South Africa's players celebrate the wicket of New
Zealand's BJ Watling on day four of their second test in
Port Elizabeth. REUTERS/Rogan Ward
New Zealand capitulated lamely before lunch on the fourth
day of the second test against South Africa, crashing to an
innings and 193-run defeat at St George's Park.
Starting the day at 157 for four, trailing by 247, overnight
pair Dean Brownlie and BJ Watling got through the first half
hour unscathed but once Brownlie was removed, the end came
The final wicket fell 35 minutes before lunch.
The last five wickets tumbled for just eight runs in the
space of 30 balls as pace kings Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel
wiped out the tail, New Zealand finishing on 211.
The teams now turn their attention to the three-match ODI
series, starting in Paarl on Saturday night (NZT).
It was New Zealand's 23rd test loss to South Africa in 40
matches and completed a grim fortnight for the tourists.
They were comprehensively outplayed by the world's best team,
but even allowing for that, New Zealand need to take a hard
look at themselves, as they were below acceptable standards
too often in the series.
Watling completed his second half century of the test with a
crisp four behind point off burly seamer Rory Kleinveldt, and
Brownlie followed Watling to that mark shortly after, having
grafted 166 minutes and 129 balls, with eight fours.
The pair resumed last night, having come together half an
hour after tea on the third day, and were relatively
untroubled through the opening half hour from Kleinveldt and
spinner Robbie Petersen.
The new ball, due after 13 overs last night, posed the big
question. If Watling and Brownlie could safely negotiate the
initial burst from speedster Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel it
would be a significant achievement.
However, champion allrounder Jacques Kallis had other ideas
and enticed Brownlie to chase a ball outside his off stump
and edge a catch to the wicketkeeper just before the new ball
The partnership had produced 98 runs from 219 balls.
Watling's form in this match, in which he has been the most
technically proficient New Zealand batsman, against raised
the question of where he should bat when England arrive next
He began his test career as a specialist opener against
Pakistan in 2009, making an unbeaten 60 on debut in Napier.
However, the problem with putting him back up the order is
his other task of wicketkeeping. Opening and taking the
gloves is a stretch these days.
Colin Munro, after a duck in his first test innings, didn't
look comfortable against Petersen's spin but Morkel's fifth
delivery with the new ball had him caught at third slip for
15 and the tail abjectly failed to wag.
Man of the match Steyn took three for 48 to finish with eight
for 65 in the match.
He ended Watling's resistance with a cracking delivery which
clipped the outside of his off stump. Watling's second 63 of
the match came off 117 balls with 11 fours.
Doug Bracewell, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner were whisked away
in no time.
- David Leggat