2012 1st Test Live: New Zealand v South Africa

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Mar 6th, 2012
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South Africa 238 & 435/5d

New Zealand 273 & 137/2 (41.0 ov)

New Zealand require another 264 runs with 8 wickets remaining

Match delayed by rain – Day 5

 

Squads

South Africa: AB de Villiers(c), Mark Boucher(wk), Hashim Amla, Marchant de Lange, Jean-Paul Duminy, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Alviro Petersen, Jacques Rudolph

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum(wk), Ross Taylor(c), Doug Bracewell, Andrew Ellis, Martin Guptill, Rob Nicol, Tim Southee, Kane Williamson, Brent Arnel, Trent Boult, Chris Martin, Kruger van Wyk, Daniel Vettori, B Watling

The Tests series will offer New zealand a new leash of life to to forget the recent drubbing at the hands of South Africa in ODIs © Getty Images

Match delayed by a wet outfield – Day 1

10.45 am Firdose tells me the teams haven’t arrived at the University Oval yet. There are a few fans at the ground, though. Lunch will be taken 30 minutes early, at noon. I wonder if the players will turn up for lunch at the ground or stay at the hotel if it continues to rain, maybe they’ll compare menus and decide.

Steve: “I live 1km from the University Oval, there’s still light drizzle around but the cloud cover is definitely thinning. Ground staff would have to perform heroics to get us playing before lunch …”

Nick: “Something tells me, even a very long delay here, still isn’t going to mean the game ends in a draw. 4 days will be enough to finish this I think.” Very few Tests go the whole hog these days in any case.

10.30 am Greg: “It will be very interesting to see what the pitch looks like, as the locals have said they do not want to prepare a green top, bearing in mind how Philander, Steyn and Morkel performed on similar surfaces back home. A spinning wicket would be nice, with Tahir v Vettori!”

Firdose Moonda, who’s at the University Oval, says she saw some blue sky on her way to the ground, and it does seem to be clearing.

10.15 am “Have they had the toss yet??” asks Tony. No, the ground staff wouldn’t have handed over the ground to the umpires yet because it’s not yet fit for play. So we’re a fair bit away from the toss. I wonder if the overhead conditions will influence the teams to go with a stronger pace attack.

JP: “You know what Dunedin needs? A covered stadium.”

Smudgeon: “Breaking news: it’s been raining in Dunedin. In other news, cows eat grass and bricks are heavy…” Sarcasm so early in the morning. How many bricks?

Ryan: “Correct me if I’m wrong, but from the last two balls NZ bowled against Zimbabwe, isn’t Chris Martin on a hat-trick here?” I can’t remember if Martin did take two in his last two balls against Zimbabwe, but a hat-trick cannot span across matches. It can span across two innings of the same Test, but not two matches.

10.00 am The covers are on at the University Oval, and it’s rather bleak overhead. The ground staff are doing their thing and there will be a considerable delay. The forecast is better for later in the day, though, so hope floats.

It’ll be about two hours or so, Ian Smith says. It’s still drizzling at the University Oval.

9.35 am Hello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo’s ball-by-ball coverage of the first of three Tests between New Zealand and South Africa. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it rained a lot in Dunedin last night, and it’s quite wet and overcast. There’s no official word yet, but I expect the start to be delayed.

South Africa begin this series with a chance to become the No. 1 Test side, they need to sweep New Zealand 3-0 to unseat England.

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