South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2nd Test: New Zealand v South Africa at Hamilton, Mar 15-17, 2012
South Africa won by 9 wickets
15,16,17 March 2012 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100

The New Zealand openers have made their way out. Three slips. Dale Steyn has the ball. A gully in place as well.

Sarah: "Definitely seems unfair for Boult, surely it's crucial to have consistent game time against tough countries such as SA in order to get better! Putting Gillespie in seems risky to me. Either going to be a great call, or a terrible one."

Peter Lowe has words of encouragement for Gillespie: "So happy to see Gillespie back and playing for NZ, he's a bull this guy, hell charge in all day and he will get more wickets than Southee and Boult combined in the last match.. looking forward to see how he goes."

Steve: "Good to see NZ continuing with their 'oldest possible team' selection policy. Arnel (33), Gillespie (32) - what is that going to do for the confidence of young guys like Southee (23) and Boult (22) who are the Black Caps future?" The seam-bowling department is on the older side for New Zealand.

Anthony B: "why has boult been dropped??? I'm sure this will not send him the right message. He has barely put a foot wrong since his debut. I cant see Arnel being a threat at international level, nowo they have taken away the left arm variety too!"

Aaron: "That toss was crucial and I think NZ may pay for losing it. We need all the stars to align for us this week to get a win and batting in these conditions will be tough for our guys. Question? What did Boult do wrong?"

Mitch: "It's on to tea time here in Austin, TX, but we're staying up however late we have to, each of the next five days, to watch this exciting battle!"

Andrew: "Quite incredible that only 3 tests after Hobart NZ has dropped 2 of their 4 pacemen who ripped through Aus. Is this a sign of depth or panic?"

Garth: "NZ must be very confident dropping a guy with a test batting average of 59.. Trent Boult" Hahaa, Garth. He hasn't done too badly with the ball either.

Notozoko: "This match is such a mouth-watering prospect. I'm in SA and I've stayed up for the match (it's 23H10 this side of the world). SA should make the most of winning this toss. Go SA :)"

Some time left before the start, some 20 minutes or so. Do check out the preview for this match. Gillespie, 32, last played a Test match in December 2008. Arnel's previous Test match was more than a year ago, at home against Pakistan.

There'll be a good amount of swing and seam today but Simon Doull on the pitch report says the track is likely to ease out considerably on days two and three.

The overcast conditions, the experts say, will have a major influence on the toss, which could be critical to the outcome, they add. Time for the toss. Smith has won the toss and has decided to field. AB is feeling better, and he's playing, so South Africa are unchanged. Steyn's toe has recovered as well, Smith says. Mark Gillespie and Brent Arnel come in for New Zealand; Tim Southee and Trent Boult miss out. So a change in personnel in the bowling department for the hosts. Chris Martin had a sore foot, but is well and good now.

There is some uncertainty about the availability of AB de Villiers for this match, it's something we will be able to know more after the toss which is just a few minutes away. For the moment, it looks like we'll be able to start to time. It's cloudy and cool but clearing. AB, i'm being told, was practicing slip-catching not too long ago, so some encouraging signs for the visitors there.

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the second Test between New Zealand and South Africa in Hamilton. The series began well, with the teams setting up an exciting fifth day of the first Test but rain played spoilsport. There is rain forecast for the final day in Hamilton as well. But let's take it a day at a time.

0.1

Steyn to Nicol, no run, swinging away first up, moves away further after pitching, bowled at 134 kmph, shoulders arms to leave it be

0.2

Steyn to Nicol, no run, much closer to the stumps, lands on a length, some away swing for Steyn, Nicol rocks forward and defends that into the off side

0.3

Steyn to Nicol, 1 run, shortish on middle, rocks back and turns it off his hips behind square for a single

0.4

Steyn to Guptill, FOUR, Guptill off the mark in confident fashion, strayed on the pads there, a loosener, that held its line and Guptill whipped it through square leg

Three slips, a gully and a short leg for Guptill

0.5

Steyn to Guptill, no run, short of a good length outside off, moving away and he leaves it alone

0.6

Steyn to Guptill, no run, pitched up on a length, a tempting, driving length, leaving the right-hander, Guptill isn't tempted, he lets it go

End of over 1 (5 runs) New Zealand 5/0

    • MJ Guptill 4 (3b 1x4)
    • RJ Nicol 1 (3b)
    • DW Steyn 1-0-5-0

The sun is breaking out in Hamilton. Philander runs in

1.1

Philander to Nicol, no run, A touch too wide to begin with, goes away further after pitching, left alone

Three slips and a gully

1.2

Philander to Nicol, no run, short of a good length outside off, gets across and knocks it back down the pitch

1.3

Philander to Nicol, no run, goodish length on the off, gets front and across and defends that with a closed face into the leg side

1.4

Philander to Nicol, no run, in the channel outside off, moving away after pitching and Nicol lets it go

1.5

Philander to Nicol, no run, goodish length outside off, gets forward with a big stride and gets an inside edge onto the pads, walks forward prior to playing the ball, just a little

1.6

Philander to Nicol, no run, on a length outside off and nipping away and Nicol lets it go through

End of over 2 (maiden) New Zealand 5/0

    • RJ Nicol 1 (9b)
    • MJ Guptill 4 (3b 1x4)
    • VD Philander 1-1-0-0
    • DW Steyn 1-0-5-0
2.1

Steyn to Guptill, no run, pitched on a length outside off, a hint of away movement, shoulders arms to that one

2.2

Steyn to Guptill, no run, around a good length outside off again, wide enough for him to leave it alone

2.3

Steyn to Guptill, no run, nicely done, angling in and then moving away after pitching, Guptill withdraws from that one

2.4

Steyn to Guptill, no run, similar delivery but aimed at the off stump this time, nips away and he covers it well, moving across and tapping it into the off side, bowled at 143kph

2.5

Steyn to Guptill, no run, banged in short and that's a wildish shot, well short outside off and moving away and he's looking to drag it through midwicket, missed

2.6

Steyn to Guptill, no run, nicely left, short of a good length and Guptill leaves it as it moves away after pitching

End of over 3 (maiden) New Zealand 5/0

    • MJ Guptill 4 (9b 1x4)
    • RJ Nicol 1 (9b)
    • DW Steyn 2-1-5-0
    • VD Philander 1-1-0-0
3.1

Philander to Nicol, no run, short of a good length on the off, shuffles across a hint and defends it to point

3.2

Philander to Nicol, 1 run, angling in towards middle, gets across to work it through square leg for a single

3.3

Philander to Guptill, no run, a touch short on the off stump, rocks forward and defends that solidly towards cover

3.4

Philander to Guptill, 2 runs, moves well across to that one, angling in towards off and middle and moving away, pushed at it past the bowler for a couple of runs

3.5

Philander to Guptill, 1 run, goodish length on the off stump, gets front and across and knocks it in front of mid-on for a single

3.6

Philander to Nicol, no run, banged in short outside off and he sways quickly out of the way

End of over 4 (4 runs) New Zealand 9/0

    • RJ Nicol 2 (12b)
    • MJ Guptill 7 (12b 1x4)
    • VD Philander 2-1-4-0
    • DW Steyn 2-1-5-0
4.1

Steyn to Guptill, no run, pitched on a good length outside off at 138kmph, leaving the right-hander, leaves it alone to the keeper

4.2

Steyn to Guptill, no run, short of a good length on middle and off, rocks back and presents the full face while playing it back to the bowler

4.3

Steyn to Guptill, no run, angling in outside off, lands on a good length and then moves away, watches it through to the keeper

4.4

Steyn to Guptill, no run, lands on a good length, bowled at 141kmph, gets forward and defends that towards cover

4.5

Steyn to Guptill, 2 runs, banged it short on leg stump, gets back and turns it behind square leg for a couple of runs

4.6

Steyn to Guptill, no run, in the channel outside off, bowled at 143kmph, shoulders arms to that one

End of over 5 (2 runs) New Zealand 11/0

    • MJ Guptill 9 (18b 1x4)
    • RJ Nicol 2 (12b)
    • DW Steyn 3-1-7-0
    • VD Philander 2-1-4-0
5.1

Philander to Nicol, no run, bowled it short on the off stump, Nicol got quite across to play it through square, struck on the thigh

There's Amla at short leg, he is an excellent fielder in that position

5.2

Philander to Nicol, OUT, Nicol goes! Early strike by Philander, short of a good length, Nicol moved across and flirted with it just as it nipped away, enough to take a thin edge through to Boucher

RJ Nicol c †Boucher b Philander 2 (21m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

The movement off the pitch accounting for Nicol there, couldn't resist poking at that one.

