New Zealand v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Auckland

de Lange bowls South Africa to 3-0 win

The Report by Andrew Fernando at Eden Park

March 3, 2012

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South Africa 208 for 5 (Amla 76, Morkel 41) beat New Zealand 206 (McCullum 47, de Lange 4-46) by five wickets
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Marchant de Lange's first ODI wicket was Brendon McCullum, New Zealand v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Auckland, March 3, 2012
Marchant de Lange bowled with plenty of aggression on debut © Getty Images

South Africa rested their bowler of the series and three injured batsmen, promoted a tailender to the top of the order, and had their big-hitting allrounder at No.3, but New Zealand still could not prevent a heavy five-wicket loss and a whitewash in a series that rarely had the visitors extended. Marchant de Lange had broken loose over a brittle New Zealand middle order to set up the emphatic victory - his 4 for 46 helping to dismiss the hosts for a paltry 206 after Dale Steyn and Lonwabo Tsotsobe had built an impressive dam of pressure with the new ball. Hashim Amla made another pleasing half-century to lead South Africa's reply, which achieved the target in the 44th over.

New Zealand's innings clunked and whirred in frustrating spurts until the hosts were put out of their misery in 47th over. Though they did well at times to negotiate terrific one-day bowling, particularly from South Africa's fast men, wickets fell with startling regularity and batsmen succumbed just as New Zealand seemed to be recovering from the last blow. The first five partnerships read 13, 32, 29, 31, 55. Each pair had a start, but none could complete the recovery they had begun, as batsmen lost their heads and their wickets to surrender any momentum they had wrested - usually at a significant cost to the scoring-rate.

South Africa were almost casual in reply. Wayne Parnell, who has an ODI average below 20 and a List A average below 25, opened the innings with Hashim Amla, after Jacques Kallis and Justin Ontong joined Graeme Smith on the injury list. The pair made a swift 80-run dent in the target, before Parnell was dismissed in the 16th over. Even with South Africa's significantly depleted batting order, with Amla contributing once more, 207 turned out to be a cakewalk.

Amla's innings didn't match the pace of his Napier knock at Eden Park, but it was no less classy. Favouring the leg side for boundary hits this time, he negotiated the new ball with characteristic ease. A knee-high full toss from Kyle Mills was succinctly dispatched, before a serene glide down the ground brought four more in the next over. The ease with which Parnell also managed the early period perhaps betrayed the gulf between South Africa' new-ball pair - who at times were unplayable - and New Zealand's opening bowlers, but it was also a statement on an Eden Park pitch that suited batting.

Amla survived a reprieve on 30, when he was dropped by Nathan McCullum, but when he was eventually dismissed for 76, the middle order only needed to saunter home. Albie Morkel hit three sixes in a brisk 41, and though both Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy were dismissed late in the game by Rob Nicol, with less than 20 runs to get, AB de Villiers had little to do.

de Villiers had hoped to exploit the weather and a pitch that had had some rain when he opted to bowl, and his new-ball bowlers could have hardly made better use of the friendly conditions. The skid in the surface added another layer of venom to Steyn's outswing, while Tsotsobe's steady seamers also benefitted from movement not normally seen at Eden Park. The pair's unerring lines and impeccable length offered precious little to New Zealand's typically explosive top order, but even when they did stray, as Tsotsobe did in the fifth over, South Africa's fielders shone - Faf du Plessis dived well to his left to snatch a full blooded aerial cut from Martin Guptill.

While Steyn and Tsotsobe thrived on the movement created by their skill, de Lange's raw pace and aggressive length added the brutal edge to the attack. Rob Nicol was laid flat on his back by a 144kph bouncer at his throat, while McCullum, too, was hopping around deep in the crease to stay on top of the bounce.

Nicol succumbed to a slider from Johan Botha after he had done well to survive the pace barrage, but de Lange returned to fell McCullum in the 22nd over, in a dismissal that betrayed McCullum's scars from their previous battle. Having made 13 from Dale Steyn's previous over, McCullum seemed to be reviving a scoring-rate after having accumulated steadily alongside Kane Williamson. But he played back to de Lange, in anticipation of the quick, short ball, and ended up only scooping the full delivery to point.

Williamson and James Franklin then began yet another phase of rebuilding, but almost as soon as their association began to gain traction, Williamson was run out superbly by du Plessis, who was horizontal in mid-flight when he let his pinpoint throw fly. In a cruel snapshot of New Zealand's innings, the wicket had fallen the very delivery after the first four of the partnership was struck. 

