New Zealand v South Africa, 1st Test, Dunedin, 5th day March 11, 2012

Rain has final say in compelling Test

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South Africa 238 (Amla 62, Smith 53, Martin 4-56) and 435 for 5 dec (Smith 115, Kallis 113, Rudolph 105*) drew with New Zealand 273 (McCullum 48, Philander 4-72) and 137 for 2 (McCullum 58*, Taylor 48*)
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The final day of the first Test promised to be an intriguing one, with South Africa needing eight wickets to win and New Zealand 264 runs, but 14 hours of incessant rain in Dunedin made play impossible and the match was called a draw just after 2pm.

Brendon McCullum was unbeaten on 58, having had an 84-run partnership with Ross Taylor, that put New Zealand in the hunt for a series lead. Graeme Smith was named Man of the match for his 115 in the second innings.

The teams now head to Hamilton for the second Test of the three-match series, which begins on Thursday.

Read about the fourth day's action here.

Andrew Fernando writes for The Pigeon and has a column here

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  • YorkshirePudding on March 12, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    @JG2704, you have to remember this is the only sport that India are any good at, so its natural they would have an obsession with whos number one (some may say unhealthy obsession), even more so when it was thier former colonial masters that knocked them off that perch.

  • JG2704 on March 12, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 on (March 11 2012, 06:18 AM GMT) as aracer on (March 11 2012, 16:05 PM GMT) puts it , you seem more interested in England/SA's battle for number 1 than you do the state of Indian cricket where the country which is supposed to be the modern home of cricket is no higher that 3 in any of the formats.Most of us England fans don't go on about being number 1 - it actually seems more of an issue to folk like you.Admittedly 3-0 ww in UAE vs Pak is not form befitting a number 1 side but luckily we had a gimme series last summer so we built up some valuable extra points .BTW unlucky on SA but we all have tests where weather has both helped and hindered our sides. SA will give us a very tough series and there's no need to trashtalk a quality side like them. PS also well played NZ who (unlikely though it may be) could still have won.

  • zn264 on March 12, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    SA were just lucky it rained!

  • YorkshirePudding on March 12, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    @winchester666, have you seent he schedules lately back to back tests, with only 3-4 days rest if you had an extra day then you would see players dropping like flies. Personally I agree with you an extra day is required but that means they need to drop out the back to back tests, and go back to having a "rest" weekend between the tests where tourists would play a 3 day FC game, often giving junior players a chance to have experience conditions, and out of form players work on thier batting/bowling.

  • aracer on March 11, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 - maybe you should worry about when India are going to drop to 4th, and then 5th in the rankings, rather than about which of SA or England are number 1. What is this obsession the India fans have with England losing the number 1 ranking?

  • shovwar on March 11, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    NZ will always keep a test match in Dunedin to ensure that they can atleast draw one game and save a whitewash by a stronger team.

  • Adnan143 on March 11, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    now it is confirmed that SA is the international team with most badluck, nature doesn't want them to be on top in any form, Congratulation to ENG for top ranking prize on 1st poaitiion prize money

  • Lermy on March 11, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Surprising test on a dead wicket. The SA bowlers looked almost as impotent as NZs in the end. SA will have to lift their performance about 200% if they are to dispatch lowly NZ as everyone expects they should. Meanwhile if NZ pick some players who can play test cricket instead of converted one day players like Rob Nicols, they can only strengthen their line up. Why they haven't picked bowlers like Andy McKay who can bowl just as quick as the SA attack is a complete mystery. NZ selectors move in mysterious ways... ...I just hope they don't replace one insipid medium pacer like Southee, with another like Arnel.

  • Dudley_Dawson on March 11, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Right, cause NZ is the only country that has rain affected matches...

  • bystorm on March 11, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    What planet does Graeme Smith live on? So the the forecast for the last day of the test was always rain, and SA batted at 3 per over the entire test and set NZ 400 - a sporting declaration? What part of SA batted too slow and too long to win the game if they wanted to be Test No. 1, don't they understand. Just the usual ponderous robotic SA approach, and somehow surprised that they didn't get to win the game? Healthy collect at the TAB for a draw already in my account - NZ have never lost a test in Dunedin. Of course, SA will win the next two, but who cares, they won't be No. 1....

