South Africa dismissed New Zealand for 275 in their second innings to secure victory in the first Sunfoil Series Test match at Sahara Park Newlands by an innings and 27 runs shortly before tea on Friday, the third day of the match.
The Black Caps, humbled for just 45 in their first innings, began their second innings 302 runs in arrears and displayed all of their characteristic fight and determination which had been so woefully missing first time around.
Resuming on their overnight score of 169-4 with Dean Brownlie on 69 and wicket keeper BJ Watling on 10, the tourists lost just a single wicket in the morning session – but not before right hander Brownlie had completed a maiden Test century with an impressive combination of resilient defence and powerful counter-attacking.
The Perth-born right hander’s 109 from 186 deliveries with 13 fours and a pair of sixes ended immediately the second new ball was taken when he upper cut a Morne Morkel bouncer to deep backward point.
But the tourists’ fragile lower order had little answer to the sustained hostility of South Africa’s pace attack and the final five wickets collapsed in quick session after lunch for the addition of just 23 runs.
Watling’s marathon 42 from 151 balls ended with a classic Vernon Philander delivery which found the edge and provided Graeme Smith at first slip with his 150th catch in just his 106th Test. Doug Bracewell followed shortly afterwards, caught in the gully off the same bowler for a duck.
Dale Steyn bowled Jeetan Patel and James Franklin to claim the ninth wicket of the innings but none of the bowlers was able to claim the ‘walking wicket’ of Chris Martin as the hapless number 11 was run out without facing a ball – courtesy of a typically ferocious boundary throw from Steyn.
The win sees South Africa take a one-nil lead to Axxess St. George’s in Port Elizabeth while Philander earned the man of the match award for his match figures of 7-83 which included a five-wicket haul in the first innings.