Player of the Match
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    0.4 gone, but a tough call! Steyn pitches full and straight, slides the ball into Vincent as he shuffles back and drives from the crease, the bat turning in his hands, and he's struck outside the line, so a poor call from umpire Benson because that ball was missing leg stump 4/1
    2.3 another opener down, leg before! Papps goes, caught in the crease as he plays back to a full delivery pitching just outside off stump and coming in to clip the flap of the back bad in front of off, Steyn belts out the appeal and Benson raises the finger of fate, that looked out 9/2
    30.6 nailed! Fullish on about leg stump, straightens and swings down to hit Fleming in front of leg stump as the bat comes down late, Steyn and the slips go up and after a thought Benson agrees with that one .... replays indicate the ball pitched outside leg stump and may have slid down. In real time, however, it looked out. 117/5
    19.5 and thats out! Similar delivery and similar shot, the attempted off-drive from Styris, but he's not so lucky with the outside edge this time, steering it straight into second slip's lap! 69/3
    20.6 but his aggression is short-lived! Nel pitches full, marginally outside leg stump, Taylor is caught on the knee roll deep in his crease, they all belt out an appeal but umpire Benson shakes his head ... but check this out ... Amla collects the ball as it rolls toward him, looks up and sees Taylor's out of his crease, and smartly flicks the ball onto the stumps and dislodges the bails! What thinking to get rid of Taylor and don't his team-mates love it? 78/4
    32.2 outswing does the trick! Good delivery, pitching full and deviating away after sucking McCullum into a faulty attempted leg-side shot, he gets a thick outside-edge which flies into Smith's safe hands at first slip! 128/6
    33.6 oh de Villiers you beauty! Dives full stretch to his right left at cover, going upwards, and plucks a complete stunner to get rid of the captain, leaning forward and driving a half-volley on the up! South Africa one away from victory! Some effort that by an acrobatic de Villiers 136/8
    32.6 call it the commentator's curse but he edges the next delivery! Full and wide, again swinging away and drawing him forward, from deep in the crease, and the thick outside edge flies low and hard to Kallis at second slip! Thats another five-wicket haul for Steyn! 128/7
    34.3 all over! Steyn gets ten in the match for the second consecutive Test as he splays the stumps! Simple death, pitching full on middle stump, swinging, and sneaking through his shaky defensive and South Africa fairly explode on the pitch in raucous celebration! An innings and 59-run hands them the series 2-0! 136/10
    not out
    absent hurt
    11 (b 1, lb 9, nb 1)
    136 all out (34.3 Overs, RR: 3.94, 162 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-4 (L Vincent, 0.4 ov), 2-9 (MHW Papps, 2.3 ov), 3-69 (SB Styris, 19.5 ov), 4-78 (LRPL Taylor, 20.6 ov), 5-117 (SP Fleming, 30.6 ov), 6-128 (BB McCullum, 32.2 ov), 7-128 (MR Gillespie, 32.6 ov), 8-136 (DL Vettori, 33.6 ov), 9-136 (IE O'Brien, 34.3 ov)
    DW Steyn10.314964.6601
    M Ntini12.043913.2500
    A Nel7.022002.8500
    JH Kallis5.021813.6000

Match Details


New Zealand , elected to bat first

Series result

South Africa won the 2-match series 2-0

Player of the match

Player of the series

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30

Match days

16,17,18 November 2007 (5-day match)

Test debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Fri, 16 Nov - day 1 - New Zealand 1st innings 187/8 (DL Vettori 16*, CS Martin 0*, 56 ov)
  • Sat, 17 Nov - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 272/3 (HM Amla 89*, AG Prince 8*, 66 ov)
  • Sun, 18 Nov - day 3 - New Zealand 2nd innings 136 (34.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes