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Kane Williamson century takes New Zealand to seven run lead

Kane Williamson scored a record 17th Test century
Kane Williamson scored a record 17th Test century

South Africa 314 (de Kock 90) v
New Zealand 321-4 (Williamson 148no)
Third Test, Hamilton, day three

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.

The Black Caps started the day at 67 for naught, trailing South Africa's first innings total by 254 runs. Overnight rain and light drizzle delayed the start of the day to 12pm local time.

With a couple of boundaries, Tom Latham (50) completed a fine half-century and soon edged a Morne Morkel (2-74) delivery to the keeper. It was also his 250th wicket in Test cricket.

Williamson looked confident and scored his first six in the 41st over while Jeet Raval (88) completed a well compiled half-century before lunch during which New Zealand were placed 132 for one.

The pair brought their 50-run stand in the first over of the second session and decided to up the ante fractionally as well with boundaries coming. The New Zealand skipper completed his fifty off 88 deliveries.

With another six in the 84th over, Williamson completed his half-century and also crossed 5,000 runs. The 100-run stand soon came in the 84th over and New Zealand ended a wicketless session with the score at 209 for one.

The introduction of Dean Elgar (0-13) helped New Zealand's cause as Williamson smashed back to back boundaries to level Martin Crowe's record for most century by a Black Caps batsman which is 17.

The 190-run stand finally ended when Morkel had Raval caught behind, 12 runs short of his maiden century while Kagiso Rabada (2-83) chipped in with wickets of Neil Broom (12) and Henry Nicholls (0).

However, Williamson remained intact and had Mitchell Santner (13 not out) at the other end to take New Zealand to 321 for four at stumps on day three. They now have a seven run lead.

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