New Zealand v South Africa, 1st Twenty20, Wellington February 17, 2012

Intense New Zealand open with clinical win

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New Zealand 148 for 4 (Guptill 78*) beat South Africa 147 for 6 (Duminy 41, Southee 3-28) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

New Zealand's intense performance with the ball and in the field restricted South Africa to 147 for 6, setting up a moderate chase in Wellington. Their most in-form batsman, Martin Guptill, continued his strong summer, scoring his sixth consecutive international half-century to begin the series with a comfortable victory. The target was achieved only in the final over, but South Africa did not threaten New Zealand at any stage of the game.

South Africa came into this match having beaten Canterbury in the tour game, and New Zealand targeted the players who delivered that victory. Tim Southee attacked Richard Levi with the short ball, while Guptill went after Lonwabo Tsotsobe. Apart from the 15th over of the first innings, in which Kane Williamson conceded 26, Brendon McCullum used his spinners and shuffled his bowlers to keep South Africa under pressure throughout.

A lot of that pressure was applied by tenacious and athletic fielding, and no one was better that Guptill. Hashim Amla had found his groove, and South Africa were beginning to accelerate, when he was run out by a dive reminiscent of Jonty Rhodes. Guptill had swooped on the ball from extra cover, sprinted towards the non-striker's end, and dived full stretch to plough into the stumps.

Richard Levi, who was expected to be the aggressor but was stymied by the offspinner Nathan McCullum, responded to Amla's dismissal with a six and a four, but Colin Ingram gave him no support. Ingram stepped out to Nathan McCullum and watched an offbreak curve and spin past his bat, leaving Brendon McCullum with enough time to recover from a fumble and complete the stumping.

Having lost two wickets in two overs, South Africa needed a cool head, but Levi was unable to keep one. Southee hit Levi on the helmet with his second delivery and dismissed him soon after. Under pressure, South Africa's innings lost direction in the next five overs. AB de Villiers was out to a low catch from Guptill, which was referred to the third umpire, and Duminy and Ontong could only accumulate in ones and twos.

Ontong broke the boundary drought in style, mowing Williamson for four consecutive sixes over the midwicket boundary, hitting each ball further back into the stands than the one before. Southee was brought back to control the damage and took a sharp return catch to dismiss Ontong and end the partnership on 50. Duminy did not let that setback slow him down, though, adding three more boundaries to finish as South Africa's top scorer.

After missing the last match against Zimbabwe because of a groin niggle, Guptill picked up where he had left off. He started by smacking Tsotsobe down the ground in his first over, and drove and hooked Albie Morkel. His best was saved for Tsotsobe - two massive sixes, measuring 102 and 127 metres, over the midwicket boundary.

Rusty Theron took the wicket of Rob Nicol with his first ball to end the opening partnership on 49, but followed up with a wide and a no-ball. South Africa's fast bowlers struggled to find rhythm on a pitch that was better suited to slower bowlers, of which the visitors had only one specialist in the XI.

de Villiers turned to JP Duminy in the 13th over and he had immediate success. His second delivery spun just enough to bowl Brendon McCullum off the inside edge. Instead of giving the other slow bowler in the side, Justin Ontong, a go, de Villiers persisted with the quicks, who could not tie Guptill down. Guptill got hit on the helmet by Theron, and saw both Kane Williamson and Colin de Grandhomme dismissed, but hung around to see New Zealand through to victory.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on February 19, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    forgot where i left off. . .marchant is only 21 and rushing your boys 2day for pace. . . tell me how do you think you will fair against a bowling attack that consists of 3 150+ bowlers (steyn, morkell and de lange) not only that phillander who the aussies and sri lankans (both far superior teams) were unable do handle, oh yeah and we can chuck in the greatest all-rounder the game has even been lucky to witness (whos bowling stats are probably better than most of the kiwi bowlers) just as a fill in bowler! so i think the black cap fan need to just keep check of there mouths for now because its a very long 7 weeks!! and dont believe for a second that this is completely byes( i guess it is) but i have been a fan of the black caps for many years and love the cricket they play, and believe the limited overs will be closely fought. .but believe this we will win all 3 series despite the black cap fans delusions of grandeur!!finally what you have seen 2day wasnt even our best cricket! :)

