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Cricket round-up: New Zealand facing another heavy defeat

Dale Steyn

New Zealand spent five sessions in the field in the second Test match against South Africa in Port Elizabeth.

They may have wished they had stayed out longer by the close of the second day.

Having been hammered by an innings in the first Test they are facing more of the same.

South Africa came out to bat after tea just long enough for Dean Elgar to score his first Test century, having been on 91 at the interval, they declared their first innings on 525-8.

That allowed the South Africa bowler 24 overs to make inroads into the New Zealand top order and they did not waste much time. Martin Guptill was the first to go for just one, edging behind off Dale Steyn and caught by Alviro Petersen, and two overs later Kane Williamson was out for four, also caught in the slips to give Steyn a second victim, at a cost of 14 runs, and he was matched with two wickets apiece for Rory Kleinveldt and Robin Peterson.

By the end New Zealand were heading for a second innings defeat in a row as they crumbled to 47-6 leaving them nowhere near the 326 needed to avoid the follow-on.

James Tredwell was relishing his moment in the spotlight after helping bowl England to victory in the first one-day international against India in Rajkot on Friday.

The 30-year-old off-spinner is an understudy to Graeme Swann but took on the role of senior spinner with his teammate rested for this tour and his international-best figures of 4-44 in the nine-run victory were a match-winning turn.

“I have an opportunity here to play a few games and show what I can do and hopefully keep my hat in the ring,” Tredwell said ahead of England’s second match of the series in Kochi on Tuesday.

“I was just trying to stem the flow of runs and build up pressure on the batsmen, not allow them to swing the ball over the top but it is pleasing to take wickets in a game like this.

“I guess they do mean more, because India are notoriously good players of spin but any international player you come up against is going to be a good player so to get any of them out is a string to your bow.”

Paul Wheeler

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