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1.55pm: Five minutes to go and would you believe it, it's drizzling again! All cleared up now! Enough fun and games, let's start the real one..

Brad: "Not entirely happy with NZ's 4-bowler approach. Who'll bowl if Chris Martin's 37-year-old body brakes down? Guptill? Williamson?"

Just watching an interview with Flynn. He said he was targeting the West Indies tour, but surprise, he's in already. Duminy's playing a Test after 2 years, since the Kolkata Test, so it's a big game for him.

Toss: Ross Taylor has won the toss and New Zealand will bowl first. And as was already known, Daniel Flynn and Dean Brownlie are in.

The news from the South African camp is that Jacques Kallis is out with a stiff neck, so JP Duminy will take his place. And Imran Tahir makes way for Marchant de Lange. No spinner for South Africa. Green pitch. No surprise.

The session will go from 2pm to 4.20. The final session from 4.40 to 6.30. About 63 overs expected, weather permitting, but the sun's out now.

Andrew: "The biggest issue with the New Zealand batting order is that our best averaging opener (45) for the last decade is batting at number 3! Only three men have shown any ability in the role since 2002: Mark Richardson, Stephen Fleming and now Brendon McCullum. Just because he was moved there to accommodate Nicol doesn't mean he needs to say there!" It's Flynn in today's case.

1.25pm: Oh well, correction, The toss is at 1.30.

12.40: Just heard that the toss will happen at 1.40pm and we will start at 2.

12.30: Awaiting news on the inspection. Should get word very soon. I'm just rounding up some other work, but no worries, I will update you guys as soon as I hear something.

Rory: "Before we begin the standard New Zealand weather-bashing, it is worth having a look at this link . Not entirely sure of the accuracy of this data, but, you'll notice that the mean rainfall for March is lower than January and February. Zing.

Simon: @Dan - Can't see that Jan or Feb would have been any better re getting a full test match played due to the weather. The fact is we have had a terrible summer. March is often pretty settled so I dont really have any complaints with the scheduling."

11.40: There will be another inspection at 12.30.

Flynn has support from Andrew: "Regarding Flynn as an opener: It may seem a bit silly for Flynn to open, given that he has been successful in the middle order, but all of our openers for the last few years (except Macintosh, and maybe Guptill) have been middle order batsmen as well. And, out of all the manufactured openers we have had, I would rate Flynn as being the closest in temperament to an actual opener."

11.30: Just a note. They haven't announced the teams yet. The sun's shining now.

Dan: "Once again we are shown the follies of playing Test cricket in NZ in March, this happens every year. It would be interesting to know how many Tests have been rain affected in NZ in March over the years."

Matt: "This coin toss will be absolutely crucial in my mind. Bowlers' dream conditions on offer. As has been said before, a batting side can not win a match in the first few sessions but can go a long way towards losing it."

John: "I would have to disagree that Flynn is a batsman that wears down bowlers. He moved away from his instincts that made him successful, ie aggression, and was changed into a dour gritty batsman. It didnt work. He has gone back to domestic cricket and has got his runs with aggressive play. I hope he doesn't get nervous at international level and go into his shell."

11.15: The players will take lunch at 12 noon, half an hour early. So that takes away an entire session.

Just taking a break from the weather talk. Some thoughts on Daniel Flynn opening the batting. Glen writes: "I can see why Daniel Flynn is in at the top of the order - he's a left hander! I'm gonna go out on a limb and assume this is to try and unsettle the impeccable line of the SA bowlers. Otherwise I imagine he would have joined the middle order."

They couldn't fit in both Flynn and Brownlie in the middle order. Flynn is the kind who can wear the bowlers down, so it may be interesting to have him up there.

10.55: The umpires are talking a look at the wet patches. Just heard that we will have another inspection at 11.30. If that's the case, then we can forget about any play till lunch, as Peter writes below.

Peter: "Working just next to the Basin. It's grey and cool and low clouds all around with little wind. Can't see play starting before lunch. Umpires are conservative and there is plenty of time to make up any lost play."

A "cricket nut" is quite optimistic of some play: "I live in Lower Hutt which is about 15 KM from Basin. There is lot of cloud here and no sign of sun. The forecast is for a sunny afternoon and I am sure there will be some cricket today enough for one side to lose 5+ wickets."

10.35: The driers and other equipment are off the pitch. The pitch itself looks green. But the rest of the outfield is far from ready. The umpires should inspect in another ten minutes or so.

Weather forecasts are always welcome. Here's Dickson: "I'm working a few (maybe 20) km away from the Basin in Porirua and there's a lot of low cloud here. Hope it isn't on its way southeast."

10.20: They will have another inspection at 10.45.

10am: The umpires, Aleem Dar and Richard Kettleborough reckon we will have a delay for at least an hour. Simon Doull, who's out there for the cameras says the outfield is still a bit slushy. It's getting warm, he says. That can only be good news. It's not very windy at the moment either. So, we can't expect the toss for an hour from now at least. Nice to see the sun peeping out.

The big driers are out there. "We might be looking at an early lunch", says Ian Smith.

9.55am: Good morning everyone and welcome to the coverage of the third Test at the Basin Reserve. Unfortunately, the news isn't good to start with. We have a wet outfield so there will be a delay. There will be an inspection at 10am ,which is a few minutes from now. Apparently a cover blew off the ground last night and we have a wet patch on the outfield.

Firdose is at the Basin Reserve so we will fire away updates as and when we get them. It's not raining at the moment but it's cloudy.

0.1

Martin to Smith, 1 run, Martin sprays it full and wide straightaway, three slips in waiting, Smith pushes it wide of cover to ease off the mark

There's a short leg too

0.2

Martin to Petersen, no run, lands it outside off and gets it to bend back in after pitching, left alone

0.3

Martin to Petersen, no run, similar delivery, a touch shorter maybe but he still gets the inward movement to the keeper

0.4

Martin to Petersen, 2 runs, bowls that too full, searches for some swing and Petersen worked that wide of mid-off, bit of a chase there

Martin pulls back before delivery

0.5

Martin to Petersen, no run, came forward to drive but mistimed it towards mid-on

0.6

Martin to Petersen, no run, inside edge onto the pads but the fielders and Martin got quite excited

The Hapless Boy Lard: "It's drizzling so heavily in the centre of Wellington that the harbour's vanished!"

End of over 1 (3 runs) South Africa 3/0
AN Petersen    2* (5b)      CS Martin    1-0-3-0
GC Smith    1* (1b)     

Bracewell now. Gotten cloudy again

1.1

Bracewell to Smith, no run, sprays it a bit wide outside off, shorter length than Martin's left alone

1.2

Bracewell to Smith, 1 run, shorter in length again and Smith went back at the crease and clipped it to square leg

This weather's not funny, ladies and gentlemen. Sunny one ball, drizzly the next, I give up...

