Cape Town Test, Day 1: Philander, Petersen put South Africa on top after Kiwi collapse



Cape Town Test, Day 1: Philander, Petersen put South Africa on top after Kiwi collapseZeenews Sports Bureau

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SOUTH AFRICA: Overs: 64 II Score: 252/3 (Peterson: 103*, Villiers: 19*) I NZ: 45/10 (1st innings)

Alviro Petersen reaches his century off 170 balls. It is his fifth Test ton and it has been a fantastic knock. It’s the end of the day’s play and South Africa now lead by 207 runs with 7 wickets in hand.

It has been South Africa’s day and McCullum would wonder what went wrong with his batsmen. There was something there for the fast bowlers, but it wasn’t that bad a pitch. First the Proteas fast bowlers wreaked havoc and then after Smith was out for 1, Amla (66), Kallis (60) made significant contributions with the bat adding to the woes of the Kiwi skipper.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Overs: 58 II Score: 235/3 (Peterson: 97*, Villiers: 9*) I NZ: 45/10 (1st innings)

Trent Boult is bowling a probing length to de Villiers and manages to let one go just past his outside edge. The next delivery, he adjusts and defends it to cover. Meanwhile, Peterson is nearing a deserved Test ton.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Overs: 51.3 II Score: 212/3 (Peterson: 83*, Villiers: 0*) I NZ: 45/10 (1st innings)

And Jacques Kallis edges one to wicketkeeper BJ Watling that ends his innings at 60 (89b, 4X5, 6X2). It was a full delivery outside off that moved just a touch and Kallis went for a drive. It took an outside edge and Walting made no mistake in cupping it. The stand lasted 157 deliveries and added 104 runs. In comes AB de Villiers.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Overs: 50 II Score: 209/2 (Peterson: 83*, Kallis: 57*) I NZ: 45/10 (1st innings)

South Africa are cruising along nicely as the third wicket stand between Alviro Peterson and Jacques Kallis has crossed 100 runs. Both have struck a fifty each and have built a solid foundation for a massive lead over New Zealand that will ensure they won’t have to bat again in this Test. The lead is now 164 runs.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Overs: 45 II Score: 192/2 (Peterson: 73*, Kallis: 50*) I NZ: 45/10 (1st innings)

Jacueas Kallis completes his 57th Test fifty with a single of Chris Martin. He took 68 balls and struck five boundaries and two sixes to reach the landmark.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Overs: 40 II Score: 172/2 (Peterson: 62*, Kallis: 42*) I NZ: 45/10 (1st innings)

A beautiful shot from Jacques Kallis to end Bracewell’s 12th over. It was an overpitched delivery from Bracewell and Kallis drove it through mid-off for a boundary.

Here’s a list of the top five run-getters in Tests

• Sachin Tendulkar: 15645 runs (194 Tests)

• Ricky Ponting: 13378 runs (168 Tests)

• Rahul Dravid: 13288 runs (164 Tests)

• Jacques Kallis: 13003 runs (159*Tests)

• Brian Lara: 11953 runs (131 Tests)
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SOUTH AFRICA: Overs: 36 II Score: 150/2 (Peterson: 59*, Kallis: 23*) I NZ: 45/10 (1st innings)

And with a boundary off Doug Bracewell, Jacques Kallis completes his 1330 Test runs. Kallis originally went for a drive but it took a thick outside edge and went to third man region for four.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Overs: 30 II Score: 125/2 (Peterson: 51*, Kallis: 6*) I NZ: 45/10 (1st innings)

Test match half-century No. 6 for Alviro Peterson. Can he convert this into three figures? Only time will tell. Meanwhile, South Africa are progressing nicely at 4.16 runs per over. Peterson reached the millstone with a couple towards fine leg. Off the previous delivery he got a thick outside edge that went for a boundary between gully and second slip.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Overs: 29 II Score: 119/2 (Peterson: 45*, Kallis: 6*) I NZ: 45/10 (1st innings)

