Steady start by South Africa

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Graeme Smith survived an early blow on the batting helmet to lead a solid start by South Africa on the first day of the second and final Test against New Zealand at St George’s Park on Friday.

South Africa were 191 for three at the end of 54 overs with Hashim Amla undefeated at 70 runs and de Villiers at 29 runs. South Africa were 99 for one at lunch. Alviro Petersen was the only batsman dismissed, caught at fine leg when he mistimed a pull shot against Doug Bracewell after making 21. Smith, the South African captain, needed treatment on the field when he took his eye off a short-pitched delivery from Bracewell in the fourth over and was struck on the earpiece of his helmet.

Bracewell impressive

There was minimal assistance for the bowlers on a slow pitch, but Bracewell bowled impressively, taking two for 44 in 14 overs having taken the wickets of Petersen and Kallis who was caught by Watling for 8 runs. Rory Kleinveldt replaced fellow pace bowler Vernon Philander, who is recovering from a hamstring strain, in the only change in the South African team.AFP



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