South Africa in New Zealand ODI Series - 3rd ODI

New Zealand v South Africa

South Africa won by 5 wickets (with 40 balls remaining)

2.15pm: The umpires are out. And so is the sun. Tsotsobe to open up

2.10pm: The gales are likely to ease up as the evening progresses. Auckland's had its share of afternoon showers already.

2pm: The toss has happened, delayed by the weather. The sun's out so we should start soon.

Matt: "No Nethula is a mistake, although he may have been hammered on these short boundaries, he was also the only one to trouble the batsman last match."

Josh: "Interesting selection choices from both sides, in my opinion NZ have weakened there bowling considerably with Bates and McKay in the same side but SA have replied to that with only four specialist batsmen!"

Jamie: "Why is Nethula being rested?! He was NZs best bowler in the last game and hasn't been named in the test squad? What are they resting him for?"

The overhead conditions probably. It could be a very good toss to win for AB. The fast bowlers must be queuing up to bowl. Having said that, South Africa have included Botha.

Toss: South Africa have opted to bowl first. Kallis, Morne Morkel and Ontong aren't playing today. Replacing them are Wayne Parnell, Botha and Marchant de Lange. Albie Morkel is likely to open with Amla.

For New Zealand, Colin de Grandhomme makes his debut. Also included are Nathan McCullum and Bates. Nethula has been rested. Two forced changes of course - Ryder and Bracewell to reflect on the events in Napier, or rather just forget about it and cool off at the dugout.

James Murray: "There is a "weather bomb" hitting the North Island, more so the centrally, where roofs have been lifted off houses. It's not so bad in Auckland so hopefully we should get a match. C'mon the Black Caps!"

1.45pm: No sign of the toss yet. The covers are still on. The commentators are hopeful of having the toss at around 1.55.

Andrew Fernando, our man at the ground, has this to say: "Expect a stop-start game, but the weather is supposed to ease up, so likely there will be a completed match."

That's good to hear Andrew.

1.30pm: Good day everyone and welcome to the coverage of the final ODI at Eden Park. There's bad news to begin with. The covers are out, and so are the umbrellas. It's not exactly pelting down, but the wind speeds have been high and the weather, as Ian Smith said, has been "squalid."

The good news is that the sun is out right now. If it continues, we will have the toss at 1.45. That's hardly a delay. Shows how unpredictable the weather has been.

Speaking of unpredictability, what about New Zealand? After the highs of beating Australia and Zimbabwe, they've been rather underwhelming in this series. That's precisely why this game is a dead rubber. Can the hosts wake up? It's about time.

0.1

Tsotsobe to Nicol, no run, delivers from slightly wide of the crease, lands it outside off and gets it to move in slightly before reaching the keeper

0.2

Tsotsobe to Nicol, 1 leg bye, bit of a scramble for that run, he was down the track and had to check the shot, dropped it in front of silly point and the non-striker set off quickly

0.3

Tsotsobe to Guptill, no run, nicely defended off the back foot, shows the full face of the bat

sun's disappeared for the moment

0.4

Tsotsobe to Guptill, no run, short and wide outside the off stump, he chops it to the off side

0.5

Tsotsobe to Guptill, no run, a touch fuller and still a touch wide outside off and left alone

Two slips in place

0.6

Tsotsobe to Guptill, no run, watchfully left alone to the keeper, keeps it wide of the off stump

End of over 1 (1 run, maiden) New Zealand 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
MJ Guptill    0* (4b)      LL Tsotsobe    1-1-0-0
RJ Nicol    0* (2b)     

1.1

Steyn to Nicol, no run, shaky outside the off stump, Nicol fishes at it, he was caught at the crease

1.2

Steyn to Nicol, no run, defended inside out to the off side, had he missed that there would have been a big shout for lbw surely

1.3

Steyn to Nicol, no run, prods forward and knocks it softly towards point

Sun's out again

1.4

Steyn to Nicol, no run, gets right behind the line and defends down the pitch, much better from Nicol

1.5

Steyn to Nicol, no run, 138 kph, quick bouncer there, Nicol had to arch back and de Villiers had to leap to collect that

1.6

Steyn to Nicol, 5 runs, gets forward and gets an inside edge to the leg side. I believe there were four overthrows there. This is what happens when the guys at the studio jump to the ad break a bit too quickly. #triggerhappy

End of over 2 (5 runs) New Zealand 6/0 (RR: 3.00)
RJ Nicol    5* (8b)      DW Steyn    1-0-5-0
MJ Guptill    0* (4b)      LL Tsotsobe    1-1-0-0

2.1

Tsotsobe to Nicol, no run, stays back at his crease and defends

2.2

Tsotsobe to Nicol, no run, watchfully leaves it alone to the keeper

2.3

Tsotsobe to Nicol, no run

2.4

Tsotsobe to Nicol, no run, gets forward and taps it to the off side

2.5

Tsotsobe to Nicol, no run, was that really 128 kph? Got to be kidding me, that was a sharp bouncer which really caught Nicol off guard, he was airborne and the glove was not too far from the ball, best ball of the day so far

2.6

Tsotsobe to Nicol, no run, good length outside off and left alone to the keeper

End of over 3 (maiden) New Zealand 6/0 (RR: 2.00)
RJ Nicol    5* (14b)      LL Tsotsobe    2-2-0-0
MJ Guptill    0* (4b)      DW Steyn    1-0-5-0

3.1

Steyn to Guptill, no run, defends it down to cover point

3.2

Steyn to Guptill, no run, strays down the leg side and it was too quick for Guptill to flick it away

3.3

Steyn to Guptill, 2 runs, strays on the pads again and he flicks it away behind square, Tsotsobe picks it up

3.4

Steyn to Guptill, 1 run, nervy moment for Guptill as he defends inside out late in front of the stumps, scrambles a single to cover, du Plessis collects but cannot flick it to the stumps

3.5

Steyn to Nicol, no run, another sharp bouncer and Nicol rocks back early to evade it

3.6

Steyn to Nicol, no run, defended softly down the pitch, testing stuff from Steyn

Dan: 'I'm sitting here wondering if i should get up of this laptop to go to eden park and watch it live do you hold out much hope for a full game is it worth going." Might be worth it now, since the sun is out!

