New Zealand vs South Africa 2017, 1st Test, Day 4: Hosts Peg Back Visitors In Dunedin Test | Sportzwiki

New Zealand vs South Africa 2017, 1st Test, Day 4: Hosts Peg Back Visitors In Dunedin Test

Owing to bad light on Day 4 of first Test of the three-match series, South Africa lead by 191 runs in the second innings against New Zealand, as they were 224/6 with eight overs remaining when stumps were called.

Skipper Faf du Plessis remained unbeaten on 56 off 155 while Vernon Philander was on one.

New Zealand bowled with accurate line and length and didn’t allow the visitors to score freely, as they picked quick wickets in the final hour. Neil Wagner, Jeetan Patel grabbed two scalps each while Mitchell Santner picked one.

Although, it was a mixed day for New Zealand, who did not seem to have luck with DRS as they missed crucial chances in the first half of the game.

The visitors added 186 runs to their overall total of 224, as they could hardly push their run- rate to 2.20 per over in 102 overs during their second innings at the University of Oval.

Temba Bavuma (6 off 23 balls) and wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock (4 off 10 balls) were dismissed cheaply by Santner and Jeetan respectively.

However, the hosts received a blow when their premier fast-bowler Trent Boult suffered an upper leg injury and did not eventually take the field after tea session.

Dean Elgar, who scored a fine hundred in the first innings, scored 89 off 249 balls in the second innings before being dismissed by Jeetan Patel as he was caught by skipper Kane Williamson.

However, Elgar survived when he was given caught behind on 73, but DRS saved him to add 16 to his total.

Alongside du Plessis, Elgar put on 80 runs for the fourth wicket.

After lunch session, Wagner claimed JP Duminy LBW on 39 off 91 balls.

Earlier, after starting from the overnight score of 38/1, the Proteas added a run on the chilly morning of the fourth day in Dunedin when Hashim Amla departed on the bowling of Neil Wagner at the mid-wicket region.

Brief Scores: 1st Test, Day 4 in Dunedin

South Africa 2nd Innings: 224 for six – Dean Elgar 89 (249 balls), Faf Du Plessis 56* off 155 balls

Proteas lead by 191 with four wickets in hand

Neil Wagner 2 for 57 in 27 Overs
Jeetan Patel 2 for 72 in 36 Overs

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