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

New Zealand in South Africa Test Series - 2nd Test

South Africa v New Zealand

South Africa won by an innings and 59 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Hello and a very warm welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the second Test between South Africa and New Zealand at Centurion Park. Thanks for tuning into Cricinfo again, and let's hope for a good Test's cricket.

I'm Jamie Alter, your commentator for this match.

Word from the middle is that New Zealand have won the toss and they will bat.

The visitors have handed Mark Gillespie his debut and Lou Vincent also comes in in the absence of Shane Bond (sent home with an abdominal problem) and Jacob Oram's hamstring injury. South Africa named an unchanged line-up for the fourth Test in a row, again leaving out veteran Shaun Pollock.

The pitch once again looks to be a focal point. South African coach Mickey Arthur said, on the eve of this Test, that it looks good but cracks are already appearing. Daniel Vettori, New Zealand's captain, says it resembles the Wanderers'. Taking a look at it, I'd reckon it should last five days.

After a massive 358-run victory at the Wanderers last Sunday, the hosts have already said there's no room for complacency over the next five days. Despite the efforts of Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla - who added 330 for the third wicket at Johannesburg - the top order's lack of consistency remains a worry. Only three partnerships went beyond the 50-run mark in either of South Africa's innings last week. The bowling, however, was at the top of its game, dismissing New Zealand for 118 and 172, led by Dale Steyn's first ten-wicket match haul.

New Zealand's batting has been shaky all tour and they will need to come out with something special here.

Right, we're ready for the start. Lovely day, bright skies and a good crowd. Here come the South Africans, followed by the New Zealand openers. Steyn will start proceedings on his home ground. Craig Cumming to face. Three slips and a gully.

0.1

Steyn to Cumming, no run, starts off on a good length, outside off stump, at a decent pace and the batsman judges it well, opting to let it go past safely

0.2

Steyn to Cumming, no run, fuller delivery on off stump, Cumming gets forward and defends it solidly

0.3

Steyn to Cumming, no run

0.4

Steyn to Cumming, FOUR, oh ho! Steyn pitches on leg stump, Cumming plays a loose nudge and gets a leading edge just over a leaping Gibbs at gully ... that was very close!

0.5

Steyn to Cumming, no run, good length on off stump, he gets across and defends it nicely

0.6

Steyn to Cumming, 1 run, good length on off stump, he gets across and taps it down in front of gully, calling for a quick single which he gets in the end

End of over 1 (5 runs) New Zealand 5/0
CD Cumming    5* (6b 1x4)      DW Steyn    1-0-5-0
MHW Papps    0* (0b)     

Here's Makhaya Ntini to partner Steyn with the new ball. Backward point and short leg in.

1.1

Ntini to Cumming, no run, loosener, pitching on a good length outside off stump and he leaves it be

1.2

Ntini to Cumming, no run, very short down leg stump, Cumming swivels and thinks about pulling but resists and lets it sail down to a moving Boucher behind the stumps

1.3

Ntini to Cumming, no run, short and wide outside off stump, he gets up and goes for the cut, but mistimes the stroke into the ground in front of backward point, too much bottom hand

1.4

Ntini to Cumming, no run, angled down leg stump, Cumming gets a full stride in and Ntini lets out a loud appeal as the ball strikes the pad, but the umpire isn't convinced at all

1.5

Ntini to Cumming, no run, short of a length on leg stump, he gets up and drops it in front of short leg

1.6

Ntini to Cumming, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Cumming gets up and then pulls back the bat to let the ball carry on through to Boucher

End of over 2 (maiden) New Zealand 5/0
CD Cumming    5* (12b 1x4)      M Ntini    1-1-0-0
MHW Papps    0* (0b)      DW Steyn    1-0-5-0

2.1

Steyn to Papps, no run, short of a length and pretty wide outside off stump, Papps just lets it go through

2.2

Steyn to Papps, FOUR, streaky! Short of a length on off stump, opens up Papps, who's lucky to edge it down into the gap between gully and the slips, the ball just clipping the outside edge and screaming away for four

Another slip comes in now

2.3

Steyn to Papps, no run, good ball, 147ks, pitching on a length and deviating away from Papps, who doesn't move his feet and just feels for it outside off stump, beaten by the away movement

2.4

Steyn to Papps, 1 run, much fuller now, on off stump, and Papps pushes to point off the front foot

2.5

Steyn to Cumming, no run, short of a length well outside off stump, stays a tad low as he leaves it be

2.6

Steyn to Cumming, 2 runs, too straight this time and Cumming nudges off the pads, well into the gap behind square leg, and completes an easy two with Papps

End of over 3 (7 runs) New Zealand 12/0
CD Cumming    7* (14b 1x4)      DW Steyn    2-0-12-0
MHW Papps    5* (4b 1x4)      M Ntini    1-1-0-0

3.1

Ntini to Papps, no run, bouncer down leg stump, 136.sks, Papps gets low as the ball sails past his left shoulder

3.2

Ntini to Papps, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Papps gets up and shoulders arms

3.3

Ntini to Papps, no run, pitched much further up this time, and Papps gets over it to defend to point

3.4

Ntini to Papps, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Papps gets up and shoulders arms

3.5

Ntini to Papps, no run, overpitched on leg stump, on-driven to the fielder at short midwicket

3.6

Ntini to Papps, no run, short of a length, angling in sharply from outside off and Papps shoulders arms

End of over 4 (maiden) New Zealand 12/0
MHW Papps    5* (10b 1x4)      M Ntini    2-2-0-0
CD Cumming    7* (14b 1x4)      DW Steyn    2-0-12-0

4.1

Steyn to Cumming, no run, short of a length outside off stump, left alone

4.2

Steyn to Cumming, 1 run, fuller outside off stump, and he gets forward to steer to backward point

4.3

Steyn to Papps, no run, short of a length outside off stump, he gets up and chops into the ground in front of point, not moving his feet much and using an angled bat, away from his body

4.4

Steyn to Papps, no run, good length, no width at all, on off and middle and making him defend it back

4.5

Steyn to Papps, no run, short of a length outside off stump, gets up and shoulders arms this time

4.6

Steyn to Papps, no run, pitches outside leg, slants down further, clips the pad as he attempts a flick, and theres half an appeal from Steyn and Boucher

End of over 5 (1 run) New Zealand 13/0
MHW Papps    5* (14b 1x4)      DW Steyn    3-0-13-0
CD Cumming    8* (16b 1x4)      M Ntini    2-2-0-0

5.1

Ntini to Cumming, no run, good one, landing a full length and sucking Cumming forward, who pushes away from his body with minimal footwork and gets beaten on the move

5.2

Ntini to Cumming, no run, tight delivery on off stump and much better foot movement from Cumming, getting bat and pad together to defend nicely

5.3

Ntini to Cumming, no run, good length just outside off stump, Cumming defends it to backward point

5.4

Ntini to Cumming, no run, sharp delivery, kicking up from off stump but Cumming does well to roll the top hand and keep it down just in front of short leg, taking the bottom hand off the bat

