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Kiwis leave Proteas reeling

New Zealand took control of the first Test after they reduced South Africa to 280 in the 2nd innings at stumps.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 20:37 IST

New Zealand took control of the first Test against South Africa after they reduced the home side to 106/4 for three wickets in their second innings just after lunch on the third day on Monday.

Jacques Kallis was on 43 not out along with A de Villiers on 16, the pair taking South Africa 55 runs ahead of the tourists after Ashwell Prince (11) was caught behind off Franklin.

South Africa were dismissed for 276 in their first innings and New Zealand replied with 327, inspired by a sparkling Jacob Oram century.

New Zealand took advantage of some inconsistent bounce on the Centurion strip and bowled well to leave the home side struggling to post a competitive target in the first match of the three-Test series.

South Africa ran into trouble early and in the third over of the day, medium pacer Chris Martin trapped Graeme Smith in front for seven.

Three overs later, the Proteas were 19-2 after Herschelle Gibbs (2) failed to move his feet to a delivery from left-arm paceman James Franklin and edged a catch to Scott Styris at second slip.

Boeta Dippenaar could only add 16 to the total before he steered a delivery from medium pacer Oram to Stephen Fleming at first slip to make it 42-3.

The home side's hopes now rest with premier batsman Kallis, who did well to survive several deliveries that passed the stumps at ankle height and one from Martin that bounced sharply, found the shoulder of the bat but fell safely beyond gully.