S Africa vs New Zealand
South Africa Win By An Innings And 193 Runs
New Zealand utterly whitewash inside seven days. They have been abysmal. No excuses, other than the lack of Ross Taylor and Daniel Vettori. South Africa, however, have asserted their dominance as the planet's number one Test team. They needed these massive victories to prove as much. It's all well and good outgunning the big fish, but the small teams have to be trounced too. Next up is the three one-dayers, the first of which gets underway in Paarl on Saturday. Until then, cheers.
Over 86.4 - NZ 211/10 (Patel 0)
Wagner will take the last boundary on offer, with four racing through the covers. Those are the last runs for the match and, indeed, the series, though. He attacks the next short ball on the pull, but only succeeds in gloving the ball to the wicketkeeper. Steyn has eight wickets for the match. New Zealand are all out. The game is over. The series is done. Patel, at least, remains on zero not out.
Over 86 - NZ 207/9 (Wagner 0, Patel 0)
WICKET! The cheeky Boult reckons he can loft a short ball over the off-side. He should have bobbed and weave away from its line and trajectory instead. The final result is a lob to Peterson at point. That was all to easy. Patel is the last man in. Another big innings victory nearing for the Proteas. Unlike the first innings, when he ran away from the ball, the number 11 is determined to block in line this time around. The presence of an elbow guard is certainly facilitating greater confidence.
Over 85 - NZ 204/8 (Wagner 0, Boult 0)
Steyn won't be able to get a 10-for in this match, but you can bet your bottom dollar he will try for nine. WICKET! He has seven now, as Bracewell edges to the slips, where Petersen is at hand for a smart catch low to the ground. The line was perfect, the length perfect, the shot not at all good, and the catch perfect. Everything working to the good of the Proteas. Boult, ahead of Patel, is the penultimate man to arrive at the crease.
Over 84 - NZ 204/7 (Wagner 0, Bracewell 0)
Wagner is not going to die wondering, instead looking to flay Morkel through the off-side and later across the on-side. It's not working. The defict, not that it really matters anymore, is now exactly 200.
Over 83 - NZ 203/7 (Wagner 0, Bracewell 0)
Peterson out of the attack, Steyn in to perhaps wrap up the tail in prompt fashion. WICKET! He begins, right on cue, castling Watling. Pitching it on the off-stump, nipping it away from the right-hander to clip the off-stump, the pace ace was near unplayable. The was a tidy rearguard knock from the wicketkeeper-batsman, but it's over now. New Zealand slowly circling the drain. Wagner, against his country of birth, at the crease now.
Over 82 - NZ 203/6 (Watling 63, Bracewell 0)
Morkel, not Steyn, to share the new ball with the spinner. WICKET! The choice is the right one, with the lanky pace ace striking immediately. Setting the batsman up well by beating him outside the off-stump time and time again, Morkel eventually lures Munro into the edge. Petersen is at hand for a straightfoward catch at third slip. The debutant mopes off, the drinks trolley arrives, and South Africa are into the opposition tail, with Bracewell to the crease now.
Over 81 - NZ 199/5 (Watling 63, Munro 11)
Surprisingly, spinner Robin Peterson stays in the attack, with new ball in hand. A change of ends, again, for him too. He immediately troubles Munro with some extra bounce. All of four close-in fielders in place. Munro eventually breaks the shackles, welcoming his first boundary in Test cricket through the covers. He then goes high and hard, on the bounce, to midwicket for the same result. Peterson, despite conceding back-to-back boundaries, will appreciate this head-to-head battle within the war.
Over 80 - NZ 190/5 (Watling 63, Munro 2)
(Very) part-time spinner Alviro Petersen will bowl the last over with the old ball. He turned his arm over on Sunday, and was threatening. This time, however, Munro deadbats on the defence anything and everything churned out by the freelance bowler.
Over 79 - NZ 189/5 (Watling 63, Munro 1)
Watling is eager to get quite square on in the face of Kallis' penchant for hitting the deck hard. The batsman's approach brings him reasonable success, including four glanced down the leg-side.
Riaan Fourie Says
"I would have loved to have seen Steyn against Michael Atherton (Donald's bunny), but truth be told, Steyn is going to break many records and take 400-plus Test wickets. So at the end of the day, Steyn will take more wickets than Donald... doesn't that make him better?" Riaan is, of course, responding to our question: Is Dale Steyn a better fast bowler than Allan Donald ever was? Go: email@example.com
Over 78 - NZ 183/5 (Watling 57, Munro 1)
Fragile stuff from Munro, who almost offers Peterson a sharp catch off his own bowling and then is beaten outside his off-stump by the turn. Peterson was late in reacting to the first occasion, thinking it was a 'bump' ball rather than a legitimate opportunity.
Over 77 - NZ 183/5 (Watling 57, Munro 1)
WICKET! Kallis' introduction has worked a treat for the Proteas. The smallest bit of outswing outdoes Brownlie, who perhaps could have left this, but instead looks to drive it. De Villiers is at hand for a straightforward catch. So ends a blossoming 98-run stand. Debutant Munro in now, eager to avoid a repeat of his first-ball duck in the first innings. He manages as much, moving off the mark with a cheeky single too.
