Tom Latham stars for Black Caps in third test v South Africa

New Zealand openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval then negotiated a hard period before stumps in an extended final session and the hosts closed on 67-0.

The next to go was Faf du Plessis in the 62nd over when Latham pulled off one of the most stunning catches seen in worldwide cricket.

Top-scoring for the Proteas was wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock with a quick-fire 90 off 118 balls at Seddon Park, thumping 11 boundaries and two sixes.

Nearly all of the middle session was lost to rain but, when the weather relented, De Kock continued a partnership eventually worth 46 for the ninth wicket with Kagiso Rabada, who made his highest Test score of 34 to help the tourists pass 300, having been 249-8. However, his maiden appearance in the middle lasted just three deliveries, before he edged Matt Henry, the pick of the bowlers with 2/25, to Tom Latham at second slip without scoring.

The trio bowled consistently well throughout a day limited by intermittent rain to only 41 overs, capturing regular wickets to prevent South Africa from establishing the substantial partnership it needed to fully capitalize on its decision to bat on winning the toss.

Philander only made 11 but in the process became the sixth South African to bring up 1,000 Test runs and take 100 wickets. Once such moment was Tom Latham's.

Du Plessis (53) and Temba Bavuma had started the day off for the Proteas with Bavuma falling to Matt Henry for 29.

In their absence Henry - playing in this series for the first time - shared the new ball with medium pacer de Grandhomme and South Africa-born Neil Wagner reverted to the role of third seamer that he often peforms behind Southee and Boult.

T Latham not out 42 J Raval not out 25 Extras 0 Total (for 0 wickets, 25.3 overs) 67 Bowling: V Philander 8-2-15-0, M Morkel 7-2-13-0, K Rabada 5-1-25-0, K Maharaj 5.3-0-14-0.

  • Julie Sanders