New Zealand v South Africa, 3rd Test, Wellington, 2nd day March 24, 2012

Petersen, Duminy make hosts toil after rain delay


South Africa 246 for 2 (Petersen 96*, Duminy 76*) v New Zealand
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New Zealand's on-field misery matched Wellington's weather, as South Africa continued their domination via an unbeaten 140-run partnership that took them to 246 for 2. Alviro Petersen went to stumps four short of a third Test hundred, while JP Duminy was on 76. Not even a furious tailwind from the Vance End, nor heavy cloud cover, could conjure a breakthrough for New Zealand, after rain accounted for almost four hours of play first up. Seven overs into the second session, evening gloom set in to end a frustrating day for the hosts, who are quickly running out of time to affect a series-levelling win.

Alviro Petersen had been obdurate on the first day, as he fought to make his first substantial contribution of the tour, but adopted a brighter approach early on the second with a fifty beckoning. Chris Martin's fourth ball was slapped through midwicket, before an edge from an attempted cover drive brought up the milestone. Positivity paying off, he continued in the assured vein, missing few chances to pierce the field when New Zealand erred.

Duminy eased to his half-century too, crisp cover-drives characterising his first Test innings in two years as South Africa's third-wicket stand swelled beyond 100. Adept at finding gaps in the field, Duminy matched his lively partner for pace and outlook. An inside edge over the stumps and a top-edged hook that took him past 50 were the only bumps in an otherwise uncomplicated innings.

Ross Taylor might have rued not placing a third slip when second-slip Martin Guptill dived over, then palmed two edges off Petersen, but in between the chances, the New Zealand bowlers rarely looked like taking wickets in the wind. Martin swung the ball modestly early on, but could not maintain the movement for long, while Mark Gillespie's gun-barrel straight deliveries were navigated without complaint. Daniel Vettori battled the northerly for much of the day, darting balls in to keep his end secure rather than attacking with flight. But even he could not help being unsettled by the gusts, as he regularly offered long hops the batsmen happily dispatched square.

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

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  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    SA blew its chances to be number 1 with the second test defeat against Australia at the Wanderers in Nov 2011. That's how test cricket goes. I attended most days of that test and must say it was test cricket at its very best. A pity the Aussies did not see their way open to play three tests. They apparently just wanted to get the series over and done so they could play NZ at home and WI away where they expected less opposition. They also fancied their chances against India. So, we can all talk until the cows come home; boast about who is number one or number so-and-so but the issue will be settled once and for all between SA/Eng in July/August at the Oval, Lord's, etc. I cannot wait. The Olympics taking place at the same time may take some shine away from the series but it will not affect the result and there will be a winner.

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    NZ has not made many good calls as a collective team... I don't want to blame the captain but certain calls and decisions have just been terrible!

  • John on March 24, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    @ZsZs on (March 24 2012, 04:37 AM GMT) Swings and Roundabouts. Eng only beat SL 1-0 and that was due to a 2nd inns last day collapse. Otherwise Eng would almost certainly have won all 3 tests and built up a bigger gap. If SA had done their job and beaten Aus at home and/or didn't lose a home test to SL they'd be number 1 now. Can't blame End or luck or the weather for that. @Akash Agarwal on (March 24 2012, 12:48 PM GMT) To be fair the OD series are irrelevant to test rankings and also acc to RO Aus will always be number1 , however his maths are a little shoddy here as Eng are the worst team with the worst players acc to all his stalking posts on the Eng threads and yet he has them elevated to number 4 here.

  • John on March 24, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    @Wefinishthis on (March 24 2012, 13:10 PM GMT) Agree with you re Philander and SA pace bowlers but your rankings - esp player ones (bowlers) are neither based on current form or rolling form a la ICC. I can make a case for your top 3 but even from England you have 3 guys who either didn't play or didn't take wickets in their last series and no Monty who was our highest wicket taker in the Pak series and only played in 2 of the 3 tests. Are spinners excluded from your rankings - Ajmal not good enough ? Team rankings are fair enough. As I put before SA would be 1 if they had been more dominant in series they won and didn't draw series they should have won. Eng have dominated most series since the SA draw but when they mess up they do so spectacularly

  • SAI KIRAN REDDY on March 24, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    I hope atleast for next world cup newzealand must not be a threat for south africa for the way they are ruthless towards them.....:)

  • Ben on March 24, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Glad to see Duminy playing...a proper test no 6...not this faffing around with Rudolph and Prince...and as good a spinner as Harris (not saying much but SA will not win with spin...) Saffers problem (apart from losing good players to other nations...copyright @Randyoz) they don't play enough. T20 aside they have a few warm up games before playing Eng at the Oval. The current no1 team play in the crucible of SL...then a tricky series against WI...before mighty SA come to our shores! It will be a cracking series though...

  • P-C on March 24, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    What you gonna do when they come for you... Be afraid England, be very afraid. The rightfull owner of the #1 test ranking is coming to collect.

  • Chris on March 24, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    SA for me are easily no.1 because of the strength of their bowling. I've said it before, the Eng vs SA series is going to be a cracker. Philander is on track to become one of the greatest of all time (I only wish he was an Aussie), whilst Steyn unfortunately already is one of the greats. A great time to be a SA cricket supporter, they will dominate for the next 5 years. Thank goodness Kallis will retire soon and they still haven't found their spinner or they'd become unbeatable.

    I agree about the stupid rankings. Mine would be: SA, Eng, Pak, Aus, SL, WI, NZ, Ind top 10 Bowlers: Philander, Steyn, Broad, Tremlett, Finn, Pattinson, Bresnan, Harris, P.Kumar, Bracewell. Cummins and De Lange have started well.

    top 10 Batsmen: Kallis, Trott, Cook, Amla, Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Y. Khan, Smith, De Villiers, Clarke.

    So when you see that SA have in my mind the 2 best bowlers and a great batting lineup, it's no wonder they're going to become no.1.

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    rightly said randi .. aus r no. 1 thats why they r on the verge of losing odi to series to mighty westindies.. good that your are not in ICC panel

  • Randolph on March 24, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    South Africa is a team full of guns. The ICC rankings are completely inadequate at the moment. The system needs to be improved. We would then see the true ranking. 1. Oz 2. SA 3. Pak 4. Eng

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