New Zealand in South Africa Test Series - 2nd Test

South Africa v New Zealand

South Africa won by an innings and 193 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

Not too many people in at the moment, the umpires are making their way out followed by the New Zealand team. The South African openers have made their way out, Petersen and Smith. Boult will start things off. Three slips and a gully for him.

firstdrop: "C'mon NZ! Now is the time to bowl & field your way back into this series. I'm a bit scared that Wagner is a pop gun medium pacer- he needs to find another yard against the best batters. Go on son- prove me wrong!"

Nathan: "Port Elizabeth test, SA batting first, slow pitch against an iffy attack. I think New Zealand should be happy that the band plays all day there. Its gonna be a long one."

rhys: "I know nothing of Colin Munro, but very happy he has replaced Franklin! Also happy that Wagner gets another crack (disappointed for the phantom!). Another failure for Guptill surely has to see him dropped, he has form in the shorter versions but has a horrible record in Tests, he has to go!!"

Martin de Wet: "Can't wait for the first ball. Think I'll go for an extended mid day workout today, we have a nice big screen in front of the bikes and tred mills"

Dean : "Any bets on the Hash breaking Lara's record? Slowish pitch with the license to bat for 2 days?"

Simon Doull says on TV that this is a very good opportunity for New Zealand to put the hosts under pressure, by trying to exploit whatever there's on offer for the seamers in the first session.

Toss: South Africa have won the toss and chosen to bat. He thinks the ball will do a bit initially, but he reckons the track looks reasonably good for batting. There's no Vernon Philander. McCullum says his team probably would have looked to bowl, his team has three seamers. Colin Munro makes his debut, and Neil Wagner comes in for an injured Chris Martin. There's no James Franklin, who's injured as well. Rory Kleinvedlt replaces Philander. Firdose Moonda spoke to Johnny Kleinveldt, Rory's uncle, not long ago about what seeing his nephew playing for South Africa means to him.

Dennis writes in from Belarus: "The betting odds say it all: South Africa for $1.20 and New Zealand for $15.""

Shaun Pollock on the pitch report says there's wind, but it's "not the swing wind". Win the toss and bat first, he says, but adds that the ball's going to move around in the first session.

We did a podcast on New Zealand cricket recently, with Harsha Bhogle, Herald on Sunday sportswriter Andrew Alderson and former batsman and coach Mark Greatbatch. We asked the question: Is New Zealand cricket at its lowest point? Check out the podcast here.

Simon Doull tweeted a short while ago that there's plenty of wind around in PE, and that it could be a "bowl first" pitch. Bright sunshine in PE, however. Luke gives us our first feedback of the day: "Luke Naylor: "Want to see NZ be aggressive and bat first here... NOT!" And get bowled out for 45?

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the second Test between South Africa and New Zealand being played in Port Elizabeth; it's the first Test at St George's Park in five years. New Zealand had a horrible time in the first Test, that century from Dean Brownlie being their only consolation. Their cricket hit a new low when they were bowled out for 45 in the first innings, and South Africa will hope to wrap this up 2-0. We're still a few minutes from the toss, so do read the preview in the meantime.

0.1

Boult to Petersen, FOUR, ooh, an inswinging low full toss to start with and Petersen goes for the drive, gets an inside edge to the fine-leg boundary, streaky beginning

0.2

Boult to Petersen, no run, beaten, leaving the right hander this time, lands it full and gets it across Petersen who is sucked into the drive

Leon: "Don''t think SA winning the toss should have batted first. The pitch should give the bowlers some help early on. We did well placing NZ under preasure with our bowling attack in the first test and should have continue with the same appraoch."

0.3

Boult to Petersen, no run, in the channel outside off stump and it's much wider this time, been left alone to the keeper

0.4

Boult to Petersen, no run, bowled on a good length outside off, a bit of away movement and he shoulders his arms to that one

0.5

Boult to Petersen, no run, beaten again, fullish outside off and Petersen goes for the drive through extra cover, cannot connect

Rohan: "I don't know if Dean or Nathan are from South Africa but they shouldnt be so disrespectful of our bowling attack. Lets wait and see what happens before we start jumping to conclusions eh boys."

0.6

Boult to Petersen, no run, slips it wider outside off, gets to the keeper on the second bounce, leaves that one alone to the keeper

End of over 1 (4 runs) South Africa 4/0
AN Petersen    4* (6b 1x4)      TA Boult    1-0-4-0
GC Smith    0* (0b)     

Philander has a slight hamstring issue, we are told. Bracewell to start off from the other end. Three slips and a gully

1.1

Bracewell to Smith, 3 runs, Smith pushes at one outside off, on a good length and he opens the face slightly, there's a fumble at gully and Smith gets three

1.2

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, struck on the thigh, angled in to the batsman and moved in further, beat the bat and struck him high

1.3

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, angling in towards middle, short of a good length and it's defended solidly off the back foot

1.4

Bracewell to Petersen, 1 run, pushes it on a length on middle, plays it away wide of mid-on for a single

1.5

Bracewell to Smith, no run, angling it away from the left-hander, good carry this time, Smith leaves that one alone to the keeper

1.6

Bracewell to Smith, no run, beaten completely, beautifully done, tempted him with a fuller ball on the off, Smith rocked forward and tried to drive that through mid-off, the ball moved away just a hint to go past the outside edge

End of over 2 (4 runs) South Africa 8/0
GC Smith    3* (3b)      DAJ Bracewell    1-0-4-0
AN Petersen    5* (9b 1x4)      TA Boult    1-0-4-0

2.1

Boult to Petersen, no run, Petersen knocks that one down into the leg side from the crease

2.2

Boult to Petersen, no run, nicely done, pitched up outside off and that's been driven straight to mid-off

2.3

Boult to Petersen, no run, in the channel outside off stump, this one holds its line and he lets that one go

Nathan: "@Rohan: Calling the NZ bowling attack 'iffy' is not disrespectful, its honest. If SA were to put Imraan Taahir back in our bowling attack, then ours would be iffy too. Dont be so sensitive."

2.4

Boult to Petersen, no run, short of a good length outside off, bowled at 132.5kmph, good carry again, leaves that one be

2.5

Boult to Petersen, no run, some inswing there for Boult, Petersen moved across and closed the face as he knocked that one down towards square leg

2.6

Boult to Petersen, no run, short of a good length, bowled at 132.8kmph, keeps its line and it's left alone to the keeper

End of over 3 (maiden) South Africa 8/0
AN Petersen    5* (15b 1x4)      TA Boult    2-1-4-0
GC Smith    3* (3b)      DAJ Bracewell    1-0-4-0

Ridaa: "Like the look of Trent Boult smooth action with a beautiful seam position on release think New Zealand might have something to build on with their pace attack."

3.1

Bracewell to Smith, no run, struck on the helmet, dropped that short on the off and Smith took his eyes off it as he tried to take evasive action, it smacked him straight above the grill and he's down for a bit

Seemed alright for a moment, but he's sitting down now. Back up again...

3.2

Bracewell to Smith, 1 run, off the strike, short of a length and he punches it wide of mid-off for a comfortable single

Highveldhillbilly: "Good start from the Kiwis. As a SA supporter I'd like to see us 100 for 4, under a bit of pressure and see how Elgar handles himself. Definitely want a competitive test."

3.3

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, angling in towards middle and off and that's defended solidly back down the pitch towards mid-on

3.4

Bracewell to Petersen, 1 leg bye, drops that one short on leg stump, tries to tuck that away fine, gets a single towards fine leg

3.5

Bracewell to Smith, 2 runs, drops that one short on middle, Smith gets back and works it away off his hips really fine, gets a couple of runs as fine leg is a little square

3.6

Bracewell to Smith, no run, struck on the pads but that would have been missing leg, some swing for Bracewell, Smith tried to whip that square but it seemed like it was going down the leg side...or maybe not

Nope, I was wrong. That struck him in line and would have gone on to hit the stumps, says ball-tracking. But even if New Zealand had referred it, it would have been ruled not out because Bracewell had overstepped.