1.3

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, forces him on the backfoot to defend, gets nicely across

1.4

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, a bit full and searches for some swing, leaves it to the keeper

1.5

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, gets beside the line and punches it to point, a touch shorter too

1.6

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, bowling at good pace Bracewell, 136 kph, lands it outside off and holds its line before reaching van Wyk

End of over 2 (1 run) South Africa 4/0
AN Petersen    2* (9b)      DAJ Bracewell    1-0-1-0
GC Smith    2* (3b)      CS Martin    1-0-3-0

2.1

Martin to Smith, no run, totally squared him up there! Over the wicket, pitched up, seams away, Smith was on the walk, candidate for a leading edge but he was beaten for pace and movement

2.2

Martin to Smith, no run, follows that up with a quick, full delivery, manages to squeeze it out

2.3

Martin to Smith, no run, gets some movement across the left-hander but it's a bit too wide

2.4

Martin to Smith, no run, another full delivery which he jams out to mid-off

2.5

Martin to Smith, no run, holds the length back but persists with the line, across Smith, he leaves it to the keeper

2.6

Martin to Smith, no run, moves it away again and van Wyk goes across and collects it almost in front of first slip

End of over 3 (maiden) South Africa 4/0
GC Smith    2* (9b)      CS Martin    2-1-3-0
AN Petersen    2* (9b)      DAJ Bracewell    1-0-1-0

3.1

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, gets across and taps it softly to the off side

3.2

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, gets him moving across again to defend, this time he angles it down towards gully

3.3

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, gets him fishing outside the off stump, pitched up further and there was some movement away, close to the edge

3.4

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, solidly punched off the back foot but straight to point

3.5

Bracewell to Petersen, 1 run, goes back and across and defends inside out to the off side for a single

3.6

Bracewell to Smith, 1 run, gets some width to work with and he punches it wide of mid-off

PJ: "@Brad: Brownlie is a part-time seamer and we really need that balance in the side so I'd expect him to get an opportunity to bowl in this test. A seam bowling all-rounder is exactly what we need; Bracewell needs to work on his batting and Brownlie on his bowling."

End of over 4 (2 runs) South Africa 6/0
GC Smith    3* (10b)      DAJ Bracewell    2-0-3-0
AN Petersen    3* (14b)      CS Martin    2-1-3-0

4.1

Martin to Smith, 1 run, goes back at the crease and gently knocks it to the on side

4.2

Martin to Petersen, 1 run, drifts it into the right-hander and he clips him to the on side

Smith's now on 8000 Test runs

4.3

Martin to Smith, 1 run, bangs it in short and he swivels and pulls to deep square leg

Odd fielding position so early in the Test

4.4

Martin to Petersen, no run, solidly defended on the front foot, he covered the movement well

4.5

Martin to Petersen, no run, pads up but it's too high, that swung and nipped back in and it hits his thigh, stifled appeal

4.6

Martin to Petersen, FOUR, the first of the Test, Martin sprays it too full and wide outside the off stump, Petersen eased forward and drove well wide of mid-off

End of over 5 (7 runs) South Africa 13/0
AN Petersen    8* (18b 1x4)      CS Martin    3-1-10-0
GC Smith    5* (12b)      DAJ Bracewell    2-0-3-0

5.1

Bracewell to Smith, OUT, Appeal for a caught behind and Aleem Dar is convinced but Smith is referring that, Bracewell got the ball to slant across the left-hander and Smith was far across ton drive, the fielders reckoned the ball clipped the inside edge of the bat and van Wyk was charging forward with the appeal, there was a sound but Hotspot didn't pick up anything, Smith took a while to refer that, however this didn't look too convincing on the replays

GC Smith c †van Wyk b Bracewell 5 (27m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 38.46

5.2

Bracewell to Amla, no run, gets beside the line and places it to the off side

Shane Bond, on Smith's dismissal: "That's a shocker, there was daylight between bat and ball."

5.3

Bracewell to Amla, no run

5.4

Bracewell to Amla, no run, shoulders arms outside the off stump

5.5

Bracewell to Amla, no run, gets across and softly taps it to the off side

5.6

Bracewell to Amla, 3 runs, Bracewell sprays it full on the pads and Amla whips it wide of midwicket

End of over 6 (3 runs) South Africa 16/1
HM Amla    3* (5b)      DAJ Bracewell    3-0-6-1
AN Petersen    8* (18b 1x4)      CS Martin    3-1-10-0

6.1

Martin to Amla, no run, bowls it full and Amla gets half forward and glides it down towards gully

6.2

Martin to Amla, no run, holds the length back and Amla shoulders arms quite close to the off stump

6.3

Martin to Amla, FOUR, he strays on the pads and that's criminal to Amla as he easily runs it down to fine leg

6.4

Martin to Amla, no run, another big appeal for a caught behind, this one nipped back in, clipped the top flap of the front pad and van Wyk was quite excited

6.5

Martin to Amla, 1 run, drives a full delivery and Gillespie dives at mid-on and misfields

6.6

Martin to Petersen, no run, a touch shorter in length and he gets across and defends

End of over 7 (5 runs) South Africa 21/1
AN Petersen    8* (19b 1x4)      CS Martin    4-1-15-0
HM Amla    8* (10b 1x4)      DAJ Bracewell    3-0-6-1

7.1

Bracewell to Amla, no run, bowls it full and wide outside off and he leaves it alone

7.2

Bracewell to Amla, FOUR, short and wide this time and he rocks back and cuts hard backward of point for four, the ball took a big puff of dust after he hit that

7.3

Bracewell to Amla, 2 runs, drifts on the pads and he whips it wide of midwicket for a couple

7.4

Bracewell to Amla, no run, shorter in length and he stays back and leaves it alone

7.5

Bracewell to Amla, no run, gets his front pad across and leaves it alone to the keeper

7.6

Bracewell to Amla, 1 run, gets this one to nip back in and he clips it away very close to his pads

End of over 8 (7 runs) South Africa 28/1
HM Amla    15* (16b 2x4)      DAJ Bracewell    4-0-13-1
AN Petersen    8* (19b 1x4)      CS Martin    4-1-15-0

Gillespie to bowl

8.1

Gillespie to Amla, 1 run, starts off with a loosener on the pads and he whips it wide of square leg, the deep square leg picks up, not sure why they still have a sweeper

8.2

Gillespie to Petersen, 1 run, fullish in length again but wide of the off stump, he pushes it wide of gully

8.3

Gillespie to Amla, no run, hits a good length outside the off stump, safely leaves it alone

8.4

Gillespie to Amla, no run, fullish in length and he gets across and mistimes it towards mid-on

8.5

Gillespie to Amla, no run, bangs it in short and Amla quickly swayed out of the way, that was quick from the bowler

8.6

Gillespie to Amla, FOUR, Gillespie bowls a meaty half volley outside the off stump, the in-form Amla eases it wide of mid-off and the fielder had no chance

End of over 9 (6 runs) South Africa 34/1
HM Amla    20* (21b 3x4)      MR Gillespie    1-0-6-0
AN Petersen    9* (20b 1x4)      DAJ Bracewell    4-0-13-1

