South Africa's Steyn makes New Zealand suffer

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JOHANNESBURG, Nov 9 (Reuters) Fast bowler Dale Steyn improved his career-best figures to put South Africa on top on the second day of the first test against New Zealand today.

South Africa were 63 for two in their second innings at tea, a lead of 171 runs.

Steyn took 5-34 to help dismiss New Zealand for 118 in their first innings, which they scored in reply to South Africa's 226.

Steyn's previous best was the 5-47 he took against New Zealand at Centurion in 2005-06.

New Zealand resumed on 41-2, and they were dismissed 21 balls after lunch.

Steyn struck in the fifth over when he bowled nightwatchman Shane Bond for one.

Five overs after that, Stephen Fleming pushed at a delivery from paceman Makhaya Ntini and was caught by AB de Villiers at third slip for 40.

New Zealand lost their next three wickets for five runs, and all of the dismissals involved Jacques Kallis.

Scott Styris, who scored 11, played an uncertain drive to a Kallis delivery and was caught by Graeme Smith at first slip.

In the next over Kallis was at second slip when he took the catch that enabled Steyn to dismiss Jacob Oram for one.

Kallis struck again in the next over when he had Ross Taylor caught in the gully by Herschelle Gibbs for 15.

Steyn completed his fourth five-wicket haul after lunch when he trapped Brendon McCullum in front for nine before having Chris Martin caught at mid-on by Paul Harris for nought.

South Africa were 20-2 in the eighth over of their second innings after fast bowler Bond had Gibbs caught by Michael Papps at third slip for eight and medium pacer Martin bowled Smith for nine.

Hashim Amla, who was 32 not out, and Kallis, on 14, consolidated until tea.


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