HAMILTON, March 25: New Zealand�s muddled use of the review system allowed Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla to lead a South African recovery on a rain-hit day one of the third Test in Hamilton on Saturday.
New Zealand had lost their two reviews by the 29th over, and were powerless to react 13 balls later when the umpires missed a faint edge which should have seen du Plessis caught behind for 16.
At stumps, the Proteas� captain had advanced to 33, Temba Bavuma was on 13 and South Africa were 123 for four.
Only 41 overs were possible with nearly three hours play lost because of rain and further showers forecast for the remaining four days have diminished the chance of a result.
South Africa, starting the Test with an unbeatable 1-0 series lead, were two down for five runs in the fourth over after winning the toss and electing to bat.
It would have been three for 28 if not for the first New Zealand judgement error of the day.
They decided not to review a rejected Neil Wagner lbw appeal against JP Duminy on seven when the ball tracker technology signalled a direct hit.
South Africa 1st innings: T de Bruyn c Latham b Henry 0, D Elgar b de Grandhomme 5, H Amla b de Grandhomme 50, J Duminy c Patel b Henry 20, F du Plessis not out 33, T Bavuma not out 13. Extras: (lb1, w1) 2. Total (four wickets; 41 overs) 123. Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-5, 3-64, 4-97. Bowling: Henry 10-2-25-2, de Grandhomme 16-3-43-2, Wagner 13-2-44-0, Patel 2-0-10-0. � AFP