End of over 4 (3 runs) New Zealand 9/0 (RR: 2.25)
RJ Nicol    5* (16b)      DW Steyn    2-0-8-0
MJ Guptill    3* (8b)      LL Tsotsobe    2-2-0-0

4.1

Tsotsobe to Guptill, no run, gets across and chops it down to the off side

4.2

Tsotsobe to Guptill, no run, slower delivery and he defends on the front foot

4.3

Tsotsobe to Guptill, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump and he slaps it hard past point, had to put more effort on the shot to get it through

4.4

Tsotsobe to Guptill, no run, pushes it on the back foot to cover

4.5

Tsotsobe to Guptill, OUT, is that you Jonty? Nope, it's du Plessis! Shades of the old man there at backward point, it was short and wide outside off and Guptill had to chase it, hit it hard and du Plessis had barely enough time to react, fling himself to his left and catch it mid-air, both hands behind the ball. Coaches, you might want to keep a clipping of this

MJ Guptill c du Plessis b Tsotsobe 7 (19m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 53.84

4.6

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, 1 run, gets across and gets an outside edge down to third man

End of over 5 (5 runs) New Zealand 14/1 (RR: 2.80)
BB McCullum    1* (1b)      LL Tsotsobe    3-2-5-1
RJ Nicol    5* (16b)      DW Steyn    2-0-8-0

Amla is quite deep at first slip

5.1

Steyn to BB McCullum, no run, gets across and defends to the on side

5.2

Steyn to BB McCullum, no run, 139 kph, beats him with a beauty outside the off stump, gets across to defend and the seam movement squares him up

5.3

Steyn to BB McCullum, no run, 139 kph again, this time McCullum leaves it with more assurance

5.4

Steyn to BB McCullum, no run, 141 kph, bangs it in short outside the off stump and he safely leaves it alone

McCullum backs off, something distracted him

5.5

Steyn to BB McCullum, no run, keeps it short again and McCullum has to sway back to evade it

5.6

Steyn to BB McCullum, no run, he gets across and nicely punches it towards midwicket, tells Nicol to wait

Marcus can't get over the run-rate: "Oh well, guess its time to go back to the shed to watch paint dry if NZ are going to bat like this."

End of over 6 (maiden) New Zealand 14/1 (RR: 2.33)
BB McCullum    1* (7b)      DW Steyn    3-1-8-0
RJ Nicol    5* (16b)      LL Tsotsobe    3-2-5-1

6.1

Tsotsobe to Nicol, no run, slower delivery down the leg side and Nicol went across to his off stump and pulled that straight to Steyn to fine leg

6.2

Tsotsobe to Nicol, 1 run, angles it across the right-hander and he gets across and leaves it alone

6.3

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, no run, gets right across and defends to the off side

slip and a gully in place

The wind distracts the bowler as he runs in

6.4

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, no run, swings back in and hits him on the pad as he goes across to work it away, de Villiers thinks of challenging the umpire's not-out call but there was an inside edge anyway

6.5

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, no run, short of a length and he swivels and pulls him down to deep square leg, fine leg was square enough

6.6

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, 1 run

End of over 7 (2 runs) New Zealand 16/1 (RR: 2.28)
BB McCullum    2* (11b)      LL Tsotsobe    4-2-7-1
RJ Nicol    6* (18b)      DW Steyn    3-1-8-0

7.1

de Lange to BB McCullum, no run, leading edge and safe! The ball stopped on him and it lobbed off the bat and just dropped short of de Lange running forward, could have been a wicket off his first ball on ODI debut

7.2

de Lange to BB McCullum, FOUR, short down the leg side and McCullum flicks it away well wide of de Villiers

7.3

de Lange to BB McCullum, 1 run, stays back and edges it down to third man, he's not looking too comfortable against de Lange

7.4

de Lange to Nicol, no run, defends this one to the off side

7.5

de Lange to Nicol, no run, 143 kph, bouncer down the leg side and Nicol had to duck quickly

7.6

de Lange to Nicol, no run, stays back and defends down the track

End of over 8 (5 runs) New Zealand 21/1 (RR: 2.62)
RJ Nicol    6* (21b)      M de Lange    1-0-5-0
BB McCullum    7* (14b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    4-2-7-1

8.1

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, no run, McCullum goes across a bit too early to pull that and he ends up getting hit on the stomach, hurried for pace there

8.2

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, no run, gets across and hops at the crease as he defends to the off side

8.3

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, no run, punches it back to the bowler

8.4

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, no run, exaggarated movement again across the stumps as he defends

8.5

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, FOUR, lovely timing, too much width outside off and he gets across slightly and punches it neatly past cover

8.6

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, FOUR, very similar to the previous shot, he errs by giving width, McCullum gets across and bashes that past the diving short cover fielder

End of over 9 (8 runs) New Zealand 29/1 (RR: 3.22)
BB McCullum    15* (20b 3x4)      LL Tsotsobe    5-2-15-1
RJ Nicol    6* (21b)      M de Lange    1-0-5-0

9.1

de Lange to Nicol, no run, loose shot by Nicol, full and wide outside off and he was rooted to the crease as he tried to square drive it

9.2

de Lange to Nicol, no run, 144 kph, heads up Rob! Really sharp bouncer which just fizzed past his helmet, he was flat on his back

9.3

de Lange to Nicol, no run, defends this one to the on side

9.4

de Lange to Nicol, no run, 146 kph, another quick one, he defends this comfortably

9.5

de Lange to Nicol, no run, knocks it down to mid-on

9.6

de Lange to Nicol, no run, taps it to the off side, shortish delivery

End of over 10 (maiden) New Zealand 29/1 (RR: 2.90)
RJ Nicol    6* (27b)      M de Lange    2-1-5-0
BB McCullum    15* (20b 3x4)      LL Tsotsobe    5-2-15-1

Change of pace, here's Peterson

10.1

Peterson to BB McCullum, 1 run, drops it short and he swivels and pulls to deep square leg

10.2

Peterson to Nicol, no run, clips it down to short square leg

10.3

Peterson to Nicol, 1 run, gets forward and drives to the off side

10.4

Peterson to BB McCullum, 1 run, comes forward and gently tucks it to fine leg

One slip in place

10.5

Peterson to Nicol, no run, fires it a bit quicker and he works it down to midwicket

10.6

Peterson to Nicol, no run, pushes a full delivery down to mid-on

The wind will test all bowlers.

