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AB’s New Zealand tour begins with loss

AB’s New Zealand tour begins with loss

Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB de Villiers began his country South Africa’s tour of New Zealand with a 6 wicket defeat in the first T20I at Wellington on Friday.

Inserted to bat first at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington after NZ's stand in skipper Brendon McCullum won the toss, South Africa lost wickets regularly, going from 24/0 to 52/4 over 5 fruitless overs. South African skipper AB de Villiers was the fourth wicket to fall, going for 8 when Martin Guptill pulled off a sensational catch at short cover to dismiss de Villiers off Ronnie Hira.

JP Duminy and Justin Ontong then strung together a decent partnership before Albie Morkel and Johan Botha took SA to 147/6, a middling score giving the SA bowlers something to defend.

New Zealand’s reply revolved around Martin Guptill’s thunderous 78* off 55 balls with five fours and four sixes. The rest of the batsmen chipped in with their contributions as NZ reached 148/4 in just 19.2 overs, consigning SA to a 6 wicket loss.

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Really missed the ROSCO Dhamaka.Hope he gets well soon.But Guptill played really well.
karthik-shetty4 on 19 Feb 2012, 02:25 AM
wow wat a serial power hitting of martin guptill in his consecutive matches..!!!
rcbmahi on 19 Feb 2012, 12:23 AM
Last time Proteas missed No. 1 Test Spot as they levelled the series against India 1-1....but this time I think they would get the No. 1 Spot....
kaushiki on 18 Feb 2012, 06:41 AM
The series has just started....Proteas are more prepared for Tests.....
kaushiki on 18 Feb 2012, 06:40 AM
T20....Kiwis are always a tough side to beat....
kaushiki on 18 Feb 2012, 06:40 AM
cong...for winning
shashiyadav on 18 Feb 2012, 06:21 AM
AB de villers is next to gayle!!!????????what do you say friends??? i say yes.
vinoddd on 18 Feb 2012, 06:20 AM
it is quite pain to hear about SA's loss but they will be back with their form especially AB De villers, we wish you all the best!!!!!!!!!
vinoddd on 18 Feb 2012, 06:17 AM
ab should be in form , that's important
lucky4rcb on 18 Feb 2012, 06:13 AM
dats sad bt im sure dt the remaining matches will b won by SA!!:) :)
AwesomeRCB on 18 Feb 2012, 06:08 AM
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