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Elgar century lifts South Africa
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Mar 9, 2017-
Dean Elgar made the most of being dropped early in his innings to score his seventh Test century and anchor South Africa’s 229-4 at the close of play on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand in Dunedin on Wednesday.
The left-handed opener, who was spilled down the leg side by wicketkeeper BJ Watling on 36 shortly after lunch, brought up his century from 197 balls with his 20th boundary. The 29-year-old finished on 128 not out and also combined with captain Faf du Plessis (52) for a 126-run stand that resurrected his side after they had slumped to 22-3 in a difficult first session of the three-match series. Temba Bavuma, who joined Elgar before tea when Du Plessis was dismissed, was on 38 not out at the close.
Du Plessis was caught in the deep by Trent Boult off allrounder Jimmy Neesham three balls after he had a leg before wicket (LBW) decision overturned on review. The Proteas were rocked by the loss of three early wickets when left-arm seamer Neil Wagner claimed two victims in one over following Du Plessis’s late decision to bat after winning the toss.
The visitors had been under pressure when they resumed after lunch on 63-3 and New Zealand could have driven home their advantage had Watling held on when Elgar got a thick edge in the second over of the session. New Zealand had seized the early advantage when skipper Kane Williamson introduced Patel in the sixth over.
Paceman Boult then got a delivery to swing back into right-handed opener Stephen Cook (3), who offered no shot and was given out LBW to leave the hosts 10-1. Williamson reintroduced Wagner and he struck immediately to remove Hashim Amla (1). Four balls later, he had JP Duminy (1) caught at first slip by Ross Taylor from a rising delivery that brushed a glove. Following the first Test, the teams head to Wellington before concluding the series in Hamilton.
South Africa 229-4 (D Elgar 128*, Du Plessis 52; N Wagner 2-59, T Boult 1-44, J Neesham 1-29) against New Zealand at stumps on first day
Published: 09-03-2017 09:30