As forecast the rain swept into Dunedin and washed out what could have been an intriguing final day to the first Test
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said his team fancied their chances, while Kane Williamson said batting last was not impossible by any means after the final day in Dunedin was washed out
The South Africa captain has admitted to being "surprised" that neither Virat Kohli nor Steven Smith were charged with any breaches of the ICC's code of conduct in the aftermath of the Bengaluru Test
South Africa, who could barely push their scoring rate above two-an-over, closed with a lead of 191 and four wickets in hand
At 36, the offspinner is enjoying the responsibility of leading New Zealand's spin attack, a proposition he didn't expect three years ago
South Africa's batting coach Neil Mckenzie wants his team to add another 60-70 runs to set an imposing fourth-innings target for New Zealand but admits there may not be enough time to do so given the weather and the scoring rates in the match
Dropped catches and poor use of the DRS set tone for a frustrating day for New Zealand
Another sedate day in Dunedin meant that the scoring rate in the first Test is the slowest in New Zealand in the last 19 years
Kane Williamson's 16th Test century headlined New Zealand's reply to South Africa's 308 on a hard-fought third day in Dunedin, which also saw a bizarre stoppage in play due to a fire alarm
New Zealand will wait until the end of the Dunedin Test before making a call on Ross Taylor's availability for the rest of the series
Play was stopped for 20 minutes in the third session, while players and fans were evacuated while the cause of the alarm was being investigated
Two tightly-contested first innings and the threat of rain spoiling the finish: it might ring a bell for a few of the players
Kane Williamson scored an unbeaten 78 and led New Zealand's strong reply with Jeet Raval after South Africa were all out for 308 on the second day
Jeet Raval and Jeetan Patel performed at junctures that might have had Kane Williamson worried, especially with the loss of Ross Taylor to injury
Charl Langeveldt said South Africa's bowlers have to be "box smart" and more disciplined than they were on the second day in Dunedin
Ross Taylor has suffered a low grade tear of the right calf but will bat if required in the Dunedin Test against South Africa.
Dean Elgar's 128* and Faf du Plessis' 52 led South Africa's fightback on the opening day in Dunedin after the New Zealand quicks jolted the visitors early
The first day in Dunedin was a challenge quite different to any of those Dean Elgar had overcome before. This situation called for a different kind of application: a unique combination of stubbornness and resourcefulness that Elgar embodies
Stats highlights from the first day in Dunedin, where South Africa scored at just 2.54 runs an over - one of the slowest scoring rates on the first day in recent years
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said that on a pitch that did not provide a lot of assistance the side needed a bowler who could create opportunities, something Neil Wagner had done consistently
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New Zealand are unbeaten at home this season, but will have their task cut out against a side keen to re-establish their old mantra of 'success without borders'
Faf du Plessis confirmed Morne Morkel will return to South Africa's Test XI after more than a year, banking on his experience to get him through despite lack of match fitness
ESPNcricinfo previews the first Test between New Zealand and South Africa in Dunedin
Last time before this NZ took a first-innings lead against SA in Tests, which was at the same venue, eight Tests ago.
No. of fifty-plus scores by BJ Watling against SA in seven Test inns. No other NZ batsman has hit as many when playing as a keeper.
Test hundreds by NZ captains against SA before Williamson's in this inns. Previous one was the 262 by Stephen Fleming in Cape Town in 2006.
No. of times Philander has dismissed Williamson in ten inns before this Test. Williamson averages just 17.50 runs against the bowler.
Runs by Tom Latham in four Test innings against South Africa. He has made scores of 4, 4, 0, 10 against them.
SA's score on the second day. They were 229 for 4 overnight.
Last time before Elgar an overseas opener hit a Test hundred in the 1st inns of a series in NZ. Marvan Atapattu had made 127 in Napier.
No. of lower scores from which there has been a century stand for the 4th wkt in Tests in NZ. Griffith and Lara had added 112 from 17/3 in 1998-99.