New Zealand in South Africa Test Series - 1st Test

South Africa v New Zealand

South Africa won by an innings and 27 runs

Overs 0-50

The players are in the middle. We are just about set...Dale Steyn with the new ball

10.25am Getting close to the start now. Here's Mark: "Unlike Andrew I'm happy that Martin has been selected. He has experience, has done well against SA and bowled as well as anyone, if not better, in the warm-up game. His work ethic is better than most. In recent years he has been poorly served by NZC but doesn't spit the dummy. As far as batting goes - if you have to make your decisions re bowlers on their batting then you are in deep trouble anyway. Agree with Dickson though - we should have had McClenaghan in place of Franklin."

Patch again: "Would any player from the NZ side make it into the South African one? In each of the 11 spots, South Africa has NZ covered. That is the worrying thing about this series."

10.20am And, of course, the year is starting on a very sombre note after yesterday's death of Christopher Martin-Jenkins to follow quickly from the loss of Tony Greig. Vic Marks, a long-time colleague of CMJ on Test Match Special, has penned a wonderful tribute to him.

10.15am Dickson is another frustrated New Zealand supporter: "I see our selectors still haven't learned. Bracewell would be better in place of Franklin, not alongside him. Franklin is deadweight, he offers friendly "lash me to the boundary" pace with the ball and next to nothing with the bat. We should have had the guts to play McClenaghan and go with four proper seamers plus Patel, not three seamers, a has-been and Patel."

Meanwhile, we are continuing our look back at 2012. Here's the last part of our timeline for the year and Sid Monga looks back at the highs and lows.

10.05am The good news for Patch is that Chris Martin does play. Here are the teams.

South Africa Graeme Smith, Alvrio Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, Vernon Philander, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel

New Zealand Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Dean Brownlie, Daniel Flynn, BJ Watling, James Franklin, Doug Bracewell, Trent Boult, Jeetan Patel, Chris Martin

So another chance for Dean Elgar after his pair on debut and he is down to bat above the in-form Faf du Plessis. That, though, will come later. First we'll see Steyn, Morkel and Philander against New Zealand's top order. Dean Brownlie has the big task of filling Ross Taylor's boots.

Andrew isn't too happy: "Don't understand the selection of Martin, who no doubt was picked because of the 'experience' he provides. Have they forgotten that the left-out Wagner just happens to be South African and has no doubt played in these conditions before?? Batting between the two doesn't even need to be discussed."

10.00am Here we go folks. New Zealand have won the toss and will bat first. So a fragile batting line-up will be in the firing line straight away with Dale Steyn needing one wicket for 300. Just getting the teams confirmed for you.

9.55am Patch has a thought on Chris Martin, who may not play today. "Hoping that I get to see the Phantom one last time in this series. Surely if he can't get a game here, it's time to bring to a close the most talked about batting career of a generation."

And Dan says: "McCullum must almost be hoping to lose the toss, as it's going to be a tough decision to make if he wins it. His attack needs the early pitch conditions to have a decent crack, but batting first may be the best chance his batting line-up has of avoiding the follow-on."

Here's a nice story from Stephen, following us from Tbilisi. "As a proud Cape Townian do I know The Newlands Ground very good. Played for the SA U/20, WP B, Northern Tranvaal side a lot on Newlands. Remember the first game for NT B against WP B with my mate Meyrick Pringe from the one side and other BIGG mate Brian Mac from the other side. South Easter blowing 20-30knots and Pring swung the ball like 1/2 meter in the air."

9.40am Hello everyone and Happy New Year. Welcome to our coverage of the first Test of 2013. It comes from the fantastic setting of Newlands in Cape Town, one of more stunning locations for a cricket match. I'm Andrew McGlashan and I'll be bring you the action over the next few days along with some help from my colleagues.

Some early info from Firdose Moonda, our South Africa correspondent, is that it's a lovely sunny day and the stiff south-easter from yesterday has gone. The other good news is that today is a sell-out which is an excellent sign. We'll have toss and team news in about 15 minutes, but for now you can read Firdose's series preview and her feature on Kane Williamson who has a lot on his shoulders.

0.1

Steyn to Guptill, no run, good start, nice line just outside off stump and that's a close leave to start with

0.2

Steyn to Guptill, no run, back of a length on off stump, just a hint of away shape and defended square on the off side

Three slips and a gully in place. No short leg.

