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Saturday, 10 March 2012 - 13:16
South Africa set NZ huge total to chase
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Captain Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum kept New Zealand's slim hopes of scoring 401 runs to beat South Africa in the first test alive after they helped the hosts reach 137 for two at the close of the fourth day's play at University Oval in Dunedin today.

New Zealand's chances of threatening the record target, let alone saving the test on a pitch that is displaying inconsistent bounce, rest with McCullum and Taylor, who had combined for an 82-run partnership before bad light stopped play with four overs remaining.

The naturally aggressive duo had thrown away their wickets with rash strokes in the first innings and while they tempered their all-out attacking instincts they were still scoring at more than four runs an over.

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