Vernon Philander produced the best figures of his remarkable early career for South Africa to wrap up the second Test against New Zealand by nine wickets inside three days on Saturday.

The tourists needed just 20 overs to reach the 101-run target in Hamilton, after New Zealand's second innings crumbled under Philander's brilliant swing bowling to be all out for 168.

Skipper Graeme Smith was not out 55 with Hashim Amla on 46 as South Africa made 103 for one. Smith ended the one-sided match at Seddon Park with a boundary off Rob Nicol.

But the big win was set up by the 26-year-old Philander.

Playing in only his sixth Test, he produced the best bowling of his brief career of six for 44 to give him match figures of ten for 114 and the man-of-the-match award.

He now boasts Test career statistics of five five-wicket hauls and a total of 45 wickets at an average 13.6 runs apiece, closing the gap with team-mate Dale Steyn who is the world's top ranked bowler.

“If he keeps going the way he is then he'll get there pretty soon,” Smith said.

“It's terrific because they all work together and they know their roles but they all want to be successful in their own right, egging each other on.”

New Zealand captain Ross Taylor admitted his side folded under the pressure imposed by Philander and Steyn, who finished with match figures of five for 80.

New Zealand resumed the day at 65 for four, three runs in arrears, with Kane Williamson and Daniel Vettori (21) forging a dogged stand at the crease.

Williamson took 41 balls to advance from his overnight score of 41 to make a half century and Vettori was just as watchful as Philander and Dale Steyn swung the ball.

The hosts nudged the score to 99 before captain Smith brought in Jacques Kallis, who broke the partnership with a short ball which reared up, flicking Vettori on the gloves for Mark Boucher to take the simplest of catches.

Philander then returned to wrap up the innings with an outstanding spell of bowling in which he took four for 14 in 18 balls.

He took Kruger van Wyk (20) before lunch and then New Zealand's anchor Williamson for 77 immediately after the break.

Mark Gillespie belted two fours and a six off Philander in one over before he was caught behind and the rampaging South African bowled Chris Martin for a duck to wrap up the Kiwi innings for 168, to go with their first innings 185.

With a small total to defend and more than two days remaining, New Zealand had no option but to attack and it claimed the wicket of Alviro Petersen in the second over when he played back to Doug Bracewell and edged the ball to South Africa-born wicketkeeper van Wyk.

But that was to be the Black Caps' only success. South Africa leads the three-Test series 1-0, after rain spoiled any chance of a result in the first Test.

The third and final match starts in Wellington next Friday. — AFP

New Zealand — 1st innings: 185

South Africa — 1st innings: 253

New Zealand — 2nd innings: R. Nicol b Philander 1, M. Guptill c Amla b Steyn 1, B. McCullum lbw b Philander 5, R. Taylor lbw b Steyn 17, K. Williamson c Boucher b Philander 77, D. Vettori c Boucher b Kallis 21, K. van Wyk b Philander 20, D. Bracewell b Morkel 0, M. Gillespie c Boucher b Philander 14, B. Arnel (not out) 8, C. Martin b Philander 0; Extras (lb-4): 4; Total (in 67.5 overs): 168.

Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-7, 3-7, 4-64, 5-99, 6-141, 7-142, 8-142, 9-160.

South Africa bowling: Steyn 16-5-31-2, Philander 15.5-3-44-6, Morkel 13-5-26-1, Tahir 17-2-52-0, Kallis 6-3-11-1

South Africa — 2nd innings: A. Petersen c van Wyk b Bracewell 1, G. Smith (not out) 55, H. Amla (not out) 46; Extras (nb-1): 1; Total (for one wkt. in 19.5 overs): 103.

Fall of wicket: 1-5.

New Zealand bowling: Martin 3-1-18-0, Bracewell 5-0-14-1, Vettori 2-0-2-0, Gillespie 4-0-24-0, Arnel 3-0-18-0, Williamson 2-0-23-0, Nicol 0.5-0-4-0.

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