Bond, Martin put New Zealand on top against South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 8 (Reuters) Shane Bond and Chris Martin took two wickets each to grab the advantage for New Zealand on the first day of the first test against South Africa today.

South Africa slumped to 161 for five at tea after winning the toss and choosing to bat.

Fast bowler Bond took 2-47 while medium pacer Martin, who had two catches dropped, claimed 2-50. Opener Herschelle Gibbs was fifth out for a steadying 63.

The hosts got off to the worst possible start when skipper Graeme Smith attempted to leave a delivery from Martin in the second over and was bowled off the edge of his bat for one.

Hashim Amla scored 12 before Bond had him caught behind by wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum with a delivery that bounced steeply and straightened after pitching.

Both of Martin's dropped catches were offered shortly before lunch by Jacques Kallis, who was spilled on 23 by Michael Papps at third slip and on 27 by Iain O'Brien at fine leg.

The errors did not prove costly as Kallis drove at the first delivery after lunch, which was bowled by medium pacer O'Brien, and was caught behind by wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum for 29.

Five overs later Ashwell Prince, who scored one, edged a Bond delivery to Stephen Fleming at second slip.

South Africa were reduced to 141 for five an hour before tea when Gibbs was caught by Fleming, this time at first slip. At the tea interval, AB de Villiers was 33 not out and Mark Boucher had made 11.


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Story first published: Thursday, November 8, 2007, 22:03 [IST]
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