Hapless Kiwis collapse against South Africa pace

Updated 13 January 2013
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Hapless Kiwis collapse against South Africa pace

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa: Dale Steyn and Rory Kleinveldt ripped out New Zealand’s top order batsmen as South Africa took control on the second day of the second and final Test at St. George’s Park yesterday.
New Zealand were reeling at 47 for six at the close, a massive 478 behind South Africa’s first innings total of 525 for eight declared, needing another 279 to avoid the follow on.
There were three centurions in the South African innings, with Faf du Plessis (137) and Dean Elgar (103 not out) joining first day hero Hashim Amla, who added only four to his overnight score before being dismissed for 110.
Steyn, bowling his fastest spell of the summer, had Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson caught in the slips in his first three overs.
Then the strongly-built Kleinveldt, who replaced the injured Vernon Philander, produced a snorter of a delivery to have Dean Brownlie caught behind off his gloves. Kleinveldt followed up with a full ball, which trapped Daniel Flynn leg before wicket.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum survived the pace bowling onslaught, only to succumb to the second ball of spin.
He played a loose drive against left-arm spinner Robin Peterson to be caught at slip for 13, eked out over 98 minutes and 61 balls.
New Zealand’s woes continued when debutant Colin Munro was out first ball, caught at short leg off Peterson.
New Zealand were 39 for six and in danger of being dismissed for fewer than the disastrous 45 all out which doomed them to an innings defeat in the first Test in Cape Town.
But that humiliation was avoided when BJ Watling cut Steyn for four in the last over of the day.
South Africa were made to struggle for runs early, adding only 65 runs in 29 overs before lunch.
The first 11 overs produced only 11 runs for the loss of Amla’s wicket as Trent Boult and Doug Bracewell bowled accurately in overcast conditions.

Du Plessis and Elgar played through the difficult period and lifted the tempo during the afternoon.
The pair shared a sixth wicket stand of 131, a record for South Africa against New Zealand as the home side added 105 runs between lunch and tea.
Du Plessis, stuck on 99 at lunch, reached his century when he hit the first ball he received after the interval, from off-spinner Jeetan Patel, for six.
The left-handed Elgar, struggling to establish himself in a strong South African batting line-up, played some fine attacking shots, particularly against off-spinner Jeetan Patel, and hit left-arm pace bowler Neil Wagner for a soaring six over long-on as he attempted to reach his maiden century before tea.
He was on 91 at tea and the declaration was delayed until he reached his hundred in the sixth over after the break.

SCOREBOARD

South Africa (first innings):
A. Petersen c Patel b Bracewell 21
G. Smith c Watling b Wagner 54
H. Amla c Watling b Boult 110
J. Kallis c Watling b Bracewell 8
A de Villiers c Williamson b Patel 51
F. du Plessis c McCullum b Munro 137
D. Elgar not out 103
R. Peterson c Patel b Munro 8
D. Steyn c Patel b Bracewell 5
R. Kleinveldt not out 7
Extras: 21
Total: (for 8 wkts decl) 525
Fall of wkts: 1-29, 2-121, 3-137, 4-223, 5-336, 6-467, 7-481, 8-508.
Bowling: Boult 32-5-108-1 (2w), Bracewell 34-6-94-3 (1w), Wagner 33-4-135-1 (3nb 1w), Patel 36.5-2-134-1, Munro 18-4-40-2.

New Zealand (first innings):
M. Guptill c Petersen b Steyn 1
B. McCullum c Kallis b Peterson 13
K. Williamson c Smith b Steyn 4
D. Brownlie c De Villiers b Kleinveldt 10
D. Flynn lbw b Kleinveldt 0
B. Watling not out 15
C. Munro c Elgar b Peterson 0
D. Bracewell not out 3
Extras: 1
Total: (for 6 wkts) 47
Fall of wkts: 1-2, 2-8, 3-27, 4-27, 5-39, 6-39.
Bowling: Steyn 8-2-14-2, Morkel 8-4-12-0, Kleinveldt 6-1-18-2, Peterson 2-1-2-2


Manchester United inflict more semifinal misery on sorry Spurs

Updated 21 April 2018
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Manchester United inflict more semifinal misery on sorry Spurs

  • Manchester United come from behind to make FA Cup final.
  • Mauricio Pochettino yet to win a trophy as manager.

A third cup final with Manchester United for Jose Mourinho. More FA Cup semifinal misery for Tottenham.
While Mauricio Pochettino wins admiration for his style of football, the manager has yet to actually win a trophy in management.
A 2-1 collapse to United at Wembley Stadium on Saturday left Tottenham reeling from an eighth successive loss in the FA Cup semifinals.
Pochettino is responsible for two of the setbacks, having also fallen short against Chelsea last season.
At the stadium where Tottenham have been playing their home matches this season, Dele Alli's goal gave the 1991 FA Cup winners hope of turning around their miserable record in world football's oldest knockout competition.
But Alexis Sanchez leveled in the 24th minute and Ander Herrera struck the winner in the second half. It ensured Mourinho, who won the League Cup and Europa League in his first season at United, has a chance to also end this campaign with silverware against Chelsea or Southampton in the FA Cup final.
"We're getting used to being in finals," Herrera said. "This club is all about titles and finals."
While Mourinho has fallen short in the English Premier League behind newly crowned champion Manchester City, United are second and on course for their highest finish since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Tottenham would settle with holding onto fourth place to secure a third season in a row in the Champions League.
Liverpool missed a chance to considerably stretch its advantage over Tottenham in one of Saturday's two league games. Juergen Klopp's side threw away a two-goal lead to draw with last-place West Bromwich Albion 2-2 and move only three points ahead of Tottenham.
Chelsea, who plays Southampton in the other FA Cup semifinal on Sunday, are five points behind Tottenham with four games remaining.

POGBA TRANSFORMED
When United fell behind to Tottenham, Paul Pogba was culpable.
A high ball was launched forward by Tottenham, a lethargic Pogba didn't try to break sweat in an attempt to prevent it reaching Eriksen. It allowed the Dane to whip in a cross for Alli to slide onto at the far post and strike past David De Gea in 11th minute
Had Harry Kane made a connection at the far post with Son Heung-min's cross three minutes later, Tottenham might have extended their lead.
Instead, United were able to draw level. Pogba made amends for his earlier inertia by dispossessing Mousa Dembele and delivering a cross that Sanchez headed past static goalkeeper Michel Vorm.
Sanchez did the hard work to create the winner in the 62nd, holding off Kieran Trippier and rolling the ball into the penalty area where Jesse Lingard teed up Herrera to shoot past Vorm.