Proteas close in on victory against Kiwis

Published: Sunday, November 11, 2007, 16:51 [IST]
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Johannesburg: Fast bowler Dale Steyn struck twice as South Africa moved closer to victory on the fourth day of the first Test against New Zealand at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

New Zealand, set 531 to win, were 148 for six at lunch and faced a hopeless task against South Africa's pace attack on a pitch of variable bounce.

All-rounder Jacob Oram, batting with a runner after straining a hamstring while bowling Saturday, led New Zealand's resistance with an unbeaten 40.

Steyn followed up his first innings haul of five for 34 with figures of three for 45, taking two of the three wickets which fell Sunday morning.

It took only nine balls for South Africa to make the first breakthrough of the day after New Zealand resumed on 57 for three. Steyn dismissed Scott Styris for 16 when the batsman gloved a catch down the leg-side to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher.

Brendon McCullum was peppered with short deliveries and took a painful blow on the left forearm as well as being hit on the right glove. But McCullum made 26 before fending Steyn to Herschelle Gibbs at gully.

Michael Papps, selected as an opening batsman but only able to bat at number seven after being off the field all day Saturday because of illness, made only five before steering Jacques Kallis' first delivery of the innings to Graeme Smith at first slip.


South Africa first innings 226
New Zealand first innings 118
South Africa second innings 422-3 dec
New Zealand second innings
C. Cumming c Smith b Steyn 7
S. Fleming c Smith b Nel 17
S. Styris c Boucher b Steyn 16
R. Taylor c Kallis b Nel 4
B. McCullum c Gibbs b Steyn 26
J. Oram not out 40
M. Papps c Smith b Kallis 5
D. Vettori not out 22
Extras b7, lb1, nb1, w2 11
Total 6 wkts, 42 overs 148
Fall of wkts: 1-12, 2-34, 3-39, 4-60, 5-90, 6-109
Bowling: Steyn 12-1-45-3 (1nb)
Ntini 13-0-42-0
Nel 12-1-37-2 (2w)
Kallis 3-0-15-1
Harris 2-1-1-0

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