Tom Latham led a dominating batting performance with a brilliant century while the Black Caps bowlers came up with a clinical bowling performance as they went on to defeat Ireland by 190 runs in the fifth game of the tri-series in Dublin to claim an unassailable lead.
James Neesham scored a fifty and picked two wickets while Hamish Bennett made a strong comeback with a three-wicket haul as New Zealand managed to chase down 258 against Bangladesh in the 48th over to seal a four-wicket win in the third match of the tri-series in Dublin.
Kane Williamson became the fastest New Zealand batsman to 5,000 runs while also notching his 17th Test century as New Zealand went on to post 321 for four at stumps on day three to take a slender lead of seven runs in the third game in Hamilton.
After a blistering 90 from Quinton de Kock propelled South Africa to 314, New Zealand openers, Jeet Raval and Tom Latham gave a solid start of 67 for naught at stumps on day two of the final Test in Hamilton.
Colin de Grandhomme and Matt Henry picked two wickets apiece as New Zealand restricted South Africa to 123 for four before rain played spoilsport allowing only 41 overs of play possible on day one of the third Test in Hamilton.
New Zealand's chances of levelling the ongoing Test series against South Africa have been dealt a major blow as fast bowler Tim Southee has been ruled out of the game in Hamilton following a hamstring injury.
A brilliant six-wicket haul from Keshav Maharaj dismissed New Zealand for 171 in their second innings following which South Africa chased down the target of 81 runs with eight wickets in hand to win the second Test in Wellington and claim an unassailable lead of 1-0 in the series.