Lowest scoring rate in 19 years
548 Balls faced by Dean Elgar in this Test - the most by an overseas batsman in Tests in New Zealand (where balls faced information is available). Elgar was dismissed after facing two more balls than Mike Atherton in Christchurch in 1996-97, where he had faced 546 balls in the Test, which was the previous highest.
3 Instances when a South Africa batsman has faced more deliveries in a Test match than Elgar in Dunedin (where balls faced information is available). The previous such instance was when Hashim Amla faced 560 deliveries in the Kolkata Test in 2009-10. Gary Kirsten leads this list with 673 balls against England in Durban in 1999-00. Jacques Kallis completes the top three with his 585-ball marathon against West Indies in Cape Town during the same season.
2.57 Scoring rate in this Test - the slowest in the last 19 years in Tests in New Zealand. Teams scored at a rate slower than this 79 matches ago in New Zealand, at the Basin Reserve, when the hosts and Zimbabwe combined to score 861 from 341 overs in the match. So far, 872 runs have been scored in 340.1 overs in Dunedin.
229 Runs made by Elgar in this Test - the fourth highest by a South Africa batsman against New Zealand. Daryll Cullinan leads this list: he made 275 not out in South Africa's first innings of the Auckland Test in 1998-99.
2013 Previous instance of a South Africa opener scoring 200 or more runs in a Test match. Graeme Smith had made 234 runs in the Dubai Test in 2013-14. Since then Elgar's is the first instance of an opener aggregating 200 runs in a Test.
0 Instances before Elgar when a South Africa opener had faced 200 or more balls in each innings of a Test match. Elgar faced 299 balls in the first innings and 249 in the second in this Test. Apart from Elgar, there are only five instances when any South Africa batsman has faced 200 balls in each innings of a Test. The previous instance was when Jacques Kallis faced 291 and 241 balls in the two innings of the Cape Town Test against India in 2010-11.
434 Dot balls played out by Elgar in this match. Since 2002, there are only four other instances when a South Africa batsman has faced more dots in a Test. Faf du Plessis' 450 dots in the Adelaide Test in 2012 leads this list.
4 Number of times Jeetan Patel has dismissed Quinton de Kock in just 25 deliveries in international cricket this month. In addition to dismissing the batsman in both innings of this Test, Patel got him for a first-ball duck in the Hamilton ODI and off his sixth ball at de Kock in the Auckland ODI. De Kock has made only 8 runs off Patel.
2012 Previous instance of a South Africa captain making two fifty-plus scores in a Test. Smith had 52 in both innings of the Leeds Test on that occasion. Du Plessis' is the first instance for South Africa in 42 Tests since then. Click here for instances when a South Africa captain has hit two fifty-plus scores in a Test.
345 The highest target successfully chased in Tests in New Zealand, which was by West Indies, in 1968-69. The highest target chased down in the last ten years in New Zealand is 217, by the hosts against Bangladesh with seven wickets to spare earlier this year. In four Tests at the University Oval that have spilled over to the fifth day in the last ten years, 32 wickets have fallen at an average of 22.72 runs apiece, which suggests a par target of 230 runs on the fifth day. South Africa are 191 runs ahead with four wickets in hand.
Shiva Jayaraman is a senior stats analyst at ESPNcricinfo.com. @shiva_cricinfo