Wet outfield ends Durban damp squib

South Africa 263 (Amla 53, Wagner 3-47, Boult 3-52) drew with New Zealand 15 for 2 (Steyn 2-3)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The Durban Test was called off on day five, more than half an hour before the scheduled start of play, as the issues with the soft, damp outfield persisted. That meant 11 of the 15 sessions were lost to rain and the subsequent wetness and softening of the outfield.

The damage was caused by a substantial downpour after the second day's play when the recently relaid outfield took on 65 mm of water. Since then, there had been no rain, but the outfield - which was not fully covered when the rain came down - did not recover in the weak, winter Durban sun.

Three days ago, when the last of the cricket was played, New Zealand were 15 for 2 in response to South Africa's 263 with the ball swinging around significantly and the Test promising to be an interesting contest.

Tough opponents


Ross Taylor's batting average against SA in Tests - his worst against any team. SA are the only team against whom Taylor hasn't hit a fifty yet.

Troublesome pair


No. of times Steyn and Philander have dismissed Martin Guptill in Tests. Guptill averages just 15.71 runs per dismissal against SA's opening bowlers.

Starts frittered away


No. of batsmen in SA's top-order (No. 1-7) in this innings who got a start scoring at least 10 runs facing 30 or more balls but got out without scoring a fifty.

Shackles broken


SA's scoring rate in ten overs after Tea. In ten overs before that they had scored just 10 runs.



Runs scored by South Africa in the last-ten overs to Tea. Their scoring rate in the innings dropped from 3.04 to 2.70 over the ten overs.

Shaky starts at Kingsmead


No. of times South Africa have lost four wickets before scoring 150 runs in their last ten innings in Durban. They were 4 down for 106 in this inns.

4 in a row


Consecutive fifty-plus scores by Hashim Amla in Test innings against. This is Amla's 9th score of 50 or more in just 14 innings against them.

Hardly at home


Hashim Amla's batting average in Tests in Durban, his home venue - his worst any venue where he has played more than one Test.

Opening trouble


Ave. opening stand in Tests at home for SA since their last century opening partnership, v IND, in Durban in 2013. SA have had 2 fifty stands in last 17 inns