New Zealand survive de Villiers, Morkel ambush to draw Test
Morne Morkel ripped through New Zealand’s batting, taking 6/13 but Kane Williamson stuck around and hit a century to see NZ safely to a draw in the third Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington today.
Resuming on their overnight score of 75/0, South Africa batted quickly to add 114 runs in 14.4 overs. Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB de Villiers led the charge with his 49 ball 68 which included a six. JP Duminy hit 3 sixes in his 23 ball 33 before South Africa declared on 189/3, setting the Kiwis a target of 389 to win the Test and square the Series 1-1.
Daniel Vettori claimed his first wicket in the game when Doug Bracewell pulled off a stunner at midwicket to send back Graeme Smith (41).
Morne Morkel immediately plunged NZ into despair, sending back Daniel Flynn and Brendon McCullum with the score just on 1. Kane Williamson pushed NZ ahead with help from Martin Guptill and Dean Brownlie but another burst saw them go from 83/3 to 83/5 as Vettori recorded a golden duck. Kruger van Wyk (39) added 80 runs for the sixth wicket with Williamson before he was caught by Morkel off his own bowling.
Williamson carried on with Bracewell for support and reached his second Test century off 191 balls. The day’s play ended soon leaving Williamson unbeaten on 102 and Bracewell on 20.
His innings helped NZ avoid a second defeat although they lost the series 1-0. For South Africa the lament will be the rain which washed away day five of the first Test and the first two days of the third Test, denying them a chance of winning the first Test and robbing them of precious time to set up a result in the third one.