Wicketkeeper BJ Watling provided a rare highlight for New
Zealand as it seemed to be plunging to a huge defeat in the
second test against South Africa last night.
Watling took the attack to the South Africans with a gutsy,
technically strong 63 off 87 balls on the third morning to
hold up South Africa's march to a massive victory and a 2-0
At lunch, having been rolled for 121, New Zealand was three
for none in its second innings, Brendon McCullum and Martin
Guptill on one each, trailing overall by 401 runs.
Watling and Northern Districts team-mate Trent Boult shared
the biggest stand of the innings, 59 for the last wicket, a
record against South Africa, eclipsing the 57 of Simon Doull
and Richard de Groen at Johannesburg in 1994.
Until the pair came together it had been another grim period
for New Zealand, which began the day at 47 for six responding
to South Africa's 525 for eight declared.
Superb fast bowling from world No 1 Dale Steyn swept through
Doug Bracewell, Neil Wagner and Jeetan Patel in the space of
11 deliveries, his five for 17 giving him a 19th bag of five
or more wickets in a test innings.
Bracewell edged to the wicketkeeper after battling 44 balls;
Wagner went lbw for a duck before Patel produced another
dreadful demonstration of how not to bat in any form of the
Having backed away repeatedly in the first test at Cape Town,
he did the same and lost his off stump to his third ball.
Coupled with his inability to make headway with his offspin
in South Africa's innings, this should be his last test.
New Zealand was reeling at 62 for nine, but Watling cut
expertly, drove with confidence and in Boult found a gritty
It carried New Zealand past the previous low at St George's
Park, 84 by South Africa against England in 1889.
The rot had begun on day two when New Zealand collapsed again
against South Africa's pace attack when it staggered to 47
for six in its first innings.
The pace duo of Steyn and Rory Kleinveldt ended the day with
figures of two for 14 and two for 18 respectively, while
left-arm spinner Robin Peterson claimed two wickets in two
In South Africa's first innings, Hashim Amla, Faf Du Plessis
and Dean Elgar all reached three figures for the world No 1
Du Plessis, who began day two on 69, eventually scored 137
off 252 balls with 14 fours and two sixes before he became
medium-pacer Munro's first test wicket when he was caught in
Elgar brought up his first ton, in his third test, off what
turned out to be the last ball of South Africa's innings to
end not out on 103 off 170 deliveries with 14 fours and a
Amla added just four runs to his overnight total before he
was caught down the leg-side by keeper Watling off a delivery
from left-arm seamer Trent Boult to be out for for 110 off
By David Leggat.