9.1

Bracewell to Petersen, 1 run, full on the pads and clipped just wide of mid-on

9.2

Bracewell to Amla, no run, that's more the length, just pitched up, drew the batsman forward, seamed away and beat him

9.3

Bracewell to Amla, no run, a bit shorter and wider, he stayed back and punched it down to point

9.4

Bracewell to Amla, no run, drives hard at a full and wide delivery and Vettori is quick to slide and cut it off at mid-off

9.5

Bracewell to Amla, FOUR, short and wide and he slashes at that one, flays it wide of gully and it races to third man

9.6

Bracewell to Amla, no run, had him a bit circumspect there, he wanted to leave it but the ball clipped the bat and rolled towards gully

End of over 10 (5 runs) South Africa 39/1
HM Amla    24* (26b 4x4)      DAJ Bracewell    5-0-18-1
AN Petersen    10* (21b 1x4)      MR Gillespie    1-0-6-0

10.1

Gillespie to Petersen, FOUR, he strays on the pads, drifting down the leg side and Petersen just closed the face of the bat and ran it down to fine leg

10.2

Gillespie to Petersen, 1 run, gets across and pushes it to the off side

10.3

Gillespie to Amla, 1 run, digs it in short and Amla did well to fend it off to the on side, the ball clipped the handle

10.4

Gillespie to Petersen, no run, gets across and defends it to the off side

10.5

Gillespie to Petersen, no run, swings it in and he gets across and covers the line and defends

10.6

Gillespie to Petersen, no run, sprayed that really wide outside the off stump, too wide for him to chase

Martin, on Smith's dismissal: "Thats a terrible piece of tv umpiring. Why on earth is snicko not part of the DRS? Even without snicko how does the tv umpire choose to explain the visibly large gap between bat and ball?"

End of over 11 (6 runs) South Africa 45/1
AN Petersen    15* (26b 2x4)      MR Gillespie    2-0-12-0
HM Amla    25* (27b 4x4)      DAJ Bracewell    5-0-18-1

11.1

Bracewell to Amla, no run, once again it's too full and wide, the line was the problem there, he lets that go outside the off stump

11.2

Bracewell to Amla, no run, just holds the length back and defends to the off side

11.3

Bracewell to Amla, no run, gets across the stumps and leaves it alone

11.4

Bracewell to Amla, FOUR, this is poor stuff from Bracewell, too short and wide, Amla leans across, plays it high on the bat and punches it wide of backward point

11.5

Bracewell to Amla, no run, gets across to defend but gets an outside edge to the off side

11.6

Bracewell to Amla, no run, fuller delivery outside off and left alone

End of over 12 (4 runs) South Africa 49/1
HM Amla    29* (33b 5x4)      DAJ Bracewell    6-0-22-1
AN Petersen    15* (26b 2x4)      MR Gillespie    2-0-12-0

12.1

Gillespie to Petersen, no run, angles it in from wide of the crease, gets on the back foot and steers it inside out to gully

12.2

Gillespie to Petersen, no run, sweetly timed off the front foot but well stopped by Vettori at mid-off, excellent commitment

12.3

Gillespie to Petersen, no run, full on the off stump again and driven down to mid-off

12.4

Gillespie to Petersen, no run, gets across and knocks it softly to the off side

12.5

Gillespie to Petersen, no run, shorter in length and he goes back and across and defends

12.6

Gillespie to Petersen, 2 runs, bangs it in short and he swivels and pulls in front of square, sweeper cuts it off

Vansh: "Without stressing too much about the slightly-controversial early wicket, SA has had a steady start and has a good platform to launch from to a sizeable total. The key is to keep their wickets."

End of over 13 (2 runs) South Africa 51/1
AN Petersen    17* (32b 2x4)      MR Gillespie    3-0-14-0
HM Amla    29* (33b 5x4)      DAJ Bracewell    6-0-22-1

Vettori to bowl. Spin's on much earlier than expected

13.1

Vettori to Amla, 1 run, the drifter on the middle stump, he stays back and clips it to the leg side

he delivers but Aleem Dar calls it a dead ball, he wasn;t ready perhaps

13.2

Vettori to Petersen, no run, gets forward and defends it with soft hands

13.3

Vettori to Petersen, no run, goes back and defends again

13.4

Vettori to Petersen, 1 run, goes back and clips it to the on side

13.5

Vettori to Amla, no run, tossed up down the leg side and he doesn't offer a shot

13.6

Vettori to Amla, no run, gives it more air outside off and he safely leaves it alone

Jason: "Busy with an all-nighter completing an assignment due tomorrow. at least all the controversy is keeping me awake enough to complete data element definitions."

End of over 14 (2 runs) South Africa 53/1
HM Amla    30* (36b 5x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-2-0
AN Petersen    18* (35b 2x4)      MR Gillespie    3-0-14-0

14.1

Gillespie to Petersen, 1 run, drifts inwards and he clips it to the deep square leg fielder, this defensive field set baffles me too

14.2

Gillespie to Amla, no run, much better line and length, gets it to come back in and has him defending forward

14.3

Gillespie to Amla, no run, a touch wider of the off stump, good length and safely left alone

14.4

Gillespie to Amla, no run, gets him on the back foot to defend, gets a bit deep at the crease

14.5

Gillespie to Amla, no run, makes him play again, goes back and across and steers it to the off side

14.6

Gillespie to Amla, 1 wide, Gillespie sprays it too wide outside the off stump, he's penalised for it

14.6

Gillespie to Amla, no run, wide again outside the off stump, Amla doesn't offer a shot again

Paul: "Has Amla got a plane to catch or something? Run a ball or close enough Sounds like he is seeing it like a beach ball. He is gold to watch when he is like this."

End of over 15 (2 runs) South Africa 55/1
HM Amla    30* (41b 5x4)      MR Gillespie    4-0-16-0
AN Petersen    19* (36b 2x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-2-0

slip and short leg in place

15.1

Vettori to Petersen, no run, gets forward and defends solidly

15.2

Vettori to Petersen, no run, gets half forward and defends again

15.3

Vettori to Petersen, no run, no turn yet, he comes forward and defends to the off side

15.4

Vettori to Petersen, no run, gets forward and defends to the off side

15.5

Vettori to Petersen, no run, stays back and defends to the off side

15.6

Vettori to Petersen, no run, moves across and shoulders arms to the keeper

End of over 16 (maiden) South Africa 55/1
AN Petersen    19* (42b 2x4)      DL Vettori    2-1-2-0
HM Amla    30* (41b 5x4)      MR Gillespie    4-0-16-0

16.1

Gillespie to Amla, no run, edged and short of Guptill at second slip, Amla's caught at the crease as he tries to steer it away

16.2

Gillespie to Amla, no run, gets good inward movement and Amla does well not to offer a shot

16.3

Gillespie to Amla, no run, bangs it in short and he allows the bouncer to sail over him

