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NZ-South Africa Dunedin Test evenly poised

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/03/2017
Faf du Plessis (R) of South Africa plays a delivery as BJ Watling of New Zealand unsuccessfully appeals during day four of the First Test. © Dianne Manson/Getty Images Faf du Plessis (R) of South Africa plays a delivery as BJ Watling of New Zealand unsuccessfully appeals during day four of the First Test.

South Africa head into the final day of the first Test against New Zealand 191 runs ahead but Dunedin's weather might have the final say on any result.

At 224-6, skipper Faf du Plessis, 56, and Vernon Philander, one, will be at the crease on Sunday morning, looking to extend their lead.

"We need another 60 or 70 runs to dictate terms in this match (before declaring)," batting coach Neil McKenzie told reporters.

However, the forecast is for more cool temperatures and rain for much of Sunday.

Black Caps spinner Jeetan Patel says he isn't thinking about it raining.

"We might rock n' roll them, we might not. We may take three hours to bowl them out but it leaves an opportunity to win a test match and the excitement of that for them (his teammates) is massive."

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