End of over 4 (4 runs) South Africa 12/0
GC Smith    6* (7b)      DAJ Bracewell    2-0-7-0
AN Petersen    5* (17b 1x4)      TA Boult    2-1-4-0

4.1

Boult to Petersen, no run, in the channel outside off stump and it's been left alone to the keeper

4.2

Boult to Petersen, FOUR, drifting on the pads an easy pickings for Petersen, clips it away through square leg for a boundary

4.3

Boult to Petersen, 2 runs, slightly short on middle and leg and that's been worked away square for a well-run couple that is completed despite an excellent throw from the deep

4.4

Boult to Petersen, 1 run, gets across to that incoming delivery and turns it fine for a single

Clinton Nortje: "@Highveldhillbilly - As a South African supporter I would like to see us 973/0 declared. It took us a decade to get to #1, I want to see us ruthlessly demolish as many teams as possible. I want us to have dominance stronger and clearer than what Oz had in the last years."

4.5

Boult to Smith, no run, beaten, bowled at 137.5kmph, gets it to move away from Smith, pushed it full, then got it to nip away, Smith pushed at it and couldn't make contact

4.6

Boult to Smith, no run, much wider this time and Smith leaves that one alone to the keeper

End of over 5 (7 runs) South Africa 19/0
GC Smith    6* (9b)      TA Boult    3-1-11-0
AN Petersen    12* (21b 2x4)      DAJ Bracewell    2-0-7-0

Firdose Moonda tells me there are lots of people waiting to get into the ground, they're still buying tickets. The ticket systems had crashed for a bit..

5.1

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, Bracewell beats Petersen now, on a good length and Petersen fails to reach the delivery as it leaves him just at the right time

5.2

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, targeting middle and off this time, gets on the back foot and defends it well

5.3

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, a bit of width this time and it's knocked down into the off side off the front foot

5.4

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, fullish outside off and moves away, bowled at 133.7kmph, Petersen leaves that alone

Firdose tells me the most expensive tickets at priced at R60, which isn't bad at all

5.5

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, slightly short on middle and off, gets on the back foot and taps it down into the leg side

5.6

Bracewell to Petersen, 2 runs, short of a good length, rocks back and punches it wide of mid-off for a couple of runs

Jason: "Must admit,I was mildly relieved when James Franklin was ruled out. Not #6 material. Disappointed for Peter Fulton and his injury. Pete was in great form."

End of over 6 (2 runs) South Africa 21/0
AN Petersen    14* (27b 2x4)      DAJ Bracewell    3-0-9-0
GC Smith    6* (9b)      TA Boult    3-1-11-0

6.1

Boult to Smith, no run, short of a good length outside off, beats Smith as he pokes at one that went away

6.2

Boult to Smith, 1 run, a couple of runs for Smith after he moves well across to turn it through square leg

6.3

Boult to Petersen, 1 run, gets front and across to that straight delivery and plays it through square leg for a single

6.4

Boult to Smith, no run, drops that one short does Boult on the off, Smith gets back and taps it down into the leg side

6.5

Boult to Smith, no run, bowls it full outside off, moving away a bit and he leaves it alone to the keeper

6.6

Boult to Smith, no run, bowled at 133.2kmph in the corridor and it's been left alone to the keeper

End of over 7 (2 runs) South Africa 23/0
GC Smith    7* (14b)      TA Boult    4-1-13-0
AN Petersen    15* (28b 2x4)      DAJ Bracewell    3-0-9-0

7.1

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, slightly short on the off stump, rocks back and defends it towards the bowler

7.2

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, shortish outside off, nips away after pitching, bowled at 134.6kmph, Petersen is beaten as he flirts with it off the back foot

7.3

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, quicker this time at 137.8, shortish, Petersen takes his bottom-hand off as he knocks that down into the leg side

7.4

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, gets front and across to that straight delivery and pushes it firmly down the ground to mid-on

7.5

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, pitches it on a good length and crunches it back towards the bowler

7.6

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, goodish length this time, gets forward and turns it into the leg side

End of over 8 (maiden) South Africa 23/0
AN Petersen    15* (34b 2x4)      DAJ Bracewell    4-1-9-0
GC Smith    7* (14b)      TA Boult    4-1-13-0

Bruce Masson: "The ticket system at PE has always been rubbish. Remember going to SA v England in 2004 and missing the first 2 hours of play while queueing for tickets. When we got in the ground was less than a third full, mostly Barmy Army who had pre-bought!"

8.1

Boult to Smith, no run, short of a good length outside off, nipping away but wide enough for the batsman to leave alone

Dickson: "Can't believe it took an injury for us to replace Franklin. The only other braindead choice was to stick with Jeetan Patel. I say he's playing for hus place in this test. If Bracewell can't make an impression in this game he might do well to be dropped for a short while also, to make sure he stays hungry. Should have gone with four seamers, replace Patel with McClenaghan and maayybe drop Bracewell and give Martin his swansong..."

8.2

Boult to Smith, no run, this one holds its line, 133.3kmph, pushes it sweetly towards mid-on from the crease

8.3

Boult to Smith, no run, targeting off stump, turns the face slightly does Smith and plays it to square leg

8.4

Boult to Smith, no run, slightly short on the off, gets on the back foot and turns it away towards midwicket

8.5

Boult to Smith, no run, drops that one short on the off stump, Smith ducks under that one easily

We've lost coverage here. Firdose Moonda at the ground will give us updates, while we hope transmission resumes. Sorry for the inconvenience.

8.6

Boult to Smith, no run, that takes the outside edge slightly and bounces in front of point

End of over 9 (maiden) South Africa 23/0
GC Smith    7* (20b)      TA Boult    5-2-13-0
AN Petersen    15* (34b 2x4)      DAJ Bracewell    4-1-9-0

9.1

Bracewell to Petersen, FOUR, That's been driven for a boundary, pitched up and he plays that through the line and beats mid-off to the ropes

9.2

Bracewell to Petersen, 2 runs, that one has been turned around the corner, past square leg for a couple more runs

9.3

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, that's outside off stump and has been left alone to the keeper

9.4

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, better line from Bracewell and it's played defensively into the leg side

9.5

Bracewell to Petersen, no run, bowled on a good length outside off stump and it's been left alone to the keeper

Neil Wagner is warming up...

9.6

Bracewell to Petersen, OUT, gone, New Zealand have struck, that was dropped short and Petersen went for the hook, got a top-edge and found Jeetan Patel waiting at fine leg, that was a half-hearted attempt at playing the hook there

AN Petersen c Patel b Bracewell 21 (43m 40b 3x4 0x6) SR: 52.50

The South African openers had done well thus far. There's a bit of assistance for the seamers but it is expected to wear off, but New Zealand have an opening now.

