New Zealand tour of South Africa, 2007/08 / Commentary

New Zealand in South Africa Test Series - 1st Test

South Africa v New Zealand

South Africa won by 358 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Bond gets ready to run in. Smith takes strike. ON ON!

10.25: Right, we're just five minutes away from the start. Daryll Cullinan, speaking to Cricinfo yesterday, said that the team which catches better has a good chance of winning. So the keeper and slips better be alert!

10 AM local time: South Africa have won the toss and Graeme Smith has opted to bat first.

Pitch: The experts have said that the pitch looks rather dry and went to the extent of calling it a 'belter'. What that means is the pitch will favour the batsmen, going against the trend of a seamer's paradise...Remember what Sreesanth did last year?

10.10 local time
Teams: South Africa: 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Herschelle Gibbs, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 Jacques Kallis, 5 Ashwell Prince, 6 AB de Villiers, 7 Mark Boucher (wk), 8 Andre Nel, 9 Paul Harris, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Makhaya Ntini

New Zealand: 1 Craig Cumming, 2 Michael Papps, 3 Stephen Fleming, 4 Scott Styris, 5 Ross Taylor, 6 Jacob Oram, 7 Brendon McCullum (wk), 8 Daniel Vettori (capt), 9 Iain O'Brien, 10 Shane Bond, 11 Chris Martin

Well there we have the teams above. It's still rather odd to see South Africa fielding a Test side at home with Shaun Pollock. If the pitch does live upto its predictions, then Pollock would feel fortunate to sit out this one. South Africa have decided to go in with the same side which won in Pakistan, so fair enough.

New Zealand have included Wellington fast bowler Iain O'Brien to partner Chris Martin and Shane Bond with the new ball. O'Brien played the last of his two Tests last year, against Australia.

Our stats wizard, HR Gopalakrishna, has kindly provided us some milestones below. Read on....

1. Jacques Kallis has an aggregate of 1010 runs against New Zealand and needs 91 more to overhaul DJ McGlew's 1100 run aggregate and become South Africa's top scorer against New Zealand. McGlew and Kallis remain the only two South African batsmen to aggregate 1000 plus runs against New Zealand

2. Stephen Fleming has scored 918 runs against South Africa and needs 82 more to become the first New Zealander to get to 1000 runs against them.

3. DJ McGlew and JH Kallis share the record for most hundreds by a South African batsman against New Zealand. One more hundred by JH Kallis would make him the South African batsman with most hundreds - four - against New Zealand

4. DL Vettori has become the 26th Test captain for New Zealand.

5. One more five wickets haul in an innings for M Ntini would be his fifth five wicket haul against New Zealand. If he gets there, he would become the first South African bowler to have five five wickets haul against New Zealand. It would be also a series record for bowlers from both sides. CS Martin is the lone the New Zealand bowler who have captured four five wickets hauls against South Africa.

Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. This is Kanishkaa Balachandran, your commentator through this Test.

New Zealand are coming out of a hibernation at the Test level, given that they played their last Test back in December 2006, against Sri Lanka. South Africa, on the other hand are fresh from a away-series victory against Pakistan so the home side will, predictably, begin as favourites.

0.1

Bond to Smith, no run, good delivery to start with, banged in on off and middle, forces Smith to get behind the line and defend

0.2

Bond to Smith, no run, Bond changes his length to a fuller one, outside off and swinging away, pushed towards point on the frontfoot

0.3

Bond to Smith, no run, similar delivery, importantly he makes Smith play. He pushes it with soft hands to point

The conditions are very overcast here

0.4

Bond to Smith, 1 run, good running, Smith gets forward to play a fullish delivery outside off, he pushes it with soft hands to mid-off and sets off quickly

0.5

Bond to Gibbs, no run, good carry there. Bond bangs that on a good length just outside off, Gibbs shoulders arms and the ball kicks after pitching. McCullum takes it close to his face

0.6

Bond to Gibbs, no run, fullish delivey outside off, driven towards point

End of over 1 (1 run) South Africa 1/0
HH Gibbs    0* (2b)      SE Bond    1-0-1-0
GC Smith    1* (4b)     

Chris Martin runs in. Remember he's the most successful bowler against the South Africans in this line-up

1.1

Martin to Smith, no run, starts off with a jaffa outside off, bangs it in on a good length, the ball holds its line after pitching and bounces high. Smith pokes at it and the ball just beats the wood

1.2

Martin to Smith, no run, similar delivery, he's not putting in too much effort, just landing it outside off and letting the pitch do the rest, left alone

1.3

Martin to Smith, no run, maintains the line and length outside off, Smith shoulders arms again

1.4

Martin to Smith, OUT, inside edge! Martin teases Smith yet again outside off. With barely any room to cut, Smith defends away from the body and gets an inside edge onto his leg stump. The leg stump is pushed back

GC Smith b Martin 1 (6m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

1.5

Martin to Amla, 2 runs, gets off the mark with a forward push to the off side

1.6

Martin to Amla, no run, lands it on a good length outside off, Amla wisely lets it go

End of over 2 (2 runs) South Africa 3/1
HM Amla    2* (2b)      CS Martin    1-0-2-1
HH Gibbs    0* (2b)      SE Bond    1-0-1-0

2.1

Bond to Gibbs, no run, Bond works up some swing there, gets it to angle into the right-hander from outside off and then to middle. Gibbs watchfully defends on the front foot

2.2

Bond to Gibbs, no run, appeal! Bond gets the ball to drift in after pitching, catches Gibbs a little high on the thigh pad

2.3

Bond to Gibbs, no run, fires that outside off and the ball kicks again after oitching, Gibbs lets it go

2.4

Bond to Gibbs, no run, and again, banged in outside off and left alone

2.5

Bond to Gibbs, no run

2.6

Bond to Gibbs, no run, how did that miss? Changes his length to a slightly fuller one, Gibbs takes a chance and shoulders arms. The ball swings in and just misses the top of off stump

End of over 3 (maiden) South Africa 3/1
HH Gibbs    0* (8b)      SE Bond    2-1-1-0
HM Amla    2* (2b)      CS Martin    1-0-2-1

3.1

Martin to Amla, no run, good length on off stump, gets it to slant across into the right hander, leaves it to the keeper

3.2

Martin to Amla, no run, slightly fuller, brings Amla forward, the ball gets his high on the pad and Martin lets out and appeal and withdraws

3.3

Martin to Amla, no run, Amla gets some wood on it this time as he pushes it back to the bowler

