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South Africa v New Zealand, 1st Test, Centurion Park, 5th day

Steyn and Ntini rout New Zealand

The Report by Andrew Miller

April 19, 2006

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New Zealand 327 and 120 (Ntini 5-51, Steyn 5-47) lost to South Africa 276 and 299 (de Villiers 97, Kallis 62) by 128 runs
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How they were out



Dale Steyn and Graeme Smith celebrate a comprehensive 128-run victory on the final morning at Centurion © Getty Images
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New Zealand's resistance lasted just six overs on the final morning at Centurion, as Makhaya Ntini and Dale Steyn combined to complete the job they had started with the new ball the previous evening. Ntini took 5 for 51, and ten in the match, and Steyn took 5 for 47, his best haul in Test cricket.

Most of the New Zealand resistance came from a pugnacious 38 from Daniel Vettori, who decided from the very first over that attack was the best form of defence. Following on from his 81 in the first innings, he took the attack to Ntini and Steyn, latching on to anything short to crack four fours in the first four overs of the day.

But all South Africa needed was one breakthrough and the resistance swiftly crumbled. They should have had it when Hamish Marshall edged a full swinging delivery from Steyn, only for Boeta Dippenaar to drop the chance at first slip, but Marshall had not added to his 25 when Ntini blasted him from the crease with a superb angled lifter that grazed the edge of a limp bat.

One over later, and Vettori's vigil was over, as Steyn tempted him to go for the cut, but cramped him for room with his extra bounce. The deficit was still a whopping 129 runs, and with the last pair of Chris Martin and James Franklin at the crease, few doubted there would be much hanging around. Sure enough, Martin failed to get in line to Steyn, and lost his middle stump to complete an emphatic 128-run hammering.

How they were out

New Zealand

Peter Fulton c Boucher b Ntini 4 (5 for 1)
Lifter took shoulder of the bat

Kyle Mills c Dippenaar b Ntini 0 (5 for 2)
First slip diving forward and right to hold low edge

Stephen Fleming c Kallis b Steyn 6 (17 for 3)
Loose shot to outswinger

Scott Styris c Boucher b Steyn (23 for 4)
Regulation outside edge

Nathan Astle c de Villiers b Ntini 2 (26 for 5)
Back-foot slash to third slip

Jacob Oram b Ntini 2 (28 for 6)
Ball scooted through, took off stump

Brendon McCullum c Dippenaar b Steyn 33 (73 for 7)
Forcing edge to first slip

Hamish Marshall c Boucher b Ntini 25 (119 for 8)
Fast and climbing, angled in. Thin edge

Daniel Vettori c Boucher b Steyn 38 (119 for 9)
Thin nick to ambitious swish

Chris Martin b Steyn 0 (120 for 10)
Fast and full, lost middle stump

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo

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Andrew Miller Andrew Miller was saved from a life of drudgery in the City when his car caught fire on the way to an interview. He took this as a sign and fled to Pakistan where he witnessed England's historic victory in the twilight at Karachi (or thought he did, at any rate - it was too dark to tell). He then joined Wisden Online in 2001, and soon graduated from put-upon photocopier to a writer with a penchant for comment and cricket on the subcontinent. In addition to Pakistan, he has covered England tours in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the World Cup in the Caribbean in 2007
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