|Alviro Petersen celebrates|
150 with AB deVilliers
Alviro Petersen and JP Duminy both scored centuries in a third wicket stand of 200 before Duminy edged Mark Gillespie to Ross Taylor at slip for the first of six wickets. Petersen and Duminy had added 60 in the first hour with the stand ending right on drinks. Ab deVilliers added 58 with Petersen before Chris Martin moved one back in at the right handed opened and trapped him in front for his highest Test score. deVilliers, Jacques Rudolph and Dale Steyn all fell as 42 runs were adding to take South Africa past 400. Mark Boucher and Vernon Philander added 55 before they both became victims of Gillespie: Boucher caught by Kane Williamson in the gully as he slashed in search of quick runs and Philander pouched on the mid wicket boundary by Daniel Flynn. Graeme Smith preferred to keep Marchant de Lange fresh but as he's in the Glenn McGrath mold of lower order batsmen, there was little point wasting an extra ball.
|Flynn pulls Villander for six|
There was nothing through the air or off the pitch for the South Africans, who have finally played their four pace men here. With no Jacques Kallis to provide his pace variations, Smith gave Duminy a few overs to send down his off spin but little faith will be invested in him during overnight planning. The Kiwis batted well but despite that, they ended the day still more than 400 hundred behind. Conditions will be cold for the next two days but should stay dry, so Smith can rotate his pace quartet around without risking a sweat in much the same way as Clive Lloyd made famous ... six overs on, six overs off. The pitch seemed to hold no dangers: it's flat and starting to slow down but two days of facing such a quality pace attack as this will test the best of them and New Zealand's batting line up has few who would be contenders for that title. Their tendency has been towards crumbling after a good partnership.
Its a simple equation thanks to to Guptill and Flynn, as the Kiwis can't win in the time left but South Africa can: 20 wickets in six sessions and approximately 180 overs, plus whatever is added on for lost time ... lets say 30 overs. So far in the series, New Zealand has lost 12wickets in 129 overs in Dunedin and 20 in 129 in Hamilton. I think I'd prefer to be South Africa.