Durban - Hashim Amla led the charge after South Africa lost both opening
batsmen on the first day of the first Test against New Zealand at
Kingsmead on Friday.
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South Africa were 94 for two at lunch after
deciding to bat in overcast conditions, with the floodlights on for most
of the morning.
Trent Boult bowled a superb opening spell of one for eight in eight overs as South Africa struggled to 41 for two.
Amla made 42 not out off 41 balls, hitting nine fours, as he and JP
Duminy (13 not out) added an unbeaten 53 for the third wicket.
Boult troubled both South African opening batsmen, Stephen Cook and
Dean Elgar before he had Cook caught for 20 with the last ball of his
seventh over after just under an hour of play. The opening stand was
worth 33 runs.
Boult gained some movement both ways on a slow but
well-grassed pitch. Cook got a faint edge to a ball which straightened
off the surface after several other deliveries had swung in to the
Three overs later Elgar was caught at the second
slip by Martin Guptill off Doug Bracewell for 19. Seamer Bracewell
replaced leg-spinner Ish Sodhi in the only change from the New Zealand
team that won two Test matches against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo recently.
South Africa were captained for the first time by Faf du Plessis, standing in for the injured AB de Villiers.