Day 2: South Africa 237/3 at stumps

South Africa was 237 for 3 in reply to New Zealand's first innings of 297 at the Basin Reserve.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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Herschelle Gibbs made an eventful 77 and Jacques Rudolph 60 not out as South Africa played itself into a strong position on the second day of the third cricket Test against New Zealand today. Contributions of 48 from Martin van Jaarsveld, who was unbeaten at stumps, and 47 from captain Graeme Smith carried South Africa to 237-3 in reply to New Zealand's first innings of 297 at the Basin Reserve. Gibbs rode his luck on his way to his 16th half-century in Tests but his 2 1/2 hour innings, which was decorated with 12 boundaries, pushed South Africa steadily towards first-innings superiority. He shared a 103-run first-wicket partnership with Smith which gave the Proteas a platform to attack New Zealand's score, and provided much of the incident on a day on which only seven wickets fell and 286 runs were scored. Gibbs survived two clear chances before outliving his luck and falling when South Africa was 130-2. He showed longevity when he survived a confident appeal for caught behind off Daniel Vettori at 46 and was dropped by Stephen Fleming from Vettori when he was 61. Sri Lankan umpire Asoka de Silva rejected New Zealand's caught behind appeal in the 20th over but television replays showed the ball traveled to wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum from a thick top edge. Fleming leaped high at mid-on and got two hands to Gibbs' lofted drive from Vettori in the 28th over but he was unable to hold a stinging catch. (AP)