New Zealand v South Africa, 1st Test, Dunedin, 3rd day March 9, 2012

Boult's attack, and a bonus for Kallis

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the third day of the first Test between New Zealand and South Africa in Dunedin

Fun of the day
The morning was expected to start in entertaining fashion as most expected Chris Martin to show off his No. 11 status the only way he knows how - by getting out. Instead, he survived five balls, one of which even saw him collect five runs through a piece of sloppy fielding from South Africa, which resulted in four overthrows. The real reason to watch the opening passage was provided by Trent Boult who took on Vernon Philander in a manner the five-Test-old bowler has not been attacked before. Philander bowled four length balls in succession and Boult got under each one of them, swinging hard and clearing the boundary three times.

Disappointment of the day
Even though Martin failed to repeat his heroics from the first innings, children at Dunedin's University Oval still wanted to get some memorabilia from him. They lined up on the edge of the boundary during his post-lunch spell and as he approached fine-leg held out their bats and pens for him to sign. Martin turned them down with a soft, "Sorry, I can't now, I have to concentrate on my bowling," he said. Instead of asking a second time, they simply walked away, heads bowed in disappointment. Turned out Martin - who took no wickets in South Africa's second innings - had more to be let down about than the children.

Chance of the day
New Zealand did not have many chances but their best one came in the evening session when Graeme Smith, on 91, chose to play a ball he could have left. He drove hard on the front foot to a full delivery from Boult and got an outside edge. It fell just short of Martin Guptill at gully, who did not even try to convince anyone that it could have been a wicket. Guptill lifted himself off the floor, picked the ball up and tossed it away as though it was of no use to him or anyone else in the New Zealand team. Boult simply stood with his hands on his head, knowing another opportunity to dismiss either of the batsmen would likely not come again too soon.

Service of the day
Although the food at the University Oval has been exceptional - and been in steady supply in the press area - nothing matches trying some of the local cuisine. Hotdogs in New Zealand are not the traditional sausage in roll type. Instead, they meat comes served in between slices of bread, something that has intrigued foreigners. Television commentators Ian Smith and Barry Richards were able to sample some of the cuisine when two children from Otago Boys High School brought some into the commentary box for them. They had to pay for it but seemed to enjoy the experience. For a traditional hotdog in New Zealand one has to ask for an "American hotdog," to get the bun as well.

Bonus runs of the day
Jacques Kallis would not have minded facing more overs and leaving more balls on his way to his 42nd century. The way he reached it suggested New Zealand were the ones in a hurry to see him bring up the milestone. With 10 overs left in the day, Kallis pushed to the covers and set off for what could only be a quick single. He did not have to rush at all though, because the throw that came in ricocheted off his thigh pad to the long-on boundary to give him five runs instead of one and bring up a patient, hard-fought century.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Ahsan on March 9, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    I was waiting to match someone with Sir Garfield Sobers, First I went for Imran Khan but he wasn't all-rounder of Gary's class. I think now for sure that Kallis matches his class at least Kallis's numbers, scoring above 12000 runs at above 57, great WI legend scored above 8000 at just below 58. Bowling average of Jacques is 32 with 272 wickets & that of Sir Sobers is 35 with 235 wickets.

  • Jimmers on March 9, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Kallis - what an utter legend

  • Keith on March 9, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    I think the Saffers will be happy with a lead of anything over 250 (the more better though!!). The Black Caps have missed a trick after the 1st innings. What worked for them then was not going to work the 2nd time round. This is not Zimbabwe. Saffers learnt and played accordingly. Although the Saffers batted well (probably already batted NZ out of this contest) it was a really poor bowling performnce by the black caps, and equally poor captaincy. Where was plan B? There appeared to be none.

    When you have a side like SA "on the ropes" you have to go for the jugular, if not, they will make you pay, like they just did. NZ on at least 2 occassions (bowling SA out cheaply and then not capitalising; having SA 2 down with a lead of only 10) have had SA with their "backs to the wall" but failed to drive the nail in. NZ do not have the skill nor the players to cope with SA.

  • Wayne on March 9, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Its a bit disingenuous to suggest that Ian Smith doesn't know what a sausage sizzle is...

  • Kevin on March 9, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    The real SA finally turned up today. Maybe they were just trying to make the match more interesting on the first two days by giving NZ a chance. Anything over 300 will be too much for NZ, but SA will probably set 500 plus. I predict NZ all out 150 in second innings.

  • Andrew on March 9, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Can I have a volunteer ... Kallis sticks up his hand ... What a gentleman and a true sportsman ... He has most probably the best stats for 3rd and 4th inninngs batting ... Statistics show if he makes a hundred in these inninngs it is difficult to get him out ... especially the 3rd inninngs ... you can always rely on Jakes ... he scored his 10th hundred in 3rd inninngs batting ... equal to 3 other batsmen ... Tendulkar, Sangakarra and Hayden ... but so far has only been dismissed once ... when he made 186 against New Zealand in 2007 ... other than that he has 9 other 100+ scores not out ... his average for 100+ scores is 1269 ... overall 3237 at 71.93 ... and just for those who say Kallis is not attacking ... he has 23 x 6s in the 3rd inninngs ... Ponting and Tendulkar only 16 and Lara 12 ... Sehwag only 9 ... Gilchrist 14 ... Only Chris Cairns has 33 and Flintoff 24 have more ...

  • Naveen on March 9, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    What a man, Kallis is born to rock

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