Wellington - New
Zealand contained South Africa's vaunted batting line up to set
themselves a target of 148 in the first Twenty20 international at
Westpac Stadium on Friday.
LIVE SCORING: New Zealand v South Africa
Paceman Tim Southee took three for 28
after New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum's decision to send South
Africa into bat after winning the toss paid early dividends with the
tourists finishing the innings at six for 147.
JP Duminy top
scored for South Africa with 41, while Justin Ontong, returning to the
national team after a three-year absence, hit four successive sixes in
his 32 off 17 balls.
New Zealand, coming off a series clean sweep
against South Africa, maintained a steady stream of wickets to deny the
tourists meaningful partnerships.
Hashim Amla, who had looked
threatening, was the first to go after trying to snatch a quick single
off a mis-field in the fourth over, only for Martin Guptill to dive in
from the field with ball in hand and knock over the stumps.
Ingram departed for a duck in the next over when he charged down the
pitch to attack a Nathan McCullum off-break, leaving himself stranded
when it slipped past him and into the hands of Brendon McCullum behind
Southee then joined the attack, smashing Levi in the
helmet with his second ball, then going on to claim the wicket with the
last ball of the over when Levi misjudged a slower ball and sent it
sailing to Doug Bracewell.
AB de Villiers came to the crease with
his side reeling at 38 for three but could only manage eight off 17
balls before being ruled out to a debatable catch and the carnage
De Villiers hit spinner Ronnie Hira to short cover,
where Guptill swooped and claimed a low catch, the South African captain
initially standing his ground until third umpire Chris Gaffaney ruled
him out after inconclusive TV replays.
New Zealand, their tails
up, then restricted Ontong and JP Duminy to just six runs an over
through the middle of the innings, forcing the batsmen onto the back
foot with aggressive bowling and sharp fielding.
It was the Black
Caps' turn to question the umpire when Ontong appeared to edge the ball
to wicketkeeper McCullum, with the umpire ruling the ball hit his body.
decision proved costly for the home side when Ontong belted four
successive sixes off part-time spinner Kane Williamson to add some
respectability to South Africa's score.
But he was dismissed in
the next over, caught and bowled by Southee, who just got his fingertips
to the ball as he lunged to his right.
Southee claimed his third wicket when Duminy, who battled doggedly to steady South Africa's innings, departed for 41.
Africa will look for a big performance from Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who took a
hat-trick when the tourists won a warm-up match against the Canterbury
Wizards earlier this week, to prevent New Zealand overhauling the
Rob Nicol, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (captain & wk), Kane Williamson, James Franklin, Colin de Grandhomme, Nathan McCullum, Doug Bracewell, Kyle Mills, Roneel Hira, Tim Southee
Hashim Amla, Richard Levi, Colin Ingram, AB de Villiers (captain & wk), JP Duminy, Justin Ontong, Albie Morkel, Johan Botha, Juan Theron, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
Umpires: Gary Baxter and Barry Frost, New Zealand
TV Umpire: Chris Gaffaney, New Zealand
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama, Sri Lanka