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1056dThe Report by Nikhil Kalro

Steyn five-for leads South Africa to 204-run win

Dale Steyn picked up his first five-wicket haul in international cricket since December 2014 as South Africa bowled New Zealand out for 195 to wrap up a 204-run win on the fourth day in Centurion

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

F du Plessis
112(234) 12x4 - 2x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 34 runs
  • 4x4 - 1x6
8 10 22 3 24 6 11 28
JP Duminy
88(158) 13x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 25 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
6 11 11 2 33 4 12 9

Best performances - Bowlers

DW Steyn
O16.2
M4
R33
W5
Eco2.02
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W1W
1W
N Wagner
O39
M8
R86
W5
Eco2.20
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W

Match Details

Toss

New Zealand , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

South Africa won the 2-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00; Friday: Lunch 12.30-13.30; Tea: 15.30-16.00; Close: 18:00

Match days

27,28,29,30 August 2016 (5-day match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorecard Summary

SOUTH AFRICA 481/8d(154 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

NEW ZEALAND 214(58.3 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

SOUTH AFRICA 132/7d(47 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

NEW ZEALAND 195(58.2 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Scorer: Binoy | Commentator: Alagappan Muthu

5.15 pm And with that the curtain falls in Centurion with the South African team huddled around the series trophy with big smiles. Thank you for your company, we loved having you and enjoyed your comments. Hope you enjoyed the coverage. Check in on Nikhil Kalro's report. Look out for Firdose Moonda's analysis. Just don't look for Al Muthu. The idiot's vanished.

A word from SA's regular Test captain, AB de Villiers, who missed this series due to injury: "Clinical #ProteaFire performance! Well lead @faf1307 [Faf du Plessis] , then some stand out performances from @DaleSteyn62 and the entire bowling unit."

"[Toss] We were unsure what to do, possibly would have bowled. With our guys on that first innings pitch, would have been a handful. The 450 we got set us up, but our bowlers in the first innings would have been a handful," Faf du Plessis says. "DIfficult to say if it [batting] was key, but it set us up Cooky was solid, Quinny took it to them. It was important for us to put on a good total and everyone played their part. To get 480 was always going to be challenging. Really special hundred, to captain the side, to play a big part. Few extra emotions. Really happy to contribute again. Vernon and Dale make a huge difference, they are relentless, they don't give anything to hit. Hopefully they can play a lot of games for a lot of years. Majority of Test players, the senior guys have to perform against a big team like Australia. Big series, Australia in Australia is a bit challenge. But we are starting to find our rhythm and this Test is a good step forward"

The Man of the Match is Quinton de Kock for his twin fifties as makeshift opener and great glovework. "[Opening?] Injury happened quite quickly. Optional practice. I was ready to go off, go fishing. But walking up the stairs, Dean [Elgar] hurt his leg, and I put up my hand. Just wanted to do what was best for the team. [Second innings?] Wasn't meant to come out positively. Got a bit of luck, couple of edges got me doing. Didn't mean to play aggressive, instincts too over. I think, Dean can have his spot. I'm happy batting lower down. Dean's built for that, he's worked his way and he deserves to be there and I'm going to be where I've earned to be at 6, 7. Bowlers made life hard, I think BJ also had a hard time behind the stumps, balls wobbling, sore fingers, that's the nature of keeping. Hopefully they don't give me such a hard time next time"

"Finger is okay, just a little stiff," Williamson says, "[Toss?] If you said the team batted first would get 450, I would change it. But the pitch was soft at first, didn't expect it to break up. It was a tough one. If we were perhaps more fortunate, things could have ended up differently in the first innings. Credit to South Africa for their batting. The first innings was the major factor that decided the match, You can always have a funny half , hour an hour, the guys showed fight in the second innings with ball and bat [later on]. Lot of positives for us to take into the future tours. South Africa played outstandingly. To get to 450 and the class of their bowling attack certainly showed. Wags taking a five-for, and to do so creatively, and Henry the way he batting in the first and second innings was great. Showed a lot of character. We get home for a week, and then India for a couple of months. Raring to go"

4.55 pm Half an hour before the close of play on the fourth day of a Test that South Africa began as the seventh ranked team in the world, they go to No. 5. Steyn leads the men off the park, with the ball in hand. Greets the New Zealand players, hugs Williamson, and the camaraderie is not lost. Among fast bowlers only Botham, McGrath and Hadlee have more five-fors than Dale Steyn (26). He said he didn't feel at his best last evening. Wonder what he'd say now after figures of 5 for 33 in 16.2 overs.

