South Africa's cruel destruction of New Zealand showed why they are ranked the number one team in Test cricket, both captains agreed after the South Africa finished an innings win in the 2nd and final Test at St George's Park on Monday.
Fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel used the 2nd new ball to upsetting effect as South Africa won by an innings and 197 runs before lunch on the fourth day. It was their second consecutive innings win against the outclassed New Zealanders.
Man of the match Steyn claimed 3 for 48 for match figures of 8 for 65 while Morkel take 2 for 36 as New Zealand were bowled out for 211 on Monday. They wanted only a combined 34 deliveries to take the last five wickets. Dean Brownlie and BJ Watling put on 98 runs for the 5th wicket before Brownlie was caught behind off Jacques Kallis for 53 in the tenth over of the day.
The new ball was taken three overs later and the rest of the batsmen folded quickly, with an early finish becoming inevitable when Watling was bowled by Dale Steyn for 63. The both teams meet in three one day internationals, starts in Paarl on Saturday, but then both face new Test challenges next month. South Africa are at home to Pakistan in three Tests while New Zealand will be hosting England.