South Africa settle for draw after Dunedin washout


DUNEDIN — The Dunedin Test between New Zealand and South Africa ended in a draw after rain prevented the Kiwis from resuming play from their overnight score of 137-2 in their chase of the 401 run target.

The game was left with South Africa needing eight wickets for victory, while the Black Caps had overnight aspirations of chasing down 401 from their position of 137 for two. With all results possible, Brendon McCullum, unbeaten on 58, and captain Ross Taylor, 48 not out, were unable to build on their unbroken third-wicket partnership of 82.

The rain was forecast to clear yesterday afternoon, but it didn’t and umpires Billy Doctrove and Aleem Dar called the game off after lunchtime. Both teams will now head to Hamilton for the second Test on Thursday, with the series tied 0-0 and the series will still be alive for the third in Wellington. It also implies South Africa, who needed to win the three-match series 3-0 to become the number one team in the world, has missed the target.

Meanwhile, New Zealand will name the squad for the second Test today. — Reuters