South Africa v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, 3rd day

New Zealand fight but still face huge defeat

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

January 13, 2013

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New Zealand 157 for 4 (Brownlie 44*, Watling 41*) and 121 (Watling 63, Steyn 5-17) trail South Africa 525 for 8 dec by 247 runs
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Robin Peterson celebrates, South Africa v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, 3rd day, January 13, 2013
Robin Peterson claimed two wickets in New Zealand's second innings © Associated Press

It shows how low expectations have sunk when taking a Test into a fourth day classes as a success. New Zealand showed more fight after inevitably being asked to follow-on in Port Elizabeth, but still closed 247 adrift on 157 for 4. South Africa could not quite conjure the quick finish, instead it was left to the supporting cast of Robin Peterson and Rory Kleinveldt to make the inroads.

During the morning it had been Dale Steyn's show as he finished with 5 for 17, his 19th five-wicket haul, but he could not quite repeat his venom second time around. New Zealand managed their first opening stand of any value, albeit still only worth 40, and having weathered the early challenge from the quicks it will have been galling to lose two to Peterson before tea. Kleinveldt's two-in-two balls then set the platform for a three-day finish, but BJ Watling, following a first-innings 63, and Dean Brownlie added an unbroken 73 for the fifth wicket.

Kleinveldt's first success was Martin Guptill, who had been given out in the first over of the innings, as the openers faced four overs before lunch, but was easily saved by the DRS which showed Steyn's bouncer only took arm and helmet, with no glove, to the keeper. Guptill, who has been a walking wicket in whites since the tour of Sri Lanka, did not suggest permanency early in his innings but steadily grew in confidence as he survived the initial spells of Steyn and Morne Morkel.

He was given the occasional leg-side delivery to relieve the pressure and his straight-driving, often on show in limited-overs cricket, made a pleasing appearance. Graeme Smith reviewed an lbw appeal by Kleinveldt which was shown to have jagged back too much and was only clipping, then Guptill responded by crashing the next ball through the off side.

However, when Kleinveldt returned for his second spell he won the battle. His third ball caught Guptill on the back foot and took the top of off stump. The batsman suggested the delivery had kept low, but he was let down by his footwork. The same can be said of Daniel Flynn who played a flat-footed drive to complete a desperate pair. He will be very lucky to retain his place, despite New Zealand's slim resources.

Smart stats

  • New Zealand's 121 is their fifth-lowest total against South Africa in Tests since South Africa's readmission. All five scores have come in Tests played in South Africa.
  • The lead of 404 is the largest ever for South Africa against New Zealand surpassing the 352 in Wellington in 1953. Click here for matches when New Zealand have batted first and here for matches when they have batted second.
  • BJ Watling scored 52.06% of the team runs in the first innings. John Reid holds the New Zealand record for the highest percentage of team runs in a completed innings (62.89%).
  • Dale Steyn's 5 for 17 is his 19th five-wicket haul in Tests. It is also his second-best bowling performance against New Zealand after the 6 for 49 in Centurion in 2007. Only Allan Donald (20 five-fors) is ahead of Steyn on the list of South African bowlers with the most five-wicket hauls.
  • Among bowlers who have picked up 50-plus wickets against New Zealand, Steyn has the second-best average (17.85) after Wasim Akram (17.01).
  • For the eighth time overall (against South Africa) and the fourth time since South Africa's readmission, nine or more New Zealand batsmen were dismissed for sub-20 scores.

Guptill had been the main run-scorer early on because Brendon McCullum played another innings contrary to his natural instincts, this time so much so that he dug himself into a hole. Clearly the captain feels under pressure not to gift his wicket, and that is understandable, but he has yet to define what sort of batsman he will be while also leading the side.

His 11 off 57 balls was his slowest Test innings over 10 (nudging ahead of his first-innings effort here) and was ended when he missed a straight delivery from Peterson which struck the back leg. Peterson settled into a probing, economical spell which allowed Smith to rotate his fast bowlers in short bursts. In the penultimate over of the session a ball skidded low and took the under-edge of Kane Williamson's cut shot into the stumps.

