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De Kock knock lifts Proteas

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Quinton de Kock defied an injured finger to score a crucial 90 as South Africa reached 314 all out on day two of the third Test against New Zealand. 

It was another rain-affected day in Hamilton but an intriguing match could still be on the cards, New Zealand having closed on 67-0 as they look for the win that would earn them a 1-1 draw in the series.

South Africa resumed on 123-4 after a weather-shortened first day and lost three wickets for 120 runs in the morning, the only uninterrupted session of the match so far.

Mitchell Santner (1-24) removed skipper Faf du Plessis (53) and Vernon Philander (11) while Matt Henry (4-93) dismissed Temba Bavuma (29).

The Du Plessis wicket was particularly noteworthy, Tom Latham taking an incredible catch at short leg.

Showing astonishing anticipation, Latham appeared to sense that du Plessis would play a lap sweep to the third ball bowled in the match by Santner and, before the ball had even pitched, Latham started moving to his right, before extending his right arm and brilliantly plucking the ball out of the air.

But De Kock held firm, despite batting in constant pain after suffering ligament damage to his right index finger during the second Test.

The wicket-keeper hit 11 boundaries and a pair of his sixes in his 118-ball knock, before he was ninth man out, trapped lbw by Neil Wagner 10 runs short of a fourth Test century.

Almost all of the middle session was lost to rain but, when the weather relented, De Kock continued a partnership eventually worth 46 for the ninth wicket with Kagiso Rabada, who made his highest Test score of 34 to help the tourists pass 300, having been 249-8.

New Zealand openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval then negotiated a difficult period before stumps in an extended final session and the hosts closed on 67-0.

Latham capped a good day's work by showing signs of emerging from a prolonged slump and reaching 42 not out while Raval, who already has two half centuries and a highest score of 80 in the series, was 25 not out at stumps.

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