3.4

Martin to Amla, 2 runs, gets the ball to swing in and Amla works it of his pads, plays with the swing and picks up a couple past the infield in the midwicket region

3.5

Martin to Amla, no run, shifts his line to outside off this time, not much away movement as the ball leaves the batsman through to McCullum

3.6

Martin to Amla, 2 runs, gets the ball to drift in and Amla works it off his pads with ease past square leg for another couple

End of over 4 (4 runs) South Africa 7/1
HM Amla    6* (8b)      CS Martin    2-0-6-1
HH Gibbs    0* (8b)      SE Bond    2-1-1-0

Here one for the fashion cops : Bond is sporting a beard here

4.1

Bond to Gibbs, no run

4.2

Bond to Gibbs, 1 no ball, oversteps, perhaps striving for that extra yard of pace, the ball leaves the batsman again

4.2

Bond to Gibbs, no run, played down to point

4.3

Bond to Gibbs, no run, good stuff from Bond! lands it on a good length outside off and gets it to swing in, Gibbs watchfully lets it go as the ball climbs on him

4.4

Bond to Gibbs, no run, banged in short of a length on off stump, Gibbs uneasily fends it down

4.5

Bond to Gibbs, 1 no ball, ouch! Bond oversteps again and Gibbs, attempting a bravado pull, ends up edging it onto his helmet

4.5

Bond to Gibbs, no run, inswinging yorker, fired in on middle and leg and Gibbs does well to get his bat down and dig it out

4.6

Bond to Gibbs, no run, full and pushed to mid-on

End of over 5 (2 runs) South Africa 9/1
HH Gibbs    0* (16b)      SE Bond    3-1-3-0
HM Amla    6* (8b)      CS Martin    2-0-6-1

5.1

Martin to Amla, no run, good length around the off stump, Amla gets across and pushes it to mid-on

5.2

Martin to Amla, no run, similar delivery, Amla walks across his stumps and defends with the line of the ball to mid-on

5.3

Martin to Amla, no run, good length outside off and Amla opts to gauge the bounce and pace, lets it go

5.4

Martin to Amla, no run, banged in short outside off at a lively pace, the pitch gets a mighty pounding as the ball bounces high and McCullum takes it close to his face

5.5

Martin to Amla, no run, shifts his length to a fuller one, gets forward and pushes to cover

5.6

Martin to Amla, no run, good length on off and middle, pushed to mid-on

End of over 6 (maiden) South Africa 9/1
HM Amla    6* (14b)      CS Martin    3-1-6-1
HH Gibbs    0* (16b)      SE Bond    3-1-3-0

6.1

Bond to Gibbs, no run, Bond works up some swing again, gets it to drift in to the right-hander, left alone

6.2

Bond to Gibbs, no run, gets behind the line of the ball and defends

6.3

Bond to Gibbs, 1 run, risky running! pitches it full, Gibbs drives firmly on the backfoot, Vettori does brilliantly to dive to his left, the fielder at mid-off takes the rebound and catches the batsmen napping. Amla was obviously ball-watching as he scampers back to the strikers end. The throw was too wide

6.4

Bond to Amla, no run, pushed to the off side

6.5

Bond to Amla, SIX, extraordinary! swinging in to the pads at a lively pace, Amla gets across to work it off his pads, ends up scooping it high over the long-leg boundary. The ball went over the grass embankment

6.6

Bond to Amla, no run, pushed to the covers

End of over 7 (7 runs) South Africa 16/1
HM Amla    12* (17b 1x6)      SE Bond    4-1-10-0
HH Gibbs    1* (19b)      CS Martin    3-1-6-1

7.1

Martin to Gibbs, no run

7.2

Martin to Gibbs, no run, good length on off and middle, defensive push to mid-on

7.3

Martin to Gibbs, no run, good carry again through to the keeper, gets the ball to bend in after pitching

7.4

Martin to Gibbs, no run, slightly short of a length outside off, Gibbs goes on the hop and defends off the full face of the bat

7.5

Martin to Gibbs, FOUR, overpitched, outside the off stump, asking to be driven and Gibbs obliges with a gentle push past the covers on the walk. This outfield is quick

7.6

Martin to Gibbs, no run, just a touch wide, this time Martin gets plenty of away movement as the ball leaves the batsman

End of over 8 (4 runs) South Africa 20/1
HH Gibbs    5* (25b 1x4)      CS Martin    4-1-10-1
HM Amla    12* (17b 1x6)      SE Bond    4-1-10-0

8.1

Bond to Amla, OUT, How do you play that? Bond sends down almost the perfect delivery on the corridor of uncertainty outside off stump, lands it just short of a good length and the ball holds its line after pitching, Amla goes on the hop and the ball brushes the outside edge through to the keeper

HM Amla c †McCullum b Bond 12 (28m 18b 0x4 1x6) SR: 66.66

This is Bond's first wicket against SA

8.2

Bond to Kallis, no run, wake up Mr Kallis! Bond nearly gets his man with a fuller delivery swinging away after pitching and Kallis fishes at it

8.3

Bond to Kallis, no run, gets the ball to swing in, Kallis gets forward and some wood on it as he pushes it to mid-on

8.4

Bond to Kallis, no run, tests him out with a bouncer on middle and leg, Kallis wisely ducks

8.5

Bond to Kallis, 1 run, misfield... Kallis pushes it firmly to mid-off but the fielder was a little too close. The ball rebounds off him wide of mid-on

8.6

Bond to Gibbs, no run, good length outside off and left alone

End of over 9 (1 run) South Africa 21/2
HH Gibbs    5* (26b 1x4)      SE Bond    5-1-11-1
JH Kallis    1* (4b)      CS Martin    4-1-10-1

9.1

Martin to Kallis, no run, good restrictive line and length, pitches outside off and Kallis lets it go

9.2

Martin to Kallis, no run, makes Kallis play as he walks across his stumps and pushes it to mid-on

9.3

Martin to Kallis, no run, pacy... 147 kph! thuds it outside off, Kallis gets across and defends with the line to mid-off

9.4

Martin to Kallis, 1 run, drifts on the pads, Kallis tucks it past square leg and the fielder at deep backward square-leg runs across and cuts it off

Defensive field here

9.5

Martin to Gibbs, no run, outside off and Gibbs opts to shoulder arms

9.6

Martin to Gibbs, FOUR, short, wide outside off, Gibbs gives it the treatment by slashing that forcefully past gully and the ball went scorching to the boundary

