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
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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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  • TommytuckerSaffa on September 18, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    NZ are a very good team considering the size of their country and the resources they have. Anyone who says they are pants doesnt know what they are talking about. Potential winners. Its 20/20 after all, anyone could have thier day.

  • sumit176 on September 18, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    well played ross taylor,,,hope new zealand goes all the way,,,infact still i cant decide which team to support since i have lost all hope in india

  • Kiwi-Jake on September 18, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    sorry, just correcting my previous comment: Damien Wright* not Damien Fleming came in to field for NZ. My bad.

  • Harmony111 on September 18, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Reading that NZ scored 177 against SA's 186 despite of having so many unfit players suddenly makes India loss to Pak after scoring 186 more palatable. Looks like this WCT20 will be a high scoring contest. Sixes and Fours will be galore. And btw, anyone who says that Kiwis are a useless side esp vs SA needs to know that they defeated SA in 2003 WC at home by chasing 300+ and also choked SA in 2011 WC to put them out of the tournament. The Kiwi team and fans are a very humble lot and they are always very sporting, therefore it hurts when some highfalutin poster tags Kiwis are useless team. It is commendable that they have bean regular giant killers in WC contests and have even won the ICC Champions Trophy. If I had 2 billion dollars then NZ and WI would be the two nations that would get my money to promote Cricket. With such small population and limited resources they have done a heck of a lot more than many other nations.

  • KunzMan on September 18, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    My XI revised after the warm up... 1) Faf 2) Amla 3) Kallis 4) ABD 5) Duminy 6) Behardien 7) Albie 8) Botha 9) Peterson 10) Steyn 11) Parnell / Morkel. Hope Morne brings in some variations to his bowling, else his pace will be what batsmen will look forward to on the slow decks of Lanka. But then again Parnell brings in another batting option but is the worst offender of bowling No-Balls.

  • Kiwi-Jake on September 18, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    Decent performance by NZ considering they only had 11 healthy players with Oram and Mills injured and Vettori and Southee out with a stomach bug. I read somewhere that NZ bowling coach Damien Fleming had to go out as a substitute fielder at some point during the game.

  • dummy4fb on September 18, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    @piers dont go calling the black caps a useless side mate remember wc 2011 history could may well repeat itself at this tournament

  • Rash_inswinger on September 17, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    @Piers Cilliers i beg to disagree that Black Caps are a useless side, they show good fighting spirit and character in all the major tournaments and can lower any side on their day..guess thats what t20 is all might be good for 38 overs but 2 good overs for the opposition will cost you the match :)

  • dummy4fb on September 17, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    No mention of a lack of Vettori and Southee to illness, McCullum still being injured and the bowling coach of NZ being needed as a fielder since NZ barely had the players fit to play? Pushed SA much closer than expected given the circumstances.

  • apal3 on September 17, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    NZ are never considered chokers. Everyone recognizes there is a lack of talent there and they do well despite their limitations. There's no lack of talent with SA.

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