16.4

Gillespie to Amla, no run, that'svery well taken by van Wyk! Another sharp bouncer, van Wyk leaps up and catches it one handed

16.5

Gillespie to Amla, no run, gets some good inward movement again, shorter length, Amla is watchful as ever

16.6

Gillespie to Amla, no run, good length outside the off stump, he gets across and leaves it alone to the keeper

End of over 17 (maiden) South Africa 55/1
HM Amla    30* (47b 5x4)      MR Gillespie    5-1-16-0
AN Petersen    19* (42b 2x4)      DL Vettori    2-1-2-0

17.1

Vettori to Petersen, no run, tossed up outside off and defended

17.2

Vettori to Petersen, 1 run, quicker delivery and he tucks it to the leg side

Mid-off's a bit deep

17.3

Vettori to Amla, 2 runs, gives it a bit more air and he lunges forward and forces it to deep cover, well stopped there

17.4

Vettori to Amla, no run, goes back deep at the crease and defends

17.5

Vettori to Amla, no run, quicker and flatter and he just manages to defend in front of the stumps

17.6

Vettori to Amla, no run, tries to tuck it away but the ball clips his pads and rolls away

End of over 18 (3 runs) South Africa 58/1
HM Amla    32* (51b 5x4)      DL Vettori    3-1-5-0
AN Petersen    20* (44b 2x4)      MR Gillespie    5-1-16-0

Martin returns

18.1

Martin to Petersen, no run, full and swinging in, defended on the front foot to mid-off

18.2

Martin to Petersen, no run, commits forward and watchfully leaves it alone, good inward movement there

18.3

Martin to Petersen, no run, this time the ball straightens and Petersen watches it through to the keeper

18.4

Martin to Petersen, no run, Petersen was caught off guard by this one which swung in and nipped back in to trap him at the crease, just managed to fend it off

18.5

Martin to Petersen, no run, gets across his stumps and defends down the pitch

18.6

Martin to Petersen, no run, lands it a touch wide outside the off stump and he safely leaves it alone

End of over 19 (maiden) South Africa 58/1
AN Petersen    20* (50b 2x4)      CS Martin    5-2-15-0
HM Amla    32* (51b 5x4)      DL Vettori    3-1-5-0

19.1

Vettori to Amla, no run, gets some good drift away from the right-hander, gets forward and defends

19.2

Vettori to Amla, no run, defends and the ball hits his pads

19.3

Vettori to Amla, no run, more air this time and Amla drives to short mid-off

19.4

Vettori to Amla, 1 run, slower and shorter and he stays back and defends to the off side

19.5

Vettori to Petersen, no run, flatter delivery and defended solidly

19.6

Vettori to Petersen, no run, stays back and punches it down the track

End of over 20 (1 run) South Africa 59/1
AN Petersen    20* (52b 2x4)      DL Vettori    4-1-6-0
HM Amla    33* (55b 5x4)      CS Martin    5-2-15-0

20.1

Martin to Amla, no run, drifts it inwards and he shuffles and clips it to midwicket

20.2

Martin to Amla, no run, stays back at the crease and knocks it back to the bowler

20.3

Martin to Amla, no run, bowls from slightly wide of the crease and he leaves it alone, hint of inward movement

20.4

Martin to Amla, no run, big inside edge and ouch! On the crotch, Amla's down on the pitch but he seems to be fine now, the swing tested him there

Physio is out

20.5

Martin to Amla, no run, good inswinger close to the blockhole, thick inside edge onto the boot

20.6

Martin to Amla, 1 run, attempts the same inswinging yorker and Amla drives inside out to the off side, didn't look his best there

End of over 21 (1 run) South Africa 60/1
HM Amla    34* (61b 5x4)      CS Martin    6-2-16-0
AN Petersen    20* (52b 2x4)      DL Vettori    4-1-6-0

21.1

Vettori to Amla, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, he clips it to midwicket

21.2

Vettori to Amla, no run, stays back and punches it to mid-off

21.3

Vettori to Amla, no run, drops it short and Amla pulls straight to short midwicket but luckily he kept it down

21.4

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

21.5

Vettori to Amla, 1 run, the arm ball and he stays back and works it to the on side

21.6

Vettori to Petersen, no run, tries to fire this on the blockhole and he jams it out

Mike: "The fact that our two leading bowlers, Martin & Vettori, both average 33 reminds us that our batsmen are not solely to blame for our test cricketing woes. Good teams have their main bowlers average under 30."

End of over 22 (1 run) South Africa 61/1
AN Petersen    20* (53b 2x4)      DL Vettori    5-1-7-0
HM Amla    35* (66b 5x4)      CS Martin    6-2-16-0

22.1

Martin to Amla, 1 run, that's short and Amla swivels and pulls but keeps it down to fine leg, played that pretty high on the bat

22.2

Martin to Petersen, no run, stays back and chops it to the off side

22.3

Martin to Petersen, 2 runs, a bit too straight and Petersen shuffles and clips it off his pads down to long leg, good work by Bracewell

That's the 50 stand

22.4

Martin to Petersen, no run

22.5

Martin to Petersen, no run, he opens the face of the bat and steers it down to gully

22.6

Martin to Petersen, no run, gets forward and pushes it firmly down to mid-off

End of over 23 (3 runs) South Africa 64/1
AN Petersen    22* (58b 2x4)      CS Martin    7-2-19-0
HM Amla    36* (67b 5x4)      DL Vettori    5-1-7-0

23.1

Vettori to Amla, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg and pushed down to long-on

23.2

Vettori to Petersen, no run, gives it more air and he defends

23.3

Vettori to Petersen, no run, stays back and defends with soft hands

23.4

Vettori to Petersen, no run, gets forward and pushes it to the off side

23.5

Vettori to Petersen, SIX, a big heads up to those relaxing on the grass banks at wide long-on! Petersen charges down the track and launches Vettori high, clean strike, there was a long-on fielder there as well

23.6

Vettori to Petersen, no run, stays back and punches to the on side

End of over 24 (7 runs) South Africa 71/1
AN Petersen    28* (63b 2x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    6-1-14-0
HM Amla    37* (68b 5x4)      CS Martin    7-2-19-0

24.1

Martin to Amla, 1 run, goes back and clips it with the angle down to fine leg

24.2

Martin to Petersen, no run, gets forward to a full delivery and drives to mid-off

24.3

Martin to Petersen, no run, lands it outside off and gets it to nip back in off the seam before reaching the keeper

24.4

Martin to Petersen, no run, swings it back in and he tucks it down to midwicket

24.5

Martin to Petersen, no run, nice inward movement off the seam again and safely left alone to the keeper

24.6

Martin to Petersen, 1 run, clips it with the angle down to mid-on

End of over 25 (2 runs) South Africa 73/1
AN Petersen    29* (68b 2x4 1x6)      CS Martin    8-2-21-0
HM Amla    38* (69b 5x4)      DL Vettori    6-1-14-0

25.1

Vettori to Petersen, no run, angling in from round the wicket, tossed up, defended in front of short leg