0.3

Steyn to Guptill, no run, outside off, starts to leave Guptill who lets it go outside off

0.4

Steyn to Guptill, 1 run, gets forward on off stump, drops this into the off side in front of point and gets New Zealand under way with a well-taken single

Early signs are that this surface is a touch on the slower side, at least until the sun gets to work on it

0.5

Steyn to McCullum, no run, excellent short ball, he greets McCullum with a bouncer over off stump and the New Zealand captain arches out of the line at the last moment

0.6

Steyn to McCullum, no run, another short one over off stump, a more comfortable delivery to evade this time...a probing opening over from Steyn as he searches for wicket No. 300

End of over 1 (1 run) New Zealand 1/0
BB McCullum    0* (2b)      DW Steyn    1-0-1-0
MJ Guptill    1* (4b)     

Vernon Philander, who needed a fitness test before this match, shares the new ball

1.1

Philander to Guptill, 5 leg byes, big appeal first ball! Guptill got across his stumps and is taken on the pad but it's missing leg stump. De Villiers chases the ball and throws at the non-striker's end which results in four overthrows

1.2

Philander to McCullum, no run, played into the off side

1.3

Philander to McCullum, no run, that's a beauty, pitches just outside off stump, hints the seam then jags away from McCullum as he pushes forward

1.4

Philander to McCullum, no run, forces himself forward at this one and defends solidly towards mid-off

1.5

Philander to McCullum, 1 leg bye, takes the pad again towards square leg

1.6

Philander to Guptill, OUT, gone! There's the first one. It's been a lovely start from Philander. Pitches on off stump, shapes away a hint, Guptill plays the original line and gets a thin outside edge

MJ Guptill c †de Villiers b Philander 1 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

So is this the start of New Zealand's worst nightmares?

End of over 2 (6 runs, wicket maiden) New Zealand 7/1
     VD Philander    1-1-0-1
BB McCullum    0* (6b)      DW Steyn    1-0-1-0

Kane Williamson in at No. 3

2.1

Steyn to McCullum, no run, full outside off, trying to tempt a drive, McCullum shoulders arms

2.2

Steyn to McCullum, no run, good line outside off, so far McCullum is resisting his natural instincts to attack

2.3

Steyn to McCullum, no run, fuller and wider outside off, more elaborate movement on this delivery as it swings away but started too wide

2.4

Steyn to McCullum, no run, drags the length back a little but a fraction too wide outside off as it goes through to de Villiers

2.5

Steyn to McCullum, no run, full on middle, McCullum gets a decent stride forward and defends to the leg side

"Ouch," says Jeremy. "Based on recent history, you could forgive me for saying this already has a feeling of inevitability about it."

2.6

Steyn to McCullum, FOUR, the first boundary off the bat, McCullum goes up and over gully as he's offered width by Steyn as he pitches shorter...didn't even try keeping it down, pretty safe shot with such an attacking field

End of over 3 (4 runs) New Zealand 11/1
BB McCullum    4* (12b 1x4)      DW Steyn    2-0-5-0
KS Williamson    0* (0b)      VD Philander    1-1-0-1

3.1

Philander to Williamson, no run, gets squared up a little first ball as he defends towards the leg side...Philander looks in good rhythm straight away

3.2

Philander to Williamson, no run, on off stump, defended down by his feet and there was a momentary thought of a sharp single before point skipped in

3.3

Philander to Williamson, no run, defended to the leg side, not as much of a stride into the ball by Williamson

3.4

Philander to Williamson, no run, a bouncer which Williamson attempts to hook but it balloons over the shot, quite close to the gloves, through to de Villiers who can't take it cleanly

3.5

Philander to Williamson, no run, lbw appeal...was a strong shout from Philander but didn't get a huge amount of support and it's because there was a healthy inside edge

We do have DRS in this series

3.6

Philander to Williamson, no run, back of a length, Williamson across the crease and plays to the leg side

End of over 4 (maiden) New Zealand 11/1
KS Williamson    0* (6b)      VD Philander    2-2-0-1
BB McCullum    4* (12b 1x4)      DW Steyn    2-0-5-0

Scott says: "In short: Wagner offers 10 times more than Franklin with the ball, and based on Franklin's recent form, just as much with the bat."

