New Zealand start the chase well after South Africa’s dominance and 400-run lead
The visitors South Africa had total control and dominance over the hosts New Zealand in the first test played at Dunedin, where the first-innings lead of 35 runs looked nothing for the South African batting order, as three batsmen Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis and Jacques Rudolph scored centuries to empower the team score to 435 for five when they declared the innings as soon as the lead went past 400, and Rudolph reached his century, after he had played a responsible knock of 52 runs in the first innings.
Doug Bracewell did bowl exceptionally, to remove Kevin Pietersen and Hashim Amla, but later on the pace attack of New Zeaand couldn’t do any harm to South Africa as Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis added 200 runs for the third wicket. Smith was bowled again by Bracewell, and soon after that Kallis was caught by Nicol off Boult. Smith and Kallis scored 115 and 113 respectively, and Rudolph was given support by the middle order batsmen AB de Villiers and Mark Boucher and he raced towards his century, soon after which the innings was declared. Bracewell claimed three wickets for 70 runs.
New Zealand started off slow, and gave away the wicket of Martin Guptill, as both the batsmen were having trouble in edging the ball right, and the pace attack of Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander again looked strong in the initial stage of the innings. Soon after that, the other opener Rob Nicol, but Brendon McCullum kept the scoring pace well. At stumps of Day 4, New Zealand were on 137/2 and they need 264 runs to win this match. New Zealand are chasing a big target of 401 runs, and are certainly under pressure with one more day to go.
- New Zealand vs South Africa 1st test at Dunedin
- 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th march 2012
- South Africa 1st innings – 238
- New Zealand 1st innings – 273
- South Africa 2nd innings – 435/5
- New Zealand 2nd innings – in progress – 137/2 at stumps of Day 4
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