NZ set 401 to win at Dunedin
Tons by Graeme Smith and the two Jacques's Kallis and Rudolph helped South Africa take control of the first Test against New Zealand at Dunedin.
The match saw South Africa first stutter to 238 all out in their first innings with Chris Martin taking 4/56 for the home team. Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB de Villiers suffered a horrid short stay at the crease, going for a first ball duck which triggered SA's slide. Runs from Graeme Smith (53), Hashim Amla (62) and Rudolph (52) helped them post 238.
Daniel Vettori had a comparatively good innings with the ball, dismissing the dangerous Hashim Amla and finishing with figures of 1/31. He built on it during NZ's batting, his 46 was NZ's second highest individual score and crucial in the team taking a small 35 run lead against South Africa. Brendon McCullum (48), Ross Taylor (44) and Kruger van Wyk (36) were the other contributors who helped NZ reach 273 in their first innings while Vernon Philander starred for SA with his 4/72.
South Africa's three second inning centurions helped them take control of the Test. Smith (115), Kallis (113) and Rudolph (105*) saw some support from AB de Villiers (29) and SA racked up a lead of 400 before declaring at 435/5. Daniel Vettori went wicketless for 65 runs while Doug Bracewell impressed, taking 3/70.
NZ are 137/2 in reply in their second innings at Stumps on Day 4. Brendon McCullum (58*) and Ross Taylor (48*) are in the middle, having added 82* for the third wicket after the early departure of Martin Guptill and Rob Nicol.
NZ have 90 overs spread across three sessions to get the remaining 264 runs with 8 wickets in hand and go 1-0 up in the 3 Test series. Daniel Vettori will be a crucial man in their chase but the man himself will hope it does not come down to him.