South Africa tour of New Zealand, 1st Test: New Zealand v South Africa at Dunedin, Mar 7-11, 2012
7,8,9,10,11 March 2012 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100

Not far away from the start of the Test now. New Zealand will want to go hard at South Africa with their four-seamer attack plus Daniel Vettori.

Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen are South Africa's openers. Chris Martin with the new ball for this hosts, running in from over the wicket, with three slips and a gully in place.

Toss, 1.45 pm Ross Taylor and Graeme Smith at the toss. Smith calls tails, it's heads. New Zealand will bowl first. He says it's because of the overhead conditions, and expects the pitch to get slower as the match goes on.

New Zealand's XI is Guptill, Nicol, McCullum, Taylor, Williamson, Vettori, van Wyk (wk), Bracewell, Southee, Boult, Martin. Ellis is 12th man. Debuts for Rob Nicol and Kruger van Wyk.

Smith says he was undecided about what to do, it's a cold and windy day. Kallis' back is alright for him to play. So South Africa aren't playing four quicks, they are playing Steyn, Morkel, Philander and Imran Tahir. Marchant de Lange is the 12th man.

The outfield is still a little damp but the ground staff are working on it. The forecast is for the weather to improve through the day. Simon Doull reckons it's a tough day to be bowling because of the strong wind. It's cold as well and Doull says he is surprised that Ross Taylor chose to field.

1.40 pm Great news at last. The start will be at 2.15 pm. The toss will take place in a few minutes. Let's hope the weather holds until then and for the rest of the day. A minimum of 59 overs today is the aim ...

Dan: "There's not a cloud in the sky a couple of hours west of Dunedin."

Imran Tahir is also going through his paces. "So maybe Marchant was just helping marking run ups?" asks Firdose.

1.35 pm The umpires are out there looking at the conditions. People have started to come on to the grass embankments with deck chairs. It still isn't sunny, though.

I'm hearing on television that the toss will be in about ten minutes.

1.15 pm Still not raining at the University Oval, the South Africans are out on the ground warming up. New Zealand as well.

"Marchant marking his run up," says Firdose. "No sign of Imran." Wonder if that indicates South Africa will go with four quicks.

Sam: "As an ex-Dunedin resident, weather there is MOST settled in autumn, and it's when all the students still have money, so now is a perfect time for a Dunedin Test."

Dean: "Not playing Tahir will be a mistake. If there's no grass on the pitch and the clouds disappear later in the match, a spinner of Tahir's quality should prove too much for NZ's lesser and impatient batting. It won't be the difference between winning and losing you'd imagine, but I get the feeling Tahir is a sleeping giant just waiting to play on a non-greentop at international level."

Firdose says the pitch is brown, brown, brown. Not a tinge of green.

1.00 pm The rain has stopped again, so the covers are coming off and work's starting on getting the ground fit for play. Don't get all those hopes up just yet, though, and jinx it.

Lt Dan: "I live 2 hours south of Dunedin and I can tell you its developed into a beautiful sunny day in the last hour, so fingers crossed that weather should move up to Dunners very soon!"

Keeno: "I don't know why people bag Ryder, he has a great record and he puts bums on seats. It adds more interest to the sport. He helps more than he hinders NZ cricket."

"An Autumn, 5 day test match in Dunedin? Is this really a wise idea?" A bit late to be asking that question, Nick.

12.50 pm Well, the toss was supposed to be at 1.30 pm and the start at 2.00 pm, but it's begun to rain again and the covers are back on. It's that sort of day.

BJ: "Always fun when they show old games here in Australia: currently showing an Aus/NZ ODI from 2002 where Vettori bats at 10 and McCullum was 12th man. How times have changed..." I saw one the other day when Dion Nash swept Shaun Pollock on to the rope at fine leg, when New Zealand needed seven off two balls to win an ODI. Pitching on the rope was four in those days I think, it's six now.

Simon: "@ BJ and Peter: yep I agree that would be ideal, NZ needs Jesse's talent but not his attitude, he has been disruptive after being back and needs to change his attitude as he is not bigger than the team, he is just big."

12.40 pm It has stopped raining at the University Oval In Dunedin. The covers are off the pitch, which is being looked at by the umpires.

12.05 pm "What's everyone's views on Brendon [McCullum] moving down to three?" asks Darren.

James: "I like the way McCullum has been playing at 3, he seems to be a bit more reserved and building a start before picking up the run rate later in his innings."

Matt: "Much prefer McCullum at three in all formats, as I don't feel Williamson is ready yet. Williamson should be treated as de Villiers and Ian Bell were (after trials up the order), start at 5-6 and work you way up. Helped their games massively. But we also need Brownlie in the side when he's back to the team, has become a little unbalanced shifting the top order (should Nicol succeed - which is unlikely, talk about baptism against fire!)"

Craig: "Still feel NZ need a batsman who can provide a solid backbone for the innings. No one reliable in Tests just yet."

Oli: "I think McCullum is personally enjoying the position, but still does not know exactly how to play his game, in a few games we have seen him play at knocking singles then the other day where he got 80 odd, he played more shots, When he can find the balance he will be a very good number 3 i believe."

Charlie: "It's another make shift top order. McCullum and Guptill have an understanding at the top, so why change that? Williamson should be at 3. It's where he has scored all of his domestic runs and where he has scored all of his runs as a kid. Straight swap, Brownlie for Nicol I would have thought."

Jack: "I am a big fan of Nicol but having him open might be placing an unnecessary amount of pressure on him? Now that Taylor is back, I think that Brendon should swap with Nicol."

Charlie: "Speaking of the backbone to the innings, still feel Tim McIntosh was hard done by to be dropped. Was capable of hanging round and scoring slow centuries, would be the perfect foil to Guptill, Nicol and McCullum. Players to watch on the NZ domestic scene in that regard are Jeet Raval and Josh Brodie, both do the same job."

Peter: "Jesse Ryder should have been picked, regardless of what happened the other day (which is a storm in a teacup). Nicol wont succeed and Ryder will be back eventually. Ryder is just too talented not to be picked. 1 Guptill, 2 Mccullam, 3 Taylor, 4 Ryder 5 Williamson 6 Vettori and so on.."

Andrew: "I can't believe Ryder still has supporters. I don't care how talented he is he doesn't add anything to the team and will never fulfill his talent until he changes his attitude."

BJ: "@Peter: I agree with what you're saying. Only problem in my opinion with your batting lineup there is the lack of Brownlie. Assuming 100% fit, as far as I'm concerned, he and Ryder pick themselves. If Bazza kept wickets again in tests, then we could have the 6 batsmen, Vettori at 7, and the 4-pronged pace attack."

11.50 am "The hills have appeared," says Firdose from the University Oval. "And one of the local guys says that if you can see the hills, cricket is close." The rain is light at the moment.

Muhammad Rizwan: "It's 3:50 AM in Pakistan, But only waiting for this match, so it should start soon." Ouch.

Russell: "No chance of playing an all seam attack from SA's perspective - if the pitch is devoid of grass then a legspinner will be essential later in the Test."

From India, from Rahul: "Got up at 3 am, just to watch this match, it's so frustrating that the match has not yet started, rain rain go away ..." Waking up at stupid o clock for a neutral Test? Impressive.

Nathan: "I'm really excited about this match. Although we got dealt to in the ODI series, the experience that comes into the black caps (Vetorri, Martin and Taylor) should provide NZ with some good cricket. And with good cricket comes confidence! Go the Black Caps."

Mark: "Just left the ground to go to uni. Can guarantee there will be no start till 2pm at the earliest, probably closer to 3pm, all going well."

11.35 am: Brad: "Any thoughts on what the captains will do if they win the toss? Are South Africa like Australia & always bat first or do they use their quicks to blast through the black caps on the first morning. Black caps would bowl?" If the conditions are overcast and the ball likely to swing, I'd think the teams would want to bowl.

Johan: "Have the teams been decided on for the this test? Can you give us the team lists while we wait for play to start?" I could, but I'd be making them up. The teams haven't been named yet.

But I reckon NZ could be: Guptill, Nicol, McCullum, Taylor, Williamson, Vettori, van Wyk (wk), Bracewell, Southee, Boult, Martin. Ellis as 12th man, considering Watling is injured and Arnel released to play for Northern Districts.

South Africa could be - Smith (capt), Petersen, Amla, Kallis, de Villiers, Rudolph, Boucher (wk), Philander, Steyn, Morkel, Tahir. Though I'd prefer Marchant de Lange to Tahir. That'd give South Afrca four fast bowlers capable of hostile pace and bounce.

