Philander 5 for 7, Kallis 13000, Steyn 300...New Zealand 45/10

Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis bullied New Zealand with the bat after Vernon Philander destroyed the tourists with the ball to give South Africa a 207-run lead after a lopsided opening day of their Test series at Newlands on Wednesday.

Petersen was 103 not out, while Amla (66) and Kallis (60) both made half-centuries to take the top-ranked Proteas to 252-3 at stumps and a firm hold on the first match and the series with only three sessions played. South Africa undoubtedly owned all of those sessions, starting when Philander took 5-7 in six overs to rip the heart out of New Zealand's batting and send them to 45 all out, and ending late in the day with Petersen's fifth Test century.

In between, South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn (2-18) became the equal third quickest bowler to reach 300 Test wickets and Kallis just the fourth batsman to 13,000 Test runs as the home team racked up milestones and achievements and looked on course for a fifth straight series win.

"Obviously it's nice to get the recognition," Kallis said after joining Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Rahul Dravid past 13,000 runs. "Especially when you're playing in a team that's starting to put some special results together.''

The beleaguered Black Caps were left to face inevitable questions over the gulf in class between them and the best Test team in the world. "Everyone's bitterly disappointed,'' New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said, calling the atmosphere in the tourists' dressing room "sombre.''

"Everyone is hurting immensely. The real challenge for us here is to be able to turn up tomorrow.''

New Zealand were bowled out in less than 20 overs for their third lowest Test total, the 12th lowest ever and the lowest at the Cape Town venue in over 100 years.

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