5.5

Ntini to Cumming, no run, fuller outside off stump, raps Cumming on the front pad as he gets a full stride in and the bat comes down late, Ntini appeals vociferously but umpire Harper firmly says no, as it struck him outside the line of impact

5.6

Ntini to Cumming, FOUR, overpitched on middle and off and Cumming drives straight past mid-on for four

End of over 6 (4 runs) New Zealand 17/0
CD Cumming    12* (22b 2x4)      M Ntini    3-2-4-0
MHW Papps    5* (14b 1x4)      DW Steyn    3-0-13-0

6.1

Steyn to Papps, no run, short of a length on off stump, gets up and plays it back to Steyn

6.2

Steyn to Papps, no run, short of a length on off stump, again he gets up and keeps it down to Steyn

6.3

Steyn to Papps, no run, overpitched outside off stump, he drives uneasily to cover, aiming to go towards mid-off but getting late on the shot

6.4

Steyn to Papps, no run, short of a length outside off stump, he lets it pass through to Boucher

6.5

Steyn to Papps, no run, short of a length again, the outswinger from Steyn, Papps shoulders arms

6.6

Steyn to Papps, no run, slants down leg stump, catching him on the pad as he tries to leave, the slips and bowler go up but hold back on their appeal as they realize it was missing leg

Bowlers hitting a good length and making the batsman play, which is what you need in Test cricket. Neither opener looks very determined.

End of over 7 (maiden) New Zealand 17/0
MHW Papps    5* (20b 1x4)      DW Steyn    4-1-13-0
CD Cumming    12* (22b 2x4)      M Ntini    3-2-4-0

7.1

Ntini to Cumming, FOUR, too full on the pads, and Cumming slips it past Amla at short leg, the ball racing across the turf through the yawing gap on the leg side, good shot

7.2

Ntini to Cumming, no run, full on off stump, angled in, Cumming gets right over it and defends to gully

7.3

Ntini to Cumming, no run, full outside off stump, inviting the drive but Cumming gets forward and leaves

7.4

Ntini to Cumming, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, gets up on the toes and defends it down in front of point, calling for the sharp single and getting it

7.5

Ntini to Papps, FOUR, good length outside off stump, Papps gets forward and plays with soft hands, while he's beaten on the move the ball takes the edge and escapes through the gap at gully and the slips

7.6

Ntini to Papps, OUT, but he's not so lucky this time! Ntini pitches short of a length outside off stump, gets it to kick up off the surface and Papps, initially coming forward, is unable to get back in time and edges it to a diving Gibbs at gully, who gets forward and takes it inches off the ground

MHW Papps c Gibbs b Ntini 9 (32m 22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 40.90

End of over 8 (9 runs) New Zealand 26/1
     M Ntini    4-2-13-1
CD Cumming    17* (26b 3x4)      DW Steyn    4-1-13-0

8.1

Steyn to Cumming, no run, drifts well down leg stump and Cumming doesn't need to play at that

8.2

Steyn to Cumming, no run, good delivery, smack on the money, drawing Cumming forward in defense

8.3

Steyn to Cumming, no run, sharp delivery over off stump, Cumming quickly ducks low

8.4

Steyn to Cumming, no run, good length outside off stump, Cumming gets his front foot out and leaves

8.5

Steyn to Cumming, 1 run, straighter on leg stump, allowing him to shuffle and tuck wide of midwicket

8.6

Steyn to Vincent, no run, short outside off stump, Vincent gets that front leg out and shoulders arms

End of over 9 (1 run) New Zealand 27/1
L Vincent    0* (1b)      DW Steyn    5-1-14-0
CD Cumming    18* (31b 3x4)      M Ntini    4-2-13-1

9.1

Ntini to Cumming, no run, short of a length on off stump, he shuffles and tucks it very near to Amla at short leg, but on the bounce and he survives

9.2

Ntini to Cumming, no run, much fuller on off stump, he pushes off the front foot and gets an inside-edge to Amla

9.3

Ntini to Cumming, FOUR, shot! Drifts down leg stump and Cumming flicks through the huge gap at midwicket and the quick outfield takes care of the rest

9.4

Ntini to Cumming, no run, short of a length outside off stump, good carry to Boucher after Cumming leaves

9.5

Ntini to Cumming, no run, good length on off stump, Cumming comes forward and defends to Gibbs at gully, just a confident stride forward and playing with soft hands

9.6

Ntini to Cumming, no run, short of a length outside off stump, this time he gets up and shoulders arms

End of over 10 (4 runs) New Zealand 31/1
CD Cumming    22* (37b 4x4)      M Ntini    5-2-17-1
L Vincent    0* (1b)      DW Steyn    5-1-14-0

Bowling change after ten overs - its Jacques Kallis

10.1

Kallis to Vincent, no run, starts off short of a length outside off, he gets up and lets it pass

10.2

Kallis to Vincent, no run, short outside off again, he gets up and shoulders arms to let it pass by

10.3

Kallis to Vincent, 1 run, fuller length on off stump, Vincent gets onto the front foot and gently pushes into the covers, calling for one getting off the mark

10.4

Kallis to Cumming, no run, good shout from the slips and keeper, as Cumming is struck on the front pad, getting a good stride forward to a fuller delivery outside off stump, but Kallis doesn't let out much of an appeal

10.5

Kallis to Cumming, no run, short, pacy delivery on middle and off, he gets up and turns it in the air, the ball goes up for a while but lands safely in front of midwicket

10.6

Kallis to Cumming, no run, fullish outside off stump, he gets up and lets it pass

End of over 11 (1 run) New Zealand 32/1
CD Cumming    22* (40b 4x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-1-0
L Vincent    1* (4b)      M Ntini    5-2-17-1

11.1

Ntini to Vincent, FOUR, full down leg stump, Vincent goes the for the tickle and beats Boucher, diving full length to his left but failing to get onto it, there was a soft noise, which suggest it may have clipped his pads

11.2

Ntini to Vincent, no run, full on leg again, this time Vincent clips sharply but Amla at short fine leg sticks out his right hand and takes the pace of it, very well stopped

11.3

Ntini to Vincent, 1 run, good length on off stump, he gets forward and pushes into the covers

11.4

Ntini to Cumming, no run, short of a length on middle and leg, tucked to short leg this time

11.5

Ntini to Cumming, no run, again pitches on a length on the stumps and Amla is sharp at short leg, crouching low and then moving to his left to save the single

11.6

Ntini to Cumming, no run, fuller outside off stump, coming in to Cumming, who leaves off the front foot

End of over 12 (5 runs) New Zealand 37/1
CD Cumming    22* (43b 4x4)      M Ntini    6-2-22-1
L Vincent    6* (7b 1x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-1-0

12.1

Kallis to Vincent, FOUR, short outside off stump, sits up and Vincent chases it, undone by the extra bounce, and thats a bottom-handed shot up and over gully for four

12.2

Kallis to Vincent, no run, short of a length outside off again, played down towards gully this time

12.3

Kallis to Vincent, 1 no ball, oversteps, the ball is full and slanting into him, and he gets an inside-edge off the front pad as he tries to defend to point

12.3

Kallis to Vincent, no run, short and very wide, and he doesn't need to play at those