11.20 am It's back, the rain that is. It's not very heavy, but cricket's not football is it? (Bleeding obvious). There needs to be only a drizzle to stay off.

Marcus: "@Sinister- And also the furtherest south ground in the world, unfortunately given the weather! I nearly froze to death in mid December watching NZ and the West Indies there a few years ago."

Marcel: "I was reading your commentary on Kruger van Wyk and Neil Wagner, and that if Wagner played it would be two South Africans playing for NZ against SA. What makes it even more interesting is that both van Wyk and Wagner went to the same High School (Affies) than AB de Villiers and Jacques Rudolph (and Faf du Plessis and Heino Kuhn). All six where there during the same stretch between 1998 to 2002, with van Wyk finishing in 1998 when AB, Faf and Heino was in grade 8." I've taken Marcel's word for those facts.

11.10am Drum roll, the players are arriving ...

Well, whenever play begins, Brent Arnel won't be part of it. New Zealand have released him from the squad so he can turn up for Northern Districts against Wellington in the Plunket Shield.

11.00 am Have you read our preview stories? Firdose picked five key battles to watch out for, and the first one has the Phantom in one corner and Biff among others in the other.

Andrew Alderson says this series, against South Africa's hostile pace attack, is a massive one for young Kane Williamson. Sure he's been to India and Australia, but Steyn, Morkel, Philander and de Lange? Phew.

"Isn't this University Oval one of the prettiest grounds in the world? Looks wonderful .." It does, Sinister, except for the rain.

And how's this for a story: "Six years ago, Kruger van Wyk was one of the frontrunners in the succession race for South Africa's wicket-keeping gloves. On Thursday, he may make his Test debut for New Zealand and will probably not have the gloves on when he does." Perhaps there will be a similar tale if Neil Wagner gets picked after he becomes eligible.

Anthony: "I wish Neil Wagner were playing today, so we could have two players in black caps who grew up destined to play for SA, playing an international match against SA!"

Brad: "SA to win by an innings on day 4 if they bat first or day 3 if they bat second (once they see how NZ bat they'll declare 150 runs sooner)."

10.45 am Firdose tells me the teams haven't arrived at the University Oval yet. There are a few fans at the ground, though. Lunch will be taken 30 minutes early, at noon. I wonder if the players will turn up for lunch at the ground or stay at the hotel if it continues to rain, maybe they'll compare menus and decide.

Steve: "I live 1km from the University Oval, there's still light drizzle around but the cloud cover is definitely thinning. Ground staff would have to perform heroics to get us playing before lunch ..."

Nick: "Something tells me, even a very long delay here, still isn't going to mean the game ends in a draw. 4 days will be enough to finish this I think." Very few Tests go the whole hog these days in any case.

10.30 am Greg: "It will be very interesting to see what the pitch looks like, as the locals have said they do not want to prepare a green top, bearing in mind how Philander, Steyn and Morkel performed on similar surfaces back home. A spinning wicket would be nice, with Tahir v Vettori!"

Firdose Moonda, who's at the University Oval, says she saw some blue sky on her way to the ground, and it does seem to be clearing.

10.15 am "Have they had the toss yet??" asks Tony. No, the ground staff wouldn't have handed over the ground to the umpires yet because it's not yet fit for play. So we're a fair bit away from the toss. I wonder if the overhead conditions will influence the teams to go with a stronger pace attack.

JP: "You know what Dunedin needs? A covered stadium."

Smudgeon: "Breaking news: it's been raining in Dunedin. In other news, cows eat grass and bricks are heavy..." Sarcasm so early in the morning. How many bricks?

Ryan: "Correct me if I'm wrong, but from the last two balls NZ bowled against Zimbabwe, isn't Chris Martin on a hat-trick here?" I can't remember if Martin did take two in his last two balls against Zimbabwe, but a hat-trick cannot span across matches. It can span across two innings of the same Test, but not two matches.

10.00 am The covers are on at the University Oval, and it's rather bleak overhead. The ground staff are doing their thing and there will be a considerable delay. The forecast is better for later in the day, though, so hope floats.

It'll be about two hours or so, Ian Smith says. It's still drizzling at the University Oval.

9.35 am Hello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of the first of three Tests between New Zealand and South Africa. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it rained a lot in Dunedin last night, and it's quite wet and overcast. There's no official word yet, but I expect the start to be delayed.

South Africa begin this series with a chance to become the No. 1 Test side, they need to sweep New Zealand 3-0 to unseat England.

0.1

Martin to Smith, no run, that's a loosener, pitches far outside leg stump and goes straight through to Kruger van Wyk, the debutant wicketkeeper

0.2

Martin to Smith, no run, that's not where you want to be bowling to Smith, full and on the pads, he plays towards midwicket from the crease

0.3

Martin to Smith, 1 run, Smith gets going by turning a length ball off his pads through square leg, his bread and butter shot

0.4

Martin to Petersen, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Petersen lets the ball pass to van Wyk

0.5

Martin to Petersen, no run, fuller length but the line is wider outside off stump, left alone once again by the right-hander, no swing so far, the ball's been holding its line

0.6

Martin to Petersen, no run, good length closer to the batsman but still wide enough for Petersen to not want to play a shot

End of over 1 (1 run) South Africa 1/0

    • AN Petersen 0 (3b)
    • GC Smith 1 (3b)
    • CS Martin 1-0-1-0

Martin did not get any lateral movement in that first over. Maybe Tim Southee will get some?

1.1

Southee to Smith, no run, not on this first ball, Southee falls over during his follow through after delivering a short of a length ball just outside off, Smith defends on the off side

1.2

Southee to Smith, no run, fuller ball slanting across the left-hand batsman, Smith strides out and shoulders arms

1.3

Southee to Smith, 1 run, Smith pushes forward at a good length ball outside off and gets an inside edge towards square leg

1.4

Southee to Petersen, 2 runs, Southee gets a bit straight and Petersen works the ball off his pads through square leg, the fielder chasing the ball slides and fumbles but there would have been two anyway

Smudgeon: "I still have trouble adjusting to the runs/wickets format (rather than wickets/runs). I thought for a second that the Phantom had struck in the first over!"

1.5

Southee to Petersen, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side

1.6

Southee to Petersen, no run, Petersen gets behind the line of a good length ball and blocks

Not one ball has swung or seamed so far, too early to say Taylor perhaps made the wrong call?

End of over 2 (3 runs) South Africa 4/0

    • AN Petersen 2 (6b)
    • GC Smith 2 (6b)
    • TG Southee 1-0-3-0
    • CS Martin 1-0-1-0

Shaneo: "I wonder if Rosco would have bowled first had we started at 10.30am? looks like a good batting wicket with little to no swing. Hard for these chaps to bowl into this wind."

2.1

Martin to Smith, no run, defended on to the off side

2.2

Martin to Smith, FOUR, Smith moves a long way across his stumps to glance a short of a length delivery off his hips to the fine leg boundary

2.3

Martin to Smith, no run, played off the back foot towards square leg

2.4

Martin to Smith, no run, Smith moves forward and towards the off side to push a full ball towards cover point

2.5

Martin to Smith, no run, Smith strides forward once again and blocks a good length delivery as it angles across him

Lawrence: "Taylor only choose to bowl to avoid facing Steyn in these conditions. Steyn can swing them anywhere, but on a damp outfield I suspect they figured he would be unplayable."

2.6

Martin to Smith, 1 run, Smith stays back and forces the ball towards midwicket

End of over 3 (5 runs) South Africa 9/0

    • GC Smith 7 (12b 1x4)
    • AN Petersen 2 (6b)
    • CS Martin 2-0-6-0
    • TG Southee 1-0-3-0

Brad: "I'm glad we won that toss and while I respect what Simon says about it being a tough day to bowl I think it's a better option for a slightly down on confidence team."

3.1

Southee to Smith, no run, van Wyk makes his first appeal in Test cricket and it isn't a very good one. Smith moved a long way across his stumps to play to square leg and was hit very high on the pad

3.2

Southee to Smith, no run, played off the back foot on the off side

3.3

Southee to Smith, no run, Smith moves back and across and plays on the leg side

3.4

Southee to Smith, no run, full ball outside off stump, Smith stays in his crease and plays back to the bowler

3.5

Southee to Smith, no run, Smith plays the ball towards square leg once again, absolutely no movement whatsoever for Southee, who normally finds what swing there is

3.6

Southee to Smith, no run, bowled wide outside off stump, Smith lets it go through to van Wyk

End of over 4 (maiden) South Africa 9/0

    • GC Smith 7 (18b 1x4)
    • AN Petersen 2 (6b)
    • TG Southee 2-1-3-0
    • CS Martin 2-0-6-0

Mark: "Crikey - I'm amazed at how negative people get. It's only 3 overs into a five day test people and already people are talking about the possibility of a wrong call. Lets see how it washes up during the course of the first session at least. It's cold, has been damp, players have been hanging around. We've only just started - there's a lot of cricket to be played yet."