End of over 10 (5 runs) South Africa 26/2
HH Gibbs    9* (28b 2x4)      CS Martin    5-1-15-1
JH Kallis    2* (8b)      SE Bond    5-1-11-1

10.1

Bond to Kallis, no run, close! Bond draws Kallis forward with a fullish delivery. He plays it down with soft hands and the ball nearly carries to second slip

10.2

Bond to Kallis, 1 run, tucked away off the pads to fine leg

10.3

Bond to Gibbs, no run, good ball! lands just short of a good length and holds its line. Gibbs, probably in two minds whether to come forward or stay back fends it off uneasily with a half stride forward

10.4

Bond to Gibbs, FOUR, Bond errs by dragging it a little too full outside off, Gibbs gets forward and times that to perfection as the ball beats the region of extra cover

10.5

Bond to Gibbs, no run, left alone outside off

10.6

Bond to Gibbs, no run, good length outside off, pushed to point

End of over 11 (5 runs) South Africa 31/2
HH Gibbs    13* (32b 3x4)      SE Bond    6-1-16-1
JH Kallis    3* (10b)      CS Martin    5-1-15-1

Change here. Oram runs in

11.1

Oram to Kallis, no run, starts off with a loosener outside off, Kallis lets it go

11.2

Oram to Kallis, FOUR, too full and wide from Oram, gives Kallis enough room to get forward and drive on the up past point and cover

11.3

Oram to Kallis, 1 leg bye, Oram compensates by dragging his length to a shorter one, gets the ball to drift in as well and Kallis uneasily works it to the on side, not expecting it to bounce so much

11.4

Oram to Gibbs, no run, outside off and Gibbs shoulders arms

11.5

Oram to Gibbs, no run, keeps it to a stump-to-stump line, the ball holds its line after pitching and Gibbs defends

11.6

Oram to Gibbs, no run, left alone outside the off stump

End of over 12 (5 runs) South Africa 36/2
HH Gibbs    13* (35b 3x4)      JDP Oram    1-0-4-0
JH Kallis    7* (13b 1x4)      SE Bond    6-1-16-1

We have a double change here. Iain O'Brien comes in

12.1

O'Brien to Kallis, no run, starts off with a pacy delivery outside off, gets it to angle across the right-hander, left alone

12.2

O'Brien to Kallis, no run, good length outside off, Kallis gets some bat on it and pushes to the covers

12.3

O'Brien to Kallis, no run, lands it on a good length on off, the ball moves away after pitching and Kallis lets it go

12.4

O'Brien to Kallis, no run, maintains the same line and length, Kallis shoulders arms again

12.5

O'Brien to Kallis, no run, maintains the same line and length, Kallis shoulders arms again

12.6

O'Brien to Kallis, 1 run, runs in from slightly wide of the crease, gets the ball to angle into Kallis but drifts towards the hips. He works it down to fine leg

O'Brien swings his arms a lot in his delivery stride. Reminds me of Debashis Mohanty

End of over 13 (1 run) South Africa 37/2
JH Kallis    8* (19b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    1-0-1-0
HH Gibbs    13* (35b 3x4)      JDP Oram    1-0-4-0

13.1

Oram to Kallis, no run, appeal! gets forward to a delivery he should have stayed back, the ball catches him high on the hip and Oram appeals confidently

13.2

Oram to Kallis, no run, left alone to the keeper

13.3

Oram to Kallis, no run, lands it on a good length outside off, holds its line after pitching and Kallis leaves it

13.4

Oram to Kallis, no run, similar delivery, Oram is settling into a good rhythm here, keeps it outside off and Kallis is at sea

13.5

Oram to Kallis, no run, and again, leaves the batsman outside off

13.6

Oram to Kallis, no run, this time the line is a little further away from the off stump, as if tempting Kallis to drive. However, he still isn't interested

So far so good for New Zealand. The seamers have confounded the prediction that the batsmen will enjoy the conditions from the start. The overcast conditions have helped NZ though.

End of over 14 (maiden) South Africa 37/2
JH Kallis    8* (25b 1x4)      JDP Oram    2-1-4-0
HH Gibbs    13* (35b 3x4)      IE O'Brien    1-0-1-0

14.1

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, ugh! bad ball, bad stroke! that was short, wide outside off, in the slot to be slammed past point and Gibbs ends up chopping it down to the pitch while attempting a cut

14.2

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, good length on off and middle, defended

14.3

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run

14.4

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run

14.5

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, good length on off stump, comes in after pitching, left alone

14.6

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, pushed to the off side

End of over 15 (maiden) South Africa 37/2
HH Gibbs    13* (41b 3x4)      IE O'Brien    2-1-1-0
JH Kallis    8* (25b 1x4)      JDP Oram    2-1-4-0

15.1

Oram to Kallis, no run, short of a length, bends into the right-hander, Kallis tries to work it to the on side but was surprised by the extra bounce

15.2

Oram to Kallis, no run, landed on a good length around off, left alone

15.3

Oram to Kallis, no run, thuds it in short of a good length around the off stump, forces Kallis to go back and defend

15.4

Oram to Kallis, no run, adjusts his length to a fuller one, Kallis lets it go

15.5

Oram to Kallis, no run, decides to test him out with a bouncer, a slower one too, Kallis ducks and McCullum takes it on the first bounce

15.6

Oram to Kallis, no run, gets the ball to slant across the right-hander, left alone

End of over 16 (maiden) South Africa 37/2
JH Kallis    8* (31b 1x4)      JDP Oram    3-2-4-0
HH Gibbs    13* (41b 3x4)      IE O'Brien    2-1-1-0

16.1

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, O'Brien sticks to his line outside off, gets the ball to slant away from Gibbs as he shoulders arms

16.2

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, inswinging yorker! good comeback by O'Brien as he gets it to drift in sharply from outside off to middle, Gibbs does well to watch it and keep it down

16.3

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, adjusts his length to a shorter one, Gibbs leaves it outside the off stump

16.4

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, tries out the bouncer buts exerts himself too much, McCullum collects the ball on the jump

16.5

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run

16.6

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, tries to drive through the covers but Gibbs closes the face of the bat in the last second and ends up pushing it to mid-off

End of over 17 (maiden) South Africa 37/2
HH Gibbs    13* (47b 3x4)      IE O'Brien    3-2-1-0
JH Kallis    8* (31b 1x4)      JDP Oram    3-2-4-0

17.1

Oram to Kallis, no run, in the channel outside off, Kallis leaves it

17.2

Oram to Kallis, no run, gets the ball to bend into the right-hander after pitching, Kallis transfers his weight on the backfoot and defends off the meat of the bat

17.3

Oram to Kallis, no run, beaten! good testing stuff from Oram as he pitches up, draws Kallis on the drive past cover and the late away movement just beats the wood

17.4

Oram to Kallis, no run, this time he lets it go outside off

17.5

Oram to Kallis, no run, fullish in length outside off, Kallis gets forward and pushes it to mid-off

17.6

Oram to Kallis, no run, good length around the off stump, pushed to point

End of over 18 (maiden) South Africa 37/2
JH Kallis    8* (37b 1x4)      JDP Oram    4-3-4-0
HH Gibbs    13* (47b 3x4)      IE O'Brien    3-2-1-0

Thats five maiden on the trot!

