NEW Zealand fell to their third lowest Test score on the opening day of the two-match series against South Africa at Newlands.
Vernon Philander claimed five wickets for seven runs as the tourists, who won the toss and elected to bat, were bowled out for a paltry 45. The home side replied with 252 for three to lead the opening Test by 207 runs. Alviro Petersen hit an unbeaten century and there were also half-centuries for Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis, who became the fourth player to pass 13,000 Tests runs.
Philander ripped through the New Zealand order as South Africa began the series in the manner befitting the world’s No 1-ranked side. Only Kane Williamson reached double figures but his top score of 13 was typical of a New Zealand batting display which crumbled in just 19.2 overs.
Philander struck in the second over as he claimed a wicket maiden, Martin Guptill’s outside edged being snapped up by AB de Villiers behind the stumps.
The home crowd only had to wait four more overs before Philander struck for a second time, cleaning up Brendon McCullum (7). Three balls later Dean Brownlie (0) looped a catch to Graeme Smith at slip and the tourists were 14 for three.
Dale Steyn’s following over cost nine runs as Williamson at least showed a little resistance. But Philander returned to remove him lbw for 13.
Philander and De Villiers combined to remove BJ Watling for a duck before Morne Morkel dismissed James Franklin, caught by Smith for one, to reduce the tourists to 28 for six.
When Doug Bracewell was bowled by Steyn for two, New Zealand were 31 for seven. Jeetan Patel (5) was the next to go after Amla dived to his left to claim a stunning one-handed catch off the bowling of Morkel.
Travis Boult had contributed just one to the total when he was caught by De Villiers off Morkel and Steyn ended the rout when he caught and bowled Daniel Flynn for eight.