South Africa cement dominance at Wellington
South Africa tightened the screws on a hapless New Zealand side on Day 4 of the third Test between the two at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
Resuming on their overnight score of 65/0, New Zealand were shot out for 275 as Vernon Philander took 6/81, his sixth five wicket haul in just his seventh Test, breaking a 116 year old record to become the fastest man to take 50 wickets in Tests.
Martin Guptill top scored with 59 while a host of other batsmen including Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori (30) failed to convert their starts. NZ’s innings helped them avoid the follow on but they conceded a 199 run first innings lead.
Adding to their woes was the broken hand that their captain Ross Taylor suffered after being hit on the forearm by a delivery from Morne Morkel. Taylor will join Hashim Amla as an injury casualty from this match.
South Africa ended the day on 75/0, to extend their lead to 274 having piled up 474/9 before declaring in the first innings. 90 overs were lost to rain on the first two days of the Test following which hundreds from Alviro Peterson (156) and JP Duminy (103) helped SA post a huge total.
Daniel Vettori went wicketless in the first innings while AB de Villiers made 38 but Mark Gillespie took 6/113 to help out New Zealand.
SA will look to their fast bowling quartet of Steyn, Morkel, Philander and de Lange to help them get a win and 2-0 series result tomorrow while NZ will do their best to survive and end the series less disastrously on 1-0.