Nick: "Marcus - after the last match I'm not surprised the top order refuse to take any risks. We have another horribly long tail today. Colin De Grandhomme at 6? Really?!"

End of over 11 (3 runs) New Zealand 32/1 (RR: 2.90)
RJ Nicol    7* (31b)      RJ Peterson    1-0-3-0
BB McCullum    17* (22b 3x4)      M de Lange    2-1-5-0

11.1

de Lange to BB McCullum, no run, 143 kph and McCullum goes a long way back and punches it to mid-off

11.2

de Lange to BB McCullum, 3 runs, fuller delivery and McCullum pushes it through the line and nearly gets a four to the long-off rope, Steyn does well to slide and cut it off

11.3

de Lange to Nicol, no run, nicely punched off the back foot to the off side

11.4

de Lange to Nicol, 1 run, 145 kph, drops it full on the pads and he clips it down to fine leg

11.5

de Lange to BB McCullum, 2 runs, 146 kph, an exaggerated shuffle across the stumps and he clips it wide of square leg, McCullum's been very busy at the crease

11.6

de Lange to BB McCullum, no run, sharp bouncer down the leg side and he quickly gets out of the way

End of over 12 (6 runs) New Zealand 38/1 (RR: 3.16)
BB McCullum    22* (26b 3x4)      M de Lange    3-1-11-0
RJ Nicol    8* (33b)      RJ Peterson    1-0-3-0

Leg slip in place, oddly

12.1

Peterson to Nicol, no run, pushes it down to mid-on

12.2

Peterson to Nicol, 1 run, punches it hard off the front foot to the off side, cries of 'catch'

Leg slip goes to short cover for McCullum

12.3

Peterson to BB McCullum, 1 run, gets across and tucks it to the on side

12.4

Peterson to Nicol, no run, tries to sweep fetching that from outside off, he misses it

12.5

Peterson to Nicol, 1 run, floated on middle and leg and he whips it to long-on

12.6

Peterson to BB McCullum, no run, gets across and defends, the ball rolls on the pitch

The impatience grows..,.BJ writes: "With the series loss, clearly Nicol and McCullum are preparing themselves for the test series with this batting display. Not very well I might add."

End of over 13 (3 runs) New Zealand 41/1 (RR: 3.15)
BB McCullum    23* (28b 3x4)      RJ Peterson    2-0-6-0
RJ Nicol    10* (37b)      M de Lange    3-1-11-0

13.1

Botha to Nicol, 1 run, tossed up on the pads and worked down to deep square

Nobody in the slips for Botha

13.2

Botha to BB McCullum, 1 run, goes back, waits for the turn and punches it to the off side

13.3

Botha to Nicol, 1 run, works a full delivery to the on side

13.4

Botha to BB McCullum, 1 run, gets a hint of turn there and he cuts it to the off side

13.5

Botha to Nicol, OUT, thin outside edge! Botha cuts back on the pace and gives it more air outside off, has Nicol poking at it outside off and de Villiers pouches the edge

RJ Nicol c †de Villiers b Botha 12 (56m 40b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

Kane Williamson walks in. He has a slip, 6 men inside the circle

13.6

Botha to Williamson, no run, waits for the turn and punches it down the track

End of over 14 (4 runs) New Zealand 45/2 (RR: 3.21)
KS Williamson    0* (1b)      J Botha    1-0-4-1
BB McCullum    25* (30b 3x4)      RJ Peterson    2-0-6-0

Looks like it's started drizzling

14.1

Peterson to BB McCullum, no run, stays back and clips it to the on side

14.2

Peterson to BB McCullum, 1 run, clips it to the region of square leg

Rain easing off now. Leg gully in place

14.3

Peterson to Williamson, no run, comes forward and the ball spins in and hits his pads down the leg side and there's a loud appeal

14.4

Peterson to Williamson, no run, defended to the on side

14.5

Peterson to Williamson, no run, driven firmly off the front foot to short cover

14.6

Peterson to Williamson, no run, fires it flatter and quicker, he clips it towards midwicket

Ahsan: "The only thing AB can't do is bowling, he can bat, he can keep, he can lead....so he brought in seven men to cope with the bowling department, other things he'll do on his own."

End of over 15 (1 run) New Zealand 46/2 (RR: 3.06)
KS Williamson    0* (5b)      RJ Peterson    3-0-7-0
BB McCullum    26* (32b 3x4)      J Botha    1-0-4-1

15.1

Botha to BB McCullum, 1 run, bowls it flat and he goes back and pulls to mid-on who's a bit deep, has to hurry the single

15.2

Botha to Williamson, no run, slower through the air and clipped towards midwicket

15.3

Botha to Williamson, no run, goes back and defends softly to the on side

15.4

Botha to Williamson, no run, quicker and flatter and he clips it towards midwicket

15.5

Botha to Williamson, no run, turn again, hits his pads but down the leg side

15.6

Botha to Williamson, no run, chips down the track and checks his shot as he pats it to mid-on

End of over 16 (1 run) New Zealand 47/2 (RR: 2.93)
KS Williamson    0* (10b)      J Botha    2-0-5-1
BB McCullum    27* (33b 3x4)      RJ Peterson    3-0-7-0

16.1

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, no run, gets across and pushes it towards mid-off

16.2

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, 1 run, gets across and clips it towards midwicket

16.3

Tsotsobe to Williamson, no run, nearly clips it back to the bowler on the full, checks his shot

16.4

Tsotsobe to Williamson, 1 run, slower ball and shorter, he rocks back and clips it towards fine leg

16.5

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, no run, goes right across his stumps and defends to the off side

16.6

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, 1 run, goes across his stumps early again to punch it off the back foot, down to long-off

Ben: "Is it really that surprising that New Zealand aren't going gung ho? Both teams have a long tail, so you can't afford to lose early wickets against some good bowling on a quick wicket."

