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Black Caps close in on Test win

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/03/2017 Angelo Risso

New Zealand have the smell of blood in their nostrils after a South African second-innings batting collapse lifted the Black Caps into a dominant position to push for victory on the final day of the third Test in Hamilton.

Holding a 175-run lead after being bowled out for 489 on Tuesday, the Kiwis pressed home their advantage when they reduced the Proteas to 80-5 at stumps on day four at Seddon Park.

South Africa require another 95 runs just to make the home side bat again, with the Black Caps in search of victory to level the series at 1-1.

Openers Dean Elgar (five) and Theunis de Bruyn (12) again fell cheaply, while Hashim Amla was removed soon after for 19 after edging an economical Jeetan Patel to first slip.

The loss of de Bruyn was particularly farcical as Amla, looking for a quick single, bundling into his ball-watching partner near the bowler's end to hand New Zealand the simplest of run-outs via a Kane Williamson throw.

JP Duminy (13) and Temba Bavuma (one) fell meekly to leave the proteas in dire straits at 59-5.

But Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock steadied and will be determined to secure a series-winning drawn Test.

Skipper du Plessis and wicketkeeper de Kock will both resume on 15 not out on Wednesday.

Their miserable late-session batting performance was in stark contrast to Kiwi efforts earlier in the day, with Williamson's elegant 176 and a quickfire 57 from Colin de Grandhomme putting NZ on the front foot.

"Those five wickets tonight probably showed how many overs they spent in the field, spent 160-odd overs, which is quite a long time and takes a lot out of you," Patel said.

"We would've loved to get one more, I think it's a pretty important partnership that we need to break between Faf and de Kock."

Williamson, resuming on Tuesday on 148, pushed on before he was caught at fine leg after pulling seamer Morne Morkel (4-100).

His innings, which took New Zealand to 397-6 by lunch, included 16 boundaries and three sixes and was the highest score ever against South Africa in a Test on Kiwi soil.

He and Mitch Santner (41) put on a productive 88-run fifth-wicket partnership.

"A little disappointed as we would've kept going (batting) for longer, but in hindsight you could say it worked in our favour," Patel said.

"Certainly, there was no chat at all of when we're declaring or how many do we need - it was more just grinding away.

"What Kane did was amazing but what the other guys did around him, what they got, was important as well."

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