South Africa won by 6 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
End of Match - After a brilliant start from the openers, New Zealand faded away. That run out of Guptil was the turning point. After that, it was downhill from there. The South African batsmen all looked good. Amla was the top scorer and looked good. Some good contributions from van Wyk, de Villiers and Rossouw! South Africa now lead the series 1-0. Join us on Sunday for the second T20i.
Milne bowling his final over. A leg-bye taken off the first ball. WICKET! Milne picks up one! Amla steps down the pitch and Milne sees this and bowls the ball shorter and Amla gets a top edge that is beautifully taken by Latham at midwicket! Amla goes for 48 off 41 balls. Farhaan Behardien is the new batsman. A single and a dot ball follow. Behardien cuts the fifth ball over point for 4 and that's the game for South Africa!
McClenaghan is back. Rossouw top edges the first ball over the keeper for 4! Comes down the track and smashes the next ball over the covers for 4! WICKET! A short ball that has been top edged by Rossouw and Ronchi takes the catch! He goes for 38 off 20 balls. The hometown boy, David Miller is the next batsman. A leg-bye and a single ends the ver.
McCullum bowling his final over. Two singles taken off the first 2 balls. Amla comes down the track and smashes the ball over long-on all the way for 6! A leg-bye and a single follow. Last ball has been cut past short third man by Amla for 4! 50 partnership!
Milne starts with 2 dot balls, followed by a single. Rossouw steps out to the fifth ball and smashes it past mid-off for 4! Next ball is a wide. Last ball is a bouncer and Rossouw goes for a pull and gets a top edge for 6! That was a quick bouncer!
Kane Williamson into the attack. Single taken off the first ball. Next ball has been pulled to cow corner by Rossouw for 4! Four more singles taken off the last 4 balls. South Africa looking good .
Elliot into the attack. Single taken off the first ball, followed by 2 runs off the next ball. A single and a dot ball, is followed by 2 runs off the fifth ball. Last ball has been smacked over long-on by Rossouw for 6!
Good over from McCullum, who just concedes 3 singles in the over. Things will slow down now that AB is out.
Worker back into the attack. AB pulls the first ball for 4! Two dot balls are followed by 2 runs off the next ball. WICKET! It's a short ball that AB pulls to McCullum at deep midwicket, wh takes a good catch! He goes for 33 off 21 balls. Rossouw is the new man in. Gets off the mark with a single off the last ball.
McCullum continues. A single taken off the first ball, followed by 2 runs ff the next. Another single follows. AB places the next ball perfectly between deep midwicket and long-on for 4! Two runs taken off the fifth ball, followed by a single off the last ball.
McClenaghan is back. Three singles taken off the first 3 balls. Next ball is a bouncer that catches de Villiers by surprise but he still manages to smash it to cow-corner for 4! Next ball is called a no ball for height. Free hit coming up. Free hit goes straight up and just falls short of mid-on. Wouldn't have counted anyway. They do get a single. A dot ball ends the over.
Nathan McCullum into the attack. There's 5 singles taken off the first 5 balls, followed by 2 off the last one.
Some spin with George Worker. Starts with a wide. Amla smacks the next ball past backward point for 4! Three singles and a dot ball follows. AB smacks the last ball over extra-cover for 4! South Africa's 50 comes up with that boundary!
Bracewell is back. WICKET! He pitches it up and van Wyk doesn't get hold of it like he would like to and Worker at backward point grabs onto a catch after it bobbled out! van Wyk goes for 19 off 21 ball. That brings AB to the middle. A dot ball is followed by a single. Manages to keep AB quiet for 2 balls but then he gets off the mark by smashing it for 4 between point and cover!
Milne changes ends. Just 4 singles coming off the over. He's bowling well. At this stage, New Zealand were 45/0.
McClenaghan into the attack. First ball has been played over the covers by van Wyk for 4! Third ball is short and has been pulled behind square for 4! WOAH! Next ball is full and van Wyk launches it over cover-point for 6! A leg-bye and a single ends the over.
Bracewell concedes 2 singles off the first 2 balls, followed by a dot ball. Next ball is too full and Amla glances this beautifully for 4! Some width next ball and Amla has a flash at it. Gets an edge over the slip for 4!
Adam Milne opens at the other end. Two singles taken off the first 2 balls. Four dot balls ends the over. Milne bowling with some serious gas already.
Bracewell starts with a dot ball, followed by 2 singles. Two dot balls and a leg-bye ends the over. Decent start for New Zealand!
Welcome Back - Dug Bracewell will open the bowling for New Zealand. Amla and van Wyk to open the batting.
Rabada to bowl the final over. WICKET! Strikes with his first ball! WICKET! Latham gets a top edge to Morkel at long-leg! He goes for 12 off 10 balls. Doug Bracewell is the new man. WICKET! Another one! The ball was very well hit by McCullum but straight to AB at mid-on. He goes for 2 off 8 balls. Rabada on a hat-trick! Milne to face the hat-trick ball. He gets a single. Fourth ball is short and Bracewell smashes it over mid-wicket for 6! A single and a leg-bye ends the over. A great comeback from South Africa after a rollicking start from the Kiwis. We'll be back shortly for the South African innings.
Abbott starts with 2 dot balls, followed by 2 singles. Two dot balls to end the over.
Morkel concedes a single off his first ball. WICKET! A brilliant piece of fielding sees Wiese's throw at the non-strikers end find Ronchi short of his ground! He goes for 5 off 9 balls. Nathan McCullum is the new batsman. A single and a dot ball follows. Over ends with a single and a dot ball. Morkel ends with figures of 4-0-37-0.
