JOHANNESBURG, May 5 (Reuters) Fast bowler Makhaya Ntini took five for 35 to dismiss New Zealand for 119 before tea on the first day of the third test today.
Captain Stephen Fleming's 46 was the tourists' top score and the 55 he shared with Nathan Astle for the fourth wicket was their best partnership.
Four New Zealanders were dismissed without scoring. Paceman Dale Steyn took three for 43.
Ntini had Jamie How caught by AB de Villiers at third slip with the eighth ball of the match and without a run on the board.
New Zealand had yet to score their first run four overs later when Michael Papps edged a jagging inswinger from Ntini on to his stumps.
The visitors needed 33 deliveries to move off the mark and they did so when Fleming drove Steyn down the ground for two.
Those were the only runs on the board when Scott Styris edged a delivery from Ntini and was spectacularly caught by De Villiers diving to his left at third slip.
Other deliveries sailed through the slip cordon during the rest of the morning session but none of them went to hand until the last ball before lunch.
A thick edge from Fleming to a delivery from Steyn flew at a comfortable height to second slip where Jacques Kallis dropped what should have been a simple catch.
Kallis made amends eight balls after lunch when he caught an edge Astle offered off Steyn's bowling.
Ntini claimed two wickets in three balls in the fifth over after lunch when he had Fleming caught behind by wicketkeeper Mark Boucher before diving forward to claim an awkward return catch to dismiss Brendon McCullum without scoring.
Six balls later Steyn trapped Vettori in front for two as New Zealand slumped to 82 for seven. Ntini completed his 14th five-wicket haul when he had Chris Martin caught by captain Graeme Smith at first slip for one.
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