South Africa collapse on day 1 in Dunedin

March 7, 2012
Graeme Smith
by Tony Patterson

1st Test, Duneden
South Africa 191/7 (59 overs) v New Zealand

New Zealand hold the upper hand in the 1st Test match of their series against South Africa after the visitors collapsed late on day 1 in Duneden.

Ross Taylor won the toss and asked South Africa to bat first on a slow surface. This looked to be the wrong decision when Hashim Amla (62) and Graeme Smith (53) were at the crease.

However, New Zealand fought back on a rain effected day as South Africa’s middle order failed to deliver. AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis both fell without scoring, to the bowling of an inspired Chris Martin. Mark Boucher (4) and Dale Steyn (9) fell shortly after, and had it not been for a resilient 46 not out from Jacques Rudolph South Africa could have been bowled out today. The visitors reached stumps 191-7.

New Zealand will be hoping for three early wickets tomorrow morning in order to be batting before lunch. Despite a poor first day for South Africa, they will be aware that they have three excellent fast bowlers in Steyn, Morkel and Philander who could bring them back into the match tomorrow.

The Scoop 07/03/12

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