12.4

Kallis to Vincent, no run, short on off stump, he pulls uneasily in the air towards midwicket, swiveling early and hes lucky it didn't carry to the fielder

12.5

Kallis to Vincent, no run, again very wide of off stump and he can leave those all day if he likes

12.6

Kallis to Vincent, no run, still very wide and he watches it through to Boucher behind the stumps

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End of over 13 (5 runs) New Zealand 42/1
L Vincent    10* (14b 2x4)      JH Kallis    2-0-6-0
CD Cumming    22* (43b 4x4)      M Ntini    6-2-22-1

Another change as Andre Nel replaces Ntini

13.1

Nel to Cumming, 3 runs, banged in short, Cumming goes after it, pulling off the splice of the bat well wide of mid-on, not timed that well but again evading the fielder

13.2

Nel to Vincent, no run, short of a length outside off stump, he shoulders arms to it comfortably

13.3

Nel to Vincent, no run, not that shot! Vincent sees a short of a length delivery and swings across the line, getting onto one leg, but he's very late on the shot as the ball deviates away and kicks up, beating him completely

13.4

Nel to Vincent, no run, short outside off stump again, and once more Vincent goes for the pull, this time getting a thick outside edge which doesn't carry to second slip

13.5

Nel to Vincent, no run, thats better, as Vincent this time opts to shoulder arms to one outside off

13.6

Nel to Vincent, no run, sharp delivery, swinging in off a length as Vincent covers off stump and leaves, clipped high on the thigh as he shoulders arms

End of over 14 (3 runs) New Zealand 45/1
L Vincent    10* (19b 2x4)      A Nel    1-0-3-0
CD Cumming    25* (44b 4x4)      JH Kallis    2-0-6-0

Kallis gets some sawdust applied to his bowling crease

14.1

Kallis to Cumming, no run, short of a length outside off stump, asking Cumming to drive, but he's happy leaving off the front foot as the ball stays low

14.2

Kallis to Cumming, no run, quicker delivery as Kallis bends his back, hitting a short length outside off stump and again Cumming just watches it through safely

14.3

Kallis to Cumming, no run, fuller length, pitching and moving away as he leaves it it off the front foot

Warm day, and it looks to be a sluggish day one surface

14.4

Kallis to Cumming, no run, short of a length again, Cumming gets up on the toes and leaves it alone

14.5

Kallis to Cumming, no run, the inswinger now, pitching full outside off stump and getting Cumming forward, driving via the outside edge to backward point

14.6

Kallis to Cumming, no run, good length outside off stump, the slower delivery, comes in and Cumming again gets the front pad out to check the line and shoulders arms, ending a maiden over from Kallis after the drinks break

End of over 15 (maiden) New Zealand 45/1
CD Cumming    25* (50b 4x4)      JH Kallis    3-1-6-0
L Vincent    10* (19b 2x4)      A Nel    1-0-3-0

15.1

Nel to Vincent, no run, short outside off stump, doesn't sit up that much but Vincent leaves it be

15.2

Nel to Vincent, no run, good delivery, pitching outside off and coming in, at a good height, to strike him high on the upper left thigh and midriff ... ouch

15.3

Nel to Vincent, no run, good length outside off stump, comes in sharply but he knows where his off stump is, planting the front leg out and shouldering arms

15.4

Nel to Vincent, no run, short of a length, comes in again and this time he uses an angled bat to chop down into the ground in front of point, getting up on the toes

15.5

Nel to Vincent, no run, bouncer well down leg stump, Vincent crouches forward as the ball goes down

15.6

Nel to Vincent, no run, short of a length, forcing him back and he defends hastily into the ground in front of Kallis, getting tall and playing it with soft hands

End of over 16 (maiden) New Zealand 45/1
L Vincent    10* (25b 2x4)      A Nel    2-1-3-0
CD Cumming    25* (50b 4x4)      JH Kallis    3-1-6-0

Very warm out there. Not much in the track unless you're willing to bend your back.

16.1

Kallis to Cumming, no run, good length outside off stump, tempting the drive, but Cumming leaves it be

16.2

Kallis to Cumming, no run, slower and fuller, on off stump or thereabouts, Cumming gets over it and defends

Boucher asks for new inners and gloves and out they come with the 12th man

16.3

Kallis to Cumming, 1 no ball, good ball, hitting a length and seaming past his tame back-foot defense, the ball nipping back off the surface nicely, except he's overstepped

16.3

Kallis to Cumming, no run, full outside off stump, asking him to have a go, but he gets forward and leaves, the ball comes in very close to off stump, good, tight bowling from Kallis

16.4

Kallis to Cumming, 1 run, this time he strays down leg and Cumming gets up on one leg, attempting to pull the shorter delivery, doesn't time it all that well and Boucher flings himself to his left to take pace off the ball, well stopped

16.5

Kallis to Vincent, FOUR, pitched up outside off stump, where Vincent likes 'em, and he crashes it over the covers with little fuss or foot movement, just relying on power and elevation

16.6

Kallis to Vincent, no run, short of a length outside off stump and this time he leaves it be

End of over 17 (6 runs) New Zealand 51/1
L Vincent    14* (27b 3x4)      JH Kallis    4-1-12-0
CD Cumming    26* (55b 4x4)      A Nel    2-1-3-0

So New Zealand have their 50 on the board. Decent stand forming here.

17.1

Nel to Cumming, no run, short and rising outside off stump, Cumming gets tall and shoulders arms

17.2

Nel to Cumming, 1 run, short of a length just outside off stump, Cumming gets over it, playing with soft hands and tapping wide of point for a well-judged single

17.3

Nel to Vincent, no run, fuller delivery on off stump and Vincent gets right over it, defending back to Nel

17.4

Nel to Vincent, no run, good length ball on middle and off, Vincent gets in line and defends, the bat turning ever so slightly in his hands to roll the ball to midwicket

17.5

Nel to Vincent, no run, short of a length on off stump, and he gets behind the ball to defend it back down the track, using his crease and playing it nice and late

17.6

Nel to Vincent, 1 run, similar delivery and after defending well for two balls Vincent is now comfortable turning it wide of midwicket for a sharp single, well played and well run

End of over 18 (2 runs) New Zealand 53/1
L Vincent    15* (31b 3x4)      A Nel    3-1-5-0
CD Cumming    27* (57b 4x4)      JH Kallis    4-1-12-0

18.1

Kallis to Vincent, no run, short of a length on off stump, he gets tall and defends it down into the ground

18.2

Kallis to Vincent, no run, full and wide, Vincent thinks about crunching it away but holds back on the shot

18.3

Kallis to Vincent, 1 run, good length, coming in to off stump and Vincent turns it wide of short leg

18.4

Kallis to Cumming, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Cumming gets up and uneasily plays it down into the ground in front of gully, sending Vincent back as he advances

18.5

Kallis to Cumming, 1 leg bye, angled down leg stump, he gets up and tucks it off the hips into the gap

18.6

Kallis to Vincent, no run, slants down leg stump and clips his pads as Boucher collects ... there's a nice, long hard stare from Kallis to Vincent

