As it happened: Rain halts New Zealand's charge against South Africa

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A mixed day for the Black Caps today on day one of the third Test against South Africa, they managed to reduce the Proteas to 123-4 at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

SA 123/4, 41 overs - du Plessis 33*, Bavuma 0*

Rain. The drinks break is taken, and now the rain comes down. The pair of du Plessis and Bavuma are starting to score quickly. The skipper is doing the bulk of his scoring in boundaries, while Bavuma is hanging in there. The groundstaff are out there in a flash to cover the pitch. We'll keep you updated on any developments, however it looks like play could be off for a bit.

SA 97/4, 33.5 overs - du Plessis 20*, Bavuma 0*

WICKET! Bowled 'em! Amla goes after passing his fifty. A pitched up delivery from de Grandhomme goes past the bat of Amla and smashes into the stumps. Amla goes for a round score of 50, Temba Bavuma the next man in.

SA 97/3, 33 overs - Amla 50*, du Plessis 20*

A truly unbelievable passage of play. New Zealand have used up their reviews. Wagner appeared to have struck du Plessis on the pads, challenging the not out decision only to find that it hadn't hit the pad at all - coming straight off the bat. He then edged a delivery behind only to be given not out. The partnership is 33 runs.

SA 71/3, 27 overs - Amla 38*, du Plessis 6*

Players back out on the park for the second session. Faf du Plessis takes strike for the first over, Colin de Grandhomme to finish his over from before the rain break. Two dots to end the over. Jeetan Patel will start from the other end.

2:05pm

Still raining, the groundstaff are indicating that there will be play soon, the covers are off. Word from the ground says that play will resume at 2:15pm.

SA 71/3, 26.4 overs - Amla 38*, du Plessis 6*

Lunch has been taken after the players come off for rain. A good session for New Zealand, claiming three wickets having been asked to bowl first. South Africa will re-evaluate at the interval, their most experienced pair at the crease. 

SA 64/3, 23.4 overs - Amla 37*, du Plessis 0*

WICKET! Duminy's luck runs out! Henry steams in and bowls a bouncer which Duminy tries to hook. He doesn't quite get enough of it, finding Jeetan Patel down at fine leg who completes an east catch. South Africa three down as Duminy goes for 20. Faf du Plessis the new man.

SA 47/2, 18 overs - Amla 23, Duminy 18

This pair still batting well together. Duminy survived another tight lbw, this time from Matt Henry and is looking good on 18. Amla at the other end is on 23, playing some great shots. New Zealand are bowling well, but still lacking that incision for the breakthrough. The partnership between this pair is 42.

SA 28/2, 11 overs - Amla 15*, Duminy 7*

Amla and Duminy have stopped the rot a touch, digging in for a solid stand currently sitting at 23 runs. Amla in particular is looking good, yet to post a big score on this tour so far. Duminy on the other hand is lucky to be at the crease, surviving a close lbw from Wagner's first ball of the match.

SA 5/2, 3.1 overs - Amla 0*, Duminy 0*

The Black Caps celebrate Matt Henry picking up an early wicket

The Black Caps celebrate Matt Henry picking up an early wicket

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WICKET! Another one! Elgar goes packing now as de Grandhomme comes around the wicket. He pitches one outside the off stump that nibbles back off the seam, clipping the top of Elgar's off-stump. Both South African openers back in the sheds as Elgar goes for five, JP Duminy the new man.

SA 5/1, 2.2 overs - Elgar 5*, Amla 0*

WICKET! New Zealand strike in the second over! A probing couple of deliveries from Henry at a very nervous looking de Bruyn. The debutant shapes to leave the ball, but hangs the bat out at the last minute, the ball takes the edge where Tom Latham takes a simple catch in at second slip. A duck for the debutant, Hashim Amla the new man.

SA 3/0, 1 over - Elgar 3*, de Bruyn 0*

A good couple of testing deliveries from Henry at the top. Elgar happy to leave the ball alone to start. The fourth ball over the over is worked off the hip by Elgar out to midwicket, he's off the mark with two. Another single from the third ball brings the new boy de Bruyn on strike. He leaves his first ball in Test cricket to complete the first over. Colin de Grandhomme from the other end.

Having lost his last seven coin tosses, the Black Caps' skipper joked about a new strategy.
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11:28am

We're all set for the start of play. Matt Henry will take the new ball for New Zealand. Dean Elgar will take strike first up, debutant Theunis de Bruyn is at the other end.

11:23am

The two sides are out for the anthems. The start of play not far away in Hamilton.

11:00am

South Africa win the toss - again - and will bat first. That's eight coin tosses lost in a row for New Zealand. South Africa drop Stephen Cook, Theunis de Bruyn will debut. For New Zealand, Mitchell Santner replaces Jimmy Neesham, Matt Henry replaces Tim Southee.

10:30am

The players are out in the middle warming up, poor weather overnight means a delayed start. The umpires have scheduled the toss for 11:00 - should the weather hold until then.

PRE MATCH

The walking wounded Black Caps arrive in Hamilton down to the bare bones of what would be their best Test XI. 

Premier batsman Ross Taylor is now joined on the sidelines by the pace bowling duo of Tim Southee and Trent Boult, seeing New Zealand lose more than 100 Test caps in the process.

Northern Districts' all-rounder Scott Kuggelijn has been called in on short notice, and could be in line for his Test debut on his home ground.

The groundsmen hadn’t even finished mowing the pitch when the Northern Districts pace bowler turned up ahead of a possible test debut.

South Africa have also had their own injury scares during the week, with keeper Quinton de Kock revealed to have suffered a finger injury in the eight wicket win in Wellington. The dynamic batsman will most likely play this Test, however he could be set for a spell on the sidelines with tendon damage - all but ruling him out of the lucrative Indian Premier League.

The tourists will most likely be unchanged from their emphatic three-day win in Wellington.

Rain is forecast for every day of this Test, meaning that the weather could have the final say as to the series' victor.

TEAMS (possible)

New Zealand: 1. Tom Latham, 2. Jeet Raval, 3. Kane Williamson (c), 4. Neil Broom, 5. Henry Nicholls, 6. Colin de Grandhomme, 7. BJ Watling (wk), 8. Mitchell Santner, 9. Jeetan Patel, 10. Matt Henry, 11. Neil Wagner.

Philander is eager for his side to perform well in the third Test starting Saturday.
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South Africa: 1. Theunis de Bruyn, 2. Dean Elgar, 3. Hashim Amla, 4. JP Duminy, 5. Faf du Plessis (c), 6. Temba Bavuma, 7. Quinton de Kock (wk), 8. Vernon Philander, 9. Keshav Maharaj, 10. Morne Morkel, 11. Kagiso Rabada.

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