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Steyn, Vern establish stranglehold


HAMILTON — Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander shared four wickets as South Africa took a stranglehold on proceedings at stumps on the second day of the second Test against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton yesterday.

Steyn ended the day with figures of 2-10 off nine overs while Philander had captured 2-21 as New Zealand stuttered to 65 for four in their second innings, still trailing South Africa’s first innings score by three runs.

South Africa had earlier been bowled out for 253 on the stroke of tea after a fine half-century from AB de Villiers with seamer Doug Bracewell starring with the ball as he captured 5-59.

New Zealand began their second innings 68 runs in arrears, but they found themselves in all sorts of trouble as they crashed to seven for three.
Philander struck the first blows when he bowled Rob Nicol (1) and trapped Brendon McCullum (5) leg-before while Steyn had Martin Guptill (1) caught at midwicket.

Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor (17) steadied the innings with a fourth-wicket stand of 57 before Steyn returned to action late in the day to trap the right-handed Taylor leg-before with an inswinging yorker.

Williamson ended the day on a gutsy 41 not out while Daniel Vettori had yet to score.

De Villiers had earlier weighed in with a wonderful 83 off 133 balls with 10 fours as the Proteas’ last four wickets produced 165 runs to rescue the innings after the tourists had crashed to 88 for six.
But De Villiers shared in partnerships of 63 with Mark Boucher (24), 33 with Philander (14) and 34 with Morne Morkel while Morkel and Imran Tahir (16) also added 34 for the last wicket. — Reuters

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