End of over 19 (2 runs) New Zealand 55/1
L Vincent    16* (35b 3x4)      JH Kallis    5-1-13-0
CD Cumming    27* (59b 4x4)      A Nel    3-1-5-0

Paul Harris warming up

19.1

Nel to Cumming, no run, bouncer over the stumps, very high over Cumming, who ducks down low

Should have been called wide

19.2

Nel to Cumming, FOUR, another short ball dug down leg stump, he goes for a pull and gets glove on it but it drifts far too wide of Boucher to take the catch

19.3

Nel to Cumming, no run, short of a length outside off stump, he gets up and leaves it alone

19.4

Nel to Cumming, no run, short of a length on off stump, he shuffles and defends it back to Nel

19.5

Nel to Cumming, no run, bouncer outside off stump, forcing Papps down as it sails over his head

19.6

Nel to Cumming, no run, good delivery, moving away off a length outside off stump and Papps, after thinking of playing, does well to hold back on the shot

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End of over 20 (4 runs) New Zealand 59/1
CD Cumming    31* (65b 5x4)      A Nel    4-1-9-0
L Vincent    16* (35b 3x4)      JH Kallis    5-1-13-0

So Harris it will be, replacing Kallis, who has left the field. Left-arm spin time now. Good breeze blowing across the ground. Good start to his Test career. Slip and short leg in place. Around the stumps comes Harris.

20.1

Harris to Vincent, no run, tossed up on off stump, good length, and he gets over it to defend

20.2

Harris to Vincent, 2 runs, flatter down leg stump, and Vincent sweeps well down to fine leg, where Nel covers good ground and dives on the ropes to keep him to just two

Midwicket goes to short fine leg

20.3

Harris to Vincent, 1 run, good shout! Harris gives it a generous amount of air, marginally outside off stump, he gets down to sweep and misses, struck on the toe but the umpire turns down the appeal ... looked to have got his front leg out a good deal, Vincent

20.4

Harris to Cumming, no run, tossed up on off stump, he gets forward and defends

Silly point on now

20.5

Harris to Cumming, no run, tossed up nicely outside off, he gets over it and defends to silly point

20.6

Harris to Cumming, no run, tossed up nicely outside off, he gets over it and defends to end a good over

End of over 21 (3 runs) New Zealand 62/1
CD Cumming    31* (68b 5x4)      PL Harris    1-0-3-0
L Vincent    19* (38b 3x4)      A Nel    4-1-9-0

21.1

Nel to Vincent, no run, good ball! Nips back off the seam, off a shortish length, and goes right through Vincent as he goes deep in the crease and pushes at it, Nel appeals but the umpire is unmoved ... cracking delivery though

21.2

Nel to Vincent, no run, much fuller on off stump this time and Vincent defends it back to Nel

21.3

Nel to Vincent, no run, full and wide, seaming away outside off and Vincent leaves well enough alone

21.4

Nel to Vincent, no run, short delivery outside off stump, extra lift off the surface, Vincent kneels down and arches the back to allow it through safely

21.5

Nel to Vincent, no run, short of a length on off stump, Vincent gets up on his toes and pokes to cover

21.6

Nel to Vincent, no run, good sharp delivery to end the over, sitting up sharply outside off stump and forcing Vincent to get very tall and hold back the bat

End of over 22 (maiden) New Zealand 62/1
L Vincent    19* (44b 3x4)      A Nel    5-2-9-0
CD Cumming    31* (68b 5x4)      PL Harris    1-0-3-0

22.1

Harris to Cumming, no run, tossed up on off stump, not much turn as Cumming defends to short leg

22.2

Harris to Cumming, no run, gives it some air and gets it to drift in, Cumming shuffles and flicks to midwicket

22.3

Harris to Cumming, no run, lovely drift into him, drawing him forward and he defends to silly point

22.4

Harris to Cumming, 1 run, flatter delivery angled down the pads and he clips it through square leg

22.5

Harris to Vincent, no run, tossed up on a length, Vincent gets forward and waits for it to turn before defending towards point

22.6

Harris to Vincent, SIX, bang, thats six! Vincent gets aggro, heaving a tossed up delivery on the stumps, clearing the leg to get elevation, and picking up maximum straight down the ground

End of over 23 (7 runs) New Zealand 69/1
L Vincent    25* (46b 3x4 1x6)      PL Harris    2-0-10-0
CD Cumming    32* (72b 5x4)      A Nel    5-2-9-0

Change of bat for Vincent. What was wrong the one he had? That six was sweet!

23.1

Nel to Cumming, FOUR, short on the stumps and he pulls through the gap at square leg for four, poor delivery and though that shot wasn't middled to perfection he had power on it

23.2

Nel to Cumming, no run, short outside off stump, Cumming thinks about leaving with a twirl of the bat but the ball clips the outside edge and rolls towards the slips

23.3

Nel to Cumming, no run, full on off stump, getting him onto the front foot, defending to cover

23.4

Nel to Cumming, 1 run, slower delivery, again full outside off stump, Cumming leans into it and pushes into the covers for an easy single

23.5

Nel to Vincent, no run, short and moving away outside off at a good height, Vincent initially comes forward to chase it but holds back at the nth second after he was dragged out

23.6

Nel to Vincent, no run, short of a length much closer to the stumps and he shoulders arms to it

Nel not really finding his groove this morning. New Zealand continue to prosper.

End of over 24 (5 runs) New Zealand 74/1
L Vincent    25* (48b 3x4 1x6)      A Nel    6-2-14-0
CD Cumming    37* (76b 6x4)      PL Harris    2-0-10-0

Ntini back for a second spell. Harris relieved of his services after that six.

24.1

Ntini to Cumming, no run, short of a length on off stump, stays low as he manages to defend it down

24.2

Ntini to Cumming, 1 leg bye, full delivery from very wide of the crease, catches him low on the front pad as he gets a full stride in, Ntini appeals but Mark Benson shakes his head, indicating its tough to give those out the way Ntini comes in so wide

24.3

Ntini to Vincent, 3 runs, full outside off stump, Vincent gets onto the front foot and pushes well off the middle of the bat, picking the gap at extra cover and running through

24.4

Ntini to Cumming, no run, short of a length outside off stump, he shoulders arms this time

24.5

Ntini to Cumming, no run, slower delivery outside off stump, a shade low off a short length, and he gets up to watch it into Boucher's gloves

24.6

Ntini to Cumming, no run, fuller on off stump, he drives and gets an inside-edge to Amla at square leg

End of over 25 (4 runs) New Zealand 78/1
CD Cumming    37* (81b 6x4)      M Ntini    7-2-25-1
L Vincent    28* (49b 3x4 1x6)      A Nel    6-2-14-0

Bowling change - Steyn back into the attack

25.1

Steyn to Vincent, no run, whats this? Vincent is flummoxed as he takes his eyes of a short delivery on leg stump, ducking low and expecting it to sail over his left shoulder, but it stays low and hit him high on the shoulder blade

25.2

Steyn to Vincent, FOUR, much better, as Vincent now creams a fuller delivery outside off stump through point