End of over 10 (6 runs) South Africa 29/1
     DAJ Bracewell    5-1-15-1
GC Smith    7* (20b)      TA Boult    5-2-13-0

Pictures are back, transmission has resumed, thanks for your patience. Neil Wagner runs in. HAshim Amla is the new man

10.1

Wagner to Smith, no run, a bit of movement first up for him, Smith leaves that one alone outside off

10.2

Wagner to Smith, 1 run, knocked away into the off side for a single

10.3

Wagner to Amla, 1 run, leading edge from Amla, ooh, that swung in as he went across, closed the face too early, got a leading edge and lobbed up but landed well wide of mid-on, more in the midwicket region, survives

10.4

Wagner to Smith, no run, slightly short from Wagner, Smith tries to get across to whip it into the leg side, struck on the thigh

10.5

Wagner to Smith, no run, shortish on leg stump again, Wagner bowling at 132.8kmph, Smith got across again and took one on his thigh once more

10.6

Wagner to Smith, FOUR, short and wide, way too much width for Smith and he cashes in, smacking it through point for a boundary

Byron: "I wouldn't call seeing Hashim Amla walking to the crease "an opening". More like an omen of destruction"

End of over 11 (6 runs) South Africa 35/1
GC Smith    12* (25b 1x4)      N Wagner    1-0-6-0
HM Amla    1* (1b)      DAJ Bracewell    5-1-15-1

Matt: "Bruce Masson, surely the lesson in that is to pre-purchase your tickets! Everyone else in the world does it but for whatever reason it just doesn't seem to be the South African way"

Three slips an a gully for Amla

11.1

Bracewell to Amla, no run, bowled that one in the channel outside off and Amla lets it go through

11.2

Bracewell to Amla, 1 leg bye, short of a good length on middle, turns it away towards fine leg for a single

11.3

Bracewell to Smith, no run, on a length on the off stump, gets behind it nicely and pushes it to mid-off

Some forest-fire in the background

11.4

Bracewell to Smith, 1 run, shortish outside off, pushes it down in front of extra cover for a single

11.5

Bracewell to Amla, no run, angling in towards middle and that's been played back to the bowler

11.6

Bracewell to Amla, no run, bowls it on a length outside off, it nips away and Amla lets that go through to the keeper

End of over 12 (2 runs) South Africa 37/1
HM Amla    1* (5b)      DAJ Bracewell    6-1-16-1
GC Smith    13* (27b 1x4)      N Wagner    1-0-6-0

12.1

Wagner to Smith, FOUR, edged and four, Wagner bowled that just outside off and got it to move away, Smith pushed at it from the crease, inside the line, got a thick edge that beat third slip's dive, didn't carry, the ball had kept a little low

12.2

Wagner to Smith, no run, slightly short on the off, gets on the back foot and turns it into the leg side

12.3

Wagner to Smith, no run, pitched on a good length on the off and that's turned away towards square leg

12.4

Wagner to Smith, no run, short of a good length on the off, punched off the back foot towards extra cover

12.5

Wagner to Smith, no run, drops that one short on middle and Smith ducks under that one well

12.6

Wagner to Smith, no run, that one is dropped short on the leg side at 138.7kmph, moves across to play it fine, is caught on the glove and it doesn't go past the keeper

End of over 13 (4 runs) South Africa 41/1
GC Smith    17* (33b 2x4)      N Wagner    2-0-10-0
HM Amla    1* (5b)      DAJ Bracewell    6-1-16-1

Nico: "@Matt Cape Town, Newlands test are always sold out way in advance for the first few days... Cape Town does it right. And when matches end early or rained out tickets are refunded or swopped for other days or matches."

13.1

Bracewell to Amla, no run, angling in towards middle, Amla moves on the back foot and taps it down into the leg side

13.2

Bracewell to Amla, no run, pitched up on middle, Amla moves across and drives it down to mid-on

Bruce Masson: "Re Matt: Day 2 of the same Test, I decided to buy my tickets in advance so bought them at teatime on the first day. Imagine my horror on day 2 when I found out they'd sold me Day 1 tickets and couldn't get in! Had to queue at customer services for an hour to get replacements! Was given complimentary Day 3 tickets in compensation."

13.3

Bracewell to Amla, no run, dropped short, bouncer on middle and leg at 137.5kmph, gets out of the way easily

13.4

Bracewell to Amla, no run, pushes it full on middle and that's been played back towards the bowler

13.5

Bracewell to Amla, no run, in the channel outside off and it moves away this time, leaves it alone

13.6

Bracewell to Amla, 1 wide, banged in short on middle and Amla ducks under that one easily, too high and it's been called a wide

13.6

Bracewell to Amla, no run, swing for Bracewell, outswing, Amla watches it go through to the keeper

Drinks in Port Elizabeth, a good start for both teams but South Africa bat deep.

End of over 14 (1 run) South Africa 42/1
HM Amla    1* (11b)      DAJ Bracewell    7-1-17-1
GC Smith    17* (33b 2x4)      N Wagner    2-0-10-0

Wagner to continue after drinks

14.1

Wagner to Smith, no run, that one has been bowled full on the off and Smith digs it out back to the bowler

14.2

Wagner to Smith, no run, still some away swing for Wagner, bowled on a good length and Smith pushes it back towards the bowler

14.3

Wagner to Smith, 1 run, yorker length, well bowled at 134.8kmph, Smith managed to dig it out though, got his bat down in time and played it past point for a single

Jason_Westport NZ: "I asked a good friend and fellow cricket tragic if NZ would, in our life time, have an internationally competitive team such as the one of the Hadlee error? He wasn't as convinced as I would have hoped. I remain defiant!! Williamson, Boult, McClenahan, Munro, Southee - will this be the future of NZ cricket?"

14.4

Wagner to Amla, 1 run, straying on the pads and Amla collects a single turning that one towards fine leg for a single

Rehan: "I also had a problem at Newlands! Went on New Year's Day to buy tickets but Day 1 was sold out, so I bought tickets for Day 3. Arrived at the ground on Friday morning and realised they'd given me Day 2 tickets! They also gave me complimentary tickets, though."

14.5

Wagner to Smith, 1 no ball, short of a good length on the off, Wagner has overstepped there, played it back to the bowler

14.5

Wagner to Smith, no run, tempting delivery that, full outside off, swinging away, Smith rocks forward and drives it firmly but straight to mid-off

14.6

Wagner to Smith, no run, short of a good length outside off, pats that one down towards gully

End of over 15 (3 runs) South Africa 45/1
GC Smith    18* (39b 2x4)      N Wagner    3-0-13-0
HM Amla    2* (12b)      DAJ Bracewell    7-1-17-1

Jeetan Patel being brought on now, spin time. Has a slip and a short leg

15.1

Patel to Amla, 2 runs, shortish on the off, Amla waits for it to turn in and punches it past cover for a couple of runs

15.2

Patel to Amla, no run, flatter on the off stump, gets front and across and knocks it down into the leg side

15.3

Patel to Amla, FOUR, sweeps that really hard, takes it from middle and hits it hard with the spin past a diving square leg

15.4

Patel to Amla, no run, waits for it to turn in and works it away but straight to short leg

15.5

Patel to Amla, 2 leg byes, appeal for lbw, Amla tried to fetch that from the off stump, tried to sweep that hard through square leg, did it strike him outside the line? Appeared like there may have been some glove in that one as well. Given leg-byes though by Dharmasena

15.6

Patel to Amla, no run

End of over 16 (8 runs) South Africa 53/1
HM Amla    8* (18b 1x4)      JS Patel    1-0-6-0
GC Smith    18* (39b 2x4)      N Wagner    3-0-13-0

16.1

Wagner to Smith, FOUR, edged and past third slip, the second time it's happened to Smith against Wagner, short of a good length this time and gets it to move away, Smith gets on the back foot to defend, takes the edge and goes well past third slip

16.2

Wagner to Smith, no run, goodish length on the off, gets front and across and pushes it down the pitch

chris: "@Jason_Westport NZ With your full team, you are pretty competitive, but it seems to me you guys need out and out pace in your quicks, which is lacking in the fear factor."

16.3

Wagner to Smith, no run, pitched up on the off and that's driven into the leg side, slightly wide of mid-on but no run on offer there

Scott: "Although Daniel Vettori has lost his ability to take wickets, we are missing him badly. Patel doesn't have the ability to put pressure on the batters and assist our seamers like Danny does.."

