Sunday 18 November 2007 

Six Wickets For Steyn Wraps Up Win For South Africa

New Zealand 188 (Steyn 4-42) & 136 (Fleming 54, Steyn 6-49)
South Africa 383 (Kallis 131, Amla 103)
South Africa won by an innings and 59 runs and win the series 2-0

Dale Steyn picked up six wickets as New Zealand's second innings fell away abruptly on the third day of the second Test against South Africa at Centurion Park with the home side recording an innings victory after four wickets fell for eight runs after tea.

The clatter of wickets followed Hashim Amla scoring his third Test century, and his second in consecutive innings earlier in the day before South Africa secured a victory with two days to spare and took the series 2-0.

Replying to New Zealand's 188, Amla yesterday shared in a stand worth 220 with Jacques Kallis (131) before he was dismissed, caught by Michael Papps off of Iain O'Brien for 103.

His knock took 216 balls and included 15 fours. Mark Gillespie picked up his second Test wicket as Ashwell Prince fell for 13, caught by Jamie How but South Africa remained well in control of the match despite a Kiwi fightback, in which Gillespie took five wickets to bowl the home side out for 383.

He became the fifth New Zealand bowler to take five wickets on debut but any joy was short lived, as batting one short with Craig Cumming out injured, Dale Steyn then trapped openers Lou Vincent (four) and Michael Papps (one) in front in New Zealand's second innings.

Stephen Fleming and Scott Styris added 60 for the third wicket before Styris was caught by De Villiers at slip off of Kallis for 29. Ross Taylor was sharply run out by Hashim Amla at short leg for eight as New Zealand wobbled before the dismissal of Brendon McCullum heralded a nightmare spell of four wickets for eight runs.

Fleming reached his half-century shortly before tea but didn't last long afterwards, adjudged lbw to Dale Steyn for 54, and neither did McCullum or Gillespie, who were both caught in the slips by Graeme Smith and Kallis respectively in Steyn's next over to leave New Zealand in all sorts of trouble.

Captain Daniel Vettori was next to go, brilliantly caught by AB De Villiers for Makhaya Ntini's first wicket of the second innings before Steyn wrapped up the innings by bowling Iain O'Brien for a duck and secure another crushing win for South Africa.

Steyn finished with ten wickets in the match, and twenty in the series with South Africa deserved 2-0 victors over a New Zealand side for whom nothing went right on or off the pitch.

© Cricket World 2007


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