Cape Town - Imran Tahir returned career-best figures for the Proteas in Twenty20 Internationals as they made a convincing start to
their tour of New Zealand with a comprehensive, 78-run victory in their one-off
clash in Auckland on Friday.
As it happened: New Zealand v South Africa, lone T20I
The leg-spinner led a stellar bowling display by taking 5/24 - the third best figures ever for South Africa - as the hosts were bundled out
for 107 in 14.5 overs. It was also the biggest-ever win in terms of runs over
The groundwork for the result was done by seam duo of Andile
Phehlukwayo and Chris Morris, the pair picking up the other five wickets
Morris bowled with fine control as he claimed 2/10 in three
overs, both his wickets coming from successive deliveries, while Phehlukwayo
chipped in with his first international wickets in 20-over cricket thanks to an
impressive 3/19 in his three overs.
Tahir, who was also on a hat-trick at one stage, then
managed to overcome a slippery ball caused by rain to clean up the tail in his
3.5 overs of magic. Only Ryan McLaren’s 5/19 and 5/23 by David Wiese bettered
the feat of the veteran 37-year-old.
Earlier, it was Hashim Amla that set the tone for the
tourists with his sixth half-century for South Africa. The opener powered 62
(43 balls, 9 fours, 1 six) to help his side post 185/6 after they lost the toss
and were asked to bat first.
Amla made excellent use of timing and conventional hitting
during his knock, which included hitting four boundaries in four balls off Ben
Wheeler to start the fifth over. Faf du Plessis (36) shared in the vital
partnership of the innings, which contributed 87 runs in just 8.2 overs for the
second wicket, as the Proteas easily surpassed the par score in the 160s on an
overcast evening at Eden Park.
Quinton de Kock (0), who fell to the outstanding Trent Boult
(2/8), had a rare failure, but there were other useful contributions from the
likes of AB de Villiers (26) and JP Duminy (29) allowing the South Africans to
set what proved to be a match-winning total.
A five-match, One-Day International series
between the two teams begins in Hamilton on Sunday (03:00 SA time).
Glenn Phillips, Kane Williamson (captain), Colin Munro, Tom Bruce, Corey Anderson, Colin de Grandhomme, Luke Ronchi (wicketkeeper), Mitchell Santner, Ben Wheeler, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis (captain), JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Paterson, Imran Tahir
Umpires: Chris Brown (New Zealand) and Wayne Knights (New Zealand)
TV umpire: Shaun Haig (New Zealand)
Match referee: Javagal Srinath (India)