Rain washes out final day of drawn first Test

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 12:  Rain settles in ahead of day five of the First Test match between New Zealand and South Africa at University Oval on March 12, 2017 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 12: Rain settles in ahead of day five of the First Test match between New Zealand and South Africa at University Oval on March 12, 2017 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)

Persistent rain was the winner on the final day as the first Test match between the Standard Bank Proteas and New Zealand at the University Oval in Dunedin on Sunday ended in a draw. Play was abandoned without a ball being bowled shortly after lunch on Sunday, which brought a disappointing end to an intriguing contest which has developed over the last four days.

Both captains believe the match ended 'honours even', and both teams will take positives heading into the second match starting at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Thursday.

Dean Elgar was named as the man-of-the-match following his brilliant scores of 140 and 89 in the first and second innings. The Proteas finished on 224/6 in their second innings with a lead of 191, with top-scores from Elgar 89 and Faf du Plessis 56 not out.