Abbott is back. He has 2 overs left. Leg-bye taken off the first ball, followed by 2 singles. Latham charges the next ball and gets a top edge that flies high up. The keeper runs after it and so does Wiese, who ends up palming it! South Africa are not going to be happy about these dropped catches! To add salt to the wounds, Latham smacks the ball to the long-on boundary! Single ends the over.
Phangiso into his final over.Starts with a dot ball, followed by a single. WICKET! A half volley and Worker was in 2 minds and ends up missing the ball and is plumb LBW! He goes for 28 off 26 balls. Tom Latham is the new batsman. Gets off the mark with a single. A dot ball and a single ends the over.
WICKET! Wiese starts his last over with a wicket! Elliot comes charging down the track to a slower ball and ends up giving Rossouw at long-on a simple catch! He goes for 5 off 4 balls. Luke Rochi is the new batsman. A dot ball is followed by 2 singles. Three byes taken off the next ball, as it beats the batsman and keeper. Single off the last ball.
Phangiso comes back and starts with a dot ball, followed by 2 runs off the next ball. Worker smacks the ball to the long-leg boundary! It should have been a catch to Morne, who drops it and helps it to the boundary! A leg-bye and a single follow. Last ball is down leg and Worker sweeps it for 4!
Wiese is back. Singles taken off the first 2 balls. WICKET! A bizzare way to go! After taking a single, the ball has been thrown back to the keeper from the deep. Guptil is lazy in putting his bat over the crease line and after a long time, the third umpire gives it out! It wasn't clear cut and Guptil is not happy! He goes for 42 off 37 balls. Colin Munro is the new batsman. WICKET! He goes first ball! He dances down the track first ball and it was shorter than he thought and ends up dragging it to AB at mid-on, who dives to his left and takes a great catch! Elliot is the new man in. Gets off the mark by also charging down the track and gets 4 past the keeper!
Rabada is back and starts with a wide down leg. Next ball has been edged by Guptil as he charges down the track but it falls safe. They get a single. Two more singles follow. Two short balls result in 2 dot balls. Play and miss from Worker on both occasions. Single taken off the last ball, bringing up the 100 for New Zealand!
Morkel is back. Starts with a short ball and Guptil pulverizes it to the midwicket boundary! A single follows. After 2 dot balls, Morkel bowls a short ball and Worker pulls it for 4! Dot ball ends the over.
Phangiso starts with a dot ball, followed by 2 singles. WOAH! Worker goes big as he pulls a short ball over the square-leg boundary for a maximum! Two singles ends the over.
Wiese concedes a single off his first ball, followed by a dot ball. Worker gets off the mark with a single. A short ball follows and Guptil gives it everything and finds the boundary on the off-side. Two more singles ends the over.
Some spin now with Aaron Phangiso. Two runs taken off the first ball, followed by a dot ball. Another 2 runs taken next ball. There's a mixupnext ball, which nearly results in a run out but the bowler was too far from the stumps to effect anything. Single taken next ball. WICKET! Phangiso breaks the partnership! He threw this up but it was a tad bit slower. Williamson steps out his crease and misses it as the ball turns and the keeper does the rest! End of a good innings from the Kiwi skipper,who goes for 42 off just 21 balls. George Worker is the new batsman.
David Wiese into the attack. Starts with a poor ball on Guptil's pads and he gets some bat on it and it runs away for 4! A dot ball and a single follow. Another single taken. Lots of slower balls. A single and a dot ball ends the over. Good comeback from the bowler after a boundary was taken off the first ball.
Morkel starts with a dot ball, followed by a single. Next ball is a length and Williamson stays on the back foot and pulls it to the midwicket boundary! That's 50 for New Zealand! Williamson looking in fab touch here! Again! This time Williamson flicks it to the square-leg boundary for 4 more! Two more singles taken.
Rabada replaces Abbott. Williamson smashes the first ball to the cow-corner boundary! Two dot balls follow. Fourth ball is wonderfully flicked for 4! A dot ball follows. Last ball has been smacked between midwicket and mid-on for 4! Great over for New Zealand!
Morkel replaces Rabada. Single taken off the first ball. Williamson drives the next ball past mid-on for 4! Two more singles follow. An overpitched ball from Morkel has been beautifully flicked to the midwicket boundary for 4! Last ball is hit in the air towards long-off boundary and there was a diving effort from AB but he couldn't get there. They get 3 runs.
Abbott starts with a dot ball. Next ball has some width on it and Guptill takes a step down the crease and slashes it over point for 4! A dot ball and a single follows. Williamson smacks the next ball between the stumps and non-striker and comes back for 2! He has a big slog and gets a big top edge that flies over the keeper for 4!
It's time for that exciting new talent, Kagiso Rabada, to open at the other end. He starts with three beauties, resulting in no runs. Single taken off the next ball. Williamson gets off the mark with 2 runs off the fifth ball. Ends with a dot.
Kyle Abbott opens the bowling. Guptil and Williamson to open the batting. Three dot balls to start with. Guptil flashes hard a wide ball and gets a boundary over second slip! A single and a dot ball ends the over.
South Africa - HM Amla, MN van Wyk, AB de Villiers, RR Rossouw, DA Miller, F Behardien, D Wiese, AM Phangiso, KJ Abbott, K Rabada, M Morkel
New Zealand - MJ Guptill, TWM Latham, GH Worker, KS Williamson, C Munro, GD Elliott, L Ronchi, NL McCullum, DAJ Bracewell, AF Milne, MJ McClenaghan
- AB de Villiers, who is standing in for Faf du Plessis as captain, has won the toss and elected to field. du Plessis is out with a knee injury. New Zealand is being led by Kane Williamson.
Greetings - Welcome to the first T20i between South Africa and New Zealand at Durban.
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