New Zealand vs South Africa: Maharaj's fifer keeps Dunedin Test in balance

New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson celebrates 100 runs during day three of the 1st worldwide cricket test match between New Zealand and South Africa at the University Oval in Dunedin on March 10, 2017.

However, Williamson and BJ Watling (50) added 84 for the sixth wicket and threatened to take the game away from South Africa, taking their side to 277-5 before Kagiso Rabada claimed the most important wicket of the day- the New Zealand skipper.

New Zealand maintained that form with the bat thanks to captain Kane Williamson (78 not out) and Jeet Raval (52) as the Kiwis reached stumps 131 runs adrift of the tourists.

New Zealand dropped regular bowling spearhead Tim Southee for the first time in five years to make way for Jeetan Patel.

Day three of the test at University Oval was interrupted shortly after 5pm today and the crowd were told to evacuate the venue.

South Africa were 14 for one in their second innings after New Zealand were dismissed in their first innings for 341, a lead of 33 runs.

Image: Stephen Cook injuring his hand while fielding at the University Oval, Dunedin.

To South Africa's mindful fancy, Ross Taylor retired from the match hurt, and New Zealand will hope that won't come back to bite them.

It's been hard to get a read on what the pitch has done so far in the match, but it's been low and slow for the most part, creating some enthralling cricket between two relatively evenly matched sides despite lower scores being had. He went on to his third half century in seven test innings against South Africa.

South African bowling unit had to toil hard for their wickets in the hour after Lunch but they did pick up three crucial ones later - including the well-settled duo of Williamson and Watling - to ensure the hosts don't build a massive lead.

South Africa lost their last six wickets for just 56 runs as Trent Boult and Neil Wagner helped restrict the visitors to 308 in their first innings.

  • Stacy Allen