25.2

Vettori to Petersen, no run, rocks on the front foot and presents the full face

25.3

Vettori to Petersen, no run, bowled it flat outside off stump, steps forward and knocks it down

25.4

Vettori to Petersen, no run, angling in towards middle, a hint of away turn, blocked down on the pitch

25.5

Vettori to Petersen, no run, went on with the airm, quicker through the air on middle and leg, played down into the leg side

25.6

Vettori to Petersen, no run, floating it on middle, rocks back and punches it towards midwicket

End of over 26 (maiden) South Africa 73/1
AN Petersen    29* (74b 2x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    7-2-14-0
HM Amla    38* (69b 5x4)      CS Martin    8-2-21-0

Brownlie to bowl now, medium-pace, has a slip and two gullys

26.1

Brownlie to Amla, FOUR, swinging in, pitched up on middle, in the slot for Amla who drives it handsomely through mid-on and midwicket for a boundary

26.2

Brownlie to Amla, no run, in the channel outside off, bowled on a length and holds its line, left alone to the keeper

26.3

Brownlie to Amla, no run, goodish length on the off, gets forward and knocks it down in front of point

The wicketkeeper is standing up

26.4

Brownlie to Amla, no run, short of a good length on middle and off, defended into the off side just in front of the keeper

26.5

Brownlie to Amla, 1 run, nips back in, shortish, drives it off the back foot through point for a single

26.6

Brownlie to Petersen, no run, pitched on a length on the off, gets on the front foot and pushes it back to the bowler

End of over 27 (5 runs) South Africa 78/1
AN Petersen    29* (75b 2x4 1x6)      DG Brownlie    1-0-5-0
HM Amla    43* (74b 6x4)      DL Vettori    7-2-14-0

27.1

Vettori to Amla, no run, risks going back at the crease to a delivery that skids through and he clips it to the on side

27.2

Vettori to Amla, no run, comes forward and drives to the on side

27.3

Vettori to Amla, no run, goes back and punches it to the off side

27.4

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

27.5

Vettori to Amla, FOUR, goes back at the crease, swivels and pulls firmly well wide of midwicket, no fielders in the deep there

27.6

Vettori to Amla, no run, flicks it straight towards midwicket

End of over 28 (4 runs) South Africa 82/1
HM Amla    47* (80b 7x4)      DL Vettori    8-2-18-0
AN Petersen    29* (75b 2x4 1x6)      DG Brownlie    1-0-5-0

28.1

Brownlie to Petersen, 1 run, swings it in and bowls it full and he pushes it past cover

Keeper's up to the stumps but first slip's deep

28.2

Brownlie to Amla, FOUR, glorious drive! Over[pitched outside off and he goes forward and drives firmly wide of extra cover and that's his fifty

28.3

Brownlie to Amla, 2 runs, goes back and punches it in front of square on the off side

28.4

Brownlie to Amla, FOUR, more freebies, this is poor bowling, he drops it short at that gentle pace and he swivels and pulls over mid-on

28.5

Brownlie to Amla, no run, he stays back and tries to steer that one down to third man and nearly places it on the full to gully, the fielder dives and stops

28.6

Brownlie to Amla, FOUR, bangs it in short and he swivels and pulls behind square on the on side

End of over 29 (15 runs) South Africa 97/1
HM Amla    61* (85b 10x4)      DG Brownlie    2-0-20-0
AN Petersen    30* (76b 2x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    8-2-18-0

29.1

Vettori to Petersen, no run

29.2

Vettori to Petersen, no run, gets well forward and drives on the up to cover

29.3

Vettori to Petersen, no run, goes back and works it to square leg

29.4

Vettori to Petersen, FOUR, more freebies , this time from Vettori, he drops it short and he swivels and pulls it over square leg, that brings up the 100

29.5

Vettori to Petersen, no run, clips it towards midiwicket

29.6

Vettori to Petersen, no run, goes back and defends with soft hands

End of over 30 (4 runs) South Africa 101/1
AN Petersen    34* (82b 3x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    9-2-22-0
HM Amla    61* (85b 10x4)      DG Brownlie    2-0-20-0

After that hammering, Brownlie is replaced by Bracewell

30.1

Bracewell to Amla, 2 runs, opens the face and punches it off the front foot past cover and three fielders converge

30.2

Bracewell to Amla, no run, lands it outside the off stump and he leaves it alone

30.3

Bracewell to Amla, no run, drifts on the pads and he clips it to midwicket

30.4

Bracewell to Amla, no run, Amla nearly succumbs in the same manner as Smith, this one comes back in slightly off the seam, leaves a big gap between pad and bat and it nearly takes the inside edge

30.5

Bracewell to Amla, no run, stays back and defends back to the bowler

30.6

Bracewell to Amla, no run, stays back and defends down the track

End of over 31 (2 runs) South Africa 103/1
HM Amla    63* (91b 10x4)      DAJ Bracewell    7-0-24-1
AN Petersen    34* (82b 3x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    9-2-22-0

31.1

Vettori to Petersen, no run, goes back and defends with soft hands

He has a slip and silly point

31.2

Vettori to Petersen, no run, quicker delivery and he defends it in front of the stumps

31.3

Vettori to Petersen, no run

31.4

Vettori to Petersen, no run, short delivery and he slaps it down towards point, good stop

31.5

Vettori to Petersen, no run, stays back and he leaves it to the keeper

31.6

Vettori to Petersen, no run, stays back and defends

End of over 32 (maiden) South Africa 103/1
AN Petersen    34* (88b 3x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    10-3-22-0
HM Amla    63* (91b 10x4)      DAJ Bracewell    7-0-24-1

Last over before tea

32.1

Bracewell to Amla, no run, lands it a touch wide outside off and he leaves it alone

32.2

Bracewell to Amla, no run, fullish in length and swinging away and he digs it out to mid-off

32.3

Bracewell to Amla, no run, fullish in length outside off and he leaves it alone

32.4

Bracewell to Amla, no run, bowls a good length outside the off stump and he safely lets that go

32.5

Bracewell to Amla, no run, gets good shape inwards and Amla to quick to get on the front foot and pushes it to the off side

32.6

Bracewell to Amla, no run, bangs it in short of a length and he sways back and evades it and that will be tea

South Africa's session all the way. In fact they didn't even deserve to lose that wicket because Smith didn't really nick that. New Zealand have bowled poorly to be honest. They had first use of a green pitch and were guilty of bowling too short or full. The pitched up deliveries were few.We saw Amla and Petersen look shaky with those close to the off stump. Lots of catching up to do for New Zealand. Join us soon.

