South Africa revived from its middle order collapse in the ongoing match with New Zealand. The team lost 4 wickets in 10 overs, where they could aggerate only 30 runs. New Zealand toppled the front batting line-up with spin and cutters. However, the attacks were not enough to do away with AB de Villiers. The batsman salvaged the inning hauling the score to 279 for 8. With the strike the player put New Zealand in a difficult chase. South Africa has been playing with a wobbly middle order right from the beginning of the series. There has been similar revival down the lower order in previous matches too.
In the ongoing ODI the pitch has been of good assistance to spinners and a bane for batsman. The pitch condition let into a contrasting start of the inning. In ODI history, New Zealand came out as the first team who started the first inning bowling with spinners. It had a massive outcome as they turned the opponents to 57 for 2 wickets within a short while. Jeetan Patel and Ish Sodhi bowled the opening overs of the match damaging the top order. The overs from Tim Southee, Jimmy Neesham were also effective.
In the last eight overs, South Africa milked 100 runs. There was an impetus from Wayne Parnell and de Villiers. Parnell struck 29 off 12 balls plundering the deliveries from Trent Boult and Southee. De Villers hammered a half century in the inning remaining unbeaten in the match. There was a hiatus of 12 overs where the batsmen could not score a single boundary, but the skipper broke the ice at the over from Santner. In the 46th over Morris delivered back to back boundaries. In the last 22 delivered de Villiers faced, he scored 45 runs. There were good supports from Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius by the end.
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