End of over 17 (3 runs) New Zealand 50/2 (RR: 2.94)
BB McCullum    29* (37b 3x4)      LL Tsotsobe    6-2-18-1
KS Williamson    1* (12b)      J Botha    2-0-5-1

Steyn returns. We don't know yet if they've taken the bowling [powerplay. Just waiting for some confirmation

17.1

Steyn to BB McCullum, no run, skids through and he's hurried for pace as he gets an inside edge to the on side

17.2

Steyn to BB McCullum, no run, stays back at the crease and knocks it to the off side

17.3

Steyn to BB McCullum, no run, fuller and gets a bit of late inswing, he taps it back to the bowler

17.4

Steyn to BB McCullum, no run, McCullum tries to slice that through the off side but he's hurried for pace again, ends up chopping it down the pitch

17.5

Steyn to BB McCullum, no run, 139 kph, this time he gets forward and across to defend

17.6

Steyn to BB McCullum, 1 run, gets across and pulls on one leg to the leg side, had to position himself quickly to play that shot

End of over 18 (1 run) New Zealand 51/2 (RR: 2.83)
BB McCullum    30* (43b 3x4)      DW Steyn    4-1-9-0
KS Williamson    1* (12b)      LL Tsotsobe    6-2-18-1

The Powerplay was taken after the 15th over.

18.1

Peterson to BB McCullum, no run, drifts on middle and leg and defended to the on side

18.2

Peterson to BB McCullum, 2 runs, brings out the reverse sweep and not a bad result, Amla chases from short third man

18.3

Peterson to BB McCullum, no run, gets well forward and defends down the track

18.4

Peterson to BB McCullum, no run, gets across and defends to the on side

18.5

Peterson to BB McCullum, 1 run, stays back at the crease and plays a short arm pull down to long-on

18.6

Peterson to Williamson, no run, flatter delivery, it hits his pads and rolls to the on side

End of over 19 (3 runs) New Zealand 54/2 (RR: 2.84)
KS Williamson    1* (13b)      RJ Peterson    4-0-10-0
BB McCullum    33* (48b 3x4)      DW Steyn    4-1-9-0

19.1

Steyn to BB McCullum, FOUR, short and a trifle wide, excellent square cut that beats backward point and races away

19.2

Steyn to BB McCullum, FOUR, goes the other side this time, Steyn drifts on the body and he easily clips it away past the vacant spaces at square leg

19.3

Steyn to BB McCullum, no run, 140 kph, good comeback by Steyn after thise two boundaries as he cramps him up for room outside off and nearly induces an edge

19.4

Steyn to BB McCullum, 1 run, skids through and he ends up chopping it towards mid-on, hurries the run

19.5

Steyn to Williamson, FOUR, nearly carried over the rope! Williamson using the pace and bounce to his advantage, improvises well by upper cutting over first slip, inches short of the rope

19.6

Steyn to Williamson, no run, stays back at the crease and defends down the track, finally a productive over for NZ

Wilfred: "Throughout the Zimbabwe series on the Cricinfo Commentary I was telling passionate NZ fans not to get carried away because we have a massive amount of work to do before we can become consistent. If you are a BlackCap fan you should know that every high is followed by a low. But we still back our boys to the hilt - just don't get carried away when we win the odd game."

End of over 20 (13 runs) New Zealand 67/2 (RR: 3.35)
KS Williamson    5* (15b 1x4)      DW Steyn    5-1-22-0
BB McCullum    42* (52b 5x4)      RJ Peterson    4-0-10-0

20.1

Peterson to BB McCullum, no run, defends with soft hands down the track

20.2

Peterson to BB McCullum, FOUR, he muscled that! Peterson drifts down leg and McCullum went across his stumps early, cleared the front leg and bashed that past leg slip and down to fine leg

20.3

Peterson to BB McCullum, no run, gets forward and defends with soft hands

20.4

Peterson to BB McCullum, no run, defended to the on side

20.5

Peterson to BB McCullum, 1 run, gets across and tucks it to short square leg

20.6

Peterson to Williamson, 2 runs, gets well forward and neatly paddles it to fine leg, de Lange chases

Marcus: "@ Ben, Yes but at this rate even if the score at 6 runs an over, which is highly unlikely, the still will only have 230, which is not good enough."

End of over 21 (7 runs) New Zealand 74/2 (RR: 3.52)
KS Williamson    7* (16b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    5-0-17-0
BB McCullum    47* (57b 6x4)      DW Steyn    5-1-22-0

21.1

de Lange to BB McCullum, no run, full delivery outside off and he drives on the up towards mid-off

21.2

de Lange to BB McCullum, OUT, the change of bowling does the trick! Soft dismissal in the end, it was pitched up, McCullum looked to be driving straight but instead he got a leading edge that lobbed to backward point

BB McCullum c du Plessis b de Lange 47 (72m 59b 6x4 0x6) SR: 79.66

James Franklin walks in

21.3

de Lange to Franklin, 2 wides, comes round the wicket and sprays it wide down the leg side, work for AB

21.3

de Lange to Williamson, 2 runs, short and wide and he steers it down to third man, they put pressure on the fielder by running the second

21.4

de Lange to Williamson, no run, short of a length outside off and he safely leaves it alone

21.5

de Lange to Williamson, no run, closer to the off stump and he watchfully leaves it alone

21.6

de Lange to Williamson, 1 run, short and he gets in position early to pull, but he ended up placing it straight to long leg

End of over 22 (5 runs) New Zealand 79/3 (RR: 3.59)
KS Williamson    10* (20b 1x4)      M de Lange    4-1-16-1
JEC Franklin    0* (0b)      RJ Peterson    5-0-17-0

22.1

Peterson to Williamson, no run

22.2

Peterson to Williamson, no run, down the leg side and he fails to paddle it away

22.3

Peterson to Williamson, 1 run, clips it to the on side for a single

22.4

Peterson to Franklin, no run

22.5

Peterson to Franklin, 2 runs, outside edge! Franklin was really lucky it sneaked past the gap between keeper and slip

22.6

Peterson to Franklin, no run, gets forward and clips it towards midwicket

End of over 23 (3 runs) New Zealand 82/3 (RR: 3.56)
JEC Franklin    2* (3b)      RJ Peterson    6-0-20-0
KS Williamson    11* (23b 1x4)      M de Lange    4-1-16-1

23.1

de Lange to Williamson, 1 run, punches it towards mid-off for a quick single, Franklin barely grounded his bat there, he's lucky Gavaskar was not on commentary!

