Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

Day 4

805dFirdose Moonda in Dunedin

Rejuvenated Patel finds his second wind

At 36, the offspinner is enjoying the responsibility of leading New Zealand's spin attack, a proposition he didn't expect three years ago

805dFirdose Moonda in Dunedin

Teams aim for win but aware of time constraint

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

805dShiva Jayaraman

Lowest scoring rate in 19 years

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

Day 3

806dThe Report by Andrew McGlashan

Honours even after Williamson's hundred

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

806dFirdose Moonda in Dunedin

Fire alarm forces stoppage in Dunedin

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

806dFirdose Moonda in Dunedin

South Africa's Dunedin time machine

Two tightly-contested first innings and the threat of rain spoiling the finish: it might ring a bell for a few of the players

Day 2

807dFirdose Moonda in Dunedin

Jeet and Jeetan show up for Williamson

Jeet Raval and Jeetan Patel performed at junctures that might have had Kane Williamson worried, especially with the loss of Ross Taylor to injury

Day 1

809dThe Report by Andrew McGlashan

Elgar 128* leads South Africa's revival

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

808dFirdose Moonda in Dunedin

Elgar embraces a different challenge

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

808dShiva Jayaraman

Elgar's productive run, South Africa's crawl

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

808dFirdose Moonda in Dunedin

Wagner has been able to create chances - Hesson

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

Others

802dFirdose Moonda in Wellington

Bavuma keen to cement SA Test place

Knowing he might be the likely man to make way when AB de Villiers returns to Test cricket, Temba Bavuma is keen to get his form back and his numbers up

809dFirdose Moonda in Dunedin

NZ, SA brace for contest of craft and class

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'

809dFirdose Moonda in Dunedin

Morkel's career at make-or-break phase

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

Dunedin, again

2012

Last time before this NZ took a first-innings lead against SA in Tests, which was at the same venue, eight Tests ago.

Watling's three v SA

3

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.

A rare hundred

3

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.

Tough nut

4

No. of times Philander has dismissed Williamson in ten inns before this Test. Williamson averages just 17.50 runs against the bowler.

Tough opponents

18

Runs by Tom Latham in four Test innings against South Africa. He has made scores of 4, 4, 0, 10 against them.

SA lose their way?

79/6

SA's score on the second day. They were 229 for 4 overnight.

First in a while

2005

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.

SA recover

1

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.