25.3

Steyn to Vincent, 1 run, short of a length on off stump, forcing him up on the toes as he defends it back

25.4

Steyn to Cumming, 1 run, edged and dropped! Sharp delivery, bouncing and leaving Cumming, who pushes at it away from his body but Kallis, off the ground for a couple overs, muffs a regulation outside edge at second slip, cupping his hands in front of his face and letting it fly away to his left ... that was deplorable

25.5

Steyn to Vincent, no run, bouncer over leg stump, 145ks, forcing him to go down on the haunches

25.6

Steyn to Vincent, no run, short outside off stump, he gets up and plays it uppishly to backward point

Steyn looked pretty peeved after that catch was spilled

End of over 26 (6 runs) New Zealand 84/1
L Vincent    33* (54b 4x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    6-1-20-0
CD Cumming    38* (82b 6x4)      M Ntini    7-2-25-1

26.1

Ntini to Cumming, no run, fuller length, making him come forward and watchfully play it back to Ntini

26.2

Ntini to Cumming, no run, short of a length on leg stump, he gets up on the toes and taps it down

26.3

Ntini to Cumming, no run, short and wide, asking for trouble, he crunches the drive very hard but Gibbs at gully does extremely well to cut it off with the awkward bounce, parrying it away to his left, well done

26.4

Ntini to Cumming, no run, full outside off stump, Cumming plants the front leg out and decides to leave

Amla deep back for the hook

26.5

Ntini to Cumming, no run, good ball, attempted yorker outside off stump, Cumming jams it out to gully, who throws it back, misses, and Harris back up well

26.6

Ntini to Cumming, no run, another yorker, this time honing in on off stump, and Cumming plays it out well again, keeping it out to point

End of over 27 (maiden) New Zealand 84/1
CD Cumming    38* (88b 6x4)      M Ntini    8-3-25-1
L Vincent    33* (54b 4x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    6-1-20-0

27.1

Steyn to Vincent, no run, short of a length outside off stump, he gets forward and leaves it alone

27.2

Steyn to Vincent, no run, very quick bouncer on leg stump, 146ks, forcing him to take evasive action

27.3

Steyn to Vincent, no run, fuller now outside off stump, inviting the drive, but Vincent holds back the bat

27.4

Steyn to Vincent, no run, short of a length on off stump, Vincent gets behind it and plays it back, just waiting out the over till lunch

27.5

Steyn to Vincent, no run, pitches down leg and clips him on the pad as he tries to flick, and falls over in that attempt, but the umpire turns down an exaggerated appeal from Steyn and the slips as the ball was indeed slanting down leg stump

27.6

Steyn to Vincent, no run, full and wide outside off stump, Vincent shoulders arms and thats lunch

New Zealand's session, you'd have to say, as they have regrouped well after the loss of Michael Papps for nine. They've got runs on the board and will be pleased with the first two hours of the day. Could so easily have been two down had Kallis not fluffed that catch at second slip. Do join me, Jamie Alter, for the second session in about half an hour's time. Back soon.

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End of over 28 (maiden) New Zealand 84/1
L Vincent    33* (60b 4x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    7-2-20-0
CD Cumming    38* (88b 6x4)      M Ntini    8-3-25-1

Welcome back. The batsmen are set in the middle, ready to roll. Ntini has the ball. New Zealand would look to continue their good progress. Three slips and a gully.

28.1

Ntini to Cumming, no run, good length outside off stump, played towards backward point watchfully

28.2

Ntini to Cumming, no run, shorter one, sitting up, but Cumming gets tall to steer it down to gully

28.3

Ntini to Cumming, no run, back to a fuller length on a good channel, drawing him quickly forward and he plays a loose defensive shot towards gully this time

28.4

Ntini to Cumming, no run, short of a length and drifting down leg, Cumming moves half-forward and tries to tuck it fine but the ball gains on him and clips him on the thigh

28.5

Ntini to Cumming, no run, slanted down leg stump and he lets it pass to Boucher this time

28.6

Ntini to Cumming, FOUR, overpitched on off stump, Cumming gets to the pitch and pushes back past Ntini and the stumps, beating mid-off and mid-on

End of over 29 (4 runs) New Zealand 88/1
CD Cumming    42* (94b 7x4)      M Ntini    9-3-29-1
L Vincent    33* (60b 4x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    7-2-20-0

Steyn continues

29.1

Steyn to Vincent, no run, short of a length outside off stump, guided to Prince at backward point off the back foot, getting in line and pushing away from the body

29.2

Steyn to Vincent, no run, good length on off stump, he gets in line and watchfully plays it down to point

29.3

Steyn to Vincent, no run, bouncer! Quick and fizzing up past his nose, and he just manages to turn that head out of harm's way, even as he took his eyes off it! Yowza!

29.4

Steyn to Vincent, OUT, and would you look at that! After unsettling him with a snorter last ball, Steyn hustles in and digs one in short again and Vincent is simply hurried into his pull shot, lobbing it up in the air for Harris to run across to square leg and pouch an easy take, very clever bowling from Steyn

L Vincent c Harris b Steyn 33 (96m 64b 4x4 1x6) SR: 51.56

Extra slip comes in for Cumming, who crossed that ball. Amla gets on a helmet and moves in at short leg.

29.5

Steyn to Cumming, no run, third bouncer! Very fast and screaming over off stump as Cumming takes his eyes off the ball and ducks low, the bail sailing over for Boucher to take it high

29.6

Steyn to Cumming, no run, very full this time, good change-up from Steyn, but Cumming lets it pass

Excellent over that

End of over 30 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 88/2
CD Cumming    42* (96b 7x4)      DW Steyn    8-3-20-1
SP Fleming    0* (0b)      M Ntini    9-3-29-1

Here's the experienced Stephen Fleming out next at No. 4. Ntini's got his number in the past a few times.

30.1

Ntini to Fleming, no run, good length on off stump, Fleming gets forward and defends it back to Ntini

30.2

Ntini to Fleming, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump and Fleming squirts it off the back foot just through point for a quick single to open his account

Silly mid-off comes in, which should make Ntini bowl closer to the stumps

30.3

Ntini to Cumming, no run, short of a length outside off stump, gets up tall and plays it down to point

30.4

Ntini to Cumming, no run, fuller this time, angled in to off stump, drawing Cumming forward in defense

30.5

Ntini to Cumming, no run, short of a length, no room on offer, Cumming quickly gets up and defends

30.6

Ntini to Cumming, no run, short and wide, pitches and comes in sharply but he's got off covered and leaves

End of over 31 (1 run) New Zealand 89/2
CD Cumming    42* (100b 7x4)      M Ntini    10-3-30-1
SP Fleming    1* (2b)      DW Steyn    8-3-20-1

Fleming will face a pumped-up Steyn now

31.1

Steyn to Fleming, no run, good sharp delivery kicking up just outside off stump and Fleming has to arch the back and drop the hands to allow it pass to Boucher

He's really hit his straps after lunch, has Steyn

31.2

Steyn to Fleming, no run, this one pitches on a length and comes back in, forcing Fleming to get up and quickly bring an angled bat down on it, slashing along the ground to gully