16.4

Wagner to Smith, no run, well fielded by Williamson in gully, flings himself to his left to stop that one, short and he played it down wide of him but Williamson stopped that one-handed

16.5

Wagner to Smith, no run, keeps low this time, bowled at 130.1kmph, goodish length outside off and he leaves it be

16.6

Wagner to Smith, no run, pushed it full on the off, defended towards extra cover from the crease

End of over 17 (4 runs) South Africa 57/1
GC Smith    22* (45b 3x4)      N Wagner    4-0-17-0
HM Amla    8* (18b 1x4)      JS Patel    1-0-6-0

17.1

Patel to Amla, no run, tossed up outside off from Patel, Amla gets across and wristily plays it down to midwicket

17.2

Patel to Amla, 1 run, straight on middle, turned into the leg side past short leg for a single

Patel goes round the wicket to Smith

17.3

Patel to Smith, no run, Smith gets a big stride out at that delivery, gets outside the line to defend it into the leg side

17.4

Patel to Smith, 2 runs, angling towards middle, worked through square leg and they do well to complete the second, good, aggressive running

17.5

Patel to Smith, no run, tossed up on the off, mistimes a drive towards mid-on

17.6

Patel to Smith, no run, comes down the pitch this time and plays it towards mid-on

The band is playing at PE, going strong

End of over 18 (3 runs) South Africa 60/1
GC Smith    24* (49b 3x4)      JS Patel    2-0-9-0
HM Amla    9* (20b 1x4)      N Wagner    4-0-17-0

Boult returns

18.1

Boult to Amla, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, turns it away through square leg for a single

18.2

Boult to Smith, no run, bowls that full outside off and that's been played back towards the bowler

18.3

Boult to Smith, 1 run, sliding on the pads and that's been flicked towards fine leg for a single

Deon: "Smith, Amla, Kallis and AB now has 33,000 runs between them at a combined average of 52.36. When Dravid retired, he, SRT, Sehwag and Laxman had more than 45,000 runs between them at a combined average of 51.66. If you add Steyn, Morkel, Philander and Kallis' ability with the ball to the equation you get an idea of the immense strength of this SA side. You have to feel sorry for NZ."

18.4

Boult to Amla, no run, short of a good length on the off, knocks that away into the off side from the crease

18.5

Boult to Amla, 2 runs, couple more for Amla, slightly short and that's punched through mid-off and extra cover for two runs

18.6

Boult to Amla, 1 run, bowled on a good length, gets on the back foot and drops it into the off side and sets off

End of over 19 (5 runs) South Africa 65/1
HM Amla    13* (24b 1x4)      TA Boult    6-2-18-0
GC Smith    25* (51b 3x4)      JS Patel    2-0-9-0

Jason_Westport NZ: "Chris. What's the secret to producing 140km+ bowlers? NZ have nothing close. Milne is our most exciting prospect. Aside from Bond we have never had an accurate quick. There are no top 4s in the world that are scared of our attack. This doesn't detract from the importance of line and length mind you...McGrath, Phillander, Pollock... we will get there!"

Two slips in place now, for Wagner

19.1

Wagner to Amla, no run, in the channel outside off stump and that's been left alone to the keeper

19.2

Wagner to Amla, no run, keeps a little low, bowled at 137.6kmph, leaves that one alone to the keeper

19.3

Wagner to Amla, no run, bowls that full outside off, too wide for Amla to chase and he leaves it be

19.4

Wagner to Amla, FOUR, thick outside edge and that's four runs, pitched up on middle and off and Amla tries to drive through the line, he tries to push it past mid-off but the away movement produces a thick edge between the slips and gully

19.5

Wagner to Amla, no run, bowls that on a length outside off, at 139.2kmph, his quickest ball today, leaves it alone

19.6

Wagner to Amla, no run, nicely played but straight to the fielder, on middle and leg and that's clipped to midwicket

End of over 20 (4 runs) South Africa 69/1
HM Amla    17* (30b 2x4)      N Wagner    5-0-21-0
GC Smith    25* (51b 3x4)      TA Boult    6-2-18-0

Safalicious: "Would be nice to see Smith and AB edge their averages over 50 again. Sa would then have 5 batsmen with 50+ averages which isnt bad at all."

20.1

Boult to Smith, no run, bowled on a length outside off at 131kmph, Smith shoulders arms to the keeper

20.2

Boult to Smith, 2 runs, angling on the pads, gets across and turns it through square leg for a couple of runs

20.3

Boult to Smith, no run, bowled on a good length, gets on the back foot this time and plays it down the pitch

20.4

Boult to Smith, no run, short of a length, a little wider this time, gets back and taps it towards gully

chris: "Jason, the secret is to eat heaps of braaied rump steak together with about 8 cold refreshing black label quarts. Breakfast of champions."

20.5

Boult to Smith, no run, dropped that one short outside off and he lets that one go through to the keeper

20.6

Boult to Smith, no run, bowls that one short again and he gets under that one comfortably again

End of over 21 (2 runs) South Africa 71/1
GC Smith    27* (57b 3x4)      TA Boult    7-2-20-0
HM Amla    17* (30b 2x4)      N Wagner    5-0-21-0

21.1

Wagner to Amla, no run, bowls it on a good length outside off, sees that through to the keeper

21.2

Wagner to Amla, no run, moves away after pitching, on a length outside off and Amla lets that one be

21.3

Wagner to Amla, no run, pitched up on the off and that's been pushed firmly straight to mid-off

James: "Cris, if you can bowl straight after that you are indeed a champion!!"

21.4

Wagner to Amla, no run, mistimed by Amla, short and he had shaped up for a pull but ended up hitting it with the bottom of the bat, back to the bowler

21.5

Wagner to Amla, no run, short of a good length outside off, leaves that one be

21.6

Wagner to Amla, no run, slightly short outside off, lets that one go through to the keeper

End of over 22 (maiden) South Africa 71/1
HM Amla    17* (36b 2x4)      N Wagner    6-1-21-0
GC Smith    27* (57b 3x4)      TA Boult    7-2-20-0

Two slips and two gullys now

22.1

Boult to Smith, no run, another edge from Smith and this too lands safe in front of third slip, pushed through the line but there was away movement again

22.2

Boult to Smith, 1 run, fullish outside off and he gets a thick inside edge this time, played away from his body there, reaching for it, a single takes him off strike

22.3

Boult to Amla, no run, left alone, moved back in after pitching and didn't miss the off stump by much as Amla let that be

22.4

Boult to Amla, FOUR, that's absolutely thrashed, short from Boult and Amla rocks forward and whacks it over midwicket for a boundary

22.5

Boult to Amla, no run, pitched up on the off and that's pushed firmly towards mid-off from the crease

22.6

Boult to Amla, 2 runs, easy pickings for Amla but he'll only get a couple, short on leg stump and that's been turned away fine but a diving save at fine leg keeps him to just two in the end

End of over 23 (7 runs) South Africa 78/1
HM Amla    23* (40b 3x4)      TA Boult    8-2-27-0
GC Smith    28* (59b 3x4)      N Wagner    6-1-21-0

23.1

Wagner to Smith, no run, Wagner, bowling that at 135.3kmph, slides that one down the leg side and Smith can't connect as he tries to glance that fine

23.2

Wagner to Smith, no run, swinging in towards Smith, gets forward and turns it towards square leg from the crease

23.3

Wagner to Smith, 2 runs, full and wide, almost yorker length but outside off, Smith guides that behind gully for a couple of runs, brings up the 50-stand between these two

23.4

Wagner to Smith, no run, bowls that full outside off again, not as wide as the previous one, dug out towards point

23.5

Wagner to Smith, FOUR, short, way too wide, Smith gets back and slashes him past gully for an easy boundary

23.6

Wagner to Smith, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and works it to midwicket

End of over 24 (6 runs) South Africa 84/1
GC Smith    34* (65b 4x4)      N Wagner    7-1-27-0
HM Amla    23* (40b 3x4)      TA Boult    8-2-27-0

Ryan: "Smith has always been troubled by the lefties, and he's not looking very comfortable here again. Chaminda, Zaheer and now Neil and Trent."