4.1

Steyn to McCullum, 2 runs, a full, straight, delivery is worked away through square leg...a few hands on heads by the slip fielders

4.2

Steyn to McCullum, no run, back outside off stump with that nice touch of away swing, McCullum leaves alone by extravagantly lifting the bat above his head

4.3

Steyn to McCullum, no run, pulled a little wider outside the stumps and it's left alone

4.4

Steyn to McCullum, 1 run, awkward delivery as it bounces a touch more from a good length, McCullum is playing forward and gets taken on the splice - almost the handle - but places it into the gap at cover

4.5

Steyn to Williamson, no run, pitches this in the testing area outside off that leaves a batsman slightly in two minds whether to play or leave...Williamson opts for the latter

4.6

Steyn to Williamson, no run, this one is a much easier judgement call as it's wider outside off

End of over 5 (3 runs) New Zealand 14/1
KS Williamson    0* (8b)      DW Steyn    3-0-8-0
BB McCullum    7* (16b 1x4)      VD Philander    2-2-0-1

5.1

Philander to McCullum, no run, defended firmly towards midwicket from a middle-stump line

5.2

Philander to McCullum, no run, back of a length, nips into McCullum off the seam and he flicks it to square leg

There is not a cloud in the sky above Newlands. A wonderful sight.

5.3

Philander to McCullum, OUT, cleaned up! But there are a few clouds looming for New Zealand. This was just a good length delivery really, although perhaps it nipped back a touch and McCullum gets an inside edge before the ball crashes into middle stump.

BB McCullum b Philander 7 (24m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 36.84

Philander starting 2013 as he performed for much of 2012. For all the weakness of New Zealand's top order, this has been a wonderful spell so far. Every ball on the mark.

5.4

Philander to Brownlie, no run, beaten! Goes past Brownlie's outside edge first ball, he's caught on the crease prodding, but interestingly it doesn't carry to de Villiers

5.5

Philander to Brownlie, no run, wider outside off, shapes away further, left alone

"NZ 14 for 2....the tail is exposed already," says Steve

5.6

Philander to Brownlie, OUT, make that 14 for 3! Philander running riot at the moment. Gets a delivery to bounce just outside off stump and Brownlie feels for it with a rather limp shot which results in a gentle edge that loops to Smith at first slip

DG Brownlie c Smith b Philander 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 14/3
     VD Philander    3-3-0-3
KS Williamson    0* (8b)      DW Steyn    3-0-8-0

What a start for Philander and South Africa although, sadly, it's what many predicted would happen

6.1

Steyn to Williamson, no run, short ball over off stump, drops his hands and lets it go through

6.2

Steyn to Williamson, FOUR, thick outside edge, Williamson driving at a full delivery and it squirts fine of gully down to third man...get that cordon packed

Four slips and a gully now, all on high alert

6.3

Steyn to Williamson, no run, back of a length, defended into the leg side

6.4

Steyn to Williamson, 2 runs, that's a neat shot, pitched full on middle and Williamson just pushes it straight through mid-on

6.5

Steyn to Williamson, 3 runs, another nice piece of timing as he works this off stumps through the leg side although it doesn't have quite enough power to reach the boundary as Amla chases

Just a touch straight from Steyn in the last few deliveries...now he gets a go to a left hander

6.6

Steyn to Flynn, no run, pushed wide outside off stump and left alone by Flynn

"I've got to pop out the office for a few hours but fear that when I return the Kiwi's will be in the field having been bowled out before lunch," says Andrew.

End of over 7 (9 runs) New Zealand 23/3
DR Flynn    0* (1b)      DW Steyn    4-0-17-0
KS Williamson    9* (13b 1x4)      VD Philander    3-3-0-3

7.1

Philander to Williamson, no run, a beautiful spell continues with a ball on off stump that again has the batsman defending tentatively to the off side

7.2

Philander to Williamson, no run, gets forward on off stump, defended back to the bowler

"That is the trouble with B Mac being captain his over confidence is going to cost us," says Mike. "Why bat with an inexperienced batting line up on a fresh wicket against this attack. WHY!"

