By BV Swagath
New Zealand after their first innings horror are facing a second consecutive innings defeat against the Proteas. The visitors lost four wickets in their first innings and four more in their second innings during the third day’s play of the Second Test on Sunday at the St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.
Resuming the third day morning at a disastrous 47 for 6, the Kiwis were bundled out for 121 in their first innings in just 44.4 overs. Wicket Keeper BJ Watling scored a fighting 63 (from 87 balls with 13 fours). Dale Steyn ripped through the Kiwi line-up with 5 for 17 in 13 overs.
Asked to follow on just before the lunch break, the Kiwis put up stiff resistance with the opening stand lasting 20.2 overs before Brendon McCullum (11) got out lbw to Robin Peterson. About 10 overs later, the same bowler struck again removing Kane Williamson. And a little under 10 overs after that, there was a double blow which completely shook the Kiwis with Martin Guptill (48 from 122 balls with 10 fours) and Daniel Flynn (0) falling in consecutive deliveries to Rory Klienveldt.
There was no further damage in the remaining part of the day with the Kiwis crawling to 157 for 4 in 67 overs. Dean Brownlie who scored a century in the last test got an unbeaten 44 (from 108 balls with 8 fours) while BJ Watling who got a fighting fifty few hours back scored an unbeaten 41 (from 82 balls with 7 fours). There's still a lot of work to do for the Kiwis with a huge deficit of 247 runs to wipe off before they can get the Proteas to bat again.