Smith and Kallis punish New Zealand

March 9, 2012
Graeme Smith
by Tony Patterson

1st Test, Dunedin
Day 3: South Africa 238 & 268/3 v New Zealand 273

Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis both hit centuries on day 3 in Dunedin to put South Africa in charge of the first Test match on their tour of New Zealand.

The visitors finished at stumps on 268/3 in their second innings, which is a lead of 233 with 7 wickets in hand.

The day had started promisingly for New Zealand when they acquired a first innings lead of 35, thanks to some lower order resistance from Trent Bolt, who made 33 batting at number 10. The home side then restricted South Africa to 47/2, with Doug Bracewell removing Alviro Petersen (25) and Hashim Amla (2).

From then on it became very much the Smith and Kallis show. The experienced pair batted with great patience and skill on their way to their centuries, in a partnership of 200. The stand was the third highest, third wicket partnership for South Africa against New Zealand.

Kallis brought up his 42nd Test match century late in the day which was his 6th century against New Zealand. Kallis is now only 9 centuries short of Tendulkar who hold the record on 51. Graeme Smith’s century was his 23rd of his career, and 22nd as captain.

Smith fell just before the close of play for 115 from 234 balls. Bracewell was yet again the man to make the breakthrough when the South African captain was bowled off his inside edge. Bracewell finished the day with figures of 3-53 from 18 overs.

New Zealand will require quick wickets tomorrow morning in order to give themselves a chance of winning this match.

The Scoop 09/03/12


One Comment to “Smith and Kallis punish New Zealand”

  1. Ed
    March 9th, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    Two great men of South African cricket doing in again for SA

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