End of over 33 (maiden) South Africa 103/1
HM Amla    63* (97b 10x4)      DAJ Bracewell    8-1-24-1
AN Petersen    34* (88b 3x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    10-3-22-0

Gillespie to start things off after tea in overcast conditions

33.1

Gillespie to Petersen, no run, goodish length outside off, leaving the right hander, left alone to the keeper

33.2

Gillespie to Petersen, 2 runs, bowled that one short outside off and Petersen went after it, pulling it high over midwicket, didn't time it all too well but had enough on it to fetch him a couple of runs in the deep

33.3

Gillespie to Petersen, no run, solid in defence, that was bowled on a good length, he rocked forward and showed the full face

33.4

Gillespie to Petersen, 1 run, shortish on middle, knocked it down into the leg side in front of midwicket for a quick single

33.5

Gillespie to Amla, OUT, Amla goes! Banged in short and Amla, like Petersen earlier in the over, was tempted to play the pull, came onto him quickly and he ended up getting a top edge, was in the air for quite some time, van Wyk got underneath it and clasped it well

HM Amla c †van Wyk b Gillespie 63 (124m 98b 10x4 0x6) SR: 64.28

The umpire wanted to double-check if that was a no-ball, was Gillespie cutting the side-on crease? Ooh very close indeed but a closer look showed it was in the clear, only just. Amla has to walk back

33.6

Gillespie to Duminy, no run, Duminy is trapped by a skidder on the pads but it was missing leg

End of over 34 (3 runs) South Africa 106/2
JP Duminy    0* (1b)      MR Gillespie    6-1-19-1
AN Petersen    37* (92b 3x4 1x6)      DAJ Bracewell    8-1-24-1

34.1

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, swings it away late and has Petersen coming forward to drive

34.2

Bracewell to Petersen, 1 run, drifts on the body and he clips it down to fine leg

34.3

Bracewell to Duminy, no run, very crisply punched off the front foot but straight to mid-off, good start for Duminy

34.4

Bracewell to Duminy, no run, stays beside the line and cuts him to point

34.5

Bracewell to Duminy, no run, he pulls a short delivery but finds midwicket, luckily for him he kept it down

34.6

Bracewell to Duminy, no run, bowls it a touch short again but angles it across the batsman who leaves it alone

That was a strange shot by Amla. Sumal: "It looks like the break has disrupted Amla's flow, resulting in a valuable wicket for NZ. However, this is a good start for SA."

End of over 35 (1 run) South Africa 107/2
JP Duminy    0* (5b)      DAJ Bracewell    9-1-25-1
AN Petersen    38* (94b 3x4 1x6)      MR Gillespie    6-1-19-1

35.1

Gillespie to Petersen, 1 run, drifts it inwards from wide of the crease and he clips it to deep square leg

35.2

Gillespie to Duminy, no run, clips it to midwicket and loudly tells his partner to stay back

35.3

Gillespie to Duminy, FOUR, outside edge and it sneaks past the gap between thirds slip and gully, he was well forward and across and he played it with soft hands as well

35.4

Gillespie to Duminy, 2 runs, gets forward to a full delivery and drives wide of cover, slight fumble there

35.5

Gillespie to Duminy, no run, keeps him on the back foot this time as he angles it down to point, Duminy's been quite busy at the crease

35.6

Gillespie to Duminy, 1 run, strays on the pads, gently clipped to the leg side

End of over 36 (8 runs) South Africa 115/2
JP Duminy    7* (10b 1x4)      MR Gillespie    7-1-27-1
AN Petersen    39* (95b 3x4 1x6)      DAJ Bracewell    9-1-25-1

36.1

Bracewell to Duminy, no run, a little shorter in length, Duminy safely leaves it alone

36.2

Bracewell to Duminy, 2 runs, he goes for the pull and top edges it! Lands safely behind square on the leg side wide of two fielders converging he needs to be careful

36.3

Bracewell to Duminy, no run, that's a good comeback by the bowler, he has the batsman weaving back to a bouncer

36.4

Bracewell to Duminy, 2 runs

36.5

Bracewell to Duminy, no run, another one fizzes past the batsman above the off stump

36.6

Bracewell to Duminy, no run, Bracewell's got the edge here, pitches it short and he weaves backwards, well left in the end

End of over 37 (4 runs) South Africa 119/2
JP Duminy    11* (16b 1x4)      DAJ Bracewell    10-1-29-1
AN Petersen    39* (95b 3x4 1x6)      MR Gillespie    7-1-27-1

37.1

Gillespie to Petersen, 2 runs, fullish on the pads and clipped away wide of mid-on

2 slips and a gully

37.2

Gillespie to Petersen, no run, pitched up outside the off stump and driven firmly down to mid-off

37.3

Gillespie to Petersen, no run, bowls the same length but around middle and leg this time, punches it straight to mid-on

37.4

Gillespie to Petersen, no run, just holds the length back and the ball holds its line before reaching the keeper

37.5

Gillespie to Petersen, no run, Gillespie from wide of the crease again, draws him forward to drive but he ends up mistiming it back to the bowler

37.6

Gillespie to Petersen, no run, goes back at the crease and defends back to the bowler

End of over 38 (2 runs) South Africa 121/2
AN Petersen    41* (101b 3x4 1x6)      MR Gillespie    8-1-29-1
JP Duminy    11* (16b 1x4)      DAJ Bracewell    10-1-29-1

38.1

Bracewell to Duminy, no run, angles it across the left-hander, he's careful around the off stump

38.2

Bracewell to Duminy, no run, he brings it ever so close to the off stump, Duminy does well to not offer a shot

38.3

Bracewell to Duminy, 1 run, he drops it short and Duminy swivels and pulls to two men waiting in the deep on the on side

38.4

Bracewell to Petersen, no run

38.5

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, tries to work it away past midwicket but can't place it wide of the fielder

38.6

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, once again switches to a fuller length to get Petersen driving, mistimes the drive to mid-off

Ben: "Duminy was thought, during his last stint in test cricket, to be vulnerable to the bouncer. He seems determined to prove he can score off it quickly so he won't have to deal with so many short deliveries during his comeback."

End of over 39 (1 run) South Africa 122/2
AN Petersen    41* (104b 3x4 1x6)      DAJ Bracewell    11-1-30-1
JP Duminy    12* (19b 1x4)      MR Gillespie    8-1-29-1

39.1

Gillespie to Duminy, 2 runs, driven on the up, and Ross Taylor will wish he had a short extra cover, Vettori chases

39.2

Gillespie to Duminy, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he turns it to the on side

39.3

Gillespie to Petersen, 2 runs, Petersen wasn't really fully forward, poked at it and got an outside edge to squeeze past gully

39.4

Gillespie to Petersen, no run, gets nicely across to a shorter delivery and defends down the pitch

39.5

Gillespie to Petersen, 1 run, bangs it in a bit short, swivels and pulls along the turf to the deep

39.6

Gillespie to Duminy, 2 runs, just closed the face of the bat and didn't quite get enough power on the shot but he managed to beat mid-on

End of over 40 (8 runs) South Africa 130/2
JP Duminy    17* (22b 1x4)      MR Gillespie    9-1-37-1
AN Petersen    44* (107b 3x4 1x6)      DAJ Bracewell    11-1-30-1

