KIWI HOPES CRUSHED BY A.B'S LEADERSHIP
South Africa won the ODI series in Newzealand by crushing them with 40 balls to spare . A.B First appearance as captain proved his capability to lead the Proteas !!! SAF won the series 3-0 !!
The Black Caps batsmen have had another poor day at the office
to hand South Africa a one-day series whitewash at Eden Park.
After being sent in to bat by Proteas captain AB de Villiers,
New Zealand limped to 206 all out, which was never going to be
competitive, with South Africa getting there with five wickets in
hand and overs to spare.Again Hashim Amla led the way for the tourists with 76, backing
up from his 93 in Napier on Wednesday.
South Africa also used the match to give batting practice to other
members of their team with Jacques Kallis rested, de Villiers
dropped down the order and all-rounders Wayne Parnell (27) and
Albie Morkel (41) promoted to opener and first drop
There was little the New Zealand bowlers could do to prevent the
loss after the batsmen failed to set a defendable total for the
third time in the series. However they failed to bowl in the right
areas consistently enough to put the South African batsmen under
pressure.For the Black Caps batsmen it was a similar story to the first
two losses as a number got starts, but none were able to kick on
past 50, with Brendon McCullum top scoring with 47. New Zealand
struggled to deal with the pace and bounce of the South African
quicks, despite main strike weapon Morne Morkel being rested.Proteas debutant Marchant de Lange took his place and was
outstanding, finishing with figures of 4/46, but it was a top
all-round bowling display from the South Africans. The Black Caps
batsmen were unable to get on top of any of them, especially
troubled by short-pitched bowling, which will be a huge worry for
coach John Wright heading into the Test series.Martin Guptill was the first to go today after a tentative start
from the Kiwi openers. He slashed at a wide one from Lonwabo
Tsotsobe allowing Faf du Plessis to take an excellent diving catch
at backward point and send him on his way for 7.Rob Nicol tried to build a partnership with McCullum, but could
never really get himself in, only making 12 off 40 balls before he
poked at one outside off from Robin Peterson to be caught
McCullum then looked to accelerate the run rate and was
successful for a period hitting six boundaries, but he came unstuck
when he tried to drive at a fuller one from de Lange, but spooned a
leading edge straight to point for an easy catch.
That left Kane Williamson to build a partnership with Franklin
and they slowly built their way into a good position, but threw it
away when Williamson was run out by du Plessis trying to take a
quick single.Colin de Grandhomme had a mixed bag in his first ODI innings,
hitting three sixes on his way to 36 off as many balls. However he
faced a maiden from Dale Steyn, before throwing his wicket away in
the next over attempting to run a single that was never on.
De Lange then struck twice three overs later, getting James
Franklin for 36 when he hit one straight to Amla at short cover.
Two balls later Andrew Ellis was unable to deal with a short ball,
lobbing it off the top of the bat to Amla at first slip for a
Amla had his third catch in a row off de Lange two overs later
when Nathan McCullum drove one straight to him at short
Peterson got rid of Kyle Mills LBW and then had Michael Bates
the same way in his next over. However it wasn't before Bates had
punished him with a six straight down the ground.The Proteas got off to a flying start in their chase with Amla
and Parnell combining for an 80-run stand. Andrew Ellis made the
breakthrough snaring the wicket of Wayne Parnell for 27Morkel was next to go for 41 when he tried to slog one over the
on-side, it would have been six had he not picked out de
Grandhomme, the only fielder on that side of the field to give
Bates a wicket.
But it was too little too late and skipper de Villiers and Johan
Botha completed the victory, giving the boys in black plenty to
think about ahead of the first Test which starts in Dunedin on
Hell yeah !!! Proteas rulezzz !!!! Waiting for a 3-0 Whitewash in the test series to regain " WORLD NO. 1 " spot !!!!