Match Report: 1st Test: Day 5: South Africa Vs New Zealand at Durban, August 19-23, 2016
Brief Scores South Africa 263 (Amla 53, Wagner 3-47, Boult 3-52) drew with New Zealand 15 for 2 (Steyn 2-3) Match Drawn
THE first Sunfoil Test match between the Standard Bank Proteas and New Zealand was called off early on the final day after conditions underfoot failed to improve overnight at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Tuesday.
No play was possible on the previous two days due to several soft and muddy areas around the outfield, which umpires Ian Gould and Richard Illingworth felt were too dangerous to allow for the match to resume.
Heavy rain on Saturday night and the early parts of Sunday caused the initial problem, leaving several damp patches all over the field.
The Durban Test was called off on day five, more than half an hour before the scheduled start of play, as the issues with the soft, damp outfield persisted. That meant 11 of the 15 sessions were lost to rain and the subsequent wetness and softening of the outfield.
Day one was shortened due to a wet outfield at the start, with only 77.4 overs possible, while day two saw just 22 overs sent down because of a combination of bad light and rain.
Play was abandoned without a ball being bowled shortly after 14h00 on days three and four, with the umpires calling things off even before the scheduled start on day five.
New Zealand had reached 15-2 in their first innings, responding to South Africa’s 263 all out.
The second and final Sunfoil Test will be played from August 27-31 at SuperSport Park in Centurion.