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An outstanding rearguard 102 from Kane Williamson negated Morne Morkel’s career-best figures of 6 for 23, as New Zealand held on for 80.4 overs to draw the third Test at the Basin Reserve. South Africa gifted Williamson two lives and the umpires one, but a flawless last session, much of it in the company of a courageous Doug Bracewell, ensured his side could glean positives from a difficult series, though they lost 1-0. New Zealand ended at 200 for 6, 189 short of the target they never attempted.
The sparse Wellington crowd cheered every wicketless delivery, as the full day’s quota approached. Hampered by the loss of Ross Taylor, New Zealand had only nine wickets to play with, but Williamson and Bracewell, who played out 19.1 overs together ensured Mark Gillespie and Chris Martin were left unused. The Test had one final twist when the new ball became available with one over to bowl, but Vernon Philander could not break Bracewell, proving there were some things even he can’t to with the ball, despite having enhanced his fearsome reputation with each game this tour.
Three of Morkel’s wickets came from searing yorkers. McCullum couldn’t get bat to one that would have hit leg stump, Brownlie let one slip beneath his bat and Daniel Vettori barely had time to register being at the crease before Morkel bowled him first ball. Late in the day, Morkel tried everything to dismiss Williamson and Bracewell, but the batsmen were resolute. An over of short balls was followed by one where he pitched full, but nothing worked.
Smith vexingly wasted thirteen overs by using JP Duminy, who never looked like breaking through, though among his other regrets may be batting for too long at the start of the day. Though de Villiers made good use of the time they kept New Zealand in the field, making a 49-ball 68, perhaps 388 was far too conservative a lead, given New Zealand had not passed 300 in the series.
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New Zealand vs South Africa, 3rd Test Match, Day 4
March 26, 2012, South Africa Tour of New Zealand 2011-12, Basin Reserve, Wellington
Umpires: A Dar (PAK) and R Kettleborough (ENG) Third Umpire: B Doctrove (WI)
Match Referee: R Madugalle (SL)