23.2

de Lange to Franklin, 1 run, short delivery from round the wicket and he swivels and pulls to the leg side

23.3

de Lange to Williamson, no run, steers it to the off side

23.4

de Lange to Williamson, no run, that's a fast yorker on the off stump and well dug out

23.5

de Lange to Williamson, no run, gets across his stumps and tucks it to the on side

23.6

de Lange to Williamson, no run, transfers his weight nicely on the back foot to defend

Sunil: "yesterday I read one news about Amla, that he is not wearing the Jersey sponsored by CASTLE. The reason is CASTLE is an alcohol company and Amla does not want to be part of alcohol advertisement. By not wearing CASTLE's jersey, Amla will not get money from the SA board. Cant compare this great human being with any other present cricketer in world who plays cricket only for money."

End of over 24 (2 runs) New Zealand 84/3 (RR: 3.50)
KS Williamson    12* (28b 1x4)      M de Lange    5-1-18-1
JEC Franklin    3* (4b)      RJ Peterson    6-0-20-0

24.1

Peterson to Franklin, no run, tucks it down to the leg side

24.2

Peterson to Franklin, 1 run, down the track and driven to long-on

24.3

Peterson to Williamson, 1 run, driven to long-off

24.4

Peterson to Franklin, no run, gets forward and blocks it out

24.5

Peterson to Franklin, 1 run, comes forward and steers it towards point

24.6

Peterson to Williamson, no run, quicker through the air and defended

End of over 25 (3 runs) New Zealand 87/3 (RR: 3.48)
KS Williamson    13* (30b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    7-0-23-0
JEC Franklin    5* (8b)      M de Lange    5-1-18-1

25.1

Botha to Franklin, no run, driven towards mid-off and du Plessis does an excellent job diving at short extra cover

25.2

Botha to Franklin, no run, defends softly to the on side

25.3

Botha to Franklin, 1 run, stabs it down to cover

25.4

Botha to Williamson, 1 run, whips it to deep midwicket

25.5

Botha to Franklin, no run, gets forward and defends with soft hands

25.6

Botha to Franklin, no run, tries to paddle it away but it hits his arm and dribbles away

End of over 26 (2 runs) New Zealand 89/3 (RR: 3.42)
JEC Franklin    6* (13b)      J Botha    3-0-7-1
KS Williamson    14* (31b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    7-0-23-0

26.1

Parnell to Williamson, no run, gets well across and taps it down to the off side

26.2

Parnell to Williamson, no run, short and wide and he tries to slice it away but misses

26.3

Parnell to Williamson, no run, short and wide and he ends up chopping it towards point

26.4

Parnell to Williamson, 2 runs, Parnell bangs it in short and wide again and Williamson really had to reach out to cut, down to square third man and the two batsmen nearly collide during the second run

26.5

Parnell to Williamson, 1 run, steers it down to third man, straight to the fielder this time

26.6

Parnell to Franklin, no run

End of over 27 (3 runs) New Zealand 92/3 (RR: 3.40)
JEC Franklin    6* (14b)      WD Parnell    1-0-3-0
KS Williamson    17* (36b 1x4)      J Botha    3-0-7-1

27.1

Botha to Williamson, 1 run, gets forward and drives to mid-on

27.2

Botha to Franklin, 1 run, spooned in the air but just wide of du Plessis's reach at short cover

27.3

Botha to Williamson, no run, full on the pads and defended towards mid-on

27.4

Botha to Williamson, 1 run, clips it on the full down to deep midwicket

27.5

Botha to Franklin, no run, plonks forward and defends to the off side

27.6

Botha to Franklin, 1 run, floated on the pads and clipped towards square leg

Cilliers: "True Amla does not wear the Castle logo on his shirt because it is a beer, but of course he still gets his salary. He negotiated a special deal with the South African Cricket Board."

End of over 28 (4 runs) New Zealand 96/3 (RR: 3.42)
JEC Franklin    8* (17b)      J Botha    4-0-11-1
KS Williamson    19* (39b 1x4)      WD Parnell    1-0-3-0

28.1

Parnell to Franklin, 1 run, punches it down towards mid-off and takes a quick single, direct hit at the striker's end

28.2

Parnell to Williamson, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and gently dabs it down to third man

28.3

Parnell to Franklin, 1 run, 138 kph, short of a length, hurries him for pace as he pulls with one hand

28.4

Parnell to Williamson, 1 run, comes round the wicket to the right-hander, Williamson steers it to deep point

100's up. A very hardworking one too

28.5

Parnell to Franklin, no run, bowls a fast yorker on the pads and he manages to squirt it out

28.6

Parnell to Franklin, no run, punched towards mid-on and he wisely asks Williamson to wait

End of over 29 (4 runs) New Zealand 100/3 (RR: 3.44)
JEC Franklin    10* (21b)      WD Parnell    2-0-7-0
KS Williamson    21* (41b 1x4)      J Botha    4-0-11-1

29.1

Botha to Williamson, no run, chips down the track and checks his shot

29.2

Botha to Williamson, 1 run, squeezes out a full delivery to beat the bowler

29.3

Botha to Franklin, no run, gets well forward and defends to the off side

29.4

Botha to Franklin, FOUR, very good improvisation from Franklin, goes right across his stumps and paddles it down to fine leg, well wide of the fielder in the circle

29.5

Botha to Franklin, OUT, Williamson doesn't bother hanging around! Just when a partnership was building. Franklin pushes it towards short cover and risks a single to du Plessis who's had a super day in the field, he charges at the ball, dives and almost in one motion flings it to de Villiers who whips off the bails, magnificent athleticism by du Plessis

