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Henry, de Grandhomme rattle South Africa before rain plays spoilsport

Matt Henry picked two wickets on his comeback game
Matt Henry picked two wickets on his comeback game

South Africa 123-4 (Amla 50) v New Zealand
Third Test, Hamilton, day one

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.

South Africa won the toss and decided to bat first after rain delayed the proceedings to begin with. Henry (2-25) provided the initial breakthrough when he had Theunis de Bruyn (0) caught in the slips.

In the very next over, de Grandhomme (2-43) castled Dean Elgar (5) to leave the Proteas reeling at five for two. Hashim Amla (50) looked positive but at the other JP Duminy (20) survived a lbw appeal which New Zealand failed to review.

In the 18th over bowled by Henry, Amla was dropped by Neil Broom while New Zealand lost a review against Duminy. The pair brought the 50-run stand in the 21st over.

Henry returned back at the stroke of lunch to have Duminy caught at fine leg as heavy rain brought an early end to the first session as South Africa were 71 for three.

The second session commenced at 2:15pm local time and with two boundaries Amla completed a well deserved fifty following which he was castled by de Grandhomme.

When South Africa were 123 for four in 41 overs, rain once again played spoilsport at Seddon Park bringing an early end to the day.

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