18.1

O'Brien to Gibbs, 1 run, well, Gibbs breaks the monotony by getting across his stumps and working the ball down to fine leg

18.2

O'Brien to Kallis, 1 run, just a little too full outside off, Kallis gets forward and that results in a defensive push just wide of cover

18.3

O'Brien to Gibbs, FOUR, poor bowling by O'Brien. Gives Gibbs plenty of room outside off as he punishes a fullish delivery on the up, past the covers. The fielders stood no chance

18.4

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, better delivery, outside off and holds the length back a little, left alone

18.5

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, well, Gibbs tries to whack that pas the covers but ends up flat-batting it to mid-off

18.6

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, left alone outside off through to the keeper

End of over 19 (6 runs) South Africa 43/2
HH Gibbs    18* (52b 4x4)      IE O'Brien    4-2-7-0
JH Kallis    9* (38b 1x4)      JDP Oram    4-3-4-0

19.1

Oram to Kallis, FOUR, superb stroke! overpitched outside off, in the slot to be driven, Kallis gets a good stride forward and unleashes a delectable cover drive

19.2

Oram to Kallis, no run, Oram learns from his mistake and adjusts his length to a shorter one and cramps Kallis for room. Left alone

19.3

Oram to Kallis, no run, just short of a good length on middle, goes back and defends

19.4

Oram to Kallis, no run, tries to work it wide of midwicket but ends up pushing to mid-on

19.5

Oram to Kallis, FOUR, where did that go? Oram manages some big inswing and Kallis, reading it early, gets across his stumps and whips it off the meat of the bat. The ball just went scorcing through the grass past square leg

19.6

Oram to Kallis, no run, gets a bit of away movement this time as Kallis lets it go

End of over 20 (8 runs) South Africa 51/2
JH Kallis    17* (44b 3x4)      JDP Oram    5-3-12-0
HH Gibbs    18* (52b 4x4)      IE O'Brien    4-2-7-0

20.1

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, bowls it a little too full, Gibbs watchfully lets it go outside off

20.2

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, holds the length back, the ball holds its line after pitching and Gibbs lets it go as well

20.3

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, and again..similar delivery outside off, Gibbs shoulders arms

20.4

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, default mode... O'Brien sticks to the same line outside off and Gibbs isn't interested

20.5

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, this time Gibbs gets some bat on it as he pushes the ball to point

20.6

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, beaten! the frustration gets to Gibbs as he attempts to cut past point. It was a half-hearted slash and the ball nearly took the outside edge

End of over 21 (maiden) South Africa 51/2
HH Gibbs    18* (58b 4x4)      IE O'Brien    5-3-7-0
JH Kallis    17* (44b 3x4)      JDP Oram    5-3-12-0

21.1

Oram to Kallis, 1 run, gets the ball to angle in to the pads, Kallis gets across and works it down to square leg

21.2

Oram to Gibbs, no run, bowls from slightly wide of the crease, gets the ball to angle across the batsman, worked to mid-on

21.3

Oram to Gibbs, no run, this time he experiments with away movement, tries to lure Gibbs into the drive but he shoulders arms

21.4

Oram to Gibbs, no run, sticks to that line and length again, this time Gibbs gets a good stride forward and pushes to mid-off

21.5

Oram to Gibbs, 1 leg bye, gets the ball to drift in, catches Gibbs on the pads and the ball trickles to the on side

21.6

Oram to Kallis, FOUR, pitched up outside off, draws Kallis forward, the ball gets a thick outside edge and bisects the gap between third slip and gully

End of over 22 (6 runs) South Africa 57/2
JH Kallis    22* (46b 4x4)      JDP Oram    6-3-17-0
HH Gibbs    18* (62b 4x4)      IE O'Brien    5-3-7-0

Trump card Chris Martin returns

22.1

Martin to Gibbs, no run, Goodness me! the perfect delivery again outside off, gets the ball to bed in a fraction and nobody knows how that beat the bat and the top of off stump

22.2

Martin to Gibbs, no run, probes on the line and length outside off again

22.3

Martin to Gibbs, no run, the length is a little shorter, the ball holds its line and Gibbs executes a confident defensive stroke on the backfoot

22.4

Martin to Gibbs, no run, good length on off stump, Gibbs shapes to defend back to Martin but ends up opening the face of the bat in the last second and plays it to mid-off

22.5

Martin to Gibbs, no run, Gibbs goes for a swish outside off and luckily for him, the ball beats him

22.6

Martin to Gibbs, FOUR, that will ease the pressure! a touch too full and wide outside off, Gibbs plants his front foot forward and beats mid-off and cover

End of over 23 (4 runs) South Africa 61/2
HH Gibbs    22* (68b 5x4)      CS Martin    6-1-19-1
JH Kallis    22* (46b 4x4)      JDP Oram    6-3-17-0

Vettori is in. Forward short-leg in place

23.1

Vettori to Kallis, no run, fullish on off stump, pushed back to Vettori

23.2

Vettori to Kallis, no run, hardly any turn for Vettori as the ball goes through with the line, Kallis shoulders arms

23.3

Vettori to Kallis, no run, beaten! the first signs of turn as Kallis gets a stride forward and the ball just beats a likely edge

23.4

Vettori to Kallis, no run, appeal! Kallis defends on the frontfoot close to his pad. There could have been a thick inside edge on that

23.5

Vettori to Kallis, no run, pushed bacl to the bowler

23.6

Vettori to Kallis, no run, fuller in length outside off, pushed to the covers

End of over 24 (maiden) South Africa 61/2
JH Kallis    22* (52b 4x4)      DL Vettori    1-1-0-0
HH Gibbs    22* (68b 5x4)      CS Martin    6-1-19-1

24.1

Martin to Gibbs, no run, holds back a little on the pace, the ball pitches outside off and bends back in, Gibbs works it off his hips to mid-on