Colin de Grandhomme lofted a free-hit ball over deep midwicket to relax early nerves on debut, and the risk-averse accumulation resumed anew, this time with perhaps a tad more vigour. Franklin was intent on dropping anchor, but de Grandhomme showed glimmers of his aggressive potential when he threw in the odd calculated slog amid the singles. But although a 40-minute rain delay just before the batting Powerplay didn't assuage de Grandhomme's desire to boost the scoring-rate, a hostile maiden from Steyn quieted his progress, and then a direct hit from Albie Morkel at mid-off silenced him altogether. Another start, another poor option and another dismissal just as a platform was being put together - New Zealand's innings read like a study in badly learnt lessons. de Grandhomme's departure left New Zealand 160 for 5 in the 39th over.

The wickets of Franklin - again to an awful shot - and Andrew Ellis, three overs later, plunged them further, and only a tailender's 13 from Michael Bates helped them limp beyond 200.

Edited by Nikita Bastian

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 PP2 PP3 Last 10 overs NB/Wides
New Zealand 182 13 5 29-1 21-0 (16-20) 26-1 (36-40) 40-5 (47) 1/10
South Africa 145 17 4 57-0 15-1 (31-35) 22-1 (36-40) 20-1 (43.2) 1/3

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Posted by   on (March 5, 2012, 1:21 GMT)

Marchant de Lange looked great on debut. I was at the game and noticed his run up was actually shorter than Steyn's and Tsotsobe's but generated quick pace.

He'll be a handful in the tests no doubt about it, especially if they play Steyn AND Philander with Morkel.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2012, 21:43 GMT)

Proteas were just to good, De Lange looks aweseome! Wish we had someone like that coming through for the Black Caps... I think the ODIs would have been more even if we had Vettori still, Taylor was there, and Ryder was in form and not causing trouble but we'll never know. Wouldn't mind seeing this SA team take on the old Aussie team of McGrath / Warne etc and in Aussie! That'll be an awesome series. Will be good to see Eng v SA. Black Caps just aren't good enough and I doubt ever will be. We need some express pace bowlers but never really had any world class ones apart from Bond. Hoping for some good individual performances in the tests but don't fancy our chances of 5 good days of cricket to win.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

chandruvignesh please don't compare SA to India. India is a loosing course. They are the worst team in fighting back. Even Bangladesh and Zimbabwe is better than India in that aspect. So please don't insult SA.

Posted by Hrit24 on (March 4, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

De Lange seems to be a good bowler. His, Sunil Narine's and McCullum's buy from the players' auction could stand KKR in good stead in IPL 5. I as a cricket fan from Kolkata support KKR. Go KKR win IPL 5, after your optimistic performances in 2011, you can go one-step ahead!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

merchant de lange is a fine new talent for sa and a future star.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 4, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

Test lineup: 1.Smith, 2.Petersen 3 Amla, 4.Kallis, 5 de Villiers 6. Rudolf/Duminy/Faff 7. Boucher 8. Philander 9 Morkel 10 steyn 11. Tahir

Posted by   on (March 4, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

Marchant de Lange is the most exciting fast bowler in the world at present with an incredible future ahead of him if properly nurtured by Gary Kirsten. Seven wickets on Test debut, four on ODI debut...He has pace, lift, aggression, all the attributes needed for a successsful career. Watch this youngster!

Posted by chandruvignesh on (March 4, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

Love the way RSA beat NZ simply after losing the first T20! They're a lot like India, in the way that you need to beat 'em out in the first game which will bring in the leopard inside them and then boy, you're dead! Can't wait for the Test match series! :)

Posted by OutCast on (March 3, 2012, 23:37 GMT)

Never make Amla a captain, not becoz he is not a good leader, but he is a natural performer and let him perform w/out any burdens... SA will commit mistake if they do promote Amla as captain and tinker with his performance..

Posted by NostroGustro on (March 3, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

Congratulations SA. A team of stars also playing like a star team. Great fielding to complement the bowling. And batsmen who look a class above anything our team can hope to match. Disappointing we didn't put up more of a fight. After Hobart, it looked like a new dawn for NZ cricket. Although it's just the short forms, the same old lack of backbone is rearing it's ugly mug. Fingers crossed the NZ test team rediscovers some grunt or these tests wont get into day four...

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (March 3, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

This is the birth of Anti-Chock in SA in the form of AB devliers as Captain. His style of captaincy is too good and he will make a team where even last man can bat like an opener by the time 2015 WC arrives.

Keep it up AB, don't worry about results, this is they way to become anti-chock.

SA always have talent but they do chock in big matches because of poor tailend batting but with new approach they can become invincible.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

ANOTHER whitewash in international cricket! Strange there's been so many recently.....

Posted by   on (March 3, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

great game sa need to struggle hard

Posted by Supa_SAFFA on (March 3, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

New Zealand seems to be missing a bowling coach of the quality SA's got :)

Posted by FourSomeFearSome on (March 3, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

Dadhi Waale Baba is such a talented batsman, He reminds me Allan Border. He is one of very few player, I love to watch bat.