KS Williamson run out 22 (69m 43b 1x4 0x6) SR: 51.16

29.6

Botha to de Grandhomme, 1 wide, down the leg side and wide called

29.6

Botha to de Grandhomme, no run, clipped to the on side

End of over 30 (6 runs) New Zealand 106/4 (RR: 3.53)
C de Grandhomme    0* (1b)      J Botha    5-0-17-1
JEC Franklin    14* (24b 1x4)      WD Parnell    2-0-7-0

30.1

Parnell to Franklin, no run, gets an inside edge on the pads

30.2

Parnell to Franklin, 1 run, short and wide and he cuts him down to third man

30.3

Parnell to de Grandhomme, 1 no ball, he oversteps, de Grandhomme pats it towards cover point

30.3

Parnell to de Grandhomme, SIX, Free Hit: Did the best he could with that! Friendly length delivery and he clears his front leg slightly and clubs it over wide long-on, several rows back, de Grandomme's announces his ODI arrival

30.4

Parnell to de Grandhomme, no run, punches it down to cover

30.5

Parnell to de Grandhomme, no run, stays back at the crease and taps it to mid-off

30.6

Parnell to de Grandhomme, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he clips him to the leg side

End of over 31 (9 runs) New Zealand 115/4 (RR: 3.70)
C de Grandhomme    7* (6b 1x6)      WD Parnell    3-0-16-0
JEC Franklin    15* (26b 1x4)      J Botha    5-0-17-1

31.1

Botha to de Grandhomme, 1 wide, really wide down the leg side

31.1

Botha to de Grandhomme, 1 run, driven through the line down to long-on

31.2

Botha to Franklin, 1 run, stays back and punches it down to sweeper cover

31.3

Botha to de Grandhomme, no run, flatter delivery and clipped to short midwicket

31.4

Botha to de Grandhomme, 1 run, stays back and clips it with the turn to long-on

31.5

Botha to Franklin, no run, opens the face of the bat and steers it to short third man

31.6

Botha to Franklin, 1 run, gets forward and stabs it down to long-off

Fraser: "Does anyone remember the old mantra 'double your runs at 30 overs with wickets in hand'? That was a popular phrase about 20-25 years ago, which incidentally is the last time that anything over 200 was competitive, or this sort of innings was enough to win a game of cricket."

End of over 32 (5 runs) New Zealand 120/4 (RR: 3.75)
JEC Franklin    17* (29b 1x4)      J Botha    6-0-22-1
C de Grandhomme    9* (9b 1x6)      WD Parnell    3-0-16-0

32.1

Duminy to Franklin, 1 run, flights it outside off and he drives down to deep cover

32.2

Duminy to de Grandhomme, 1 run, stays round the wicket and he clips him down to midwicket

32.3

Duminy to Franklin, 1 run, comes down the track and drives firmly down to long-on

32.4

Duminy to de Grandhomme, 1 run, gets across and punches it straight to long-on, beats Duminy's dive

32.5

Duminy to Franklin, 1 run, stays back and punches it towards cover point

32.6

Duminy to de Grandhomme, SIX, lovely shot! Duminy tosses it up from round the wicket, de Grandhomme chips down the track and sends it rows back over wide long-on

End of over 33 (11 runs) New Zealand 131/4 (RR: 3.96)
C de Grandhomme    17* (12b 2x6)      JP Duminy    1-0-11-0
JEC Franklin    20* (32b 1x4)      J Botha    6-0-22-1

33.1

Botha to Franklin, 1 run, stays back and punches it down to sweeper cover

33.2

Botha to de Grandhomme, FOUR, de Grandhomme continues to eye the on side, Botha bowls it short and the batsman rocks back and clubs it over midwicket

33.3

Botha to de Grandhomme, no run, gets forward and drives towards short cover

33.4

Botha to de Grandhomme, no run, clips it down to midwicket

33.5

Botha to de Grandhomme, 1 run, works it softly down to long-on

33.6

Botha to Franklin, no run, comes well forward and defends

Eric: "Could Colin be the 'big man' for NZ today?"

End of over 34 (6 runs) New Zealand 137/4 (RR: 4.02)
JEC Franklin    21* (34b 1x4)      J Botha    7-0-28-1
C de Grandhomme    22* (16b 1x4 2x6)      JP Duminy    1-0-11-0

34.1

Tsotsobe to de Grandhomme, 1 run, fullish on middle and leg and he clips him down to long-on

34.2

Tsotsobe to Franklin, no run, fullish on the pads and he clips him straight to midwicket

34.3

Tsotsobe to Franklin, 1 run, gets forward and drives towards sweeper

Light drizzle arrives

34.4

Tsotsobe to de Grandhomme, no run, stays back and defends softly to the on side

34.5

Tsotsobe to de Grandhomme, 1 run, a touch wide and he cuts it down to Parnell at sweeper cover

34.6

Tsotsobe to Franklin, no run, lands it outside off and he safely leaves it alone

End of over 35 (3 runs) New Zealand 140/4 (RR: 4.00)
JEC Franklin    22* (37b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    7-2-21-1
C de Grandhomme    24* (19b 1x4 2x6)      J Botha    7-0-28-1

5.20pm: Good news on the way. The covers are off. The field is being dried. Play will get under way soon. In fact, now! Steyn to bowl. No reduction in the overs.

5.10pm: Andrew Fernando has this: 'Covers came off for about 30 seconds - they are going back on again as another heavy squall washes through. Edge of your seats stuff this."

Brad: "I think the NZC have done the black caps no favours in the lead up to this series... No cricket over Christmas, then Zimbabwe? I feel any momentum after the Hobart test has been lost."

4.55 pm Well it was batting Powerplay time, but that has been put on hold because of rain. There's been a drizzle for a while but it got heavier and the skies are rather grey. The groundstaff are covering the square at the moment.

