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Proteas crush New Zealand as Ntini takes 10

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April 19, 2006 14:53 IST
Makhaya Ntini claimed his second consecutive 10-wicket haul as South Africa cruised to victory over New Zealand in Centurion on Wednesday.

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South Africa won by 128 runs after six overs of the final day's play.

New Zealand, who had been chasing 249 to win, were dismissed for 120 in their second innings.

Fast bowler Ntini, who took five for 94 in the first innings, claimed five for 51 in the second innings to finish with match figures of 10 for 145.

Ntini took 10 for 178 in the third Test against Australia in Johannesburg earlier this month.

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New Zealand resumed on Wednesday on 98 for seven, and Ntini had opener Hamish Marshall caught behind by wicketkeeper Mark Boucher in the fifth over of the day.

Marshall had stood firm for 165 minutes for his 25 off 85 balls.

Four balls later fast bowler Dale Steyn had Daniel Vettori caught behind by Boucher for New Zealand's top score of 38.

Steyn completed his maiden five-wicket haul three balls after that when he sent Chris Martin's middle stump cartwheeling to bowl him for a duck. Steyn took five for 47.

The second Test starts in Cape Town on April 27.

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