New Zealand vs South Africa 1st Test Day 1: Elgar leads South Africa’s revival with unbeaten 128

Elgar celebrates after scoring his seventh Test century

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South Africa claimed the first day honours in Dunedin after opening batsman Dean Elgar rescued his side from a dire situation with an unbeaten knock of 128.

Elgar’s superb innings was the first time since 2005 that an overseas opening batsman had struck a century in the first innings of a Test series in New Zealand.

Opting to bat first, South Africa took a cautious approach early on, but it didn’t do them any favours as opening batsman Stephen Cook was trapped lbw off the bowling of Trent Boult for three runs.

Hashim Amla could only make one run before he was clean bowled by Neil Wagner, who struck again four balls later, taking out JP Duminy for one run.

Elgar and captain Faf du Plessis stemmed the bleeding with a 126-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their fifties, before Du Plessis was dismissed by James Neesham for 52, which came off 118 balls and included seven boundaries.

Du Plessis made his 10th Test fifty

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Elgar and Temba Bavuma kept the runs flowing for the Proteas with an unbeaten 81-run stand, during which Elgar surpassed his hundred, before stumps was called.

Elgar finished on 128 off 262 balls, which included 22 boundaries, while Bavuma remained undefeated on 38 off 101 deliveries, which included seven boundaries.

Wagner was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Boult and Neesham claimed one wicket each.

South Africa ended day one on 229/4 and will continue batting on Thursday at 11:00 local time or 22:00 GMT (the previous day).

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