McCullum walks in

5.3

Philander to McCullum, no run, bowled it short on the off, got across and stabbed it off the back foot into the leg side

5.4

Philander to McCullum, no run, fuller, on a good length this time, rocks forward and defends it neatly on the pitch

5.5

Philander to McCullum, no run, ooh, this one appeared to come back in, McCullum got across and defended it watchfully towards midwicket

5.6

Philander to McCullum, no run, beaten, a ripper from Philander, short of a good length, angled in towards off and then shot away to beat McCullum as he tried to defend that off the back foot

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 11/1

    • BB McCullum 0 (4b)
    • MJ Guptill 9 (18b 1x4)
    • VD Philander 3-2-4-1
    • DW Steyn 3-1-7-0
6.1

Steyn to Guptill, no run, Steyn fires that 137kmph on a good length on middle and off, Guptill is nicely behind that one and defends it into the leg side

6.2

Steyn to Guptill, no run, angling in towards middle, gets forward and punches that straight to mid-on

6.3

Steyn to Guptill, FOUR, lovely shot, a touch too straight from Steyn and that's driven firmly through midwicket, nicely timed and it sped away

6.4

Steyn to Guptill, no run, banged in short outside off, gets out of the way of that one

6.5

Steyn to Guptill, no run, bowls it on a good length outside off, nips away and he shoulders arms to that one

6.6

Steyn to Guptill, no run, angling in towards off and it kept its line, defended confidently towards mid-off

End of over 7 (4 runs) New Zealand 15/1

    • MJ Guptill 13 (24b 2x4)
    • BB McCullum 0 (4b)
    • DW Steyn 4-1-11-0
    • VD Philander 3-2-4-1
7.1

Philander to McCullum, FOUR, a touch too short from Philander, short on middle, McCullum is in position early, rocks back to whip it through square leg for a boundary

Amla in a short square leg position

7.2

Philander to McCullum, 2 runs, fuller this time but on the pads, closes the face and works it through square leg for a couple of runs

7.3

Philander to McCullum, no run, pitched up on a good length on the off, pushed towards mid-off off the front foot

7.4

Philander to McCullum, no run, banged in short on middle, gets on the back foot and knocks it down into the leg side

7.5

Philander to McCullum, 1 run, pushed it on a good length on the off, opens the face on that one and guides it through point for a single

7.6

Philander to Guptill, FOUR, Guptill's looking good, that one was pitched up on middle, Guptill got to the pitch and drove it handsomely past mid-on

End of over 8 (11 runs) New Zealand 26/1

    • MJ Guptill 17 (25b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 7 (9b 1x4)
    • VD Philander 4-2-15-1
    • DW Steyn 4-1-11-0

Dan: "Nicol simply isn't a test opener. He can bully bowlers in the shorter formats but playing a controlled innings isn't his style."

8.1

Steyn to McCullum, no run, short of a good length on middle, rocks back and punches it towards midwicket

Aaron: "I don't want to bag Nicol, but why do we keep picking him? He's not the next David Warner.. What we really need is another Mark Richardson who can bat for 5 hours ang get 20 runs."

8.2

Steyn to McCullum, no run, dropped it short on the off, bowled at 142kmph, defended off the back foot in front of the bowler

8.3

Steyn to McCullum, no run, bowled it on a good length this time, McCullum played that back to the bowler from the crease

8.4

Steyn to McCullum, no run, banged in short outside off, ducked under that one, left that be

Matt: "Have to feel sorry for Nicol having to have his debut series against such quality opposition, but now that McCullums move to three is apparently permanent where else do we turn, and what happens when Brownlie is fit?"

8.5

Steyn to McCullum, 3 runs, easy pickings there, pitched up on the pads and it's pushed firmly through the midwicket region for three more

8.6

Steyn to Guptill, no run, good length outside off and that one holds its line, leaves it alone to the keeper

End of over 9 (3 runs) New Zealand 29/1

    • MJ Guptill 17 (26b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 10 (14b 1x4)
    • DW Steyn 5-1-14-0
    • VD Philander 4-2-15-1

Kallis to bowl now. The game began in overcast conditions but while there is swing and some movement off the pitch, it's not prodigious and seems manageable.

9.1

Kallis to McCullum, no run, angling in towards middle and off, bowled at 124kmph, defended back to the bowler

9.2

Kallis to McCullum, no run, short of a good length on the off, turned away off the back foot to midwicket

9.3

Kallis to McCullum, 1 run, angling it on middle, turned away square into the deep for a single

9.4

Kallis to Guptill, no run, this one comes back in, rocks forward and defends that one outside the line, misses as it moves in

9.5

Kallis to Guptill, no run, pitched on a good length outside off and that one appeared to keep in line, leaves that one alone

9.6

Kallis to Guptill, no run, some inswing for Kallis there, bowled at 132kmph, Guptill got forward, to the pitch, and defended that towards extra cover

End of over 10 (1 run) New Zealand 30/1

    • MJ Guptill 17 (29b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 11 (17b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-1-0
    • DW Steyn 5-1-14-0
10.1

Philander to McCullum, 2 runs, angling in towards middle and leg, clipped away past square leg for a couple of runs

10.2

Philander to McCullum, no run, short of a good length on middle and leg, gets back to turn it square again, struck on the thigh

10.3

Philander to McCullum, no run, short of a good length again, gets on the back foot and punches it to mid-on

10.4

Philander to McCullum, no run, back of a length outside off, punched it towards mid-off off the back foot

10.5

Philander to McCullum, no run, good length outside off, gets forward and turns that in the direction of square leg with a closed face

10.6

Philander to McCullum, no run, ooh, no short leg in place, got forward to that one and tried to defend it into the leg side, got an inside edge onto the pads and it popped up for a moment

End of over 11 (2 runs) New Zealand 32/1

    • BB McCullum 13 (23b 1x4)
    • MJ Guptill 17 (29b 3x4)
    • VD Philander 5-2-17-1
    • JH Kallis 1-0-1-0
11.1

Kallis to Guptill, no run, pitched on a length outside off, drives it straight towards extra cover

Two slips and a gully for Kallis

11.2

Kallis to Guptill, no run, in the channel outside off, on a driving length and Guptill leaves it alone, kept its line

11.3

Kallis to Guptill, no run

11.4

Kallis to Guptill, no run, on a good length, in the channel again, good, testing line but this one too holds its line, left alone

11.5

Kallis to Guptill, FOUR, banged in short at 136kph and he seizes the length early, it's been a productive scoring area today, pulled away hard over square leg for a boundary

11.6

Kallis to Guptill, no run, bowled on a good length, at 135kmph, keeps its line, it's left alone to the keeper

End of over 12 (4 runs) New Zealand 36/1

    • MJ Guptill 21 (35b 4x4)
    • BB McCullum 13 (23b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 2-0-5-0
    • VD Philander 5-2-17-1
12.1

Philander to McCullum, no run, back of a length outside off, punched off the back foot towards mid-off

