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Dunedin Test in balance after Maharaj, Williamson heroics

Keshav Maharaj (centre) registered a five-wicket haul on day three
Keshav Maharaj (centre) registered a five-wicket haul on day three

South Africa 308 & 38-1 (Amla 23no) v
New Zealand 341 (Williamson 130)
First Test, Dunedin, day three

Kane Williamson scored 130 while Keshav Maharaj registered a five-wicket haul as the first Test between New Zealand and South Africa hangs in balance with Proteas having a slender five-run lead with nine wickets in hand at stumps on day three.

New Zealand resumed the day at 177 for three, trailing South Africa by 131 runs. Nightwatchman Jeetan Patel (16) could not contribute much on day three as he was caught brilliantly in the slips by Faf du Plessis off Vernon Philander (2-67).

Morne Morkel (2-62) soon got his first wicket on comeback when he had James Neesham (7) caught behind controversially as he looked to have overstepped on that occasion.

In the 73rd over bowled by Maharaj (5-74), BJ Watling (50) used a review to overturn a LBW decision. Two overs later, Williamson went on to complete his 16th Test century.

After 50-run partnership between Williamson ad Watling, New Zealand reached 247 for five at the end of the first session.

The pair added 84 runs for the sixth wicket before Kagiso Rabada (1-92) had the New Zealand skipper caught behind. BJ Watling (50) completed a fifty in the 106th over but regular fall of wickets saw the hosts restricted to 304 for eight following which a valiant contribution from Neil Wagner (32) took the total to 341 runs.

Trailing New Zealand by 33 runs in the second innings, South Africa lost Stephen Cook (0) in the first over bowled by Trent Boult (1-6).

However, Dean Elgar (12 not out) and Hashim Amla (23 not out) added an unbeaten 38-run stand for the second wicket to take them to a five-run lead at stumps on day three.

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