Napier - Hashim Amla missed out on a 10th
century but still guided South Africa to a comfortable six-wicket
victory over New Zealand in their second one-day international in Napier
on Wednesday, sealing the series with a game to spare.
visitors took the first match in Wellington by six wickets and have now
won their last four games in New Zealand, having also taken the final
two Twenty20 matches to clinch that series.
Amla, who made a
blistering start with seven boundaries in his first 32 runs, anchored
the innings with 92 before he nicked a delivery from legspinner Tarun
Nethula to Brendon McCullum with the victory target of 231 well in
Amla combined well with Faf du Plessis (34) and JP Duminy
(43) before captain AB de Villiers (31 not out) and Justin Ontong (17
not out) guided the visitors to victory in just 38.2 overs, making a
mockery of New Zealand's innings.
The hosts had been dismissed
for 230 in 47.3 overs after fast bowler Morne Morkel had destroyed their
lower order, twice having hat-trick deliveries, before he finished with
career-best figures of 5-38 from 9.3 overs.
McCullum and Martin
Guptill (58) had combined for a 107-run partnership to set New Zealand
up for a score in excess of 300, widely considered the minimum required
on the small McLean Park ground, when they took their batting power play
after the 32nd over with the score on 162-2.
The hosts then
lost three wickets for 20 in five overs as Kane Williamson (13) and
McCullum (85) threw away their wickets trying to smash Lonwabo Tsotsobe
out of the park, before Jesse Ryder was then caught behind for a
Morkel, who had figures of 0-33 off seven overs,
then ran through the lower order and finished off the innings when
Andrew Ellis was caught in the deep for 17 to give the fast bowler his
first five-wicket haul in one-day internationals.
The final match is at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday before the three-test series begins in Dunedin on March 7.Teams:
New Zealand - Rob Nicol, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (captain & wk), Kane Williamson, Jesse Ryder, James Franklin, Andy Ellis, Kyle Mills, Tarun Nethula, Tim Southee, Andy McKay.
South Africa - Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers (captain & wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Justin Ontong, Albie Morkel, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.