12.2

Philander to McCullum, 1 run, slightly short, easily done by McCullum, turned past square leg for a single

12.3

Philander to Guptill, 1 run, shortish on middle, got a bad bounce did Morkel at midwicket, turned through him for a single

12.4

Philander to McCullum, FOUR, superb from McCullum, errs in length does Philander and McCullum takes advantage, short and it's thrashed off the back foot in front of cover

12.5

Philander to McCullum, no run, the bouncer, banged in outside off, McCullum ignores it, left alone easily

12.6

Philander to McCullum, no run, bowled it full on middle, McCullum gets to the pitch and drives it carefully to mid-on

End of over 13 (6 runs) New Zealand 42/1

    • BB McCullum 18 (28b 2x4)
    • MJ Guptill 22 (36b 4x4)
    • VD Philander 6-2-23-1
    • JH Kallis 2-0-5-0

Two slips and a gully

13.1

Kallis to Guptill, no run, short of a good length, gets forward and defends it towards cover

13.2

Kallis to Guptill, no run, draws Guptill forward with that good length delivery, it's strongly blocked in front of cover

13.3

Kallis to Guptill, no run, good bouncer, banged in short at 139kmph on middle, Guptill manages to duck under it well

13.4

Kallis to Guptill, no run, solid in defence is Guptill, stepping forward to that good length ball and knocking it firmly towards mid-off

13.5

Kallis to Guptill, no run, beaten, pitched it up and Guptill was a little late in dealing with it, it nipped back in a hint and zipped through the gate to the keeper

13.6

Kallis to Guptill, no run, wider this time, similar length however, Guptill has no issues dealing with this one, letting it go

End of over 14 (maiden) New Zealand 42/1

    • MJ Guptill 22 (42b 4x4)
    • BB McCullum 18 (28b 2x4)
    • JH Kallis 3-1-5-0
    • VD Philander 6-2-23-1

Morne Morkel comes on now

14.1

Morkel to McCullum, no run, a bouncer to begin with, McCullum ducks under it well

14.2

Morkel to McCullum, 1 run, shortish on middle, gets back and turns it in front of square for a single

14.3

Morkel to Guptill, no run, nips away from a good length outside off, Guptill gets forward and leaves it

14.4

Morkel to Guptill, no run, angling in towards the off stump, has three slips prowling at the back, defended solidly towards mid-off

14.5

Morkel to Guptill, no run, on a good length but takes off and carries well to Boucher as Guptill leaves it alone

14.6

Morkel to Guptill, no run, banged in short, deviates off the pitch and moves away, shoulders arms to leave it be

End of over 15 (1 run) New Zealand 43/1

    • MJ Guptill 22 (46b 4x4)
    • BB McCullum 19 (30b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 1-0-1-0
    • JH Kallis 3-1-5-0

Even-stevens the first hour. McCullum and Guptill have settled in well after the early loss

15.1

Kallis to McCullum, no run, short of a good length outside off, leaves it alone to the keeper

15.2

Kallis to McCullum, no run, McCullum gets a big stride out this time and plays that solidly towards cover

15.3

Kallis to McCullum, no run, a leading edge, landed on a good length and moved away, McCullum got a stride out and defended it with a slightly closed face, was lucky it wasn't uppish

15.4

Kallis to McCullum, no run, opts to play that good-length delivery off the back foot, squeezes it towards point

15.5

Kallis to McCullum, no run, back of a length on the off, punched in the direction of mid-on

15.6

Kallis to McCullum, no run, goodish length on the off, gets a stride out, bowled at 134kph, defended with a bit of a reach towards mid-off

End of over 16 (maiden) New Zealand 43/1

    • BB McCullum 19 (36b 2x4)
    • MJ Guptill 22 (46b 4x4)
    • JH Kallis 4-2-5-0
    • M Morkel 1-0-1-0

Neil: "With regards to the make-up of the team when Brownlie is fit. I'd like to see Watling come in to replace Van Wyk as keeper and open the batting: Watling, Guptill, McCullum, Taylor, Williamson, Brownlie, Vettori, Bracewell, Wagner, Boult, Martin."

16.1

Morkel to Guptill, no run, beaten, superb delivery from Morkel, a snorter bowled at 140kph, banged in short outside off and moved away, Guptill had no choice but play at it and was lucky it evaded the outside edge

16.2

Morkel to Guptill, no run, shortish on middle, pushed off the back foot towards mid-on

16.3

Morkel to Guptill, no run, pushed it on a good length outside off, lets it be to the keeper

Three slips, a gully and a short square leg

16.4

Morkel to Guptill, no run, in the corridor from Morkel, is getting excellent carry, lets it through to the keeper

16.5

Morkel to Guptill, no run, banged in short outside off, at 143kmph, and he leaves that alone

16.6

Morkel to Guptill, no run, pitched on a good length outside off, steps forward and shoulders arms to that one

End of over 17 (maiden) New Zealand 43/1

    • MJ Guptill 22 (52b 4x4)
    • BB McCullum 19 (36b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 2-1-1-0
    • JH Kallis 4-2-5-0
17.1

Kallis to McCullum, no run, angling in towards middle, gets front and across to play it towards midwicket

17.2

Kallis to McCullum, no run, banged in short on middle, McCullum doesn't need to do much to leave that alone

17.3

Kallis to McCullum, no run, shortish on the off, gets back and punches that down to mid-on

17.4

Kallis to McCullum, 1 run, pulled away nicely, all along the ground, bowled it short on the off and it's played down to a deep backward square leg

17.5

Kallis to Guptill, no run, inswing for Kallis, moved inwards in the air and then held its line after pitching, leaves it alone

17.6

Kallis to Guptill, no run, some more inswing, Guptill gets forward and defends it on a good length into the off side

End of over 18 (1 run) New Zealand 44/1

    • MJ Guptill 22 (54b 4x4)
    • BB McCullum 20 (40b 2x4)
    • JH Kallis 5-2-6-0
    • M Morkel 2-1-1-0

Andrew: "Neil. Thats a massive ask of a young player who is yet to prove they're a genuine wickerkeeper or international quality batsman. I like McCullum at 3 but he has to return to the opening position. Either that or play 4 bowlers, which I think would be a big mistake."

18.1

Morkel to McCullum, no run, appeal for lbw, straying on the pads and McCullum was looking to flick it through square, appeared to be going down leg as McCullum was struck on the pads, the replay confirms it

18.2

Morkel to McCullum, no run

18.3

Morkel to McCullum, no run, goodish length on the off, gets on the front foot, bowled at 144kmph, and stabs it towards mid-off

18.4

Morkel to McCullum, no run, shortish on the off, punched off the back foot towards mid-off, leapt as he played it

Eric: "(One of) NZ's perennial problem(s) seems to be confused thinking around selection and manufacturing solutions (ie. middle-order players converted to open, indecision around the wk spot etc). I like the look of Neil's line-up - decent batting depth (with Vettori at 7, a varied bowling attack with scope for Nethula to play). I hope your reading these comments Wrighty!"

18.5

Morkel to McCullum, no run, back of a length outside off, angling in, McCullum leaves that alone to the keeper

18.6

Morkel to McCullum, no run, appeal for lbw, that was going over the stumps, nipped back in as McCullum moved forward and across and struck him on the pads

End of over 19 (maiden) New Zealand 44/1

    • BB McCullum 20 (46b 2x4)
    • MJ Guptill 22 (54b 4x4)
    • M Morkel 3-2-1-0
    • JH Kallis 5-2-6-0

Steyn is back into the attack

19.1

Steyn to Guptill, no run, in the channel outside off, at 135kmph, Guptill lets it go

19.2

Steyn to Guptill, OUT, bowled'im! An unlucky way to get out, these two were looking good, short of a good length outside off and it appeared to move away a hint, Guptill hung his bat loosely as he tried to play it off the back foot, got an inside edge onto the stumps

MJ Guptill b Steyn 22 (85m 56b 4x4 0x6) SR: 39.28

The track didn't have much to do with that, but South Africa will take it, a set batsman has been sent back and a promising stand has been broken.

