It was an attritional days of Test cricket at Dunedin. Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis contributed well to end the day comfortably for the visitors after being in trouble at 22 for 3. Here are the statistical highlights of the first day of first Test between New Zealand and South Africa at Dunedin.
126 Runs added by Faf du Plessi and Dean Elgar for the fourth wicket after 3 down for 22, second century stand for the fourth wicket in Tests in New Zealand after lower scores. Adrian Griffith and Brain Lara had added 112 while reeling at 17/3 during the Boxing Day Test in 1999.
2005 Last time an overseas opener scores a Test hundred in the first innings of a Test series in New Zealand before Dean Elgar today. Marvan Atapattu of Sri Lanka had such record who scored 127 in Napier.
42 Overs bowled by Jeetan Patel and Mitchell Santner on the first day, the most by a New Zealand spinner on the opening day of any Test at home since 2006.