35.1

Steyn to de Grandhomme, no run, goes back at the crease and tucks it to the on side

35.2

Steyn to de Grandhomme, 2 runs, nicely punched past the covers, it was a bit too full

35.3

Steyn to de Grandhomme, 1 run, gets away with a half volley on the pads as he flicks it straight to fine leg

35.4

Steyn to Franklin, 1 run, bangs it in short of a length and Franklin dabs it down to third man

35.5

Steyn to de Grandhomme, 2 runs, once again nicely punched through the off side, beats the gap between cover and point

35.6

Steyn to de Grandhomme, no run, bowls the bouncer but de Grandhomme ducked under it early

End of over 36 (6 runs) New Zealand 146/4 (RR: 4.05)
C de Grandhomme    29* (24b 1x4 2x6)      DW Steyn    6-1-28-0
JEC Franklin    23* (38b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    7-2-21-1

36.1

Tsotsobe to Franklin, no run, gets beside the line and softly steers it to the off side

36.2

Tsotsobe to Franklin, 1 run, punches it with soft hands down to mid-on

36.3

Tsotsobe to de Grandhomme, no run, tries to place it through the off side but chops it towards cover

36.4

Tsotsobe to de Grandhomme, no run, clips it towards midwicket and Duminy does well to cut it off

36.5

Tsotsobe to de Grandhomme, 1 run, full outside off and driven straight to cover point

36.6

Tsotsobe to Franklin, FOUR, over the infield, pitched up outside off and Franklin gets forward and scoops well clear of cover

End of over 37 (6 runs) New Zealand 152/4 (RR: 4.10)
JEC Franklin    28* (41b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    8-2-27-1
C de Grandhomme    30* (27b 1x4 2x6)      DW Steyn    6-1-28-0

37.1

Steyn to de Grandhomme, no run, fishing outside of without moving his feet, the skidder from Steyn again

37.2

Steyn to de Grandhomme, no run, drops it with soft hands but straight to backward point

37.3

Steyn to de Grandhomme, no run, teases him with width outside off and once again he misses it, beaten for pace again

37.4

Steyn to de Grandhomme, no run, a bit shorter in length outside off, this time he doesn't offer a shot

37.5

Steyn to de Grandhomme, no run, the quicker bouncer and de Grandhomme is forced to arch backwards to evade it

37.6

Steyn to de Grandhomme, no run, the pressure of the maiden over gets to de Grandhomme as he desperately swishes at one pitched up outside off, not too far from the edge

End of over 38 (maiden) New Zealand 152/4 (RR: 4.00)
C de Grandhomme    30* (33b 1x4 2x6)      DW Steyn    7-2-28-0
JEC Franklin    28* (41b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    8-2-27-1

38.1

Tsotsobe to Franklin, 1 run

38.2

Tsotsobe to de Grandhomme, 1 wide, 127 kph, seemed a bit quicker than that, bouncer outside off and the batsman failed to slice that over slips

38.2

Tsotsobe to de Grandhomme, SIX, shot! Tsotsobe dropped it short but it came to de Grandhomme at a friendly pace, had time to rock back and club that over deep square leg, at the MCG that would have been taken by Amla

38.3

Tsotsobe to de Grandhomme, no run, he tries to bash that past mid-off but he misses it completely

38.4

Tsotsobe to de Grandhomme, OUT, a direct hit thwarts a budding partnership! de Grandhomme pushes it towards mid-off and he challenges Albie who takes aim at the bowler's end, the batsman's dive wasn't good enough, the third umpire takes a look but it was quite straightforward, Albie hit the stumps from a side angle

C de Grandhomme run out 36 (44m 36b 1x4 3x6) SR: 100.00

38.5

Tsotsobe to Franklin, no run, tucks it down to square leg for a single

38.6

Tsotsobe to Franklin, 1 run

End of over 39 (9 runs) New Zealand 161/5 (RR: 4.12)
JEC Franklin    30* (44b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    9-2-36-1
NL McCullum    0* (0b)      DW Steyn    7-2-28-0

39.1

de Lange to Franklin, FOUR, nicely clipped away, on the pads and he whipped it in the air over midwicket, neat timing

39.2

de Lange to Franklin, no run, gets across and softly steers it to the off side

39.3

de Lange to Franklin, 1 run, gets beside the line and knocks it down to third man

39.4

de Lange to NL McCullum, no run, stays right behind the line and defends down the track

39.5

de Lange to NL McCullum, no run, 139 kph, drops it short but strays down the leg side, surprised that wasn't called a wide

39.6

de Lange to NL McCullum, no run, fuller delivery and he gets forward and drives softly to mid-off

End of over 40 (5 runs) New Zealand 166/5 (RR: 4.15)
NL McCullum    0* (3b)      M de Lange    6-1-23-1
JEC Franklin    35* (47b 3x4)      LL Tsotsobe    9-2-36-1

Parnell to bowl. NZ need repair work, again

40.1

Parnell to Franklin, no run, fullish in length outside off and driven down to mid-off

40.2

Parnell to Franklin, no run, drifts down the leg side and it clips his pads and AB does really well to stop a certain four

40.3

Parnell to Franklin, 1 run, drops it short and he plays a short-arm pull down to deep midwicket

Tony: "Been living in NZ since 2006. I never cease to be amazed by the roller-coaster ride that is NZ cricket. They win a couple of games and all of a sudden they're going to beat the top teams. Then when they inevitably lose, people are shocked. The fact is NZ just aren't that good."

40.4

Parnell to NL McCullum, no run, drifts on the pads and he clips it straight to mid-on

40.5

Parnell to NL McCullum, 1 run, another short delivery and he swivels and pulls to Amla at deep square

40.6

Parnell to Franklin, no run, ends the over with a fast yorker on the leg stump, nicely squeezed out

End of over 41 (2 runs) New Zealand 168/5 (RR: 4.09)
JEC Franklin    36* (51b 3x4)      WD Parnell    4-0-18-0
NL McCullum    1* (5b)      M de Lange    6-1-23-1

41.1

de Lange to NL McCullum, no run

41.2

de Lange to NL McCullum, 1 run, goes back at the crease and punches it down to cover

41.3

de Lange to Franklin, OUT, soft dismissal for Franklin, de Lange comes round the wicket and pitches it up, Franklin tries to clear the infield but ends up spooning it to Amla at short cover who takes it easily

JEC Franklin c Amla b de Lange 36 (92m 52b 3x4 0x6) SR: 69.23

41.4

de Lange to Ellis, 2 runs, opens the face and steers it wide of third man for a couple

41.5

de Lange to Ellis, OUT, pace, pace and pace! Too good for Ellis, de Lange bangs it in short and forces Ellis to play at it, tries to fend it off but ends up lobbing it off the top end of the bat to first slip. Amla seems to be everywhere!

