New Zealand vs South Africa: Maharaj's fifer keeps Dunedin Test in balance


Late wickets gave New Zealand hope of winning the first Test against South Africa after they wasted chances on day four in Dunedin.

Hashim Amla made 24 while JP Duminy chipped in with 39 and, after Elgar was fourth out with the score on 193, Faf du Plessis stepped up to finish the day unbeaten on 55. The Proteas survived two failed reviews, one non-review that would have earned a wicket, and two dropped catches.

South African batting coach Neil McKenzie believes his side need another 70 runs to feel safe after New Zealand captured the key wicket of Dean Elgar to keep alive the prospect of a result in the first Test in Dunedin yesterday.

With South Africa 38-1, and holding a lead of five runs, play was twice pushed back but eventually got underway at 11.30 at University Oval.

New Zealand's cricket team tweeted the cause of the siren was unknown, while Cricket South Africa (CSA) said "fire fighters have arrived on scene" before tweeting it was a false alarm.

Rain is forecast throughout the day in Dunedin, bringing into question how numerous scheduled 95 overs will be possible.

Elgar got a reprieve on 35 when Watling could not hold on to the low offering, denying Neesham his first wicket of the day.

New Zealand dropped regular bowling spearhead Tim Southee for the first time in five years to make way for Jeetan Patel. Further rain is forecast throughout the day.

New Zealand have won two home series this summer, beating Pakistan and Bangladesh 2-0, but have never won a series against South Africa.

Off the final ball before Tea, when wicketkeeper BJ Watling finally caught one, Elgar's immediate review added to New Zealand's woes.

Temba Bavuma was then bowled by Mitchell Santner for six and Quinton de Kock also bowled by Patel for four in gloomy conditions, with players leaving the field with nine overs remaining.

Boult put New Zealand in front with a single off Maharaj but was bowled soon after by the spinner to bring Taylor back to the middle for a last stand with Wagner.

The opening ball of the day from Boult hammered into Amla's gloves, but it was Wagner who found early success, moments before the stoppage for bad light, when Amla fell to a leg-side trap, flicking to midwicket as his lean run in South Africa continued.

Patel had figures of two for 72 and Wagner two for 57.