4.1

Martin to Petersen, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, Petersen strides out and shoulders arms

4.2

Martin to Petersen, no run, loud appeal for lbw from Martin and van Wyk, but I think Petersen got an inside edge on to the pad. It was a good length ball that angled into the right-hander, Petersen prodded at it and got bat on to the back leg

4.3

Martin to Petersen, no run, left alone outside off stump

4.4

Martin to Petersen, no run, Martin pitches outside off stump on a good length and it goes straight through to the keeper

4.5

Martin to Petersen, no run, Martin keeps it on a good length and line outside off stump, Petersen lets it go again

4.6

Martin to Petersen, no run, identical ball, on a good length and line outside off, Petersen lifts his bat out of the way after moving on to the front foot

End of over 5 (maiden) South Africa 9/0

    • AN Petersen 2 (12b)
    • GC Smith 7 (18b 1x4)
    • CS Martin 3-1-6-0
    • TG Southee 2-1-3-0

Chris: "Bracewell's gonna end with a 4-fer here, line and length stuff will result in wickets. Hope he's on in the next 20 minutes."

Taylor's made his first change, Southee has been replaced by the left-armer Trent Boult, bowling over the wicket.

5.1

Boult to Smith, 2 runs, his first ball is short of a length angling into the left-hander, Smith turns it off his body through square

5.2

Boult to Smith, FOUR, that's too short, Smith swivels and pulls it along the damp outfield to the square leg boundary

5.3

Boult to Smith, no run, a better line and length outside off stump, Smith moves across and lets it go

5.4

Boult to Smith, 1 run, Boult angles the ball into Smith from a length outside off, Smith uses that angle to play the ball towards square by closing the face

5.5

Boult to Petersen, no run, Boult pitches on a good length around middle and off and slants the ball across the right-hander, Petersen lets it go

5.6

Boult to Petersen, FOUR, full and straight, a half-volley, and Petersen drives firmly past the fielder at mid-off, who dives to his right in vain

So there was no swing or seam for Boult either.

End of over 6 (11 runs) South Africa 20/0

    • AN Petersen 6 (14b 1x4)
    • GC Smith 14 (22b 2x4)
    • TA Boult 1-0-11-0
    • CS Martin 3-1-6-0

Andrew: "I know Martin is the senior bowler but I find it interesting the Southee the quickest of the kiwis is bowling into the wind." Is Southee the quickest?

6.1

Martin to Smith, no run, played off the pads from the crease towards square leg

6.2

Martin to Smith, 3 runs, another short ball at Smith, who moves towards the off and pulls in front of square, beating the fielder at midwicket

6.3

Martin to Petersen, no run, short of a length angling into the right-hander, Petersen defends from his crease

6.4

Martin to Petersen, no run, a full ball outside off, Petersen drives towards mid-off where McCullum dives to his left and makes the save, he throws at the keeper's end and it isn't a good one, Petersen wants an overthrow and Smith sends him back

6.5

Martin to Petersen, no run, defended off the back foot

6.6

Martin to Petersen, no run, Petersen gets behind the line of a good length ball and blocks

End of over 7 (3 runs) South Africa 23/0

    • AN Petersen 6 (18b 1x4)
    • GC Smith 17 (24b 2x4)
    • CS Martin 4-1-9-0
    • TA Boult 1-0-11-0
7.1

Boult to Smith, FOUR, too full and straight, Smith biffs it down the ground to the long-on boundary, McCullum chases but in vain, he sort of slipped on the damp outfield as he approached the boundary and then hit the advertising hoardings

7.2

Boult to Smith, 1 run, defended close on the off side and Smith calls for the single and sprints, he dives and slides to make his ground

7.3

Boult to Petersen, no run, short of a length angling across the right-hander, left alone

7.4

Boult to Petersen, no run, driven off the front foot towards mid-off

7.5

Boult to Petersen, no run, full and straight from Boult with no movement, driven on the front foot to mid-on

7.6

Boult to Petersen, no run, Petersen lets a full ball go past his off stump

End of over 8 (5 runs) South Africa 28/0

    • AN Petersen 6 (22b 1x4)
    • GC Smith 22 (26b 3x4)
    • TA Boult 2-0-16-0
    • CS Martin 4-1-9-0
8.1

Martin to Smith, 1 run, full ball on the pads, Smith clips it to deep backward square leg

8.2

Martin to Petersen, FOUR, Martin pitches up looking for swing, there is none. Petersen moves forward and drives between the bowler and mid-on for four more

8.3

Martin to Petersen, no run, short of a length around off stump, defended on the back foot

8.4

Martin to Petersen, no run, good length outside off, Petersen lets it go

Keith: "Is Southee the quickest? Yes. When he's bowling well, he hovers around 145km/h. When he's bowling poorly, around 130km/h. Is that a symptom or a cause? Who knows? but clearly Allan Donald thought it was a cause, which is why he tried to instill more aggression in him."

8.5

Martin to Petersen, no run, Petersen strides out and defends on the off side

Some of the fans have brought thick blankets in addition to jackets to the cricket, it's that cold.

8.6

Martin to Petersen, 1 run, played off the pads through square leg

End of over 9 (6 runs) South Africa 34/0

    • AN Petersen 11 (27b 2x4)
    • GC Smith 23 (27b 3x4)
    • CS Martin 5-1-15-0
    • TA Boult 2-0-16-0
9.1

Boult to Petersen, no run, Petersen gets behind the line and defends on the leg side, Boult runs to his right and fields

Reece: "@Keith, to say Southee hovers around 145kmh is quite an overstatement. The guy struggles to reach 140kmh."

9.2

Boult to Petersen, OUT, a huge yell for lbw but Aleem Dar says not out. Ross Taylor has asked for a review. The ball was full and pitched in line, Petersen moved his front foot across and tried to drive on the leg side, he missed and got hit pretty low on the front pad. Doesn't look like an inside edge either, nothing on replays. That's hitting the middle of middle. Aleem Dar changes his not-out decision. Boult's broken through.

AN Petersen lbw b Boult 11 (45m 29b 2x4 0x6) SR: 37.93

#im Amla is in at No. 3. He's standing a fair bit outside leg.

9.3

Boult to Amla, no run, a full and straight ball, Amla stays in his crease and defends

9.4

Boult to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves slightly forward and across to defend on the leg side

There's a silly mid-on for Smith. There's a regular mid-on as well.

9.5

Boult to Smith, no run, a short of a length at Smith, he defends on the leg side

9.6

Boult to Smith, no run, good length outside off stump, Smith defends on the back foot towards point

End of over 10 (1 run) South Africa 35/1

    • GC Smith 23 (29b 3x4)
    • HM Amla 1 (2b)
    • TA Boult 3-0-17-1
    • CS Martin 5-1-15-0

Doug Bracewell replaces Martin, bowling from over the wicket.

10.1

Bracewell to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Amla moves across and lets the ball go

10.2

Bracewell to Amla, no run, fuller length outside off, Amla lets it go again

10.3

Bracewell to Amla, no run, defended on the front foot

10.4

Bracewell to Amla, no run, left alone outside off stump

Simon: "Gotta love Rossco's review face - looks like he wants to rumble with the umpire."

10.5

Bracewell to Amla, 2 runs, short of a length outside off, Amla stays in his crease and punches the ball through cover

10.6

Bracewell to Amla, no run, a fuller length outside off, Amla doesn't play a shot

End of over 11 (2 runs) South Africa 37/1

    • HM Amla 3 (8b)
    • GC Smith 23 (29b 3x4)
    • DAJ Bracewell 1-0-2-0
    • TA Boult 3-0-17-1
11.1

Boult to Smith, no run, a full ball outside off stump, Smith lunges forward and drives with power, Vettori dives to his left at mid-off to save with one hand

11.2

Boult to Smith, no run, good length outside off, Smith stays in his crease and lets the ball pass

11.3

Boult to Smith, FOUR, Smith leans forward and across to drive a straight ball between mid-on and midwicket, he loves it in that hitting zone

John: "Smith has always been an onside player, but now his stance and grip make it almost impossible for him to play an attacking shot on the offside. His wagon wheel is going to look like a wheel sawn in half, with the rims placed back to back and all the spokes going to the leg side at both ends."

