By BV Swagath
New Zealand put on an embarrassing batting show by getting bundled out for a paltry 45 on the first day of the Opening Test at Newlands in Cape Town. The visitors batting first after winning the toss were bowled out just before lunch thanks to a dream spell of 6-3-7-5 from seamer Vernon Philander. This is New Zealand’s third lowest total in Test Cricket history and the New Year under a new Skipper Brendon McCullum has seen the worst ever start.
South Africa maintained its dominance right till the end of the day by taking a lead of 207 runs. At Stumps on Day 1, the hosts have eased to 252 for 3 in 64 overs. Opener Alviro Petersen struck his 5th Test century, remaining unbeaten on 103 (from 172 balls with 11 fours and a six). Hashim Amla scored a busy 66 (from 74 balls with 9 fours) while Jacques Kallis who went onto become the fourth player in Test Cricket history to cross 13000 runs, scored an attacking 60 (from 89 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes).
Early on, it took just the 19.2 overs for the Proteas to bowl out New Zealand. Apart from Philander, Steyn took two wickets and Morne Morkel took three wickets. Just the one batsman in Kane Williamson got into double digits, scoring 13. The longest a New Zealand batsman could survive came from Daniel Flynn who lasted 28 balls.
South Africa: Graeme Smith, Alvrio Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, Vernon Philander, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Dean Brownlie, Daniel Flynn, BJ Watling, James Franklin, Doug Bracewell, Trent Boult, Jeetan Patel, Chris Martin