The captain Ross Taylor walks in. Two slips

19.3

Steyn to Taylor, no run, short of a good length on the off, bowled at 138kmph, defended back towards the bowler

19.4

Steyn to Taylor, no run, ooh, bowled it fuller this time, gets forward and pushes it towards extra cover

19.5

Steyn to Taylor, no run, was close to the off stump but he opted to leave it, landed on a good length and went on straight

19.6

Steyn to Taylor, FOUR, a bit of width and Taylor latches onto it, short of a good length and he chops it down hard behind point for his first boundary

End of over 20 (4 runs) New Zealand 48/2

    • LRPL Taylor 4 (4b 1x4)
    • BB McCullum 20 (46b 2x4)
    • DW Steyn 6-1-18-1
    • M Morkel 3-2-1-0
20.1

Morkel to McCullum, 1 leg bye, drops that one short on the pads, tries to turn it down to fine leg, goes off the thigh

20.2

Morkel to Taylor, no run, dropped that one short outside off, Taylor left that alone as that rose up and went past him

20.3

Morkel to Taylor, no run, short of a good length outside off, Taylor lets that through to the keeper

Satish: "Don't think it was unlucky. Guptill had it coming. He had played-and-missed a couple of Kallis' deliveries towards the lower edge. And that is where this was."

20.4

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, bowled on a good length on the off, gets forward and pushes that wide of midwicket to bring up the 50

20.5

Morkel to McCullum, 2 runs, on a good length again, gets a stride out and defends that down the pitch, past the bowler and past mid-on for a couple of runs

20.6

Morkel to McCullum, no run, drops that short outside off, gets on the back foot and taps it in front of point

End of over 21 (4 runs) New Zealand 52/2

    • BB McCullum 22 (49b 2x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 5 (7b 1x4)
    • M Morkel 4-2-4-0
    • DW Steyn 6-1-18-1

Uday: "Guptill is one of my favorite players and his batting style reminds me of the great Martin Crowe. Sadly, he needs to work more on his technique - inside edge going on to the stumps this often is a clear indicator that he isnt moving his feet well enough. Something that an opening batsman like John Wright ought to help him out with."

21.1

Steyn to Taylor, no run, missed out on a single, Taylor worked that wide of mid-on, lots of hesitation about taking the single and it was an opportunity missed

21.2

Steyn to Taylor, no run, bowled on a good length on the off, defended solidly towards mid-off

21.3

Steyn to Taylor, no run, short of a good length outside off, moved away after pitching, Taylor withdraws from that one

21.4

Steyn to Taylor, no run, excellent fielding at gully, short outside off, that was slashed into the ground but a one-handed leap to the right prevented a certain boundary

21.5

Steyn to Taylor, no run, goodish length on the off, gets forward and plays that towards cover

A weather update from Firdose Moonda, our South Africa correspondent who is in Hamilton right now. "It looked like it's clearing but it has got more cloudy"

21.6

Steyn to Taylor, no run, defended solidly off the front foot

End of over 22 (maiden) New Zealand 52/2

    • LRPL Taylor 5 (13b 1x4)
    • BB McCullum 22 (49b 2x4)
    • DW Steyn 7-2-18-1
    • M Morkel 4-2-4-0
22.1

Morkel to McCullum, no run, shortish on the off, rocks back and punches it towards mid-off firmly

22.2

Morkel to McCullum, 1 run, banged in short on middle, worked away off the back foot through square leg for a single

22.3

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, opens the face on that one, shortish outside off, that's played in the direction of third man for a single

22.4

Morkel to McCullum, no run, pitched on a good length outside off, shoulders arms to leave that alone

22.5

Morkel to McCullum, no run, that one kept low, short outside off and McCullum, who was jumping, struggled to get his bat down to that one

22.6

Morkel to McCullum, no run, drawing him forward by bowling that one fuller, pushed towards mid-off

End of over 23 (2 runs) New Zealand 54/2

    • BB McCullum 23 (54b 2x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 6 (14b 1x4)
    • M Morkel 5-2-6-0
    • DW Steyn 7-2-18-1

KJ: "Lack of footwork of the modern batsman still puzzles me. Get in behind the ball if playing off the back foot - gets everything in line and means played on is not an option. Amazing numbers of batmen are "bowled" in the modern game as their bat moves and their feet stay rooted to the spot. I don't get it."

23.1

Steyn to Taylor, no run, short of a good length outside off, punched off the back foot to the in-field

23.2

Steyn to Taylor, no run, Taylor played that well, that was quicker and shorter, rocked back and dropped it with soft hands into the leg side

23.3

Steyn to Taylor, no run, pitched up on the off stump, that's driven firmly but straight to mid-off

Nick: "Eric and Neil: Your XIs look good because you're asking Watling to do the near-impossible (opening and keeping). This won't work I'm afraid.

McCullum must go back to opening for the balance of the team. Then Williamson can bat 3 or if he fails then Flynn. And we have room for Brownlie and 4 bowlers plus Vettori at 6. It's a pity those other 4 bowlers are poor batsmen - that's where our other problem with balance lies."

23.4

Steyn to Taylor, FOUR, While these two are out in the middle, it's hard to keep them quiet, short outside off and it's cut away hard through the slips and gully, nicely done

A second gully comes in now

23.5

Steyn to Taylor, no run, fired it full on middle, pushed back towards mid-on off the front foot

23.6

Steyn to Taylor, no run, angling towards off stump, rocks forward and pushes that to the bowler

End of over 24 (4 runs) New Zealand 58/2

    • LRPL Taylor 10 (20b 2x4)
    • BB McCullum 23 (54b 2x4)
    • DW Steyn 8-2-22-1
    • M Morkel 5-2-6-0

Morkel runs in

24.1

Morkel to McCullum, no run, banged it short on leg stump, McCullum swivelled and tried to pull it past short square leg, was struck on the chest there. Correction, it was the hand and he's in a bit of pain, out comes the physio, it's a swelling on the right hand

Some dressing on the wrist. The physio has gone back. Time to start again

24.2

Morkel to McCullum, no run, ooh, good bowling from Morkel, drops it short on purpose, McCullum went on the back foot and took his bottom-hand off as he tried to play that, dropped into the off side off the handle

24.3

Morkel to McCullum, no run, beaten this time, Morkel's teased him this time, Smith has a mischevious smile on his face at slip, good length ball outside off and McCullum reaches forward to defend, it moves away to beat the outside edge

24.4

Morkel to McCullum, no run, dropped it short down the leg side and he lets it go

24.5

Morkel to McCullum, 1 run, short of a good length, turns it off the back foot through square leg for a single

Three slips, a gully and a silly point now, a slightly further than normal silly point

24.6

Morkel to Taylor, no run, in the channel outside off and Taylor lets it go

End of over 25 (1 run) New Zealand 59/2

    • LRPL Taylor 10 (21b 2x4)
    • BB McCullum 24 (59b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 6-2-7-0
    • DW Steyn 8-2-22-1

Imran Tahir brought into the attack now, could be the penultimate over before lunch. A slip and a short leg

25.1

Imran Tahir to McCullum, 1 run, short outside off and it's cut away down towards deep point for a single

25.2

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, short on middle, rocks onto the back foot and punches that to mid-on

25.3

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, beautiful shot but excellent fielding at extra cover, that's driven powerfully but the fielder dives to his right to save a certain boundary

25.4

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, short outside off, turning away, leaves it alone

25.5

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, was the googly, got a big stride out and defended it back to the bowler

25.6

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, flighted of the off, pushed it just past the bowler

End of over 26 (1 run) New Zealand 60/2

    • LRPL Taylor 10 (26b 2x4)
    • BB McCullum 25 (60b 2x4)
    • Imran Tahir 1-0-1-0
    • M Morkel 6-2-7-0

Matt: "When are the Black Caps actually going to produce a cricketer to the calibre of Gilchrist or Warne or Ponting or McGrath who can actually take the game away from the opposition and intimidate them just by walking onto the ground. Batting averages of 30 and bowling averages of 40 just aren't good enough!!!"

