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January 04, 2013

South Africa vs New Zealand cricket: records tumble at Newlands

Hashim Amla fans at Sahara Park Newlands in Cape Town. Photo courtesy @TammyB12

South African cricket fans in Cape Town aren't sure whether to celebrate thrashing New Zealand by an innings and 27 runs, within three days, or be grumpy about the fact that there is no cricket to watch at Sahara Park Newlands this weekend. 

During the match, South Africa dismissed New Zealand for 45 (their lowest score this century), Dale Steyn took his 300th Test wicket (becoming the fourth South African and 25th bowler ever to do this), Jacques Kallis passed 13 000 Test runs (only Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Rahul Dravid have achieved this previously) and Graeme Smith now just needs one more test win to equal Ponting's record of wins by a Test captain (48).

Vernon Philander, who took an amazing five wickets for seven runs in the first innings, was named man of the match. Alviro Peterson, who scored a century for the Proteas, is one of the players loving his time in Cape Town. He said on Twitter: "The mountain, sea, newlands, wine farms, friends and great people... Cape Town".

Sahara Park Newlands is rated the world's second-most beautiful cricket ground by The Cricketer magazine, and it has been packed to the brim in the past few days as fans enjoyed the sunshine, the atmosphere and, of course, the cricket.

Below are some photos posted on Twitter.

Photo courtesy @GoldFishLive, the official Twitter handle for Goldfish, one of South Africa's most popular live music acts

Photo courtesy @TammyB12

If you were planning to be at the cricket this weekend and now don't know what to do with yourself, check out the events section for some ideas about what's happening in Cape Town.

View the full scorecard from the macth at Sahara Park Newlands on the ESPN CricInfo website.

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