  • on February 19, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    now now. . . where do i begin?? i guess firstly i want to start with this question, is new zealand so far away that they dont even get cricket from the rest of the world? i mean some of the comments made by you kiwis would be gold dust in a comedy club!! to think that you have the audacity to make these comments after 1 T20 win on home soil about a team that is and has been so far on the other side of the spectrum of world crickets listing for so long, leads me to believe that you (a) only get coverage of your own series or (b) that black cap supporters are very ill-informed fans!! for those of you out there who believe that this south african side is weak i would like you to understand 1 thing. . .our cricket in south africa is at a point that we dont need to play the likes of steyn or kallis, we have youngsters we can experiment with and after today prove they are more than a match for the so-called world beaters . . . 1 of those youngsters being marchant de lange who buy the way

  • Magnum_Octopus on February 19, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    BTW - congrats NZ for a great win on Friday - likewise SA for a great win today

  • Magnum_Octopus on February 19, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    @Maccanui: was tonight enough of a fight for you? @ Yeshwanth: please use the term choker sparingly - it smacks of arrogance much greater than you Kiwi supporters accuse Saffers of

  • shovwar on February 18, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Saffers brag about their Test team not t2o team...i donno what u guys are talking about. Even Bangladesh can win an odd t20 against SA...the REAL cricket is test cricket...no matter how hard NZ is at home they would get thrashed. SA did it in Aus, Eng and to some extend India at their home...NZ at home maybe hard but not Aus or India at any extend. They are a t2o team. A good one.

  • Meety on February 18, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Well done NZ, fired a warning shot across the Saffas bow. I think NZ will be tough to beat in NZ, they are forming a good bowling unit. Limited overs are their stronger suit.

  • on February 18, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    I dont like to double post; but 'incantation' and 'tompuffin' have points with the recent and current form of NZ (Guptil creating solid opening partnerships), it will only be a matter of time before SA crack and unleash hells fury against the NZ squad (which needs to be thrashed everyone now and then to obtain that fighting spirit for the T20I Cup)

  • nzplayer on February 18, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    ive been watching cricket for over 15 years and that 6 from guppy is the biggest i have ever seen 127m when it hit the very top of the roof..

  • incantation on February 18, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    NZ are suddenly a stronger team it seems, so many new guys all doing well, I think the SA series followed by their away series vs west will see a better all round side from NZ, I mean if Guptill keeps going ballastic then they get put in a strong position up front, hopefully they are not just on some lucky winning streak and then see them slump back to their old selves, as the side that can thrash bangladesh and zimbabwe, but has difficulty with bigger teams. What ever happens I think they are now a better side in all formats and SA could be going home disappointed. Their T20 side was not impressive at all, yes they'll come back stronger in the other formats, but they are in NZ, and beating NZ in NZ is usually a challenge.

  • on February 18, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    People seem to forget New Zealand are the 3rd Ranked T20 team in the world

    Also in ODIS.. remember who knocked out SA in the world cup ?? yep New Zealand

    Who just beat Australia in a test when nobody else can ?? New Zealand..

  • on February 19, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    forgot where i left off. . .marchant is only 21 and rushing your boys 2day for pace. . . tell me how do you think you will fair against a bowling attack that consists of 3 150+ bowlers (steyn, morkell and de lange) not only that phillander who the aussies and sri lankans (both far superior teams) were unable do handle, oh yeah and we can chuck in the greatest all-rounder the game has even been lucky to witness (whos bowling stats are probably better than most of the kiwi bowlers) just as a fill in bowler! so i think the black cap fan need to just keep check of there mouths for now because its a very long 7 weeks!! and dont believe for a second that this is completely byes( i guess it is) but i have been a fan of the black caps for many years and love the cricket they play, and believe the limited overs will be closely fought. .but believe this we will win all 3 series despite the black cap fans delusions of grandeur!!finally what you have seen 2day wasnt even our best cricket! :)