7.3

Philander to Williamson, no run, finds the outside edge again, the ball moving late as Williamson comes forward, but he played with soft hands so it falls well short of third slip

7.4

Philander to Williamson, FOUR, Stop press. Philander has conceded runs. Overpitches a little for the first time and Williamson leans into a lovely cover drive which goes wide of mid-off

7.5

Philander to Williamson, no run, good response from Philander who pulls the length back and gets this to nip back off the seam into Williamson's pads via an inside edge

7.6

Philander to Williamson, OUT, has he got another?! Yes, he has. Number four. The umpire gave him lbw but Williamson opted to review. There was no inside, what about the height? Nothing on Hotspot and it's clipping the top of middle. That's out.

KS Williamson lbw b Philander 13 (28m 19b 2x4 0x6) SR: 68.42

What a session for Vernon. He has the ball on a string and New Zealand are, to put it bluntly, out of their depth

End of over 8 (4 runs) New Zealand 27/4
     VD Philander    4-3-4-4
DR Flynn    0* (1b)      DW Steyn    4-0-17-0

"Ross Taylor might not have stopped this kind of carnage, but he would have given much backbone to a New Zealand outfit seemingly bereft of any," says Johan. "I hope Mike Hesson is happy." We have a change of bowling. Here's Morne Morkel.

8.1

Morkel to Flynn, no run, starts around the wicket to the left hander, it's outside off and left alone

8.2

Morkel to Flynn, no run, pushed fuller outside off stump, Flynn doesn't need to play

8.3

Morkel to Flynn, no run, shorter this time, climbs fairly gently through to de Villiers but it's too wide

8.4

Morkel to Flynn, no run, makes him play, pitches full on off stump, Flynn drives off the front foot to point

8.5

Morkel to Flynn, no run, back of a length and left alone

"This brings back memories of 12 months ago, strong SA performance at Newlands and I'm sitting in a gloomy Jo'burg," says Chris. "Life is so unfair."

8.6

Morkel to Flynn, no run, that's more awkward as a short ball climbs past Flynn, but the slowness of the pitch means he has plenty of time to sway out of the way

End of over 9 (maiden) New Zealand 27/4
DR Flynn    0* (7b)      M Morkel    1-1-0-0
BJ Watling    0* (0b)      VD Philander    4-3-4-4

9.1

Philander to Watling, OUT, Oh boy, oh boy! That's unplayable. A peach of a delivery snakes away from Watling who had to play and another edge goes behind the wicket. He couldn't do much about that. Just too good. Mesmeric stuff from Philander

BJ Watling c †de Villiers b Philander 0 (5m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

"At least we past 26," says Lawrence, who sent that in before the fifth wicket went down.

Philander has 5 for 4. Are we looking at record-book stuff. Allan Donald, in the dugout, stood to applaud that wicket. Over to you, James Franklin

9.2

Philander to Franklin, no run, ooh, arms go up in excitement as this shapes back into the left hander and takes the pad but it's very high

A packed slip cordon behind Franklin. Four slips and two gullies...the old umbrella field

9.3

Philander to Franklin, no run, a rare loose delivery, sprayed way outside off and left alone...he's allowed one

9.4

Philander to Franklin, no run, back on a good length at off stump, Franklin defends towards the leg side

9.5

Philander to Franklin, no run, full outside off, Franklin shuffles across the crease and leaves alone

A five-wicket haul in less than five overs...phew. I'm not sure where this stands on 'fastest' five-wicket hauls. But it will have to be up there

9.6

Philander to Franklin, 1 run, full on middle and off, Franklin is almost late down onto it but manages to tuck a single through square leg

End of over 10 (1 run) New Zealand 28/5
JEC Franklin    1* (5b)      VD Philander    5-3-5-5
DR Flynn    0* (7b)      M Morkel    1-1-0-0

Mark says: "The embarrassment for NZ fans continues. Could The Phantom be our top scorer? When our strength (such that it is) is our bowling, why oh why did we bat first? That's not being positive, it's being suicidal. All it means is that our bowlers are not going to be free to attack now, they'll be trying to be defensive as well. Talk about shoot yourself in the foot. Can we at least better Australia's 47? Please?"

10.1

Morkel to Franklin, no run, over the wicket now, angled across the left hander and left alone

10.2

Morkel to Franklin, no run, full outside off, pitching on the popping crease, and left alone

Those terrific people at Opta have this: "Vernon Philander's 25-ball 5-wicket haul is the third fastest in Test match history."