It’s tea here and South Africa are 119/2 after bundling out New Zealand for a paltry total of 45. Hashim Amla struck a fifty building a century stand with Alviro Peterson before being trapped in front.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Overs: 26 II Score: 108/2 (Peterson: 40*, Kallis: 0*) I NZ: 45/10 (1st innings)

Hashim Amla walks across and gets hit on the pads. Franklin asks the question and umpire raises his finger. That would have struck off stump as Amla walks off after scoring 66 (74b, 4X9). Jacques Kallis is the new man in the middle. The 107-run stand for the second wicket has been broken.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Overs: 17 II Score: 81/1 (Peterson: 27*, Amla: 52*) I NZ: 45/10 (1st innings)

Test match half-century No. 24 for Hashim Amla. His first Test of the year and he is off the mark for the rest of the year with a fifty. He reached the landmark with a boundary off Boult.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Overs: 15.1 II Score: 73/1 (Peterson: 24*, Amla: 46*) NZ: 45/10 (1st innings)

Time to take a dig: Hashim Amla has scored more runs than the entire playing XI of New Zealand has managed today.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Overs: 12 II Score: 51/1 (Peterson: 12*, Amla: 38*)

And South Africa are already in the lead! Nothing much to be surprised considering the meagre total they were trailing behind. Amla brought up the lead and the 50 runs with back-to-back boundaries off Bracewell towards long on and sweeper cover region.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Overs: 10 II Score: 39/1 (Peterson: 11*, Amla: 27*)

Amla uses his wrists to play one from Boult to midwicket region for a boundary. In the next over (10th) from Bracewell, he starts it with a boundary via a drive through covers. It's funny when you think that four more days and a session still remain in the Test and the second innings is already on its course!
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SOUTH AFRICA: Overs: 6 II Score: 29/1 (Peterson: 10*, Amla: 18*)

Second session began with Peterson striking two back-to-back boundaries off Trent Boult. Both hit to fine leg. In the next over from Bracewell, Amla struck a boundary off the final delivery to mid-on. He then went on to cream Bracewell’s third over for three boundaries as SA were just 19 runs behind the Kiwis’ total of 45 runs.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Overs: 2 II Score: 3/1 (Peterson: 0*, Amla: 2*)

Doug Bracewell strikes off his first delivery of the match! A delivery that swings in and hits Smith on the pads. That would have gone on to hit the middle. Smith goes for 1 (5b). And it’s lunch on Day 1.

For those coming late, a crazy session has just concluded that saw 11 wickets falling and 45 runs being scored. Vernon Philander destroyed New Zealand top order with his swing and bounce taking his eight five-wicket haul in Tests. Morne Morkel chimed in with three wickets while Dale Steyn took two wickets to move past 300 wickets in Tests. Philander bowled just six overs and leaked only seven runs for his five wickets!
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SOUTH AFRICA: Overs: 1 II Score: 1/0 (Peterson: 0* Smith: 1*)

So, South Africa have marched to the middle with Graeme Smith and Ashwell Prince taking guard in the middle. Even they wouldn’t have expected to be in the middle so early after losing the toss and having to bowl first in this Test. New Zealand will be searching for answers for their wretched performance with the bat but as for now their focus will be on bowling and putting up a better performance than their batsmen did.
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NEW ZEALAND: Overs: 19.2 II Score: 45/10 (Philander 5/7, Williamson 13)

New Zealand are bowled out for 45. It has been a superb bowling performance by Philander (5/7), Morkel (3/14) and Steyn 2/18. Williamson's 13 remains the top score of the New Zealand innings.

Carnage is the right word for this performance from the Proteas!
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NEW ZEALAND: Overs: 18.3 II Score: 45/9 (Flynn: 8*, Martin: 0*)

Morne Morkel gets his 3rd wicket as New Zealand lost their 9th wicket. Trent Boult goes for 1. They are 45/9. It's a horrible batting performance by the tourists.
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NEW ZEALAND: Overs: 16.4 II Score: 38/8 (Flynn: 3*, Boult: 0*)

A stunning one-handed catch at short-cover by Hashim Amla ends Patel's innings for 5. NZ 38/8. It's Morne Morkel's 2nd wicket.
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NEW ZEALAND: Overs: 13.3 II Score: 31/7 (Flynn: 1*, Patel 0*)

Pace merchant Dale Steyn got his 300th victim in Test cricket when he bowled Doug Bracewell for 2. New Zealand 31/7 and are in real danger of being wrapped up under fifty.

