Bangalore: South Africa cemented their position at the top of the ICC Test rankings with a second innings victory in as many Tests against New Zealand at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Monday (January 14).
South Africa, who had scored an innings and 27-run win in the first Test in Cape Town, were even more ruthless in the second as they cruised to victory by an innings and 193 runs in the first session of the fourth day’s play to sweep the series 2-0.
New Zealand, shot out for just 121 in their first innings in response to South Africa’s 525 for eight declared, had resumed their second innings on 157 for four, but once Jacques Kallis ended the enterprising fifth-wicket stand between Dean Brownlie and BJ Watling, the bottom fell out of their batting as they were shot out for 211
South Africa looked set for a long haul on an extremely blustery morning when Brownlie and Watling extended their association to 98, batting without being too troubled. South Africa seemed to be waiting for the second new ball to do the trick when Kallis elicited a loose shot from Brownlie to a widish delivery outside offstump, the resultant nick easily pouched by AB de Villiers behind the stumps. Brownlie, who made a century in the second innings in Cape Town, made a patient 53.
That made it 182 for five, and triggered a stunning collapse as Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn made merry with the second new ball. Steyn, who had wrecked New Zealand with five for 17 in the first innings, produced a beauty to get past Watling’s defences, and the rest was just routine stuff for South Africa.
New Zealand lost their last six wickets for just 29 runs, Steyn wrapping up the game by having Neil Wagner caught behind for match figures of eight for 65.
The teams will now meet in a three-match One-Day International series, with the first game starting in Paarl on January 19.