Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Mini-session analysis for 1st Test NZ SA Dunedin 11/12

Here is the final mini-session analysis for the 1st test between New Zealand and South Africa in Dunedin.

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.

1-1aSouth Africa 51/1 off 13South Africa
1-1bSouth Africa 35/0 off 13South Africa
1-2aSouth Africa 69/3 off 15New Zealand
1-2bSouth Africa 36/3 off 18New Zealand
2-1aSouth Africa 47/3 off 9.2New Zealand
2-1bNew Zealand 40/1 off 16South Africa
2-2aNew Zealand 57/1 off 17New Zealand
2-2bNew Zealand 47/3 off 19South Africa
2-3aNew Zealand 40/0 off 14New Zealand
2-3bNew Zealand 59/4 off 20South Africa
3-1aNew Zealand 30/1 off 2.2New Zealand
South Africa 49/2 off 14
3-1bSouth Africa 39/0 off 15South Africa
3-2aSouth Africa 51/0 off 13South Africa
3-2bSouth Africa 36/0 off 14South Africa
3-3aSouth Africa 50/0 off 18South Africa
3-3bSouth Africa 43/1 off 15New Zealand
4-1aSouth Africa 41/1 off 17New Zealand
4-1bSouth Africa 50/1 off 18South Africa
4-2aSouth Africa 76/0 off 16South Africa
4-2bNew Zealand 27/1 off 11South Africa
4-3aNew Zealand 54/1 off 17New Zealand
4-3bNew Zealand 56/0 off 13New Zealand

The final count is 12-10 to South Africa.

There were 4 very close mini-sessions, but South Africa were certainly ahead when the rain came.

Now England will have a little longer being at the top of the world. (Potentially a lot longer if the Pakistan series turns out to be just an aberration.) We will have to wait another week or so to know what shape this test series is going to take, and we get an opportunity for a repeat of last tour's 1-1-1 result.

The match has left more questions than answers for me so far. It will be interesting to see how South Africa handle the conditions in Hamilton. The pitch there has fluctuated wildly from test to test, but it is normally quite sticky and often swing bowlers flourish there. It could be more to Steyn's liking and less to Philander's.

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