As it happened: Black Caps openers Latham, Raval build solid partnership for Black Caps against Proteas




The Black Caps openers Jeet Raval and Tom Latham have survived the final session of the day with no losses after New Zealand bowled out South Africa for 314 on day two of the final Test at Seddon Park, Hamilton.

NZ 67/0, 25 overs, Latham 42, Raval 25

Play has been called off by officials for bad light. An excellent start by the Black Caps openers, with Tom Latham bouncing back from a below par performance in his last Test against the Proteas. 

NZ 65/0, 25 overs, Latham 40, Raval 25

NZ 53/0, 18.3 overs, Latham 30, Raval 23

FOUR! Rabada to Raval, it's a full delivery just outside off and Raval hits it past the stumps to bring up the FIFTY partnership for him and Latham. 

NZ 38/0, 15 overs, Latham 22, Raval 16

FOUR! Rabada bowls a good length ball outside off but Latham slices it through the covers. 

NZ 28/0, 14 overs, Latham 14, Raval 14

NZ 19/0, 9.3 overs, Latham 10, Raval 9

FOUR! Morne Morkel to Latham. And the NZ batsman smashes the wide delivery through the covers for a boundary. 

NZ 15/0, 9 overs, Latham 6, Raval 9

NZ 9/0, 6 overs, Latham 6, Raval 3

NZ 2/0, 1 over, Latham 1, Raval 1

NOT OUT! Philander delivers a full and swinging ball towards Latham's pads. And up goes a big shout from the visitors but the Kiwi batsman reviews a caught from behind down leg side, the third umpire overturns the on field decision.

Replays and hotspot show it was off the pad. Latham was confident he hadn't hit it. 

NZ 0/0, 1 over, Latham 0, Raval 0 

SA 314, 89 overs - Morkel 9, Rabada 34

OUT! Neil Wagner strikes again! Wagner bowls a bouncer and Rabada tries to go big but is caught by BJ Watling.  

SA 295/9, 88 overs - de Kock 90, Rabada 24

WICKET! Neil Wagner strikes and gets rid of danger man de Kock. The delivery was full and angling into the leg stump. The ball struck de Kock in line. 

The visitors go upstairs but the third umpire rules an LBW, de Kock just falls short of making a Test century - an excellent innings by de Kock. 

SA 258/8, 81.2 overs - de Kock 73, Rabada 4

And we are back underway at Seddon Park.

SA 258/8, 81.2 overs - de Kock 73, Rabada 4

Play is expected to get back underway at 4pm. 

SA 258/8, 81.2 overs - de Kock 73, Rabada 4

The rain has stopped and the covers are coming off. There will be another inspection by the officials at 3.15pm.

SA 258/8, 81.2 overs - de Kock 73, Rabada 4

Here comes the rain, looks like a storm is brewing. The third Test has come to a halt as it begins to drizzle.

SA 249/8, 78.4 overs - de Kock 68*, Rabada 0*

WICKET! Wagner strikes after lunch! A short ball outside off stump sees Mahajar play at one he should leave alone. He can't get the gloves out of the way in time and spoons a catch behind. Maharaj goes for nine, Rabada the next man in.

SA 243/7, 77 overs - de Kock 66*, Maharaj 5*

The players are back out in the middle after a short break, Mitchell Santner will resume to Quinton de Kock.


A bit of rain has delayed the start of play after the lunch break, there'll be a 15 minute break while they try and get the ground ready.

SA 243/7, 77 overs - de Kock 66*, Maharaj 5*

Lunch. No more wickets lost for South Africa. A good end to the morning for the tourists, lead by du Plessis who made 53, and de Kock who's unbeaten with 66. New Zealand bowled well in patches, picking up three wickets, but allowing de Kock to score freely and quickly. The afternoon session will be key for both sides, with South Africa looking to build a strong first innings total, while New Zealand will be trying to limit the damage of the South African lower order. We'll be back in around 40 minutes as day two from Hamilton continues.

SA 220/7, 69.1 overs - de Kock 50*, Maharaj 0*

Fifty for de Kock. A good innings so far from the South African wicketkeeper, he gets the milestone off 66 balls. He's hit seven fours and one six.

SA 219/7, 68.5 overs - de Kock 49*, Maharaj 0*

WICKET! Another catch for Latham! Matt Henry has a fourth as Philander departs, he pushes at a length delivery that moves away a touch. The ball takes the edge where Latham does the rest for his third catch of the innings. Philander goes for 11, Keshav Maharaj replaces him.

SA 190/6, 61.3 overs - de Kock 31*, Philander 0*

WICKET! What a catch! Tom Latham take a bow! Santner comes into the attack and du Plessis looks to sweep the left armer immediately. He gets outside the off stump and looks to turn Santner round the corner, he gets too much of it before Latham plucks an unreal catch from short leg. The South African skipper goes for 53. Vernon Philander the new man.

SA 170/5, 56.4 overs - du Plessis 50*, de Kock 14*

Fifty for du Plessis! He gets there with by tucking a de Grandhomme delivery off his pads for one. He gets there from 94 balls. 

SA 148/5, 48.4 overs - du Plessis 42*, de Kock 0*

WICKET! Matt Henry grabs the early breakthrough again! He bowls a short one that Bavuma looks to pull, he can only manage a top edge through to Raval at slip. Bavuma goes, after a good looking 29, Quinton de Kock - under an injury cloud - the new man.

SA 143/4, 47 overs - du Plessis 41*, Bavuma 25*

South Africa looking good so far on day two. Both du Plessis and Bavuma are looking solid in defence, while dealing to the inevitable bad deliveries from the Black Caps' bowlers. The partnership sits at 46 runs between this pair.

SA 124/4, 42 overs - du Plessis 33*, Bavuma 14*

Just one run from the first over of the day, Matt Henry will take the ball from the other end. New Zealand sticking with the same pair that provided the early breakthrough's yesterday morning.


The sun is starting to come through, Colin de Grandhomme will bowl the first over of the day, Temba Bavuma on strike.


Things are looking good so far in Hamilton. There's been a bit of rain overnight - and more expected this afternoon - but we should be ok for the scheduled start time.

We'll be in for an early start to play after so much time was lost yesterday. The Black Caps will need a strong start if they're to peg back this Test to level the series 1-1.


Having lost the toss and been asked to bowl first, the Black Caps can hold their heads high after taking four top order wickets on a truncated first day.

Matt Henry and Colin de Grandhomme starred with the ball, taking two wickets apiece while South African batsman Hashim Amla bought up a classy half century before being dismissed.

The only blemish for the Black Caps came with their poor use of the decision review system, wasting both reviews before Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis escaped being given out caught behind with New Zealand unable to send the decision upstairs.

Temba Bavuma joins du Plessis at the crease as the two not out batsmen, South Africa's hopes of a big score rests firmly on their shoulders, with wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock having damaged his tendons in his right index finger.

SA 258/8, 81.2 overs - de Kock 73, Rabada 4
NZ 53/0, 18.3 overs, Latham 30, Raval 33

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