Twitter Reactions: Dale Steyn rips apart Kiwis batting lineup, SA win series!

Twitter Reactions: Dale Steyn rips apart Kiwis batting lineup, SA win series!

Dale Steyn
South African bowler Dale Steyn delivers a ball during the third day of the second cricket Test match between South Africa and New Zealand at the Supersport Cricket stadium in Centurion, South Africa on August 29, 2016. (Photo by CHRISTIAN KOTZE/AFP/Getty Images)

The 2nd Test at Centurion ended with South Africa wrapping up the series 1-0. In what was a magnificent Day 4, the hosts resumed their innings from the overnight score of 105/6. They continued to bat on till drinks before coming up with the declaration.

Temba Bavuma stayed not out on 40 as the hosts set a target of 400 for the Kiwis. Veteran Tim Southee was the pick of the bowlers as he got 3 wickets which included knocking out Philander’s stumps today. Trent Boult also got a couple of wickets while Doug Bracewell and Neil Wagner also got a wicket each.

New Zealand on the other hand never looked on course. Their innings began with a jolt on the first ball as Tom Latham was out bowled. Dale Steyn who has been in a ferocious form picked 3 wickets in his first 2 overs as the Kiwis were reduced 7 for 4 with 3 of their top 4 batsmen gone for ducks.

Nicholls showed some valour as he scored 76 runs with 12 boundaries. Watling and Bracewell got starts but failed to convert them. Once the top order failed, the lower order had too much pressure to achieve anything out of it.

In the end, the visitors were bundled for 195 runs. Steyn went on to pick a magnificent five-wicket haul while both Rabada and Philander got a couple of wickets. Piedt also managed to get a wicket in the form of Watling.

The Proteans thus went on to win the game by 204 runs as skipper Faf du Plessis lifted the trophy. Quinton de Kock was declared the player of the game for his twin fifties. Twitter had amazing insights on the game.

While there were questions over the declaration, Steyn was admired for a brilliant spell of bowling from which the Kiwis never seemed to recover. On the other hand, Martin Guptill was trolled for a poor patch. Here are some of the Twitter reactions that took place at the end of the second Test:

https://twitter.com/holdingwilley/status/770637306516561920

https://twitter.com/denniscricket_/status/770556322005737472

https://twitter.com/altcricket/status/770605188507963392

https://twitter.com/denniscricket_/status/770557705354227712

https://twitter.com/denniscricket_/status/770550680784285696