  • on February 19, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    now now. . . where do i begin?? i guess firstly i want to start with this question, is new zealand so far away that they dont even get cricket from the rest of the world? i mean some of the comments made by you kiwis would be gold dust in a comedy club!! to think that you have the audacity to make these comments after 1 T20 win on home soil about a team that is and has been so far on the other side of the spectrum of world crickets listing for so long, leads me to believe that you (a) only get coverage of your own series or (b) that black cap supporters are very ill-informed fans!! for those of you out there who believe that this south african side is weak i would like you to understand 1 thing. . .our cricket in south africa is at a point that we dont need to play the likes of steyn or kallis, we have youngsters we can experiment with and after today prove they are more than a match for the so-called world beaters . . . 1 of those youngsters being marchant de lange who buy the way

  • Magnum_Octopus on February 19, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    BTW - congrats NZ for a great win on Friday - likewise SA for a great win today

  • Magnum_Octopus on February 19, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    @Maccanui: was tonight enough of a fight for you? @ Yeshwanth: please use the term choker sparingly - it smacks of arrogance much greater than you Kiwi supporters accuse Saffers of

  • shovwar on February 18, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Saffers brag about their Test team not t2o team...i donno what u guys are talking about. Even Bangladesh can win an odd t20 against SA...the REAL cricket is test cricket...no matter how hard NZ is at home they would get thrashed. SA did it in Aus, Eng and to some extend India at their home...NZ at home maybe hard but not Aus or India at any extend. They are a t2o team. A good one.

  • Meety on February 18, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Well done NZ, fired a warning shot across the Saffas bow. I think NZ will be tough to beat in NZ, they are forming a good bowling unit. Limited overs are their stronger suit.

  • on February 18, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    I dont like to double post; but 'incantation' and 'tompuffin' have points with the recent and current form of NZ (Guptil creating solid opening partnerships), it will only be a matter of time before SA crack and unleash hells fury against the NZ squad (which needs to be thrashed everyone now and then to obtain that fighting spirit for the T20I Cup)

  • nzplayer on February 18, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    ive been watching cricket for over 15 years and that 6 from guppy is the biggest i have ever seen 127m when it hit the very top of the roof..

  • incantation on February 18, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    NZ are suddenly a stronger team it seems, so many new guys all doing well, I think the SA series followed by their away series vs west will see a better all round side from NZ, I mean if Guptill keeps going ballastic then they get put in a strong position up front, hopefully they are not just on some lucky winning streak and then see them slump back to their old selves, as the side that can thrash bangladesh and zimbabwe, but has difficulty with bigger teams. What ever happens I think they are now a better side in all formats and SA could be going home disappointed. Their T20 side was not impressive at all, yes they'll come back stronger in the other formats, but they are in NZ, and beating NZ in NZ is usually a challenge.

  • on February 18, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    People seem to forget New Zealand are the 3rd Ranked T20 team in the world

    Also in ODIS.. remember who knocked out SA in the world cup ?? yep New Zealand

    Who just beat Australia in a test when nobody else can ?? New Zealand..

  • nskaile on February 18, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    Any news about Ryder and Taylor? R they gonna be fit for test series? If not, we gonna get smashed lol

  • tompuffin on February 18, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    Woo! It's always great to start the series with a win!! I think that all three formats in the series will prove to be great contests- and yes to the person that mentioned it, I'm really looking forward to Kallis vs Vettori!!!! Can't wait for the tests now... Just wish some fans from both sides would chill a little. SA fans do have a right to brag, seeing that their team has been performing, but each series is a different prospect.

