South Africa consolidate against New Zealand at Tea on Day One

Hasmim Amla (above) scored 66 runs, adding 107 with Alviro Petersen for the second wicket © Getty Images

Cape Town: Jan 2, 2012

South Africa managed to reach 129 for two at Tea on Day One of the first Test against New Zealand at Cape Town on Wednesday.

Hashim Amla scored 66, but was dismissed just before the end of second session of play. He added 107 runs for the second wicket with Alviro Petersen who was unbeaten on 45.

Earlier, Vernon Philander grabbed his eighth five-wicket haul in Test cricket as New Zealand were bowled out for 45 against South Africa. In doing so, Philander became the 11th bowler in Test cricket to bag a five-wicket haul in the first session of the match.

Morne Morkel picked up three wickets to add to New Zealand’s woes. Dale Steyn became the third fastest bowler to pick up 300 Test wickets when he dismissed Doug Bracewell for two.

New Zealand reached a new low when they were bowled out for 45, 34 runs less than their previous lowest total in against South Africa in Tests. This was New Zealand third lowest total ever in Test cricket. Their lowest came against England at Auckland in 1955 when they were bundled out for 26. 

They managed to survive for only 19.2 overs which is the least the any team has managed to survive in a completed innings in a Test match.

Kane Williamson was the top-scorer for the Kiwis with a 19-ball 13.

Brief Scores: New Zealand 45 (Kane Williamson 13; Vernon Philander 5 for 7, Morne Morkel 3 for 14, Dale Steyn 2 for 18) trail South Africa 129 for 2 (Hashim Amla 66, Alviro Petersen 45*; James Franklin 1 for 11) by 84 runs

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