New Zealand vs S Africa
SA won by 9 wickets
Easy game in the end. New Zealand were out of it after they lost five wickets for no runs on the first day really, and despite Gillespie's heroics yesterday South Africa still attained a lead. Then New Zealand slumped to seven for three and the end drew nearer. Philander brought up his first Test six-for today to finish off New Zealand just after lunch - Williamson's knock deserves a fine mention though - and of course Smith loves run chases. He's finished it before tea on the third day, and everyone has an extra two days off. The third Test begins in Wellington on Friday, so do join us then.
Over 20 Nicol 0-0-0-0-4
103-1 - Rob Nicol's final act in Test cricket? Surely they can't retain him after four horrible innings? His fifth delivery is floated up, and Smith drives through extra cover for four to finish the match.
Over 19 Williamson 6-0-4-1-2-4
99-1 - Smith wants his tea, it would seem. He launches Williamson over long-on for six, then flicks one away fine for four to go to his FIFTY (54 balls, 7x4s, 1x6). An outside edge from Amla runs away from four to take the runs required to just two.
Over 18 Gillespie 0-1-0-0-0-1
82-1 - Just a couple of singles as Gillespie bowls a straighter over. The crowd are thinning out slightly as South Africa close in.
Over 17 Williamson 1-0-0-1-0-4
80-1 - Kane Williamson on for a twirl now, and Smith drives the final delivery - which is flighted right up there - straight down the ground for four. We're meant to go to tea in six minutes, but I fancy South Africa will take the extra half-hour to finish this off. Only 21 more needed.
Over 16 Gillespie 0-0-0-1nb-4-1-0
74-1 - Gillespie back - Taylor using his bowlers in short spells. There's a huge shout for lbw, given not out, and Taylor reviews immediately. But it's a no-ball! So it matters not, although the replay later shows the ball was only shaving leg stump so it would have stayed on-field. The next ball is flicked away fine for four.
Over 15 Arnel 0-4-0-0-0-1
68-1 - There's a good-looking drive from Smith, and it beats mid-off to give him four deserved runs. He thumps a short ball late in the over, but despite a solid pull shot he can't beat the two men back on the leg side.
Over 14 Bracewell 0-2-0-0-0-0
63-1 - Change of tactics from New Zealand, as Taylor takes out all but the one slip and posts three men catching in front of the wicket on the off side. Amla still finds a way to drive through the covers for a couple.
Over 13 Arnel 4-0-0-0-0-4
61-1 - A couple of boundaries for Smith - one good, one 'bad'. The first is a superb punch off the back foot through the covers, the second a lucky inside edge past the keeper as his bottom hand takes charge.
Over 12 Bracewell 0-0-1-0-0-0
53-1 - Bracewell's back after just two disappointing overs from Gillespie, as New Zealand look to tighten up and at least drag this out a bit. A Smith single to square leg is all South Africa manage.
Over 11 Arnel 0-1-0-4-0-0
52-1 - Brent Arnel finally gets his chance. He's been pretty innocuous in this Test, and to be honest I think New Zealand would have done better sticking with Trent Boult. Amla collects another boundary - his eighth already - as he latches onto a short ball to pull through midwicket.
Over 10 Gillespie 1-0-4-1-1-0
47-1 - New Zealand have gone a bit quiet, and seem to awaiting the inevitable. Amla flicks one nonchalantly off his hips, and beats midwicket to earn a boundary. A trio of singles leave just 54 required for victory.
Over 9 Vettori 0-0-0-1-0-0
40-1 - Three men catching on the leg side for Smith - a short leg, a short mid-off and a short midwicket. But he's still happy whipping to that side of the wicket, and he finally threads one through for a single.
Over 8 Gillespie 1-4-0-4-0-0
39-1 - Here's Gillespie then - the one bowler capable of putting doubt in South Africa's minds. He can be threatening because of his pace but can also be expensive, and it turns out to be the latter here - Amla gets a tickle on a delivery to run it away very fine on the leg side, then plays a fine back-foot drive for another boundary.
Over 7 Vettori 1-0-0-0-0-0
30-1 - Daniel Vettori on already, which is fair enough because Martin hasn't really threatened. But Vettori is hardly going to spin New Zealand to victory, so the pacemen might feel a bit aggrieved.
Over 6 Bracewell 0-0-0-1-1-1
29-1 - Smith tucks one through backward square leg for a single, and Amla pushes to mid-on to pinch one to the fielder. Smith dabs a pull to square leg off the final delivery.
Over 5 Martin 0-1-4-4-0-4
26-1 - Amla twice leans forward to stroke a full delivery through the vacant cover region for four. South Africa have come out quite positively, which is not something we've seen the batsmen do often in this match. Taylor puts a cover in, but Amla stands up tall to punch the ball past that man for four more.
Over 4 Bracewell 1-0-1-1-0-0
13-1 - Amla flicks down to fine leg for a single, and Smith punches nice and straight to hand the strike back. Unless something truly eventful happens, we're likely to finish around tea time here. It would be the second time in as many matches that New Zealand have lost at Seddon Park inside three days, having done the same against Pakistan in January 2011.
Over 3 Martin 0-0-0-0-0-0
10-1 - Amla sees out a maiden from Martin, in which he manages to leave a few deliveries alone. New Zealand are a bit flat in the field, and one wonders how much they believe that they can win this.
Over 2 Bracewell W-0-0-4-0-1
10-1 - WICKET! A little surprised not to see Mark Gillespie on first up, but Doug Bracewell immediately justifies Ross Taylor's faith as he gets his first delivery to shape away late from Petersen and take a slight edge through to Kruger van Wyk. Will we see a bit of drama here? Hashim Amla drives sumptuously through cover for four to get off the mark, but then chops one past his stumps.
- 15th - 17th Mar 2012
- B R Doctrove and R A Kettleborough
s africa BATTING CARD
|Petersen||c van Wyk b Bracewell||1|
|Total||Close, 19.5 Overs||103 - 1|