31.3

Steyn to Fleming, no run, tight stuff really, short of a length on the stumps and Fleming has to get right behind the line of the ball to play it back to Steyn

31.4

Steyn to Fleming, no run, oh ho ho! Another sharp one dug in short moves across Fleming from middle and leg, and he has to hurry to sway back out of harm's way, taking the eyes off it

31.5

Steyn to Fleming, 3 runs, good push back past the stumps, Fleming coming half-forward quickly to a fuller delivery and driving wide of Steyn's right hand and mid-on and mid-off give chase

31.6

Steyn to Cumming, no run, sharp half-tracker to end the over, forcing Cummings down onto the haunches

End of over 32 (3 runs) New Zealand 92/2
CD Cumming    42* (101b 7x4)      DW Steyn    9-3-23-1
SP Fleming    4* (7b)      M Ntini    10-3-30-1

32.1

Ntini to Fleming, 1 run, good length delivery, pitching on leg and coming in towards off, Fleming gets over it, very upright with minimal foot movement, and pushes into the covers

Silly mid-off back for the right-hander

32.2

Ntini to Cumming, 2 runs, short of a length outside off, Cumming gets back and plays that nicely past Prince at backward point, hustling for runs with Fleming

32.3

Ntini to Cumming, no run, pitched up well wide of off stump, Cumming comes forward and tries to hold back the bat, but the ball clips the toe and dies in front of slip, loose defense there

32.4

Ntini to Cumming, no run, good length outside off stump, watchfully steered along the ground to gully

32.5

Ntini to Cumming, FOUR, good stuff, Cumming getting forward to a good-length ball and pushing on the up, waiting for the ball to come onto him, between cover and point and not a fielder reacts

32.6

Ntini to Cumming, no run, now Ntini serves up a genuine half-volley but Cumming mistimes the drive, failing to beat the man in the covers .. ah, cricket ...

End of over 33 (7 runs) New Zealand 99/2
CD Cumming    48* (106b 8x4)      M Ntini    11-3-37-1
SP Fleming    5* (8b)      DW Steyn    9-3-23-1

33.1

Steyn to Fleming, no run, short of a length on off stump, Fleming is deep in the crease and chops it towards point off the back foot

33.2

Steyn to Fleming, no run, good ball, hitting a short length and leaving Fleming, coming forward and then turning the bat in an attempt to leave, well bowled that

33.3

Steyn to Fleming, 1 no ball, oversteps, pitching on middle and coming back to leg stump and hitting him on the pad, would have been a very tight shout but thats a no-ball

33.3

Steyn to Fleming, no run, short of a length on middle and leg, Fleming gets his back leg across and defends it with a full face of the bat back to Steyn

Steyn doesn't say much to the batsmen, just focuses on his task

33.4

Steyn to Fleming, 1 run, banged in short on leg stump, forcing Fleming to hop up, the ball takes the splice of the bat high and balloons up before landing safely in front of square leg for a single

33.5

Steyn to Cumming, no run, ouch! Steyn flattens Cumming with another snorter of a short delivery, dug in on middle and leg and as he swivels to pull he misses the line of the ball, he's fairly felled as it sneaks in and clangs him on the visor. Cumming is down in a second as everyone, Steyn right in front, rush to attend to him. He was hit flush in the cheek and there's a good amount of blood. Very nasty. Off goes Cumming now with a towel to his right cheek. Here's Scott Styris in next.

CD Cumming retired hurt 48 (151m 107b 8x4 0x6) SR: 44.85

33.6

Steyn to Styris, no run, short delivery down leg stump, Styris crouches and lets it go down

Cumming is off the field. That was not pretty to watch.

End of over 34 (2 runs) New Zealand 101/2
SB Styris    0* (1b)      DW Steyn    10-3-25-1
SP Fleming    6* (13b)      M Ntini    11-3-37-1

34.1

Ntini to Fleming, 1 run, short on leg stump, Fleming mistimes his attempted pull, hitting it with the toe end of the bat down through the gap at short fine leg and Steyn covers up down at fine leg

34.2

Ntini to Styris, 2 runs, angled into middle and leg and he tucks it off the pads, into the gap at square leg and out to the deep as Amla runs after it from short leg

34.3

Ntini to Styris, 1 run, short on off stump, again angled in, Styris gets inside the line and plays it gently down in front of an attentive Amla under the helmet for one more to the scoreboard

Ntini moves around the stumps

34.4

Ntini to Fleming, no run, full and wide of off stump, Fleming inches forward and leaves it alone

34.5

Ntini to Fleming, no run, full again, moving back in off the seam but Fleming covers off and leaves it be

34.6

Ntini to Fleming, no run, short of a length outside off, Fleming gets up tall and runs it to Prince at point

End of over 35 (4 runs) New Zealand 105/2
SP Fleming    7* (17b)      M Ntini    12-3-41-1
SB Styris    3* (3b)      DW Steyn    10-3-25-1

New Zealand have to ensure the momentum doesn't drift away. Two new men at the crease.

35.1

Steyn to Styris, no run, short of a length outside off, 145.5ks, Styris lets well enough be

35.2

Steyn to Styris, no run, shuffles across to off before the ball is bowled and Steyn digs in another bouncer, forcing him to duck low and let it sail over his head

35.3

Steyn to Styris, no run, pitched up outside off stump and Styris drives well to mid-off, but cant beat Nel

35.4

Steyn to Styris, no run, good length on off stump, a tentative Styris waits and plays it back to Steyn

35.5

Steyn to Styris, OUT, trapped him! Steyn follows up with a slower delivery, full on middle and leg and swinging in nicely, Styris is back and rooted to the crease, attempting to work it across the line but the bat comes down way too late and he's caught plumb in front, another excellent change-up from Steyn!

SB Styris lbw b Steyn 3 (11m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

This lad's got his tail up, completely bringing South Africa back after lunch. Ross Taylor to face the music.

35.6

Steyn to Taylor, no run, short outside off stump, pitching and going away, Taylor withdraws from the shot

End of over 36 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 105/3
LRPL Taylor    0* (1b)      DW Steyn    11-4-25-2
SP Fleming    7* (17b)      M Ntini    12-3-41-1

Ntini around the stumps

36.1

Ntini to Fleming, no run, sharp, rising delivery outside off stump has Fleming leaning back and playing late, with soft hands, down in front of gully

36.2

Ntini to Fleming, no run, short again, this time on middle stump, and Fleming gets back uneasily and manages to keep it down in front of midwicket

36.3

Ntini to Fleming, FOUR, full and wide outside off stumps and Fleming chases it lustily, slashing up and over gully and the slips, hit flat and very hard for four

36.4

Ntini to Fleming, 1 run, short of a length on the stumps, Fleming gets tall and allows it come onto him, then using the soft hands once again to drop it in front of cover for a sharp single

Back over the stumps goes Ntini

36.5

Ntini to Taylor, no run, slower delivery, short and wide and Taylor gets up to leave it be

Cumming has been attended to, his right cheek stitched up. He will now go and have a precautionary x-ray done. But he's up and about, thankfully.

