South Africa on top in Wellington

March 23, 2012
Graeme Smith
by Tony Patterson

3rd Test, Wellington
Day 1: South Africa 136/2 (42 overs) v New Zealand

On a stop start day at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, South Africa finished day 1 on 136/2, in bowler friendly conditions.

There were only 42 overs possibly today as the players left the field several times as the rain came and went in the windy city of Wellington.

The home side got off to a good start when Doug Bracewell has South Africa’s captain Graeme Smith caught behind for just 5. Smith reviewed the decision but was giving out by the third umpire despite no mark appearing on the bat from the technology hot-spot.

Hashim Amla joined Alviro Petersen and together the pair added 93 before Amla was dismissed by Mark Gillespie. Amla played fluently in difficult conditions as he made 63 from 98 balls.

Petersen (44*) and the left-handed JP Duminy (23*) took South Africa to stumps without any further loses.

Due to the time lost on day 1, the second day will get underway early as New Zealand will look to make early inroads as they hope to level the series in Wellington.

The Scoop 23/03/2012


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