  • johnathonjosephs on February 18, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    I am extremely scared of Guptill right now. The form he is in right now is INSANE. Most NZ Batsman are in the form of their life and their confidence is sky high after that Australian win. Its going to be a great Test series. Will love to see Guptill battling Steyn and Philander

  • SixFourOut on February 18, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    I'm Australian and very much like the kiwis and the Saffas. I find that the Saffer's fans thought this would just be a walk in the park (which is arrogant) and the kiwis won comprehensively and you just wont admit it. It was never really in doubt and it WAS clinical. Frankly, I fail to see how this South African side is better man for man? In the tests, yes, the Saffas have Kallis, Steyn, Devilliers, but in fairness, there are also a lot of weaklinks. Remember the Kiwis have some excellent players in Ryder, Taylor and Guptil. I think Morkel is hugely overrated and Philander is no better than a Bracewell or a Pattinson who all have had good debuts, but have yet to prove themselves. NZ will bat deep in the tests and though up front 1-5 they will look weaker, I expect their 6-10 to rack up a lot more runs than the Saffers. All in all I'm more excited about this than our boring commonwealth bank series in Oz.

  • on February 17, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    Clearly SA have issues with spin on slow pitches (as shown aganist Canterbury and now NZ) - lets hope they grow more accustom to T20 format, rather than trying to play it like an ODI

  • on February 17, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    And can someone tell me if they know of a bigger recorded 6? 127 is massive and I can't remember seeing anything bigger - a bit higher and it would have bene out of the entire complex!

  • Mighty_Battler on February 17, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    A deserved victory for NZ but at the end of the day lets face it...it is only the first T20 and the South Africans have arrived in NZ with much higher aspirations. The number 1 test ranking, their 6th or 7th undefeated away series in a row, and a big test for their new bowling wonder boy! I wouldn't be surprised if they lose all 3 T20's.

  • on February 17, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    Went to the game,Guptill is looking in such good form but the real test will be in the tests with the likes of Steyn added to an already strong attack.

  • Braceurselfwell on February 17, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Oooo I can hear the crickets chirping where have the saffas gone....oh wait.."1st game of the series...only 20/20's...just wait till the tests" Our last test was a win in Auz so don't be expecting us to roll over there either. SA still fav. for tests no doubt but we wont make it easy for ya!

  • shovwar on February 17, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    Got a lotta respect for NZ because the way they fight hard with Big Teams....But this is too early to predict...SA just flew to NZ which is in the other part of the globe...There is no way in the world SA could win the first game it would have been absurd. BUt this is just T20...U cannot judge ODIs and TEST with just the first t20..it will be damn stupid. SA would fight back in the next t2o for sure but they most prolly lose t20 series 1-2.....But ODI i call for SA 2-1 and Test again SA 2-0.....SA are too strong for NZ in Test Cricket...But NZ would give hard time in ODIs...T20 is very unpredictable n i give it to NZ....The only form of the game where NZ is considered in top 3.....

  • Morgsy on February 17, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    Just been reading all the other comments and I pretty much agree. We can't get too excited over a few wins against Zimbabwe and beating SA in a T20 - but we can get excited about the quality of young players coming through, the depth we suddenly have and the ruthless attitude of the team...

    I'll admit, I was dubious about playing 4 quicks (in tests) and shortening the batting order, but I'm a convert. Personally, I would keep Southee, Martin and Bracewell in there - but replace Boult with someone with raw pace, even if they're a bit rough. The likes of Milne or even Bevin Small come to mind....and ofcourse Wagner as well for the WI tour

    There's real depth coming thru in the batting too. Nicol, Guppy and Williamson are stepping up, so Ryder and Taylor are hardly missed. Infact, with Brownlie doing the bizz at test level is there room for Ryder?

    Anyway we may or may not beat SA in the coming test series - but in a couple of years time I feel we'll beat pretty much anyone, anywher!

  • on February 17, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    First of all why is no one mentioning the fact that two disgraceful umpiring blunders meant SA got more than 100. Both Duminy and Ontong got to bat twice last night when both should have been give out. The arrogance the SA supporters have displayed up to this point has back fired. I predict things won't get any easier for the Proteas either. As for a few making the excuse that this was an understrength SA team - Frankly that is utter rubbish! SA picked a side to suit to 20/20 format and were found wanting by a far superior side. Had the Umpires got it right this would have been a deserved embarassing lose rather than a slightly tight finish.

  • on February 17, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    We were completely dominant in this game. We know it's not going to be like this the whole series. It is not being arrogant admitting your team was better on the night! Go Blackcaps, love the cricket you are playing at the moment!

