13-0
JA Raval 83 (219b 9x4 0x6 ) more

Phew. Lots happened in that over. A record each for the batsmen - Raval with his highest score, and Williamsom equalling Crowe on centuries

End of over 78. 6 runs this over. 228/1 after 468 balls.
KS Williamson 96 (150b 9x4 2x6 ) JP Duminy 3-0-17-0
JA Raval 78 (216b 8x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 77. 1 runs this over. 222/1 after 462 balls.
JA Raval 77 (215b 8x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 26-1-63-0
KS Williamson 91 (145b 8x4 2x6 ) more

Dan: "Bat well while you're batting well. They could come out for the fourth innings and be rolled for 26."

End of over 76. 7 runs this over. 221/1 after 456 balls.
KS Williamson 90 (144b 8x4 2x6 ) JP Duminy 2-0-11-0
JA Raval 77 (210b 8x4 0x6 ) more

Ollie: "I don't think Scott will be the next test captain of NZ with that theory. Bat well, Bat once, make S Africa play for rain to save the test if need be." --- I quite liked Scott's theory. In the Baz mould.

End of over 75. 1 runs this over. 214/1 after 450 balls.
JA Raval 76 (208b 8x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 25-1-62-0
KS Williamson 84 (140b 7x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 74. 4 runs this over. 213/1 after 444 balls.
JA Raval 76 (203b 8x4 0x6 ) JP Duminy 1-0-4-0
KS Williamson 83 (139b 7x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 73. 2 runs this over. 209/1 after 438 balls.
KS Williamson 80 (136b 7x4 2x6 ) KA Maharaj 24-1-61-0
JA Raval 75 (200b 8x4 0x6 ) more

Mike: "@Alex: Man, I love your enthusiasm! I think 500 is a long way off. We're batting really well at the moment and if we can get to 400 I'll buy my kids a puppy to celebrate."

Alex: "I think NZ clearly try to only bat once from here. Get a lead tonight, add 200 tomorrow, and see if they can shake this SA top order one more time." --- Lotsa turn too.

Ollie Man: "@Tom Cook. Couldn't agree more. NZ have got to try and dictate this game. We got to make the plays - that what I used to love about Kenny Rutherford's captaincy. Always looking to attack. Great batting though!"

4.12pm At long last, a full session without rain speculation. And for New Zealand, at long last, a full session of dominance with the bat. South Africa are now very visibly bowling for the new ball, after losing their beloved semi-old one. In any case, they're focusing too much on the tool rather than the plan. That is because Kane Williamson has taken them on and played brilliantly. A nice, positive approach as his partner fell into a hole through the middle period of that session. But, hole or not, New Zealand don't mind this. One wicket down with a session to go and a realistic chance of keeping the result alive.

End of over 72. 2 runs this over. 207/1 after 432 balls.
JA Raval 75 (200b 8x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 14-1-59-0
KS Williamson 78 (130b 7x4 2x6 ) more

Tom Cook: "NZ have a few overs left to make the most of the old ball. I would suggest sending CDG in next if they lose a wicket. Williamson playing a gem of an innings on home soil."

End of over 71. 1 runs this over. 205/1 after 426 balls.
JA Raval 74 (196b 8x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 23-1-59-0
KS Williamson 77 (128b 7x4 2x6 ) more

Pat C: "Is it likely that the match referee will get involved post match? It's probably not against the rules to roll the ball in but surely against the spirit of the game?" --- Good chance he will get involved. But don't you have a Test to play today, Pat C?

End of over 70. 2 runs this over. 204/1 after 420 balls.
JA Raval 73 (190b 8x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 13-1-57-0
KS Williamson 77 (128b 7x4 2x6 ) more

Amb: "They can roll the ball along the field as much as they like. As long as they don't do it during the bowling part. Of course *if* they were to do that the series would go down in infamy." --- New Zealand seem to get associated with the rolling ball an awful lot...

Jacob: "As a counter to the Sehwag story I remember a West Indian batsman once hit a ball out of the park (or into concrete and damaged it? Can't remember) and the replacement ball ended up swerving around corners for Shane Bond, who took five and won that match. Must have been one of his last tests."