South Africa had dominated the opposition on the field, off the field it's all fun and games. A 204-run victory, that's about as emphatic as it gets. Not a bad four days' work by the stand-in captain Faf du Plessis, who had been dropped in the last series. Now he's got a hundred and a series win under his belt.

Good, gritty knock from Henry Nicholls. Was tested by a high-class pace attack on a pitch that made sure to keep no batsman feeling confident. Had come out at 3 for 4, saw his captain get out and make the score 7 for 4. Hung around gamely, in spite of some scary short-pitched bowling and freakish seam and swing movement. Overall though, New Zealand would want to forget they were ever in Centurion for the last four days. The bowlers were luckless in the first innings, a few DRS issues followed them and their top order was shot out in the blink of an eye in the second innings. They have slipped down to No. 7 in the rankings.

58.2
W
Steyn to Nicholls, OUT, swings it to the long leg boundary and is caught! Steyn has his 26th five-for and South Africa have victory! Fairly innocuous short ball on the hips, Nicholls got inside it and helped it away, but it's a top edge and it picks out the man in the deep, Rabada

HM Nicholls c Rabada b Steyn 76 (254m 140b 12x4 0x6) SR: 54.28

Three slips, gully now moves to midwicket. Short leg in place as well

58.1
0
Steyn to Nicholls, no run, 125kph, back of a length on off stump, from around the stumps, defended

Trent Boult is the last flamingo man in. Steyn's back!

END OF OVER:
58 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 195/9

  • Henry Nicholls76 (138b)
  • Kagiso Rabada13-2-54-2
  • Vernon Philander14-4-34-2
57.6
W
Rabada to Wagner, OUT, nails him! Full, straight, fierce and he celebrates by shrugging one shoulder, and chewing his gum. Looking like your usual teenager with tons of attitude. Wagner falls over while flicking, beaten by pace, and has to go back. South Africa one wicket away now

N Wagner lbw b Rabada 3 (12m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 21.42

57.5
0
Rabada to Wagner, no run, swings at a full one angled across at 145 kph, beaten.
57.4
0
Rabada to Wagner, no run, looks for the yorker at 141 kph, ends up a low full toss which he inside edges onto pad. No feet. Worried by the short ball
57.3
0
Rabada to Wagner, no run, good bouncer! At 140 kph, soaring over middle and leg and making Wagner hurry into his crouch

Steyn passes Akram

6

Number of fast bowlers who have taken more wickets than Dale Steyn in Tests. Steyn passed Wasim Akram with the wicket of Santner.

breakthrough at last

26.3

Overs it took South Africa to take New Zealand's fifth wicket. The first four had come in just 3.1 overs.

4 down in a hurry

14

Lowest score before this innings when NZ have lost their first four wickets in a Test innings. They were 4 down for just 7 runs in this innings.

a rare double

1982

Last time a bowler dismissed both openers for a golden duck before this - Bob Willis dismissed Mudassar Nazar and Mohsin in Leeds

Tall order

336

The highest ever target successfully chased in Tests in SA, by Australia in Durban in 1950. The hosts have set a target of 400 for NZ to chase in this Test.

Declaration batting?

25

Runs scored by South Africa in the first ten overs of the day. They started the day with a lead of 371 runs in the second innings.

Enough on the board?

251

Highest total in the 4th inns in Centurion, by England in 1999-00. SA's lead has already gone over 350.

Contradictory innings

79.25

Average runs for the first 4 wickets for SA in the first inns of this Test, whereas in the second innings they have lost their first 4 wickets for just 47 runs.

Huge leads

293

Average 1st-inns lead gained by SA in their last 4 completed Tests vs NZ, including lead of 267 in this Test. They lead by 199, 302 and 404 in the last 3 completed Tests.

Kane's hot streak

5

No. of scores of 50 or more for Kane Williamson in his last 6 Test innings, including this fifty. His scores in last 5 inns - 97, 91, 113, 68*, 2*.

South Africa again

2013

Last time five of NZ's top-seven batsmen were out for single-digit scores in their first inns of a Test, before this - also vs SA in Cape Town in Jan 2013.

Williamson in SA

15

Previous highest score for Williamson in Tests in SA in 5 inns, before this match - scores of 13, 15, 4, 11, 2*. He has gone past 20 in this inns.

Guptill's struggles

10.83

Guptill's average in six Test innings in South Africa - his scores are 1, 0, 1, 48, 7, 8.

A long time coming

16

Innings between Test hundreds for Faf du Plessis; the last one came in December 2014. In these 16 innings he averaged 21.25