Proteas make light work of Kiwis
PORT ELIZABETH – South Africa wasted little time in wrapping up a 2-0 series victory over New Zealand with a comprehensive innings and 193-run win in the second Test today.
New Zealand lost their last five wickets for just eight runs as the Proteas made devastating use of the new ball on the fourth morning.
Paceman Dale Steyn led the way as New Zealand slumped from 203-5 to 211 in Port Elizabeth.
New Zealand had started the fourth day on 157-4 following on after they had been blown away for just 121 in the first innings
Dean Brownlie and BJ Watling did their best to resist the South Africa attack but once they departed the tail quickly followed.
Brownlie was first to go for 53, edging Jacques Kallis behind to AB de Villiers, while Colin Munro was dismissed for 15 by Morne Morkel – with Robin Petersen taking the catch.
Steyn then ended Watling’s brave knock of 63 before sending Doug Bracewell back to the pavilion for a four-ball duck.
Morkel (2-36) combined with Petersen again to dismiss Trent Boult, while Steyn (3-48) wrapped up the win when he had Neil Wagner caught behind.
“We’ve had to work hard to get into this position and it’s nice to keep playing well and it’s been a wonderful two test matches for us,” captain Graeme Smith said.
“They (the wins) were very professional and both were very big wins. A lot of guys contributed and I thought our style of cricket and the way we played was good. Bar a couple of dropped catches in the first test I thought our cricket was of a very high standard,” he added.
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum conceded his team had suffered, adding: “We knew coming in to this series that is was going to be tough playing against the number one side in the world.
“We will learn a lot of lessons from this. We were well short of the mark and we were exposed. We wanted to come here and compete… but South Africa showed their class and we weren’t quite up to the mark.” (Sky)