Black Caps blown away despite Brownlie ton
Dean Brownlie’s maiden Test century proved in vain as New Zealand crumbled to an innings-and-27-run defeat at the hands of South Africa inside three days at Newlands.
Brownlie, 69 not out overnight, displayed a level of application and skill that was sorely lacking when the Black Caps were rolled for 45 in their first innings.
He and BJ Watling battled away for much of the morning in a resilient partnership that looked set to force South Africa to bat again, but an all too predictable collapse followed once Brownlie had been caught at deep point off Morne Morkel for 109.
Watling was the next to go, having reached 42, and New Zealand were swiftly dismissed for 275, with their final five wickets adding just 23 runs.
Dropped twice on 23 yesterday, Brownlie continued to make the most of his good fortune when his side resumed 133 behind on 169 for four.
Favouring the back foot whenever possible, the 28-year-old appeared largely comfortable en route to three figures and found a willing ally in the defiant Watling.
Brownlie brought up his century in fine style with an effortless straight six off left-arm spinner Robin Peterson, but then threw his wicket away attempting an ambitious cut stroke in the first over with the new ball.
When Watling, pushing with hard hands, was caught at first slip to give Vernon Philander a sixth wicket of the match, South Africa sensed the opportunity to push for an innings win and wasted little time in accomplishing the feat.
Philander had Doug Bracewell held at third slip in his next over and Dale Steyn’s pace proved too much for Jeetan Patel and James Franklin, who both played on in ungainly fashion, the former having backed away a significant distance to leg.
The denouement proved suitably miserable for New Zealand as Chris Martin - a tailender famed for his lack of batting prowess - was run out without facing after being sent back seeking a second run that was never there.