End of over 69. 2 runs this over. 202/1 after 414 balls.
JA Raval 72 (187b 8x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 22-1-58-0
KS Williamson 77 (125b 7x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 68. 2 runs this over. 200/1 after 408 balls.
KS Williamson 76 (124b 7x4 2x6 ) K Rabada 12-1-56-0
JA Raval 71 (182b 8x4 0x6 ) more

David: "I wonder which batsmen have caused the most changes of ball. Viv Richards would be top of my list of suspects. Not likely to ever be Jeet Ravel, but he's fighting hard." --- There is that old legend of Virender Sehwag deliberately hitting a menacing, reverse-swinging ball out of the stadium against Pakistan

End of over 67. 5 runs this over. 198/1 after 402 balls.
JA Raval 71 (182b 8x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 21-1-56-0
KS Williamson 74 (118b 7x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 66. 9 runs this over. 193/1 after 396 balls.
JA Raval 71 (181b 8x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 11-1-54-0
KS Williamson 69 (113b 6x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 65. 2 runs this over. 184/1 after 390 balls.
KS Williamson 64 (110b 6x4 2x6 ) KA Maharaj 20-1-51-0
JA Raval 67 (178b 7x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 64. 6 runs this over. 182/1 after 384 balls.
KS Williamson 63 (109b 6x4 2x6 ) VD Philander 18-5-41-0
JA Raval 66 (173b 7x4 0x6 ) more

David: "2. Fair and unfair play - responsibility of umpires The umpires shall be the sole judges of fair and unfair play. If either umpire considers an action, not covered by the Laws, to be unfair he shall intervene without appeal and, if the ball is in play, call and signal Dead ball and implement the procedure as set out in 18 below. Otherwise umpires shall not interfere with the progress of play without appeal except as required to do so by the Laws." --- Thanks David.

End of over 63. 2 runs this over. 176/1 after 378 balls.
JA Raval 66 (173b 7x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 19-1-49-0
KS Williamson 57 (103b 6x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 62.  A maiden over! 174/1 after 372 balls.
KS Williamson 56 (102b 6x4 1x6 ) VD Philander 17-5-35-0
JA Raval 65 (168b 7x4 0x6 ) more

Tim: "You say "usually the bowling side who complains" which implies the batting side can complain and usually doesn't. Perhaps Williamson saw the bounce throws and complained just to stymie Fafs plan?" --- Can't tell you for sure if batsmen do it - which is why I said usually. In this case, Williamson wasn't involved.

Brad: "The radio commentators suggested the South African outfielders were deliberately aligning the seam horizontally before throwing the ball, to make sure it scuffs the side, not the seam, when it lands. Surely THAT's against the rules?" --- More an ethics kinda thing, not against the rules.

End of over 61. 1 runs this over. 174/1 after 366 balls.
JA Raval 65 (168b 7x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 18-1-47-0
KS Williamson 56 (96b 6x4 1x6 ) more

