Friday 9 November 2007 

South Africa In Commanding Position In Johannesburg

South Africa 226 (Gibbs 63, Bond 4-73) & 179-2 (Amla 85no, Kallis 76no) v
New Zealand 118 (Steyn 5-34, Ntini 3-47) after day two

Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini shared eight wickets as South Africa bowled New Zealand out for 118 on the second day of the first Test in Johannesburg, before half-centuries from Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis ensured they put a huge margin between themselves and the Kiwis.

Both openers Herschelle Gibbs (eight) and Graeme Smith (nine) fell cheaply before Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla shared an unbroken stand of 154, both men hitting patient half-centuries as they stretched South Africa's advantage to 287 runs with three days to go.

Replying to 226, New Zealand started the day on 40 for two and things started to go downhill at a rapid rate after nightwatchman Shane Bond (one) was bowled by Steyn. Thereafter wickets fell at regular intervals with the wickets of Scott Styris (11), Jacob Oram (one) and Ross Taylor (15) falling for three runs in 16 balls.

Steyn finished with career-best figures of five for 34, Ntini three for 47 while Jacques Kallis took the wickets of Oram and Taylor for the cost of just 11 runs.

Stephen Fleming top scored for New Zealand with 40 from 48 balls.

© Cricket World 2007