24.2

Martin to Gibbs, no run, good length outside off, just a hint of away movement as the ball leaves the right-hander

24.3

Martin to Gibbs, no run, adjusts his line closer to the off stump, Gibbs watches it carefully and lets it go

24.4

Martin to Gibbs, FOUR, there's the boundary ball! full on off stump, Gibbs gets a half-stride forward, shows the full face of the bat and pushes that effotlessly past the right of mid-off

24.5

Martin to Gibbs, no run, better delivery, outside off and left alone

24.6

Martin to Gibbs, no run, ends the over with a dot ball, left alone outside off

End of over 25 (4 runs) South Africa 65/2
HH Gibbs    26* (74b 6x4)      CS Martin    7-1-23-1
JH Kallis    22* (52b 4x4)      DL Vettori    1-1-0-0

25.1

Vettori to Kallis, no run, pushed in full on off, driven back to Vettori

25.2

Vettori to Kallis, no run, pushed in full on middle and off, driven back to Vettori

25.3

Vettori to Kallis, no run, pushed in towards the pads, sticks to a full length and Kallis works it to short midwicket

25.4

Vettori to Kallis, 1 run, full in length outside off, pushed just wide of mid-off

25.5

Vettori to Gibbs, no run, flighted on middle and leg, Gibbs goes for the drive but only suceeds in pushing it back to the bowler

25.6

Vettori to Gibbs, no run, sticks to the flight, Vettori is not pitching it shorter to get the turn. Gibbs gets forward and defends

End of over 26 (1 run) South Africa 66/2
HH Gibbs    26* (76b 6x4)      DL Vettori    2-1-1-0
JH Kallis    23* (56b 4x4)      CS Martin    7-1-23-1

26.1

Martin to Kallis, no run, begins the over with a bouncer, thuds it in on the off stump line and Kallis ducks

26.2

Martin to Kallis, no run, digs it in short and makes Kallis play this time. The ball bends back in to the right hander and Kallis defends

26.3

Martin to Kallis, no run, dropped! How costly will that be? Martin lands it short of a length on off stump and gets it to kick. Kallis tries to fend and gets a thick outside edge to Papps at second slip. Papps got a hand to it on the dive but the ball slipped away

26.4

Martin to Kallis, no run

26.5

Martin to Kallis, no run, big indrift in to the right-hander, left alone

26.6

Martin to Kallis, FOUR, short, Kallis swivels and hooks. The ball gets his glove and flies over the keeper

End of over 27 (4 runs) South Africa 70/2
JH Kallis    27* (62b 5x4)      CS Martin    8-1-27-1
HH Gibbs    26* (76b 6x4)      DL Vettori    2-1-1-0

27.1

Vettori to Gibbs, no run, driven back to the bowler

27.2

Vettori to Gibbs, no run, driven back to the bowler

27.3

Vettori to Gibbs, no run, pushed in flatter, gives Gibbs room to cut but he ends up slashing to the covers

27.4

Vettori to Gibbs, no run, tossed up on middle and off, defended back to the bowler

27.5

Vettori to Gibbs, no run, tossed up on middle and off, defended back to the bowler

27.6

Vettori to Gibbs, no run, bowls from slightly wide of the crease, turns to a full delivery, defended back to the bowler

End of over 28 (maiden) South Africa 70/2
HH Gibbs    26* (82b 6x4)      DL Vettori    3-2-1-0
JH Kallis    27* (62b 5x4)      CS Martin    8-1-27-1

28.1

Martin to Kallis, 1 run, dropped again! And this was a sitter! Martin digs it in short, Kallis swivels and hooks, the ball is skied to O'Brien at fine leg. He has all the time in the world to take it down his throat but....ends up grabbing at it and the ball lobs off his hands

28.2

Martin to Gibbs, no run, left alone outside the off stump

28.3

Martin to Gibbs, no run, good length on middle and leg, tries to work off his pads but gets an inside edge onto his pads

28.4

Martin to Gibbs, no run, lands the ball outside off, gets a bit of away movement, Gibbs shoulders arms

28.5

Martin to Gibbs, 1 run, drifting on the pads, Gibbs closes the face and glances to fine leg

28.6

Martin to Kallis, 1 run, full in length on middle and leg, tries to work it wide of midwicket but ends up placing it to mid-on

And that's lunch. Looking at the bigger picture, at 73 for 2, one can say it has been New Zealand's session. But...anyone who drops Kallis is bound to shell out plenty from his pocket and this time there were two culprits - Michael Papps and Iain O'Brien. New Zealand will have to compensate for that quickly after the lunch break.

Martin and Bond bowled well at the start, utilised the overcast conditions and the bounce. It seems as if there is rain in the air so the conditions are likely o remain for a while. Join us shortly for the second session.

End of over 29 (3 runs) South Africa 73/2
JH Kallis    29* (64b 5x4)      CS Martin    9-1-30-1
HH Gibbs    27* (86b 6x4)      DL Vettori    3-2-1-0

We're back for the post-lunch session. Kallis and Gibbs have settled down well and will look to make the opposition pay for those lapses...

29.1

O'Brien to Kallis, OUT, what a comeback by New Zealand! straight after lunch that too... O'Brien bowls it full outside off and gets it to swing away late after pitching. Kallis goes for the cover drive, doesnt meet the ball off the face of the bat and ends up getting a thick underedge through to McCullum who dives low to his left

JH Kallis c †McCullum b O'Brien 29 (86m 65b 5x4 0x6) SR: 44.61

The look on O'Brien's face said it all as he was the one who dropped Kallis at fine leg before lunch

Bowls round the wicket to Prince

29.2

O'Brien to Prince, no run, bowls that just a touch wide outside off, no signs of away movement, left alone

29.3

O'Brien to Prince, no run, adjusts his line closer to the off stump, Prince wisely lets it go

29.4

O'Brien to Prince, no run, gets the ball to drift in closer to the batsman, Prince gets nicely behind the line and defends

29.5

O'Brien to Prince, no run, defended back to the bowler

29.6

O'Brien to Prince, no run, close! He slips in the inswinging yorker, directs it onto his pads and Prince nearly falls over. The bowler appeals but the ball was sliding down leg

End of over 30 (wicket maiden) South Africa 73/3
AG Prince    0* (5b)      IE O'Brien    6-4-7-1
HH Gibbs    27* (86b 6x4)      CS Martin    9-1-30-1

30.1

Bond to Gibbs, no run, full in length, big inswing into Gibbs. he goes for the cover drive but ends up getting a thick inside edge onto his pads