  • on February 17, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    I feel things are changing for NZ cricket.... Zim were poor and this is just one game but we got some really talent coming through - Latham 19, Williamson, 21, Dougie 21, Boult 23, Southee seems like he has been around for years and is only 23 or 24, Ross is only 27, Ryder, 26, we got guys like Hamish Bennett in the wings, that 20 year old who globbere 4 sixes for Canterbury the other day looks handy! Good to see we are doing it without the likes of Oram and Vets. Plus I think John Wright needs a lot of credit. SA are a top team so if we can go well in the ODI's and draw the tests that'll be a great acheivment. Can't wait for Guptill V Steyn - Steyn will be fired up bigtime! Got a lot of respect for SA cricket and it's about time the rest of the world gives NZ some respect and this will be the series to get that!

  • on February 17, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    To all those people saying it was the biggest six at Westpac Stadium ever - Craig McMillian hit one that went over the roof and landed in the rail yards against England in 2002. I talked to him in the Sports Cafe about it straight after the game. Ian Smith mentioned it in the post match commentary last night.

    Go the Black Caps!!

  • slasher on February 17, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    That was a great game SAplayedwell and would have beaten any other team, but NZ is number 2 in the world and deservedly so, although they won with 4 balthere wwels, they had the gameunder control and just took their time to ensure the win. There were 3 umpire erorrs, two in SA favour and one in NZ,I think SA had a bigger advantage from these. Although SA may be missing some players,NZ have Oram, Taylor and Ryder out whichfor a small country puts them at a bigger disadvantage on the injury front, well played NZ if they play that that they deserve to rise up the rankings in all forms

  • StevieS on February 17, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    dogcatcher it was clinical because they didn't play with much risk, sure it was the last over but they didn't throw the bat at it the previous 2 overs as they had it under control.

  • Smack2000 on February 17, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    The Hobart win has installed new belief in the Black Caps, they did all that was expected against Zimbabwe, and were probably apprehensive coming into this game against one of crickets superpowers. I can;t wait to see Kallis v Vettori, 2 of the greatest allrounders of our generation. Enjoy!!!!

  • on February 17, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Well played New Zealand. SA was a bit rusty (no pun intended) but a side that is without Kallis,Steyn and Smith is always going to bit thin.SA WILL BOUNCE BACK. I like the look of some of their uns-Levi, Theron Botha Tshobe but they were out of sorts as was Ingram. Remember SA has been out of it for a while. Guptill was the star.NZ is a talented keen side.Wright is a good wily coach too.

  • jonnybtestmatch on February 17, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    I have adopted NZ as my second team even though I have no connections to the place. Always have a great deal of respect for your cricket team who seem to produce competitive sides with minimal resources. Well played today, wish the team all the best

  • on February 17, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    go kiwis go. but pl focus on your batting order guys

  • zn264 on February 17, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    @Spelele - just remember that was an under strength NZ side too! No Ryder, no Taylor, and a few new boys to boot! Nicol and Bracewell might look and act like they're old hands, but they're still very green. But I guess even they were too strong for ya. Plus you have to say the scorecard made you guys look good, you were never in the game!

    But I will bite my tongue (haha) because we all know it comes down to test matches and lets hope that we both have full strength sides at the ready! Look forward to the battle. Boy it is good winning, can't remember the last time we lost a match it was that long ago : )

  • nitoy on February 17, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Safferfan: Trust me mate ANY signs of life from the Black Caps is a good thing! Go Kiwis beat Proteas!!

  • dogcatcher on February 17, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    According to the rankings the kiwis are the better side in T20 so why all the excitement? 4 balls to spare so why all the reference to clinical victory? That suggests a tight close contest to me. Lets face it these sides are evenly matched and both will beat each other on any given day in the shortened format. Lets hope the saffas show the same grace as some of the arrogant kiwis on here when and it is a case of when, they win.

  • Woodsy71 on February 17, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Great start and kudos the NZers......hold firm lads...history awaits....

