South Africa outclass New Zealand at Napier
Royal Challengers Bangalore wicketkeeper and South Africa captain AB de Villiers was there to hit the winning runs of his first ODI series win away from home, beating New Zealand by 6 wickets at Napier on Wednesday.
AB de Villiers won the toss to begin with, putting New Zealand in to bat on the batting paradise of a pitch. Brushing aside the early loss of Rob Nicol’s wicket, Martin Guptill (58) and Brendon McCullum (85) added 107 runs for the second wicket at a fairly good rate.
Jacques Kallis broke that partnership after which Lonwabo Tsotsobe returned to torment NZ’s top order. Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel got into the act as well and from 131/1 in the 25th over, NZ collapsed to 230 all out in 47.3 overs.
Morne cleaned up the tail, taking 5/38, Tsotsobe shook the top order with his 3/43 and AB de Villiers took three catches including the crucial one of Martin Guptill. Tim Southee with 28 saved NZ from further embarrassment, helping them go past 200 in the company of Andrew Ellis.
Hashim Amla anchored SA’s chase even as Jacques Kallis fell early. Supporting knocks from Faf du Plessis (34) and JP Duminy (43) preceded de Villiers’ knock of 31. Amla fell on 92 with twelve fours, leaving SA on 192/4 but de Villiers calmly knocked off the remaining runs in the company of Justin Ontong.
SA got past NZ’s 230 in 38.2 overs, posting 231/4 to win the second ODI and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3 match series with the last game at Auckland on Saturday to go.