3rd Test, Wellington, Mar 23 - Mar 27 2012, South Africa tour of New Zealand
474/9d & 189/3d
(80.4 ov, target 389)275 & 200/6
Match drawn
player of the match
Morne Morkel
South Africa
• The Report by Andrew Fernando

Williamson secures hard-fought draw

An outstanding rearguard 102 from Kane Williamson trumped Morne Morkel's career-best figures of 6 for 23, as New Zealand held on for 80.4 overs to draw the third Test

Match centre 
Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan
Commentator: Siddhartha Talya
Scorecard summary
South Africa474/9(148.4 overs)1st INNINGS
Mark Gillespie6/113(33.4)
Chris Martin2/95(28)
New Zealand275/9(96 overs)1st INNINGS
South Africa189/3(29.4 overs)2nd INNINGS
New Zealand200/6(80.4 overs)2nd INNINGS
Morne Morkel6/23(16.4)
Dale Steyn0/14(15)

Williamson's the man of the hour for New Zealand, a bright light for them in a series they lost. Well done to van Wyk and Bracewell as well for supporting Williamson, they batted with him for almost 44 overs. New Zealand were reeling at 83 for 5, and South Africa should have won it from there. But dropped catches, a couple off Williamson and another crucial one off Bracewell towards the end of the day, cost them a win. Williamson took advantage of those reprieves and went on to play a mature, determined knock that saved his team from defeat and salvaged a draw. Morne Morkel bagged career-best figures, Philander had to settle for his worst in a phenomenal Test career thus far - not that he bowled badly, however. Steyn attacked and bowled with good pace but the weak link in a good bowling effort was de Lange, who was slightly inconsistent. It's a result New Zealand will settle for after conceding the advantage in the first innings. Time for the presentation.

Morne Morkel is Man of the Match: "A little bit tired, lots of hard work today. We'll enjoy taking this trophy back to South Africa. The ball has been coming out quite nicely, luckily today things worked out for me. I'm happy with the performance today. We're quite happy with this, with the weather here, the wind and rain etc."

Brendon McCullum: "It's been an indifferent summer for us, we've learnt a lot of lessons from this South African team. Hopefully we'll continue to learn. Great performances today from Kane and Kruger and Doug as well. This is one of the most impressive units to come to our shores in a while. Thank you for your time and stiff competition. Thanks to the fans as well."

Graeme Smith: "Baz, thanks for the kind words. Thanks for an awesome summer out here in New Zealand. Well played, Kane, congratulations on your hundred. It's been a terrific summer, we've walked away with three trophies, you can all be proud of your performance. Thanks to our fans back in South Africa, it means a lot to all of us. Thanks to everyone in New Zealand as well."

Shane Bond hands the series trophy to the South African team and they now pose for the cameras.

It's been a good Test series, folks, and the better team throughout the tour ended up winning it. Thanks for tuning in to our coverage and sending us your comments, lots of interesting points and observations that's helped generate a healthy debate on our commentary forum. Andrew Fernando's doing the report for this match, and it's being updated as I type. Keep a watch on the stories that will be filed by our South Africa correspondent, Firdose Moonda, who's in New Zealand covering this tour. You can also direct your attention to another Test match happening in Sri Lanka, with the hosts taking on England in Galle. Many thanks again. Adios, Sid.

Philander to Bracewell, no run

the Test is saved, good length on middle, gets forward and defends it into the leg side, and Smith calls it off

Philander to Bracewell, no run

solid front-foot defence towards cover, and big applause from the crowd, Graeme Smith smiles

Philander to Bracewell, no run

appeal for lbw, they have no reviews left but that may have been going down leg, angling in and swingig in, landed on leg stump and it struck him on the pads, was probably going further down, ball-tracking confirms it

Philander to Bracewell, no run

short of a good length on middle, plays it back to the bowler

The new ball has been taken, the last over of the match. Philander has it. Three slips, a gully and a short leg

end of over 80Maiden
NZ: 200/6CRR: 2.50 
Kane Williamson102 (228)
Doug Bracewell20 (55)
Morne Morkel16.4-7-23-6
Marchant de Lange17.2-4-77-0

An outstanding spell from the tall man, but New Zealand have dug in well, what a gem this is from Williamson

Morkel to Williamson, no run

finishes off with a bouncer, banged in on middle, ensures Bracewell takes strike next over, that's it for Morkel this game

Morkel to Williamson, no run

slower one bowled short on the off, he picked up the change in pace and defended it into the off side

Morkel to Williamson, no run

shortish on middle, turns that one wide of short leg, turns down the single

Morkel to Williamson, no run

well played Williamson, fires it full on middle, defended into the off side, watchfully, cautiously but confidently

Morkel to Williamson, no run

short of a good length on middle, gets on the back foot and plays it down

Morkel to Williamson, no run

pitched up on the off stump, gets forward and defends it into the off side

New Zealand just two overs away from saving the game.

end of over 794 runs
NZ: 200/6CRR: 2.53 
Doug Bracewell20 (55)
Kane Williamson102 (222)
Marchant de Lange17.2-4-77-0
Morne Morkel15.4-6-23-6
de Lange to Bracewell, FOUR runs

a full toss on the pads and that's been dismissed, flicked away behind square for a boundary to bring up the 200

de Lange to Bracewell, no run

gets all the way back to that slower ball and defends it into the off side

de Lange to Bracewell, no run

reverse-swing, lands full on the off and it's driven straight to silly mid-off

de Lange to Bracewell, no run

angling in towards middle, gets on the back foot and plays it towards midwicket

de Lange to Bracewell, no run

bowled that full outside off, pushed towards mid-off

de Lange to Bracewell, no run

on a length outside off stump, that's been left alone to the keeper

de Lange to bowl, three more overs to go

end of over 78Maiden
NZ: 196/6CRR: 2.51 
Kane Williamson102 (222)
Doug Bracewell16 (49)
Morne Morkel15.4-6-23-6
Marchant de Lange16.2-4-73-0
Morkel to Williamson, no run

back of a length outside off, leaves that one alone

Morkel to Williamson, no run

angling in towards middle, gets on the back foot and plays it down into the leg side

Morkel to Williamson, no run

too short and too wide, Williamson is going to ignore those

Morkel to Williamson, no run

short of a length outside off, nipped away and he let it be

Best performances - batsmen
Alviro Petersen
AN Petersen
156 runs (335)
19 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
48 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
JP Duminy portrait
JP Duminy
103 runs (186)
13 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
37 runs
6 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
Morne Morkel portrait
M Morkel
Mark Gillespie portrait
MR Gillespie
Match details
Basin Reserve, Wellington
TossNew Zealand, elected to field first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of New Zealand
Player Of The Match
Morne Morkel
Morne Morkel
Series resultSouth Africa won the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTEST No. 2037
Hours of play (local time)10.00am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days23,24,25,26,27 March 2012 - day match (5-day match)
Pakistan Image
Aleem Dar
England Image
Richard Kettleborough
TV Umpire
West Indies Image
Billy Doctrove
Reserve Umpire
New Zealand Image
Tony Hill
Match Referee
Sri Lanka Image
Ranjan Madugalle