That will be drinks

End of over 60. 6 runs this over. 173/1 after 359 balls.
KS Williamson 55 (94b 6x4 1x6 ) VD Philander 16-4-35-0
JA Raval 65 (163b 7x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 59. 6 runs this over. 167/1 after 354 balls.
JA Raval 65 (163b 7x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 17-1-46-0
KS Williamson 50 (88b 5x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 58.  A maiden over! 161/1 after 348 balls.
KS Williamson 46 (86b 5x4 1x6 ) VD Philander 15-4-29-0
JA Raval 63 (159b 7x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 57. 2 runs this over. 161/1 after 342 balls.
JA Raval 63 (159b 7x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 16-1-40-0
KS Williamson 46 (80b 5x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 56. 4 runs this over. 159/1 after 336 balls.
KS Williamson 45 (77b 5x4 1x6 ) M Morkel 17-4-45-1
JA Raval 62 (156b 7x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 55. 5 runs this over. 155/1 after 330 balls.
JA Raval 62 (156b 7x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 15-1-38-0
KS Williamson 41 (71b 4x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 54. 6 runs this over. 150/1 after 324 balls.
JA Raval 58 (152b 6x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 16-4-41-1
KS Williamson 40 (69b 4x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 53. 4 runs this over. 144/1 after 318 balls.
KS Williamson 35 (67b 3x4 1x6 ) KA Maharaj 14-1-33-0
JA Raval 57 (148b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 52. 2 runs this over. 140/1 after 312 balls.
KS Williamson 31 (61b 2x4 1x6 ) M Morkel 15-4-35-1
JA Raval 57 (148b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 51. 1 runs this over. 138/1 after 306 balls.
KS Williamson 30 (59b 2x4 1x6 ) KA Maharaj 13-1-29-0
JA Raval 56 (144b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 50. 1 runs this over. 137/1 after 300 balls.
KS Williamson 30 (56b 2x4 1x6 ) M Morkel 14-4-33-1
JA Raval 55 (141b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 49. 2 runs this over. 136/1 after 294 balls.
KS Williamson 30 (55b 2x4 1x6 ) KA Maharaj 12-1-28-0
JA Raval 55 (136b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 48. 2 runs this over. 134/1 after 288 balls.
JA Raval 55 (136b 6x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 13-3-33-1
KS Williamson 28 (49b 2x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 47. 1 runs this over. 132/1 after 282 balls.
KS Williamson 27 (48b 2x4 1x6 ) KA Maharaj 11-1-26-0
JA Raval 54 (131b 6x4 0x6 ) more

Scott: "Harrison - those who grew up watching Crowe weren't Boomers - we are Gen Xers. 188 in the West Indies against Marshall and Garner. 3 centuries against the most feared attack the cricket has seen. 100 against Ausatralia after leaving the field from a Bruce Reid bouncer to the head. Look at his record between the start of 1985 through the end of 1991 and you'll see why he's so brilliant. Century after century against the very best in one of the most difficult periods to be a batsmen. "

Mike: "NZ's opening pairs have been a problem ever since Trevor Franklin retired. We usually seem to have one good one - Wright, Young, and Richardson - but can never find them a suitable tag-team partner. After nearly 30 years, we might finally be back on track with Raval and Latham."

Andrew: "Will be interesting to see what approach NZ take to try and squeak out a result here. We're a long way away yet, but it seems like we will either need to score quickly to give ourselves enough time to bowl SA out and chase, or continue on and plan to bat once. Rain is another spanner in the works...so many options! This is why test cricket is great!"

Matt: "As a long-suffering NZ fan, I'm delighted we've got a batsman who we're mentioning in the same breath as Crowe (who is among the 5 best batsmen I've seen live, along with Tendulkar, Viv Richards, Miandad and the best - Greg Chappell). "

Brad: "The Latham-Raval opening partnership could almost be considered a strength of this NZ test side. In the time I've been following test cricket (since the England tour of 91/92) I'm struggling to think of another time when the opening partnership wasn't serious area of concern for the Blackcaps."

Thomas: "For reference: Williamson's batting stats excluding Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and West Indies. Still pretty impressive.

Toecrusher: "There's no issue with Raval's conversion. Batting time is a big part of an opener's job. His batting enables Williamson and Taylor to set up our innings. That'll do for now. In time he'll learn to convert. He is known for batting time domestically. It'll come." --- If it does in this match, it'll be a remarkable feat. No New Zealand opener has scored a hundred against South Africa since Geoff Rabone in 1953.

Nathan: "My Old Man used to say that Crowe was probably the best batsmen he ever saw. He judged that on the fact that Crowe seemed to have the most time to play a shot and could play them all. It's criminal that he managed to average under 50"

William: ""but there is no longer any debate about who is the best Kiwi batsman of all time; Williamson is already there" Not yet - probably in time. There was a period in Crowe's career before the injury and self-doubt set in towards the end, that he just looked incredibly good. Even against really good bowling. And he didn't get tests against Zim and Bangladesh or a tragically weakened WI side."

Neil: "12 test innings for Raval and he has 5 fifties with an average of almost 46. Is this the one he turns into a ton, or will he be like Steven Fleming who was described as our best batsmen without a century until he picked one up in his 39th test innings. In the 38 innings Before that he was averaging in the 40s with 9 fifties."