10.3

Morkel to Franklin, no run, short ball outside leg stump, bit of a waste really and poses no danger

10.4

Morkel to Franklin, no run, a little all over the shop from Morkel as this one flies miles outside off stump

10.5

Morkel to Franklin, OUT, oh goodness, the game of skittles continues. Morkel gets one straighter and fuller, it's all he had to do, and Franklin drives meekly outside off to give another edge through to Smith. Tame stuff.

JEC Franklin c Smith b Morkel 1 (9m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 10.00

We could be about to start 2013 with an early challenger for the lowest total of the year. "Just tuned in. What's the pitch/overhead conditions like?" asks StoneRose. Pitch fine, a touch on the slow side, with a touch of early movement. Glorious sunny day. New Zealand very poor.

"I agree with Mark, batting first was idiotic," says Evan. "Bazz is too proud, too much of a gambler. Hopefully this will make him pull his head in a bit and play the percentages, instead of trying to prove that his "stones" are as big as anyone elses."

10.6

Morkel to Bracewell, no run, back of a length outside off, left alone by the No. 8 batsman who has walked in at 11.28 on the opening day

End of over 11 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 28/6
DAJ Bracewell    0* (1b)      M Morkel    2-2-0-1
DR Flynn    0* (7b)      VD Philander    5-3-5-5

11.1

Philander to Flynn, 1 run, nips back into Flynn, takes a thick inside edge behind square on the leg side

11.2

Philander to Bracewell, no run, beaten! Another cracker from Philander. Full outside off stump, late movement past the outside edge. No confident footwork

11.3

Philander to Bracewell, no run, not quite so full this time, squares up Bracewell as he defends and takes his bottom hand off the bat

11.4

Philander to Bracewell, no run, full outside off, defended to point

11.5

Philander to Bracewell, no run, short and wide, Bracewell decides to chase it with a cut shot that never looked like making contact

"Us NZ fans should be cheerful," starts Jono. "We've finally reached the bottom, after 4-5 years of being thereabouts, and it can only get better from here. Surely?"

11.6

Philander to Bracewell, 1 run, there's the variation from Philander, produces one that nips back into Bracewell off the seam and it takes an inside edge to square leg. Vernon can do that at will, much like James Anderson

End of over 12 (2 runs) New Zealand 30/6
DAJ Bracewell    1* (6b)      VD Philander    6-3-7-5
DR Flynn    1* (8b)      M Morkel    2-2-0-1

12.1

Morkel to Bracewell, 1 run, well bowled, back of a length and jags off the seam to take the inside edge over the stumps...de Villiers scrambles after it

12.2

Morkel to Flynn, no run, full outside off, left alone

Brad has this advert: "For sale: 2 Tickets, SA vs NZ in Cape Town, day 3."

12.3

Morkel to Flynn, no run, full and a little too wide outside off, although you have to fancy they'll nick it soon enough

12.4

Morkel to Flynn, no run, much better delivery, close to off stump and the angle means it slides past the outside edge as Flynn plays forward

12.5

Morkel to Flynn, no run, wider outside off and no shot offered

12.6

Morkel to Flynn, no run, changes to around the wicket, there's a strangled shout for lbw as he gets struck coming forward...looked outside the line and maybe an edge, too

"Don't worry," says Barnes. "Chris Martin to come." Can he be a hero?

End of over 13 (1 run) New Zealand 31/6
DR Flynn    1* (13b)      M Morkel    3-2-1-1
DAJ Bracewell    2* (7b)      VD Philander    6-3-7-5

Vernon Philander's wonderful spell is done. Dale Steyn is back. So that's nice for New Zealand.

13.1

Steyn to Bracewell, no run, full outside off, swinging away, left alone

13.2

Steyn to Bracewell, no run, full on middle, straightens on Bracewell, worked to midwicket

13.3

Steyn to Bracewell, OUT, what a delivery! And what a way to get your 300th Test wicket. Pitches on middle and hits off. The fast bowler's dream. Bracewell didn't help by playing to leg but it was a crackerjack ball.

DAJ Bracewell b Steyn 2 (13m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

What a moment for Steyn. A champion fast bowler with a ball worthy of a milestone wicket. Would have removed better players than Bracewell. All out by lunch?