  • on February 17, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    @Spelele I don't think NZ played out of our skin to win that match. I think we played well, and the pitch was a if decent batting pitch (if a little on the slow side, which we resonded to better to with more spinners). We are ranked no 2 in the world in T/20, and I think we just played better on the night. Bring on the Tests to see how far we we have really come ! ;-)

  • on February 17, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    127m...Isnt that toooo long??? Good job guptill

  • on February 17, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Cannot understand why South Africa persist with 4 specialist batsmen and 2 hitters and the bowlers. Surely we should just stack our batting and use makeshift bowlers in this shortened format??

  • nicevans on February 17, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Good start from NZ, Guptil must be one of the best ODI/T20 batsmen at the moment. I'm sure that if he made himself available for the IPL he could fetch a huge sum in the auctions, good on him for concentrating on test cricket. NZ should continue to compete well in the ODIs /T20.The tests will be a big challenge though, but I don't think they will be a walkover for the proteas -our bowlers should be able to keep us competitive, we just need some form of consistency from our top order (easier said than done vs the protea attack), and hopefully Brownlee will be back.

  • RRnair12 on February 17, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    John Wright is a very good coach and he should be given some recognition in this New zealand revival

  • on February 17, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    I'm sure someone out there will be able to find this. Craig McMillian hit a 6 on to the roof at the Stadium a few years back... I *think* it was against Australia (prepared to be wrong). This one didn't come down from the roof and it wasn't as square as Guptill's one tonight so it must have been longer. Food for thought. Great game! Hope the NZ batsmen can continue to hold their own throughout the series... should be a cracker :)

  • on February 17, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    I HAPPY TO SEE NEW ZEALAND DO WELL....IT IS A MATCH BETWEEN TWO EX COACHES FOR THE INDIAN TEAM....

  • Safferfan on February 17, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Good victory for the Black Caps but we Saffers are not too perturbed by the defeat! It is the 1st game of the tour and that a pyjama game too! It aint sour grapes either friends as, even had SA won this game, there would not be too much joy. Even if SA win the next 2 and the series, not gonna mean much. Similarly with the ODI's. The tests is where it is gonna count! I like the schedule though, get rid of the kiddies cricket and concentrate on the real cricket! By the time the real cricket comes along the Saffers would have got used to conditions and the fun can then really begin! All tours should be schedules as such!! Gonna be gripping stuff and I hope that both sides provide us with wonderful test match cricket entertainment!

  • lordrudraksh on February 17, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    this guy can single handed win the whole match

  • Marktc on February 17, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Most commentators, including South Africans, predicted the T20 and ODI's to be closely fought. Still, one win does not make a series nor does it measure the two side. In reality one batsman won it. NZ are known for a gritty one day side and I do not think any South African would underestimate them. At the moment the SA T20 and ODI side is not as good as their test side. Give NZ their credit, but judge the two teams after each series has been completed. My prediction is the NZ guys will take the ODI's and SA the test series.

  • Vilander on February 17, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    127 meters !! NZ are looking very good. They beat Aus in Aus in a test match. Now this. I think they are improving very fast, their players are still very young, could easily play for an other 4 years.

  • Spelele on February 17, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Oh wow, so New Zealand play out of their skin to win ONE T20 against an understrength SA and they are suddenly 'world beaters'? Give me a break! SA are still getting used to the conditions. In any event, we all knew that the shorter formats would be far better contested. I still predict a whitewash in the Tests though. We must not forget that SA's attack in this match was understrength. Our best T20 bowlers (Steyn and Parnell, with Kallis as an additional bowler) were not present. SA is still experimenting with their T20 team. NZ will face far better teams in the Tests and ODIs. Even this understrength team was not completely demolished (it was a close win!). All those already writing off SA are out of their minds. I expect SA to bounce back in the last two matches.

  • on February 17, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    yes, zimbabwe showed more spine and spirit and played very well than SA nosedives.....worlds best chokers (jokers)

  • zn264 on February 17, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    I have seen almost every international game played at the cake tin, I'm a Wellington boy and love the ground. I just want to say that I have never seen anyone, anyone, hit the ball on to the top of the stadium, GUPTILL that was one massive 6. Not even Simmo a few years back with that rapid 150 hit the ball that far...amazing!!!