AM Ellis c Amla b de Lange 2 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

41.6

de Lange to Mills, no run, gets behind the line and defends to the bowler

End of over 42 (3 runs) New Zealand 171/7 (RR: 4.07)
KD Mills    0* (1b)      M de Lange    7-1-26-3
NL McCullum    2* (7b)      WD Parnell    4-0-18-0

42.1

Peterson to NL McCullum, no run, tossed up on middle and leg and he clips it to midwicket

42.2

Peterson to NL McCullum, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg and he clips it towards square leg

42.3

Peterson to Mills, 5 wides, NZ will need more of those, slides it too wide down the leg side, too much to ask for AB to stop that

42.3

Peterson to Mills, no run, gets well forward and drives towards long-off

42.4

Peterson to Mills, no run, defends this one to midwicket

42.5

Peterson to Mills, no run, plonks forward and defends down the track

42.6

Peterson to Mills, no run, comes forward and defends towards midwicket

End of over 43 (6 runs) New Zealand 177/7 (RR: 4.11)
KD Mills    0* (5b)      RJ Peterson    8-0-29-0
NL McCullum    3* (9b)      M de Lange    7-1-26-3

43.1

de Lange to NL McCullum, no run, just checks his shot as he defends back to the bowler

43.2

de Lange to NL McCullum, SIX, Nathan wants to push on quickly, sees the shorter length, rocks backwards and pounds that over deep midwicket

43.3

de Lange to NL McCullum, 1 run, gets across and clips it to the on side

43.4

de Lange to Mills, 5 runs, overthrows! Mills drops the ball down with soft hands and sets off, Nathan hurries and de Lange runs forward to gather the ball and turns around and throws to the bowler's end as Mills was struggling, the back up wasn't there and it went for four overthrows

43.5

de Lange to NL McCullum, OUT, how many Amlas are there on the field? Body double or not, he has taken another catch, Nathan McCullum chips it in the air straight to short midwicket, de Lange has four on debut!

NL McCullum c Amla b de Lange 10 (24m 13b 0x4 1x6) SR: 76.92

43.6

de Lange to Bates, FOUR, ends an eventful over by drifting on the body and he easily works it down to fine leg

End of over 44 (16 runs) New Zealand 193/8 (RR: 4.38)
MD Bates    4* (1b 1x4)      M de Lange    8-1-42-4
KD Mills    5* (6b)      RJ Peterson    8-0-29-0

44.1

Peterson to Mills, no run, gets forward and tucks it to the on side

44.2

Peterson to Mills, 2 leg byes, drifts on the body and he clips it down to fine leg

44.3

Peterson to Mills, OUT, LBW appeal is referred, Peterson bowls it a touch flat, Mills was forward to defend and the ball hits him low on the pads quite adjacent to the leg stump, no evidence of an inside edge, Illingworth gave him out and the third umpire agrees

KD Mills lbw b Peterson 5 (12m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

44.4

Peterson to McKay, no run, plonks forward and defends

44.5

Peterson to McKay, no run, stays back and defends down the track

44.6

Peterson to McKay, no run, gets forward and drives straight to cover

End of over 45 (2 runs, wicket maiden) New Zealand 195/9 (RR: 4.33)
AJ McKay    0* (3b)      RJ Peterson    9-1-29-1
MD Bates    4* (1b 1x4)      M de Lange    8-1-42-4

45.1

de Lange to Bates, no run, de Lange fires it on the blockhole and Bates does well to dig it out

45.2

de Lange to Bates, no run, on the blockhole outside the off stump and Bates nearly edges it to the keeper

45.3

de Lange to Bates, no run, clips it towards midwicket and they don't take the single

45.4

de Lange to Bates, 3 runs, plays the checked drive and it's in the air for a few anxious seconds but it was clear of mid-off, they take three

45.5

de Lange to McKay, no run, steers it towards cover and he decides against the single

45.6

de Lange to McKay, 1 run, McKay does well to dig out a fast yorker, he makes room to squirt it out to third man

End of over 46 (4 runs) New Zealand 199/9 (RR: 4.32)
AJ McKay    1* (5b)      M de Lange    9-1-46-4
MD Bates    7* (5b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    9-1-29-1

46.1

Peterson to McKay, 1 run, big cheers as NZ bring up the 200, driven down to long-off

46.2

Peterson to Bates, no run, gets forward and defends to the bowler

46.3

Peterson to Bates, no run, works it to the leg side but can't beat short fine leg

46.4

Peterson to Bates, no run

46.5

Peterson to Bates, SIX, can't get straighter than that! Gets his front foot forward and a neat swing of the arms and he hits a flat six to the sightscreen

46.6

Peterson to Bates, OUT, no five-for for the debutant de Lange! Peterson bowls this one which goes through with the arm and hits him flush on the front pad adjacent to the stumps

MD Bates lbw b Peterson 13 (12m 10b 1x4 1x6) SR: 130.00

Nevertheless it has been a stand-out performance by the SA bowlers as a unit, backed up by some slick fielding and catching, particularly Faf du Plessis. On paper, this has the makings of 3-0, but don't count NZ out yet. These aren't the best batting conditions, so they have to believe in themselves that they can make it hard for SA to chase this down. Join us in 40 minutes.

Tony: "How do I describe a short arm pull to my wife? She has visions of some dwarf being abused!"

Omair: "Tony, I think you're right to an extent, but you need to realize that NZ's batting line isn't full strength at the moment. Ryder's been in and out of the team due to injuries and now it's back to same old for him. Ross Taylor is out. That leaves Martin Guptill as the only one who is capable of competing against the best sides. Brendon McCullum doesn't have a great record against sides like S. Africa."

End of over 47 (7 runs) New Zealand 206/10 (RR: 4.38)
     RJ Peterson    10-1-36-2
AJ McKay    2* (6b)      M de Lange    9-1-46-4
Series Results
New Zealand v South Africa at Auckland - Mar 3, 2012
South Africa won by 5 wickets (with 40 balls remaining)
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South Africa won by 6 wickets (with 70 balls remaining)
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