Dale Steyn edged closer to becoming South Africa’s leading wicket-taker.
Steyn is now just six wickets away from overtaking Shaun Pollock’s 421 wickets for the Proteas. The NZ top order could not handle the pace and movement from the world No 3 as he bundled out Tom Latham, Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor all for a duck in just three overs, putting SA in a fantastic position shortly after lunch.
His first wicket came off the first ball of the day, beating Latham for pace as the ball came crashing into the stumps. His second one came off a nick from Guptill, falling safely in the hands of Hashim Amla. Ross Taylor continued his terrible form against the Proteas, as Steyn trapped him in his crease for lbw. He removed Saunter later for 16 and summed up his 5-33 by getting New Zealand’s top performer Henry Nicholls for 76 to clinch a 204 run victory for The Proteas.
Guptill and Latham’s golden ducks marked the fifth time in Test history that both openers fell first ball.
The speedster now sits on 68 wickets against New Zealand– his second-highest total against a Test playing nation, just behind his 69 wickets for Australia.
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