South Africa right on top after New Zealand low scoring 1st Innings

The  unbeaten century  from  Alviro Petersen leads  South Africa to  score 252 runs  for 3 after skittling New Zealand for 45 on a dominate opening day of the first  test on Wednesday.

New Zealand, determined by the storm surrounding the sacking of former captain Ross Taylor, capitulated to the South African fast bowling attack, their innings lasting in just 19.2 overs as fast bowler Vernon Philander concluded figures of five for seven.

Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn finished  the tail, the latter picking up his 300th test scalp and South Africa's wonderful day was complete when all rounder Jacques Kallis passed the milestone of 13,000 test runs shortly after tea. New Zealand's total was the eighth lowest in test history, only Kane Williamson reaching double figures with a score of 13 runs

Jacques Kallis brought the crowd to their feet when he blazed a boundary through backward point to become only the 4th  player and first South African to score 13,000 test runs. Kallis completes  to his 57th half-century but the 2nd  hundred  partnership of the innings finished when Trent Boult had the all-rounder caught behind for 60 with the total on 212 for 3.

The stylish Petersen has been criticized for failing to convert starts into big scores, but he silenced the doubters when he brought up his 5th  test hundred  in the one before the last over with a guided shot behind point for two. Petersen will resume on day two on 103 runs  with his partner AB de Villiers on 19 runs.

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