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South Africa in command despite New Zealand resistance

South Africa in command despite New Zealand resistance

South Africa are just six wickets away from inflicting another innings defeat to New Zealand in the second Test at Port Elizabeth © Getty Images

Port Elizabeth: Jan 13, 2013

South Africa were on track for another impressive triumph when they claimed four New Zealand second innings wickets on the third afternoon of the second and final Test at St George’s Park on Sunday.

New Zealand were 157 for four at the close, still 247 runs short of avoiding an innings defeat, after being forced to follow on 404 runs behind.

Dale Steyn took five for 17 as New Zealand were bowled out for 121 in their first innings.

On a hot, sunny day, in contrast to the overcast, swing-friendly conditions in which New Zealand crashed to 47 for six on Saturday, South Africa were made to work far harder for their wickets second time around.

“The pitch has definitely flattened out,” said Steyn. “It was the best day for batting. We’d love to have got another wicket but to have them four down, we’re happy with that.

“We’re 13 overs away from the second new ball, so if we can knock one over tomorrow with this older ball we can hopefully get that second new ball to talk.”

Left-arm spin bowler Robin Peterson took the first two wickets in the second innings and fast bowler Rory Kleinveldt followed up with two wickets off successive deliveries.

New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling followed up an impressive first innings of 63 — more than half his team’s total — with 41 not out as he shared an unbeaten fifth wicket stand of 73 with Dean Brownlie (44 not out) to delay South Africa’s progress.

“It was tough but very enjoyable,” said Watling.

“There’s no place I’d rather be than out there against the best. You learn and you get better. The bounce is a bit variable but it’s still a reasonable track. We will try to go out on Monday morning and keep wearing them (the bowlers) out.”

Captain Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill made a cautious start in the second innings as New Zealand set out to try to avoid their second successive innings defeat.

They saw off the new ball attack of Steyn and Morne Morkel as they put on 40 for the first wicket.

But McCullum fell to Peterson for the third time in as many innings to provide South Africa with their first breakthrough.

After being dismissed by Peterson in the second innings in the first Test at Cape Town, and in the first innings in the current match, McCullum played Peterson with exaggerated caution before missing a delivery which went straight on and trapped him leg before wicket for 11.

Kane Williamson, on 11, attempted an aggressive back foot shot against Peterson but was bowled by a ball which kept low.

Guptill made 48 before he went back to a ball from Kleinveldt which veered in and hit his offstump and Daniel Flynn was out first ball for his second duck of the match when he edged Kleinveldt to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers.

Steyn had a spell of three wickets for three runs in five overs on Sunday morning to reduce New Zealand to 62 for nine in reply to South Africa’s 525 for eight declared.

But Watling went on the attack and added 59 for the last wicket with Trent Boult (17 not out) before Watling was last man out, caught at first slip off Morkel.

It was a record 10th wicket stand for New Zealand against South Africa.

Watling followed up a marathon 42 during New Zealand’s innings defeat in the first Test with another composed, impressive performance. He faced 87 balls and hit 13 boundaries.

Brief Score: South Africa 525 for 8 dec. (Faf du Plessis 137, Hashim Amla 110, Dean Elgar 103*; Doug Bracewell 2 for 85) lead New Zealand 121 & 157 for 4 (Dean Brownlie 44*, BJ Watling 41*, Martin Guptill 40; Robin Peterson 2 for 29, Rory Klienveldt 2 for 31) by 247 runs

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