24.1

Boult to Amla, no run, Amla gets a nick, a thick outside edge in front of gully, pushed it full outside off and he got an edge as he went for the drive

Jayden: "I really believe people are under rating our attack. atm it looks a little weak, but put southee in there. and within 3 years it'll be one of the best in the world i reckon. I'd rather have it than the med ward that is the aussie bowling unit."

24.2

Boult to Amla, no run, gets on the back foot, angling in towards middle and that's whipped towards midwicket

24.3

Boult to Amla, FOUR, that's a misfield, too straight and Amla clips it through square leg, Jeetan Patel dives over that one and concedes four runs

24.4

Boult to Amla, no run, pitched up outside off, drives it through the line towards mid-off

24.5

Boult to Amla, no run, shortish on the off and that's been punched towards mid-off

24.6

Boult to Amla, no run, short of a length on the off and that's been punched well towards mid-off, can't get it past him though

End of over 25 (4 runs) South Africa 88/1
HM Amla    27* (46b 4x4)      TA Boult    9-2-31-0
GC Smith    34* (65b 4x4)      N Wagner    7-1-27-0

Tshepiso London: "With the pitch doing a bit like it is now, I bet NZ would have been 54 for 5 now, SA bats deeper than Kimberly's Diamond mine!"

Bracewell comes back for an over before lunch. Has a slip and two gullys

25.1

Bracewell to Smith, no run, pushed it full outside off and that's been played straight to mid-off

25.2

Bracewell to Smith, no run, in the channel outside off stump and Smith leaves that one alone

Neil: "Very interesting fact : Out of the 23 test matches SA played @ St George's Park, with the first match being on 12/03/1889, SA have only managed to won 8 of them, with their last victory 12 years ago on 30/11/2000, talk about a bad track record !"

25.3

Bracewell to Smith, no run, slightly short, Smith moves on the back foot and plays it down in front of the bowler

25.4

Bracewell to Smith, 1 run, ooh, well bowled, dropped short at 133.3kmph on leg stump, Smith was caught by surprise and fended that one away, lobbed up in the short fine-leg region but landed safe

25.5

Bracewell to Amla, no run, bowled at 132.8kmph, in the corridor and he leaves that one alone

25.6

Bracewell to Amla, no run, angling in towards middle, gets back and pushes it gently to the bowler

End of over 26 (1 run) South Africa 89/1
HM Amla    27* (48b 4x4)      DAJ Bracewell    8-1-18-1
GC Smith    35* (69b 4x4)      TA Boult    9-2-31-0

Michael: "New Zealand are conceding a boundary an over, in spite of Smiths perceived weakness against lefties... no way to build pressure lads...."

Jono: "@Jayden: I'd say we have the seam bowling covered but where is our next international spinner? Vettori is getting on and no-one seems to be a wicket taking option, most, like Patel, struggle to even contain."

Time for the last over before lunch

26.1

Boult to Smith, no run, tight line on the off stump, Smith rocks forward and defends it solidly into the off side

26.2

Boult to Smith, FOUR, Smith collects four, he's timed a few in that region but found the fielder, manages to get this one past mid-on, pitched up and he drives that straight

26.3

Boult to Smith, 1 run, edged again, short of a good length, tries to punch it through off, a thick edge that falls short of second slip

26.4

Boult to Amla, FOUR, an expensive last over before lunch, these two are going fluently here, swinging in, lands full and he flicks it wide of square leg, Jeetan Patel has no chance

Boult goes round the wicket

26.5

Boult to Amla, 1 run, shortish on the off and that's turned into the leg side for a comfortable single

James: "Neil, I'd guess a number of those tests were pre-war, when SA didn't have a top class test side. England and Australia tended to send "development squads" to SA in those days."

26.6

Boult to Smith, no run, angling in towards middle, bowled full, gets across and taps that towards extra cover

South Africa's session, New Zealand created a few chances, produced a few edges, but South Africa have got themselves in a strong position here. There was some assistance for the seamers, but the track is keeping low. These two are well set now, and have so far justified the decision to bat first. Join us at 1.10pm. Andrew McGlashan is updating his lunch report here.

End of over 27 (10 runs) South Africa 99/1
GC Smith    40* (73b 5x4)      TA Boult    10-2-41-0
HM Amla    32* (50b 5x4)      DAJ Bracewell    8-1-18-1

Smith and Amla make their way out. Bracewell runs in

Welcome back. South Africa have reached a good position at PE. A busy day, today, at Cricinfo. Australia have beaten Sri Lanka comfortably in the first ODI in Melbourne. India have been set 326 for victory by England in their first ODI in Rajkot.

27.1

Bracewell to Amla, no run, bowls that one in the channel outside off stump, has been left alone to the keeper, this one kept its line

27.2

Bracewell to Amla, FOUR, bad ball, bowled at 131.1kmph, Amla can free his arms against that really wide delivery and smack it through point

27.3

Bracewell to Amla, 1 run, gets an inside edge, Amla was right in front there as he went across to that straight delivery, got an inside edge onto the pads and a single

27.4

Bracewell to Smith, no run, pushes it full on the off stump and that's been pushed in the direction of mid-on

27.5

Bracewell to Smith, no run, short of a good length on the off, rocks on the back foot and plays it onto the pitch

27.6

Bracewell to Smith, 1 run, shortish, rocks back, drops it in front of mid-off and cover for an easy single

End of over 28 (6 runs) South Africa 105/1
GC Smith    41* (76b 5x4)      DAJ Bracewell    9-1-24-1
HM Amla    37* (53b 6x4)      TA Boult    10-2-41-0

A slip, two gullys for Wagner

28.1

Wagner to Smith, FOUR, four more, short of a length, plenty of width and Smith caresses that through cover and point for an easy boundary

28.2

Wagner to Smith, FOUR, that's his favourite shot, pitched up on middle from Wagner and he drives that well between mid-on and midwicket

28.3

Wagner to Smith, no run, gets that one to leave the left-hander, a bit too wide though and it's been left alone

28.4

Wagner to Smith, 1 run, Smith reaches his half-century, just jabbing that in front of point to steal a single

A fair amount of hardwork involved in that innings, was given a tough time in the initial phase of his knock but has recovered well

28.5

Wagner to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves across to that straighter delivery and turns it away through square leg for a single

Kelvin: "Kelvin: "I've noticed over the last year or so that Smith does not score as quickly as he used to. Especially in England he had strike rates of well under 50. Not sure if this is because he's not in fluent form or just an adjustment to his game to try and score more runs."