30.2

Bond to Gibbs, no run, gets plenty of away movement this time as Gibbs shoulders arms

30.3

Bond to Gibbs, no run, good length on off stump, the ball holds its line and Gibbs pushes to mid-off with soft hands

30.4

Bond to Gibbs, no run, searches for the inswinging yorker, Gibbs picks the length, shuffles and tries to work it past square leg, doesnt get the placement right as the fielder cuts it off

30.5

Bond to Gibbs, 1 wide, banged in short, a little too short for comfort and the umpire deems that an illegal delivery

30.5

Bond to Gibbs, FOUR, too full and in the slot to drive outside off, Gibbs gets forward and sends the ball screaming through the covers

30.6

Bond to Gibbs, FOUR, Bond adjusts his length to a shorter one outside off but it doesnt help as Gibbs rocks back and slashes past point

End of over 31 (9 runs) South Africa 82/3
HH Gibbs    35* (92b 8x4)      SE Bond    7-1-25-1
AG Prince    0* (5b)      IE O'Brien    6-4-7-1

31.1

O'Brien to Prince, no run, good length outside off, left alone

31.2

O'Brien to Prince, 1 run, gets the ball to drift into the left-hander, Prince gets across and tucks it off his hips to fine leg

31.3

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, lands that on a good length outside off, left alone

31.4

O'Brien to Gibbs, FOUR, O'Brien errs by bowling it too full outside off, Gibbs gets a half stride forward, meets the ball off the middle of the bat and bisects the gap between cover and mid-off

31.5

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, better delivery, back of a length outside off and left alone

31.6

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, slightly fuller in length, just short of a driveable one as Gibbs pushes it to mid-off

End of over 32 (5 runs) South Africa 87/3
HH Gibbs    39* (96b 9x4)      IE O'Brien    7-4-12-1
AG Prince    1* (7b)      SE Bond    7-1-25-1

32.1

Bond to Prince, no run, short of a good length, gets the ball to angle in from outside the line of leg stump to middle, Prince gets back and defends back to Bond

32.2

Bond to Prince, no run, gets to slant across the left-hander even more and Prince just opts to leave it to McCullum

32.3

Bond to Prince, no run, similar delivery, not as much away movement this time, Prince repeats the action and lets it go

32.4

Bond to Prince, 1 no ball, oversteps, this was slightly fuller in length. Prince leaves it

32.4

Bond to Prince, no run, sticks to the fullish length outside off, pushed with soft hands to mid-off

32.5

Bond to Prince, no run, holds the length back just a fraction, sticks to the line outside off. Prince is in no hurry as he lets that go

32.6

Bond to Prince, no run, now Bond brings the line closer to the off stump, not much away movement, Prince leaves it

End of over 33 (1 run) South Africa 88/3
AG Prince    1* (14b)      SE Bond    8-1-26-1
HH Gibbs    39* (96b 9x4)      IE O'Brien    7-4-12-1

33.1

O'Brien to Gibbs, FOUR, poor start to the over as O'Brien slips that full and wide outside off, Gibbs stretches out to meet the ball and the ball races away past gully off the under half of the bat

33.2

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, better delivery, pushed back to the bowler

33.3

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, gets the ball to bend into the right-hander, Gibbs walks across the stumps, tries to beat midwicket but ends up pushing to mid-on

33.4

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, left alone outside the off stump

33.5

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, good length outside the off stump, Gibbs gets his bat out at it and defends to point

33.6

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, on middle and leg, Gibbs offers the full face of the bat and pushes it to mid-on

End of over 34 (4 runs) South Africa 92/3
HH Gibbs    43* (102b 10x4)      IE O'Brien    8-4-16-1
AG Prince    1* (14b)      SE Bond    8-1-26-1

Some adjustments to the sight screen there. Very small turn-out for this first day. Bond bowls round the wicket to Prince

34.1

Bond to Prince, OUT, and Prince has to walk! superb delivery by Bond, pitches just short of a good length outside off, the ball goes through with the line and climbs on Prince. He hardly seemed prepared to fend it off the ball gets a thick outside edge high on the bat and lobs to Fleming at a comfortable height at second slip

AG Prince c Fleming b Bond 1 (24m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 6.66

34.2

Bond to de Villiers, no run, tests him out with an inswinger on a yorker length, pushed to mid-off

34.3

Bond to de Villiers, no run, holds the lengh back, outside off, left alone

34.4

Bond to de Villiers, no run, fullish in length, just short of a driveable length, de Villiers gets a half stride forward and tamely defends it back to Bond

34.5

Bond to de Villiers, no run, a more assured defensive stroke this time back to the bowler

34.6

Bond to de Villiers, FOUR, that spoils the over for Bond. He struggles to control the inswing as the ball drifts towards the pads. de Villiers gets across and tucks it past midwicket with a flick of the wrists

End of over 35 (4 runs) South Africa 96/4
AB de Villiers    4* (5b 1x4)      SE Bond    9-1-30-2
HH Gibbs    43* (102b 10x4)      IE O'Brien    8-4-16-1

35.1

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, left alone outside the off stump

35.2

O'Brien to Gibbs, 1 run, short of a good length, Gibbs swivels and pulls, a few fielders get excited but the ball went on the bounce to the fielder

35.3

O'Brien to de Villiers, no run, good length on off, defended back to the bowler

35.4

O'Brien to de Villiers, no run, bowls it on the line outside off, defended off the full face of the bat

35.5

O'Brien to de Villiers, no run, drifts on middle and leg, de Villiers tries to work it past mid-on but didn't get the placement right as he closed the face of the bat too early. Mid-on picks it up

35.6

O'Brien to de Villiers, no run, defended back to the bowler

End of over 36 (1 run) South Africa 97/4
AB de Villiers    4* (9b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    9-4-17-1
HH Gibbs    44* (104b 10x4)      SE Bond    9-1-30-2

36.1

Bond to Gibbs, no run, overpitched on off stump, Gibbs punches it back to Bond who gets his right boot to it. He tries to deflect the ball onto the stumps but de Villiers threw himself back at the crease

36.2

Bond to Gibbs, 1 run

36.3

Bond to de Villiers, FOUR, too short and a fraction too wide outside off, de Villiers rocks back and cuts it past point

36.4

Bond to de Villiers, no run, fullish in length outside off, left alone

36.5

Bond to de Villiers, 2 runs, good delivery, draws the batsman forward outside off as he gets an inside edge which just falls short of Papps at slip. The ball deflects off his hand and goes towards third man

