Player of the Match
Player of the Match

4.33pm South Africa's last four wickets made 124 runs. Quinton De Kock led that charge, yet again. This is why South Africa took the gamble to play him despite the injury. It has paid off and what looked like a sub-250 total is now, surely, more than enough in this rain-plagued game to keep them safely away from a loss. That's speculation based on forecast, of course, but New Zealand have no option but to come out attacking if they want to win this match. Four wickets for a very impressive Matt Henry, and two for Grandhomme who looked tidy in favourable conditions. Wagner conceded 18 boundaries in taking his three wickets and the spinners were virtually non-existent part-timers. Normally wouldn't be a bad first innings performance after losing the toss, but context is everything in this last game of their summer. We'll be back soon for the response.

Wagner to Rabada, OUT, it is the bouncer that gets him anyway. This one is close to his throat and still climbing as he swings at it. He closes his eyes and goes through with the shot. The top edge floats high behind first slip and Watling trots backwards to catch that

K Rabada c †Watling b Wagner 34 (47m 31b 6x4 1x6) SR: 109.67

Wagner to Rabada, FOUR runs, they keep bouncing him, he keeps taking it on, and it's yet another boundary through fine leg. This was sliding down leg and once more he swiveled and found the boundary

89 | 9 Runs | SA: 310/9

  • Morne Morkel9 (5b)
  • Kagiso Rabada30 (29b)
  • Matt Henry24-2-93-4
  • Neil Wagner25-2-100-2
Henry to Morkel, FOUR runs, overpitched outside off, he doesn't need feet with those big levers for hands. Stands tall and punches it through extra cover
Henry to Morkel, no run, that's missed everything. A full inswinging ball at leg stump, deviates enough to miss the stumps while also bisecting the inside edge and the front pad
Henry to Morkel, no run, good length at the pads, defended to mid-on off the back foot
Henry to Morkel, FOUR runs, back of a length outside off, stalks this outside off with an open face, gets a thick outside edge that runs past second slip
Henry to Rabada, 1 run, full at leg stump, brings the bat down late and gets a thick inside edge to fine leg
Henry to Rabada, no run, back of a length in the corridor, defended back down the pitch

88 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 301/9

  • Kagiso Rabada29 (27b)
  • Morne Morkel1 (1b)
  • Neil Wagner25-2-100-2
  • Matt Henry23-2-84-4
Wagner to Rabada, 1 run, another bouncer, gets on top of this too and keeps the hook along the ground in front of deep square leg
Wagner to Rabada, FOUR runs, short ball at the ribs, gets on his toes, lifts his front leg and drags this pull shot over Raval at leg gully
Wagner to Morkel, 1 run, back of a length at the hips, glanced to deep square leg
Wagner to de Kock, OUT, full and angling into the leg stump, De Kock has slogged across the line and missed this one. It struck him in line, but would it have gone down? Rod Tucker doesn't think so. He's given him. It's been reviewed. And ball tracking shows it has straightened enough to hit leg stump. Replays showed there was some late swing that made him miss the shot.

Q de Kock lbw b Wagner 90 (160m 118b 11x4 2x6) SR: 76.27

Wagner to de Kock, no run, good length at off stump, defended off the inside half into the leg side
Wagner to de Kock, no run, back of a length, shaping away from outside off, tapped into the off side off the back foot

Wagner will have a go at De Kock

Amla's away drought


No. of consecutive away Test series Amla has now gone without a hundred. Has made 411 runs at 20.55 since his last away hundred - in Colombo, 2014.

NZ's lead


No. of first-innings lead taken by NZ in Tests v SA bigger than their 175-run lead in this match. Only one of them came after SA's readmission.

a first


No. of times before this New Zealand's top three batsmen had made a fifty-plus score in a Test innings at home.

In record time


No. of innings for Kane Williamson to reach 5000 Test runs, the fastest by a NZ cricketer, beating Martin Crowe

A rare opening act


No. of fifty opening stands for NZ v SA in 38 Test inns since 2000. NZ's 1st wicket had averaged only 17.43 from 37 inns v SA since 2000 before this.

In nineties again


No. of consecutive dismissals for Quinton de Kock in the 90s - 91 in the last Test and 90 in this Test.