New Zealand v South Africa, 1st ODI, Wellington February 25, 2012

South Africa cruise to win after de Villiers ton

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South Africa 254 for 4 (de Villiers 106*, du Plessis 66*) beat New Zealand 253 for 9 (B McCullum 56, Williamson 55) by six wickets
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A masterful run-a-ball 106 not out from AB de Villers shepherded an expert South Africa chase, as they hauled in New Zealand's 253 for 9 with six wickets and 4.4 overs to spare, taking the early series lead with victory in the first ODI in Wellington. de Villiers found support from JP Duminy after New Zealand took three wickets inside the mandatory Powerplay, before he pushed for the win alongside a more adventurous Faf du Plessis, who ended with an unbeaten 66 from 49 deliveries. The pair's 129-run stand swung the match decisively in their team's favour, after the South Africa bowlers had done well to restrict New Zealand earlier in the day.

de Villiers was calculating throughout his innings. Having arrived at the crease almost six overs after JP Duminy but quickly moved past his partner's score, despite taking few chances against a miserly New Zealand attack. Gaps in the infield were expertly picked out, with the signature downward dab to third man proving particularly fruitful. Boundaries were occasional, measured and superbly executed - coming only off bad balls, and just when South Africa needed to prevent the asking-rate from ballooning.

He was calm alongside Duminy, as the pair overcame three early losses, but was clinical when Faf du Plessis was at the other end, powering towards victory with the innings consolidated. His successive sixes off Rob Nicol in 40th over during the Powerplay confirmed South Africa's ascendancy after a tense middle period, and pulled the required-rate to well below a run-a-ball. From there on, with six wickets in hand and 50 to get, it was South Africa's game to lose. Pressure eased, they galloped to the finish.

New Zealand will be disappointed given their terrific start with the ball, but will also rightly feel they did little wrong. South Africa's chase was on track to be the highest ODI score without any extras, until one was conceded in the 43rd over - a fact that is testament to New Zealand's discipline. Nicol's figures of 1 for 43 from five overs does not flatter his competent offspin, while Doug Bracewell too will feel he did not deserve to go at almost six an over. They were simply singled out and targeted by South Africa's batsmen, who were in supreme control, having insidiously garnered momentum following the early wobble.

The New Zealand pacemen did not find the extravagant movement South Africa induced at the beginning of the innings, but were precise in the early overs, using bounce and modest swing to exact their early scalps. Hashim Amla fell prey to a slight indipper from Tim Southee, before Graeme Smith departed two balls later, flashing at an angled delivery from Kyle Mills that was pouched by the keeper. Jacques Kallis seemed comfortable as he probed the gaps confidently for his 13, but was late on a pull shot off Doug Bracewell and managed only to surrender his wicket to square leg.

Duminy and de Villiers combined for a steady 90 to rescue the visitors from 35 for three, dealing almost exclusively in singles, almost mirroring New Zealand's approach at a similar stage in their innings. Nathan McCullum was miserly through the bowling Powerplay, as New Zealand's infielders helped extend the parsimony as South Africa took few risks. Duminy had in fact made 34 of his eventual 46, before he struck his first boundary.

du Plessis was a more proactive foil for de Villiers, as he struck four boundaries in successive Tim Southee overs not long after his arrival at the crease, while his captain progressed as he had done from the start of his innings - finding the gaps and ensuring genuinely bad balls were duly punished.

The two accelerated during the batting Powerplay, taken at its latest possible stage, scoring 45 from the five overs to swing the equation decidedly in their favour. It was clever, uncomplicated hitting, reliant on timing and placement rather than innovative frills, and when both men reached their milestones - de Villiers his 13th ton and du Plessis his fourth fifty - in the same expensive Bracewell over, the end was within touching distance.

The win had been set up by South Africa's fearsome pace-bowling inquisition at the top of the New Zealand's innings, and a canny performance at the death, that helped restrict the hosts to 253 for 9. Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn tested the hosts with blistering pace, and were unlucky not to have more wickets, even if the New Zealand top order cleverly tempered their attacking instincts, choosing to leave and defend instead of chasing a dynamite start.

Nicol and Martin Guptill were grilled by movement off the seam and sharp bounce, before Dale Steyn came into the attack to add hooping movement through the air to the pace concoction. South Africa's pacemen were perhaps unlucky to glean just one wicket from the opening stanza, but they had shackled a typically explosive top order and reduced them to scampered singles to the infield.

