New Zealand collapse puts SA on top
A spectacular collapse in the final session of the day saw New Zealand being bowled out for 185 in their first innings on Day 1 of the 2nd Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday.
South Africa were on 27/2 in reply at Stumps.
New Zealand were at 94/2 in the second session after being put in to bat first when rain interrupted play, shaving nearly 18 overs off the day’s play. Upon resumption they slid from 133/2 to 133/7 as former RCBian Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander ran riot in four chaotic overs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori was a part of the collapse, bowled for 0 by Philander. Brendon McCullum (61) and another former RCBian Ross Taylor (44) took the Kiwis to 133/2 while Kruger van Wyk (21) and Mark Gillespie (27) helped them reach 185 from 133/7.
van Wyk and Gillespie went for broke in the partnership for the 8th wicket and the ploy worked, the duo adding 43 in just 40 balls.
SA trudged to 27/2 in 11 overs at Stumps, losing skipper Graeme Smith (13) and nightwatchman Steyn (4), both caught behind by van Wyk off Chris Martin while Alviro Peterson (8*) and Hashim Amla (2*) stayed unbeaten.