36.6

Bond to de Villiers, no run, banged in short of a good length, goes back and defends with the line

End of over 37 (7 runs) South Africa 104/4
AB de Villiers    10* (13b 2x4)      SE Bond    10-1-37-2
HH Gibbs    45* (106b 10x4)      IE O'Brien    9-4-17-1

37.1

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, curves in to the right-hander, tries to work the ball past the infield on the on side and ends up placing it to square leg

37.2

O'Brien to Gibbs, 2 runs, gets the ball to curve in again but the ball was just too full. Worked wide of mid-on and de Villiers just manages to get back to his crease and beat the throw

37.3

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, tries to tuck it to the on side but gets an inside edge onto his pads

37.4

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, defended to the off side

37.5

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, good length on middle and leg, pushed to mid-on

37.6

O'Brien to Gibbs, FOUR, over mid-on! Short of a good length, Gibbs reads the length early, executes a horizontal bat stroke over the head of mid-on and brings up his fifty

End of over 38 (6 runs) South Africa 110/4
HH Gibbs    51* (112b 11x4)      IE O'Brien    10-4-23-1
AB de Villiers    10* (13b 2x4)      SE Bond    10-1-37-2

38.1

Bond to de Villiers, no run, just a touch full in length, pushed to the covers

38.2

Bond to de Villiers, no run, Bond's not steaming in as much, de Villiers has time to get across and push the ball to mid-on

38.3

Bond to de Villiers, no run, good length outside off and left alone

38.4

Bond to de Villiers, no run, sticks to the probing line and length outside off, defended with the line back to the bowler

38.5

Bond to de Villiers, no run, this time Bond fires that in with more pace, lands it short of a good length and the ball carries through at shoulder height to McCullum

38.6

Bond to de Villiers, 1 run, changes his length, digs it in shorter but cuts down on the pace, de Villiers swivels and pulls along the ground to O'Brien at fine leg

End of over 39 (1 run) South Africa 111/4
AB de Villiers    11* (19b 2x4)      SE Bond    11-1-38-2
HH Gibbs    51* (112b 11x4)      IE O'Brien    10-4-23-1

Oram returns

39.1

Oram to de Villiers, no run, starts off with a loosener outside off, left alone

39.2

Oram to de Villiers, no run, this one keeps a little low as the batsman stays rooted to the crease and keeps it down

39.3

Oram to de Villiers, no run, fullish on middle and off, gets de Villiers to come forward and push it with an angled bat to mid-on

39.4

Oram to de Villiers, FOUR, too short, too wide - the recipe for a slash. de Villiers gets forward and slashes that safely over the slips for an easy boundary

39.5

Oram to de Villiers, no run, good length outside off, pushed to the off side

39.6

Oram to de Villiers, no run, Oram cuts down a bit on the pace, lands that on a good length outside off, no away movement as the ball beats the batsman

End of over 40 (4 runs) South Africa 115/4
AB de Villiers    15* (25b 3x4)      JDP Oram    7-3-21-0
HH Gibbs    51* (112b 11x4)      SE Bond    11-1-38-2

40.1

Bond to Gibbs, no run, beaten! In the slot to drive as Gibbs tries to beat the covers, he drives away from the body with out moving his feet. Lucky not to get an edge

40.2

Bond to Gibbs, FOUR, that's better! picks the length early, rocks on the backfoot and pulls off the meat of the bat over square leg

40.3

Bond to Gibbs, FOUR, Bond over compensates by bowling it too full outside off, Gibbs drives with the line of the ball and beats extra cover

40.4

Bond to Gibbs, no run, left alone outside the off stump

40.5

Bond to Gibbs, 1 run, risky! in the slot to drive outside off, Gibbs meets the ball a little too early and drives on the up. He nearly ends up scooping it to Vettori at mid-off

40.6

Bond to de Villiers, no run, pushed to the covers

End of over 41 (9 runs) South Africa 124/4
AB de Villiers    15* (26b 3x4)      SE Bond    12-1-47-2
HH Gibbs    60* (117b 13x4)      JDP Oram    7-3-21-0

41.1

Oram to Gibbs, no run, tucked to the on side

41.2

Oram to Gibbs, 2 runs, short of a length on off, inviting the pull, Gibbs rocks back and tries to beat the gap between mid-on and midwicket. He doesnt time it well but manages to place it just wide of mid-on

41.3

Oram to Gibbs, no run, fullish outside off and pushed to the covers

41.4

Oram to Gibbs, no run, fullish on middle and leg, tucked to the on side

41.5

Oram to Gibbs, no run, holds the length back a fraction, forces Gibbs on the backfoot as he defends back to Oram

41.6

Oram to Gibbs, no run, good length outside off, left alone just before the drinks interval

Vettori should be quite pleased with the way things are going. South Africa have eased the pressure a little as the pair of Gibbs and de Villiers hace scored at a quick clip of 4.34 per over.

End of over 42 (2 runs) South Africa 126/4
HH Gibbs    62* (123b 13x4)      JDP Oram    8-3-23-0
AB de Villiers    15* (26b 3x4)      SE Bond    12-1-47-2

Martin returns

42.1

Martin to de Villiers, FOUR, sloppy stuff from Martin! short and way too wide outside off. That was bread and butter for de Villiers as he slashes that over the slips with merry abandon

42.2

Martin to de Villiers, FOUR, Martin doesn't make things any better for himself as he bowls this one wide outside off, short enough for de Villiers to execute a controlled cut past point

42.3

Martin to de Villiers, no run, pushed to the off side

42.4

Martin to de Villiers, 2 runs, drifts onto the hips this time and de Villiers works it with his wrists with ease down to fine leg

42.5

Martin to de Villiers, no run, good comeback, sticks to the correct line outside off, cramping him for room and de Villiers shows him the respect by shouldering arms

42.6

Martin to de Villiers, no run, holds the length back, de Villiers lets it go outside off and this time the ball climbs after pitching

End of over 43 (10 runs) South Africa 136/4
AB de Villiers    25* (32b 5x4)      CS Martin    10-1-40-1
HH Gibbs    62* (123b 13x4)      JDP Oram    8-3-23-0

43.1

Oram to Gibbs, 1 run, drifts on the body and worked to the on side for a single

43.2

Oram to de Villiers, no run, fullish in length, holds its line, de Villiers gets a big stride forward and defends

43.3

Oram to de Villiers, FOUR, Oram hands de Villiers another gift. Overpitched outside off, he gets down on his knee and executes a textbook square drive past the diving point

