Monday, July 14, 2008
match ends in draw
In the first test match of the N-power test series, the Proteas, after struggling in the first innings, put in a solid batting display in the 2nd innings to end the game in a draw. Earlier, England, who batted first build on a splendid partnership between Kevin Pietersen and Ian bell reached a mammoth score of 593-8 dec. Bell scored 199 and Pietersen scored 152. Broad batted well to score a good 76. In reply, the Proteas could muster only 247 in their first innings and that too was because of a good batting display by Ashwell Prince who scored a fighting century. Following on, the Proteas started off well in their 2nd innings, and with both their openers scoring centuries. Neil McKenzie scored a patient 138 while captain Smith scored a fine 107. Also Amla hit a century to ensure that Proteas drew the match comfortably. They ended with 393-3.