Over 76 - NZ 182/4 (Brownlie 53, Watling 57)
Brownlie happy to play from deep in his crease, and might be troubled if Peterson decides a quicker ball is in order. The batsman, regardless, does well enough to turn a single around the corner.
Steyn Vs Donald
As the new ball looms and the man of the moment's return to the attack nears, our questions remains: Is Dale Steyn a better fast bowler than Allan Donald ever was? Go: firstname.lastname@example.org
Over 75 - NZ 180/4 (Brownlie 52, Watling 56)
The umpire has trouble standing his ground and bowler Kallis has to abort his run-up amid this increasing wind. Both batsman have 50-plus now, and their alliance has almost reached three figures. The contest can appreciated the fightback.
Over 74 - NZ 178/4 (Brownlie 50, Watling 56)
Indeed, a change of ends for the spinner - and Brownlie milks the single needed for the arrival of his half-century too. The job is not done. He needs a big century, if his side are to avoid defeat in Port Elizabeth.
Over 73 - NZ 177/4 (Brownlie 49, Watling 56)
Kallis introduced into the attack, more as a means to have Peterson change ends than anything else. The new ball is eight overs away, and the all-rounder will fancy a quick burst with the older one first. He delivers, right on cue, beating Watling outside the off-stump. Smith, standing in the slip cordon, thought there was an edge. He was the only one.
Over 72 - NZ 176/4 (Brownlie 48, Watling 56)
Kleinveldt's short stuff is easily evaded by Brownlie, who has been the lone rose among an otherwise thorny New Zealand middle order this series. At the very least, he will retain his place come their next tour, against England. Watling, meanwhile, welcomes a fine half-century thanks to a late drive through backward point. That's the third 50 of his career, second of the match. Next stop, perhaps: a second Test ton.
Over 71 - NZ 167/4 (Brownlie 47, Watling 48)
No fine-leg or deep backward square-leg in place, so a weak piece of line from the spinner is easily paddle to the fence by Watling. Peterson quickly rectifies his approach, though. The wind really is heavy now, with the weighted bails introduced.
Over 70 - NZ 161/4 (Brownlie 47, Watling 42)
Something wider from Kleinveldt allows Brownlie to free his arms somewhat, lacing a couple through the off-side. The bowler later responds with a fuller length, keeping the batsman on his toes. Yes, debutant Munro is still to come, but this is New Zealand's last recognised pair. A lot rests on their shoulders.
Over 69 - NZ 158/4 (Brownlie 45, Watling 41)
Plenty of drift and turn for left-arm spinner Peterson. Brownlie prods at a couple and misses both. Short-leg moves to silly mid-off in the middle of the over, complementing the only slip in place. Neither fielded are needed, however, when the bowler almost sneaks through the batsman's forward defence.
Over 68 - NZ 158/4 (Brownlie 45, Watling 41)
Kleinveldt tries to lure Brownlie into a false stroke outside his off-stump, but the batsman is not buying, instead leaving all and sundry alone to float through to the wicketkeeper without harm. Something straighter, though, must be tickled to fine-leg for a single.
First Session, Day Four
Umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Ian Gould, batsmen Dean Brownlie and BJ Watling and the South African XI head out to the middle for what might be the final session of the series. Kleinveldt to bowl the first over.
Sanjeev Singh Says
"I think Steyn is better overall. I recall when Donald played, whilst he was top notch he didn't have much control over the new ball (which is why he was moved to first change during the ODIs). Steyn has more variety, more control and he can swing the ball both ways, and currently I think only Steyn and Jimmy Anderson can do this to great effect."
Big Question To Begin
Is Dale Steyn a better fast bowler than Allan Donald ever was? Go: email@example.com
Resident pitch pundit Shaun Pollock surveys the playing surface, and the strong wind is very noticeable through his ginger locks. Bowling into the wind is going to be a staunch task, whoever is tasked with that endurance. Weather-wise, sunny and no sign of rain. Good to go, indeed.
The Story So Far
One-nil up in the two-match affair after a convincing victory inside three days in Cape Town, the Proteas continued their dominance on the back of centuries from Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar. Declaring on 528 for eight, the hosts then rolled the opposition for a mere 121 all out - thanks largely to the 19th five-wicket haul of Dale Steyn's career. The Kiwis were forced to follow-on, and have since reached 157 for four, which still leaves them 247 runs in the red.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary on day four of the second and final Test between South Africa and New Zealand at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth.
- 11th - 15th Jan 2013
- South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
- St George's Park
- H D P K Dharmasena and I J Gould
new zealand BATTING CARD
|McCullum||lbw b Peterson||11|
|Brownlie||c de Villiers b Kallis||53|
|Flynn||c de Villiers b Kleinveldt||0|
|Munro||c Petersen b M Morkel||15|
|Bracewell||c Petersen b Steyn||0|
|N Wagner||c de Villiers b Steyn||4|
|Boult||c Peterson b M Morkel||3|
|Total||All Out, 86.4 Overs||211|