Morkel, Philander strikes leave New Zealand struggling at 144/5 at tea

Vernon Philander dismissed New Zealand batsmen Rob Nicol and Kane Williamson Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Dunedin: Mar 8, 2012

South Africa pacers Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel bagged two wickets each to help their side gain momentum in the post lunch session and restricted New Zealand to 144 for five at tea on Thursday on the second day of the first Test.

Philander continued his good form dismissing Rob Nicol (6) in the first session and Kane Williamson (11) whereas Morkel bowled Kiwi opener Martin Guptill for 16.

Morkel also bagged the key wicket of New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor for 44, which included seven boundaries.

Brendon McCullum missed out on a half-century when he fell for 48 off 102 balls to Imran Tahir. McCullum hit six boundaries in his knock.

New Zealand trail by a further 94 runs.

Earlier, New Zealand made a solid start to their first innings after dismissing South Africa for 238 on the second day of the first Test at University Oval on Thursday.

South Africa resumed the day on 191 for seven, needing Jacques Rudolph to combine with the lower order to post a competitive total and the tourists put on an extra 47 runs before they were all out.

Rudolph brought up his 10th Test half century in the fourth over of the day but New Zealand claimed three wickets in the opening 45 minutes of play to wrap up the innings.

The Black Caps were 40-1 heading into the lunch break, with opener Martin Guptill (16) and Brendon McCullum (18) looking comfortable at the crease.

Brief Scores: South Africa 238 all-out (Hashim Amla 62, Graeme Smith 53, Jacques Rudolph 52; Chris Martin 4 for 56, Doug Bracewell 2 fpr 52) lead New Zealand 144 for 5 (Brendon McCullum 48, Ross Taylor 44; Vernon Philander 2 for 27, Morne Morkel 2 for 37) by 94 runs.

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