Sunday 25 March 2012 

A Day For Batsmen In Wellington As Weather Clears

	A Day For Batsmen In Wellington As Weather Clears
A Day For Batsmen In Wellington As Weather Clears
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South Africa 474-9 dec. (Petersen 156, Duminy 103) v
New Zealand 65-0 (Flynn 35no)
Third Test, Wellington, day three
| | Day Two

Day three of the third and final Test between New Zealand and South Africa in Wellington was one for the batsmen as the weather stayed away.

After just 72 overs were possible in two days, South Africa posted 474 for nine before declaring and New Zealand responded positively, closing on 65 without loss.

Their new opening partnership of Daniel Flynn (35 not out) and Martin Guptill (28 not out) looked comfortable at the crease.

As did South Africa's Alviro Petersen (156) and JP Duminy (103) earlier in the day. The pair extended their third-wicket partnership to exactly 200 before Duminy departed shortly after reaching his century.

Petersen progressed to a new career-best, facing 335 balls, hitting 19 fours and one six.

After his dismissal, trapped in front by Chris Martin, the runs continued to flow as AB de Villiers made 38, Mark Boucher 46 and Vernon Philander 29.

Mark Gillespie's outstanding comeback continued as he returned figures of six for 113, taking the wickets of Hashim Amla (63), Duminy, Jacques Rudolph (11), Boucher, Dale Steyn (0) and Philander.

Flynn then advanced to 35 not out in 85 balls and Guptill 28 in 66 as New Zealand successfully saw off 25 overs without losing a wicket.

South Africa lead the series 1-0 after a nine-wicket win in the second Test in Hamilton after the opening match in Dunedin was drawn.

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