10 Mar 2012

New Zealand steady ship after two early wickets

9:19 pm on 10 March 2012

New Zealand's cricketers will head into the final day of the opening test in Dunedin, with every result possible thanks to a crucial third wicket partnership.

The Black Caps are 137 for 2 at stumps - needing 264 further runs for an unlikely victory at University Oval after South Africa declared on 435 for 5 before tea; a daunting lead of 400 runs.

Brendon McCullum and captain Ross Taylor shored up the second innings with an 82 run partnership after the hosts lost their opening batsmen cheaply.

McCullum will start Sunday morning on 58 while Taylor is on 48.