Cricket: Black Caps on top after day one

By David Leggat

Trent Boult's dismissal of Hashim Amla was a crucial wicket for the Black Caps. Photo / Getty Images
Trent Boult's dismissal of Hashim Amla was a crucial wicket for the Black Caps. Photo / Getty Images

A superb all-round bowling performance put New Zealand on the front foot and left South Africa on 236-8 when bad light halted play prematurely on the opening day of the first test on Friday.

Standing in as captain for the injured AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis won the toss and made the questionable decision to bat first at Kingsmead, despite muggy conditions and a delayed start due to a wet outfield.

With New Zealand's seamers enjoying the assistance on offer, South Africa found itself under a relentless assault of quality bowling.

Hashim Amla's fluid 53 was the top score for South Africa, while Neil Wagner claimed 3-47 and Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner took two wickets apiece.

- AP

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