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Kiwis in total command against South Africa

Wed, 29 Mar 2017

HAMILTON, New Zealand: Colin de Grandhomme fired with bat and ball to back up Kane Williamson’s 176 as New Zealand tightened the screws on South Africa in the series deciding final Test in Hamilton yesterday.

At stumps on day four, South Africa were 80 for five in their second innings, still 95 runs short of making New Zealand bat again.

Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock were both 15 not out.

De Grandhomme, whose lower order 57 helped push New Zealand to 489, a lead of 175, struck in the sixth over of South Africa’s reply with the wicket of Dean Elgar for five. He rounded off his day with a smart catch to dismiss Hashim Amla.

The Zimbabwe-born de Grandhomme was not required for the first Test when Elgar scored 140 and 89 but in four innings since he has removed the opener for scores of nine, 17, five and five.

The loss of Elgar should have signalled to South Africa it was time to dig in but instead wickets fell at regular intervals.

Theinus de Bruyn was run out for 12 in a bizarre mid-pitch collision after an Amla drive to mid off.

De Bruyn was keeping an eye on the fielder and veered into Amla, leaving the batsmen sprawled on the ground as Williamson threw to BJ Watling to complete the dismissal.

Amla, on eight then, progressed to 19 when he edged a ball from Jeetan Patel which rebounded off Watling’s glove to the sole slip De Grandhomme.

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