New Zealand eventually found their way following consolidation from Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson - both of whom notched up smart fifties through the middle overs. McCullum was caught on the boundary just as his belligerent streak began to show. Williamson, whose innings was steadier but none less effective, helped lay a foundation from which New Zealand could launch - he carried the side to 191 for 4 from 40 overs, before falling in the 41st.

The acceleration New Zealand had become accustomed to against Zimbabwe, though, never came. de Villiers used no less than five bowlers in short bursts in the last ten overs, forcing the New Zealand batsmen to constantly readjust, meaning less runs and more wickets than the hosts would have bargained for. Only two boundaries were hit from overs 40 to 49, and were it not for a wayward final over from Morne Morkel, New Zealand would have struggled to make 250.

Edited by Nikita Bastian

Andrew Fernando writes for The Pigeon and has a column here

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  • POSTED BY MrGarreth on | February 27, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    @Philknight, well of course Im referring to wealth distribution. Because Im referring to how many people will financially be able to play cricket, whether at school or elsewhere. Stories like Makhaya Ntini's are few and far between. Most of the young black players that have come through are from a relatively small population of affluent black families. 85% of SA is black and most of that number is living in poverty. And yes that post was primarily directed at your post because of the arrogance of it. You think we should feel sorry for NZ because they lost to SA despite all theyve had to say (including Mills now)? And that all their victories should be acknowledged? Have you forgotten that if it wasnt for SAs fight for democracy we wouldnt even be playing international cricket (wouldnt bring that up if it wasnt for your excuse for NZ)? Sorry but I'd rather use my admiration for a team like Afghanistan who are in REAL strife yet keep playing and dont whine.

  • POSTED BY philknight on | February 26, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    @MrGarreth - I think if you do some research you will find that SA's economy is much bigger than ours. I'd say you are probably referring to the distribution of wealth, as your country has obviously not addressed those issues yet. I guess it is those issues, and all their associated problems, that has led to so many of your people emigrating and boosting cricket stocks around the world. The All Blacks picking people from other countries is nonsense. The confusion comes because Auckland is the biggest Polynesian city in the world. All those players have either been born in NZ or went to school here.

  • POSTED BY MrGarreth on | February 26, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Okay for all you NZ fans who are still using that 4 million excuse to get people to feel sorry for you when you lose (conveniently not mentioning it when you win). You should remember which nation youre using it against. This is SA. We are STILL poverty stricken. We do NOT have a pool of 50 million people to choose from because most of them have never or will never pick up a cricket bat because they will not go to a decent school or any school at all. That is still the sorry state of our nation. And we certainly dont have the luxury of of picking up foreigners like you guys do (your All Blacks are filled with non-NZs and your cricket team has started to follow suit with the likes of de Grandhomme and a former Saffer would you know. Cant quite remember his name.) You even have a better economy on which to build a better team. On top of that we have England taking many of our best players. It was about time we got one when Tahir came along. Doesnt make up for what NZ and Eng have taken.

  • POSTED BY philknight on | February 26, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    @jplterrors I was going to go for England but decided that would spark too much anger from our friends from the north. I am sure not too many Scots go on this website! I was so pleased with the Hobart win but I am realistic that a combination of factors went in our favour. I think Steyn is going to work over our top order and we will also struggle against their quality spinner and their other (very fast)bowlers. Smith/Amla/Kallis/AB are also probably going to deal to our raw pace attack and Dan is no longer a wicket taking test spinner. I believe test cricket is not as simple as your analysis. A lot of success? Check the international records. SA have dealt to us regularly, apart from a couple of blips in world cups. Anyway, my friend I do not want to argue. I hope I am proved wrong!

  • POSTED BY jplterrors on | February 26, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    @phillknight yr analogy of NZ V SA in cricket like ABs V Scotland? Scotland never beats the ABs where as the black caps have alot of success against sa. Couldnt see Scotland beating the ABs in a worldcup either.. Also the tests are still to come last time we played Aus away we won, and last time SA played Aus at home they lost...

