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Another South African batting collapse takes New Zealand close to series levelling win

South Africa's hope rest on Quinton de Kock (left) and Faf du Plessis (right)
South Africa's hope rest on Quinton de Kock (left) and Faf du Plessis (right)

South Africa 314 & 80-5 (Patel 2-22) v
New Zealand 489 (Williamson 176)
Third Test, Hamilton, day four

After New Zealand stretched their first innings lead to 175 runs, South Africa collapsed in their second innings and were reduced to 80 for five at stumps on day four of the deciding Test in Hamilton.

Theunis de Bruyn (12) and Dean Elgar (5) had an uphill task in the second innings of negating a mammoth first innings trail of 175 runs. After scoring three fours between them, Elgar was caught behind in the sixth over bowled by Colin de Grandhomme (1-15).

De Bruyn failed to carry on as he clashed with his batting partner Hashim Amla (19) that eventually led to his run out. In the 16th over, JP Duminy (13) survived a review for LBW.

Just when the pair got going with a 24-run stand, Jeetan Patel (2-22) provided the decisive blow when he dismissed both the players in quick succession while Matt Henry (1-20) had Temba Bavuma (1) caught behind to leave the Proteas reeling at 59 for five.

A handy unbeaten 21 run stand between Faf du Plessis (15 not out) and Quinton de Kock (15 not out) helped South Africa consolidate but they ended the day at 80 for five, still trailing New Zealand by another 95 runs.

Earlier, New Zealand started their first innings at 321 for four. In the second over of the day, Kane Williamson (176) completed his 150. Williamson had the company of Mitchell Santner (41) as the duo added 88 runs between them to stretch NEw Zealand's lead to 67 runs.

Morne Morkel (4-100) provided the breakthrough when Williamson top edged a delivery to deep fine leg and just at the stroke of lunch Santner was caught at gully to give Kagiso Rabada (4-122) his third wicket. New Zealand ended the session at 397 for six.

New Zealand crossed the 400-run mark in the second session and Keshav Maharaj (2-118) gave South Africa hope when BJ Watling (24) was castled. A late flourish from de Grandhomme (57) with his 70-ball knock helped New Zealand post 489 before they were dismissed.

Morkel and Rabada were the pick of the South African bowlers with four wickets apiece.

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