Vernon Philander took the wicket of Kane Williamson in the second innings © AFP
Vernon Philander took the wicket of Kane Williamson in the second innings © AFP

Dale Steyn struck twice in his first over as New Zealand made a disastrous start after being set a near-impossible target on the fourth day of the second Test against South Africa on Tuesday. Two more wickets fell in the next three overs as New Zealand, set to make 400 to win, limped to 18 for four at lunch. Steyn bowled Tom Latham with the first ball of the final innings, then had Latham’s fellow opener, Martin Guptill, caught at first slip, also for a first ball duck. The magnitude of New Zealand’s task was shown in the second over when captain and first innings top-scorer Kane Williamson was struck a painful blow on the left hand by a ball from Vernon Philander which reared up off a good length. He required lengthy treatment before resuming his innings.  FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs New Zealand, 2nd Test at Centurion

The team physiotherapist went onto the field twice more to treat the player before Williamson was caught behind off Philander for five. In between, Ross Taylor was trapped leg before wicket by an unplayable ball from Steyn, which skidded through barely above ankle height off a pitch with increasingly unpredictable bounce. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: South Africa vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 4

Latham tried to leave the ball from Steyn that bowled him but it lifted sharply and bounced off his raised bat onto the stumps. Guptill, a heavy scorer in limited overs international cricket, again raised doubts about his technique in Test cricket when he edged a ball that seamed away from him.

In three innings in the truncated series, Latham and Guptill scored a combined 23 runs and the highest total at the fall of the second wicket was 13, putting pressure on Williamson and the remaining batsmen.

South Africa added 27 runs in 13 overs, for the loss of Philander’s wicket before declaring their second innings on 132 for seven. Temba Bavuma made 40 not out. Tim Southee bowled Philander and finished with three for 46.

Brief scores

South Africa 481 for 8 dec. (Faf du Plessis 112*, JP Duminy 88; Neil Wagner 5 for 86) & 132 for 7 dec. Quinton de Kock 50; Tim Southee 3 for 46) lead New Zealand 214 (Kane Williamson 70; Kagiso Rabada 3 for 51) & 18 for 4 (Henry Nicholls 7*, BJ Watling 5*, Dale Steyn 3 for 9) by 381 runs