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

Rain has final say in compelling Test

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*)

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