43.4

Oram to de Villiers, no run, watchfully defended back to the bowler

43.5

Oram to de Villiers, no run, just short of a good length on off stump, gets back and defends

43.6

Oram to de Villiers, no run, short of a good length on off and middle, goes on the backfoot, closes the face of the bat and tucks it to midwicket

End of over 44 (5 runs) South Africa 141/4
AB de Villiers    29* (37b 6x4)      JDP Oram    9-3-28-0
HH Gibbs    63* (124b 13x4)      CS Martin    10-1-40-1

44.1

Martin to Gibbs, OUT, loss of concentration! Perhaps inspired by de Villiers' upper-cut the previous over, Gibbs attempts the same, though the ball wasn't short enough for that. He ends up getting a thick outside edge high to Fleming at first slip

HH Gibbs c Fleming b Martin 63 (193m 125b 13x4 0x6) SR: 50.40

This wicket has gone against the run of play

Boucher walks in

44.2

Martin to Boucher, no run, good length outside off and Boucher watches it carefully through to the keeper

44.3

Martin to Boucher, no run, fuller in length, on off stump and defended back to the bowler

44.4

Martin to Boucher, no run, drifts the ball into the right-hander, tucked to midwicket

44.5

Martin to Boucher, no run, Boucher shoulders arms again and watches the movement through to the keeper

44.6

Martin to Boucher, no run, left alone, and that completes a wicket maiden for Martin

End of over 45 (wicket maiden) South Africa 141/5
MV Boucher    0* (5b)      CS Martin    11-2-40-2
AB de Villiers    29* (37b 6x4)      JDP Oram    9-3-28-0

The captain Vettori brings himself on

45.1

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, length delivery, hardly any spin, pushed back to Vettori

45.2

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, defended close to the pads, gets an inside edge onto his boot

45.3

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, pushed in on off and middle, driven to the covers

45.4

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, flighted on middle and leg, defended back to the bowler

45.5

Vettori to de Villiers, 1 no ball, oversteps....de Villiers pushes it back to Vettori

45.5

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, gets forward to drive, plays away from his body and gets a thick inside edge onto his thigh. The ball nearly trickes onto the stumps

45.6

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, Vettori gives him just a hint of width outside off, tries to cut but ends up chopping it down to point

End of over 46 (1 run) South Africa 142/5
AB de Villiers    29* (44b 6x4)      DL Vettori    4-2-2-0
MV Boucher    0* (5b)      CS Martin    11-2-40-2

46.1

Martin to Boucher, no run, good length outside the off stump, no away movement as the bal leaves the batsman

46.2

Martin to Boucher, no run, sticks to the same line and length and Boucher isn't interested

46.3

Martin to Boucher, FOUR, Martin tests him out with a shorter one and Boucher is quick to the task, swiveling on the backfoot and hooking behind the wicket, over the keeper for a boundary

46.4

Martin to Boucher, FOUR, Martin slips this one a touch too wide outside off, Boucher meets the ball high on the bat, plays with an angled bat and importantly, keeps it down as the ball races past gully, down to third man

46.5

Martin to Boucher, no run, left alone outside the off stump

46.6

Martin to Boucher, no run, gets a half stride forward and defends

End of over 47 (8 runs) South Africa 150/5
MV Boucher    8* (11b 2x4)      CS Martin    12-2-48-2
AB de Villiers    29* (44b 6x4)      DL Vettori    4-2-2-0

47.1

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, tossed up on middle and off, defended on the front foot

47.2

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, tossed up on middle and off, he repeats the action with another forward defensive stroke

47.3

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, defends on the front foot with an angled bat, rolls close to first slip

47.4

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, pushed back to the bowler

47.5

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, makes him stay on the frontfoot as he defends again

47.6

Vettori to de Villiers, 1 run, just a touch too full outside off and de Villiers drives with the line of the ball past mid-off

End of over 48 (1 run) South Africa 151/5
AB de Villiers    30* (50b 6x4)      DL Vettori    5-2-3-0
MV Boucher    8* (11b 2x4)      CS Martin    12-2-48-2

48.1

Martin to de Villiers, no run, lands it on a good length outside off, gets the ball to kick after pitching and de Villiers shoulders arms

48.2

Martin to de Villiers, 2 runs, errs by bowling too full on the pads, quite bit of swing for Martin, worked off the pads past midwicket

48.3

Martin to de Villiers, no run, Appeal: fullish and swinging into the right hander, de Villiers shuffles across the stumps, tries to glance it fine, gets hit on the pads in line with leg stump. The fielders go up in appeal. Perhaps an inside edge, though hard to tell

48.4

Martin to de Villiers, no run, gets the ball to kick again off a good length and de Villiers manages to fend it off rather uncomfortably

48.5

Martin to de Villiers, no run, shoulders arms outside the off stump

48.6

Martin to de Villiers, no run

End of over 49 (2 runs) South Africa 153/5
AB de Villiers    32* (56b 6x4)      CS Martin    13-2-50-2
MV Boucher    8* (11b 2x4)      DL Vettori    5-2-3-0

49.1

Vettori to Boucher, 4 leg byes, that beat just about everything! flighted on off and middl, the ball straightens, beats the daylight between bat and pad and then beats the top of off stump. Vettori celebrates but then reality strikes

49.2

Vettori to Boucher, no run, defended with soft hands on the front foot

49.3

Vettori to Boucher, no run, defended again with soft hands on the front foot

49.4

Vettori to Boucher, no run, tries to work the ball to the on side but gets a leading edge to point

49.5

Vettori to Boucher, no run, pushed to the covers

49.6

Vettori to Boucher, no run, flighted on off stump, driven back to the bowler

End of over 50 (4 runs, maiden) South Africa 157/5
MV Boucher    8* (17b 2x4)      DL Vettori    6-3-3-0
AB de Villiers    32* (56b 6x4)      CS Martin    13-2-50-2
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
Series Results
South Africa v New Zealand at Centurion - Nov 16-18, 2007
South Africa won by an innings and 59 runs
South Africa v New Zealand at Johannesburg - Nov 8-11, 2007
South Africa won by 358 runs
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Photos

Nov 11, 2007

Chris Martin walks back after being bowled for a duck, South Africa v New Zealand, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 4th day

Chris Martin walks back after being bowled for a duck

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Nov 11, 2007

Dale Steyn was named Man of the Match for his match-haul of 10 for 93, South Africa v New Zealand, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 4th day, November 11, 2007

Dale Steyn with the Man-of-the-Match award

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