New Zealand vs South Africa Highlights 1st test day 2 8th march 2012. New Zealand vs South Africa 1st test day 2 highlights Dunedin cricket highlights. Watch Cricket Highlights of Sa vs Nz test series cricket highlights 2012.
A gripping second day of Test cricket at the University Oval in Dunedin left precious little separating the teams, with New Zealand five runs ahead of South Africa’s 238, with a wicket in hand. New Zealand’s top order battled swing bowling of the highest quality before lunch and aggressive short pitched pace after it, but could not definitively wrest the advantage, as South Africa prised wickets at regular intervals. No New Zealand batsman crossed fifty, though Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor and Daniel Vettori all came close, with 40s to their name. Taylor and McCullum had survived a brutal encounter with Morne Morkel after lunch, but could not apply themselves long enough to consolidate, while Vettori fell to a brilliant low take from Jacques Kallis on his follow through.
Vernon Philander rarely strayed a few inches from off stump in his first spell of the day, and was rewarded with the wicket of Rob Nicol, who had struggled on debut. Philander finished the day with 4 for 50 – another performance that will embellish a growing reputation as one of the most exciting seam-bowling finds in recent memory. Morkel finished with two, having peppered McCullum and Taylor with as hostile a spell they are ever likely to encounter, while Steyn will feel he bowled better than 1 for 71 suggests.
The first session lacked the drama of the two to follow, but Steyn’s new-ball partnership with Philander was unlucky to have only gleaned one reward. In bright sunshine, Steyn found the movement in the air that had eluded New Zealand’s bowlers under cloud cover the previous day, after South Africa’s tail added 47 to the overnight score before being finished off. Steyn beat both opener’s edge repeatedly and emphatically, with Philander doing the same at the other end – he did it with his pinpoint line and movement off the seam. McCullum and Guptill were forced to call on every sinew of expertise to ensure survival, and they hobbled to lunch, at 40 for 1, only to be bombarded by Morkel when play resumed.
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New Zealand vs South Africa, 1st Test Match, Day 2
March 8, 2012, South Africa Tour of New Zealand 2011-12, University Oval, Dunedin
Umpires: A Dar (PAK) and B Doctrove (WI) Third Umpire: R Kettleborough (ENG)
Match Referee: R Madugalle (SL)
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