11 Mar 2012

Black Caps may not get chance to win on last day in Dunedin

10:56 am on 11 March 2012

A draw in the first cricket test between New Zealand and South Africa is looking extremely likely, thanks to overnight rain in Dunedin.

There's been no play yet at the University Oval on the final day, and an early lunch is inevitable - so when play resumes there may not be enough time for the Black Caps to get the 264 runs they need to win, nor for the Proteas to take the eight wickets required for victory.

New Zealand are 137 for two with Brendon McCullum on 58 and captain Ross Taylor unbeaten on 48 at University Oval.

McCullum and Taylor shored up what looked like a definite losing cause with an 82-run partnership after the hosts lost their opening batsmen cheaply, with Rob Nicol and Martin Guptill out for 19 and six respectively.

South Africa declared on 435 for five before tea - a lead of 400 runs.

The veteran South African Jacques Kallis made 113 and Jacques Rudolph scored the tourists' third century of the match, he was 105 not out.

The Proteas skipper Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis both scored centuries on day three to set up what looked like an easy win for South Africa, who need to sweep the series 3-0 to take over the world number one test ranking from England.