  • yorkslanka on February 17, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    in the shorter form of the game (20&50) the Kiwis have proved they are right up there with the best teams and very dangerous...well done to them....

  • on February 17, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Whoa!! Guptill will punish the proteas throughout this tour. LMAO at the arrogant SA fans talking down NZ. haha!!

  • indiasupbangalore on February 17, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Good stuff from nz they beat SA for good, but let us not get too carried away, the same nz team was whitewashed by Bangladesh not so long ago. There are positives but SA is really too team to go down the path of Zim.

  • CaptainPiha on February 17, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Great start to the tour - nice win boys!! Our bowling was beyond awesome - almost perfect lengths apart from Mills who must surely be thinking about his pension? Southee and Bracewell were machines and the slowies were niggly. Excellent!! Oh and yeah, Guptill is a legend and I can confirm, sitting in the stands, it was the biggest six I have ever seen at Westpac Stadium - on the ROOF man.

  • on February 17, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Saffers lose the ODI against NZ :(

  • JesseV on February 17, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    How the hell do you hit a 127m six!!!!! Go Guptil, hope he keeps smacking the Saffa's around, and it would be brilliant to see the Black Caps beat South Africa in each series!

  • FatBoysCanBat on February 17, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    The six that Guptill hit on the roof was measured at 127 metres. However, that measurement only goes to where it hit the roof. Given the laws of Physics; an object which travels both high and long [a parabola] will have a symmetrical shape, so as the ball was already on the way down when it hit the roof at 127m from the pitch, it would have traveled atleast 25 more metres by the time it hit the ground because the roof of the stand is quite a distance above the ground. This six would have surely been 150m+. It is similar to the one which Gayle hit in the Perth Test a couple of years back; It landed on the roof but was only measured at 104m to where it hit the roof. If the projection was continued to ground level it would have been over 130m because the roof of the stand was about 60-80 metres above ground level. I think if these projections are going to be shown then we need them to be continued to ground level to give viewers a true representation of distance.

  • Nduru on February 17, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Ya, where are all those SA fans now? The ones who said the Kiwis are minnow bashers and Zimbabwe are so pathetic that they don't count? Where are you guys? You said that Guptil is only dangerous against the small teams, but I guess you will have to keep quiet now. That 127 metre 6 is the biggest I've ever seen!Of course, its early days but NZ will be far from pushovers in this tour.

  • satish619chandar on February 17, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Southee was just awesome.. I guess McCullum miscalculated and missed out bowling Bracewell.. The last over bowled by Mills could have been a factor had NZ lost one more wicket in the middle overs.. Prematch talks of getting it done with specialists went for toss when Hira was unused after a decent 2 over spell with a wicket too.. Was he injured?

  • Brenton1 on February 17, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    NZ are never a pushover, especially in NZ. Having said that however it is just 1 win at the start of the series. Guptil was the key to the run chase. If he went early NZ wouldprobably have struggled. SA lost it in the batting - the top order doesnt seem to be firing. Missing Kallis, Ingram has been doing well of late.

  • on February 17, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    well played black caps...........Guptill was fantastic!!!!!!! Just waiting for Taylor and Ryder to comeback......in ODIs....this will really be like putting cherry on the cake!!!!!!

  • Mattyblackcapsfan on February 17, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    great win by the boys tonight gup was brilliant in the field and with bat in hand some monster sixes and good partnerships got us home not impressed with degrandhomme ellis is better imo but we are getting stronger with every game,go u black caps

  • on February 17, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    SA dont have enough slow bowlers, heh who would have thought that the extra pace would make so little difference!

  • Winchester666 on February 17, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    You're right we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves it's just one T20 & South Africa are a very strong side, but it just nice to shut up the people who said this will be a walk in the park.

  • on February 17, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    I have to say, its nearly as good as beating Australia

  • on February 17, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    It's only the first match of the series between the 2 teams, but things are really looking positive for the black caps. I can't believe how well Guptill is playing, he is starting to fulfil his potential. Is there a more inform batsmen out there at the moment in intl cricket? I doubt it. Hopefully he can continue to punish the proteas throughout the tour. To all the arrogant S.A. fans who were laughing off N.Z. as a good opponent, will be waiting to hear your apologies soon.

