SA in New Zealand

Proteas in charge

2012-03-03 09:03
Hashim Amla (File)
Cape Town - The Proteas are in firm control, chasing 207 for victory, in the final ODI against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland.

Live scoring

South Africa were on 83 for one after 17 overs with Hashim Amla not out on 52 from 57 balls and Albie Morkel not out on 1.

Wayne Parnell was the batsman out, dismissed for 27.

Earlier, Debutant Marchant de Lange made an immediate impact as South Africa bowled New Zealand out for 206.

Paceman De Lange finished with figures of 4-46 off nine overs as the hosts, after being asked to bat, were bowled out in 47 overs.

Left-arm spinner Robin Peterson grabbed 2-36 while Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla both made impressive contributions in the field with Du Plessis claiming two catches and contributing to a run out while Amla nabbed three catches.

Brendon McCullum top-scored for the Black Caps with 47 off 59 balls with six fours while six other batsmen reached double figures without anyone reaching a half-century.

The 21-year-old De Lange bowled with impressive pace, control and aggression as he tore his way through New Zealand’s middle and lower order.

Play start 20 minutes late because of rain, while another 30 minutes was lost because of inclement weather during New Zealand’s innings, but the Proteas had more than enough time to knock their opponents over.

South Africa went into the match without Graeme Smith (sore forearm) Jacques Kallis (stiff back), Justin Ontong (twisted ankle) and Morne Morkel (rested) but they made early inroads as Marin Guptill (7) was superbly caught by a diving Du Plessis at backward point, and Rob Nicol (12) was caught behind off the bowling of off-spinner Johan Botha.

De Lange then claimed his first wicket in ODIs when he had Brendon McCullum caught at point before Kane Williamson (22) was run out at the keeper’s end after good work from Du Plessis, who swooped in from the covers.

Debutant Colin de Grandhomme (36) and James Franklin (36) then combined for the biggest partnership of the innings as they put on 55 runs for the fifth wicket.

De Grandhomme looked in good touch as he struck three sixes and a four but he was run out at the non-striker’s end after a superb throw from Albie Morkel at mid-off.

De Grandhomme’s dismissal signalled the start of a crash from New Zealand who lost their last six wickets for the addition of just 46 runs.

De Lange was instrumental in the collapse as he removed Franklin, caught at extra cover, Andrew Ellis (2), caught at slip, and Nathan McCullum (10), caught at midwicket.

Peterson then ended the innings by removing Kyle Mills (5) and Michael Bates (13).

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