  • YorkshirePudding on March 12, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    @JG2704, you have to remember this is the only sport that India are any good at, so its natural they would have an obsession with whos number one (some may say unhealthy obsession), even more so when it was thier former colonial masters that knocked them off that perch.

  • JG2704 on March 12, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 on (March 11 2012, 06:18 AM GMT) as aracer on (March 11 2012, 16:05 PM GMT) puts it , you seem more interested in England/SA's battle for number 1 than you do the state of Indian cricket where the country which is supposed to be the modern home of cricket is no higher that 3 in any of the formats.Most of us England fans don't go on about being number 1 - it actually seems more of an issue to folk like you.Admittedly 3-0 ww in UAE vs Pak is not form befitting a number 1 side but luckily we had a gimme series last summer so we built up some valuable extra points .BTW unlucky on SA but we all have tests where weather has both helped and hindered our sides. SA will give us a very tough series and there's no need to trashtalk a quality side like them. PS also well played NZ who (unlikely though it may be) could still have won.

  • zn264 on March 12, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    SA were just lucky it rained!

  • YorkshirePudding on March 12, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    @winchester666, have you seent he schedules lately back to back tests, with only 3-4 days rest if you had an extra day then you would see players dropping like flies. Personally I agree with you an extra day is required but that means they need to drop out the back to back tests, and go back to having a "rest" weekend between the tests where tourists would play a 3 day FC game, often giving junior players a chance to have experience conditions, and out of form players work on thier batting/bowling.

  • aracer on March 11, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 - maybe you should worry about when India are going to drop to 4th, and then 5th in the rankings, rather than about which of SA or England are number 1. What is this obsession the India fans have with England losing the number 1 ranking?

  • shovwar on March 11, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    NZ will always keep a test match in Dunedin to ensure that they can atleast draw one game and save a whitewash by a stronger team.

  • Adnan143 on March 11, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    now it is confirmed that SA is the international team with most badluck, nature doesn't want them to be on top in any form, Congratulation to ENG for top ranking prize on 1st poaitiion prize money

  • Lermy on March 11, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Surprising test on a dead wicket. The SA bowlers looked almost as impotent as NZs in the end. SA will have to lift their performance about 200% if they are to dispatch lowly NZ as everyone expects they should. Meanwhile if NZ pick some players who can play test cricket instead of converted one day players like Rob Nicols, they can only strengthen their line up. Why they haven't picked bowlers like Andy McKay who can bowl just as quick as the SA attack is a complete mystery. NZ selectors move in mysterious ways... ...I just hope they don't replace one insipid medium pacer like Southee, with another like Arnel.

  • Dudley_Dawson on March 11, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Right, cause NZ is the only country that has rain affected matches...

  • bystorm on March 11, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    What planet does Graeme Smith live on? So the the forecast for the last day of the test was always rain, and SA batted at 3 per over the entire test and set NZ 400 - a sporting declaration? What part of SA batted too slow and too long to win the game if they wanted to be Test No. 1, don't they understand. Just the usual ponderous robotic SA approach, and somehow surprised that they didn't get to win the game? Healthy collect at the TAB for a draw already in my account - NZ have never lost a test in Dunedin. Of course, SA will win the next two, but who cares, they won't be No. 1....

  • rahulcricket007 on March 11, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    @JMCIHINNEY . DON'T WORRY MATE . ENGLAND WILL LOSE NO.1 RANKING AFTER SL TOUR . I AM AN INDIAN AND I KNOW WHAT THEY WILL DO WITH ENGLAND AT THEIR HOME ?

  • RandyOZ on March 11, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    NZs main problem is their batting. They would've gone down like a pack of cards on the final day if it hadn't rained. Their bowling is young and promising, but they seriously need to find some young batting talent. Hopefully Williamson comes good. Surely their stocks cannot be as thin as England's that they need to start importing South Africans. With one already in the team they are on a slippery slope.

  • Winchester666 on March 11, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    @SpartaArmy - Settle down. What I've never understood is why they can't have an extra day if a whole day is rained out??? For every test they should have one reserve day incase of rain. Surely It makes sense, What's the point of playing for 3 or 4 days to have 1 day ruin a result.

