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Successful Start for A.B as a Captain

Hashim Amla missed out on a 10th century but still guided South Africa to a comfortable six-wicket victory over New Zealand in their second one-day international in Napier on Wednesday, sealing the series with a game to spare.


The visitors took the first match in
Wellington by six wickets and have now won their last four games in New
Zealand, having also taken the final two Twenty20 matches to clinch that
series.Amla, who made a
blistering start with seven boundaries in his first 32 runs, anchored
the innings with 92 before he nicked a delivery from legspinner Tarun
Nethula to Brendon McCullum with the victory target of 231 well in
sight.Amla combined well with Faf
du Plessis (34) and JP Duminy (43) before captain AB de Villiers (31 not
out) and Justin Ontong (17 not out) guided the visitors to victory in
just 38.2 overs, making a mockery of New Zealand's innings.


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The
hosts had been dismissed for 230 in 47.3 overs after fast bowler Morne
Morkel had destroyed their lower order, twice having hat-trick
deliveries, before he finished with career-best figures of 5-38 from 9.3
overs.McCullum and Martin Guptill
(58) had combined for a 107-run partnership to set New Zealand up for a
score in excess of 300, widely considered the minimum required on the
small McLean Park ground, when they took their batting power play after
the 32nd over with the score on 162-2.


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The
hosts then lost three wickets for 20 in five overs as Kane Williamson
(13) and McCullum (85) threw away their wickets trying to smash Lonwabo
Tsotsobe out of the park, before Jesse Ryder was then caught behind for a
two-ball duck.Morkel, who had
figures of 0-33 off seven overs, then ran through the lower order and
finished off the innings when Andrew Ellis was caught in the deep for 17
to give the fast bowler his first five-wicket haul in one-day
internationals.


The final match is at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday before the three-test series begins in Dunedin on March 7.


Hell yeah !!! Luv yo Proteas !!! A.B is in Stunning form !!! Awaiting Test series !!!!


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http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/feb/29/hashim-amla-south-africa-new-zealand
allen-abhishek on 21 Mar 2012, 04:44 AM
Luv yo Proteas !!
villiers on 06 Mar 2012, 11:13 PM
keep going ab....
villiers on 04 Mar 2012, 01:46 AM
ab de villiers is in stunning form......
villiers on 04 Mar 2012, 01:46 AM
did a gud wrk as a captain..keep it up..
tussar on 02 Mar 2012, 07:45 AM
AB de is Good cricketer..
jumborocks on 01 Mar 2012, 10:08 PM
keep going and prepare well for IPL
attakers on 01 Mar 2012, 11:04 AM
ab is awesome ...
lucky4rcb on 01 Mar 2012, 06:41 AM
keep going AB
jichu on 01 Mar 2012, 03:14 AM