Cape Town - The Proteas produced their best death bowling performance for a long time to
set up a comfortable six-wicket victory over New Zealand with 13 balls to spare
in the first T20 International match at Kingsmead on Friday.
As it happened: South Africa v New Zealand, first T20
having been put into bat, made a runaway start when they scored 56 without loss
in the six powerplay overs and followed that up with 62 runs in the
next eight overs. At that stage a total in the region of 170 to 180 looked on
target as they had seven wickets in hand.
Proteas then closed out the innings by taking five wickets for 33 runs in the
last six overs to leave themselves having to make a very gettable 152 runs when
it came to their turn to bat.
(2-24) and man of the match, Aaron Phangiso (2-29) were the key bowlers in
getting the game back for the Proteas while Kagiso Rabada took two wickets in
two balls in the penultimate over which left him on the brink of getting his
second international hat-trick in the space of a handful of matches.
probably bowled the delivery of the match when he deceived New Zealand captain
Kane Williamson with a superbly flighted effort that resulted in a stumping.
Williamson had made 42 off only 21 balls (8 fours) and looked like taking the
game away from South Africa.
main contributor to New Zealand’s fine start was Martin Guptill (42 off 37
balls, 5 fours) who succumbed to a careless bit of running.
reply was built around the second wicket partnership of 50 between Hashim Amla
and AB de Villiers followed by the 59 between Amla and Rilee Rossouw. The
latter were both dismissed when the Proteas only needed a handful of runs with
Amla making top score of 48 (41 balls, 4 fours and a six) and Rossouw a highly entertaining
38 (20 balls, 4 fours and 2 sixes).
who bowled at impressive pace, was the pick of the New Zealand attack.
suffered a late setback before the start when Faf du Plessis had to withdraw
with a knee injury, meaning that AB de Villiers took over the captaincy and
Morne van Wyk filled the top order vacancy and also took over the wicketkeeping
match will be played at SuperSport Park on Sunday at 14:00.