Proteas edge NZ in warm-up

2012-09-17 14:22

Colombo - Pace bowler Dale Steyn bagged four wickets as South Africa fine-tuned for the ICC World Twenty20 tournament with a nine-run win over New Zealand in a warm-up match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Monday.

New Zealand won the toss and sent the Proteas in to bat, after the start was delayed due to a damp pitch, and SA captain AB de Villiers anchored the innings, guiding them to 186/6 in their 20 overs.

In reply, the Black Caps were restricted to 177/8 as Steyn picked up three scalps in one over, returning 4/25.

New Zealand captain Ross Taylor put up a fight, contributing 74 runs off 42 balls, but he was eventually removed by speedster Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Steyn dismissed Nathan McCullum, Rob Nicol and Doug Bracewell in the 19th over to prevent New Zealand from putting up a real challenge at the death.

Earlier, openers Richard Levi and Faf du Plessis had got the Proteas off to a solid start, each contributing 24 runs, before De Villiers took control, smashing 54 from 30 deliveries before he was removed in the 19th over.

Seam bowler Adam Milne was the pick of the Black Caps attack, taking 2/26, while left-armer James Franklin removed JP Duminy and Justin Ontong from successive deliveries, bagging 2/31.

The World T20 tournament starts on Tuesday when hosts Sri Lanka face Zimbabwe in Hambantota.

South Africa, playing in the same group, square up against Zimbabwe in their opening match in Hambantota on Thursday.

Results of ICC World Twenty20 warm-up matches in Colombo on Monday:

Pakistan beat India by five wickets
India 185/3 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 75 not out, Rohit Sharma 56, Virender Sehwag 26, Saeed Ajmal 2-22)
Pakistan 186/5 in 19.1 overs (Kamran Akmal 92 not out, Shoaib Malik 37 not out, Ravichandran Ashwin 4-23)

England beat Australia by nine runs

England 172/6 in 20 overs (Alex Hales 52, Luke Wright 35, Eoin Morgan 30, Brad Hogg 2-39, Mitchell Starc 2-32)
Australia 163/6 in 20 overs (Shane Watson 37, Mike Hussey 71, Steven Finn 2-26)

Ireland beat Bangladesh by five runs
Ireland 164/6 in 20 overs (Paul Stirling 71, Ed Joyce 39, Mashrafe Mortaza 2-33, Shakib Al Hasan 2-21)
Bangladesh 159/9 in 20 overs (Tamim Iqbal 35, Shakib Al Hasan 52, Kevin O'Brien 3-24, Trent Johnston 2-25, Alex Cusack 2-28)

West Indies beat Afghanistan by eight wickets
Afghanistan 122/7 (Asghar Stanikzai 53, Fidel Edwards 3-24, Sunil Narine 2-23)
West Indies 125/2 in 15.5 overs (Chris Gayle 65 not out, Mohammad Nabi 2-29)


  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-09-17 14:03

    Oh happy days!

  • beth.cameron.94 - 2012-09-17 14:12

    No thanks to Parnell! He needs to go back to his Franchise and play his way back into the Proteas set up.

      roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-09-17 14:27

      Agree,but my why do they persist in using him if his bowling is so erratic. "Colour"

      felix.feline.3 - 2012-09-17 14:39

      Give Vern a go!

      beth.cameron.94 - 2012-09-17 14:41

      I can't answer that Roy, but let's not bring the race card in here. If transformation and the ability to live side by side as a nation has not happened as fast as we'd like in our country, I do believe that in sport there is little doubt that they have made great strides. I for one do not care if all the players are Black, Coloured, White or a combination; just want the players who really deserve to be in the team representing our country. Parnell for me does not cut the cheese!

      nathi.mnisi.7 - 2012-09-17 16:16

      Fully agree beth, Even if it was because of player of colour, then y not use Rory Kleinveldt instead? His a far better bowler and gives us a power hitting option down the order

      ayub.sayed.750 - 2012-09-17 16:43

      it wasnt too long ago when he was our hero and now one bad over and he has to go

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-09-17 14:34


      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-09-17 15:06

      ***Dale that is***

  • nicolaas.geldenhuys - 2012-09-17 14:40

    And thank you to SuperSport for showing the Ind vs Pak warm up match and not even bothering with this match.

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-09-17 14:48

      Unless I am mistaken, witch I could be, I think there is likely more interest in the subcontinent in a Pakistan/India games than a SA/NZ - and as such tv coverage is should be better for that game, I doubt there was any tv coverage of this game. Remember supersport did not send their own camara crews to sri-lanka and are dependant on what the sri-lankans are airing. Don't worry, I am sure all the real games will be on tv.

      ebrahim.floris.7 - 2012-09-17 16:27

      They should of sent Julius(the real one lol) with a camera,he seems to be popping up everywhere else!

  • Melanie Bronkhorst - 2012-09-17 15:26

    It was nailbiting stuff, hope we can come up on the winning side like today, when it really matters!

  • beth.cameron.94 - 2012-09-17 18:10

    @ ayud - the problem is that it's not just one over, he's way too inconsistent. No one can retain their place in the squad on one awesome performance and then have numerous lousy performances. There are most definitely other Bowlers out there who are far more deserving of a place in the squad. Sorry, but Parnell cannot rest or be selected because of past performances. He's like every other member of the squad, perform or look to your laurels!

      Granville Paulse - 2012-09-17 19:24

      Faf, Levi etc.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-17 22:26

      Well, they all got off to a decent start today, Faf and Levi making a few runs and Parnell being less expensive than Robin and Morne, even if he didn't take wickets. It's only a warm-up game but still, let's see how they go from here. It's pointless speculating that others must be picked. This is our squad and what we have to work with for the rest of the tournament. Unless someone is injured and flies home, there will be no other players.

      beth.cameron.94 - 2012-09-18 10:15

      I agree with much of what you say Richard. However,Parnell may have been less expensive than Robin and Morne in the warm up game yesterdaty but his overall performance is nowhere near that of the other two. When he comes off, he's good, but unfortunately, as I mentioned earlier, he's so inconsistent. If I had to select a team from the Proteas squad at the T20 to play for my life, Parnell would most definitely not be in it!

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-18 11:38

      The one bright point is that he's in subcontinent conditions now where he has often done well. He was very economical during the last IPL. He wasn't included in the table for Best Economy because he didn't bowl enough overs. He only bowled 21 overs or thereabouts and I think they have to bowl 30 to qualify for the table. But still, he was stingy with runs when he did bowl. Dale was the only other SA bowler who got close to his economy rate.

  • thabo.malose.31 - 2012-09-17 22:20

    Goodluck proteas pls dont choke dis time, we going make the biggest if u bring the trophy home.

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