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1st Test: Dean Elgar scores 89 as SA extend lead over Kiwis

1st Test: Dean Elgar scores 89 as SA extend lead over Kiwis

South African batting coach Neil McKenzie believes his side need another 70 runs to feel safe after New Zealand captured the key wicket of Dean Elgar to keep alive the prospect of a result in the first Test in Dunedin on Saturday.

New Zealand could effectively be six down, though, with Taylor undergoing scans on Friday on the injured right calf which forced him to retire hurt on Thursday. "I'm not sure if Ross Taylor is going to come back", Langeveldt said while conceding Williamson was winning the battle with South Africa's bowling spearhead Vernon Philander. But Elgar played a scintillating knock of 140 along with du Plessis (52) and Bavuma (64) forging innings saving partnerships of 126 and 74 runs respectively to propel their side to 308 in the first innings.

South Africa took a five-run lead but lost opener Stephen Cook in the first over of their second innings.

Offspinner Jeetan Patel snared his first wicket, of South Africa's Quinton de Kock. Shortly after his dismissal, the players left the field due to bad light after just 20 minutes of action.

The 27-year-old Maharaj, in his fifth Test, ended the innings when he had Wagner caught by JP Duminy for 32 to claim five for 94, his first five-wicket Test haul.

The wickets of Temba Bavuma and Keshav Maharaj in quick succession by Trent Boult helped hasten the end of South Africa's innings.

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New Zealand's innings was built around Kane Williamson's 16th Test century.

Centuries by Alex Hales and Joe Root powered England to a crushing 186-run victory over the hapless West Indies in the third and final one-day worldwide in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Thursday.

As predicted by the weather forecast, persistent rainfall forced the first Test to be a boring draw as the final day turned into a complete washout between New Zealand and South Africa.

From our position, we felt that yesterday was tough, there was a lot of grafting, but we got ourselves into a position where if today was a full day of cricket with New Zealand being one seamer down and one of their main batters out of the team we fancied our chances.

The last time New Zealand played South Africa in Dunedin, in 2012, New Zealand needed 264 to win with eight wickets in hand when rain also washed out the final day.


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