11.4

Boult to Smith, FOUR, there you go, runs on the off side for Smith, but via an outside edge after he pushed forward at a good length ball outside off stump. The ball went along the ground and through the cordon to the third man boundary

11.5

Boult to Smith, 2 runs, Smith takes the ball from off stump and closes the face to play through square leg, Smith is standing close to off stump, so the bowler needs to be outside off stump to avoid being hit through the leg side

There are three slips, a gully, point and short cover on the off side.

11.6

Boult to Smith, 2 runs, short of a length outside off stump, Smith dabs off the back foot between third slip and gully

End of over 12 (12 runs) South Africa 49/1

    • GC Smith 35 (35b 5x4)
    • HM Amla 3 (8b)
    • TA Boult 4-0-29-1
    • DAJ Bracewell 1-0-2-0

Carl: "Smith has been pretty poor with the bat of late, so it's good to see him making a start. I think he needs to lift his batting and make some serious runs or there isn't much point having him in the team now that AB is captaining the ODI well and making runs at the same time."

12.1

Bracewell to Amla, 2 runs, Amla jumps on the back foot and works a short of a length ball through midwicket

12.2

Bracewell to Amla, no run, Amla pushes forward at a good length ball on off stump and gets a thick outside edge along the ground towards point

12.3

Bracewell to Amla, no run, Amla gets behind the line of a good length ball and defends towards the bowler

12.4

Bracewell to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off, Amla lets it go through to van Wyk

12.5

Bracewell to Amla, no run, Amla defends on the back foot to the fielder at short cover

12.6

Bracewell to Amla, no run, that's a quick short ball, and Amla ducks

Cam: "I was going to say that it must be a bit depressing for the NZ team to know that this pair have scored almost as many test runs as the entire NZ squad together, but then I saw that Kallis has almost that many on his own (12260 for Kallis, 12813 for the NZ squad - of which a whole 112 have been contributed by the mighty Phantom) so with him next to bat, the next partnership will have several thousand more career runs than our whole team!"

The umpires are a little late in calling over, but they finally do. It's now time for drinks.

KJ: "Poor bowling to Smith. Black caps need to stop bowling to his strengths. They see him move across his stumps and think they will eventually get him - but that could be 150 runs later. Frustrate him outside off stump and force him into a mistake - patience is not a quality the Black caps have."

Just to recap - Taylor won the toss and decided to bowl because of overcast conditions and a long rain delay. The ball, however, has done nothing. no movement in the air or off the pitch.

End of over 13 (2 runs) South Africa 51/1

    • HM Amla 5 (14b)
    • GC Smith 35 (35b 5x4)
    • DAJ Bracewell 2-0-4-0
    • TA Boult 4-0-29-1
13.1

Boult to Smith, 1 run, Boult's line is outside off stump but Smith's stance allows him to take it from that line and push towards leg, the off side is packed with fielders, the leg is empty

13.2

Boult to Amla, no run, Amla lets one angle across him and towards the keeper

13.3

Boult to Amla, 1 run, a fuller length close to off stump, Amla drives wide of mid-off on the front foot and runs

13.4

Boult to Smith, 1 run, Smith once again moves from middle stump towards the off side and works the ball off his hips through square, he took that from outside off again

13.5

Boult to Amla, no run, Amla stays in his crease and defends a good length ball towards the off side

13.6

Boult to Amla, 1 run, short and wide outside off stump, Amla stays on the back foot and cuts through point

Gav: "Think it was Ponting that said when you win the toss, you don't make your decision based on what it could be like in the first session, but rather for the last three."

End of over 14 (4 runs) South Africa 55/1

    • HM Amla 7 (18b)
    • GC Smith 37 (37b 5x4)
    • TA Boult 5-0-33-1
    • DAJ Bracewell 2-0-4-0
14.1

Bracewell to Amla, no run, Amla gets behind the line of a length ball and plays towards point

14.2

Bracewell to Amla, no run, Bracewell angles the ball into Amla, who defends towards the bowler

14.3

Bracewell to Amla, no run, Amla has a swish at a short of a length ball outside off and misses

14.4

Bracewell to Amla, no run, good length just outside off, Amla defends confidently on the back foot

14.5

Bracewell to Amla, no run, good length outside off stump and the carry to van Wyk is poor, he collected it near his ankles after Amla let it go

14.6

Bracewell to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off, Amla rides the bounce and plays it down behind point

End of over 15 (maiden) South Africa 55/1

    • HM Amla 7 (24b)
    • GC Smith 37 (37b 5x4)
    • DAJ Bracewell 3-1-4-0
    • TA Boult 5-0-33-1

Vettori's been given the ball, one slip and a short leg in place. He's bowling from over the wicket.

15.1

Vettori to Smith, no run, bowled quick through the air just outside off, Smith goes back and defends

15.2

Vettori to Smith, no run, Smith gets on to the front foot and blocks

15.3

Vettori to Smith, no run, Smith reaches out for a wide one outside off and tries to cut, he gets beaten

15.4

Vettori to Smith, 1 run, Smith goes back and punches towards long-on

Arie: "Groan - we choose to bowl and after 15 overs we turn to Vettori who isn't known for his high strike-rate."

15.5

Vettori to Amla, no run, defended back to the bowler, Vettori went round the wicket to the right-hander

15.6

Vettori to Amla, no run, Amla either judged that very well, or he is very lucky. He stayed on the back foot and decided not to play a shot, letting the ball pass very close to off stump

End of over 16 (1 run) South Africa 56/1

    • HM Amla 7 (26b)
    • GC Smith 38 (41b 5x4)
    • DL Vettori 1-0-1-0
    • DAJ Bracewell 3-1-4-0
16.1

Bracewell to Smith, 1 run, short of a length aimed at the body, Smith gets a bit of bat and a bit of body on to the ball while trying to swat and plays behind square

16.2

Bracewell to Amla, no run, Amla pulls a short of a length ball to square leg

16.3

Bracewell to Amla, no run, Amla gets behind the line and defends on the off side

16.4

Bracewell to Amla, no run, Amla stays back and defends a length ball on the off side

Gareth: "@Cam: New Zealand never plays anywhere as many tests as the other nations anyway. If you look at the last 15 years SA have 5 players with 90+ tests. NZ have one (Vettori). If you compare Vettori and Kallis who have both played the majority of the last 15 years, Kallis has played 40 more tests. NZ are always going to compare poorly in total runs."

16.5

Bracewell to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Amla shoulders arms

16.6

Bracewell to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off, Amla jumps back and plays the ball down behind point

End of over 17 (1 run) South Africa 57/1

    • HM Amla 7 (31b)
    • GC Smith 39 (42b 5x4)
    • DAJ Bracewell 4-1-5-0
    • DL Vettori 1-0-1-0

PJ: "This is precisely why I'd have gone with Nethula for this Test ahead of either Southee or Boult; the pitch is likely to slow up as the days go by and I suspect Tahir may get close to his career best figures."

17.1

Vettori to Smith, no run, Smith strides forward and defends outside off stump with bat and pad close together

17.2

Vettori to Smith, no run, bowled quick and straight, that appeared to be going down leg but didn't and hit the pad as Smith tried to glance

17.3

Vettori to Smith, no run, defended on the front foot

17.4

Vettori to Smith, 1 run, shorter length and Smith can go back to play behind square

17.5

Vettori to Amla, no run, Amla stays in his crease and defends on the off side, that one turned a fraction after pitching on middle

17.6

Vettori to Amla, no run, Amla goes back when he should have been forward and defends on the off side, had to hurry his shot a bit

End of over 18 (1 run) South Africa 58/1

    • HM Amla 7 (33b)
    • GC Smith 40 (46b 5x4)
    • DL Vettori 2-0-2-0
    • DAJ Bracewell 4-1-5-0
18.1

Bracewell to Smith, no run, length ball angling across the left-hander from over the wicket, Smith strides out and shoulders arms

18.2

Bracewell to Smith, no run, Smith plays the ball from the crease towards the off side

18.3

Bracewell to Smith, no run, Smith goes back and towards the off side to defend towards the bowler

18.4

Bracewell to Smith, 2 runs, banged in short and Smith pulls towards deep square leg, Vettori runs to his right along the boundary and picks up with one hand, Smith did not stretch or sprint to make his ground for the second and would have been beaten by a direct hit. Vettori also had to transfer the ball from right to left hand before throwing

18.5

Bracewell to Smith, no run, left alone outside off stump

18.6

Bracewell to Smith, no run, Smith works the ball off his hips towards square leg

End of over 19 (2 runs) South Africa 60/1

    • GC Smith 42 (52b 5x4)
    • HM Amla 7 (33b)
    • DAJ Bracewell 5-1-7-0
    • DL Vettori 2-0-2-0
19.1

