Rain delays start on 3rd day in 3rd NZ-South Africa test

South Africa's most promising prospects would have been to play for a draw, which captain Faf du Plessis described as a to-be "blockathon", with him and Quinton de Kock setting out to take the crease on the last day.

The Black Caps all-rounder showed no mercy as he helped his side to a 175 run first innings lead over South Africa.

WELLINGTON, March 29 Heavy overnight rain delayed the start of play on the final day of the third test between New Zealand and South Africa at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Wednesday.

At lunch, with the morning session reduced to 90 minutes, New Zealand were 132 for one with Raval on 54 and Kane Williamson on 27.

Santner pushed at a ball from Kagiso Rabada, who gave him some uncomfortable moments.

The rain certainly did come as a blessing-in-disguise for the Proteas, but to New Zealand, their frustration would have mounted all to no avail.

South Africa, in the same 12-month period, defeated New Zealand (1-0, both home and away), Australia (2-1) and Sri Lanka (3-0), while Australia lost to Sri Lanka (3-0), South Africa (2-1) and India (2-1) with their only series win being against Pakistan (3-0).

"It's fair to say New Zealand outplayed us in this game. and they can count themselves very unlucky".

Kane Williamson s mammoth knock came to an end at 176 but not before he had cemented New Zealand s strong position on day four of the deciding Test against South Africa in Hamilton on Tuesday. "We got saved by the rain".

"The rain has come at a awful time for them".

"We did try to look at it a little bit holistically and see it as a bad day, which it was, a game-defining day, but it was one day so it was important we put that behind us".

While Raval was happy to play the anchoring role, Williamson was the aggressor and he brought up three figures with an effortless push down the ground for his ninth four.

"From a team perspective‚ we were still very driven to make sure we do whatever it takes to get through".

"When I went out to bat‚ I remember saying to JP (Duminy) I'm going to block for two days here".

It is looking likely that day five will be completely washed out, handing South Africa a 1-0 series win.

Nothing on Monday detracted from Williamson's record-equaling century, his second of the series after his 130 in the first test at Dunedin.

Williamson resumed on 148 and added only 28 runs in nearly two hours in an 88-run fifth-wicket partnership with Mitchell Santner, before being caught by Vernon Philander from the bowling of Morne Morkel.

  • Julie Sanders