Kane Williamson showcased his batting prowess with his second century of the opening Test against South Africa at Mount Maunganui. As New Zealand’s lead soared past 500 on Day 3, the home side opted not to enforce the follow-on after bundling out South Africa for just 162 in the first innings. Williamson’s contribution of 109 helped New Zealand finish the day on 179 for 4.
South Africa began the day on 80 for 4, facing a massive deficit after New Zealand’s first-innings total of 511. Despite a defiant effort from Keegan Petersen, New Zealand’s Rachin Ravindra broke through, limiting South Africa to a total of 172.
In the second innings, South Africa managed to make early inroads with the ball, dismissing Tom Latham. However, Williamson and Devon Conway steadied the innings with a fluent 92-run partnership. Williamson, who received a reprieve when dropped by Edward Moore, eventually reached his 31st Test century before being stumped on 109.
With a lead of 528 runs, New Zealand remains in a commanding position heading into Day 4 of the Test match.