NZ Wrest Control on Day 4

RSA 314 & 80/5 (QDK 15*; Patel 2-22) trail NZ 489(Williamson 176) by 95 runs

After taking a healthy first innings lead, the Kiwis pecked at the South African top order to gain a position of strength at the end of the 4th Day. Incisive bowling from the pacers followed by the crafty off-spin of Jeetan Patel saw the Proteas lose half their side even before wiping off the 1st innings defecit.

Earlier, Colin de Grandhomme injected much needed aggression into the fourth day in Hamilton, making his maiden half-century in Tests and hiking New Zealand's lead to 175. Coming in after only 76 runs were scored off 206 balls in the morning session, the allrounder muscled 57 off 69 balls, the highlight of his innings, a couple of massive sixes when South Africa turned to the part-time spin of JP Duminy.

New Zealand's total of 489 was their fifth-highest against South Africa. The 162.1 overs South Africa bowled was the longest time they had spent on the field since June 2010.

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