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Black Caps v Proteas 1st Test Day 3

Day Three Of Play Coverage By Josephine O’Driscoll

Kahu Cricket Commentator Josephine O'Driscoll Coverage Of Black Caps CricketsDay 3 – First Test – Black Caps vs Proteas at University Oval in Dunedin with the Black Caps resuming on 177/3 still trailing SA by 131 runs with 7 wickets in hand.
SA you would have to say had the upper hand at the start of Day 3 but with Williamson and Patel at the crease it could easily turn in the Black Caps favour.
It’s fair to say that batting wasn’t the easiest in the first hour with Jeetan Patel falling to an outstanding catch from Faf du Plessis at first slip off the bowling of Morne Morkel.
In fact, SA were bowling such great lines that it took Kane Williamson a long time to get his first runs. Once he did that and James Neesham was dismissed in what could only be described as controversial, Kane and BJ batted beautifully together. BJ was as patient as ever and both batsmen took their opportunities when they were presented to them.
Kane was eventually dismissed for a very well played 130. At that point NZ were 286/6 still trailing by 12 runs. Santner came to the crease and after a long time was dismissed for 4 which brought Neil Wagner to the crease. BJ would go on to make 50 and bring up 300 for NZ but that’s all he would make.
That brought Trent Boult to the wicket. After tea Wagner and Boult took the Black Caps ahead of SA’s total with some big hitting from Wagner before Wagner was dismissed for 32. NZ 324/9.
That brought Ross Taylor back to the crease who retired hurt and WOW did he hit some balls.
Trent Boult was the last man dismissed for 2.
NZ all out for 341. SA second innings started not so well with Cook out for 0 in the first over but Elgar and Amla steadied the ship somewhat and SA finished the day on 38/1 with a lead of just 5 runs

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