Vettori to Amla, no run, Amla defends watchfully on the off side, Vettori's coming round the wicket to Amla

19.2

Vettori to Amla, no run, Amla steps out to try and work on the leg side but is beaten in the flight and hit on the pad

19.3

Vettori to Amla, no run, there's a loud appeal for lbw after Amla misses the dab towards square leg but that was missing leg stump, it went on with the arm, sliding into the right-hander

19.4

Vettori to Amla, no run, played on the off side

19.5

Vettori to Amla, no run, Amla steps out and clips the ball to midwicket

19.6

Vettori to Amla, no run, Amla moves forward, gets behind the line and blocks

End of over 20 (maiden) South Africa 60/1

    • HM Amla 7 (39b)
    • GC Smith 42 (52b 5x4)
    • DL Vettori 3-1-2-0
    • DAJ Bracewell 5-1-7-0
20.1

Bracewell to Smith, no run, a length ball with width outside off, Smith punches firmly but the fielder at short cover is in the way

20.2

Bracewell to Smith, no run, good length outside off stump, Smith moves back and across before shouldering arms

20.3

Bracewell to Smith, no run, Smith moves back and across and defends on the off side

20.4

Bracewell to Smith, 2 runs, that's not too short at all and the line is outside off, but Smith leans towards the off side and drags the ball through midwicket with a pull shot, he took that from wide outside off stump

20.5

Bracewell to Smith, no run, played from the crease towards midwicket

20.6

Bracewell to Smith, no run, Bracewell gets this ball to straighten a little off the pitch and hit the top of the pad as Smith tries to defend on the front foot, that might have taken the inside edge as well

End of over 21 (2 runs) South Africa 62/1

    • GC Smith 44 (58b 5x4)
    • HM Amla 7 (39b)
    • DAJ Bracewell 6-1-9-0
    • DL Vettori 3-1-2-0
21.1

Vettori to Amla, no run, Vettori is bowling a tight line and length, Amla defends on the off side

21.2

Vettori to Amla, SIX, Amla steps out of the crease, he is beaten in the flight but he goes through lofted shot. He was miles away from the pitch of the ball but still good enough to make clean contact and send the ball over the straight boundary

21.3

Vettori to Amla, 2 runs, played off the back foot through the off side

21.4

Vettori to Amla, 1 run, played through the leg side this time

21.5

Vettori to Smith, no run, Smith gets on to the front foot and drives to cover

21.6

Vettori to Smith, 1 run, Smith lunges forward and turns the ball through square

So after three economical overs from Vettori, the batsmen have gone after him.

End of over 22 (10 runs) South Africa 72/1

    • GC Smith 45 (60b 5x4)
    • HM Amla 16 (43b 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 4-1-12-0
    • DAJ Bracewell 6-1-9-0

Southee's back for a second spell, his first comprised only two overs.

22.1

Southee to Smith, no run, length ball on middle and off, played from the crease towards midwicket

22.2

Southee to Smith, no run, Smith gets behind the line and defends on the leg side with a closed face

22.3

Southee to Smith, no run, good length just outside off stump, angling across the left-hander from over the wicket, Smith cuts towards gully

22.4

Southee to Smith, 1 run, run out missed, straighter line and Smith dabs in front of square leg and calls for a risky single, Bracewell runs to the ball from midwicket and has one stump to aim at, he misses at the batsman's end with Amla yards out of his crease

22.5

Southee to Amla, 1 run, played through the off side for a single

22.6

Southee to Smith, no run, Smith gets behind the line of a short of a length ball and defends towards the bowler

End of over 23 (2 runs) South Africa 74/1

    • GC Smith 46 (65b 5x4)
    • HM Amla 17 (44b 1x6)
    • TG Southee 3-1-5-0
    • DL Vettori 4-1-12-0
23.1

Vettori to Amla, no run, defended back to the bowler

23.2

Vettori to Amla, no run, Vettori bowls a bit wider outside off and Amla lets it go

23.3

Vettori to Amla, no run, bowled quick and straighter, Amla goes back and plays on the leg side

23.4

Vettori to Amla, no run, shorter length outside off, Amla tries to cut too hard and mis-times it

23.5

Vettori to Amla, no run, Amla cuts again but doesn't beat cover

Martin's been coming up to mid-on and dropping back to long-on every alternate delivery

23.6

Vettori to Amla, 1 run, played off the back foot behind square

End of over 24 (1 run) South Africa 75/1

    • HM Amla 18 (50b 1x6)
    • GC Smith 46 (65b 5x4)
    • DL Vettori 5-1-13-0
    • TG Southee 3-1-5-0
24.1

Southee to Amla, no run, Amla tries to drive a good length ball on the off side but gets an inside edge towards leg

24.2

Southee to Amla, no run, Amla moves forward and towards the off to defend a fuller ball towards cover point

24.3

Southee to Amla, 3 runs, Amla moves across and works a full ball off his pads between midwicket and mid-on, Martin chases and does well, reaching the ball in the nick of time

24.4

Southee to Smith, FOUR, too full and a bit straight, Smith hits the ball hard in front of square to bring up his half-century, he's given South Africa a sound start after losing the toss

24.5

Southee to Smith, no run, short of a length outside off, Smith waits on the back foot and cuts to point

24.6

Southee to Smith, 2 runs, once again the ball is too full and just outside off, Smith's stance and the angle with which his bat comes down allows him to drive wide of the fielder at mid-on

End of over 25 (9 runs) South Africa 84/1

    • GC Smith 52 (68b 6x4)
    • HM Amla 21 (53b 1x6)
    • TG Southee 4-1-14-0
    • DL Vettori 5-1-13-0
25.1

Vettori to Amla, no run, Amla goes back and pushes the ball towards point

Matt: "If SA are not at least 3-4 down by the end of play NZ will be shut out of the test already, with the best of the batting to come tomorrow. NZ can not allow SA to score more than 350 in any innings if they are to compete in the series."

25.2

Vettori to Amla, no run, he strides forward and blocks this time

25.3

Vettori to Amla, 1 run, Amla goes back and uses the angle into him to work the ball off his pads behind square

25.4

Vettori to Smith, 1 run, Smith goes back and plays the ball through square leg

25.5

Vettori to Amla, no run, Amla lets the ball go outside off stump

25.6

Vettori to Amla, no run, Amla goes on the back foot, gets behind the line, and blocks, and that's tea

4.10 pm The start of the match was delayed by more than a couple of hours because of rain. When play finally began under overcast skies, Taylor chose to bowl, to give his four quicks the best of the conditions. There was nothing in the air or off the surface for them though. The balls have been going straight through on this dry pitch. South Africa have done well to progress to 86 for 1, New Zealand have been unable to prevent Graeme Smith from hitting through his favoured leg side. I'll be back in 20 minutes for the final session.

End of over 26 (2 runs) South Africa 86/1

    • HM Amla 22 (58b 1x6)
    • GC Smith 53 (69b 6x4)
    • DL Vettori 6-1-15-0
    • TG Southee 4-1-14-0

Curtis: "Hindsight is 20/20 of course, but that infamous Australian call is ringing in my ears... 9 times out of 10 you win the toss and bat. The tenth time, you think about it, then bat."

Michael: "@Curtis: that mantra didn't help Australia yesterday!"

James: "I still think bowling was the correct decision. South Africa 86/1 at tea is much better than NZ 50/5 at tea."

Chris Martin to continue after tea, Smith to face.

26.1

Martin to Smith, no run, a length ball from over the wicket angling across the left-hander, Smith drives from the crease to cover

26.2

Martin to Smith, no run, Smith tries to drive on the front foot once again but the length is too good and the ball leaves the left-hander, beating the bat

26.3

Martin to Smith, no run, Martin bowls a straighter ball on a good length this time and beats Smith again, hitting the body

26.4

Martin to Smith, no run, this is some start from Martin after tea, a good length just outside off, Smith stayed back when he should have been forward and was beaten by the angle across him

26.5

Martin to Smith, OUT, caught at cover! After four deliveries that troubled Smith, Martin pitched one full and wide outside off stump, Smith went after it, playing a firm drive but not middling it. He hit it flat and straight to Rob Nicol at cover

GC Smith c Nicol b Martin 53 (118m 74b 6x4 0x6) SR: 71.62

Mike: "While everyone is going on about the bat first sayings, they're forgetting a more important one; "You can't win a test match on the first day, but you can go a long way towards losing one!"

Jacques Kallis is the new batsman. New Zealand will be pumped after that first-over success.