1.32pm And that will be lunch. A long wait for cricket to start today, and it was followed by delicious fast bowling from Morkel. Used the reverse swing brilliantly to outwork Latham's resistance. But there was a fifty because of that resistance, and another from the other end from Raval. Knocks that keep New Zealand ahead on the balance of play today. The forecast has been proved wrong so far. Let's hope it remains that way. Next session begins at 2.10pm.

Harrison: "If King Kane got to 5,000 in this test, he would smash Crowe's NZ record by 8 tests. The boomers are going to hate me for saying this, but there is no longer any debate about who is the best Kiwi batsman of all time; Williamson is already there"

End of over 46. 7 runs this over. 131/1 after 276 balls.
KS Williamson 27 (44b 2x4 1x6 ) K Rabada 10-1-45-0
JA Raval 53 (129b 6x4 0x6 ) more

Wang Mub: "Raval looks as solid as a rock,he sure has patience,just what New Zealands' docter ordered.I just hope he can go on to a Ton,because he has been dismissed just past fifty quite a bit so far in his Test career after doing a lot of the hard work."

Chris: "@OZtragic - as a kiwi I am just stoked to have someone scoring 50's! 45-50 is still an amazing test average so if he never scores 100 I will still be happy! "

End of over 45.  A maiden over! 124/1 after 270 balls.
KS Williamson 21 (39b 1x4 1x6 ) KA Maharaj 10-1-25-0
JA Raval 52 (128b 6x4 0x6 ) more

Correction, regarding the fastest to 5,000 stat. This is Williamson's 110th innings. He wouldn't equal Amla and Warner.

End of over 44. 7 runs this over. 124/1 after 264 balls.
JA Raval 52 (128b 6x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 9-1-38-0
KS Williamson 21 (33b 1x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 43. 3 runs this over. 117/1 after 258 balls.
JA Raval 48 (125b 5x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 9-0-25-0
KS Williamson 18 (30b 1x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 42. 4 runs this over. 114/1 after 252 balls.
JA Raval 48 (122b 5x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 8-1-31-0
KS Williamson 15 (27b 1x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 41. 6 runs this over. 110/1 after 246 balls.
KS Williamson 15 (27b 1x4 1x6 ) KA Maharaj 8-0-22-0
JA Raval 44 (116b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 40. 1 runs this over. 104/1 after 240 balls.
JA Raval 44 (116b 4x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 7-1-27-0
KS Williamson 9 (21b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 39. 2 runs this over. 103/1 after 234 balls.
KS Williamson 8 (17b 1x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 7-0-16-0
JA Raval 44 (114b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 38. 1 runs this over. 101/1 after 228 balls.
KS Williamson 7 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 6-1-26-0
JA Raval 43 (110b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 37. 1 runs this over. 100/1 after 222 balls.
KS Williamson 7 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 14-3-29-0
JA Raval 42 (107b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 36. 7 runs this over. 99/1 after 216 balls.
JA Raval 41 (104b 4x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 12-3-31-1
KS Williamson 7 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 35. 3 runs this over. 92/1 after 210 balls.
KS Williamson 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 13-3-28-0
JA Raval 39 (102b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 34. 3 runs this over. 89/1 after 204 balls.
JA Raval 36 (97b 4x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 11-3-24-1
KS Williamson 2 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 33. 3 runs this over. 86/1 after 198 balls.
KS Williamson 2 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 12-3-25-0
JA Raval 33 (91b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 32.  A maiden over! 83/1 after 192 balls.
KS Williamson 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 10-3-21-1
JA Raval 32 (88b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 31.  A maiden over! 83/0 after 186 balls.
JA Raval 32 (88b 4x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 11-3-22-0
TWM Latham 50 (98b 10x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 30. 4 runs this over. 83/0 after 180 balls.
TWM Latham 50 (98b 10x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 9-2-21-0
JA Raval 32 (82b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 29. 2 runs this over. 79/0 after 174 balls.
JA Raval 32 (82b 4x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 10-2-22-0
TWM Latham 46 (92b 9x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 28. 4 runs this over. 77/0 after 168 balls.
TWM Latham 46 (91b 9x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 8-2-17-0
JA Raval 31 (77b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 27. 6 runs this over. 73/0 after 162 balls.
JA Raval 31 (77b 4x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 9-2-21-0
TWM Latham 42 (85b 8x4 0x6 ) more

