First NZ-SA Test ends in draw as rain washes out final day's play

The match was evenly poised at the end of the fourth day with New Zealand requiring a further 264 runs for victory Getty Images

Dunedin, New Zealand: Mar 11, 2012

The first Test between New Zealand and South Africa ended in a draw on Sunday as steady rain ruled out any chance of play on the final day.

The rain began overnight and the umpires called the game off soon after the scheduled lunch adjournment with no sign of a break in the weather.

The match was evenly poised at the end of the fourth day with New Zealand on 137 for two, requiring a further 264 runs for victory, while South Africa needed to take another eight wickets.

South Africa had dominated play for most of the first four days and when they declared their second innings at 435-5, they set New Zealand a target of 401 to win.

The second Test starts in Hamilton on Thursday. (AFP)

Brief Scores: South Africa 238 all-out and 435 for 5 (Graeme Smith 115, Jacques Kallis 113, Jacques Rudolph 105; Doug Bracewell 3 for 70) drew with New Zealand 273 all-out and 137 for 2 (Brendon McCullum 58*, Ross Taylor 48*; Vernon Philander 1 for 29)

Man of the Match: Graeme Smith

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