36.6

Ntini to Taylor, no run, much fuller delivery outside off stump, Taylor loosely plays it down to gully

End of over 37 (5 runs) New Zealand 110/3
LRPL Taylor    0* (3b)      M Ntini    13-3-46-1
SP Fleming    12* (21b 1x4)      DW Steyn    11-4-25-2

Steyn also moves around to Fleming

37.1

Steyn to Fleming, no run, short delivery outside off stump, jags in off a length and stays very low to sneak between Fleming and doesn't even carry well to Boucher

37.2

Steyn to Fleming, no run, short delivery outside off, comes in at a much better height and Fleming backs away

37.3

Steyn to Fleming, no run, fuller and coming in from middle and off, Fleming shuffles and tucks to short leg

37.4

Steyn to Fleming, FOUR, too full on leg stump and Fleming imperiously clips with the swing, well balanced, for four all the way through the gap at square leg

37.5

Steyn to Fleming, SIX, thats out of here! Again its bounced in short on middle and leg but Fleming's into his hook in an instant, getting the bottom hand in and using the pace to send that rows back over deep fine leg for six!

37.6

Steyn to Fleming, FOUR, well played! Fleming gets back and steers a short delivery outside off stump through the gap between slips and gully, perfect placement, if you will

End of over 38 (14 runs) New Zealand 124/3
SP Fleming    26* (27b 3x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    12-4-39-2
LRPL Taylor    0* (3b)      M Ntini    13-3-46-1

Steyn leaves the field, Pollock goes out to fine leg, and Ntini continues

38.1

Ntini to Taylor, 1 run, full outside leg, Taylor takes a hand off the bat as he turns this down to Pollock to get off the mark, not the most confident of shots however

Three slips, gully, backward point, cover, short leg

38.2

Ntini to Fleming, no run, full and wide, inviting Fleming to have a go at this one, but he patiently leaves

38.3

Ntini to Fleming, no run, full outside off stump again and Fleming gets forward before leaving it alone

38.4

Ntini to Fleming, no run, full again and Fleming wants nothing to do with it

38.5

Ntini to Fleming, FOUR, biffed this time, however! Fleming likes the full length now and frees the arms, driving well through the covers for a scorching boundary

38.6

Ntini to Fleming, no run, angled in off a length but Fleming's got off stump covered and shoulders arms

End of over 39 (5 runs) New Zealand 129/3
SP Fleming    30* (32b 4x4 1x6)      M Ntini    14-3-51-1
LRPL Taylor    1* (4b)      DW Steyn    12-4-39-2

Graeme Smith calls back Nel in place of Steyn

39.1

Nel to Taylor, no run, short and wide, moving away off the seam as Taylor shoulder arms

39.2

Nel to Taylor, no run, identical delivery but Taylor does not chase it, rather opting to leave it alone

39.3

Nel to Taylor, no run, much closer to the stumps and Taylor gets across well to push back to Nel

39.4

Nel to Taylor, no run, short delivery outside off stump, Taylor ducks down in anticipation of a bouncer but the ball does not kick up and he very nearly took it on the neck

39.5

Nel to Taylor, no run, short outside off stump, he takes the eyes off it and ducks low again

39.6

Nel to Taylor, FOUR, width on offer and Taylor moves forward, slashing it wide of a diving de Villiers at backward point as the ball races away for four

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End of over 40 (4 runs) New Zealand 133/3
LRPL Taylor    5* (10b 1x4)      A Nel    7-2-18-0
SP Fleming    30* (32b 4x4 1x6)      M Ntini    14-3-51-1

Kallis back for a spell

40.1

Kallis to Fleming, 1 run, pitches full outside leg stump and he tucks it past short fine leg for one

40.2

Kallis to Taylor, no run, full and wide outside off, Taylor comes forward and shoulders arms

40.3

Kallis to Taylor, no run, full and wide again, asking him to drive, but he shoulders arms patiently

40.4

Kallis to Taylor, no run, fuller and even wider, he leaves again and the ball doesn't carry to Boucher

40.5

Kallis to Taylor, FOUR, fourth ball in a row, full and wide outside off stump and this time Taylor chases it, slashing up and over gully for four, risky shot but well struck

40.6

Kallis to Taylor, no run, full and wide again, now he's back to shouldering arms as the ball stays low

End of over 41 (5 runs) New Zealand 138/3
LRPL Taylor    9* (15b 2x4)      JH Kallis    6-1-18-0
SP Fleming    31* (33b 4x4 1x6)      A Nel    7-2-18-0

41.1

Nel to Fleming, no run, full and wide, angled across Fleming, who judges the away movement and leaves it be for Boucher to collect behind the stumps

41.2

Nel to Fleming, 1 run, pitches full outside leg and comes in, Fleming tucks wide of midwicket for one

41.3

Nel to Taylor, no run, full and wide of off stump, slower ball, Taylor gets across and leaves it be

41.4

Nel to Taylor, no run, short of a length this time and Taylor has to react quickly to take one hand off the bat, pulling it back just in time as the ball deviates past him

41.5

Nel to Taylor, FOUR, bang! Short and wide and Taylor gets tall, slapping it smack past point for a lovely boundary, the perfect square cut

41.6

Nel to Taylor, FOUR, edged and that's four! Taylor is nowhere, getting up and pushing away at one moving off a length and the outside edge doesn't carry to de Villiers at third slip, further running away to third man

End of over 42 (9 runs) New Zealand 147/3
LRPL Taylor    17* (19b 4x4)      A Nel    8-2-27-0
SP Fleming    32* (35b 4x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    6-1-18-0

42.1

Kallis to Fleming, no run, banged in short outside off stump, going away from Fleming, who goes for a cut but doesn't succeed in making any contact

42.2

Kallis to Fleming, no run, fuller length on middle and off, Fleming watchfully defends to cover

42.3

Kallis to Fleming, no run, full and moving away close to off stump, Fleming gets forward and leaves it alone

42.4

Kallis to Fleming, no run, again Kallis pushes one across him off a drivable length but he judges it to his liking and lets it pass to Boucher

42.5

Kallis to Fleming, no run, again he invites him to drive outside off stump, but Fleming's not biting

42.6

Kallis to Fleming, no run, full on off stump this time, Fleming drives tamely and survives with an inside-edge, Kallis raises his arms in frustration

End of over 43 (maiden) New Zealand 147/3
SP Fleming    32* (41b 4x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    7-2-18-0
LRPL Taylor    17* (19b 4x4)      A Nel    8-2-27-0

43.1

Nel to Taylor, OUT, excellent catch at gully! This one is short and wide and Taylor slashes it very hard, its traveling like a rocket but Prince intercepts it with a lovely catch above his head to his left! There's not much you can do when someone as sharp as Prince holds onto a firm cut shot like that, and Taylor walks off shaking his head. Really a good catch at gully, that ball was asking to be hit however.

LRPL Taylor c Prince b Nel 17 (38m 20b 4x4 0x6) SR: 85.00

Here's McCullum.

