result
3rd Test, Johannesburg, May 5 - 7 2006, New Zealand tour of South Africa
119 & 283
(47.3 ov, target 217)186 & 220/6
South Africa won by 4 wickets
player of the match
Graeme Smith
South Africa
15y
• The Bulletin by Will Luke

South Africa stutter to 2-0 series win

Careless shots and a flurry of wickets aside, South Africa raced to a victory inside three days after successfully chasing down 217 to beat New Zealand in the third and final Test at Johannesburg

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Scorecard summary
New Zealand119/10(44 overs)1st INNINGS
South Africa186/10(44 overs)1st INNINGS
New Zealand283/10(78.5 overs)2nd INNINGS
South Africa220/6(47.3 overs)2nd INNINGS
James Franklin3/67(13.3)
Kyle Mills2/49(11)

What a Test match it turned out to be - 36 wickets in under three days and still it went down to the wire - South Africa takes the series 2-0!

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So South Africa end the season with a comprehensive series win, Graham Smith bags the man-of-the-match award and Makhaya Ntini gets the man-of-the-series for his 20 wickets.

47.3
4
Franklin to Pollock, FOUR runs

there it is! good length delivery outside the off stump and Pollock drives it away through covers - South Africa win by four wickets!

Physio is called in - play held up.

Pollock is back on his feet now and that gets the crowd going!

47.2
Franklin to Pollock, no run

ouch! short of a good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Pollock swings across but fails to make contact and the ball hits him on the elbow - that hurts

47.1
Franklin to Pollock, no run

hit on the pad, came in from wide outside the off stump and the appeal is turned down

end of over 478 runs
SA: 216/6CRR: 4.59 
Ashwell Prince43 (60)
Shaun Pollock2 (5)
Chris Martin17-1-64-1
James Franklin13-0-63-3
46.6
Martin to Prince, no run

hit on the pad and the ball rolls away on the off side

46.5
Martin to Prince, no run

Martin once again drags it short and Prince comfortably ducks under it

46.4
Martin to Prince, no run

bouncer and Prince ducks under it

46.3
4
Martin to Prince, FOUR runs

game set and match! good length delivery outside the off stump and Prince finds the gap between mid-off and cover - excellent shot under pressure and the scores are level

46.2
4
Martin to Prince, FOUR runs

goodness me! good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, shaping away a tad and the edge is produced but the ball files over the slip cordon, no third man in place and the ball trickles over the third man fence

46.1
Martin to Prince, no run

turned away on the leg side

end of over 463 runs
SA: 208/6CRR: 4.52 
Ashwell Prince35 (54)
Shaun Pollock2 (5)
James Franklin13-0-63-3
Chris Martin16-1-56-1

Just nine more needed now - New Zealand desperately need a wicket here.

45.6
1
Franklin to Prince, 1 run

good length delivery outside the off stump and Prince hammers it towards cover, diving half-stop saves runs but fails to cut off the single

45.5
1
Franklin to Pollock, 1 run

pitched up on the stumps, driven down to mid-on and they sprint across for a single

45.4
Franklin to Pollock, no run

defended watchfully

45.3
1
Franklin to Prince, 1 run

good length delivery outside the off stump, was the slower ball, Prince waits for it and drives it away well wide of the fielder at mid-off

45.2
Franklin to Prince, no run

slightly short and in the channel, defended on the back-foot, much better shot

45.1
Franklin to Prince, no run

almost! good length delivery outside the off stump, Prince drives off the back-foot and ball goes past the outside edge, well bowled Franklin

end of over 453 runs
SA: 205/6CRR: 4.55 
Ashwell Prince33 (50)
Shaun Pollock1 (3)
Chris Martin16-1-56-1
James Franklin12-0-60-3

South Africa require another 12 runs with 4 wickets remaining.

44.6
1
Martin to Prince, 1 run

short of a good length delivery, Prince goes back and across and drives it away to deep cover for a single

44.5
Martin to Prince, no run

tight delivery, defended on the back-foot

44.4
1
Martin to Pollock, 1 run

short ball, bowled at 138 kmp, Pollock rocks back and pulls it away to deep backward square leg

Two slips and a gully in place.

44.3
Martin to Pollock, no run

left alone outside the off stump

44.2
1
Martin to Prince, 1 run

on the middle and leg stump line, defended towards short fine leg and an easy single is added to the total

Match details
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
TossSouth Africa, elected to field first
SeriesNew Zealand tour of South Africa
Season2005/06
Player Of The Match
Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith
Player Of The Series
Makhaya Ntini
Makhaya Ntini
Series resultSouth Africa won the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 1801
Match daysday(5-day match)
Umpires
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Asoka de Silva
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Darrell Hair
TV Umpire
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Ian Howell
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle