Newlands - South Africa bowled out New Zealand
for just 45 in the first Test on Wednesday, confirming their status as
the world's number one side in a demolition that saw Dale Steyn take his
300th wicket in the five day game.
But Steyn's two for 18, in
which he reached the landmark 300 by bowling Doug Bracewell for two, was
overshadowed by a devastating spell from Vernon Philander, who ended
the first innings with figures of five for seven.
Philander's achievement was all the more remarkable as he had been an injury doubt going into the match.
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Morkel picked up the three remaining New Zealand wickets for 14, as
only Kane Williamson managed to reach double figures (13) during their
capitulation in just 19.2 overs.
Steyn's achievement in his 61st
Test means that only Australia's Dennis Lillee and Muttiah Muralitharan
of Sri Lanka have reached the milestone in fewer matches. Lillee managed
it in 56 Tests and Muralitharan in 58.
West Indian quick Malcolm Marshall and Richard Hadlee of New Zealand both also reached 300 wickets in 61 matches.
"It's an unbelievable achievement," said South African captain Graeme Smith.
our go-to guy. He's got there really quickly. He always seems to make
an impact for us. He's the type of guy as a captain he's an asset to
have. You can throw him the ball and you know he'll make a play for you
somewhere during the Test match.
"When he gets that bit between his teeth you really start to see things happening."
Zealand won the toss and decided to bat on a pitch which appeared to
have a good covering of grass, which proved to help the bowlers in the
early stages of the match.
South Africa fielded the team that won
the third and final Test against Australia in Perth last month, when
they confirmed their ranking as the number one team in the world.
New Zealand were led for the first time in a Test match by Brendon
McCullum. The Kiwis have been hit by injuries and the withdrawal of
former captain and star batsman Ross Taylor.Teams:
South Africa: Graeme Smith (captain), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB
de Villiers (wk), Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Robin Peterson, Vernon
Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel.
Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (captain), Kane Williamson, Dean Brownlie,
Daniel Flynn, BJ Watling (wk), James Franklin, Doug Bracewell, Jeetan
Patel, Trent Boult, Chris Martin.