43.2

Nel to McCullum, no run, welcomed with a short delivery on off stump, sits up and he takes it on the left shoulder, tucking into it first ball

Short leg comes in

43.3

Nel to McCullum, no run, pitches full on a length and McCullum walks into it, beaten on the move as the ball moves away from him, good bowling this

43.4

Nel to McCullum, 2 runs, full outside off stump and he plays it one-handed down into the gap at gully and point for runs to third man

43.5

Nel to McCullum, no run, bouncer, moving back in from outside off stump as McCullum gets tall and manages to get the bat out of the way, that ball just curled back in and gained on him, well taken by Boucher

43.6

Nel to McCullum, 1 run, full outside off stump and he steers that into the gap at point for a single

End of over 44 (3 runs) New Zealand 150/4
BB McCullum    3* (5b)      A Nel    9-2-30-1
SP Fleming    32* (41b 4x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    7-2-18-0

44.1

Kallis to McCullum, 1 run, ever so close! Short ball outside off stump, McCullum doesn't get onto his pull at all, instead lobbing it up in the air over Amla at mid-on, running back but not getting there in time

44.2

Kallis to Fleming, no run, full on off stump, Fleming doesn't move much as he drives to point

44.3

Kallis to Fleming, no run, good length on off stump, he gets half-forward and steers to backward point

44.4

Kallis to Fleming, no run, good length on middle and off, Fleming gets over it and defends down the track

44.5

Kallis to Fleming, no run, this one kicks up and Fleming does well to adjust, leaning back and placing it down in front of the slips intelligently

44.6

Kallis to Fleming, no run, good leave, as Fleming gets forward and shoulders arms to a ball that pitches marginally outside off stump and curves back over the top of the bails

End of over 45 (1 run) New Zealand 151/4
SP Fleming    32* (46b 4x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    8-2-19-0
BB McCullum    4* (6b)      A Nel    9-2-30-1

45.1

Nel to McCullum, no run, beats him again with a wide delivery, McCullum coming forward and then flirting outside off stump, jagged away and missed the edge by a whisker

45.2

Nel to McCullum, no run, short on the stumps and McCullum shuffles, tucking to short leg

45.3

Nel to McCullum, no run, short of a length outside off, he gets up on the toes and leaves it alone

45.4

Nel to McCullum, 1 run, good length on off stump, he pokes forward and picks the gap wide of point, running through for an easy single

45.5

Nel to Fleming, no run, good length, pitching outside leg and Fleming defends it back to the bowler

45.6

Nel to Fleming, no run, good length outside leg stump, Fleming shuffles and tries to turn it away but is hurried into the shot and the ball rolls back to Nel

End of over 46 (1 run) New Zealand 152/4
SP Fleming    32* (48b 4x4 1x6)      A Nel    10-2-31-1
BB McCullum    5* (10b)      JH Kallis    8-2-19-0

46.1

Kallis to McCullum, no run, overpitched outside off, McCullum uses his feet and drives nicely to mid-off

46.2

Kallis to McCullum, 1 run, short of a length, McCullum quickly gets in line and taps into the covers for a quick single, no hesitation from Fleming that time

46.3

Kallis to Fleming, no run, pushed across Fleming on a length and he shoulders arms to it

46.4

Kallis to Fleming, 1 run, good length on leg stump, Fleming shuffles and taps it to midwicket for one

46.5

Kallis to McCullum, 1 run, fuller on the stumps, McCullum shuffles and works it across the line for one more into the rather large gap at midwicket

46.6

Kallis to Fleming, FOUR, shot! Fleming gets up and slams a short and wide offering from Kallis over backward point before anyone can even budge

End of over 47 (7 runs) New Zealand 159/4
SP Fleming    37* (51b 5x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    9-2-26-0
BB McCullum    7* (13b)      A Nel    10-2-31-1

47.1

Nel to McCullum, no run, short outside off stump, forcing him down onto the knees as it sails past

McCullum received a barrage at the Wanderers as well

47.2

Nel to McCullum, no run, short of a length on off stump, he hops up and plays it down into the ground well

47.3

Nel to McCullum, no run, a fraction shorter still but McCullum does well to get over it and keep it down

47.4

Nel to McCullum, no run, bounces him down leg stump and this time he goes for the pull, but doesn't make any contact as Boucher moves to his left and collects

47.5

Nel to McCullum, no run, good length outside off stump, and McCullum's quickly into position, driving off the back foot to cover

47.6

Nel to McCullum, no run, short of a length on off and again he hops in line, pushing back to Nel

End of over 48 (maiden) New Zealand 159/4
BB McCullum    7* (19b)      A Nel    11-3-31-1
SP Fleming    37* (51b 5x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    9-2-26-0

48.1

Kallis to Fleming, no run, full on middle and leg and Fleming loses one hand off the bat as he streakily squeezes it with an outside edge along the ground to Prince at point

48.2

Kallis to Fleming, no run, full on about off stump and now he watchfully runs it to Prince at point

48.3

Kallis to Fleming, no run, full and wide outside off stump, Fleming thinks about flashing but resists

48.4

Kallis to Fleming, 2 runs, short of a length, pitching on off and coming back in, Fleming waits on it and runs it with an angled bat wide of Prince at that point position

48.5

Kallis to Fleming, FOUR, bye bye! Fleming sees the width, very wide of off stump, and gives it the kitchen sink very hard and slashing up and down to third man

48.6

Kallis to Fleming, OUT, another good catch, to a poor ball! Kallis offers him another short and wide delivery and Fleming again gets back to slap this over the infield, except its that man Prince at point once more, standing in the way and plucking another stinger in front of his face to get rid of him

SP Fleming c Prince b Kallis 43 (97m 57b 6x4 1x6) SR: 75.43

End of over 49 (6 runs) New Zealand 165/5
     JH Kallis    10-2-32-1
BB McCullum    7* (19b)      A Nel    11-3-31-1

Former captain goes, new one walks out.

49.1

Nel to McCullum, no run, full on off stump, McCullum walks forward and tucks it to midwicket

49.2

Nel to McCullum, no run, full outside off stump, stays very low after McCullum decides to leave it be

49.3

Nel to McCullum, no run, short of a length, coming back in and cramping McCullum for room as he chops it to backward point

49.4

Nel to McCullum, no run, on the money again, short of a length on off stump and its defended back to Nel

49.5

Nel to McCullum, 2 runs, drifts onto leg stump, off a length, and McCullum tucks that wide of Amla and into the vacant space at midwicket for a couple

49.6

Nel to McCullum, no run, short of a length outside off stump and McCullum shoulders arms

End of over 50 (2 runs) New Zealand 167/5
BB McCullum    9* (25b)      A Nel    12-3-33-1
DL Vettori    0* (0b)      JH Kallis    10-2-32-1
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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Nov 18, 2007

Dale Steyn won the Man-of-the-Match and the Man-of-the-Series awards, South Africa v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Centurion, 3rd day, November 18, 2007

Dale Steyn bagged awards for both the match and the series

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Nov 18, 2007

South Africa won the Test series 2-0, South Africa v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Centurion, 3rd day, November 18, 2007

Graeme Smith, the South African captain, lifts the trophy

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