Day 4 at Bay Oval: NZ v South Africa

New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner leaps to make an unsuccessful catch on the fourth day in the first test against South Africa. Photo:Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media

It looks an elementary task for Tim Southee’s Black Caps to go 1-0 up in the two-test series against an undermanned and outgunned South Africa.

After another dominant day capped by Kane Williamson’s second successive century of the test, New Zealand ended the third day on 179-4 in their second innings.

Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell were the unbeaten batters, with the hosts leading by a mammoth 528 and a declaration surely imminent.

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The weather is unlikely to intervene in the Black Caps’ charge to victory, either.

MetService forecasts more fine weather and a maximum of 27 degrees Celsius for Tauranga on Wednesday.

The teams

Black Caps: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Matt Henry, Tim Southee (capt).

South Africa: Neil Brand (capt), Edward Moore, Raynard van Tonder, Zubayr Hamza, David Bedingham, Keegan Peterson, Ruan de Swardt, Clyde Fortuin, Duanne Olivier, Tshepo Moreki, Dane Paterson.


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