Rain washes out final day in Dunedin

Rain washes out final day in Dunedin

Rain washes out final day in Dunedin

Both teams were herded to the middle of the pitch about 5.10pm as sirens sounded, while spectators in the main stand and then on the banks were evacuated.

On a slow University Oval pitch where South Africa scored at just 2.5 runs per over, Williamson was able to keep the scoreboard ticking along at over three.

When play resumed after lunch, South Africa delayed taking the new ball for almost six overs, during which time New Zealand added 20 runs.

Captain Kane Williamson and wicketkeeper BJ Watling stabilised the innings with an 84-run partnership, during which Williamson surpassed his hundred, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada for 130 off 241 balls, which included 18 boundaries. He faced 548 balls in that time, the most by any visiting batsman to New Zealand and the fourth most by any South African in a Test ever, as pointed out by Cricinfo.

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The alarm in the grandstand at University Oval in Dunedin went off this afternoon, briefly forcing the evacuation of everyone at the ground.

Half-centuries from Dean Elgar & Faf du Plessis allowed the Proteas to grind themselves into a position of nominal control against New Zealand.

South Africa ended the first session at 100 for two, having a lead of 67 runs.

"I don't think Wellington [where the second test starts on Thursday] will do as much as Hamilton‚ so I think there's a couple of days to sort things out".

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Hashim Amla flicked a short delivery from Neil Wagner to Tim Southee at mid-wicket on 24. Meanwhile Williamson dug in, adding 102 with Jeet Raval (52) and surviving till stumps to give the Black Caps the day two honours and move within sight of Taylor's test century mark of 16. The day had produced only 186 runs and five wickets. "He will come back tomorrow morning - I know him to be like that".

Morkel also got into the act, downing his water bottle on the boundary and then holding it over his head.

Any target over 200 is likely to prove hard to chase, particularly if New Zealand have to score at four or more per over to do so.

South Africa have been involved in some unusual breaks in play recently - the ODI against Sri Lanka last month was stopped after a bee invasion - but of the players, Keshav Maharaj has seen a fire alarm stoppage before.

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