South Africa complete rout of Kiwis
Updated: Friday, 04 Jan 2013 14:02
South Africa finalised an innings and 27-run hammering of New Zealand midway through the third day of the opening Test in Cape Town.
The Proteas fast-paced success, their fifth biggest Test win over New Zealand, was all but secured after they bowled the tourists out for just 45 on the opening morning.
The Black Caps were never likely to recover from slumping to their lowest ever total against South Africa, beating the 79 they managed at Johannesburg in 1954, and only Dean Brownlie's maiden century today stretched the contest beyond halfway of the scheduled five days.
Victory ensured South Africa, the top-ranked Test nation, will go an 11th series without defeat before the second and final match in Port Elizabeth begins on 11 January.
Seamer Vernon Philander was named man of the match, after he inspired the opening-day demolition with five for seven, although he and his team-mates were at least made to toil by Brownlie today.
The 28-year-old right-hander temporarily gave New Zealand hope they could at least force South Africa to bat again after posting his first Test century in his eighth match.
That had looked a forlorn hope yesterday when South Africa declared their first innings on 347 for eight to take a mammoth 302-run lead.
But after withstanding a rampant Proteas attack to reach the close last night on 69 Brownlie, who was born in Australia, duly continued his resistence this morning to reach three figures for the first time.
He did so without fear too, clubbing Robin Petersen for a pulled six to go to 98 before dancing down the wicket to the same bowler in his next over to again clear the rope and prompt his celebrations.
With overnight partner BJ Watling content to stonewall the duo looked set to bat out the morning session only for Brownlie to fall, in reckless style, to the new ball just before lunch.
His dismissal undermined the work he had done beforehand as he slashed at Morne Morkel, picking out Peterson on the rope, after he had reached 109.
New Zealand's tail then quickly followed after lunch as the Proteas eventually completed the job.
After his first-innings heroics Philander waited until his 22nd over to grab his first second-innings scalp when Watling (42) edged to Smith at first slip.
Bracewell failed to score when he then edged to slips in the next over from Philander, who now has 28 wickets at 14.57 in four Tests against New Zealand, before Dale Steyn bowled both James Franklin and Jeetan Patel.
The match ended in some farce as Chris Martin was needlessly run out, following Steyn's throw from the deep, for the 36th duck of his 71-Test career.