28.6

Wagner to Smith, no run, pitched up on the off and it's met solidly by Smith, who plays it back to the bowler

End of over 29 (10 runs) South Africa 115/1
GC Smith    50* (81b 7x4)      N Wagner    8-1-37-0
HM Amla    38* (54b 6x4)      DAJ Bracewell    9-1-24-1

29.1

Bracewell to Amla, no run, angling in towards middle, gets back and across and defends it back down the pitch

29.2

Bracewell to Amla, 1 run, pushes him back does Bracewell, Amla gets an inside edge onto his thighs for a single

29.3

Bracewell to Smith, FOUR, There is a short fine leg in place, more a leg slip actually, Bracewell bowls on middle and leg and Smith turns it away really fine for a boundary

29.4

Bracewell to Smith, no run, banged in short at 139.7kmph, Smith gets out of the way easily

29.5

Bracewell to Smith, no run, on a good length, gets forward and guides it towards point, thinks of a single but it's not there

29.6

Bracewell to Smith, no run, goodish length on the off, gets back and plays it towards mid-on

End of over 30 (5 runs) South Africa 120/1
GC Smith    54* (85b 8x4)      DAJ Bracewell    10-1-29-1
HM Amla    39* (56b 6x4)      N Wagner    8-1-37-0

Just one slip and a gully for Wagner

30.1

Wagner to Amla, 1 run, Amla dabs that goodish length ball in front of point for an easy single

30.2

Wagner to Smith, no run, Still some swing for Wagner, that was overpitched on the off and Smith struck it straight back at the bowler

30.3

Wagner to Smith, no run, pitched up again and Smith strikes it clean but straight back at Wagner who fields on his follow through

30.4

Wagner to Smith, OUT, Smith walks back, he's gloved it, short ball down the leg side, he moved across to work it fine, got a glove and Watling took an easy catch moving to his right

GC Smith c †Watling b Wagner 54 (140m 88b 8x4 0x6) SR: 61.36

A wicket for Wagner, Smith falls after a good stand that was threatening to push on, New Zealand needed this.

Wozza: "@Kelvin: I think its a combination of lack of things, he doesnt seem to be as sure as was with his technique when he was younger plus teams now review so much video of batting technique that bowlers have found ways to get him out/keep his runs down while at the crease."

Jacques Kallis makes his way in. Has two slips and a gully

30.5

Wagner to Kallis, 1 no ball, Wagner oversteps, short of a good length, Kallis pushes it away, slightly away from his body, into the off side

30.5

Wagner to Kallis, no run, banged in short on middle at 136kmph and Kallis ducks under that one easily

30.6

Wagner to Kallis, no run, good ball, at 137,.7kmph, dropped it short outside off and Kallis is made to sway out of the way

End of over 31 (2 runs) South Africa 122/2
JH Kallis    0* (3b)      N Wagner    9-1-39-1
HM Amla    40* (57b 6x4)      DAJ Bracewell    10-1-29-1

G: "@ Kelvin, just think back to the 2nd innings of the 3rd test in Perth. 84 fluently scored runs at a strike rate of 84. He does still score as fast as he used to when he wants too. I think you'll find he's a lot more consistent now."

31.1

Bracewell to Amla, no run, short of a good length on the off, Amla moves back and drops that in front of point

31.2

Bracewell to Amla, no run, angling towards off stump, rocks on the back foot and plays it towards cover

31.3

Bracewell to Amla, 1 run, bowls it on a good length, knocks it down in the vacant point region to pick a single

31.4

Bracewell to Kallis, no run, slightly short on the off stump, Kallis stands tall and plays it towards mid-off

Nathan: "Along with his technical problems, Graeme Smith concentration levels just havent been as good as when he was younger, its like he drifts in and out while batting. He'll have a storming few overs, then suddenly nick one or overbalance and get caught in front. Concentrate man!"

31.5

Bracewell to Kallis, no run, more forceful from Kallis this time, goodish length and he hits it through the line but straight to mid-off

31.6

Bracewell to Kallis, no run, no single there, angling in towards middle, drives it towards mid-on now but can't beat his dive

End of over 32 (1 run) South Africa 123/2
JH Kallis    0* (6b)      DAJ Bracewell    11-1-30-1
HM Amla    41* (60b 6x4)      N Wagner    9-1-39-1

A slip for Wagner

32.1

Wagner to Amla, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets on the back foot and drops it on the off side

32.2

Wagner to Amla, no run, in the channel outside off and it's been left alone to the keeper

32.3

Wagner to Amla, no run, gets across a little and defends that one solidly towards cover

32.4

Wagner to Amla, 1 run, slipped it wide, and a full, steered into the deep past point for a single

32.5

Wagner to Kallis, no run, Wagner got that ball to dart in a bit, Kallis got front and across but drove it soundly to mid-on

Highveldhillbilly: "@Kelvin - If you don't bowl to straight, on Smith's pads or short outside off stump you can generally slow Smith's scoring. You "just" need bowlers that can continually bowl a good line and length ala McGrath. Unfortunately those aren't all that easy to find (Asif, Philander type bowlers)"

32.6

Wagner to Kallis, no run, pushed it full outside off and Kallis sees it through to the keeper

End of over 33 (1 run) South Africa 124/2
JH Kallis    0* (8b)      N Wagner    10-1-40-1
HM Amla    42* (64b 6x4)      DAJ Bracewell    11-1-30-1

33.1

Bracewell to Amla, 2 runs, short of a good length, gets on the back foot and punches it through cover for a couple of runs

33.2

Bracewell to Amla, no run, a touch too wide from Bracewell, left alone to the keeper

wes: "Listen, the point is the guy still averages just about fifty, has almost 9000 runs and has 26 tons to his name, holds all sorts of fantastic records and is Test crickets most experienced captain, say what you will, the guy is a modern great."

33.3

Bracewell to Amla, no run, slightly short on the off, rocks on the back foot and knocks it down towards point

33.4

Bracewell to Amla, 1 run, angling in towards middle, gets on the back foot and turns it square for a single

33.5

Bracewell to Kallis, FOUR, Kallis picks that up beautifully, got into position early against that short ball and dispatched it over midwicket for a four

33.6

Bracewell to Kallis, FOUR, Bracewell drops short again and is punished, Kallis pulls him hard through square leg this time, along the ground

South Africa have stepped up their scoring after lunch, a healthy run-rate now and Kallis hasn't taken long to get going

End of over 34 (11 runs) South Africa 135/2
JH Kallis    8* (10b 2x4)      DAJ Bracewell    12-1-41-1
HM Amla    45* (68b 6x4)      N Wagner    10-1-40-1

34.1

Wagner to Amla, no run, slightly short outside off and he leaves that one through

34.2

Wagner to Amla, no run, pitched up on the off and Amla crunches that towards mid-on

34.3

Wagner to Amla, no run, bowled on a good length, gets on the back foot, moving across a bit, and defends it back to the bowler

34.4

Wagner to Amla, no run, full and Amla tries to steer that through point, gets an under-edge towards the keeper

Dera: "For me, Graeme Smith's efforts were mostly overshadowed due to the likes of Jacques Kallis, just like how our paceman Chaminda Vaas's efforts were overlooked due to the Murali factor..."

34.5

Wagner to Amla, no run, swinging in towards middle at 135kmph, gets across and pushes it towards mid-on

34.6

Wagner to Amla, 1 run, drops that one short and Amla takes his bottom-hand off as he plays that one down into the off side, steals a quick single

End of over 35 (1 run) South Africa 136/2
HM Amla    46* (74b 6x4)      N Wagner    11-1-41-1
JH Kallis    8* (10b 2x4)      DAJ Bracewell    12-1-41-1

35.1

Bracewell to Amla, no run, a safe delivery to leave outside off stump, a touch wide

Bracewell has two slips

35.2

Bracewell to Amla, no run, pitched up by Bracewell and Amla crunches that straight to extra cover

35.3

Bracewell to Amla, 1 run, short of a length and it's cracked towards deep cover for a single

35.4

Bracewell to Kallis, OUT, Kallis gets an inside edge and is caught by Watling, Bracewell pitched that up outside off and Kallis went for the drive, got a thin inside edge as he tried to expand, he has to go

JH Kallis c †Watling b Bracewell 8 (20m 11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

Huge wicket for New Zealand; they've picked up a couple of wickets this session even though they've conceded some runs. For a moment, you thought Bracewell had overstepped but he hadn't, had a part of his foot behind the line.

