New Zealand vs S Africa
And so it's confirmed. We'll start at 10am local time tomorrow if the outfield is dry. Today was dominated by South Africa, who played well considering that the ball moved around. New Zealand had a strong wind to contend with but will still be disappointed. Join us again tomorrow morning.
The umpires have been out in the middle conversing, but it's just started raining lightly again so on come the covers. That will surely be that.
Bad light stops play
Exactly the same time as yesterday, and the umpires have their light meters out. Off come the players, and it's unlikely we'll see them again today.
Over 79 Gillespie 0-1-0-0-2nb-0-4
246-2 - This is turning into a long spell from Gillespie either side of tea, but he is bowling with the wind. Petersen has played hook shot well, but his eagerness to do so here results in something approaching a tennis shot as he fetches one from above head height outside off stump. Then at the end of the over he rides one past gully to pick up a boundary to move to 96.
Over 78 Williamson 1-0-0-0-0-0
239-2 - It's just starting to rain a bit now, so the tractor with the covers is poised waiting for the umpires to call it in. They're content for the moment, so we'll carry on.
Over 77 Gillespie 0-0-0-0-0-1
238-2 - Tighter stuff from Gillespie, which is what New Zealand have been needing. Just a single, as Petersen plays a lovely glance down to fine leg for a single. he's middled that shot all day.
Over 76 Williamson 0-0-0-1-4-0
237-2 - South Africa in a very strong position now, and if New Zealand don't make serious inroads with the second new ball then the tourists will fancy 450, and potentially an innings victory. That's still some way away though, as Duminy gets on the back foot to drive a short ball through extra cover for four.
Over 75 Gillespie 0-0-2-0-2-0
232-2 - Still no rain - the forecasters expected it to be chucking it down by now - but we were off for bad light at 5.25 yesterday. So we might not have more than half an hour here. Duminy pushes through backward point for two, then clips off his pads for a couple more.
Over 74 Williamson 0-0-1-0-0-2b
228-2 - Williamson continues as New Zealand look to the next new ball, and look to give Vettori a break, and Petersen is denied two runs when he glances away very fine on the leg side and the umpire signals byes. Pretty sure he got wood on that.
Over 73 Gillespie 0-0-1-2-0-0
225-2 - Gillespie was bowling a good spell before the break, so he continues here. Duminy whips one round the corner for a single, and Petersen pulls brilliantly through square-leg but is denied a boundary by a diving Vettori.
No-one expected a full session, but we've had one and South Africa have dominated it. Petersen and Duminy have extended their partnership to 116 and have been pretty ruthless when New Zealand have been loose. The hosts have a second new ball coming in eight overs time, and will need to use it properly.
Over 72 Williamson 1-0-0-0-0-1
222-2 - There's a funny sequence of events: Duminy drives straight, the ball deflects off Petersen's bat and so the batsmen don't run. But the ball is heading for the boundary, chased by Bracewell, who nearly kicks it over the line. He ends up putting in a dramatic dive to prevent four as the batsmen stand, not running, in the middle.
Over 71 Gillespie 0-0-0-0-0-0
220-2 - Gillespie comes around the wicket to Duminy now, which makes things pretty interesting. Duminy leaves a couple that are pretty close to the stumps - one of them couldn't have missed off stump by more than an inch. I think we'll have one more over before tea.
Over 70 Vettori 0-0-0-0-4-0
220-2 - Petersen has been really good with anything short, and he pounces on another one to cut away for four. There were two men fairly close to each other in the point area, but he still managed to dissect them.
Over 69 Gillespie 0-2-0-1-0-0
216-2 - Petersen whips an inswinger through the leg side for a couple of runs, then glances another one to fine leg for one. Tea is coming up in about 10 minutes, when South Africa will be able to reflect on a job well done.
Over 68 Vettori 0-0-0-0-0-0
213-2 - Vettori leaves the off side open for Duminy and tries to bowl as straight as possible in a bid to bring out a forced stroke. Duminy doesn't go for it, and plays out a maiden.
Over 67 Gillespie 4-0-0-0-0-1
213-2 - Duminy is on fire! Gillespie offers width, and the left-hander pummels it through the covers in dismissive fashion. At this rate, he could beat Petersen to three figures.
Over 66 Vettori 0-0-0-4-0-0
208-2 - Vettori drops short to Petersen, who pulls him away for four to bring up the 100 partnership. This is a top effort from the two batsmen who were under the most pressure coming into the match.
Over 65 Gillespie 2-0-0-0-0-2
204-2 - Gillespie gets a chance to bowl with the wind for the first time today, and incredibly he manages to swing the ball against the wind. Given that he's getting the ball to swing, why was Williamson bowling here in the last over? Duminy works through square leg for a couple, and then gets an overthrow after he pushes the last ball into the covers and scrambles a single.
Over 64 Vettori 1-0-0-0-0-4
200-2 - Duminy drives wide of mid-off for a single, and then Vettori drops short and is cut away for four by Petersen. That takes Petersen to 74, and the South African total to 200.
- 23rd - 27th Mar 2012
- Westpac Stadium, Wellington
- Aleem Dar and R A Kettleborough
new zealand BATTING CARD
|Guptill||c Rudolph b M Morkel||18|
|Flynn||c Boucher b M Morkel||0|
|McCullum||lbw b M Morkel||0|
|Brownlie||b M Morkel||15|
|Vettori||b M Morkel||0|
|van Wyk||c&b M Morkel||39|
|Total||Close, 80.4 Overs||200 - 6|