Port Elizabeth: South Africa clinched the series against New Zealand with a seven-wicket win on the fifth day of the second Test at St George's Park on Monday.Opening batsman Gary Kirsten shepherded South Africa to their second win of the three-match series, making 47 not out. As in the first Test, which South Africa won by five wickets, the New Zealand bowlers and fielders showed spirit in defending a small target. After dismissing Boeta Dippenaar on Sunday, they claimed the wickets of Jacques Kallis (26) and Daryll Cullinan (11) before conceding defeat. Kallis struck five boundaries and was looking in good form until he top-edged a hook against Chris Martin and was caught at deep backward square leg.
Cullinan drove at an in swinger from Kerry Walmsley and was bowled between bat and pad. Neil McKenzie, who was named man of the match after scoring 120 in the first innings, hit a straight six off leg spinner Brooke Walker to take South Africa within two runs of victory before Kirsten hit Walker through the covers for four to finish the match. An eighth wicket stand of 136 between McKenzie and Nicky Boje was the turning point of the match. It enabled South Africa to take a 63-run first innings lead and New Zealand then batted poorly in the second innings to be bowled out for 148.
The third Test starts in Johannesburg Friday. South African fast bowler Allan Donald is a doubtful starter for the final Test because of a stomach muscle injury. Mfuneko Ngam, 21, from Eastern Province is on standby and is likely to win a first cap. South African physiotherapist Craig Smith said Donald would not play if there were any signs of the injury on the day before the game.Copyright @2000 AFP. All rights reserved