Posted by MrGarreth on (March 3, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

Fair play to the Black Caps. Think they were just beaten by a better team that played better cricket. Simple. Having said this I was dissapointed by some of the "feel sorry" remarks by the Kiwi supporters regarding how small their population is and how small their pool is. Fact: SA's 50 million population consists of 85% black, 11% white and 4 % coloured and other. The Proteas have a total of ONE black player in the entire squad for this tour. So to the kiwi fans, perhaps this large pool that you think we have is not as big as you may think? Perhaps you were just beaten by a better side?

Posted by Robster1 on (March 3, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

And now SA can to their test side Smith, Rudolph, Kallis, Boucher and maybe Tahir. Unless New Zealand produce very slow seaming wickets they will be blown away.

Posted by chad_reid on (March 3, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

without dan the man to rescue nz this team is hopless

Posted by   on (March 3, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

SA put the bow on the one day series today.Well done.SA has a wealth of talent and is coached and captained in an expert fashion.Hope the five dayers are a lot closer.Look forward to the next twelve months. They are refreshing and keen.Well done SA

Posted by   on (March 3, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

almost 5 wicket haul in ODI debut

Posted by   on (March 3, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

De Lange is d ultimate pacer in wat an amazing speed he is bowling!!owsome.....

Posted by Tjoeps on (March 3, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

Hats off to the Black Caps! As a Saffer, your street-smart Cricket will always impress! Sorry, you were outplayed by a very hungry Protea side, we have a long story about being almost there, but not really... With Gary and AB the whole plot have changed, meet the new SA team... Thanks guys, you were awesome!

Posted by SuperSharky on (March 3, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

I would have loved to see Ross Taylor and Bracewell fit to play, but the newly kiwi team didn't do too bad. Well played by the zaffers and another awesome bowling performance. But let's put the limits away from the bounce of dice and let the Tests begin !!! Who will stood the Test Of Time?

Posted by duncanmoo on (March 3, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

Nicely done SA, I like all the experimenting too. Spare a thought for BB McCullum; Most runs in the series with 188 runs, but little support from the rest of the lineup, next best is Williamson with 90.

Posted by Springbok111 on (March 3, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

Well done SA, well deserved. Thanks to McCullum for a very gracious and humble concession speech, New Zealanders are good sports as we know. This is a seriously good SA team, and there is no shame in losing to therm. I'm sure you'll get your own back come Tri-Nations!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

Well, pak94fan, one member of SA's "tail" opened and did alright. Botha and Petersen are both useful in the lower order and SA's top order has Amla and de Villiers in great form so it's less of a gamble than New Zealand's tail. The last few weeks have been an amazing display of mental disintegration in the NZ squad and they pretty much did it to themselves. No targeting or heavy seldging from the SA team but Mill's mouthing of alongside ordinary bowling and the heavy losses to a clinical SA team have turned a NZ side full of confidence into a quivering jelly. Not to mention Ryder and Bracewell. Hopefully Taylor and Vettori can add a bit of backbone to the Test squad.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

Who didn't see that coming....

Posted by   on (March 3, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

Well done SAF, you trully have some players of real class and gel as a team. But really from a Blackcaps supporter I'm bitterly disappointed. There has been zero progress in this team for a couple years. They can't seem to learn from their mistakes and make improvements in techniques. I can't understand how players have such form reversals. I know the Proteas bowled extremely well with pace and vigor, but the weak shots the Blackcaps went out on are completely unacceptable at international level. The miss selections for the last game were glaringly obvious. Mckay rubbish rubbish too short and one paced no swing, Bates too slow one paced and no swing, Mills too old too short no swing, Southee too mouthy forgot how to swing, would have liked to see the continuation of Trent Boult in one dayers and Todd Latham, Taran nathula was a surprise not given a chance in this match. Doug Bracewell just needs a few variations in his bowling. Come on John Wright give them a hurry up!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

Well played SA. I think we were a little out of our depth there in the ODI's and you don't really seem have any weak links in your squad, which makes you that much harder to beat. Hopefully with Taylor, Vettori and Martin back for the test we can compete as we did against Australia, as I believe we have the potential to do so for a small cricketing nation. Go the Black Caps!!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

Justin ontong has ankle injured that why he didn't played todays match.

Posted by Gordo85 on (March 3, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

I take it back because just heard Ontong is injured.

Posted by Gordo85 on (March 3, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

It is a shame to see Justin Ontong was not picked in todays game. My main question here is what did South Africa have to loose by playing him in a match where the series is all but over.

Posted by pak94fan on (March 3, 2012, 3:11 GMT)

Wow, what's the deal with the long tails... these tails makes Pakistan's look good! And that's quite an achievement.

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