2nd Test, Centurion, November 16 - 18, 2007, New Zealand tour of South Africa

South Africa won by an innings and 59 runs

Player Of The Match
4/42, 25 & 6/49
Player Of The Series
38 runs • 20 wkts
NZ 2nd Innings
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The entire Centurion crowd stand to applaud Dale Steyn, the local boy. Great scenes. South Africa sweep New Zealand with a crushing defeat. Remember, New Zealand had not played a Test since December and things went from bad to worse after Jo'burg. Again, Steyn was the destroyer with another ten-wicket haul. The top order was feeble again and did not come up with any answer to Steyn's hostility. No partnerships to speak of bar two aggressive innings from Stephen Fleming. New Zealand lost Craig Cumming, who fractured his right cheek, which was a big blow.

South Africa's top order read the same sheet, with only Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla among the runs. Thats an issue they have to address later, after they enjoy the celebrations. Mark Gillespie, on debut, took five wickets to bring New Zealand back for a session or so before a frustrating ninth-wicket stand between Steyn and Andre Nel completely robbed the momentum back.

A clean sweep of the Test series, after winning in Pakistan. South Africa look cock-a-hoop. Victory by an innings and 59 runs.

Not hard to imagine that Steyn, for his ten wickets, including a career-best 6 for 49 just now, is the Man of the Match and Man of the Series. He finished with 20 wickets in just two Tests. What a moment for the young fast bowler.

Thats all we have for you, folks. I thank your for tuning in once again to Cricinfo for our live ball-by-ball coverage and all else. Its been a pleasure bringing you a less-than-three-day Test. Remember, the tour continues with a Twenty20 match at Johannesburg on November 23 (18:00 local, 16:00 GMT), followed by the first of three ODIs at Durban from the 25th (10:00 local, 08:00 GMT).

From all of us at Cricinfo, this is your commentator, Jamie Alter, signing off. Until next time, good bye!

Steyn to O'Brien, OUT

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!

Iain O'Brien b Steyn 0 (8m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Steyn to O'Brien, no run

full and wide this time, inviting the loose shot, but again he holds back

Steyn to O'Brien, no run

short outside off stump and he wisely holds back the bat

And its Chris Martin out as the last man.

end of over 348 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 136/8CRR: 4.00 
Iain O'Brien0 (0)
Makhaya Ntini 12-4-39-1
Dale Steyn 10-1-49-5
Ntini to Vettori, OUT

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

Daniel Vettori c de Villiers b Ntini 8 (17m 6b 2x4 0x6) SR: 133.33
Ntini to Vettori, FOUR runs

slashed! Short and wide, Vettori goes after it and edges up and over the slips

Ntini to Vettori, no run

short of a length outside off stump, he watchfully leaves it alone for Boucher

Ntini to Vettori, no run

short of a length on the stumps, Vettori gets tall and keeps it down to leg

Ntini to Vettori, no run

good length on off stump, Vettori watchfully pushes to point, Prince

Ntini to Vettori, FOUR runs

full on off stump, Vettori shuffles and punches back past mid-off, top shot, Harris gives chase but is sluggish

South Africa all over New Zealand now. Iain O'Brien is next out but not facing yet.

end of over 33Wicket maiden
NZ: 128/7CRR: 3.87 
Daniel Vettori0 (0)
Dale Steyn 10-1-49-5
Makhaya Ntini 11-4-31-0
Steyn to Gillespie, OUT

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!

Mark Gillespie c Kallis b Steyn 0 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Steyn to Gillespie, no run

much fuller on the stumps and he dangerously plays from deep in the crease, defending it back well to Steyn ...he can bat, Gillespie

Steyn to Gillespie, no run

lovely seam position again, pitching short of a length and going away from Gillespie, who pulls out of the shot

Steyn to Gillespie, no run

slower ball, short of a length and moving away, Gillespie leaves it be

Mark Gillespie out to face a red-hot Dale Steyn. New Zealand effectively seven down.

Steyn to McCullum, OUT

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!

Brendon McCullum c Smith b Steyn 21 (50m 34b 2x4 0x6) SR: 61.76
Steyn to McCullum, no run

short and wide, McCullum tucks into it and leaves it be, getting down onto knee

end of over 3211 runs
NZ: 128/5CRR: 4.00 
Brendon McCullum21 (32)
Daniel Vettori0 (0)
Makhaya Ntini 11-4-31-0
Dale Steyn 9-0-49-3
Ntini to McCullum, 3 runs

full on leg stump, McCullum drives with an inside-edge but picks the gap wide of Harris at midwicket and the tall man lumbers after, cutting it off near the ropes

Ntini to McCullum, no run

full and wide of off stump, McCullum gets onto the front foot and leaves it

Ntini to McCullum, 4 leg byes

too full down the pads and it clips McCullum and runs to fine leg for leg-byes

Ntini to McCullum, 2 runs

short of a length on middle and leg, tucks him up, and he works it off the hips

Ntini to McCullum, no run

full and wide, McCullum gets forward and shoulders arms

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