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De Grandhomme ton revives New Zealand


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Colin de Grandhomme's second Test century paved the way for New Zealand's revival in the morning session of Day 3 at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, on Sunday. The all-rounder, resuming the day on 52, marched on even as the hosts stuttered slightly in the second half of the morning session against South Africa, losing two wickets to head to Lunch on 253 for 7, still 111 runs shy of the visitors' first innings score.

New Zealand started out aggressively in the morning with the overnight batters - de Grandhomme and Daryl Mitchell picking quick runs in the first half an hour of play. The South African pacers were guilty of pitching the ball too full on a wicket that didn't trouble the batters as much. The batters got going with a flurry of boundaries, one of which - a flick through the mid wicket region - brought up Mitchell's third Test fifty.

With the pacers proving ineffective against the pair that settled in quickly, Dean Elgar was quick to bring on Keshav Maharaj into the attack. Even as there wasn't a lot of turn, the left-arm spinner was probing the batters with his tight channels of operation. Especially troubled was Mitchell with Maharaj's arm deliveries. One of those eventually hit his pads and brought about his downfall on 60, ending a crucial 133-run alliance for the sixth wicket, which had steadied New Zealand's position from a precarious 91 for 5.

New Zealand slowed down thereafter. Marco Jansen, who continued to impress with his nagging lines was eventually rewarded in the dying minutes of the morning session when he managed to induce an edge off Kyle Jamiseon's bat and had him caught in the slips.

De Grandhomme largely remained unfazed after a quick start to the day, and also untroubled by Maharaj who was leaving the other batters with a few questions. In the last ball of the session though, de Grandhomme looked to go for a big one against the left-arm spinner and completely missed it. It was an ungainly shot, full of risk at not the best time. Nonetheless, he survived and went to the break in the company of Tim Southee, with more responsibility to take in the upcoming session of play.

Brief Scores: South Africa 364 (Sarel Erwee 108, Aiden Markram 42; Neil Wagner 4-104, Matt Henry 3-90) lead New Zealand 253/7 (Colin de Grandhomme 103*Daryl Mitchell 60; Kagiso Rabada 3-57, Marco Jansen 3-75) by 111 runs

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