Morkel to finish off proceedings before lunch

26.1

Morkel to McCullum, 1 run, full on the leg stump and it's flicked away wide of fine leg but just the single in the end, fine leg moves across and cuts it off

26.2

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, back of a length outside off, opened the face there to run that down to third man

26.3

Morkel to McCullum, no run, short ball down the leg side and McCullum lets it be

26.4

Morkel to McCullum, no run, goodish length outside off, in the channel and McCullum leaves it be

26.5

Morkel to McCullum, no run, pitched up outside off, pushed off the front foot towards cover, the hand hurts as he plays that shot

26.6

Morkel to McCullum, no run, short of a good length on the of, defended off the back foot to midwicket

South Africa will be happy to have picked up two wickets, and both Taylor and McCullum have got starts to push on from here. Guptill was looked particularly good but fell to a loose shot. McCullum will head back and get some attention on his injured right hand. Join us in another 35 minutes for the next session.

End of over 27 (2 runs) New Zealand 62/2

    • BB McCullum 26 (65b 2x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 11 (27b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 7-2-9-0
    • Imran Tahir 1-0-1-0

McCullum and Taylor are walking out for the post-lunch session. Philander to start things off. Two slips and a gully

27.1

Philander to Taylor, 1 no ball, bowls that on a good length on the off, pushed that towards cover, overstepped by a fair margin there

27.1

Philander to Taylor, FOUR, pitched up on middle and leg, in the slot for Taylor and he drove it comfortably past mid-on for a boundary

27.2

Philander to Taylor, FOUR, four more, Morkel could not get down in time to stop that one at mid-off, driven on the up by Taylor and Morkel ends up diving over it

27.3

Philander to Taylor, no run, ooh, goodish length on the off, appeared to get a thick inside edge towards square leg as he tried to drive that

27.4

Philander to Taylor, no run, short of a good length outside off, this one holds its line, leaves it alone

27.5

Philander to Taylor, no run, shortish outside off, chopped hard into the ground towards AB at gully

27.6

Philander to Taylor, 1 run, short ball outside off, cut away down into the deep behind point for a single, not a great start for Philander after lunch

End of over 28 (10 runs) New Zealand 72/2

    • LRPL Taylor 20 (34b 4x4)
    • BB McCullum 26 (65b 2x4)
    • VD Philander 7-2-33-1
    • M Morkel 7-2-9-0

Mark: "So far in this series the innings have followed roughly similar starts. In 5 innings spread across the two teams, the first wicket has fallen with the score from 7-45 and the second with the score between 41-86. On only one occasion has one of the first two batsmen to go scored more than 25. But after that all but 1of the 3rd wicket stands have been worth at least 65 so it seems that what happens in the middle order is a key to the performance of these two teams."

Steyn steams in

28.1

Steyn to Taylor, no run, pushed off the front foot towards mid-off

28.2

Steyn to Taylor, no run, lands on a good length outside off, strikes it off the meat while driving it towards cover

28.3

Steyn to Taylor, no run, bowled on a good length, rocks forward and punches that towards mid-off

28.4

Steyn to Taylor, no run, a little late in reacting to that one, Taylor was thinking of playing that short of a good length delivery but he dropped his hands late on that one

28.5

Steyn to Taylor, no run, pitched on a good length on the off, pushed firmly towards mid-off this time

28.6

Steyn to Taylor, no run, goodish length on the off, gets forward and defends it solidly in the direction of cover

End of over 29 (maiden) New Zealand 72/2

    • LRPL Taylor 20 (40b 4x4)
    • BB McCullum 26 (65b 2x4)
    • DW Steyn 9-3-22-1
    • VD Philander 7-2-33-1

Oliver: "Matt they do occasionally produce one, but for one reason or another, they never fulfill their potential. Bond was permanently injured, Cairns and Vettori didn't have sufficient back up, and Ryder's not the mould to build your team around."

29.1

Philander to McCullum, no run, lands on a good length on the off, bowled at 140kmph, defended towards cover

29.2

Philander to McCullum, no run, angling in towards middle, gets his front foot across and defends that towards midwicket

29.3

Philander to McCullum, no run, short of a good length on middle, McCullum is nicely behind that one as he plays it towards cover

29.4

Philander to McCullum, no run, shortish on the off, punched off the back foot towards mid-off

29.5

Philander to McCullum, no run, gets forward to that slightly shortish delivery and stabs that one towards cover

29.6

Philander to McCullum, 1 run, short and it's cut away down towards deep point for a single

End of over 30 (1 run) New Zealand 73/2

    • BB McCullum 27 (71b 2x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 20 (40b 4x4)
    • VD Philander 8-2-34-1
    • DW Steyn 9-3-22-1

Adam: "Comments: Well, NZ have 20% of the population and even less of the cash Australia has. That, combined with an aging population means the talent pool is small. It's amazing they're still competitive on an international stage."

30.1

Steyn to McCullum, 1 run, nicely played by McCullun, was a straight delivery from Steyn targeting middle, McCullum moved slightly across and pushed it wide of mid-on for a single

30.2

Steyn to Taylor, 1 leg bye, fires it on the pads, tries to flick it down fine, clips the pads and they sneak a leg-bye

30.3

Steyn to McCullum, no run, yorker length outside off, manages to dig it out easily into the off side

30.4

Steyn to McCullum, no run, back of a length on the off, rocks back and drops it down on the pitch

30.5

Steyn to McCullum, 1 run, goodish length outside off, opens the face and guides it through point for a single

30.6

Steyn to Taylor, no run, back of a length outside off, Taylor allows it through to the keeper

End of over 31 (3 runs) New Zealand 76/2

    • LRPL Taylor 20 (42b 4x4)
    • BB McCullum 29 (75b 2x4)
    • DW Steyn 10-3-24-1
    • VD Philander 8-2-34-1

Colin: "Hey Matt,wasn't Australia 23 for 9 against the same South African team.....and i don't think Ricky was too intimitating then !!" 21 for 9, I think

31.1

Philander to McCullum, FOUR, edged, fishing for one outside off, nicely bowled, on a good length and gets it to nip away, McCullum opened the face and it took the outside edge, no third slip and that's four

31.2

Philander to McCullum, no run, short of a good length on the off, punches it back to the bowler

31.3

Philander to McCullum, no run, pitched up on the off, bowled at 135kmph, gets to the pitch and drives it down to mid-on

31.4

Philander to McCullum, no run, back of a length outside off, steps back and punches it just wide of extra cover

31.5

Philander to McCullum, no run, mistimes a cut as he tries to cut that shortish ball past point

31.6

Philander to McCullum, no run, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot to knock it down into th eoff side

End of over 32 (4 runs) New Zealand 80/2

    • BB McCullum 33 (81b 3x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 20 (42b 4x4)
    • VD Philander 9-2-38-1
    • DW Steyn 10-3-24-1
32.1

Steyn to Taylor, no run, dropped that short outside off, dropped his hands over that one and let that go

32.2

Steyn to Taylor, 1 run, drops that short on leg stump at 139kmph, turns it behind square off the back foot for a single

32.3

Steyn to McCullum, no run, a snorter, banged in short at 141kmph and McCullum was late to react to that, backed away at the last moment and it zipped past the helmet, saw it late but evaded it well in the end

32.4

Steyn to McCullum, no run, a bouncer banged in on middle, ducks under that much easily

Brendan: "I think the NZ selectors are getting better at dropping players who aren't proving they're up for international cricket. In the decade after 2000, we seemed to have an endless list of unproven batsmen in our team. The likes of Peter Fulton, the Marshall twins, Mathew Sinclair et al. These guys were given far too many chances. If you're not good enough, you're not good enough, let's find someone who is."

