NZ fightback appears too late
South Africa were on the verge of winning the first Test against New Zealand, despite the visitors fighting back in the last session at Newlands.
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New Zealand ended day two 169 for four, 133 runs behind South Africa, who followed up the Black Cap's embarrassing opening effort of 45 all out - their third-lowest Test score - with 347 for eight declared.
Dean Brownlie's unbeaten 69 was a rare bright moment for the visitors as he put on 89 with skipper Brendon McCullum for the third wicket as New Zealand showed some resilience in Cape Town.
The Black Caps made the ideal start from the first ball of the second over of the day as Trent Boult got one to nip back at Alviro Petersen (106), who could only get an inside edge on the delivery before the ball clattered into the stumps.
AB de Villiers, who began the day unbeaten on 19, was tentative, scoring his first boundary in the seventh over as the hosts attempted to build on what was already a significant first-innings lead.
The four kickstarted the scoring, although the hosts suffered a blow in the 73rd over. Veteran seam bowler Chris Martin pitched one up which swung away from Faf du Plessis, with the batsman edging to Kane Williamson in the slips for 15.
At 280 for four De Villiers and new batsman Dean Elgar, playing in just his second Test, built slowly until consecutive fours from the one-day skipper off Boult yielded 10 runs in the 82nd over.
However New Zealand struck again in the 89th over as Elgar, playing back, edged a rising Boult delivery to wicketkeeper BJ Watling who took a simple catch for 21.
De Villiers fell in just the second over after lunch for 67. Walking to the off side to create room on leg, he missed and Martin's delivery smashed into the top of middle stump.
The 38-year-old struck again in his next over with Robin Peterson the next South African to be bowled as his off stump was disturbed attempting to play a leg side shot.
This led to home captain Graeme Smith declaring, leaving New Zealand to bat out the remaining 56 overs of the day 302 runs behind.
A tough task was made even harder when opener Martin Guptill was dismissed in the last ball of the first over, pushing a tame Dale Steyn leg-stump half-volley to Hashim Amla at mid-wicket.
Skipper McCullum and Williamson dug in, with just six runs coming in the first six overs before a Steyn half-volley was dispatched to the mid-off boundary by Williamson.
After battling through 46 balls for 15, Williamson became the second New Zealander to needlessly lose his wicket playing away from his body to edge a wide Jacques Kallis delivery to Petersen at second slip.
Brownlie was the exception to the rule for the visitors as he raced on to 24 from just 19 balls with four boundaries, although he was dropped twice in consecutive overs - first by Elgar off the bowling of Steyn and then by Petersen off Vernon Philander.
At the other end the untroubled McCullum brought up his 25th Test fifty off 96 balls in the last ball of the 29th over as the Kiwis moved to 117 for two.
However his resilience was to last just one more over as he was trapped lbw by Peterson for 51.
McCullum's departure did little to slow down Brownlie, who reached his fourth Test half century off 44 balls with an off-side swipe off a short and wide Morkel delivery.
He and Daniel Flynn put on 37 for the fourth wicket before Flynn became Kallis' second victim, edging to De Villiers to leave New Zealand 155 for four.
Brownlie's scoring rate dropped, but he ended the day unbeaten on 69, with wicketkeeper Watling at the other end on 10.