40.1

Martin to Petersen, no run, Petersen was trying to leave that or something but the ball took the edge and bounced towards slip

40.2

Martin to Petersen, no run, a little wide of the crease and full, he gets across and leaves it alone

40.3

Martin to Petersen, no run, a little shorter in length and he's happy to leave it alone

40.4

Martin to Petersen, no run, very similar delivery and he gets across and shoulders arms again

40.5

Martin to Petersen, no run, makes him play this time and he gets across and defends with soft hands

40.6

Martin to Petersen, no run, full and swinging in, that's been Martin's stock delivery, leaves it alone to the keeper

End of over 41 (maiden) South Africa 130/2
AN Petersen    44* (113b 3x4 1x6)      CS Martin    9-3-21-0
JP Duminy    17* (22b 1x4)      MR Gillespie    9-1-37-1

41.1

Vettori to Duminy, FOUR, poor start for Vettori, drops it short outside off, he goes back and punches it in front of square on the off side

41.2

Vettori to Duminy, no run

41.3

Vettori to Duminy, 2 runs, commits forward and he plays a deliberate paddle down to fine leg

41.4

Vettori to Duminy, no run, stays back and defends with soft hands

41.5

Vettori to Duminy, no run, goes back at the crease and clips him to midwicket

41.6

Vettori to Duminy, no run, tossed up outside off, lunges forward to drive

6.00pm: It's stumps. That ends a truncated day. Plenty of overs lost due to a wet outfield before the first session, and now after tea, the light's faded. Please note that tomorrow we will start half-an-hour early. That's 10 am local time, weather permitting of course.

Thanks for your company today. We'll see you again soon. Cheers!

5.55: The umpires are out for an inspection.

5.20pm: Looks like the players are going off for bad light. Can't say we didn't see that coming. It was quite gloomy for a while. The players have walked off the field. It's now two minutes away from the scheduled close, 5.30pm, and word from the ground is that the chances of play are unlikely.

Tim: "Is there any reason why Test matches arent played under lights? Im not sure if there are lights at the basin (i seem to recall there might have been portable ones at some point) but it seems that when you are at the mercy of the weather as much as can be done to make the game last the 5 days." I don't think there are floodlights available at the Basin.

Chris: "there are "mini" floodlights at the basin but definitely nothing to meet ICC regs - probably just enough light to train under - And its the red ball that's why no play under lights - wheres that orange ball that someone was testing?"

End of over 42 (6 runs) South Africa 136/2
JP Duminy    23* (28b 2x4)      DL Vettori    11-3-28-0
AN Petersen    44* (113b 3x4 1x6)      CS Martin    9-3-21-0

2.15pm: We will start at 2.25 pm. The covers are coming off. Chris Martin is warming up. So, 49 overs expected.

1.55pm: Five minutes to resumption and it's raining! Very accurate forecasting I must say. Thick clouds around and the covers are back on. The bigger covers are on.

The cameras panned to the umpires chatting with the groundsman and he wasn't sounding very optimistic.

1.35pm: Now the winds have picked up. There was a storm forecast for this time anyway.

1.25pm: The news is that Hashim Amla may not take any further part in this Test because of his injury yesterday. "Hashim underwent emergency exploratory surgery resulting from blunt trauma sustained to his groin region," South Africa's team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee said. "He spent the night in hospital and was discharged this morning. The surgeon is satisfied with the outcome and expects Hashim to make a full recovery, however, it is unlikely that he will be able to take further part in the current Test match at the Basin Reserve."

It happened in the 21st over, when he inside-edged Martin onto his crotch. He was down for a couple of minutes, the physio had to come out. Poor chap.

1pm: Play will start at 2pm, with 55 overs minimum. Optimistic?

Jamie: "Yes, looking at the rain radar on the met service website, I'm sorry to say but the storm is moving in fast.

12.30pm: The inspection should he happening soon. However, there's a storm that's expected to hit in an hour's time. Well...

The South Africans are out, inspecting the pitch.

12.20pm: The covers are being removed now.

12pm: We have an update. Groundsmen have been drying the ground for the last 40 minutes and everything is being prepared for a 12:30 inspection. Doesn't look so bleak now. It's also getting brighter.

Nick: "As they are only showing rubgy league re-runs on television, perhaps you could post some cricinfo commentary re-runs from past matches - many of which are very amusing." I don't know what to say...

10.55am: Just announced that there will be no play before lunch. It was quite obvious by the looks of it.

Adam: "@Nida New Zealand doesnt have seasons in the usual sense, it is a very small land mass in a big bit of ocean and goes through weather patterns which are often unpredictable... However in the past 10 years New Zealand has hosted 12 draws from 40 matches. This compares favorably with India 18 from 45, West Indies 19 from 49 and Sri Lanka 15 from 43, not places known for their wet weather and lost play. So while I understand it's frustrating not to be watching, don't lose heart, fine weather doesn't necessarily mean a result but 3 days of play in NZ sometimes does."

10.30am: Looks like a very long wait. I wish they'd show highlights of classic games during these rain breaks. It's still drizzling, though it's gotten brighter. But the forecast isn't good.

Simon: "If you want a great view of current conditions in Wellington, go to the Met Service's live webcam at http://www.metservice.com/assets/misc/wellington-weather-cam.html. Certainly doesn't look too flash from that view :-(. "

Andrew: "@ Nida: As others have said previously, March is generally the driest month in NZ, with the most settled weather, and hence the best time to schedule matches. This has been the wettest summer in NZ for years. The weather has always played a part in cricket, and always will. Not to mention, beating NZ in NZ 3-0 was always going to be a tough ask - that first test could have gone either way."

10am: Good morning everyone and welcome to the coverage of the second day. I've been told it's pelting down at Wellington! We saw that coming. Covers are on. We'll be very lucky to get any play today, says Andrew Fernando. Just seeing pictures of the ground and it looks rather bleak I'm afraid. That gloomy mist on the horizon, rain drops on the camera lens, covers everywhere, not a soul in sight. That says something.

Nida: "I don't see the point of this series, if the outcome of every single match is impacted by bad weather. Perhaps ICC should assess the weather patterns of the venues prior to scheduling matches. South Africa had an opportunity to become the number 1 ranked test side in the world, but this has been tarnished by the first test which already ended in a draw. Very frustrating."

Doug says the players are at the wrong place: "Beautiful day up here in Auckland. Fly everyone up here and let's start the game over again at Colin Maiden Park."

Murray: "If this match is drawn because of the weather, South Africa will actually lose a rating point even though they won 1-0. I think the ICC should make a rule that stops teams from losing points in rain effected games by possibly leaving out the match when calculating the rating or taking 1st innings scores into consideration. With the current system, the higher ranked team always lose out in rain affected matches."

