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WELL DONE: Dale Steyn (left), who bagged five wickets, being congratulated by teammate Paul Harris on Friday.
WELL DONE: Dale Steyn (left), who bagged five wickets, being congratulated by teammate Paul Harris on Friday.

Dale Steyn rips through the New Zealand batting line-up

JOHANNESBURG: Fast bowler Dale Steyn ripped through New Zealand’s batting as South Africa took control on the second day of the first Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday.

After Steyn’s spell destroyed the New Zealand first innings, Hashim Amla (85 batting) and Jacques Kallis (76 batting) shared an unbeaten 159-run stand as South Africa reached 179 for two at the close in its second innings, an overall lead of 287.

Steyn took career-best figures of five for 34 as New Zealand was bowled out for 118.

Dismal show

Former captain Stephen Fleming made 40 and the next best score in a dismal batting performance was Ross Taylor’s 15.

New Zealand, resuming at 41 for two, quickly lost nightwatchman Shane Bond, bowled by a Steyn yorker, before Ntini claimed the crucial wicket of Fleming, who was well caught by AB de Villiers diving to his left at third slip.

Three wickets fell in three overs as New Zealand limped to lunch at 97 for seven after adding only 56 for the loss of five wickets in the morning session.

Steyn and Ntini needed only 21 deliveries after lunch to wrap up the innings.

Batsmen continued to struggle when South Africa started its second innings, with openers Herschelle Gibbs and captain Graeme Smith dismissed cheaply. But Amla, who was dropped by wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum off Bond when he was on two, and Kallis dug in with careful batting to sap the energy out of the New Zealand bowlers. — AFP

SCOREBOARD

 South Africa — 1st innings: G. Smith b Martin 1, H. Gibbs c Fleming b Martin 63, H. Amla c McCullum b Bond 12, J. Kallis c McCullum b O’Brien 29, A. Prince c Fleming b Bond 1, A.B. de Villiers c Oram b Bond 33, M. Boucher c Papps b Vettori 43, A. Nel c McCullum b Bond 15, P. Harris lbw b Vettori 3, D. Steyn c McCullum b Martin 13, M. Ntini (not out) 0; Extras (lb-6, w-1, nb-6): 13; Total (in 74.3 overs): 226.

Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-20, 3-73, 4-92, 5-141, 6-162, 7-182, 8-195, 9-219.

New Zealand bowling: Bond 17-1-73-4, Martin 17.3-3-67-3, Oram 12-3-31-0, O’Brien 10-4-23-1, Vettori 18-6-26-2.

New Zealand — 1st innings: C. Cumming lbw b Steyn 12, M. Papps c de Villiers b Ntini 2, S. Fleming c de Villiers b Ntini 40, S. Bond b Steyn 1, S. Styris c Smith b Kallis 11, R. Taylor c Gibbs b Kallis 15, J. Oram c Kallis b Steyn 1, B. McCullum lbw b Steyn 9, D. Vettori c Harris b Ntini 7, I. O’Brien (not out) 14, C. Martin c Harris b Steyn 0; Extras (lb-5, nb-1): 6; Total (in 41.3 overs): 118.

Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-40, 3-54, 4-64, 5-83, 6-84, 7-88, 8-102, 9-118.

South Africa bowling: Steyn 14.3-3-34-5, Ntini 14-3-46-3, Nel 9-1-21-0, Kallis 4-0-11-2.

South Africa — 2nd innings: G. Smith b Martin 9, H. Gibbs c Papps b Bond 8, H. Amla (batting) 85, J. Kallis (batting) 76; Extras (b-1): 1; Total (for two wkts. in 55 overs): 179.

Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-20.

New Zealand bowling: Bond 12-1-48-1, Martin 12-3-25-1, Oram 8-1-23-0, O’Brien 10-2-38-0, Vettori 12-1-44-0, Styris 1-1-0-0.

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