New Zealand vs South Africa 1st Test Day 4: Elgar, Du Plessis give South Africa strong lead

Elgar scored his sixth Test fifty

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South Africa opener Dean Elgar scored 89 and captain Faf du Plessis made an unbeaten 56 to leave their side within touching distance of a 200-run lead on the penultimate day in Dunedin.

Starting off the day on 38/1, South Africa lost Hashim Amla early on before Elgar and JP Duminy settled things down with a 74-run partnership before Duminy was trapped lbw off the bowling of Neil Wagner for 39.

Elgar and Du Plessis kept the runs flowing with an 80-run stand, during which Elgar surpassed his half-century.

Just as Elgar seemed on track to follow up his career-best 140 in the first innings with another triple figure score, he was dismissed by Jeetan Patel for 89 off 249 balls, which included nine boundaries.

Even though Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock fell shortly after, Du Plessis ensured he protected his wicket as he put together an unbeaten six-run partnership with Vernon Philander before bad light brought play to an end earlier than expected.

Du Plessis finished on 56 off 155 balls, which included 10 boundaries, while Philander remained undefeated on one.

Du Plessis struck 10 boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 56

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Wagner and Patel picked up two wickets apiece, while Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner claimed one wicket each.

South Africa ended day four on 224/6 and will continue batting on Sunday at 10:40 local time or 21:40 GMT (the previous day).

 

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