Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
98 | (wicket maiden) | SA: 359/10

  • VD Philander37 (77b)
  • JS Patel14-1-57-1
  • N Wagner22-1-102-3

11.10am NZ needed just ten minutes on the third day to end the last-wicket stand and dismiss SA for 359. The tourists still lead by 91. The medium roller is out. How will SA's batsmen respond?

Jon: "How long is the changeover please? " --- 10 minutes

Harkaran Singh: "The last 4 wickets added 265 runs for SA. For NZ to have any chance in this match their top 3 will need to score 265 runs. That will mean NZ will lead by 174/3 and the last 7 will need to atleast double the lead if not double the score. Morne showed NZ batsmen it can be done. There will no excuses for NZ not to do it now. "

Dave: "With all due respect to Morkel, batting must be pretty easy when a number XI can whack 40 off the new ball. No excuses now for NZ, they just have to perform with the bat."

Caleb: "Seeing how easy that last wicket was, how did NZ let that partnership last so long? Morkel was not even close to blocking that straight one. Good start to the day for NZ, but poor overall for sure - very disappointing bowling display."

97.6
W
Patel to Morkel, OUT, Patel cleans up Morkel. Much slower through the air, starts outside off, and drifts in. Morkel attempts a defensive push. Patel sneaks through the gate and adds his name to the wickets column

M Morkel b Patel 40 (73m 63b 7x4 0x6) SR: 63.49

97.5
0
Patel to Morkel, no run, short and speared outside off, leans back and flashes a cut to point
97.4
0
Patel to Morkel, no run, short and drifts in, defended
97.3
0
Patel to Morkel, no run, another straight ball, which is defended by Morkel
97.2
0
Patel to Morkel, no run, drift and bounce, hits the pad
97.1
0
Patel to Morkel, no run, quick and flat, worked to square leg

END OF OVER:
97 | 6 Runs | SA: 359/9

  • M Morkel40 (57b)
  • VD Philander37 (77b)
  • N Wagner22-1-102-3
  • JS Patel13-0-57-0
96.6
1
Wagner to Morkel, 1 run, short and angled in on middle, Morkel arches his back again, this time he ramps it down towards third man. Morkel equals his best Test score
96.5
0
Wagner to Morkel, no run, hurled short, angled in, Morkel arches his back and lets the ball fly through to Watling

Southee moves to flip slip

96.4
0
Wagner to Morkel, no run, just short of a good length and outside off, back-foot punch to mid-off
96.3
4
Wagner to Morkel, FOUR runs, overpitched on the stumps, Morkel presses forward and crisply drives it straight of mid-on. The ball rolls away to the boundary. Wagner now passes 100
96.2
0
Wagner to Morkel, no run, back of a length and seams away outside off, past the outside edge
96.1
1
Wagner to Philander, 1 run, full and straight, clipped through midwicket

Wagner

END OF OVER:
96 | 4 Runs | SA: 353/9

  • M Morkel35 (52b)
  • VD Philander36 (76b)
  • JS Patel13-0-57-0
  • N Wagner21-1-96-3
95.6
0
Patel to Morkel, no run, length and outside off, defended
95.5
0
Patel to Morkel, no run, fast and skipping down leg again, Morkel attempts a glance and does not make contact. The ball brushes the thigh and Watling gloves it down leg. He appeals for caught behind and ends up missing a stumping chance as Morkel loses his balance and strays out. But he recovers in time
95.4
0
Patel to Morkel, no run, shortish and outside off, punched back to the bowler
95.3
0
Patel to Morkel, no run, skids on with the arm, hits the pad again, going down leg again
95.2
4
Patel to Morkel, FOUR runs, Patel throws this up just outside off, Morkel simply wallops it in the air straight of mid-on. Once-bounce four. Fifty partnership between Morkel and Philander. This is now the highest last-wicket stand for SA v NZ in Tests

Winning Ways

0

Instances of New Zealand beating South Africa in series either home or away. SA take a 1-0 lead and cannot lose the series.

Rare feat

1973

Last Instance of a visiting Spinner to take 2 five wicket hauls in consecutive matches in New Zealand - Intikhab Alam took six and seven in Dunedin

Watling at Wellington

20

Percentage of career runs scored by BJ Watling at the Basin Reserve. Before this match Watling has scored 511 runs with 2 centuries and 2 half centuries

Not a great match

3

Runs scored by Kane Williamson in this match - His least match aggregate in which he has batted twice. His previous lowest was 6 runs vs England in 2015

Spinners on Day 1

1946

Last instance of spinners taking 5 or more wickets on Day 1 of a Test at Basin Reserve. Bill O'Reilly took 5 for 14 to dismiss NZ for 42.

First Century

1

Number of centuries for Henry Nicholls in Tests. His previous highest score was 98 against Bangladesh in Christchurch earlier this year.

Sixth Wicket Stands

76.5

Average sixth wicket stand at Basin Reserve since Jan 2012 - highest for any ground with a minimum of 15 innings.

Rabada vs Williamson

3

Number of times Rabada has dimissed Kane Williamson from 4 innings in Tests. Williamson has scored 61 runs from 116 balls so far.

Not a Dream Debut

0

Runs scored by Neil Broom today on debut. Last instance of a batsmen from NZ to be dismissed for a duck on debut was Tom Latham against India at Basin Reserve.

Tough Conditions

199

Average score from last three Tests for NZ in the first innings of the match at the Basin Reserve. In those three innings they have not managed to bat more than 55 overs.