New Zealand-South Africa first Test at Dunedin hangs in balance

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By CricketCountry Staff

Dunedin: Mar 8, 2012

Former skipper Daniel Vettori and debutant wicketkeeper Kruger van Wyk added 53 runs to help New Zealand take a five-run lead against South Africa in the opening Test match in Dunedin on Thursday.

South Africa-born Van Wyk (36) teamed up with Vettori, who missed out on a half-century scoring 46, in a 53-run partnership and then with bowler Doug Bracewell, who scored 25.

van Wyk and Bracewell added 41 runs as New Zealand reached 243 for nine in reply to South Africa’s 238 at the University Oval in Dunedin.

Earlier, South Africa pacers Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel bagged two wickets each to help their side gain momentum in the post lunch session and restricted New Zealand to 144 for five at tea.

Philander continued his good form dismissing Rob Nicol (6) in the first session and Kane Williamson (11) whereas Morkel bowled Kiwi opener Martin Guptill for 16.

Morkel also bagged the key wicket of New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor for 44, which included seven boundaries.

Brendon McCullum missed out on a half-century when he fell for 48 off 102 balls to Imran Tahir. McCullum hit six boundaries in his knock.

Brief Scores: South Africa 238 all-out (Hashim Amla 62, Graeme Smith 53, Jacques Rudolph 52; Chris Martin 4 for 56, Doug Bracewell 2 fpr 52) trail New Zealand 243 for 9 (Brendon McCullum 48, Daniel Vettori 46, Ross Taylor 44; Vernon Philander 4 for 50, Morne Morkel 2 for 52) by 5 runs.

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