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Elgar smashes 7th Test ton, a special one in NZ


South Africa’s Dean Elgar has scored his seventh Test century in the first innings of the first Test against New Zealand at Dunedin. He is unbeaten with 128 runs.

Elgar had a life at the start of the day when he was dropped on 36 by wicket-keeper BJ Watling. He took his team to a comfortable position after the Proteas struggled against Blackcaps bowlers.

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Elgar’s seventh Test century came off 197 deliveries with 20 fours. Most of his runs came from the boundaries which he hit. He left and defended the good balls and waited for the bad balls to put away.

When South Africa were 22/3, he and captain Faf du Plessis, who scored 52, put on 126 runs for the fourth wicket. He was joined by Temba Bavuma (38*) as the partnership between them is 81.

Dean Elgar is unbeaten for 128 runs off 262 balls including 22 fours as South Africa finish day one at 229/4. It is his third ton in last seven innings. He will look to cross 129 to make a new personal high score on day two.

Elgar is the first overseas opener since 2005 to score a hundred in the first innings of a series in New Zealand. Last time in 2005, Sri Lanka’s Marvan Atapattu had made 127 in Napier. Gary Kirsten was the previous South African opener to score a ton in the first innings of a series in NZ. He had made 128 in 1999 in Auckland.

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com

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