  • on February 17, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    suck it to all the people talking down new zealand

  • rahulcricket007 on February 17, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    WHEN IT'S COME TO T20 NZ ARE ONE OF THE BEST TEAMS IN THE WORLD .

  • on February 17, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Lets not get too far ahead of ourselves, SA are a great team and the longer they're in NZ the better they'll get! Great win by the boys tonight though, the intensity in the field was key, and Guptil is in a real purple patch long may it continue, Hopefully it'll rub off on brendon, and on sunday they promote Franklin above Colin.

  • Marktc on February 17, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    SA lost one T20....great playing by Guptill. Butet's not get too excited about the first T20. The T20 and one dayers will be close affairs. They could go either way. So this result hardly makes NZ world beaters. Yet anyway.

  • Maccanui on February 17, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    At least Zimbabwe put up a fight

  • stevenz on February 17, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Well done NZ.....beginning to feel like the 80's. Been a looooong time coming. Just wait till Jesse iand Ross are back ...can anyone say "unstoppable"? How good is Dougie Bracewell. 3 overs for 10 runs?

  • Winchester666 on February 17, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Damn! We just got thrashed by South Africa who are 100 times better than New Zealand. NZ will fight if they are up to it so never write them off.

  • alonetiger on February 17, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Good on ya kiwi boys..u all new faces along with few good old ones have done it and this team unity converted u into a v good newzealand team now and u can beat any side in the world now.credit also goes to the kiwi selecters who trusted the new faces and brought this excelent change in newzealand cricket.good luck

  • nzcricket174 on February 17, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Guptill is the man he just keeps going from strength to strength! That second six he hit off Tsotsobe was a MONSTER!

  • on February 17, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Great stuff from the Kiwis! They will have no trouble competing with the Saffas in the short forms of the game, the Tests will be the real challenge.

  • on February 17, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    I also believe that the SA captain and I share a birthday. I think I win...

  • on February 17, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Wow guys. Thanks for my birthday present. Not the first time you've beaten SA on my birthday.

  • on February 17, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    And to those who thought Zimbabwe were a weak opposition ... welcome to the new era of New Zealand cricket...

  • on February 17, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    I kept reading that Guptil and McCullum were minnow bashers. Does that make South Africa minnows?

  • cardassian on February 17, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Good stuff NZ! Not too bad for a team with no chance of winning anything in the series :)

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  • cardassian on February 17, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Good stuff NZ! Not too bad for a team with no chance of winning anything in the series :)

  • on February 17, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    I kept reading that Guptil and McCullum were minnow bashers. Does that make South Africa minnows?

  • on February 17, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    And to those who thought Zimbabwe were a weak opposition ... welcome to the new era of New Zealand cricket...

  • on February 17, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Wow guys. Thanks for my birthday present. Not the first time you've beaten SA on my birthday.

  • on February 17, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    I also believe that the SA captain and I share a birthday. I think I win...

  • on February 17, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Great stuff from the Kiwis! They will have no trouble competing with the Saffas in the short forms of the game, the Tests will be the real challenge.

  • nzcricket174 on February 17, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Guptill is the man he just keeps going from strength to strength! That second six he hit off Tsotsobe was a MONSTER!

  • alonetiger on February 17, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Good on ya kiwi boys..u all new faces along with few good old ones have done it and this team unity converted u into a v good newzealand team now and u can beat any side in the world now.credit also goes to the kiwi selecters who trusted the new faces and brought this excelent change in newzealand cricket.good luck

  • Winchester666 on February 17, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Damn! We just got thrashed by South Africa who are 100 times better than New Zealand. NZ will fight if they are up to it so never write them off.

  • stevenz on February 17, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Well done NZ.....beginning to feel like the 80's. Been a looooong time coming. Just wait till Jesse iand Ross are back ...can anyone say "unstoppable"? How good is Dougie Bracewell. 3 overs for 10 runs?