It started with the Kiwis succumbing to some brilliant bowling by SA and more specifically Philander who took just 25 balls to get his fiver, which resulted in the tourists being bowled out for just 45 the lowest test score since 1974. Not to mention we saw the Steyn Remover, the number 1 test bowler in the world, take his 300th wicket in that innings.
Then came South Africa’s turn to bat, there only turn, as they raced to 347/8 with some great batting by Petersen who scored a well deserved century, as well as 50’s from Amla, Kallis, and AB, when they’d decided they’d had enough and wanted some days on the golf green so they signalled the declaration with a 302 run first innings lead.
In the Blackcaps 2nd innings they attempted to perform some sort of a fightback with a McCullum 50 and a well played century from Brownlie who looks like a very promising prospect for NZ cricket, however it proved to be futile as the tourists ran out of luck when Martin was run-out for (guess how many) a duck, which was quite an appropriate ending I feel to what was a great test match. So the hosts came out comprehensive winners by an innings and 27 runs, and will take an unassailable lead going into the 2nd test in PE.
I predict more of the same at St Georges on the 11th, but am hopeful we might see some sort of resilience shown by the kiwis in the 2nd test like they showed in there 2nd innings in the 1st test.