Here is the list of top 5 wicket-takers for South Africa in Tests:

1- Shaun Pollock 421 wickets (108 Tests)

2- Makhaya Ntini 390 (101 Tests)

3- Alan Donald 330 (72 Tests)

4- Dale Steyn 300 (61 Tests)

5- Jacques Kallis 281 (158 Tests)

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NEW ZEALAND: Overs: 10.5 II Score: 28/6 (Flynn: 0*m Bracewell: 0*)

Another one bites the dust! Morne Morkel joins in the revelry and removes James Franklin. New Zealand are in shambles as Morkel bowls one full and close to stumps. Left-handed Franklin stays rooted to the crease and edges it to Smith at first slip. He scored 1 (10b). South Africa are blowing the Kiwis away in Cape Town.
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NEW ZEALAND: Overs: 9.1 II Score: 27/5 (Flynn: 0)

Philander is having fun in the middle and the crowd in the stands is delighted. New Zealand have lost their fifth wicket in BJ Watling! A full delivery and it moves away a bit. It takes the faintest of edge as it flies to de Villiers who makes no mistakes in cupping it easily. Watling goes for a duck. In comes James Franklin. Eight five-wicket haul for Philander in Tests!
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NEW ZEALAND: Overs: 8 II Score: 27/4 (Flynn: 0*, Watling: 0*)

Oh dear! Vernon Philander is all over the Kiwis. Philander lets one nip back and Kane Williamson is struck in front, high on the pads. A loud appeal follows and umpire Rod Tucker raises his finger. The celebrations are halted as Williamson goes for a review. The decision is upheld and BJ Watling walks in at No. 6. He scored 13 (19b, 4X2). New Zealand in deep-deep trouble.
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NEW ZEALAND: Overs: 6 II Score: 14/3 (Williamson: 0*, Flynn: 0*)

Through the gates it goes and sends the bails flying high! Vernon Philander has bowled Kiwi captain Brendon McCullum. This one nips back in, McCullum goes after it, gets a thin inside edge and the ball crashes on the stumps. He scored 7 (19b, 4X1).

Oh wait!!! He has removed Dean Brownlie as well off the last ball of the over. What a terrific start to the year for him! Brownlie went after a delivery that was outside off and it bounced a bit taking outside edge ending into the safe hands of Graeme Smith at first slip. Brownlie goes for a duck as New Zealand lose their third wicket. The visitors are in a trouble.
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NEW ZEALAND: Overs: 2 II Score: 7/1 (Williamson: 0*, McCullum: 0*)

And South Africa have struck in the second over of the morning! It is Vernon Philander who draws the first blood. It was outside off and slightly moving away as Guptill went after it and ending up edging it to keeper AB de Villiers. He scored 1(6b).
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NEW ZEALAND: Overs: 1 II Score: 1/0 (Guptill: 1*, McCullum: 0*)

Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum have opened the batting for New Zealand while Dale Steyn, who is just one wicket away from his 300th Test victim, starts the proceedings for South Africa. The visitors are without their two experienced players in Ross Taylor and Daniel Vettori while the hosts have fielded a full strength side.
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New Zealand have won the toss and elected to bat in the first Test of the two-match series against South Africa at Cape Town. This is the first Test of the year 2013 and both teams will be hoping to begin the year on a positive note.

TEAMS

South Africa: Graeme Smith(c), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers(w), Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum(c), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Dean Brownlie, Daniel Flynn, BJ Watling(w), James Franklin, Doug Bracewell, Jeetan Patel, Trent Boult, Chris Martin

Umpires: Ian Gould, Rod Tucker

Third Umpire: Kumar Dharmasena

Match Referee: David Boon