South Africa got lucky with rain - Faf du Plessis
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis admitted that his team were lucky to get away with a draw in the final and third Test against New Zealand in Hamilton which ended with the washout on the final day.
After a splendid first innings batting performance from New Zealand fetched them a 175-run first innings lead, South Africa got off to a disastrous start in their second innings and ended day four with a score of 80 for five.
Coming into the final day with 95 runs behind and on testing conditions, South Africa were greatly aided by the heavy rains at Seddon Park leading the game to end in a draw which allowed them to claim the series 1-0 following their victory in the second Test in Wellington.
Crediting New Zealand for bouncing back hard in the Hamilton game, du Plessis admitted that the batting did let them down in the series.
"I was ready to come out and play my blockathon," du Plessis said.
"New Zealand outplayed us in this game and deserved to win and they will count themselves unlucky.
"I'm pleased with another series win away from home but to be honest I think we played very much under par, especially the batting unit."
In the first innings of Hamilton game, South Africa found themselves in trouble at 148 for five before Quinton de Kock helped them stage a recovery and in the second innings once again they lost five wickets within 59 runs.
The batting collapses and the inability of the top order to deliver in these conditions were evident in the Wellington game as well when they lost six wickets within 100 runs in the first innings and once again de Kock along with Temba Bavuma helped them recover and in the first game it was a 140 and 89 from Dean Elgar that helped them to decent totals.
Urging the batsmen to show more resilience, du Plessis credited the team for bouncing back in tough situations to take control at various situations during the series.
"In a test match when the series is on the line you are looking for your players to front up and make it as hard as possible for the opposition to get your wicket," he said. "I thought... that didn't happen.
"But the good, strong teams find ways to win test matches and series. And while we didn't play very well, we somehow found ourselves winning another away series."
Earlier South Africa won the five-match One-Day International series 3-2 before also clinching the solitary Twenty20 International game in their tour of New Zealand.
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