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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 November 2007, 12:11 GMT
South Africa wrap up massive win
First Test, Johannesburg (day four): South Africa 226 & 422-3d beat New Zealand 118 & 172 by 358 runs

Dale Steyn
Steyn struck early on the fourth day as South Africa romped to victory

South Africa beat New Zealand by 358 runs in the first Test in Johannesburg, completing victory early in the afternoon session of the fourth day.

Dale Steyn finished with 5-59, giving him match figures of 10-93, in South Africa's most impressive victory by a runs margin in their Test history.

New Zealand, starting the day on 57-3, were all out for 172 at the Wanderers.

They have just five days to regroup before the second and final Test at SuperSport Park, Centurion.

With only 10 batsmen available because of Shane Bond's injury, New Zealand were already in a hopeless situation at the start of play on Sunday.

Scott Styris contrived to glove the ninth ball of the morning, from Steyn, down the leg-side to Mark Boucher.


And eight overs later the other overnight batsman, Brendon McCullum, threw away his wicket.

Attempting to guide Steyn over the slips for four, he instead bunted a short ball well wide of off-stump straight to Herschelle Gibbs in the gully.

Michael Papps, batting down at seven because of his stomach illness, lunged forward too early at a Jacques Kallis delivery to edge to slip - and that made the score a miserable 109-6.

Jacob Oram and Daniel Vettori produced something approaching a proper partnership, adding 45 either side of lunch.

But Oram was riding his luck, which eventually ran out on 40 when he clubbed the spinner Paul Harris to Andre Nel on the leg-side boundary.

I enjoy bowling here at the Wanderers - it's nice to see the ball carry over Mark Boucher's shoulders

Dale Steyn

Three overs later, Iain O'Brien was caught by Hashim Amla at short-leg off Steyn after the ball ricocheted off the fielder's hands.

With the final ball of his following over, Steyn comprehensively bowled Chris Martin, leaving skipper Vettori unbeaten on 46.

Afterwards, a disconsolate Vettori said: "To compete over here we are going to have to start building big totals.

"You are always going to struggle against a team of South Africa's calibre if you only score 110 [sic] in the first innings."

Steyn, who won the man-of-the-match award, said: "It's much better than Pakistan isnt' it?

"I enjoy bowling here at the Wanderers - it's nice to see the ball carry over Mark Boucher's shoulders every once in a while."

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