  • DoctorDon on March 11, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Why is there not a reserve day for test matches? Instead of playing 5 days, how about up to 7 days until 450 overs have been bowled?

    This game while it deserved a draw, as both teams have won sessions...it is a bit of a mulled finish.

  • SpartaArmy on March 11, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    For god sake, please stop organizing international cricket in NZ, unless ICC can afford indoor stadiums.

  • jmcilhinney on March 11, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    England get to keep the #1 ranking thanks to this draw but, even as an England fan, I'd have rather seen the match go the distance and the best team win. SA would definitely have been favourites going into the the last day but NZ had certainly put themselves into a position to make it interesting. Of course, just one early wicket and things could have gone downhill rapidly from there. I'm hoping that NZ haven't done their dash and can continue to be competitive. They bowled well in that first innings and with improved shot selection they could have been in a very strong position to put pressure on the SA batsmen in the second.

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  • jmcilhinney on March 11, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    England get to keep the #1 ranking thanks to this draw but, even as an England fan, I'd have rather seen the match go the distance and the best team win. SA would definitely have been favourites going into the the last day but NZ had certainly put themselves into a position to make it interesting. Of course, just one early wicket and things could have gone downhill rapidly from there. I'm hoping that NZ haven't done their dash and can continue to be competitive. They bowled well in that first innings and with improved shot selection they could have been in a very strong position to put pressure on the SA batsmen in the second.

  • SpartaArmy on March 11, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    For god sake, please stop organizing international cricket in NZ, unless ICC can afford indoor stadiums.

  • DoctorDon on March 11, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Why is there not a reserve day for test matches? Instead of playing 5 days, how about up to 7 days until 450 overs have been bowled?

    This game while it deserved a draw, as both teams have won sessions...it is a bit of a mulled finish.

  • Winchester666 on March 11, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    @SpartaArmy - Settle down. What I've never understood is why they can't have an extra day if a whole day is rained out??? For every test they should have one reserve day incase of rain. Surely It makes sense, What's the point of playing for 3 or 4 days to have 1 day ruin a result.

  • RandyOZ on March 11, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    NZs main problem is their batting. They would've gone down like a pack of cards on the final day if it hadn't rained. Their bowling is young and promising, but they seriously need to find some young batting talent. Hopefully Williamson comes good. Surely their stocks cannot be as thin as England's that they need to start importing South Africans. With one already in the team they are on a slippery slope.

  • rahulcricket007 on March 11, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    @JMCIHINNEY . DON'T WORRY MATE . ENGLAND WILL LOSE NO.1 RANKING AFTER SL TOUR . I AM AN INDIAN AND I KNOW WHAT THEY WILL DO WITH ENGLAND AT THEIR HOME ?

  • bystorm on March 11, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    What planet does Graeme Smith live on? So the the forecast for the last day of the test was always rain, and SA batted at 3 per over the entire test and set NZ 400 - a sporting declaration? What part of SA batted too slow and too long to win the game if they wanted to be Test No. 1, don't they understand. Just the usual ponderous robotic SA approach, and somehow surprised that they didn't get to win the game? Healthy collect at the TAB for a draw already in my account - NZ have never lost a test in Dunedin. Of course, SA will win the next two, but who cares, they won't be No. 1....

  • Dudley_Dawson on March 11, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Right, cause NZ is the only country that has rain affected matches...

  • Lermy on March 11, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Surprising test on a dead wicket. The SA bowlers looked almost as impotent as NZs in the end. SA will have to lift their performance about 200% if they are to dispatch lowly NZ as everyone expects they should. Meanwhile if NZ pick some players who can play test cricket instead of converted one day players like Rob Nicols, they can only strengthen their line up. Why they haven't picked bowlers like Andy McKay who can bowl just as quick as the SA attack is a complete mystery. NZ selectors move in mysterious ways... ...I just hope they don't replace one insipid medium pacer like Southee, with another like Arnel.

  • Adnan143 on March 11, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    now it is confirmed that SA is the international team with most badluck, nature doesn't want them to be on top in any form, Congratulation to ENG for top ranking prize on 1st poaitiion prize money