2nd Test, Day 3: Kiwis staring at huge defeat despite late fightback
Zeenews Sports Bureau / Arya Yuyutsu
New Zealand: Over: 67 II Score: 157/4 (F/O)
The Kiwis were reeling at 84/4 and from there on, BJ Watling and DG Brownlie have added unbeaten 73 runs for the fifth wicket. The visitors were under tremendous pressure having lost two wickets of consecutive deliveries but Watling (41*) and Brownlie (44*) somehow soaked the pressure and prevented any further damage which would have once again exposed the tail-enders. They have managed to take the match in the third day as they still trail by 247 runs with 6 wickets remaining in the second innings.
New Zealand: Over: 40 II Score: 84/4 (F/O)
Only when you thought that the depleted Kiwis were heading towards a steady partnership, Kleinveldt picked two wickets off consecutive deliveries and was on a hat-trick which was denied by BJ Watling. Well set batsman Martin Guptill was beaten for pace and was back to the pavilion for 48 runs. DR Flynn nicked one to the keeper and his stay at the crease was limited to just one delivery.
New Zealand: Over: 31 II Score: 64/2 (F/O)
Williamson and Guptill added 23 runs for the second wicket before Williamson was bowled by Peterson, who picked his second wicket for the day. It looked like an arm ball that kept low and hit the stumps.
New Zealand: Over: 21 II Score: 43/1 (F/O)
And the Kiwis now lose their skipper McCullum who is dismissed by Peterson. The right-hander could show a little resistance and was trapped in front of the wicket and even a review couldn’t prolong his stay at the crease.
New Zealand: Over: 14 II Score: 35/0 (F/O)
New Zealand is chugging along steadily post lunch. The openers have grown in confidence and are playing the bowling way better now, having survived the early overs. Let’s not jinx it yet, but the Kiwis are actually batting like a professional Test team here, a far cry from their previous three innings in South Africa. They’re still trailing by 369 runs though and it’s a long way to recovery just yet.
New Zealand: Over: 1 II Score: 1/0 (F/O)
Guptill and McCullum start the innings again. Steyn steams in, dangerous and attacking as ever. The band, meanwhile, keep playing in the background. And… wait for it! Guptill has been given out caught behind while struggling to handle a short ball. Review called for by the Kiwi, questioning Gould’s decision. That hit the shoulder. That was as out as I’m in Switzerland. Good review! New Zealand end the first over with their 10 second innings wickets intact.
The follow-on has, predictably, been enforced and New Zealand will have 10 more tries to try and surmount South Africa’s mammoth 525. They need another 404 to avoid another innings defeat.
Join us shortly as I refresh my list of metaphors for ‘Kiwi batting order collapse’. Tweet in your suggestions to @aryayuyutsu if you’ve got some snazzy ones. Can the Black Caps offer a stronger resistance in the second innings? We’ll find out shortly…
New Zealand: Over: 44.4 II Score: 121/10
The brief, splendid and enjoyable resistance couldn’t last too long, sadly for us. The entertainment has been brought to an end by Morne Morkel. Short ball is edged by Watling and captain Graeme Smith takes an easy one. Grand innings by the keeper with a pretty quick 63. New Zealand have been dismissed for 121, but not before registering their best 11th wicket partnership: 59 runs off 49 balls.
BJ Watling c Smith b Morkel 63 (87b 13x4 0x6)
New Zealand: Over: 43 II Score: 117/9
Watling has cut another poor ball from Peterson for four to bring up the fifty run partnership. The eternal optimist within me is peeking its soft and furry head out from under my jacket. Kallis is brought into the attack.
Partnership: 55 (40b)
New Zealand: Over: 42 II Score: 111/9
Kleinveldt is certainly not enjoying this last wicket stand. Number 11 Boult has slammed one for six, straight down the ground. The pair have put on 49 runs of 34 balls already.
New Zealand: Over: 41 II Score: 103/9
Watling has got a 50 in the midst of all the mayhem, ‘keeping’ the innings going somehow. Scores level now. New Zealand are 103*, exactly the same as Dean Elgar. Can Elgar edge it or will Kleinveldt continue to get the smashing treatment?
New Zealand: Over: 40 II Score: 91/9
Watling has taken an unnaturally strange liking for Kleinveldt’s bowling and has decided to go berserk, slamming him for 4 fours and moving on to 44. I’m hoping for a Nathan Astle double century here. Come on Watling! Meanwhile, Boult’s slotted Kleinveldt for a couple of fours as well.
New Zealand: Over: 37 II Score: 64/9
Steyn does get the five-for, the 19th of his career as I run out of innovative ways to describe the Kiwi collapse. The off-stump is blown away, as was a clueless Jeetan Patel who’s gone without scoring. Boult is the last man in. Can he shut the Proteans out? Call me pessimistic, but I doubt it!
JS Patel b Steyn 0 (3b 0x4 0x6)
New Zealand: Over: 35 II Score: 62/8
The Kiwis are continuing to fold like an automated origami experiment gone wrong. Wagner’s vigil doesn’t last long as Steyn traps him in front of the wickets. The Kiwi goes for a desperate review but the decision holds and the Black Caps are 8 down. Steyn has 4. New Zealand has 2 wickets left and 0 reviews to use desperately. Jeetan Patel is the new man in.
N Wagner lbw Steyn 0 (7b 0x4 0x6)
New Zealand: Over: 33 II Score: 61/7
Just as the Kiwis seemed to be putting a wee partnership together, Steyn gets rid of Bracewell with a real beauty, catching the edge and AB did the rest behind the stumps. The cruelty of giving someone hope and then crushing it with one fell blow! Wagner is the next one in, looking to compose an innings of his own now. Wagner – compose – get it?! Bah!
DAJ Bracewell c de Villiers b Steyn 7 (44b 0x4 0x6)
New Zealand: Over: 27 II Score: 50/6
That’s 50 up for New Zealand. It’s taken 8 batsmen to reach this far, but they’ve gotten there eventually. A collective raising of the bats is in order here. Meanwhile, Watling is battling it out in the middle as Morkel and Peterson start the day for South Africa. The Kiwis, on their part, can look on the bright side of things: it’s a bright day. Apparently it’s also a good day for batting. There are murmurs of “avoiding the follow-on” and “another 275 runs” running around behind me.
Day 3: There’s been some very one-sided cricket in this series and yesterday was no different. South Africa piled on the runs with three centurions and declared at a grand 525 as soon as young Dean Elgar got to the hallowed three-figure mark.
The Kiwis then took guard and were immediately put to the test with some fierce bowling from Steyn and co. The not-at-all-famed batting line-up fell apart like a superannuated, unscrewed Transformer left in the middle of a hurricane. Steyn, Kleinveldt and Peterson picked up two wickets each as Watling and Bracewell cut a despondent picture at the crease at the end of day 2, with New Zealand at 47 for 6.
Can the Kiwis hang in there for another day or will this be another massive embarrassment for the Black Caps? Can Dale Steyn get a fiver or will Kleinveldt and co. divide the wickets among them? Can we find another array of expressions to describe the Kiwi collapse or will we run out of colourful metaphors? Follow our live updates to find out…
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