32.5

Steyn to McCullum, no run, bowled it short on middle, gets on the back foot and defends it into the leg side

Stuart: "Amazes me why South Africa would have a deep point to stop runs after a bad ball but not a third slip for a good one. Very strange to see Smith not trusting his bowler at the moment." And they don't have a third slip still

32.6

Steyn to McCullum, no run, rocks forward and defends that cautiously towards cover

End of over 33 (1 run) New Zealand 81/2

    • BB McCullum 33 (85b 3x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 21 (44b 4x4)
    • DW Steyn 11-3-25-1
    • VD Philander 9-2-38-1
33.1

Philander to Taylor, no run, short of a good length, punched towards extra cover from the crease

33.2

Philander to Taylor, no run, bowled it on a good length, eased off the front foot towards extra cover

33.3

Philander to Taylor, no run, banged in short on middle, ducks under that one well

33.4

Philander to Taylor, no run, short of a length outside off, shapes up for a cut but doesn't connect

33.5

Philander to Taylor, FOUR, his best shot of the day, pitched up on middle and leg and he just pushes that down the ground, firmly, came off the meat, four

33.6

Philander to Taylor, 1 run, shortish on middle, turns it off the back foot wide of mid-on for a single

End of over 34 (5 runs) New Zealand 86/2

    • LRPL Taylor 26 (50b 5x4)
    • BB McCullum 33 (85b 3x4)
    • VD Philander 10-2-43-1
    • DW Steyn 11-3-25-1
34.1

Steyn to Taylor, no run, dropped that short outside off, Ross Taylor let it go

Ian Smith on TV commentary is now saying the experts "got it wrong" about the pitch, and that this track is very good for batting now.

34.2

Steyn to Taylor, 1 run, goodish length outside off, opens the face to guide it wide of point

34.3

Steyn to McCullum, no run, attempted bouncer, didn't rise up as much as McCullum thought it would but he still managed to duck under it

34.4

Steyn to McCullum, FOUR, pushed at that uppishly and it goes past gully, just wide of him, opened the face on that and steered it wide of the outstretched right hand of AB de Villiers

34.5

Steyn to McCullum, no run, good length on the off, just a hint of away movement, gets forward and punches it towards cover

34.6

Steyn to McCullum, no run, back of a length on the off, gets back and taps it down in front of the bowler

End of over 35 (5 runs) New Zealand 91/2

    • BB McCullum 37 (89b 4x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 27 (52b 5x4)
    • DW Steyn 12-3-30-1
    • VD Philander 10-2-43-1

Tahir to bowl now, it has started drizzling

35.1

Imran Tahir to Taylor, 1 run, flighted on middle, pushed down the ground to long-on for a single

A short leg and a slip

35.2

Imran Tahir to McCullum, no run, flighted on middle, gets a stride out and pushes it back to the bowler

35.3

Imran Tahir to McCullum, no run, went on straight, defended it with bat close to pad just wide of short leg

35.4

Imran Tahir to McCullum, 1 run, the googly, short on leg stump, it's played towards square leg off the back foot for a single

35.5

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, shortish on the off, chops it down towards point from the crease

35.6

Imran Tahir to Taylor, 1 run, turns it off the back foot past square leg for a single to raise the 50-stand

End of over 36 (3 runs) New Zealand 94/2

    • LRPL Taylor 29 (55b 5x4)
    • BB McCullum 38 (92b 4x4)
    • Imran Tahir 2-0-4-0
    • DW Steyn 12-3-30-1

Morkel runs in, has two slips

36.1

Morkel to Taylor, no run, targets a good length outside off, rocks forward and defends that to cover

36.2

Morkel to Taylor, no run, back of a length outside off, keeps in line and he lets it through to the keeper

36.3

Morkel to Taylor, no run, bowling on a good length in the channel outside off, Taylor shoulders arms

36.4

Morkel to Taylor, no run, took off from short of a good length, bowled at 140kmph, Taylor withdraws from it at the right time

4pm We are set for the resumption.

Luke Smith: "I'm currently sitting top level of Hamilton's local university library - located about 5km from Seddon Park. I have a good view of the CBD and surroundings. There's been no rain here what-so-ever, however things seem to be clearing around the area. The rain radar indicated a one tiny strip of rain for the whole North Island... somehow that strip hit Seddon Park of all places. Shouldn't be much more of this drizzle/rain to go."

Al: "I love that idea, proof of global warming comes through increasing sessions/days of cricket lost to inclement weather. A marriage of sport and science."

3.45pm Right, so they are aiming for a 4pm start. Another 15 minutes from now. The cut-off time is 7pm , they say. Another 42.2 overs remaining in the day's play.

3.40pm: The rain has stopped. Allan Donald and Gary Kirsten are throwing the ball at each other. Covers are coming off.

Paul: " seem to recall a test series a year or two ago between the West Indies and Sri Lanka that was played in Sri Lanka. Wasn't there more rain than actual cricket?" Yes I think it may have been in mid-late 2010.

Cam Hodgson: "Problem is, the wind has died down..so suddenly it's very still. The breeze usually takes these pesky drizzles away. Hang in there!"

Mark: "A bit of perspective please. I live in Hamilton and want to go to the game so I understand it's frustrating but to read some of the weather comments re this test and the last one you'd think NZ's weather was far wetter than anywhere else. There have been plenty of matches affected by rain around the globe in the last few years. Heck Oz has been having heaps of rain and floods. Maybe it is more a matter of changing global weather patterns. I'm sure some bright person at Cricinfo could come up with stats on what countries matches are most affected by rain and whether it is an increasing trend or not."

3.30pm Folks, this is appalling weather. Yes, it is. At least there was an element of certainty on that final day in Dunedin that play will not be possible. Here there's none of that. There's a moment of hope when the rain stops and the covers start being taken off only for the drizzle to return again extend the delay even more. That's what has happened after tea as well. The covers are on, and there's some drizzle. A lot of cloud, too. So the wait goes on.

3.05pm We can expect a resumption after tea, parts of the ground still need to dry up so the groundstaff needs to get the venue ready for resumption of play at the end of the 20-minute break. Join us at 3.30pm.

3.00pm Not sure about the exact start time yet, but tea has been scheduled for 3.10pm.

Dave C: "RE: Demian's comments about "Four Seasons in One Day" being written about New Zealand, I'm probably not the only person to point this out, but it was actually written about Melbourne, Australia."

2.50pm Covers are coming off now, the rain has stopped not for the first time. But let's not get too excited right away.

Demian: "People have to realise New Zealand has the most unpredictable weather in the world. It can be clear sunshine one minute and thunderstorms and torrential rain the next! They didn't have the song "four season in one day" written about them for nothing!"

Ant: "Not sure why everyone is so surprised - the forecast was for a few showers then 4 days of fine weather; have a cuppa, relax and enjoy cricket in the land of the long white cloud."

2.40pm: Aargghhh, this is horrible. Some light rain has returned and the covers are back on again. 45 minutes of utter confusion. And it's getting heavier.

2.35pm: Some hope again as the rain has stopped, and the covers are coming off, again.

Ben: "Rain in Hamilton? So frustrating! It's the most gorgeous summer day up here in Auckland for once- and it's not even summer anymore! This weather is really sneaky..."

