Hamilton Test: Williamson's ton puts Kiwis in command against Proteas

Morne Morkel celebrates the wicket of Kane Williamson.

South Africa then seemed resentful of the forced change.

New Zealand went to lunch on 397-6 - a lead of 83 on the first innings with five sessions remaining in the final test of the home global season as South Africa chiefly restricted the home side's scoring rate.

He received assistance from Mitchell Santner (41 from 151 balls) in an 88-run fifth-wicket stand. Colin de Grandhomme (57 off 70 balls) contributed a late cameo with his highest test score.

As speculation turned to the likelihood of Williamson completing his second test double century, he was out.

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Williamson looked crestfallen, clutching his helmet. By stumps he had batted for five-and-a-half hours and struck 14 fours and three sixes.

Williamson and Santner had resumed on 321 for four, with the skipper on 148 having joined former captain Martin Crowe on a New Zealand record 17 test centuries on Monday.

"We've got a long way to go to get a good total", Hashim Amla said after his 50 and an unbeaten 33 from Faf du Plessis helped the Proteas recover from a disastrous start on a rain-disrupted day in which only 41 overs were possible.

It would have been three for 28 if not for the first New Zealand judgement error of the day.

There were only two boundaries in the first 65 minutes, both by Santner off fast bowler Rabada.

Play started promptly and under blue skies in Hamilton on the fourth day.

After going into this Test with only nine Test sixes to his credit, he has cracked two in this innings - one off Philander and the other a booming drive over spinner Keshav Maharaj's head. He built crucial partnerships on the way along with BJ Watling and Matt Henry.

The 190-run stand finally ended when Morkel had Raval caught behind, 12 runs short of his maiden century while Kagiso Rabada (2-83) chipped in with wickets of Neil Broom (12) and Henry Nicholls (0).

The Black Caps must win the Test to prevent a series loss against the Proteas, who now hold a 1-0 lead, and to hold on to their No.5 world Test ranking.

  • Carolyn Briggs