Jan. 4 (Bloomberg) -- South Africa completed an innings and 27-run victory over New Zealand, beating the visitors inside three days of the first cricket Test in Cape Town.
Top-ranked South Africa took command of the match after bowling out the Black Caps for 45 in less than 20 overs on the opening day.
Resuming today on 169-4 after the Proteas declared on 347-8 in their reply, New Zealand’s hopes of making the hosts bat again were dashed when Dean Brownlie fell shortly before lunch for 109. South Africa completed the victory before tea when New Zealand was all out for 275 in its second innings.
Brownlie added 74 in 223 balls with South African-born BJ Watling before his attempted cut off Morne Morkel went straight to Alviro Petersen. Once Watling fell to Vernon Philander for 42, New Zealand’s resistance was broken as it added just 23 more runs while the Proteas secured the remaining four wickets.
South Africa ended the game when Chris Martin was run out following a powerful throw from Dale Steyn, who claimed three wickets.
Vernon Philander was South Africa’s best bowler, taking seven wickets in the match including a career best 5-7 in New Zealand’s first innings. Peterson scored 106 yesterday.
The teams are playing a two-match series, New Zealand’s first under Brendon McCullum, who succeeded Ross Taylor as captain.
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