26.6

Martin to Kallis, no run, Martin hits a good length just outside off, Kallis moves forward and defends, the Phantom bowls an exceptional over after tea, considering how the first session went for New Zealand

End of over 27 (wicket maiden) South Africa 86/2

    • JH Kallis 0 (1b)
    • HM Amla 22 (58b 1x6)
    • CS Martin 6-2-15-1
    • DL Vettori 6-1-15-0
27.1

Southee to Amla, no run, defended on the off side

27.2

Southee to Amla, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Amla plays a fierce cut and flays the ball through backward point for four

27.3

Southee to Amla, no run, good length outside off, Amla shoulders arms

Nisarg: "Do we have an early start tomorrow?" We probably do.

27.4

Southee to Amla, no run, now Southee gets the ball to shape away from the right-hander a little, but the line is too wide, the batsman lets it go

27.5

Southee to Amla, no run, Amla gets behind the line and defends to the bowler

27.6

Southee to Amla, no run, good length just outside off, Amla defends on the back foot

End of over 28 (4 runs) South Africa 90/2

    • HM Amla 26 (64b 1x4 1x6)
    • JH Kallis 0 (1b)
    • TG Southee 5-1-18-0
    • CS Martin 6-2-15-1
28.1

Martin to Kallis, OUT, Martin's produced a ripper, and Taylor's taken a stunner to dismiss Kallis for a duck. Martin got the ball to rise off a good length around off stump and move away just a little, it squared Kallis up in his crease and he prodded at it. The ball hit the outside edge high on the bat and flew quickly to Taylor at first slip, he had to dive to his left to take the catch

JH Kallis c Taylor b Martin 0 (7m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

28.2

Martin to de Villiers, OUT, lbw! Martin's on fire and on a hat-trick, New Zealand are celebrating while de Villiers thinks about a review. He has asked for it. Martin nipped the ball back into the right-hander from outside off and de Villiers was caught on the crease as he tried to play across the line. The ball hit him around the knee roll and that's plumb.

AB de Villiers lbw b Martin 0 (4m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Did they swap pitches during the tea break? Martin is steaming away from Chris Cairns on the list of New Zealand's top wicket-takers. He's third at the moment, behind Hadlee and Vettori.

28.3

Martin to Rudolph, 2 runs, the hat-trick ball is short of a length and Rudolph works it off his hips through square

28.4

Martin to Rudolph, no run, good length just outside off, Rudolph lets it go

28.5

Martin to Rudolph, no run, Rudolph pokes tentatively at one that angles across him from over the wicket, he should have been forward to that, not in his crease

28.6

Martin to Rudolph, no run, defended towards the off side from the crease

End of over 29 (2 runs) South Africa 92/4

    • JA Rudolph 2 (4b)
    • HM Amla 26 (64b 1x4 1x6)
    • CS Martin 7-2-17-3
    • TG Southee 5-1-18-0

Mark: "There all you wailing, moaning, unbelievers. I said earlier to wait before you judge. It's not how you start - it's how you finish. Go the Phantom! And as for all those SA supporters in cricinfo posts who said that Martin is a non-event as a bowler........"

29.1

Southee to Amla, FOUR, a bit too full and too straight, Amla clips the ball fluently through midwicket and times it superbly. Did I mention the sun is out?

29.2

Southee to Amla, no run, Amla pushes forward and away from his body at a good length ball, he gets an outside edge that goes on the bounce and Guptill dives to his right at second slip to make the save

29.3

Southee to Amla, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

29.4

Southee to Amla, no run, good length outside off, Amla lets it go

29.5

Southee to Amla, no run, good length around off stump, Amla defends on the front foot

29.6

Southee to Amla, no run, good length on off stump, Amla stays in his crease and defends

End of over 30 (4 runs) South Africa 96/4

    • HM Amla 30 (70b 2x4 1x6)
    • JA Rudolph 2 (4b)
    • TG Southee 6-1-22-0
    • CS Martin 7-2-17-3

Smudgeon: "The Phantom is a phenomenon. Just passed his 37th birthday, and he's getting better and better. He might be the butt of a lot of jokes for his batting, but his bowling is definitely no joke..."

30.1

Martin to Rudolph, no run, defended from the crease on the leg side

Stuart: "That's the 7th time Chris Martin has dismissed Smith in tests, and the 6th time he's dismissed Kallis! Great stuff."

30.2

Martin to Rudolph, 2 runs, short of a length angling across the left-hander, Rudolph punches from his crease and hits it through cover point

30.3

Martin to Rudolph, no run, banged in short outside off stump, Rudolph lets it go

30.4

Martin to Rudolph, no run, great line and length from Martin, pitching middle slanting across off, Rudolph lets the ball go

30.5

Martin to Rudolph, 1 leg bye, the ball was full on the pads, tapped towards square leg for a quick single, Amla had to hurry to beat the throw, but it missed

30.6

Martin to Amla, no run, good length outside off, Amla lets it pass

End of over 31 (3 runs) South Africa 99/4

    • HM Amla 30 (71b 2x4 1x6)
    • JA Rudolph 4 (9b)
    • CS Martin 8-2-19-3
    • TG Southee 6-1-22-0
31.1

Southee to Rudolph, no run, Southee hits a good length around off and slants it away from the left-hander, Rudolph lets it go again

31.2

Southee to Rudolph, no run, Rudolph strides out and shoulders arms once again to one that leaves the left-hander

31.3

Southee to Rudolph, no run, another one outside off, another leave from Rudolph, does Southee have the one that comes back into the left-hander?

31.4

Southee to Rudolph, no run, four leaves in a row outside off stump

31.5

Southee to Rudolph, 1 run, ah there's the one that comes back, the line is much straighter, Rudolph manages to get an inside edge while defending else there would have been a huge roar for lbw

31.6

Southee to Amla, no run, Amla moves across his crease and plays across his front pad towards midwicket

End of over 32 (1 run) South Africa 100/4

    • HM Amla 30 (72b 2x4 1x6)
    • JA Rudolph 5 (14b)
    • TG Southee 7-1-23-0
    • CS Martin 8-2-19-3

Stuart: "I'm an Aussie but The Phantom is my hero. Taking out Smith, Kallis and de Villiers in the space of 8 balls? Just AWESOME! If NZ can find a way to make 300 in their first dig this could be a cracker of a Test"

32.1

Martin to Rudolph, 1 run, a touch full on leg and middle, Rudolph taps towards midwicket for a single

32.2

Martin to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves forward and across to drive on the off side but Martin's angle into the right-hander results in an inside edge towards square leg

32.3

Martin to Rudolph, no run, that's a bit too wide from Martin, Rudolph patiently lets it go

32.4

Martin to Rudolph, no run, good length outside off, Martin is keeping it there asking the batsman to come and get it, Rudolph decides not to

32.5

Martin to Rudolph, no run, straighter line this time, making Rudolph play, he defends from the crease on the off side

32.6

Martin to Rudolph, no run, Rudolph defends from his crease toward point

End of over 33 (2 runs) South Africa 102/4

    • JA Rudolph 6 (19b)
    • HM Amla 31 (73b 2x4 1x6)
    • CS Martin 9-2-21-3
    • TG Southee 7-1-23-0
33.1

Southee to Amla, no run, the length is okay but the line is much too wide, Amla doesn't bother

33.2

Southee to Amla, FOUR, that's too full and too wide, this time Amla helps himself to a boundary with a firm square drive on the front foot through point

33.3

Southee to Amla, no run, good length outside off, left alone by Amla

33.4

Southee to Amla, 1 run, a full ball and this definitely swung towards off and middle, Amla plays off the front foot towards midwicket. Was that reverse?

33.5

Southee to Rudolph, no run, played off the back foot towards cover

33.6

Southee to Rudolph, FOUR, short of a length with width outside off, Rudolph stays in his crease and punches the ball through cover

End of over 34 (9 runs) South Africa 111/4

    • JA Rudolph 10 (21b 1x4)
    • HM Amla 36 (77b 3x4 1x6)
    • TG Southee 8-1-32-0
    • CS Martin 9-2-21-3
34.1

Martin to Amla, no run, Martin forces Amla to duck with a bouncer

34.2

Martin to Amla, no run, good length outside off, Amla tries to defend but gets a bit of an edge on the leg side

34.3

Martin to Amla, no run, worked off the hips towards midwicket

34.4

Martin to Amla, no run, Martin keeps it on a good length and angles towards off stump, Amla gets behind the line and blocks

34.5

Martin to Amla, 2 runs, a fuller length on off and middle, Amla leans forward and drives through midwicket

34.6

Martin to Amla, no run, Amla gets an inside edge on to pad and the ball lobs up for short leg to catch it, but there isn't one in place

End of over 35 (2 runs) South Africa 113/4

    • HM Amla 38 (83b 3x4 1x6)
    • JA Rudolph 10 (21b 1x4)
    • CS Martin 10-2-23-3
    • TG Southee 8-1-32-0

Southee is out of the attack, Boult is back, from over the wicket.

