Rain saves South Africa

New Straits Times - - Sport -

HAMIL­TON: New Zealand were left frus­trated yes­ter­day af­ter rain washed out the last day’s play of the fi­nal Test against South Africa, deny­ing them a se­ries-lev­el­ling win.

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

But the rain which had dis­rupted part of each of the first four days fell per­sis­tently yes­ter­day, forc­ing the um­pires to aban­don play with­out a ball be­ing bowled.

“Ob­vi­ously very frus­trat­ing, com­ing into the last day with a lot to play for,” said New Zealand cap­tain Kane Wil­liamson.

“Say­ing that, we were prob­a­bly quite for­tu­nate to play as much cricket as we did in this Test.

“Over­all, we have to look at this game as a re­ally pos­i­tive game and one that was po­ten­tially one of our best Test per­for­mances of the home sum­mer.”

South Africa cap­tain Faf du Plessis, who was un­beaten on 15, said their plan was for him to block all day while Quin­ton de Kock, also not out 15, chased the runs.

“It’s a real fair as­sess­ment to say we got saved by the rain,” said du Plessis.

“We were still very driven in mak­ing sure we do what­ever it takes to get through but if you look real­is­ti­cally at the odds, New Zealand can count them­selves very un­lucky.”

The drawn out­come en­sured South Africa took the se­ries 1-0 af­ter win­ning the sec­ond Test in Welling­ton by eight wick­ets in three days.

The first Test was also rained out on day five when evenly poised with South Africa 224 for six in their sec­ond in­nings, a lead of 191. AFP

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