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New Zealand on the brink as Steyn whittles them out

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Dale Steyn took five wickets as New Zealand were forced to follow on 404 runs behind on the third day of the second and final Test against South Africa at St George’s Park on Sunday. New Zealand were 64 for two in their second innings with Martin Guptill (40) and Dean Brownlie (0) at the crease. Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson were earlier dismissed by Robin Petersen for 11 runs each. 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 the first innings in reply to South Africa’s 525 for eight declared. He finished with five for 17.

Defiant Watling holds on

BJ Watling made a defiant 63 and added 59 for the last wicket with Trent Boult (17 not out) to enable New Zealand to reach 121 before Watling was last man out. It was a record tenth wicket stand for New Zealand against South Africa. Watling came up with another composed, impressive performance.

Watling and Doug Bracewell survived the first half hour on Sunday after New Zealand resumed at 47 for six. But Steyn’s probing line just outside off stump finally induced Bracewell to edge the ball to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers. Neil Wagner and Jeetan Patel both fell to Steyn without scoring. Steyn was rested, presumably with an eye to bowling in the second innings, and Watling and Boult went for their shots against Rory Kleinveldt and Robin Peterson. South African captain Graeme Smith was forced to bring back Morkel and the fast bowler dismissed Watling with his fourth ball.AFP


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