Revised timings:

Session 1: 12pm to 1.30pm

Session 2: 2.10pm to 4.10pm

Session 3: 4.30pm to 6.30pm

End of over 26. 2 runs this over. 67/0 after 156 balls.
TWM Latham 42 (85b 8x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 6-0-14-0
JA Raval 25 (71b 3x4 0x6 ) more

6.41pm That will be it from me today. Going to leave you with some of your own comments. Be back tomorrow. Good night.

Czan bhattarai: "Great opening here by Nz as the captain would have thought! If openers can add 50 more runs here, then Nz willnt miss Taylor in this ground"Animesh : "Good to see Latham hanging on. Was so impressed by him when NZ came to India. "

Dissappointed.: "Varun, it sounds even worse when you write "New Zealand's opening partnerships against South Africa: Only three 50+ stands this millennium". Hopefully these two can add to that over the coming seasons. "

Jaggu: "@Phil Knight: For a glimpse of the Bengaluru office of ESPNCricinfo (I'm guessing that's also their global HQ) where all the commentators do their daily magic, take a look at Melinda Farrel's On-the-Road episode with Akash Chopra and George Binoy. Nice offices, but nothing fancy: contiguous desks with monitors, laptops, piles of remote controls, cables. A bit crowded but I guess all the guys are friends. Good cricket posters and pictures on the walls."

6.31pm JP Duminy is warming up, but they're checking for light again and he might not be bowling tonight...yep. Play has been called off for bad light. New Zealand will be really, really happy at the moment. They couldn't quite close the South African innings abruptly, but the openers have more than made up for it by going to stumps without being separated. It's an even bigger feat considering Tom Latham has led their response. At long last, he spends quality time at the crease. It's been a god day for him and you can't help but wonder that those two catches earlier in the day have affected his pscyhe. Raval has scrapped it out nicely at the other end as well.

South Africa aren't firmly ahead by any means, but there was some turn there for Maharaj. And throughout the lead up to the test, they've been talking about reverse swing as well. Expect to see that within the next 10 overs on this dry pitch, that is defying all conditions outside of it.

End of over 25.  A maiden over! 65/0 after 150 balls.
JA Raval 25 (71b 3x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 8-2-15-0
TWM Latham 40 (79b 8x4 0x6 ) more

They're checking for light.

End of over 24. 4 runs this over. 65/0 after 144 balls.
TWM Latham 40 (79b 8x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 5-0-12-0
JA Raval 25 (65b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 23. 1 runs this over. 61/0 after 138 balls.
JA Raval 25 (65b 3x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 7-1-15-0
TWM Latham 36 (73b 7x4 0x6 ) more

New Zealand's opening partnerships against South Africa: Only three 50+ stands this century

Jason: "So tell me please, who bowls faster - de Grandhomme or Philander?" --- Philander edges him out by a few kph I reckon

End of over 22. 1 runs this over. 60/0 after 132 balls.
JA Raval 25 (62b 3x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 4-0-8-0
TWM Latham 35 (70b 7x4 0x6 ) more

samraat : "Before Today, Tom latham had scored only 33runs in last 8 International matches.He has already scored more than that in this inning"

End of over 21. 2 runs this over. 59/0 after 126 balls.
JA Raval 25 (61b 3x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 6-1-14-0
TWM Latham 34 (65b 7x4 0x6 ) more

Phil Knight: "I don't know how many years I have been following ball by ball on cricinfo but I think it was the early 2000s when I pulled up my chair. My wife has often looked over my shoulder and dismissed me for "watching numbers change". However, she can never understand the highs and lows of those numbers changing, capitalized bold text - OUT!, or the painful pause that either could be a review or a technical error. I would like to thank you all at cricinfo(I imagine a glamorous Google type open plan office with cool cricket ball chairs and wall to wall televisions covering every cricket game on the planet simultaneously) for the years of drama, comedy, and action. As New Zealanders say with an appropriate cricket connected metaphor - "shot bro(s)". " --- Just normal ergonomic chairs, I'm afraid. But you've put ideas in my head that the management will hear about.

