Thursday 15 March 2012

Mini-session analysis for 2nd Test NZ SA Hamilton 11/12

Here is the final mini-session analysis for the 2nd test between New Zealand and South Africa in Hamilton.

A mini-session is (normally) half a session, either between the start of the session and the drinks break or the drinks break and the end of the session. Occasionally a long session will have 3 mini-sessions where it will be broken up with 2 drinks breaks.

1-1aNew Zealand 43/1 off 15draw
1-1bNew Zealand 19/1 off 12South Africa
1-2aNew Zealand 32/0 off 9.4New Zealand
1-3aNew Zealand 39/2 off 13South Africa
1-3bNew Zealand 52/6 off 11.4South Africa
1-3cSouth Africa 27/2 off 11New Zealand
2-1aSouth Africa 53/2 off 15New Zealand
2-1bSouth Africa 53/2 off 18New Zealand
2-2aSouth Africa 38/1 off 15New Zealand
2-2bSouth Africa 82/3 off 18.3South Africa
2-3aNew Zealand 22/3 off 13South Africa
2-3bNew Zealand 43/1 off 18South Africa
3-1aNew Zealand 24/0 off 14Draw
3-1bNew Zealand 53/2 off 18South Africa
3-2aNew Zealand 26/4 off 4.5South Africa
South Africa 47/1 off 10
3-2bSouth Africa 56/0 off 9.5South Africa

South Africa win the count 9-5. I awarded 2-2b to South Africa, despite it going to New Zealand by the formula. With South Africa at 185/8 New Zealand were looking good, but 66 runs for the last 2 wickets has been very costly. I think that South Africa are well ahead in the match. Likewise I gave the first hour on the third day as a draw. New Zealand didn't lose any wickets, but hardly scored any runs. In the context of the match, they did well to survive the difficult conditions in the morning, but neither team advanced their cause at all.

The match ebbed and flowed a couple of times. at 133/2 New Zealand were really looking good. Then at 133/7 it was hard to see New Zealand even making the game close. However at 86/6 South Africa looked like they had thrown away a golden opportunity. They took back the impetus with some great lower order hitting, and carried that advantage for the rest of the match.


  1. Good stuff CG; enjoying the analysis!

    PS: Have added your blog to my blog-roll

  2. Cool - glad you enjoy it. I try to do these for every test match, although sometimes they are a day or so out.