Proteas romp home
South Africa completed a 2-0 series victory over New Zealand with another comprehensive win in the second Test, the Black Caps’ last before they face England in March.
The Proteas, who won the first Test by an innings and 27 runs, made devastating use of the new ball this morning to reduce New Zealand from 203 for five to 211 all out and seal victory by an innings and 193 runs before lunch on day four at Port Elizabeth.
Paceman Dale Steyn took three of those five wickets for man-of-the-match figures of 8-65.
The teams next meet in three one-day internationals, after which the Black Caps host England in three-game Twenty20 international, ODI and Test series.
New Zealand started the fourth morning on 157 for four, with Dean Brownlie and BJ Watling unbeaten in the 40s and looking to build on their battling displays yesterday.
Both players reached half-centuries during a solid start to the day, but their partnership was brought to an end on 98 when Jacques Kallis had Brownlie caught behind for 53.
That left New Zealand on 182 for five yet Watling and Colin Munro joined forces to move them past 200.
However Morne Morkel needed just five deliveries with the new ball to break through, having Munro caught at third slip by Alviro Petersen for 15.
Steyn then opened his account for the day in the following over when he ended Watling’s stubborn resistance with a superb ball that pegged back the batsman’s off stump. Watling had matched his first-innings 63, this time with 11 fours.
The end was quick in coming after that, with the final three wickets falling in successive overs.
Steyn had Doug Bracewell caught in the slips and then, after Morkel had Trent Boult held at point, wrapped up the Test with the dismissal of Neil Wagner, who was caught behind trying to pull a short ball.