42.1

Martin to Petersen, no run, Martin gets the ball talking straightaway! Swings it in sharply and it hits the inside of the pad, the ball lobs to the off side, could have been missing leg

42.2

Martin to Petersen, no run, gets well forward and defends to the off side

42.3

Martin to Petersen, no run, swings it in full and he gets across and defends

42.4

Martin to Petersen, FOUR, he;s guilty of bowling it too short, a swivel and pull past midwicket

42.5

Martin to Petersen, no run, good bounce and carry to the keeper, bit of inward movement too

42.6

Martin to Petersen, no run, once again Petersen's good in defence, forward and behind the line

End of over 43 (4 runs) South Africa 140/2
AN Petersen    48* (119b 4x4 1x6)      CS Martin    10-3-25-0
JP Duminy    23* (28b 2x4)      DL Vettori    11-3-28-0

Bracewell now

43.1

Bracewell to Duminy, no run, starts off with a shortish delivery outside off and the batsman watches it through to the keeper

43.2

Bracewell to Duminy, no run, gets a good angle leaving the left-hander, well left

Still quite cloudy and windy

43.3

Bracewell to Duminy, no run, on the pads and it hit him outside the line of the leg stump, Bracewell appealed

43.4

Bracewell to Duminy, no run, lands it a touch wide of the off stump and he gets across and leaves it alone

43.5

Bracewell to Duminy, no run, lands it on the same length and line outside off, left alone again

43.6

Bracewell to Duminy, no run, good angle again, this one comes in a bit and sneaks past the batsman through to the keeper

End of over 44 (maiden) South Africa 140/2
JP Duminy    23* (34b 2x4)      DAJ Bracewell    12-2-30-1
AN Petersen    48* (119b 4x4 1x6)      CS Martin    10-3-25-0

44.1

Martin to Petersen, no run, that was a boundary ball hit straight to cover, half volley outside the off stump and driven off the middle of the bat

44.2

Martin to Petersen, no run, gets his front pad across and leaves it alone

44.3

Martin to Petersen, FOUR, tough chance! Petersen gets forward and across to drive a full delivery and gets a thick outside edge that just beats second slip to his right, that's his fifty as well

44.4

Martin to Petersen, no run, just holds the length back and Petersen is happy to leave it alone

44.5

Martin to Petersen, 1 run, swings it towards the pads and he turns the face of the bat and works it to fine leg

3 slips and a gully for Duminy

44.6

Martin to Duminy, FOUR, Martin bowls him a boundary ball, swings it away and lands it too full, Duminy ensured he got right behind that one to drive past mid-off

End of over 45 (9 runs) South Africa 149/2
JP Duminy    27* (35b 3x4)      CS Martin    11-3-34-0
AN Petersen    53* (124b 5x4 1x6)      DAJ Bracewell    12-2-30-1

45.1

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, gets across to drive but mistimes it to mid-off

45.2

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, Petersen should have put that away, inswinger on the pads but he checked his shot to midwicket

45.3

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, gets beside the line and punches it towards cover point

45.4

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, crisply driven off the front foot but straight to mid-off, too full again by Bracewell

Ok the gusty winds have picked up

45.5

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, gets across and clips it with the angle to midwicket

45.6

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, Bracewell's persisting with the fuller deliveries, this time Petersen squeezes it out hard to mid-on

Andrew Fernando says Bracewell's bowling into the teeth of a fairly stiff northerly now.

End of over 46 (maiden) South Africa 149/2
AN Petersen    53* (130b 5x4 1x6)      DAJ Bracewell    13-3-30-1
JP Duminy    27* (35b 3x4)      CS Martin    11-3-34-0

46.1

Martin to Duminy, no run, bangs it in short and Duminy ducks under that one

46.2

Martin to Duminy, 1 run, a short cover would have been handy there, spooned drive on the front foot, cover runs across to pick it up

46.3

Martin to Petersen, FOUR, the fuller length's not working for Martin, swings it in and Petersen gets across and flicks it away wide of midwicket, picks the gap and Vettori dives in vain at the boundary

46.4

Martin to Petersen, no run, walks across the crease and defends it back to the bowler

46.5

Martin to Petersen, no run, gets across and stabs that to the off side

46.6

Martin to Petersen, no run, gets across to cover the line and defends

Die hard fan: "how are the bails still on? this wind is pretty ferocious!"

End of over 47 (5 runs) South Africa 154/2
AN Petersen    57* (134b 6x4 1x6)      CS Martin    12-3-39-0
JP Duminy    28* (37b 3x4)      DAJ Bracewell    13-3-30-1

Gillespie bowling directly into the wind

47.1

Gillespie to Duminy, no run, good length outside off and defended back to the bowler

47.2

Gillespie to Duminy, no run, strays wide down the leg side, can't be easy bowling into this wind surely

47.3

Gillespie to Duminy, no run, Duminy gets well forward to defend this one, close to his pads too

47.4

Gillespie to Duminy, no run, shortish delivery but wide down the leg side, Duminy's not doing anything with it

47.5

Gillespie to Duminy, no run, sticks to the shorter length and he leaves it alone, no movement

47.6

Gillespie to Duminy, no run, shapes to drive that straight but he closes the face and drives towards mid-of

Ameya: "I'm a doctor on call at Wellington Hospital - we're less than 600m up from the Basin. No rain at present. Hardly any wind. Looking brighter.. oh, and NZ met service is one of the most accurate forecasters on the planet. Impressive given the 4 seasons in a day they need to deal with :)"

End of over 48 (maiden) South Africa 154/2
JP Duminy    28* (43b 3x4)      MR Gillespie    10-2-37-1
AN Petersen    57* (134b 6x4 1x6)      CS Martin    12-3-39-0

48.1

Martin to Petersen, no run, comes forward and pushes it to the off side

48.2

Martin to Petersen, no run, that's more the length, pitched up and swinging in, Petersen's sound in defence

48.3

Martin to Petersen, no run, this time he strays too wide outside off and short too, left alone

Fancy bowling in this wind anyone?

48.4

Martin to Petersen, no run, gets across and gets an inside edge onto his leg

48.5

Martin to Petersen, 1 run, swings it in and he shuffles and clips it down to fine leg

48.6

Martin to Duminy, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he works it down to fine leg

End of over 49 (2 runs) South Africa 156/2
JP Duminy    29* (44b 3x4)      CS Martin    13-3-41-0
AN Petersen    58* (139b 6x4 1x6)      MR Gillespie    10-2-37-1

49.1

Gillespie to Duminy, no run, gets right across his crease and defends to the on side

49.2

Gillespie to Duminy, no run, moves across and defends again

49.3

Gillespie to Duminy, no run, shapes to drive firmly and he mistimes it to the on side

49.4

Gillespie to Duminy, no run

Seeing rain droplets again. Gillespie stops short at the crease because of the wind

49.5

Gillespie to Duminy, no run, sprays it a touch wide outside off and he leaves it alone

49.6

Gillespie to Duminy, no run, moves across to cover the line and defends to the off side

End of over 50 (maiden) South Africa 156/2
JP Duminy    29* (50b 3x4)      MR Gillespie    11-3-37-1
AN Petersen    58* (139b 6x4 1x6)      CS Martin    13-3-41-0
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