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South Africa vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, New Zealand tour of South Africa 2012-13

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South Africa won by an innings and 193 runs | South Africa Vs New Zealand Live Score, 2nd Test

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Graeme Smith: 'We have had to work hard to get to this position. I think the wins against NZ was professional and it was achieved with big margins. Barring some dropped chances in Cape Town, we were good as a team. A team is good if there are new players who contribute in any situation. Dean Elgar is a fighter and he bounced back well. Anytime you win as captain is enjoyable. This team has a good bunch of guys and I play more of a guidance role. We have a great management team and I am extremely proud to lead this team. There are some new faces in the ODI squad and we have to perform well.'
Steyn: 'We got the ball to swing in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. There was no Vernon Philander and that gave me more chances to take wickets. Kleinveldt and Peterson bowled very well and they grabbed their chances. I thought Morne Morkel was unlucky to not pick up a couple more wickets. I am trying to bowl quick all the time and I was bowling in a nice rhythm. If I can bowl quickly and pick wickets, it boosts the morale of the team. Jacques Kallis has the golden arm and his wicket of Brownlie was crucial. Everybody plays their part in the team. I am pretty happy with my five wicket haul but there are more Tests to be played.'
Dale Steyn is the MoM for his haul of 8/65 in this match, including 5/17 in the first innings.
Brendon McCullum: 'It was a tough series against a No.1 side who are on top of the game. We have been well short of the mark. South Africa have been phenomenal in all departments. It is hard to put a finger on what went wrong. Our poor start in the first innings in both Tests put us on the back foot. When we came here, we wanted to perform well as a team. We are missing some key players but I am pleased with the attitude of some of the guys. We have been through some tough times and we hope to learn our lessons in the future. We are ready for the ODIs as this format is more to our liking. I hope that the new guys bring some enthusiasm to the team.'
For South Africa, they were clinical. The bowling, batting and fielding fired in unison in this match. Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel continued their wonderful bowling partnership while Rory Kleinveldt and Robin Peterson all chipped in at crucial times. The batting was fantastic with the top order, right from Graeme Smith till Dean Elgar producing superb knocks. In all, South Africa seem to possess no weak links ahead of the series against Pakistan.
The Kiwis were never in the game once they were restrcted to 62/9 in the first innings. Once they were bowled out for 121, the second innings was played with a lot more maturity. However, none of the batsmen managed to score big with only BJ Watling and Dean Brownlie stroking half centuries. This has been the story of the Test series. A disastrous batting performance in the first innings in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth resulted in New Zealand playing catch-up right from the start.
New Zealand could not even survive till lunch. Jacques Kallis drove the first nail into the coffin when he sent back Dean Brownlie just before the second new ball. Once the new ball was taken, Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn sliced through the lower order like a hot knife through butter. South Africa have won the match by an innings and 193 runs and have also whitewashed New Zealand 2-0.
End of over 87, 4 runs (. 4 . W )
NZ: 211/10
Neil Wagner - 4(13) This over: 4 runs
Jeetan Patel - 0(3) This over: 0 runs
Dale Steyn
(16.0 - 2 - 48 - 3)
86.4 Dale Steyn to Neil Wagner W
out Caught by de Villiers!! Steyn wraps up the match in style and RSA clinch the series 2-0. Short and pacy delivery on leg stump, Wagner looks to pull it to fine leg and the ball brushes the glove, de Villiers takes a simple catch to his right, this has been a clinical performance from the No.1 Test team. Wagner c de Villiers b Steyn 4(13) [4s-1]
3 wickets for Dale Steyn. Dale Steyn is on a roll.
10 wickets down for NZ. Out batsman is Neil Wagner. It is all over for NZ.
86.3 Dale Steyn to Neil Wagner 0
no run, pitched up and snaking back in on the off stump, Wagner defends it
86.2 Dale Steyn to Neil Wagner 4
FOUR, superb stroke to get off the mark, full and wide delivery outside off, Wagner bends the back leg and pings the drive to deep extra cover, the sound that came off Wagner's bat sounded a lot like Beethoven
86.1 Dale Steyn to Neil Wagner 0
no run, good length ball and bending back in just outside off, Wagner punches it to mid on
End of over 86, 0 runs (. . W . . . )
NZ: 207/9
Jeetan Patel - 0(3) This over: 0 runs
Neil Wagner - 0(9) This over: 0 runs
Morne Morkel
(16.2 - 6 - 36 - 2)
85.6 Morne Morkel to Jeetan Patel 0
no run, back of a length delivery and it again climbs up from the deck outside off, Jeetan tries to ride the bounce and gets beaten
maiden over bowled by Morne Morkel
85.5 Morne Morkel to Jeetan Patel 0
no run, full ball on the off stump, Jeetan is rooted to the crease as he jabs at it, the ball rolls to gully off the outside edge
85.4 Morne Morkel to Jeetan Patel 0
no run, good length ball speared in on middle, Jeetan defends it back to the bowler

Match details

Toss : South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first

Umpires : Ian Gould (Eng) and Kumar Dharmasena (SL)

TV umpire : Rod Tucker (Aus)

Match referee : David Boon (Aus)

Teams

South Africa : Graeme Smith(c), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers(wk), Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Rory Kleinveldt, Morne Morkel.

New Zealand : Brendon McCullum(c), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Dean Brownlie, Daniel Flynn, Colin Munro, BJ Watling(wk), Doug Bracewell, Neil Wagner, Jeetan Patel, Trent Boult.

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