  • POSTED BY sanjai_zequin on | February 26, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Der is amistake not 17 of 30 itz 17 of 13

  • POSTED BY sanjai_zequin on | February 26, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Well done AB ur d World's best batsman..., Look at d performances of AB as captain 6matches 52(40), 17(30), 39(36), 96(76), 125(98), 106(106 6 matches , 435 runs , 145.00 avg, 117 strk rate, 2 hundreds , 11 sixes... What more needed??????????? He is the best

  • POSTED BY philknight on | February 26, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    This NZ/SA battle on the message boards should really stop. To all you South African fans you must realise that you are being baited on here by people who denigrate your team and talk up the Black Caps. The fact is your team is one of the premier teams in world cricket, with several players who regularly feature in top ten lists, and our team is just a battling underdog that makes the most of its scarce resources. South Africa playing NZ in cricket is similar to our world champion All Blacks playing Scotland in rugby. In reality the sport is tiny in New Zealand and ANY achievements we manage against South Africa/Australia/England/India should be recognized by all cricket fans.

  • POSTED BY Hollowolf on | February 25, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Poor decision by McCullum to bat first despite 7 of the last 8 (now 8 of 9) matches at the caketin having been won by the chasing side. I wonder if that was an over-reaction to the result of the final twenty20?

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    It was a good display of batting from AB and Faf last night that bought SA home, but I can't help but feel that NZ are lacking some decent leadership in the field. Mccullum had a easy run with ZIM, and to be honest you didn't need to be an exceptional captain to beat a team like that as the bowlers and batters did their jobs with ease. But once he got the advantage last night after some good bowling, he seem to run out of ideas on what to do next, apart from coming up to the stumps to medium/fast bowlers which limited what they could do. The best thing about someone like Stephen Fleming is that he could me changes on the pitch which could get the desired results, even if the team wasn't as good on paper. Need to see Taylor back in the side, as his performance with the bat has improved since taking over the captain duties, unlike Mccullum. Cudos to SA though for exploiting that,but hopefully the BC can turn it around in the next games.

  • POSTED BY MrGarreth on | February 27, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    @Philknight, well of course Im referring to wealth distribution. Because Im referring to how many people will financially be able to play cricket, whether at school or elsewhere. Stories like Makhaya Ntini's are few and far between. Most of the young black players that have come through are from a relatively small population of affluent black families. 85% of SA is black and most of that number is living in poverty. And yes that post was primarily directed at your post because of the arrogance of it. You think we should feel sorry for NZ because they lost to SA despite all theyve had to say (including Mills now)? And that all their victories should be acknowledged? Have you forgotten that if it wasnt for SAs fight for democracy we wouldnt even be playing international cricket (wouldnt bring that up if it wasnt for your excuse for NZ)? Sorry but I'd rather use my admiration for a team like Afghanistan who are in REAL strife yet keep playing and dont whine.

  • POSTED BY philknight on | February 26, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    @MrGarreth - I think if you do some research you will find that SA's economy is much bigger than ours. I'd say you are probably referring to the distribution of wealth, as your country has obviously not addressed those issues yet. I guess it is those issues, and all their associated problems, that has led to so many of your people emigrating and boosting cricket stocks around the world. The All Blacks picking people from other countries is nonsense. The confusion comes because Auckland is the biggest Polynesian city in the world. All those players have either been born in NZ or went to school here.

  • POSTED BY MrGarreth on | February 26, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Okay for all you NZ fans who are still using that 4 million excuse to get people to feel sorry for you when you lose (conveniently not mentioning it when you win). You should remember which nation youre using it against. This is SA. We are STILL poverty stricken. We do NOT have a pool of 50 million people to choose from because most of them have never or will never pick up a cricket bat because they will not go to a decent school or any school at all. That is still the sorry state of our nation. And we certainly dont have the luxury of of picking up foreigners like you guys do (your All Blacks are filled with non-NZs and your cricket team has started to follow suit with the likes of de Grandhomme and a former Saffer would you know. Cant quite remember his name.) You even have a better economy on which to build a better team. On top of that we have England taking many of our best players. It was about time we got one when Tahir came along. Doesnt make up for what NZ and Eng have taken.

  • POSTED BY philknight on | February 26, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    @jplterrors I was going to go for England but decided that would spark too much anger from our friends from the north. I am sure not too many Scots go on this website! I was so pleased with the Hobart win but I am realistic that a combination of factors went in our favour. I think Steyn is going to work over our top order and we will also struggle against their quality spinner and their other (very fast)bowlers. Smith/Amla/Kallis/AB are also probably going to deal to our raw pace attack and Dan is no longer a wicket taking test spinner. I believe test cricket is not as simple as your analysis. A lot of success? Check the international records. SA have dealt to us regularly, apart from a couple of blips in world cups. Anyway, my friend I do not want to argue. I hope I am proved wrong!

