DRS bun­gles cost New Zealand

New Straits Times - - Sport -

HAMIL­TON: South Africa pre­pared them­selves to bat long, through rain dis­rup­tions, to make the most of New Zealand’s bun­gled use of the re­view sys­tem on day one of the third Test yes­ter­day.

“We’ve got a long way to go to get a good to­tal,” Hashim Amla said af­ter his 50 and an un­beaten 33 from Faf du Plessis helped the Proteas re­cover from a dis­as­trous start on a rain-dis­rupted day in which only 41 overs were pos­si­ble.

From be­ing five for two in the fourth over, South Africa were 123 for four at stumps while New Zealand had blown their re­view op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“There is so much time left,” Amla said with South Africa main­tain­ing a win was still pos­si­ble de­spite rain fore­cast for the re­main­ing four days.

“We want to bat as long as we can in the first in­nings to get a re­ally big score on the board to set the game up.”

They have the ad­van­tage of know­ing New Zealand have no re­views left be­fore the 80th over which has al­ready cost them the chance to re­move du Plessis.

Just 13 balls af­ter us­ing up their sec­ond re­view they were pow­er­less to re­act when the um­pires missed a faint edge which should have seen du Plessis caught be­hind for 16.

New Zealand quick Matt Henry de­scribed the weather and faulty re­view­ing as “frus­trat­ing ” but said the hosts were still sat­is­fied with their day’s work.

“We did well to get them four down. We didn’t get (the re­views) right. It can be frus­trat­ing but we get an­other chance later on,” he said.

South Africa, start­ing the Test with an un­beat­able 1-0 se­ries lead, were two down in the fourth over af­ter win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat.

It would have been three for 28 if not for the first New Zealand’s judge­ment er­ror of the day.

They de­cided not to re­view a re­jected Neil Wag­ner lbw ap­peal against JP Du­miny on seven when the ball tracker tech­nol­ogy sig­nalled a di­rect hit.

Du­miny went on to make 20 in a 59-run stand for the third wicket with Amla be­fore be­ing re­moved just be­fore lunch.

Amla went soon af­ter the break for 50, his 32nd half-cen­tury and was left 67 runs short of be­com­ing the fourth South African to to­tal 8,000 ca­reer runs.

Af­ter New Zealand’s first re­view blun­der they over-com­pen­sated by wast­ing two re­views on cor­rect­ly­called not out de­ci­sions which left them help­less to con­test an­other de­ci­sion af­ter the 29th over.

The mag­ni­tude of the er­ror be­came ap­par­ent min­utes later when um­pire Bruce Ox­en­ford missed a faint edge from du Plessis off the luck­less Wag­ner which was taken by BJ Watling be­hind the stumps.

It con­tin­ued a charmed run at the crease for du Plessis who has seven fours in his 33, in­clud­ing from edges over the wick­et­keeper, through the slips and just wide of gully.

But there were mixed for­tunes for du Plessis at the start of the day.

He won the toss for the eighth con­sec­u­tive time in New Zealand but then saw both open­ers fall cheaply.

Debu­tant The­u­nis de Bruyn’s in­tro­duc­tion to Test cricket ended with a third-ball duck when he edged Henry to Tom Latham at sec­ond slip.

Dean El­gar was bowled for five when he shoul­dered arms to a Colin de Grand­homme ball that came back from out­side the off stump.

Henry also ac­counted for Du­miny to have fig­ures of two for 25 while de Grand­homme bowled Amla and fin­ished the day with two for 43. AFP

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