Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

475dAndrew Fernando

Rain has final say in compelling Test

The final day of the first Test promised to be an intriguing one, but 14 hours of incessant rain in Dunedin made play impossible and the match was called a draw just after 2pm

475dFirdose Moonda in Dunedin

Smith more disappointed at washout

New Zealand needed 264 runs with eight wickets in hand on the final day, setting the match up for a photo finish. It ended up a damp squib, something both captains were disappointed by, with Smith the one who clearly expected more

475dFirdose Moonda in Dunedin

DRS continues in NZ-SA Tests after crisis talks

The Decision Review System (DRS) will be in use for the remaining two Test matches between New Zealand and South Africa after a possible pull out from technology providers Virtual Eye was prevented on Sunday

Day 4

475dThe Report by Andrew Fernando

Rudolph, NZ set up absorbing final day

An unbeaten 82-run partnership between Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor set up a tantalising final day in Dunedin, in which all four results remain possible

475dFirdose Moonda in Dunedin

New Zealand must show patience

Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum are naturally aggressive but must learn from Jacques Kallis to wait for run-scoring opportunities as they attempt a record chase

475dFirdose Moonda in Dunedin

Jacques Rudolph's second coming

A demotion to No.6 in a stop-start career was one last chance for Jacques Rudolph to revive his Test career. In this Test, he has grabbed his opportunity

Day 3

475dFirdose Moonda in Dunedin

Boult's attack, and a bonus for Kallis

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the third day of the first Test between New Zealand and South Africa in Dunedin

475dFirdose Moonda in Dunedin

Kallis unconvinced by ball-tracking technology

A review today sparked another debate about the Decision Review System, with Jacques Kallis saying he "is not convinced by the predictive path" of the delivery shown by the ball-tracking technology

Day 2

475dThe Report by Andrew Fernando

Honours even after hard-fought day

A gripping second day of Test cricket at the University Oval in Dunedin left precious little separating the teams, with New Zealand five runs ahead of South Africa's 238, with a wicket in hand

475dFirdose Moonda in Dunedin

Tahir shows control and poise

The legspinner showed signs of frustration early on, but recovered to bowl an accurate spell

Day 1

475dThe Report by Andrew Fernando

Martin burst turns first day New Zealand's way

A Chris Martin triple-strike just after tea justified Ross Taylor's decision to bowl first on a placid Dunedin surface, as New Zealand first toppled South Africa's top order giants, then made headway into the tail, to leave the visitors on 191 for 7 at st

475dFirdose Moonda in Dunedin

New Zealand enliven dull day with piercing bowling

After a cagey beginning, New Zealand decided to depend on aggression rather than the pitch to make inroads, with Chris Martin leading the way. Once conditions started helping, their bowlers had South Africa in trouble


475dFirdose Moonda in Hamilton

Philander prepares for tougher examination

Philander is in the fledgling stages of a career that looks set to take off with all the glory of an eagle in full flight and he cannot be expected to take a five-for every time he walks on to a cricket field

New Zealand 4th innings Partnerships

1st16RJ NicolMJ Guptill
2nd39BB McCullumRJ Nicol
3rd82BB McCullumLRPL Taylor