While New Zealand's top four have, on the whole, struggled painfully over these two Tests, Brownlie and Watling will emerge with their reputations enhanced. Brownlie showed the same counter-punching style he displayed at Newlands and Watling was quick to pick off anything loose, although also escaped with two edges off Kleinveldt - one went through the slips, the other off the inside edge past the keeper. Their resistance led to Smith bringing himself and Alviro Petersen on for rare overs as the day finished amid loud renditions of the national anthem but a slightly more sedate feel on the pitch.

During the morning New Zealand appeared to be hurtling towards another double-figure embarrassment as Steyn ripped through the lower order. However, Watling and Trent Boult added 59 for the last wicket, just three less than the other nine wickets beforehand.

Resuming on 47 for 6, which soon became 62 for 9, Steyn helped himself to a cheap haul. Doug Bracewell and Neil Wagner received testing, swinging, deliveries but Jeetan Patel again showed no stomach for the battle as he backed away to the leg side. That was too easy for Steyn.

Watling stood tall amid the wreckage during a 75-ball half-century and Boult provided unexpected support at No. 11. In the main, Boult at least tried to stay in line and hammered a straight six down the ground which resulted in a smashed window. It is about the only significant damage New Zealand have caused in this series.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Mitch1066 on (January 14, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

Reason Bangladesh get criticised I don't believe they ever even won test match against England Pakistan India New Zealand Australia Shri Lanka etc so that why they should not have test status maybe odi

Posted by righthandbat on (January 14, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

New Zealand need to go back to the drawing board. The key thing is to forget the averages etc etc, just look for solid technqiues - like leaving the ball, ability to play the short ball, strong on the onside, good at rotating the strike. Give these players a game and stick with them for a good 5-10 tests. Pick a dedicated keeper - that is, pick the best possible with the gloves and don't worry if they score runs. Don't even think about all-rounders.

Posted by gothetaniwha on (January 14, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

Time for Watling to go back to opening , he's proven he can bat time ,give him a decent run , bring Ronchi in to Keep ,as for Rutherford another Otago batsman really ,the last Otago batsman to actually contribute to NZ was Glen Turner 40 years ago .Richardson doesn,t count . Ken Rutherford av only 27 .

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

Lol..... I feel bad for New Zealand.... And feel sorry for Bangladesh. Cause even a slightest mistake made by a Bangladeshi team, every other critics just jump on them and question about the test status. Now who's status is for taking?

Posted by nzcricket174 on (January 14, 2013, 4:07 GMT)

Patel and Flynn will not play Test cricket again. Their performances in this series have truly been shocking. The man who needs a turn, a decent length one, is Hamish Rutherford. This guy has shown the will to grind out runs in First Class cricket. He also is willing to learn. I know this because he struggled when he first entered the scene, he couldn't make a run to save his life. He went back to club cricket for a while and worked on his game, playing the odd game for the Volts. All the hard work and determination paid off as he has been on a golden run since last season. I would dearly like to see him get a chance, a two series chance, much like Dean Elgar.

Posted by n5570 on (January 14, 2013, 1:02 GMT)

This is the worst nz side in history, my justification for this is their collective lack of courage and fight when the going gets tough. I am a New Zealander and a cricket tragic and to see the rank cowardice sown by these imitation test cricketers makes my blood boil. Shame on all of you, especially the evil puppet master hessen.

Posted by reywob on (January 14, 2013, 0:26 GMT)

Team for vs Eng, Watling,Redmond,McCullum,Taylor,Brownlie,Munro(Ryder),Ronchi,Vettori( B Martin).southee,Bracewell,Boult(wagner) Time to change-Tear up contracts and show that there is a consequence when you make mistakes-Hessons should be the first torn up

Posted by Lermy on (January 13, 2013, 23:43 GMT)

NZ Problems stem from total focus on ODIs that was adopted several years ago. Look at the batting line up. Even first choice players like Taylor and Ryder are really just ODI and T20 players trying to look like test cricketers. None of them have the technique or temperament to play up the order in tests. I'm constantly amazed at how many times they get out playing bad shots to ordinary balls. NZ should be stripped of its test playing status, which would be the ultimate fulfillment of its own choice to go for flashy attacking players. McCullum as test opener? Give me a break!!! Against Fiji maybe!

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