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He struck Taylor on the helmet two balls before a leg injury ended the batsman's day and also had Williamson ducking, but finished his first foray back into the longer format wicketless form 10 overs. "I think maybe 450 on that wicket".

New Zealand's chief destroyer Trent Boult, with four for 64 in unhelpful bowling conditions, said they would not know until Friday if Taylor could resume playing, but the prospects were not good.

It was a rapid end to an innings where the wicket offered little for the bowlers and Dean Elgar, with his 140, had the tourists well placed at 252 for four.

Earlier, New Zealand wrapped up the South African first innings five overs after lunch, with the last six wickets falling for just 56 runs.

South Africa picked up a late boost when Henry Nicholls was brilliantly caught by Hashim Amla at slip off the bowling of Maharaj but there is still work to do.

Dean Elgar (140) managed to better his previous top score but the fact that none of his seven centuries has turned into a "big hundred" will irk him considerably.

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Patel claimed him in each of the final two ODIs and added his name again here, luring de Kock into reaching for a drive and spooning a catch to backward point where Wagner still had the energy to dive forward.

The 29-year-old finished on 128 not out and also combined with captain Faf du Plessis (52) for a 126-run partnership that resurrected his side's innings after they had slumped to 22-3 in a hard first session of the three-match series.

The Proteas had been reduced to 22-3 in the first session when left-arm seamer Neil Wagner grabbed two wickets in one over following du Plessis's last-second decision to bat after winning the toss.

Taylor may not play any further part in the first test in Dunedin after being forced to retire hurt with a calf injury while batting at University Oval yesterday. Still to bat: James Neesham, B.J. Watling, Mitchell Santner, Neil Wagner, Jeetan Patel, Trent Boult.

Philander returned figures of 1-37, Maharaj 2-57, Morne Morkel 0-26 and Rabada, who picked up food poisoning on Wednesday afternoon but is believed to be recovering, 0-46.

South Africa's bowlers were mostly consistent, but there are signs of the pitch letting up and making it a bit easier for batsmen to knuckle down.

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