In the second ODI between South Africa and New Zealand, the latter nicked the game by 6 runs. Fast bowler Trent Boult disrupted South Africa’s batting line-up making them slip to 8 for 214 in the chase to 289. However, the match emerged enthralling with Dwaine Pretorius refusing to return for the wicket until he knocked a 26 ball 50. It was only Boult who struck back to turn the match towards his team in the pre-ultimate over. Ross Taylor delivered an intensive strike scoring his century. He knocked 102 off 110 balls remaining unbeaten to haul the figures to a challenging target for South Africa.
With the strike, Ross Taylor became the fastest batsman from the country to aggregate 6000 runs in ODI. The partnership in the match with Jimmy Neesham was a defining stretch for New Zealand that brought 123 runs in 17.2 overs. Kane Williamson added 69 off 75 balls as a part of the 104-run partnership with Taylor. In the last 10 overs, New Zealand added 89 with Neesham delivering the half century. The player scored 71 off 57 balls adding to the momentum. Tom Latham, in this match as well, could not deliver a good strike. He was the first to fall in the fourth over.
In contrast to New Zealand, South Africa batsmen lacked consistency over the wicket. There were partnerships but not enough to steer the inning with the right momentum. Opener Hasim Amla started the chase with a haste, but he could not continue for long. But Quinton de Kock hauled the chase to a decent level even though the required run rate was a mismatch.
De Kock scored 57 off 65 balls. He built the foundation partnering with JP Duminy for 11 overs. AB de Villers scored 45 taking the helm of the chase. Boult removed both de Kock and de Villiers bringing the chase to Pretorius. Finally, by the last two overs, South Africa required 20 runs to win, which was further slackened with the wicket of Pretorius.
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