35.1

Boult to Rudolph, no run, a good length around off stump, Rudolph defends on the front foot

35.2

Boult to Rudolph, no run, a skiddy delivery around off stump, Rudolph stays in his crease and closes the face to play towards square leg

35.3

Boult to Rudolph, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, Rudolph cashes in, playing the cut off the front foot through point with power

35.4

Boult to Rudolph, no run, a fuller length on off stump, Rudolph opens the face and drives towards point

35.5

Boult to Rudolph, FOUR, that's too short and Rudolph dismisses it with a pull through midwicket. Martin's pressure at one end is being released with runs flowing at the other

35.6

Boult to Rudolph, no run, in the blockhole and Rudolph plays it back to the bowler

End of over 36 (8 runs) South Africa 121/4

    • JA Rudolph 18 (27b 3x4)
    • HM Amla 38 (83b 3x4 1x6)
    • TA Boult 6-0-41-1
    • CS Martin 10-2-23-3

Yash: "A disciplined bowling performance by NZ so far. And no extras from the bowlers, just a single leg bye!! I like this. If only they can continue this throughout the series, I'm sure they'll get results."

Martin to continue, South Africa are steady once again after that wobble. Some issues with the sight screen ... the advertisement on it is still showing.

36.1

Martin to Amla, no run, Martin drifts on to middle and leg and Amla plays it towards midwicket from his crease

There's a short leg in place now.

36.2

Martin to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off, Amla lets it go

36.3

Martin to Amla, FOUR, edged and four! Amla tries to drive off the back foot on the up through the off side, he didn't move his feet and got a thick outside edge past second slip for four, that bounced short of the cordon though

36.4

Martin to Amla, FOUR, graceful shot! Amla moved forward to a full ball outside off and laced the drive through cover, as if to compensate for that lucky boundary the previous delivery

36.5

Martin to Amla, no run, good length and straight, Amla defends from his crease

36.6

Martin to Amla, no run, a full length outside off, Amla strides forward and then shoulders arms

End of over 37 (8 runs) South Africa 129/4

    • HM Amla 46 (89b 5x4 1x6)
    • JA Rudolph 18 (27b 3x4)
    • CS Martin 11-2-31-3
    • TA Boult 6-0-41-1

Andy: "The Phantom only needs another 6 wickets to have twice as many test wickets as test runs - surely a record that will never be beaten!"

37.1

Boult to Rudolph, no run, good length but a bit wide outside off, Rudolph lets it go

37.2

Boult to Rudolph, no run, a fuller length and the line is closer to off, Rudolph moves forward and plays on the leg side

37.3

Boult to Rudolph, FOUR, Boult was looking for a yorker but bowled a full toss on off stump, Rudolph clips it off his pads through midwicket

37.4

Boult to Rudolph, 1 run, Rudolph tries to drive on the front foot through the off but gets an inside edge that goes behind square on the leg side

37.5

Boult to Amla, FOUR, Amla gets to his half-century by driving a half-volley fluently through cover, he's looked in superb touch today

Boult goes round the wicket ...

37.6

Boult to Amla, FOUR, he bowls another half-volley outside off stump, which Amla once again drives through cover to bring up the 50 partnership

End of over 38 (13 runs) South Africa 142/4

    • HM Amla 54 (91b 7x4 1x6)
    • JA Rudolph 23 (31b 4x4)
    • TA Boult 7-0-54-1
    • CS Martin 11-2-31-3

Bracewell replaces Martin, bowling from over the wicket. Can he stop the glut of runs that is beginning ...

38.1

Bracewell to Rudolph, no run, a full ball outside off, Rudolph drives with power off the front foot but the fielder at short cover is in the way

38.2

Bracewell to Rudolph, 2 runs, shot! The ball was full, nearly in the blockhole, Rudolph squeezes it out and plays it down the ground, the ball is racing away from both mid on and mid off but gets blocked by a pile of sawdust. I wonder whether they'll have to keep that sawdust there all through the Test now, to ensure equal playing conditions

38.3

Bracewell to Rudolph, no run, left alone outside off stump

38.4

Bracewell to Rudolph, no run, played off the hips towards square leg

38.5

Bracewell to Rudolph, no run, defended solidly off the front foot to McCullum at short cover

38.6

Bracewell to Rudolph, no run, good length close to of stump, left alone by the batsman

James: "@ Yash: I don't know which game you're watching, but this is some of the loosest test bowling I've ever seen. 7 boundaries given away in the last three overs." I don't know about ever, but Southee and Boult were pretty loose.

End of over 39 (2 runs) South Africa 144/4

    • JA Rudolph 25 (37b 4x4)
    • HM Amla 54 (91b 7x4 1x6)
    • DAJ Bracewell 7-1-11-0
    • TA Boult 7-0-54-1

Vettori's back to try and slow this partnership down ... from round the wicket.

39.1

Vettori to Amla, no run, Amla goes back and cuts on the off side

39.2

Vettori to Amla, no run, Amla goes back and taps the ball towards the fielder at short leg

39.3

Vettori to Amla, 1 run, Amla gets out of his crease and is not to the pitch of the ball, he manages to work the ball through midwicket

Over the wicket to the left-hander

39.4

Vettori to Rudolph, 1 run, Rudolph goes back and across to push on the off side but gets an outside edge behind point

39.5

Vettori to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves back and towards the off side to glance the ball towards long leg

39.6

Vettori to Rudolph, 1 run, Rudolph moves towards the off and taps towards square leg

Matt: "@Andy: Of course, when the Phantom comes out tomorrow and bats and makes 50 or 100 or so, your stat goes completely awry."

End of over 40 (4 runs) South Africa 148/4

    • JA Rudolph 27 (39b 4x4)
    • HM Amla 56 (95b 7x4 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 7-1-19-0
    • DAJ Bracewell 7-1-11-0
40.1

Bracewell to Rudolph, no run, Rudolph drives off the front foot to mid-off

40.2

Bracewell to Rudolph, 1 run, punched from the crease towards cover

40.3

Bracewell to Amla, no run, has he caught it? Bracewell isn't sure and I think the umpires are checking with each other. It's a fantastic piece of fielding off his own bowling. But Bracewell doesn't look too enthusiastic. Amla pushed forward and hit the ball flat and low towards Bracewell's left. He got down low during his follow through and caught the ball, but just after it hit the ground

40.4

Bracewell to Amla, FOUR, riposte from Amla, carving the short and wide ball over cover point and to the boundary

40.5

Bracewell to Amla, no run, good length outside off, left alone by the batsman

40.6

Bracewell to Amla, 2 runs, Amla moves back and across and works the ball through midwicket, and it's time for a drinks break

End of over 41 (7 runs) South Africa 155/4

    • HM Amla 62 (99b 8x4 1x6)
    • JA Rudolph 28 (41b 4x4)
    • DAJ Bracewell 8-1-18-0
    • DL Vettori 7-1-19-0

These two have scored at more than five an over after South Africa lost Smith, Kallis and de Villiers for very little after tea. A swift recovery it's been. New Zealand have been unable to control the run flow, too many boundary balls.

Matt: "I would have expected a bit more discipline from both Southee and Boult considering their necks will be on the line at the end of this series when Wagner is available, as he will walk straight into the starting XI, and Martin clearly has a bit of gas left in him."

41.1

Vettori to Rudolph, 1 run, played behind square for a single

41.2

Vettori to Amla, no run, cut off the back foot through point

41.3

Vettori to Amla, no run, Amla steps out but doesn't make proper contact, playing the ball to Williamson at short leg, Amla was a long way out of his crease but Williamson wasn't able to throw on to the stumps

41.4

Vettori to Amla, OUT, caught at slip, Amla's gone, but the umpire is checking to see if it is a no-ball, it isn't, Vettori's foot is fine. Amla went back to cut but the ball bounced a bit more and he edged it with the top of his bat. The ball looped to Taylor at first slip, a relatively easy catch

HM Amla c Taylor b Vettori 62 (149m 102b 8x4 1x6) SR: 60.78

Mark Boucher is the new batsman

41.5

Vettori to Boucher, no run, good length and straight, Boucher defends from his crease

41.6

Vettori to Boucher, FOUR, Boucher comes forward to take the ball on the full and flicks through midwicket to get off the mark

End of over 42 (5 runs) South Africa 160/5

    • MV Boucher 4 (2b 1x4)
    • JA Rudolph 29 (42b 4x4)
    • DL Vettori 8-1-24-1
    • DAJ Bracewell 8-1-18-0

Damian: "@Matt, do you really think Wagner will just walk in to the team? I've seen him a couple of times on tv in domestic games (T20 so not the best comparison) and he didn't look anything special."

