27 Mar 2017

Black Caps steady on day three

3:00 pm on 27 March 2017

Opening batsman Jeet Raval has brought up his fifth test half-century as New Zealand went to lunch at 132 for one on day three of the third cricket test against South Africa in Hamilton.

Raval, who is playing just his 12th test innings, was on 54 with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson 27 not out in reply to South Africa's first innings of 314.

Play started an hour and a half late due to a damp outfield from overnight rain.

Tom Latham, who made 50, was the only wicket to fall, caught behind off paceman Morne Morkel who clinched his 250th test scalp.

Jeet Raval and Tom Latham leave the field.

Jeet Raval and Tom Latham leave the field. Photo: Photosport

Lefthander Raval, who along with Latham was subjected to a stern examination by South Africa's pace attack on Sunday, brought up his milestone when he put a thick outside edge through gully for his sixth boundary.

Overnight rain delayed the start of day three for 90 minutes.

New Zealand resumed on 67 without loss with Latham on 42 and Raval 25.

Latham, who had been mired in a poor run of scores, brought up his 13th test half-century when he tucked Morkel off his hip for his 10th boundary.

The 24-year-old fell in the tall fast bowler's next over, however, when he nicked to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, who took a sharp, diving catch low and to his left.

South Africa lead the series 1-0 having won the second game in Wellington by eight wickets. The rain-hit first test in Dunedin ended in a draw.