Newlands has given Steyn a standing ovation. He could add a few more wickets here.

13.4

Steyn to Patel, no run, ooh, full on middle and there's that away movement again but Patel is able to push to cover

13.5

Steyn to Patel, no run, goes past the outside edge and he actually missed it by miles as the ball swung fast and late

13.6

Steyn to Patel, no run, unplayable for a No. 9. On off stump, moves late past the outside edge of a prodding and poking Jeetan Patel. High-class over.

End of over 14 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 31/7
JS Patel    0* (3b)      DW Steyn    5-1-17-1
DR Flynn    1* (13b)      M Morkel    3-2-1-1

14.1

Morkel to Flynn, no run, round the wicket, beats the outside edge with a full ball which doesn't carry to de Villiers

"It is late at night here; should I open a beer or just go to sleep?" asks Alec in New Zealand. Beer, and lots of it. (Not that we condone heaving drinking, but at 31 for 7...)

14.2

Morkel to Flynn, no run, back of a length, defended square to point

14.3

Morkel to Flynn, no run, short ball outside off, Flynn arches back, down on his knees, and wasn't in much danger

14.4

Morkel to Flynn, 2 runs, full on leg stump, clipped sweetly backward of square wide of fine leg...flew past Elgar at backward short leg

14.5

Morkel to Flynn, no run, drives and gets beaten...that's a good length, drawing him forward into the loose shot

14.6

Morkel to Flynn, no run, back of a length, zips away from Flynn who is drawn into playing away from his body

End of over 15 (2 runs) New Zealand 33/7
DR Flynn    3* (19b)      M Morkel    4-2-3-1
JS Patel    0* (3b)      DW Steyn    5-1-17-1

Dale Steyn is joint third fastest to 300 wickets (61st Test) after Lillee and Muralitharan

15.1

Steyn to Patel, no run, down the leg side, goes for a flick but doesn't make contact

15.2

Steyn to Patel, 1 run, full on middle, Patel standing on leg and you could see all three stumps but he pushes into the covers

15.3

Steyn to Flynn, no run, goes for a pull but is early on the shot and is taken in the stomach...that will hurt

15.4

Steyn to Flynn, no run, gone?! Nope. First sight it looked like an outside edge to slip but the ball had gone past the inside edge and taken the back leg

15.5

Steyn to Flynn, no run, close! Now he nearly picks out a close cover as he tries to play a forcing drive off the back foot

15.6

Steyn to Flynn, no run, full on off stump, Flynn gets forward and defends towards mid-off

SP says: "Graeme Smith said after the toss that he wasn't sure whether he should've batted or bowled in the first session today. Now he can do both!"

End of over 16 (1 run) New Zealand 34/7
DR Flynn    3* (23b)      DW Steyn    6-1-18-1
JS Patel    1* (5b)      M Morkel    4-2-3-1

16.1

Morkel to Patel, no run, good bouncer, follows Patel as he sways out of the line and doesn't pass very far away from the gloves

16.2

Morkel to Patel, FOUR, slapped...a good length delivery, Patel gives himself a touch of room by clearing his left leg and clubbed it through the off side

16.3

Morkel to Patel, no run, backing to the leg side again, this time it's a full delivery and he punches it back to Morkel...doesn't seem too keen to get in line

16.4

Morkel to Patel, OUT, what a catch! Patel didn't look like lasting long and he's fallen in spectacular fashion. Patel gave himself room to drive a full delivery, connected cleanly but struck it within reach of Amla at a close mid-off and he flung himself full length to his left to take a stunning grab

JS Patel c Amla b Morkel 5 (15m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

Carnage, just carnage. Happy New Year, New Zealand. Their lowest total against South Africa is 79.