David from SPain: "Gotta say - on behalf of us sitting up at night in Europe, waiting for something to happen, rain in Hamilton, after that last day rain in Dunedin is more than disappointing!"

2.30pm: This is getting difficult, the rain has returned and so have the covers. Extremely frustrating, this.

2.20pm: Good news, the rain has stopped. The covers are coming off.

2.15pm: The rain has got a litte lighter now. Covers are still on.

2.05pm: The update from the ground is that the rain's got a little heavier. The bigger cover has also come on now.

Cam Hodgson: "I'm a few kilometres north of the cricket ground in Hamilton, no rain here yet. The wind should sweep any showers away pretty quickly. Once again, Taylor and McCullum having to shoulder the load, this partnership needs to be big."

2.00pm Hardly any umbrellas around. Don't think this stoppage will last too long.

1.55pm The groundstaff are getting ready, the rain has picked up pace. The covers are being brought on now. There is a breeze blowing across the field and one expects this to clear up soon.

PJ: "@Al: I don't want to turn this into a Global Warming™ debate but since when is rain or even 'inclement weather' proof of Global Warming™? It's a nonsense. The myth of Global Warming™ is that the temperature of the earth is increasing due to carbon emissions. You can't hold increasing instances of rain up as proof of Global Warming™."

Two slips and two gullys

36.5

Morkel to Taylor, 2 runs, back of a length outside off, punched off the back foot through extra cover for a couple of runs

36.6

Morkel to Taylor, no run, short outside off, cuts it down towards point, can't get it past him, well struck however

End of over 37 (2 runs) New Zealand 96/2

    • LRPL Taylor 31 (61b 5x4)
    • BB McCullum 38 (92b 4x4)
    • M Morkel 8-2-11-0
    • Imran Tahir 2-0-4-0

Anton: "@ Luke. I am sitting in the lounge of my flat 1km from uni writing a research paper and we were covered in rain for around 25 minutes that got quite heavy at one stage. Now blue sky is slowly moving over Hamilton."

Kallis runs in

37.1

Kallis to McCullum, no run, banged in short on middle, McCullum ducks under it well

37.2

Kallis to McCullum, no run, short of a good length outside off, allows it through to the keeper

37.3

Kallis to McCullum, no run, short of a good length outside off, leaves that one alone as well

37.4

Kallis to McCullum, no run, goodish length this time, a touch fuller, McCullum gets forward and then shoulders arms

37.5

Kallis to McCullum, no run, fires it on a good length outside off, goes through to the keeper

37.6

Kallis to McCullum, no run, angling in towards the off stump, pushes it back firmly towards the bowler

End of over 38 (maiden) New Zealand 96/2

    • BB McCullum 38 (98b 4x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 31 (61b 5x4)
    • JH Kallis 6-3-6-0
    • M Morkel 8-2-11-0

Jo: "Actually, you can. An increase in temperature means an increase in the absolute humidity of the atmosphere. As we all know, what comes up must come down and so the increased temperature does in fact mean increased precipitation."

Neil: "Warmer temperatures means warmer seas, which leads to more evaporation, which leads to more rain. Global waming dosn't mean it's going to be hot and sunny all the time. Quite the opposite."

38.1

Morkel to Taylor, no run, back of a length on middle,. Taylor gets on the back foot and pushes it back towards the bowler

38.2

Morkel to Taylor, no run, dropped it short at 139 kmph outside off stump, Taylor leaves it alone

38.3

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, short of a good length, punched in front of point for a single

38.4

Morkel to McCullum, no run, drops that short on middle and he ducks under it well, the sun is breaking out

38.5

Morkel to McCullum, 1 run, goodish length on the off, steps forward and knocks that into the off side, calls for a single and makes it in time, Philander at mid-off picked up and struck the stumps at the non-striker's end but McCullum was in

38.6

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, drops that short on leg stump, turned down towards fine leg for a single

End of over 39 (3 runs) New Zealand 99/2

    • LRPL Taylor 33 (65b 5x4)
    • BB McCullum 39 (100b 4x4)
    • M Morkel 9-2-14-0
    • JH Kallis 6-3-6-0
39.1

Kallis to Taylor, no run, bowled on a good length outside off, at 137kmph, Taylor leaves it alone, pretty bright out in the middle now

39.2

Kallis to Taylor, no run, beaten, that was on a driving length and Taylor was sucked in, stepped forward to drive that through the covers, it nipped away to beat the outside edge

39.3

Kallis to Taylor, no run, short of a good length outside off, this one holds its line and he leaves it alone

39.4

Kallis to Taylor, no run, angling in towards the off, short of a good length, defended off the back foot to the bowler

Glen: "Any word on McCullum's hand? Looked pretty sore before lunch?" Not yet, but if he's continuing on batting we can assume it's alright. Had it been something serious, he may not have come out after lunch.

39.5

Kallis to Taylor, no run, shoulders arms to leave that one through to the keeper

39.6

Kallis to Taylor, no run, bowled on a good length on the off, defended off the front foot to cover

End of over 40 (maiden) New Zealand 99/2

    • LRPL Taylor 33 (71b 5x4)
    • BB McCullum 39 (100b 4x4)
    • JH Kallis 7-4-6-0
    • M Morkel 9-2-14-0
40.1

Morkel to McCullum, no run, short of a good length outside off, that one is cut away hard by McCullum but straight to point

40.2

Morkel to McCullum, FOUR, that's pulled powerfully, the hand's doing fine it seems, banged in short and he spotted it early, rocked back and murdered that one over square leg

40.3

Morkel to McCullum, no run, that's banged in short, an expected response, outside off, leaves that one alone

40.4

Morkel to McCullum, no run, another short ball and he goes after this one, swings but misses

40.5

Morkel to McCullum, no run, that's bowled short outside off at 139kmph, it's left alone to the keeper

40.6

Morkel to McCullum, no run, another short ball banged in on middle, that's ducked under by McCullum, Morkel clearly wasn't happy with that pulled boundary

End of over 41 (4 runs) New Zealand 103/2

    • BB McCullum 43 (106b 5x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 33 (71b 5x4)
    • M Morkel 10-2-18-0
    • JH Kallis 7-4-6-0
41.1

Kallis to Taylor, 1 run, edged and short, it seemed from the wide angle, getting him to drive again, much closer to the stumps this time, Taylor was caught walking down the pitch, got a thick outside edge, the back angle shows it may have actually carried but he couldn't snap it with his right hand, very difficult to say but either way, an extremely difficult chance for Smith at slip

41.2

Kallis to McCullum, no run

41.3

Kallis to McCullum, no run, ooh, that one swung in, pitched it full on the off, gets across and drives that to mid-on

41.4

Kallis to McCullum, no run, getting him to drove at that one, pitched on a length and it's struck straight to extra cover

41.5

Kallis to McCullum, no run, a bouncer bowled at 138kmph on middle and off, ducks under it well

41.6

Kallis to McCullum, no run

End of over 42 (1 run) New Zealand 104/2

    • BB McCullum 43 (111b 5x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 34 (72b 5x4)
    • JH Kallis 8-4-7-0
    • M Morkel 10-2-18-0

Three slips, two gullys

42.1

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length on the off, defends it in front of point and steals a single

42.2

Morkel to McCullum, no run, short of a good length outside off, punched hard off the back foot to mid-off

42.3

Morkel to McCullum, 3 runs, short of a good length on the off, punched firmly through the leg side past mid-on, it's pretty well timed and it fetches him three

42.4

Morkel to Taylor, no run, ruffled him up with that fierce bouncer bowled at 146kph, among the quickest deliveries bowled today, Taylor ducked under it but late

42.5

Morkel to Taylor, no run, short outside off and it's slashed hard into the ground, Rudolph did a good job snapping it at the second gully, struck really hard into the ground

