Morkel wins Man-of-the-Match award

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

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