Gritty batting keeps SA in ascendancy

2013-01-03 14:17

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

New Zealand 45 (Williamson 13, Philander 5/7) South Africa 335/6 (Petersen 106, Amla 66, Kallis 63, Boult 3/78, Franklin 1/50)

South Africa lead by 290 runs.

While a fight-back looked on the cards under grey skies on the second morning of the Test today, a tenacious 50 by AB de Villiers and a steady contribution from Dean Elgar increased South Africa’s lead.

New Zealand did well to pin the Proteas back, taking three wickets at the cost of only 83 runs.

When the South African batsmen strode out after heavy overnight showers, they must have thought Newlands had turned itself into an incarnation of Headingley or Lord’s, such was the menace of the wintry skyline.

Offering a bit of swing and movement off the seam, Trent Boult, New Zealand’s best bowler on the first day, made sure Alviro Petersen’s progress was stalled, castling him with a beauty that pitched on offstump and hit the top of middle stump, snaking through Petersen’s rather big gap between bat and pad.

It was a weird end to what was a technically peerless innings from a batsman who hardly strays from what works and what does not work for him.

His patient innings buttressed the South African reply, while the cavalier elements around him rammed home the advantage set up by the bowlers yesterday.

At the other end, there was also an innings of self-denial from AB de Villiers as the New Zealand bowlers sought to pull things back after the first day gallop.

There were signature straight drives, two off Chris Martin as the lanky paceman just could not get his frame down in time to cut off the ball.

He reached his 30th Test 50 off a sedate 87 balls but the willingness to play within himself even though the team was in a strong position was an indication of selflessness.

It was required, though, as the Adelaide hero, Faf du Plessis, in his first home Test, found the comforts of 255/4 too uninspiring. There were neat dabs off the hips but an uncertain prod off a rising Martin delivery found Kane Williamson at gully.

It brought a jittery Elgar to the crease and his first Test run after a pair on debut in Perth brought resounding cheers.

He was not convincing in his scratchy 21 and a good ball from Boult just before lunch got rid of him, as he feathered behind to BJ Watling.

It was a good session for New Zealand but it probably came too late.

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Autobraking: See just how good they are!

Just how good are automatic brakes on cars these days? Two VW models have been praised by top UK research centre Thatcham. Find out why...

 

Stay safe

Pro's and con's of accredited driver-training
Juvenile pillion riders? Play safe...
Need a family ride? SA's top Mommy Cars
Mom's driving-school dream come true
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It may be hard to be light and jovial at the moment as the list of obligations and jobs are growing and your energy levels are...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.