End of over 20. 4 runs this over. 57/0 after 120 balls.
TWM Latham 34 (65b 7x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 3-0-7-0
JA Raval 23 (55b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 19. 4 runs this over. 53/0 after 114 balls.
JA Raval 23 (55b 3x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 5-1-25-0
TWM Latham 30 (59b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 18. 1 runs this over. 49/0 after 108 balls.
TWM Latham 30 (59b 6x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 2-0-3-0
JA Raval 19 (49b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 17. 8 runs this over. 48/0 after 102 balls.
TWM Latham 30 (56b 6x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 4-1-21-0
JA Raval 18 (46b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 16. 2 runs this over. 40/0 after 96 balls.
JA Raval 18 (46b 2x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 1-0-2-0
TWM Latham 22 (50b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 15. 8 runs this over. 38/0 after 90 balls.
TWM Latham 22 (50b 4x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 3-1-13-0
JA Raval 16 (40b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 14. 2 runs this over. 30/0 after 84 balls.
JA Raval 16 (40b 2x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 7-2-13-0
TWM Latham 14 (44b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 13.  A maiden over! 28/0 after 78 balls.
TWM Latham 14 (44b 2x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 2-1-5-0
JA Raval 14 (34b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 4 runs this over. 28/0 after 72 balls.
JA Raval 14 (34b 2x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 6-2-11-0
TWM Latham 14 (38b 2x4 0x6 ) more

That will be drinks.

This is the highest opening stand of the series for New Zealand

End of over 11. 5 runs this over. 24/0 after 66 balls.
TWM Latham 14 (38b 2x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 1-0-5-0
JA Raval 10 (28b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 10. 4 runs this over. 19/0 after 60 balls.
TWM Latham 10 (34b 1x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 5-2-7-0
JA Raval 9 (26b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9. 4 runs this over. 15/0 after 54 balls.
JA Raval 9 (26b 1x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 5-1-12-0
TWM Latham 6 (28b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 8.  A maiden over! 11/0 after 48 balls.
TWM Latham 6 (28b 0x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 4-2-3-0
JA Raval 5 (20b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 2 runs this over. 11/0 after 42 balls.
JA Raval 5 (20b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 4-1-8-0
TWM Latham 6 (22b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 6. 1 runs this over. 9/0 after 36 balls.
TWM Latham 6 (22b 0x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 3-1-3-0
JA Raval 3 (14b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 5.  A maiden over! 8/0 after 30 balls.
TWM Latham 6 (19b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 3-1-6-0
JA Raval 2 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 4. 2 runs this over. 8/0 after 24 balls.
TWM Latham 6 (13b 0x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 2-1-2-0
JA Raval 2 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3. 4 runs this over. 6/0 after 18 balls.
TWM Latham 5 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 2-0-6-0
JA Raval 1 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2.  A maiden over! 2/0 after 12 balls.
JA Raval 1 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 1-1-0-0
TWM Latham 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Fantastic over from Morkel, Raval had to come up with answers every ball

Anthony: "And that's what the DRS is there for - reversing horrible decisions. Not a good outing for Oxenford so far."

End of over 1. 2 runs this over. 2/0 after 6 balls.
TWM Latham 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 1-0-2-0
JA Raval 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
BattingRMB4S6SSR
TWM LathamC Q de Kock B M Morkel5010310048.54
JA RavalC Q de Kock B M Morkel8825410034.65
KS Williamsonnot out 14821614368.52
NT BroomLBW K Rabada121120109.09
HM NichollsC Q de Kock B K Rabada0100-
MJ Santnernot out 13421030.95
BJ Watling -
C de Grandhomme -
JS Patel -
MJ Henry -
N Wagner -
Total 321/4
BowlingOMRWECON
VD Philander25.065902.36
M Morkel24.057423.08
K Rabada21.018323.95
KA Maharaj29.027102.45
JP Duminy4.001804.5
D Elgar1.0013013