South Africa set off their ODI series with New Zealand registering a victory. With this, the team thumped its 12th ODI win on a row. The win by 4 wickets with a single ball remaining was rough, but the Protease batsmen had their strength intact until notching the victory. Andile Phehlukwayo turned as the match winning player the moment he hammered the big runs in the pre-ultimate and the final over. With the strike, the equation of victory reduced to 3 runs off 4 balls. The winning runs were scored by AB de Villiers who came out as the backbone of the chase of 208, remaining unbeaten from the middle of the inning.
Earlier, New Zealand’s inning was powered up with the half century from Kane Williamson. The captain scored 59 off 53 propelling the team for a decent score. However, his wicket right after the 20th over slacked the momentum and the could not recover from the slog. Dean Brownlie gave out a good start, but was controlled by South Africa taking down Tom Latham in the fourth over. The stretch was dominated by Chris Morris who scalped the top order breaking the batting line-up of the team. The slog began in the 13th over, when Morris dismissed Brownlie and Ross Taylor on the first and the last ball respectively. In the 34-over stretch the major boost was by the end when Colin de Grandhomme and Tim Southee. The duo brought 51 off 23 balls together hauling the score to 200 plus.
South Africa steered the chase strongly from the beginning of the inning. Quinton de Kock and Hasim Amla set the tone for the victory with their 88-run opening partnership. It lasted down the 16th over, until Amla was caught and bowled by Kane Williamson. De Kock continued his strike to score 69 off 64 balls playing 21.3 overs. However, New Zealand had a tightened grip until the last two overs. By the pre-ultimate over, South Africa needed 22. It was Phehlukwayo who plundered the over from Trent Boult to change the fate of his team.
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