Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar hit centuries as South Africa built a commanding first innings total on the second day of the second and final Test against New Zealand at St George’s Park on Saturday.

du Plessis made 137 and Elgar an unbeaten 103 as South Africa declared at 525 for eight.

After South Africa was made to struggle for runs, adding only 65 runs in 29 overs before lunch, du Plessis and Elgar shared a sixth-wicket stand of 131.

After Amla’s departure early in the day, du Plessis and Elgar consolidated before scoring freely after lunch.

On 98, du Plessis almost played on against seam bowler Colin Munro.

On 99 he was struck on the right hand by Munro.

He played out two successive maidens from Munro to be stranded one short of his hundred at lunch.

du Plessis reached his century when he hit the first ball he received after the break from Jeetan Patel for six.

The left-handed Elgar too played some fine attacking shots, particularly against off-spinner Jeetan Patel. — AFP

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