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Hapless Kiwi's are Put To Yet Another Sword

January 13th 2013 15:59
A rampant South Africa have once again sliced through the New Zealand batting like a hot knife through butter. The Kiwi’s look dishevelled and seemingly not up to batting long periods of time, and so it has proved. Today was a day for swimming against the tide for the tourists and when the pressure came they buckled under the pressure.

New Zealand started the third day on 47/6 a mammoth 478 runs behind their hosts who had three centurions as they piled on the first innings runs. The tourist’s fight seemed to be there early on as Doug Bracewell and BJ Watling edged them forwards, but with Bracewell’s removal by Steyn the score went from 61-6 to 62-9 in a matter of moments. Steyn removing Bracewell, Wagner and Patel for his 3rd, 4th and 5th wickets of the innings. New Zealand showed that they did have some spine as Watling and number 11 Trent Boult put on 59 for the final wicket, this was an annoyance more than anything for South Africa as they knew the driving set was theirs. Taking the 11th wicket just before Lunch enabled Graeme Smith to enforce the follow-on and the Proteas’ bowlers to have a go at Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum the Kiwi openers. They couldn’t find a breakthrough though as New Zealand went into the interval on 3 without loss.

On his return to the South African Test side, Rory Kleinveldt has taken 2 wickets in each innings so far.

The openers came out again after the break and seemed to show some focus and determination to survive. The scoring rate was low and the aggression was high as the World Number One’s tried to find the wicket that would start the ball rolling. It eventually came in the 21st over a spinner Robin Petersen had McCullum LBW for 11. 10 more over's and 24 more runs were churned out before Kane Williamson was bowled by a quicker one from Robin Petersen. Martin Guptill, who’s immense talent is not backed up by his Test average of only 30.83, fell not long after tea just 2 runs short of his 14th Test 50. It’s worth remembering that he has only 2 centuries to go with his 13 half-centuries, which is a poor conversion for an International opener. His 48 was the early backbone of the Kiwi fight, and it took a very good delivery to remove him, and that delivery came from Rory Kleinveldt who took the place of Vernon Philander for this match. Kleinveldt was to have another victim next ball as Daniel Flynn was caught behind. This setback didn’t deter the fight of the next batsmen as first innings half-centurion BJ Watling came together with first Test centurion Dean Brownlie to take New Zealand to the close. This pair of inexperienced Test players were showing all the fight and desire that the future of New Zealand cricket needs. If Ross Taylor hadn’t been put into the International wilderness, maybe these two wouldn’t even be in South Africa. Tomorrow they will return with their side on 157-4, still needing 247 runs to avoid a second innings defeat in succession.

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