42.1

Bracewell to Rudolph, no run, good length close to off stump, left alone by the batsman

42.2

Bracewell to Rudolph, no run, tight line and length angling across Rudolph from over the wicket, he lets it go

42.3

Bracewell to Rudolph, no run, Rudolph moves across in his crease and defends on the off side

42.4

Bracewell to Rudolph, no run, Rudolph stays in his crease and knocks a length ball towards cover

42.5

Bracewell to Rudolph, no run, Bracewell angles the ball across the left-hander and then gets it to move in late, Rudolph stays in his crease and adjusts well, closing the face to play on the leg side

42.6

Bracewell to Rudolph, 1 run, width given outside off, Rudolph hits through cover but mis-times the shot

End of over 43 (1 run) South Africa 161/5

    • JA Rudolph 30 (48b 4x4)
    • MV Boucher 4 (2b 1x4)
    • DAJ Bracewell 9-1-19-0
    • DL Vettori 8-1-24-1

Dwayne: "Wagner is the leading mvp in NZ's domestic four (4) day competition with NZ's second best spinner Bruce Martin nipping at his heals."

43.1

Vettori to Rudolph, OUT, I think Boucher's been run out! But we need to wait for replays. He's short by a few inches. Rudolph dabbed the ball towards backward point and set off, Bracewell swooped on the ball quickly by running to his right - he is a swift mover for a big man - picked up with one hand, and fired the throw accurately to van Wyk, who broke the stumps neatly

MV Boucher run out 4 (9m 2b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

43.2

Vettori to Steyn, no run, a quicker ball outside off stump, Steyn lets it go

43.3

Vettori to Steyn, no run, Steyn steps forward and defends to silly point, that was slower

43.4

Vettori to Steyn, no run, defended to short leg on the front foot

43.5

Vettori to Steyn, 1 run, played off the pads behind square

43.6

Vettori to Rudolph, no run, Rudolph goes back and defends on the off side

End of over 44 (1 run) South Africa 162/6

    • JA Rudolph 30 (50b 4x4)
    • DW Steyn 1 (4b)
    • DL Vettori 9-1-25-1
    • DAJ Bracewell 9-1-19-0

Allan: "Ross Taylor is looking smarter by the minute, a few less boundaries and it would be sweet."

44.1

Bracewell to Steyn, no run, short of a length but wide outside off, left alone by Steyn

Peter: "Congrats to Kruger van Wyk - his first involvement in a dismissal for his adopted country!"

44.2

Bracewell to Steyn, 5 runs, have New Zealand missed a run out? Steyn dabbed the ball towards point and set off, Southee ran in quickly and picked up cleanly, his throw at the stumps was high though and it also beat the man trying to back up at fine leg, Rudolph had dived full length into his crease, it was close

44.3

Bracewell to Rudolph, no run, played towards square leg

44.4

Bracewell to Rudolph, no run, defended on the leg side

44.5

Bracewell to Rudolph, no run, good length outside off stump, Rudolph lets it go

44.6

Bracewell to Rudolph, no run, good length on off stump, Rudolph moves forward and blocks

End of over 45 (5 runs) South Africa 167/6

    • JA Rudolph 30 (54b 4x4)
    • DW Steyn 6 (6b)
    • DAJ Bracewell 10-1-24-0
    • DL Vettori 9-1-25-1
45.1

Vettori to Steyn, no run, Steyn moves forward to a flighted ball and defends

45.2

Vettori to Steyn, no run, tossed up outside off, Steyn drives to mid-off on the front foot

45.3

Vettori to Steyn, no run, Steyn pushes off the front foot to short leg

45.4

Vettori to Steyn, no run, that's a quicker ball on middle stump, Steyn goes back and prods on the leg side

45.5

Vettori to Steyn, no run, that's a huge appeal for lbw after Steyn plays back, Aleem Dar says not out and New Zealand aren't reviewing it. Maybe a bit high? It might have been one of those reviews that stick with the umpire's decision

45.6

Vettori to Steyn, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side

End of over 46 (maiden) South Africa 167/6

    • DW Steyn 6 (12b)
    • JA Rudolph 30 (54b 4x4)
    • DL Vettori 10-2-25-1
    • DAJ Bracewell 10-1-24-0
46.1

Bracewell to Rudolph, 2 runs, a full ball and Rudolph clips through midwicket for two after some hesitation between the wickets

46.2

Bracewell to Rudolph, no run, good length close to off stump, angling across the left-hander, Rudolph lets it go

46.3

Bracewell to Rudolph, 1 no ball, another huge appeal for lbw! If that pitched in line that's close. Taylor has asked for a review. Whoops, replays show that Bracewell has overstepped, his foot is on the line. So there's no point in the review going further. New Zealand don't lose a review, though, because Doctrove didn't spot the no-ball, so New Zealand thought it was a legit delivery. For the record, that lbw was plumb

46.3

Bracewell to Rudolph, no run, played off the back foot on the off side

46.4

Bracewell to Rudolph, no run, defended by the batsman

46.5

Bracewell to Rudolph, FOUR, edged and past the keeper for four! Rudolph cut away from his body at one that shaped back into him and got an inside edge, van Wyk was late in leaping to his right and could only get a faint touch on the ball

46.6

Bracewell to Rudolph, 2 runs, clipped off the pads through square

End of over 47 (9 runs) South Africa 176/6

    • JA Rudolph 38 (61b 5x4)
    • DW Steyn 6 (12b)
    • DAJ Bracewell 11-1-33-0
    • DL Vettori 10-2-25-1
47.1

Vettori to Steyn, no run, defended on the front foot to the bowler

47.2

Vettori to Steyn, no run, Steyn gets behind the line and blocks

47.3

Vettori to Steyn, no run, Steyn stays back in his crease and defends to short leg

47.4

Vettori to Steyn, no run, Steyn pushes off the front foot to the bowler

47.5

Vettori to Steyn, 2 runs, the quicker ball and Steyn plays it from his crease through square leg

47.6

Vettori to Steyn, 1 run, hit off the back foot through the off side

End of over 48 (3 runs) South Africa 179/6

    • DW Steyn 9 (18b)
    • JA Rudolph 38 (61b 5x4)
    • DL Vettori 11-2-28-1
    • DAJ Bracewell 11-1-33-0
48.1

Bracewell to Steyn, no run, that's too wide outside off stump, Steyn lets it go

48.2

Bracewell to Steyn, OUT, edged, and Guptill's dropped it! But Taylor's caught it! I think they are checking the front foot for the no-ball again but Bracewell is okay this time. The ball was short of a length outside off and Steyn pushed at it from the crease, he got a thick outside edge to second slip, where Guptill fumbled the catch. It went to him at head height and burst through his fingers. The ball lobbed up for Taylor at first slip who dived behind Guptill and caught the rebound. In fact, Taylor fumbled his first attempt as well, but recovered to catch it on the second take

DW Steyn c Taylor b Bracewell 9 (22m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 45.00

48.3

Bracewell to Philander, no run, Philander lets his first ball go outside off

48.4

Bracewell to Philander, no run, left alone outside off stump

48.5

Bracewell to Philander, no run, wider outside off again, once again Philander lets it go

48.6

Bracewell to Philander, no run, a bouncer and the batsman ducks under it

End of over 49 (wicket maiden) South Africa 179/7

    • VD Philander 0 (4b)
    • JA Rudolph 38 (61b 5x4)
    • DAJ Bracewell 12-2-33-1
    • DL Vettori 11-2-28-1
49.1

Vettori to Rudolph, no run, Rudolph defends towards the fielder at silly mid-on, there's a short leg too and a slip

49.2

Vettori to Rudolph, no run, played back to the bowler

49.3

Vettori to Rudolph, no run, Rudolph goes back and defends on the off side

No silly mid-on anymore.

49.4

Vettori to Rudolph, 1 run, Rudolph gos back and plays through square

49.5

Vettori to Philander, no run, Philander defends one that angles quickly into him from round the wicket

49.6

Vettori to Philander, no run, blocked once again on the front foot

End of over 50 (1 run) South Africa 180/7

    • VD Philander 0 (6b)
    • JA Rudolph 39 (65b 5x4)
    • DL Vettori 12-2-29-1
    • DAJ Bracewell 12-2-33-1
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