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The Plays of the Day from the first day of the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand
Firdose Moonda at Newlands
January 2, 2013
Shot of the day
Jacques Kallis had a few runs saved on his way to 13,000 but when Doug Bracewell gave him the width to cut, he did. Eight overs after tea, Kallis slashed the ball past gully and Newlands was on its feet. He is, without any doubt, their favourite son. A sell-out crowd which included his best friend Mark Boucher applauded their champion and Kallis accepted. He acknowledged them as he would have on any milestone - with helmet off, arms in the air and bat in salute. What was missing this time was the customary glance to the heavens, reserved for his late father which often accompanies his celebrations. Kallis is only the fourth batsman in the world to cross the 13,000 mark and the only all-rounder to do so.
Field setting of the day
With Philander inducing edge after edge there was no need for Graeme Smith to have many fielders anywhere apart from behind the bat. In Philander's fifth over, he had four slips and two gullies to form a fan of seven men including the wicket-keeper waiting for a catch. There was enough left-over for one in the covers and two on the leg-side just in case. It was not quite the nine men Australia had in umbrella formation against Zimbabwe but close enough.
Mis-field of the day
For New Zealand, 45 all out should have ignominious enough but they obviously wanted some more. Trent Boult was the guilty party twice when he allowed what should have been a single to slip through for four. Boult was at mid-on when Hashim Amla flicked a ball his way. He managed to dive over it as he attempted the pick-up and conceded an extra three. He was also at fine-leg when Alviro Petersen pulled and although the bounce was a little awkward, his handwork was even more so and again, he let a few more through.
Eventual milestone of the day
Alviro Petersen spent 16 balls in the nineties before he thought he got to three figures. After being beaten, cramped for room and playing too early off Chris Martin, Petersen seemed to have played the ball behind square for the single he needed to reach three-figures. The crowd started clap but Petersen was ambling through emotionless and the umpire signalled that the ball had come off the thigh pad for a leg-bye. A massive sigh followed. Two balls later, Petersen played to backward point - off the bat - and celebrated with a double pirouette to the all parts of the ground. Last year, Petersen scored a hundred in his comeback in the New Year's Test. He has begun this year with another century.
Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondentFeeds: Firdose Moonda
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