New Zealand's Dean Brownlie plays a shot during the third day of their first cricket Test match against South Africa in Cape Town. Photo by Reuters
South Africa completed an innings victory over New Zealand
within three days in a result which was never in doubt after
the visitors collapsed to 45 all out before lunch on the
opening day of the first test.
Dean Brownlie's maiden test century helped New Zealand to 232
for five at lunch on the third day after South Africa had
declared their first innings closed at 347 for eight on
However five wickets fell for 23 runs in a lower order
collapse in the second session and the New Zealanders ended
up 27 runs short of making the world number one side bat
Brownlie, who had been brought into the team as a replacement
for Ross Taylor who opted out of the tour after he was
replaced as captain by Brendon McCullum, resumed on day three
with wicketkeeper BJ Watling, who was on 10.
The duo were resolute in the morning session and a frustrated
Proteas' outfit were forced to watch as Brownlie reached his
century with a big six over long-off from the bowling of
South Africa eventually got their man in the penultimate over
before lunch as Brownlie cut a Morne Morkel delivery straight
to Alviro Petersen on the point boundary having made 109.
Watling and James Franklin continued to frustrate the Proteas
in the first hour following the break as they looked to avoid
an innings defeat.
Three dropped catches had marred the hosts fielding display
on day two and Franklin was next to be given a reprieve as ro
Petersen grassed his second chance of the innings at gully.
A double-strike by Vernon Philander shortly before the drinks
break crippled the New Zealand innings though, as Watling
edged to first slip and was out for 42.
Doug Bracewell was caught at gully for a duck to reduce the
Black Caps to 252 for seven and Jeetan Patel (8) was clearly
rattled by the fearsome pace of Dale Steyn before eventually
chopping on to his stumps.
The final two wickets fell in quick succession, as Franklin
too played on to his stumps for 22 having lasted 103 minutes
to leave New Zealand on the brink at 274 for nine.
The test match ended in a fittingly shambolic fashion for the
Black Caps when Chris Martin was run out one delivery later
without having faced a ball after being sent back by Trent
Philander won the man-of-the-match award for his match
figures of 7-83, which included five for seven in the first
innings. He has now captured 74 wickets in 13 tests at 17.40
runs each since making his debut in November 2011.
"I think it's a special attack, it's a special place. This
unit, and the way we operate, having each guy know his role,"
he told a news conference.
"There's days where he (Steyn) attacks and I do a holding
job, and then vice versa. I think as a unit, we understand
each other well and that's the way we operate.
"I think with the intensity of our bowling lineup we're going
to exploit the weaknesses somewhere along the line. I think
Brownlie played exceptionally well, but giving his wicket
away there just opened up the whole tail to our bowlers."
McCullum also praised the qusality of the South African pace
"The Australian attack of a few years ago was pretty
relentless as well and it's no surprise that they were the
number one in the world at that stage as well with the
ability to take 20 wickets," he said.
"This South African team posseses that too and they keep
coming hard at you and constantly put you under pressure.
Their seam attack is right up there in terms of the best
attacks and is certainly the number one attack in the world
at the moment.
"It's pretty disappointing to lose a test match inside three
days. It hurts immensely and there were a very disappointed
bunch of lads in the change room after day one and that