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South Africa declared at mammoth 474 as New Zealand consolidates

Zia Rana March 25, 2012

New Zealand 65 without loss (Daniel Flynn 35*, Martin Guptill 28*) trail South Africa 474-9 declared (Alviro Petersen 156, Jean-Paul-Duminy 103, Mark Gillespie 6-113) by 409.

Alviro Petersen and Jean-Paul-Duminy - centuries in the first innings

Alviro Petersen and Jean-Paul-Duminy - centuries in the first innings

Alviro Petersen and Jean-Paul-Duminy smashed tons as South Africa declared at 474 for nine wickets and New Zealand was responding well at 65 for no loss.

The wicket looked like a batting track at the end of day three, on March 25, 2012 at Basin Reserve, Wellington.

Earlier, the Proteas started their first innings at 246 for the loss of two wickets after the completion of the 79th over. Alviro Petersen and Jean-Paul-Duminy were at the crease with 96 and 76 respectively. Chris Martin took the new ball in the second over of the day and Petersen completed his third Test ton on the fifth ball by sending the ball out of the point boundary.

Duminy accelerated his innings and dispatched three consecutive fours to Doug Bracewell at the start of the 86th over and reached at 98 runs. The 300 of the innings was posted in the 92nd over and Duminy completed his second Test century on the second ball of the 93rd over. He lost his wicket for 103 runs on the second ball of the 95th over when Ross Taylor caught him at first slip off Mark Gillespie.

The third wicket associated exact 200 runs and was lost at 306 when AB de Villiers joined at the crease with Petersen who kept on cruising at the other end. The Black Caps bowlers bowled according to their line and length as the visitors managed just five runs in the next five overs. Alviro Petersen completed his 150 on the third ball of the 111th over but was declared leg before wicket off Chris Martin for 156 off 503 balls with one six and 19 fours.

AB de Villiers was the next batsman who went back to the pavilion for 38 and the wickets started falling at regular intervals. Mark Boucher gave some resistance and scored 46 runs as Graeme Smith declared the first innings at 474 with one wicket in hand.

Mark Gillespie was the star performer with six wickets, Chris Martin held two as Doug Bracewell claimed one.

Daniel Flynn and Martin Guptill initiated the innings for the Kiwis in a positive manner with the occasional boundaries. Flynn got a life when he was dropped by the wicketkeeper Boucher off Morne Morkal for just four runs. The chance was fully utilized by him as he became more aggressive and gathered 14 runs in the 21st over off Vernon Philander which included one six and a four.

The duo carried on with their positive approach and accumulated 65 runs in 25 overs, whereas Flynn and Guptill were unbeaten on 35 and 28 runs respectively.

The match was heading towards a draw at stumps on day three, subject to a dramatic collapse of the home side.

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