South Africa outsmart New Zealand in 2nd Test, draw series
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New Zealand, facing a record fourth-innings chase of 426 to win, were all out for 227 eight balls after tea on the final day.
Captain Dean Elgar set the tone when he became the first captain to win the toss and bat first at Hagley Oval, demanding his side "front up" after that humiliation and they obliged.
"It paid off for us. I am one for taking risks. This is a big one in terms of playing well away from home," he said.
"We needed to rise up and level the series. We have shown in the past that we have a lot of character in the team."
In terms of South African Test victories "it ranks quite high," he added.
A century by Sarel Erwee laid the base for a first innings 364, Kagiso Rabada took five for 60 as New Zealand folded 71 in arrears and an unbeaten 136 from Kyle Verreynne in the second innings tightened the clamp on New Zealand.
"Our blueprint is about putting a big first innings score on the board, if we were able to do that things might look slightly different," he said.
"Unfortunately we were not able to build partnerships in the first or second innings."
- Forlorn hope -
But it was a forlorn hope and their 85-run partnership ended shortly before lunch when Conway went leg before wicket for 92.
The South African-born Conway, who averages a remarkable 63.91 from 12 innings, had added 32 to his overnight 60 and was in sight of his fourth Test century when Lutho Sipamla claimed the wicket with a pinpoint yorker.
Blundell pressed on with Colin de Grandhomme and went to lunch looking set on 44 only to be removed soon after the resumption without adding to his score.
He mistimed striking a short ball from Marco Jansen and skied it to Temba Bavuma at midwicket.
It started a rich spell for Jansen who also took the wickets of Colin de Grandhomme for 18 and Kyle Jamieson for 12.
Kagiso Rabada removed Tim Southee and Keshav Maharaj ended the match with Matt Henry lbw for nought.
They went into the Test with an unchanged side, relying on a pace attack and no spinner which has become customary on the usually emerald Hagley Oval wicket.
Maharaj set the stage in the second innings when he was introduced early and bowled top-order batsmen Henry Nicholls and Daryl Mitchell after Rabada had claimed openers Latham and Will Young.
Latham defended not playing a spinner in his side. "We have our way of how we like to go about things which we have done for so long here in New Zealand," he said.
"Even though the wicket was slightly flatter it didn't necessarily offer a huge amount of turn and it was certainly a side that we believed could win the Test match."
South Africa 1st innings 364 (S. Erwee 108, A. Markram 42, D. Elgar 41; Wagner 4-102, Henry 3-90)
New Zealand 1st innings 293 (C. de Grandhomme 120 not out, D. Mitchell 60; Rabada 5-60, Jansen 4-98)
South Africa 2nd innings 354-9 dec (K. Verreynne 136 not out, K. Rabada 47, R. van der Dussen 45; Wagner 2-81, Henry 2-81)
New Zealand 2nd innings (overnight 94-4)
T. Latham c van der Dussen b Rabada 1
W. Young c Bavuma b Rabada 0
D. Conway lbw Sipamla 92
H. Nicholls b Maharaj 7
D. Mitchell b Maharaj 24
T. Blundell c Bavuma b Jansen 44
C. de Grandhomme c Mulder b Jansen 18
K. Jamieson c Rabada b Jansen 12
T. Southee c Sipamla b Rabada 17
N. Wagner not out 10
M. Henry lbw Kagiso 0
Extras (lb1, nb1) 2
Total (all out, 93.5 overs) 227
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Young), 2-6 (Latham), 3-25 (Nicholls), 4-81 (Mitchell), 5-166 (Conway), 6-187 (Blundell), 7-188 (de Grandhomme), 8-201 (Jamieson), 9-220 (Southee), 10-227 (Henry)
Bowling: Rabada 19-5-46-3 (1nb), Jansen 23-6-63-3, Maharaj 31.5-9-75-3, Sipamla 14-5-29-1, Mulder 6-1-13-0
Toss: South Africa
Result: South Africa won by 198 runs
Umpires: Chris Brown (NZL), Wayne Knights (NZL)
TV umpire: Chris Gaffaney(NZL)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)