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Dean Elgar's century leads South Africa fightback on day one

Dean Elgar slammed his seventh Test century
Dean Elgar slammed his seventh Test century

South Africa 229-4 (Elgar 128no) v New Zealand
First Test, Dunedin, day one

Dean Elgar led South Africa's resistance with an unbeaten century as they went on to post 229 for four at stumps on day one of the first Test against New Zealand in Dunedin.

South Africa won the toss and decided to bat first. With early movement in place, South African openers managed just nine runs in the first eight overs.

Trent Boult (1-44) provided the initial breakthrough when he trapped Stephen Cook (3) LBW. A review used by Cook did not help his cause as South Africa were 10 for one.

Elgar (128 not out) got the occasional boundaries going but a double strike from Neil Wagner (2-59) in the 19th over saw both Hashim Amla (1) and JP Duminy (1) dismissed leaving the visitors reeling at 22 for three.

However, Elgar and skipper Faf du Plessis (52) counterattacked the New Zealand bowling attack and took South Africa to 63 for three at the end of the first session.

In the second over of the lunch, wicket-keeper BJ Watling dropped Elgar, who soon brought his own fifty and also the 50-run partnership with du Plessis.

For the first time in the day, the New Zealand bowlers looked rusty as South Africa crossed the 100-run mark in the 47th over.

Between overs 55 and 57, Elgar plundered five more boundaries to bring the century partnership with du Plessis, who also completed a fifty in the 58th over.

In an eventful 59th over bowled by James Neesham (1-59), du Plessis used a review to overturn a LBW decision but was caught in the deep few deliveries later as South Africa reached 153 for four at tea.

Elgar completed his seventh Test century with a boundary at the start of final session and with the company of Temba Bavuma (38 not out), the duo negated the New Zealand attack, who failed to pick a wicket.

South Africa managed to end the day at 229 for four with Elgar and Bavuma remaining unbeaten with a 81-run stand for the fifth wicket.

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