Rain plays spoilsport as S. Africa clinch Test series vs New Zealand

Indo Asian News Service

Hamilton, March 29 (IANS) Rain played spoilsport on Wednesday, the fifth day of the third and final cricket Test match, as it barred New Zealand from levelling the three-match Test series against South Africa at the Seldon Park here.

South Africa were struggling at 80/5 in their second innings with Faf du Plessis (15) and Quinton de Kock (15) at the crease.

But continuous rain forced the umpires to abandon play without a ball being bowled.

Earlier, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson struck a brilliant 176 to give his side a 175-run lead in the first innings.

Following the draw, South Africa clinched the three-match series 1-0 having won the second Test in Wellington by eight wickets.