42.6

Morkel to Taylor, 2 runs, shortish on the off, punched off the back foot past point for a couple more, getting a move-on are these two

End of over 43 (6 runs) New Zealand 110/2

    • LRPL Taylor 37 (76b 5x4)
    • BB McCullum 46 (113b 5x4)
    • M Morkel 11-2-24-0
    • JH Kallis 8-4-7-0
43.1

Kallis to McCullum, 1 leg bye, short of a good length on leg stump, shuffled across to flick it square, struck high on the pads, they get a leg-bye

43.2

Kallis to Taylor, no run, well left, this one nipped back in but he judged it well, shortof a good length and he left that alone

43.3

Kallis to Taylor, 1 run

43.4

Kallis to McCullum, no run

43.5

Kallis to McCullum, 1 run, shortish on the off, rocks back to work it square for a single, got an inside edge on the pad

43.6

Kallis to Taylor, no run, good length outside off, this one holds its line and he leaves it alone

End of over 44 (3 runs) New Zealand 113/2

    • LRPL Taylor 38 (79b 5x4)
    • BB McCullum 47 (116b 5x4)
    • JH Kallis 9-4-9-0
    • M Morkel 11-2-24-0

Steyn has a word with Morkel

44.1

Morkel to McCullum, SIX, McCullum is unstoppable with those pulls, this one goes all the way, short and again he seizes the length early, rocks back and thrashes that off the middle over the deep square leg boundary, another half-century for Bazza

What a way to get there, if that pulled four in the previous over got Morkel angry, wonder what this six will do

44.2

Morkel to McCullum, FOUR, superb from McCullum, Morkel follows up with a good length ball outside off and it's creamed through the covers on the up for four more

44.3

Morkel to McCullum, no run, gets that to nip back in, McCullum got outside the line to that one and got an inside edge onto the pads

44.4

Morkel to McCullum, no run, banged in short at 138kmph, McCullum lets it through to the keeper

44.5

Morkel to McCullum, 1 run, short of a good length on middle and leg, turned down towards fine leg for a single

44.6

Morkel to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor gets into the act now, short outside off and it's cut through point for a boundary, expensive from Morkel, these two are building an excellent stand again

End of over 45 (15 runs) New Zealand 128/2

    • LRPL Taylor 42 (80b 6x4)
    • BB McCullum 58 (121b 6x4 1x6)
    • M Morkel 12-2-39-0
    • JH Kallis 9-4-9-0

Tahir comes on

45.1

Imran Tahir to McCullum, 1 run, short outside off, makes room and chops it through point for a single

45.2

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, waits for that shortish delivery to turn away, chops it behind point, Philander fields, thinks of a single but it isn't there

45.3

Imran Tahir to Taylor, 1 run, tossed up outside off, gets forward and steers it through point into the deep for a single

45.4

Imran Tahir to McCullum, no run, flighted on the off, reaches forward and plays that to cover

45.5

Imran Tahir to McCullum, no run, tossed up on middle, pushed it back to the bowler

45.6

Imran Tahir to McCullum, no run, short of a good length on the off, pushed into the off side on the back foot

End of over 46 (2 runs) New Zealand 130/2

    • BB McCullum 59 (125b 6x4 1x6)
    • LRPL Taylor 43 (82b 6x4)
    • Imran Tahir 3-0-6-0
    • M Morkel 12-2-39-0

BJ: "McCullum's always been fantastic to watch with bat in hand, but I've really liked the way he's gone about his business so far this summer against SA. Much rather this consistent Bazza as opposed to the overly aggressive one that we've been so used to seeing over the years. Seems like he's finally getting the balance just right."

Dale Steyn is back

46.1

Steyn to Taylor, 1 run, good running, short of a good length, drops it in front of the bowler and sets off

46.2

Steyn to McCullum, no run, McCullum isn't happy with himself, short and was going further away from him, he ended up dragging it in ugly fashion towards mid-on

46.3

Steyn to McCullum, no run, lovely drive, showed the full face, was pitched up by Steyn but went straight to mid-off

46.4

Steyn to McCullum, no run, banged in short outside off, bowled at 141 kmph, Bazza leaves that be

46.5

Steyn to McCullum, no run, another short one, dropped on the off, McCullum sways out of the way

46.6

Steyn to McCullum, no run, goodish length this time, outside off stump, McCullum leaves it alone

End of over 47 (1 run) New Zealand 131/2

    • BB McCullum 59 (130b 6x4 1x6)
    • LRPL Taylor 44 (83b 6x4)
    • DW Steyn 13-3-31-1
    • Imran Tahir 3-0-6-0
47.1

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run

47.2

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run

47.3

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run

47.4

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, flighted on the off, pushed firmly towards extra cover

47.5

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, floated it full on middle, played straight towards Amla at short leg

47.6

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, was the googly, shortish on middle, played it back to the bowler

End of over 48 (maiden) New Zealand 131/2

    • LRPL Taylor 44 (89b 6x4)
    • BB McCullum 59 (130b 6x4 1x6)
    • Imran Tahir 4-1-6-0
    • DW Steyn 13-3-31-1
48.1

Steyn to McCullum, no run, bowled on a good length on the off, bowled at 140kmph, defended solidly from the crease towards extra cover

48.2

Steyn to McCullum, 2 runs, dropped it short on middle and leg, Bazza swivels and pulls that fine, Tahir runs across and keeps them down to a couple

48.3

Steyn to McCullum, OUT, Steyn lets out a triumphant roar, that was planned, there is a deep square leg in place, McCullum had given Morkel the treatment in that region but this one was a quick short ball from Steyn, he didn't time it as well as he would have liked as he went for the pull and it landed safely in the hands of the deep square leg fielder, Rudolph is the man

BB McCullum c Rudolph b Steyn 61 (197m 133b 6x4 1x6) SR: 45.86

Another impressive innings from McCullum but yet again, way short of what he would have liked. This was a threatening stand for South Africa and they'll be relieved it's over. Kane Williamson walks in. Seemed like a semi-top-edge that.

48.4

Steyn to Williamson, no run, dropped that short outside off and he lets it go

48.5

Steyn to Williamson, no run, short of a good length outside off, Williamson shoulders arms to that one

48.6

Steyn to Williamson, no run, a touch too wide from Steyn, at 144kmph, Williamson is not going to chase that one

End of over 49 (2 runs) New Zealand 133/3

    • KS Williamson 0 (3b)
    • LRPL Taylor 44 (89b 6x4)
    • DW Steyn 14-3-33-2
    • Imran Tahir 4-1-6-0

Philander to bowl now. Three slips and a gully

49.1

Philander to Taylor, no run, bowled on a good length on the off, gets forward and presents the full face while playing it to mid-off

49.2

Philander to Taylor, no run, short of a good length, punched towards mid-off from the crease

49.3

Philander to Taylor, no run, good carry through to the keeper, in the channel outside off, Taylor lets it through

49.4

Philander to Taylor, OUT, edged and taken! Philander strikes in his new spell and South Africa have gained the ascendancy here, short of a good length and Taylor was tempted into playing the cut, slashed hard, it took the outside edge and Smith reacted sharply to his right and snapped a touch chance at first slip, South Africa have hit back

LRPL Taylor c Smith b Philander 44 (140m 93b 6x4 0x6) SR: 47.31

Two set batsmen depart in successive overs and in comes Vettori at No.6. New Zealand have a long lower order.

Two slips and a gully

49.5

Philander to Vettori, no run, pitched up outside off, Vettori shoulders arms to that one

49.6

Philander to Vettori, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets on the back foot and pushes it back to the bowler

End of over 50 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 133/4

    • DL Vettori 0 (2b)
    • KS Williamson 0 (3b)
    • VD Philander 11-3-43-2
    • DW Steyn 14-3-33-2
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