AB de Villiers is the new man

35.5

Bracewell to de Villiers, no run, Bracewell goes a little wide of the crease there, safely left alone outside off stump

35.6

Bracewell to de Villiers, 2 runs, angling in towards middle and leg and AB turns that away through square leg for a couple of runs

End of over 36 (3 runs) South Africa 139/3
AB de Villiers    2* (2b)      DAJ Bracewell    13-1-44-2
HM Amla    47* (77b 6x4)      N Wagner    11-1-41-1

Jonopsis: "The boo boys should back off Smith, do you remember the bad old days of Andrew Hudson and Kepler Wessels opening the batting for SA? The Proteas are riding the crest of a cricketing wave, the likes of which does not come around too often and Smith has a lot to do with that."

Kelvin: "@Wes - I was never questioning Smith's batting ability. In my opinion Cook and Smith are head and shoulders the best two openers in the world at the moment. There really are very few exceptional openers around these days."

36.1

Wagner to Amla, no run, bowls that one short on the off, Amla gets behind and drops it towards gully

36.2

Wagner to Amla, no run, beaten, Wagner got that to move away after pitching, Amla poked at it away from his body and was beaten

36.3

Wagner to Amla, no run, slightly short on the off, rocks back and defends him towards the bowler

36.4

Wagner to Amla, 1 run, sliding on middle and Amla works it wide of midwicket for a quick single

36.5

Wagner to de Villiers, no run, pushes that one full outside off at 134kmph and Amla leaves that one alone

36.6

Wagner to de Villiers, 2 runs, swinging in towards middle and AB flicks that square, Jeetan Patel again can't stop that cleanly and concedes an extra run as they come back for the second

End of over 37 (3 runs) South Africa 142/3
AB de Villiers    4* (4b)      N Wagner    12-1-44-1
HM Amla    48* (81b 6x4)      DAJ Bracewell    13-1-44-2

37.1

Bracewell to Amla, no run, bowled on a length outside off and Amla leaves that one alone

37.2

Bracewell to Amla, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets on the back foot and turns it to midwicket

37.3

Bracewell to Amla, no run, a steady line outside off stump and Amla watches it through to the keeper

37.4

Bracewell to Amla, no run, ooh, Amla gets forward and gets an inside edge onto the pads, that appeared to just nip back in and almost beat him through the gate

37.5

Bracewell to Amla, no run, this one goes the other way after pitching, Amla leaves that alone

37.6

Bracewell to Amla, no run, short and too wide and Amla has nothing to do with it

End of over 38 (maiden) South Africa 142/3
HM Amla    48* (87b 6x4)      DAJ Bracewell    14-2-44-2
AB de Villiers    4* (4b)      N Wagner    12-1-44-1

38.1

Wagner to de Villiers, FOUR, AB edges one and gets four, pitched up outside off and he drives loosely at that one, trying to play it past the bowler, gets a thick edge and goes through second slip and gully for four

38.2

Wagner to de Villiers, no run, swinging in this time, lands full and is driven straight to mid-off

Nathan: "@Jonopsis, We're no booing Smith, he is one of the best openers this country has ever had, certainly the best lefty since Kirsten. Can you imagine how great he would be if he turned 30's, 40's and 50's into 100's, 150's or 200's. Thats what gets me, his ability to get in, and then get out."

38.3

Wagner to de Villiers, no run, on a good length outside off, leaving the right hander and it's left alone

Patrick: "Critical analysis of Smith's technique is always valid. But Jonopsis is correct. Smith has led an era of SA cricket which is extraordinary, and the thing about success is, it always pushes the bar higher. We're just too close to it to appreciate now. We haven't been this good since we were listening to shortwave radio as Richards and Barlow went out to open in Australia."

38.4

Wagner to de Villiers, no run, slides that well wide of the off stump and it's left alone to the keeper

38.5

Wagner to de Villiers, no run, slightly short on the off stump, gets on the back foot and pats it down to point

Tinus: "@Kelvin - I agree with you completely. There has been a slight decrease in both Smith's strike rate and average over the last couple of years. I think mainly due to the fact that he no longer achieves those massive scores (200+). He is still excellent and his mere presence completes our top six."

38.6

Wagner to de Villiers, (no ball) 1 run, oversteps again does Wagner, short and it's turned into the leg side for a single

38.6

Wagner to Amla, no run, bowls that short on middle and he lets go of it easily

End of over 39 (6 runs) South Africa 148/3
HM Amla    48* (88b 6x4)      N Wagner    13-1-50-1
AB de Villiers    9* (10b 1x4)      DAJ Bracewell    14-2-44-2

The debutant Colin Munro has been brought on. Bowls medium-pace. Has a slip

39.1

Munro to de Villiers, no run, gets a bit of away swing first up, wide and it's left alone to the keeper

39.2

Munro to de Villiers, no run, bowls it on a length outside off, moves away and he lets it go through

39.3

Munro to de Villiers, no run, short of a good length on middle and he plays it away towards midwicket

39.4

Munro to de Villiers, FOUR, another loose shot from AB, short of a length outside off and he chased it, opened the face there but got a thick edge wide of Williamson who dived to his left at gully

39.5

Munro to de Villiers, no run, bowls on a good length outside off, around 125.7kmph, left alone to the keeper

Gonzo: "Both bowlers (Munro, Wagner) and both batsmen all born in the same country. Must be a long time since this has happened in test cricket. Feels like playing against England!"

39.6

Munro to de Villiers, no run, in the channel outside off and it's been left alone to the keeper

Time for drinks, New Zealand have fought back in this first hour after lunch, there is still some movement on offer for them, though they've erred a few times too many you would think given the rate at which South Africa have got their runs. But chances continue to be created...

End of over 40 (4 runs) South Africa 152/3
AB de Villiers    13* (16b 2x4)      C Munro    1-0-4-0
HM Amla    48* (88b 6x4)      N Wagner    13-1-50-1

Boult to start after the drinks break...

40.1

Boult to Amla, no run, goodish length on middle, gets back and pushes it towards the bowler

40.2

Boult to Amla, 1 run, dropped, huge miss and Williamson has dropped Amla, short and wide and Amla went after that, slashed it towards gully but Williamson couldn't react quickly enough to his left and has spilt that, dropped on 48

40.3

Boult to de Villiers, 1 run, short on middle, gets on the back foot and tucks it behind square for a single

40.4

Boult to Amla, no run, in the channel outside off, coming back in, leaves that alone to the keeper

40.5

Boult to Amla, FOUR, shortish outside off and Amla reaches his fifty in style, chops that one hard through point for a boundary

Amla has moved along smoothly, barring that drop on 48. How costly will that prove?

40.6

Boult to Amla, no run, pushed away square on the off side of the front foot

End of over 41 (6 runs) South Africa 158/3
HM Amla    53* (93b 7x4)      TA Boult    11-2-47-0
AB de Villiers    14* (17b 2x4)      C Munro    1-0-4-0

41.1

Munro to de Villiers, no run, short of a good length outside off, leaves that alone to the keeper

41.2

Munro to de Villiers, 1 run, slightly short outside off, punched through to deep cover for a single

41.3

Munro to Amla, 1 run, goodish length outside off, drops it wide of point for a single

Kelvin: "I hope I'm not jinxing Amla here, but the signs are dangerous. Usually when he scores quickly like in the first test he does not get those big scores. But when he gets entrenched and scores at that 40-45 strike rate area that seems to be the signs of him going for the bigger scores."

Amla's batting out of his crease..

