New Zealand v South Africa, World Twenty20 warm-up, Colombo September 17, 2012

Taylor, de Villiers star in high-scoring thriller

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa 186 for 6 (De Villiers 54, Duminy 30) beat New Zealand 177 for 8 (Taylor 75, Steyn 4-25) by nine runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Ross Taylor's whirlwind half-century went in vain as New Zealand lost to South Africa by nine runs in their second warm-up match in Colombo. Besides a big target, New Zealand also had to contend with several of their players falling ill* due to queasy stomachs. New Zealand weren't able to field 11 fit men in the warm-up game, with bowling coach Damien Wright having to step in as a fielder.

When Taylor arrived at the crease after the fall of Brendon McCullum, 160 runs were still required. Taylor immediately set the pace with a boundary off Dale Steyn and a four and a six off Morne Morkel to race to 17 off 7 balls. He then went into consolidation mode for the next eight overs before exploding as the pressure of the chase mounted. Taylor shared a 94-run stand with Rob Nicol and hit seven sixes in his 42-ball 75, which left New Zealand with 44 runs to get in the last 4.3 overs with six wickets in hand. However, the contest was closed by Steyn's triple-strike in the penultimate over.

New Zealand opened the bowling with two spinners after the start was delayed due to rain. But South Africa's openers - Richard Levi and Faf du Plessis - took 19 runs off Ronnie Hira's second over to inject momentum into the innings. New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne then removed both batsmen in consecutive overs and when Nicol took Hashim Amla's wicket, South Africa were in danger of ceding the early advantage.

But AB de Villiers scored a 30-ball 54 and raised 62 runs in partnership with JP Duminy. A late assault by de Villiers, Farhaan Behardien and Albie Morkel shocked New Zealand as South Africa took 51 runs off the last three overs to end up with 186.

* September 18, 0400 GMT This story has been updated with the news of New Zealand players' illness

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