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Kiwis blown away inside three days by Steyn

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As many as seventeen wickets fell on the third day’s play which was also the last day of the test series. New Zealand were whitewashed 0-2 with an innings and 59-run defeat in the second test at the Centurion. Dale Steyn was the Man of the Match and also the Man of the Series. He picked up a stunning six-wicket haul bowling just 10.3 overs today to bowl out New Zealand in just 34.3 overs.

Earlier in the day, Mark Gillespie ensured that the Test Match wasn’t going to prolong as he took a five-wicket haul on debut to restrict SA to 383. Hashim Amla could just get past his hundred before he was dismissed. Amla made 103 in 216 balls with 15 fours. The rest of the South African batting didn’t come to the party with the New Zealanders finding quick success. There was an irritating partnership towards the end from Andre Nel and Dale Steyn with both the fast bowlers scoring 25 each to give SA a lead of 195 runs. The SA innings lasted just 97.3 overs clearly indicating the difficulty of the pitch and weather conditions for the batsmen.

In their second innings, New Zealand lost its openers to Dale Steyn but then fought back through a partnership between Fleming and Styris which was broken by Kallis. Styris was the man falling for 21. Steyn then ran through the batting order with his six wickets. It was again Stephen Fleming putting up some sort of a fight, but again it was just a half century. He made 54 from 85 with 9 fours and a six before being Steyn’s third victim. Fleming could get a bit of support from Brendon McCullum (21) who was only third Kiwi to get into double figures in the second innings. New Zealand got demolished for 136 in their second innings giving an innings victory for the home side. Ntini and Kallis could take a wicket each. Craig Cumming, who was injured on the first day couldn’t take any part in the match leaving New Zealand with just nine wickets in both the innings.

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