South Africa v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, 4th day

PE's home boys, and New Zealand's saving grace

Plays of the day from the fourth day of the second Test between South Africa and New Zealand in Port Elizabeth

Firdose Moonda in Port Elizabeth

January 14, 2013

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BJ Watling punches off the back foot, South Africa v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, 3rd day, January 13, 2013
BJ Watling was New Zealand's saving grace © Associated Press

Big sail of the day
New Zealand would have woken up in Port Elizabeth thinking they been teleported back to Wellington. A fierce south-westerly blew through the city and you need look no further than Jacques Kallis to see what an impact it had. Kallis was in his run-up in his second over when a feisty gust blew across the ground just as he was about to deliver the ball. He had to stop for fear of being blown over. Considering Kallis' sturdy build, imagine what the strong breezes were doing to the rest of the players.

Home boys of the day
Robin Peterson and Alviro Petersen are the two players in the current South African XI who were born in Port Elizabeth and both are playing their first Test at St George's Park. They got to enjoy a special moment together when bowled from opposite ends. Petersen was used so Peterson could change ends, and they only operated in tandem for two overs.

Wait of the day
It's not often that Peterson bowls before Dale Steyn in a day of Test cricket. It's even rarer that Petersen does. With the new ball 13 overs and two balls away when the morning began, Steyn was allowed some down time and ended being the sixth bowler used on the day, after Rory Kleinveldt, Peterson, Jacques Kallis, Petersen, and Morne Morkel. As soon as Steyn came on, he was among the wickets, taking two in his first two overs.

Number of the day
BJ Watling will end the Test series as one of the two New Zealand batsmen with their respect intact. Watling produced good fighting knocks in this match, both of which yielded exactly the same number of runs: 63. Half-centuries and hundreds are the milestones most batsmen remember but 63 could be what Watling treasures because although the team was crushed badly, those runs helped him leave a mark.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by SurlyCynic on (January 15, 2013, 9:55 GMT)

Soso_killer: Everyone post a comment the same way, then the author comes along and selects her favourite comments - they become 'featured'.

Posted by Soso_killer on (January 14, 2013, 21:28 GMT)

Can someone explain to me whats a featured comment? Keith posted a comment before and it was not "featured", did he post using another website/different login method or what?

Posted by Safalicious on (January 14, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

How on earth is Kallis going to pass Tendulkar if he only gets to bat once each test?

Posted by SurlyCynic on (January 14, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

Yes, that was a ruthless thrashing by the Proteas. In fact, it's hard to imagine a more comprehensive victory (apart from the Oval against England of course). SA only batted twice in the series, declaring their first innings in both tests. In those two innings, 4 batsmen got centuries and the other 3 got at least one 50 each. The best bowler from the first test didn't play in the second but it just meant more wickets for Steyn.

NZ are not at their best and were hardly helped by the selection dramas. They will improve again and Watling looks decent. But it's hard to fault the performance by SA.

Posted by sasi on (January 14, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

It's even rarer that Petersen does. nice 1

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