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Sunday, March 22, 2009

NZ down, Australia likely to follow

At Hamilton India 520 and 0/39 defeated New Zealand 279 and 279 (B McCullum 84, D Flynn 67, Harbhajan Singh 6-63) by 10 wickets: T#1 D4.

Only some late resistance by Brendan McCullum, supported by Daniel Vettori and Iain O'Brien made India bat again


At Cape Town South Africa 651 (154.3 ov, AB de Villiers 163/313b [12x4,7x6],A :Prince 150/249b [19x4, 2x6], J Kallis 102/163b [14x4, 2x6], M Johnson 4/148, S Katich 2/9 continue to dominate Australia 209 and 2/102 (36 ov): T#3, D3

Jacques Kallis did not add to his overnight score and JP Duminy did not stay long, but AB de Villiers , with some help from Albie Morkel and Paul Harris, built South Africa to a formidable 651. Simon Katich's left arm chinamen dismissed the prolific if weary deVilliers for 163 and Dale Steyn for a duck. His analysis of 3- 1 - 9 - 2 contrasted with Bryce McGain's 18-2-149-0 and raised several questions about Ricky Ponting's management of his bowlers.

Australia's second batting effort has so far been better, yet not that much better, than its first, but 2/102 is a shaky platform for chasing another 340. Expect the match to finish in four days.


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