Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AB de Villiers
83(133) 10x4 - 0x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
BB McCullum
61(133) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 8 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 2 11 0 4 0 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

VD Philander
O15.0
M3
R70
W4
Eco4.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MR Gillespie
O15.0
M2
R59
W5
Eco3.93
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorecard Summary

NEW ZEALAND 185(61.2 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

SOUTH AFRICA 253(77.3 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

NEW ZEALAND 168(67.5 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

SOUTH AFRICA 103(19.5 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Commentary

South Africa have won comfortably. The one point where it seemed the teams were evenly matched was in the South African reply in the first innings, after six wickets were down for not too many. But the efforts of AB de Villiers and the tail, and a dominating bowling performance in the second innings set up South Africa for this victory. Smith and Amla, in a small chase, ensured there weren't any hiccups. New Zealand have a lot to ponder over, their batting in particular. Their tail is long, and contributions have been missing at the top of the order.

Matt says this: "My XI next match Guptill, McCullum, Flynn, Taylor, Brownlie, Williamson, Vettori, Van Wyk (Watling has already been ruled out), Bracewell, Gillespie, Martin. Arnels overs can be filled by Brownlie, Guptill, and Williamsons part timers, and first priority should be batting depth."

Others would have their own views. But credit to the South African seamers, they bowled brilliantly. Yes, they did have assistance - the ball swung and moved about, but the balance between bat and ball was by no means lop-sided, certainly not to merit scores of 185 and 168. Time for the presentation.

Taylor: They outplayed us, Philander and Steyn put pressure on our batsmen. It was a pretty flat wicket as well, they bowled in the right areas. We were okay with the ball, they were 6 for 90-odd. We need to pick ourselves from this. Similar bounce to Dunedin but we didn't bowl in the right areas long enough to put them under pressure, and we didn't bat long enough. Kane applied himself well, he's still a young player.

Smith: We had to work for this win, our bowlers did a terrific job. It was a big squeeky in our change room at 88 for 6, that period after tea on day 2 was crucial and it set the tone. AB's innings was a crucial knock, marshalled the innings very well. We try to make sure Kallis' spells are crucial and planned, and he got Vettori with that short one. The track was a little two-paced maybe, but on these surfaces you need to graft.

Philander is the Man of the Match: "It's coming out well, nothing to complaining about. There was a bit of nip and as the ball got older I got a bit of reverse. We are also catching well at the moment, hopefully we'll do it in Wellington as well.

Many thanks for tuning in, folks. Thanks for your feedback. Have a nice weekend, see you during the next Test. Andrew Fernando's report for this match will be updated shortly.

19.5
4
Nicol to Smith, FOUR runs, pitched up and there it is, driven hard past mid-off to seal a comprehensive victory, South Africa are 1-0 up
19.4
0
Nicol to Smith, no run, cracked that off the back foot towards cover
19.3
0
Nicol to Smith, no run, flat outside off, Smith leaves it be after contemplating a mighty swing
19.2
0
Nicol to Smith, no run, fullish, gets a stride out and defends in the off side
19.1
0
Nicol to Smith, no run, low full toss, driven straight to midwicket

What a comfortable chase, these two have made it look so easy. Just 2 more to win now. Rob Nicol to bowl

END OF OVER:
19 | 17 Runs | SA: 99/1

  • HM Amla46 (56b)
  • GC Smith51 (55b)
  • KS Williamson2-0-23-0
  • MR Gillespie4-0-24-0
18.6
4
Williamson to Amla, FOUR runs, short outside off, bowled really flat, that turned in and he chopped it down past slip and behind point for a boundary

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AB de Villiers
83(133) 10x4 - 0x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
BB McCullum
61(133) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 8 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 2 11 0 4 0 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

VD Philander
O15.0
M3
R70
W4
Eco4.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MR Gillespie
O15.0
M2
R59
W5
Eco3.93
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF