New Zealand vs South Africa 3rd Test Day 3: Williamson’s unbeaten 148 gives New Zealand the lead

Williamson celebrates after scoring his 17th Test century

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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson led by example, scoring an unbeaten 148, to give his side a seven-run lead over South Africa going into penultimate day of the third Test in Hamilton.

With his 17th hundred, Williamson joined Martin Crowe at the summit of New Zealand’s list of players with the most Test centuries in history.

In addition to this, the Black Caps skipper also beat Crowe to become the fastest New Zealand batsman to score 5,000 Test runs. Williamson achieved the feat in just 110 innings, while Crowe did it in 117.

After the start of the day was delayed by almost two hours due to a drizzle and a wet outfield, New Zealand finally resumed their innings on 67/0.

However, they were dealt a big blow early on as opener Tom Latham was caught behind off the bowling of Morne Morkel for 50, which came off 103 balls and included 10 boundaries.

Latham made his 13th half-century in Test cricket

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Latham’s wicket was a special one for Morkel as it was his 250th scalp in Test cricket.

Williamson and Jeet Raval made up for the loss of Latham with a 190-run partnership, which is the third-highest partnership for New Zealand against South Africa in Test history.

During their massive stand, Williamson surpassed his hundred, while Raval sailed past his fifty as the Black Caps entered cruise control.

But, just as the hosts were approaching ever closer to reaching South Africa’s first innings total of 314, Raval’s hopes of a maiden Test century went up in smoke as he was caught behind off the bowling of Morkel for a career-best 88, which came off 254 balls and included 10 boundaries.

Raval scored his fifth Test fifty

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Neil Broom only managed to make 12 runs before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada.

Rabada struck again in his next over as he had Henry Nicholls caught behind for a golden duck.

Williamson and Mitchell Santner ensured New Zealand didn’t lose any more wickets as they amassed an unbeaten 28-run partnership before stumps was called.

Williamson finished on 148 off 216 balls, which included 14 boundaries and three sixes, while Santner remained undefeated on 13 off 42 deliveries, which included one boundary.

Morkel and Rabada picked up two wickets apiece.

New Zealand ended day three on 321/4 and will continue batting on Tuesday at 10:30 local time or 21:30 GMT (the previous day).

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