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DD paceman takes six for 23 but NZ hold on to draw Test
By IPL desk
Mumbai 27 March 2012
Morne Morkel took six for 23 but couldn’t help South Africa win the third and final Test against New Zealand being played at the Basin Reserve here in Wellington today. Morkel’s six-wicket haul won him the man-of-the-match award and was the fifth instance where the Delhi Daredevils paceman has taken five wickets or more in a single innings of a Test match.
South Africa began Day 5 of the Test match at 75 for no loss in their second innings, having gained an overall lead of 274 over the hosts. Although the visitors lost Alviro Petersen (39) and Pune Warriors India’s Graeme Smith (41) early in the morning, a quick half-century from Royal Challengers Bangalore’s AB de Villiers (68 off 49) helped South Africa declare their innings at 189 for the loss of three wickets. Deccan Chargers’ JP Duminy, centurion in the first innings, remained unbeaten on 33.
Set an improbable target of 389 to win from 81 overs, New Zealand almost collapsed without a fight. Morne Morkel simply ran through the Kiwi top order to reduce them to 83 for five before Tea had been taken on the final day. Morkel would add to his wicket-tally in the final session (Kruger van Wyk – 39), but with Kane Williamson battling it out with a gritty century, and South Africa dropping catches, New Zealand managed to draw the game.
Williamson remained unbeaten on 102 as Graeme Smith called off the Proteas’ challenge two deliveries before the scheduled day’s play was to come to an end.
Having won the second Test at Hamilton, South Africa won the three-match series 1-0.
Brief scores: South Africa 1st innings 474/9 decl. in 148.4 overs (Alviro Petersen 156, JP Duminy 103, Mark Gillespie 6/113) and South Africa 2nd innings 189/3 decl. in 29.4 overs (AB de Villiers 68, Daniel Vettori 1/40) drew with New Zealand 1st innings 275/10 in 96 overs (Martin Guptill 59, Vernon Philander 6/81) and New Zealand 2nd innings 200/6 in 80.4 overs (Kane Williamson 102*, Morne Morkel 6/23)
Man-of-the-match:Morne Morkel for his incisive bowling performance in the fourth innings which read 16.4-7-23-6
DD batsman hits unbeaten 168 as SL finish Day 1 at 289/8 against Eng
By IPL desk
Mumbai 26 March 2012
Delhi Daredevils’ Mahela Jayawardene brought up his 30th Test ton as Sri Lanka finished Day 1 of their first Test match against England at 289 for eight. Jayawardene, who remained unbeaten on 168 when played ended, was the only Sri Lankan batsman to put up any kind of fight on a day otherwise dominated by the English bowlers.
The hosts were in trouble early on after captain Jayawardene won the toss and opted to make first use of the wicket at the Galle International Stadium. James Anderson and Stuart Broad did the early damage for England as they quickly reduced Sri Lanka to 15 for the loss of three wickets before the completion of the fourth over. Thilan Samaraweera (20) was then run out backing up at the non-striker’s end with the score at 67.
Jayawardene, though, managed to hold the innings together. After a 52-run stand with Samaraweera, the DD batsman struck a 61-run stand with Dinesh Chandimal during which he surpassed Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar as the eighth-highest run-getter in Test cricket. Then, after Samit Patel had Chandimal (27) caught by Ian Bell, James Anderson trapped Prasanna Jayawardene (23) lbw and Suraj Randiv (12) was run out by a direct hit from Andrew Strauss. Mahela Jayawardene then took the Lankan score past 250 thanks to a 62-run stand with Rangana Herath. While Herath (5) showed tremendous fight during his 30-ball stay at the wicket, Jayawardene went on to bring up his 30th Test ton in the 69th over of the Lankan innings by paddle sweeping Graeme Swann to the fine leg boundary.
After bringing up his century, Jayawardene switched gears. Where his first 101 runs came off 200 deliveries (strike-rate 50.50), the Lankan ace took just 90 deliveries to score his next 67 runs (strike-rate 74.44) as Sri Lanka finished the day at a competitive 289 for eight. Jayawardene’s century today also has him tied in eighth spot with Australian Matthew Hayden on the list of batsmen with most Test centuries in a career.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 1st innings 289/8 (Mahela Jayawardene 168*, James Anderson 3/56, Samit Patel 2/27)