16.5

Morkel to Boult, 1 run, on off stump, defended square into the off side and there are plenty of open spaces

16.6

Morkel to Flynn, (no ball) FOUR, round the wicket and he oversteps then Flynn cracks a wide delivery through the covers

16.6

Morkel to Flynn, no run, a very short bouncer and it is speared down the leg side, but it keeps Flynn off the strike

End of over 17 (10 runs) New Zealand 44/8
DR Flynn    7* (25b 1x4)      M Morkel    5-2-13-2
TA Boult    1* (1b)      DW Steyn    6-1-18-1

17.1

Steyn to Boult, no run, full with late swing and flies past the outside edge

17.2

Steyn to Boult, no run, crab-like across the crease from Boult who then fishes at a full delivery without being in the same postcode

17.3

Steyn to Boult, no run, three-in-three past the outside edge. Three strikes, but he's just about not out

17.4

Steyn to Boult, no run, now he stops trying to get in line, steps way outside leg then attempts to heave this through the leg side...the ball swung past off stump

No fielder in front of square on the leg side

17.5

Steyn to Boult, no run, goes for the yorker, targets leg stump, Boult moves to leg and manages to squeeze it to mid-off

"New Zealand looked like a bad team on paper, the reality is so much worse," says Craig. "The only good news is New Zealand will have to work hard to produce a worse performance."

17.6

Steyn to Boult, no run, moves right across the crease and exposes leg stump, but Steyn fires this down the leg side

End of over 18 (maiden) New Zealand 44/8
TA Boult    1* (7b)      DW Steyn    7-2-18-1
DR Flynn    7* (25b 1x4)      M Morkel    5-2-13-2

18.1

Morkel to Flynn, 1 run, full outside off, driven square to the deep point fielder...at deep point at 44 for 8. I know they want to bowl at Boult, but still.

18.2

Morkel to Boult, no run, good short ball which follows Boult as he flaps at it with bat and gloves in front of his face

18.3

Morkel to Boult, OUT, predictable end...short-of-a-length ball and Boult stepped away to leg to try and carve it over the off side but only gets a top edge to de Villiers. A dark day for New Zealand

TA Boult c †de Villiers b Morkel 1 (10m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 11.11

Here's the man. The saviour? Chris Martin.

18.4

Morkel to Martin, no run, goes full, takes the pad but it's heading well down the leg side

18.5

Morkel to Martin, no run, stands on leg stump and pushes at a ball that, unsurprisingly, he doesn't get close to

18.6

Morkel to Martin, no run, full outside off, left alone

End of over 19 (1 run) New Zealand 45/9
CS Martin    0* (3b)      M Morkel    6-2-14-3
DR Flynn    8* (26b 1x4)      DW Steyn    7-2-18-1

Wayne: "We were joking before the start that NZ would last 1 session, SA bat for the 2nd & declare ... we would then be all out in the last session meaning we lost in 1 day ... hmmm" Think South Africa will bat two days if they can.

19.1

Steyn to Flynn, no run, the batsman moves away outside leg and Steyn sends this wide outside off stump

19.2

Steyn to Flynn, OUT, all over! 45 all out. Banged in short, Flynn goes for the pull and gets a top edge which Steyn settles underneath from his follow through

DR Flynn c & b Steyn 8 (72m 28b 1x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

Here come Graeme Smith and Alvrio Petersen. Trent Boult, the left-armer, will bowl the first over...

12.15pm Wimpie says: "Instead of saying 'No run' for every dot ball you could almost have said 'Not out'." South Africa's innings will start in a few moments

Here's Evan: "Is anyone else from NZ thinking that Roscoe wouldn't have batted first in this situation, if he was still captain? (I don't blame him for turning it down, coz Hesson seems like a bit of a plonker, I'm just saying, is all...)."

Incredible from South Africa. Feeble from New Zealand. They didn't bat out their 20 overs. Oh, it's a Test match. We knew things were bad for the visitors, but this is on a whole new level. Skittled in less than a session. Far too easy for the home side. Are the Aussies out there feeling a little better? Sorry, couldn't resist.

"The Phantom deprived of a golden chance to be the highest scorer in an innings," says Rag. "Yet again."

Here's a list of lowest Test totals. Meanwhile, South Africa's openers will have that awkward little session before an interval...that interval being lunch on day one. I'm having flashbacks to this Test in 2005, also at Newlands.

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Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander inspect the ball, South Africa v New Zealand, 1st Test, Newlands, 3rd day, January 4, 2013

Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander inspect the ball

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Dale Steyn took three of New Zealand's wickets in the second innings, South Africa v New Zealand, 1st Test, Cape Town, 3rd day, January 4, 2013

Dale Steyn took three of New Zealand's wickets in the second innings

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