41.4

Munro to de Villiers, 1 run

41.5

Munro to Amla, no run, moves well across to that fullish delivery and turns it wide of midwicket

41.6

Munro to Amla, no run, fullish outside off and that's pushed back straight off the front foot

End of over 42 (3 runs) South Africa 161/3
HM Amla    54* (96b 7x4)      C Munro    2-0-7-0
AB de Villiers    16* (20b 2x4)      TA Boult    11-2-47-0

42.1

Boult to de Villiers, no run, angling in towards off and middle, AB gets behind it and defends it into the leg side

42.2

Boult to de Villiers, 2 runs, on middle and leg, Jeetan Patel is a slow mover and two more conceded, turns that just wide of square leg and scampers back for the second

42.3

Boult to de Villiers, 1 run, nips back in from outside off, de Villiers was a little surprised by the extent of movement there, gets a thick inside edge for a single

42.4

Boult to Amla, no run, in the corridor outside off stump and it's been left alone to the keeper

42.5

Boult to Amla, no run, drops that one short outside off and Amla has let that one go through

42.6

Boult to Amla, no run, ooh, did that just go over leg stump? Amla moved way too across there, the ball swung back in as he tried to flick that fine, he missed and it appeared to just go over the stumps on the way to the keeper

End of over 43 (3 runs) South Africa 164/3
HM Amla    54* (99b 7x4)      TA Boult    12-2-50-0
AB de Villiers    19* (23b 2x4)      C Munro    2-0-7-0

43.1

Munro to de Villiers, no run, short of a good length outside off and it's been left alone

Andrew: "England get Kevin Pietersen, Tony Greig, etc, etc. We get Grant Elliot and Kruger Van Wyk. Life isn't fair sometimes. Important to be careful what you wish for however - can you imagine the NZ Board trying to handle KP?? Geez"

43.2

Munro to de Villiers, 1 run, back of a length outside off, cut past point into the deep for a single

43.3

Munro to Amla, no run, shortish on the off, gets back and pushes that straight to extra cover

43.4

Munro to Amla, no run, sweet drive but straight to extra cover, pitched up outside off but Amla can't beat the in-field

43.5

Munro to Amla, no run, full outside off at 120.4kmph and it's dug out towards extra cover again

43.6

Munro to Amla, 1 run, shortish on middle and that's turned through square leg into the deep for a single

End of over 44 (2 runs) South Africa 166/3
HM Amla    55* (103b 7x4)      C Munro    3-0-9-0
AB de Villiers    20* (25b 2x4)      TA Boult    12-2-50-0

44.1

Boult to Amla, 1 run, Amla pushes that gently past the bowler, between mid-on and mid-off, for a single

44.2

Boult to de Villiers, no run, getting it to shape back in, goodish length on middle and it's playaed back to the bowler

44.3

Boult to de Villiers, no run, pushes it on a length on the off, drives it towards mid-off

44.4

Boult to de Villiers, 1 run, they steal a quick single, defended in front of cover and mid-off and they set off

44.5

Boult to Amla, no run, goodish length outside off and he leaves that one alone

Neil has been keeping count - Neil: "With Munro, Watling and Wagner representing New Zealand, and Pietersen, Kieswetter and Dernbach appearing for England, that means there are 17 men born in South Africa simultaneously playing international cricket. Surely that must be a record? It's only a pity England didn't also select Compton, Trott, Prior, Lumb and Meaker too..."

44.6

Boult to Amla, 1 run, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot and turns it through square leg for a single

End of over 45 (3 runs) South Africa 169/3
HM Amla    57* (106b 7x4)      TA Boult    13-2-53-0
AB de Villiers    21* (28b 2x4)      C Munro    3-0-9-0

45.1

Munro to Amla, no run, pushes that full outside off and it's driven straight to mid-off

45.2

Munro to Amla, 1 run, full again, guided through point into the deep for a single

45.3

Munro to de Villiers, no run, in the channel outside off and it's been left alone to the keeper

45.4

Munro to de Villiers, no run, offers the straight bat as he plays it back to the bowler

45.5

Munro to de Villiers, no run, fullish outside off stump and that is crunched straight to cover

45.6

Munro to de Villiers, no run, lands on a good length outside off, leaves it alone to the keeper

End of over 46 (1 run) South Africa 170/3
AB de Villiers    21* (32b 2x4)      C Munro    4-0-10-0
HM Amla    58* (108b 7x4)      TA Boult    13-2-53-0

46.1

Boult to Amla, 1 run, fullish outside off and it's driven firmly through to deep cover for a single

46.2

Boult to de Villiers, 1 run, slower one outside off, dropped short and he mistimes a pull, but gets a single

46.3

Boult to Amla, no run, bowls on a good length and it's defended solidly into the off side

46.4

Boult to Amla, 1 run, shortish on middle, worked away through square leg for a single

46.5

Boult to de Villiers, 1 run, slightly short on the off, pushed in front of cover for a single

NJ: "This probably isn't what Neil's going for, but two teams of Englishmen did play two test series simultaneously in January, 1930."

46.6

Boult to Amla, 1 run, shortish outside off, tries to crunch it through cover, gets a thick inside edge just wide of the stumps

End of over 47 (5 runs) South Africa 175/3
HM Amla    61* (112b 7x4)      TA Boult    14-2-58-0
AB de Villiers    23* (34b 2x4)      C Munro    4-0-10-0

47.1

Munro to Amla, no run, pitched up on the off and that's driven straight to mid-off

47.2

Munro to Amla, 2 runs, angling in towards middle and that's clipped down to fine leg for a single

47.3

Munro to Amla, no run, pushed it on a good length on the off, gets forward and defends it to extra cover

47.4

Munro to Amla, no run, in the channel, a bit of away movement and Amla lets that go through

mo: "SA & India matching each other run for run. following both matches on cricinfo from tel aviv" Yes, both were 172 for 3 at one point

47.5

Munro to Amla, no run, decent away movement for Munro here and Amla lets that be

47.6

Munro to Amla, no run, short of a good length outside off and that's been left alone to the keeper

End of over 48 (2 runs) South Africa 177/3
HM Amla    63* (118b 7x4)      C Munro    5-0-12-0
AB de Villiers    23* (34b 2x4)      TA Boult    14-2-58-0

Two slips for Boult

48.1

Boult to de Villiers, FOUR, lovely shot from AB, pitched up from Boult and he moves with the shot, cracking it through the covers for a boundary

48.2

Boult to de Villiers, no run, too wide from Boult there, leaves that one alone does AB

48.3

Boult to de Villiers, no run, nipped back in, AB was lucky not to get an inside edge as he walked across to play it into the leg side, beat him through the gate and didn't miss the bat by much

48.4

Boult to de Villiers, no run, bowls it on a good length, going the other way this time, AB lets that be

48.5

Boult to de Villiers, 1 wide, too wide, and is called by the umpire this time, gets to the keeper on the second bounce

48.5

Boult to de Villiers, no run, sliding it across the right hander, AB comes forward and shoulders arms to that one

48.6

Boult to de Villiers, no run, bowled it full on the off, 131.3kmph, drives it towards mid-off of the front foot

End of over 49 (5 runs) South Africa 182/3
AB de Villiers    27* (40b 3x4)      TA Boult    15-2-63-0
HM Amla    63* (118b 7x4)      C Munro    5-0-12-0

Jeetan Patel is back. A slip and a short leg

49.1

Patel to Amla, 1 run, shortish on the off, turns in and he works it behind square for a single

49.2

Patel to de Villiers, no run, appeal for lbw, a loud appeal for a ball that struck the batsman outside the line of the off stump, AB tried to sweep that square as it turned in

49.3

Patel to de Villiers, no run, gets forward and across and plays it wide of short leg

49.4

Patel to de Villiers, no run, some turn for Jeetan, AB comes down the track, doesn't get to the pitch and pads it away

49.5

Patel to de Villiers, no run, shortish on middle, whipped off the back foot to square leg

49.6

Patel to de Villiers, no run, straighter on middle, turns it towards short leg, no runs on offer there

End of over 50 (1 run) South Africa 183/3
AB de Villiers    27* (45b 3x4)      JS Patel    3-0-10-0
HM Amla    64* (119b 7x4)      TA Boult    15-2-63-0
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