South Africa's batsmen made a mockery of supposedly helpful bowling conditions to finish the weather-affected first day of the third and final test against New Zealand on 136 for two.
Alviro Petersen was on 44 and JP Duminy on a quickly compiled 23 when umpires offered them the option of leaving the field at 5:25 pm local time in the murky gloom, with 21 overs remaining in the day's play at the Basin Reserve.
Play was officially stopped at 6 pm.
Hashim Amla was the only wicket to fall after tea when his mis-timed pull shot from a Mark Gillespie bouncer fell for wicketkeeper Kruger van Wyk.
Amla, who did not add to his tea score of 63, was forced to wait for several minutes as umpires reviewed Gillespie's foot placement, with television replays suggesting his back foot was touching the line on the return crease, which would have meant a no-ball and Amla being recalled.
Third umpire Billy Doc-trove upheld the decision, however, the second time he was forced to make a controversial ruling in South Africa's innings.