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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.
Kane Williamson’s hundred was his second in Tests. It was also the 15th century by a New Zealand batsman against South Africa and the first since 2006. Since their readmission, South Africa have won seven of the eight series against New Zealand. The only drawn series was in 2003-04. Morne Morkel’s 6 for 23 was his fifth five-wicket haul in Tests and his first since his 5 for 20 against India in Centurion in 2010. Morkel’s 6 for 23 was the third-best bowling performance by a South African in Tests against New Zealand. It was also fifth on the list of top bowling performances by visiting bowlers in Wellington. Alviro Petersen spilt Williamson on 10, diving to his right at gully only to palm it to the ground. The drop was particularly painful for Petersen who had appeared to take a low chance cleanly several overs before, only for the third umpire to deem Williamson not out, to South Africa’s surprise. AB de Villiers was the next culprit, dropping a low chance at second slip with Williamson on 22. Dean Brownlie then got a life from Graeme Smith, though he didn’t capitalise, adding no more runs before being dismissed and Bracewell was shelled late in the day, again by de Villiers at second slip.
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New Zealand vs South Africa, 3rd Test Match, Day 5
March 27, 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)