Black Caps poised for stunning test victory over South Africa in Hamilton


The Black Caps are on the brink of victory against the Proteas in the third test in Hamilton.

The Black Caps are in pole position to score a remarkable series-leveling test cricket victory.

Yet you sense there could still be another twist in the tail of this hard-fought three-match contest.

At stumps on the penultimate day of the final test in Hamilton, New Zealand have South Africa 80-5, with the tourists still 95 runs behind NZ’s first innings tally with only five wickets remaining.


New Zealand’s Jeetan Patel celebrates the wicket of South Africa’s Hashim Amla with team-mates at Seddon Park, Hamilton.

New Zealand’s major obstacles on the final day on Wednesday at Seddon Park will be the Proteas’ renown fighting spirit, an extremely capable middle/lower order batting lineup and a weather forecast that has been wildly inaccurate so far this test but shows the possibility of rain in the afternoon.

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