  • POSTED BY jplterrors on | February 26, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    @phillknight yr analogy of NZ V SA in cricket like ABs V Scotland? Scotland never beats the ABs where as the black caps have alot of success against sa. Couldnt see Scotland beating the ABs in a worldcup either.. Also the tests are still to come last time we played Aus away we won, and last time SA played Aus at home they lost...

  • POSTED BY sanjai_zequin on | February 26, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Der is amistake not 17 of 30 itz 17 of 13

  • POSTED BY sanjai_zequin on | February 26, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Well done AB ur d World's best batsman..., Look at d performances of AB as captain 6matches 52(40), 17(30), 39(36), 96(76), 125(98), 106(106 6 matches , 435 runs , 145.00 avg, 117 strk rate, 2 hundreds , 11 sixes... What more needed??????????? He is the best

  • POSTED BY philknight on | February 26, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    This NZ/SA battle on the message boards should really stop. To all you South African fans you must realise that you are being baited on here by people who denigrate your team and talk up the Black Caps. The fact is your team is one of the premier teams in world cricket, with several players who regularly feature in top ten lists, and our team is just a battling underdog that makes the most of its scarce resources. South Africa playing NZ in cricket is similar to our world champion All Blacks playing Scotland in rugby. In reality the sport is tiny in New Zealand and ANY achievements we manage against South Africa/Australia/England/India should be recognized by all cricket fans.

  • POSTED BY Hollowolf on | February 25, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Poor decision by McCullum to bat first despite 7 of the last 8 (now 8 of 9) matches at the caketin having been won by the chasing side. I wonder if that was an over-reaction to the result of the final twenty20?

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    It was a good display of batting from AB and Faf last night that bought SA home, but I can't help but feel that NZ are lacking some decent leadership in the field. Mccullum had a easy run with ZIM, and to be honest you didn't need to be an exceptional captain to beat a team like that as the bowlers and batters did their jobs with ease. But once he got the advantage last night after some good bowling, he seem to run out of ideas on what to do next, apart from coming up to the stumps to medium/fast bowlers which limited what they could do. The best thing about someone like Stephen Fleming is that he could me changes on the pitch which could get the desired results, even if the team wasn't as good on paper. Need to see Taylor back in the side, as his performance with the bat has improved since taking over the captain duties, unlike Mccullum. Cudos to SA though for exploiting that,but hopefully the BC can turn it around in the next games.

  • POSTED BY Spelele on | February 25, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    South Africa were not at their utmost best this match, and yet they won. Both Smith and Amla went to poor shots. Kallis failed to control a pull/hook shot (but I can't really criticize the legend after picking up two wickets!). I loved the role Duminy played today; he really showed his versatility. SA are really improving more and more as they become more familiar with the conditions. The bowling upfront was SO deadly today, wow! Lopsy is amazing in ODIs! I really can't wait for Philander to start bowling here in the Tests. And there are no words to describe AB at the moment. SA have two of the world's best ODI batsmen who are really dominating the game now. I expect Amla to fire soon (you can't keep that chap out of action for too long).

  • POSTED BY rohitab_bash on | February 25, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    AB just keeps doing t again and again....such an awesomeeee playr...!!!!!!!! the best batsman 4 saf at the moment in any format..sply one dayers...luk at his average and strike rate of last 2 yrs !!! amazing player...a true legend...one he will soon be.. :)..the way he paces an odi innings is stunning...a cool finisher,excellent runner btwn wickets,consolidation..he does t al :):) from the BIGGEST FAN OF AB DEVILLIERS :)luv u man...common go ahead and break them all with ur willow and gloves and captaincy :):)

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Couldn't agree with u more jacob. Often smith is criticized but no-one is saying anything about albie,I mean he hardly bowls and when he does its often ineffective,I think justin ontong could do better at 7 or maybe even trying out levi there. Don't know why miller has actually been discarded-would rather have him than albie. I think its clear that ab is the world's best odi batsman,he even has the stats to show it-its a shame the world doesn't acknowledge it-maybe cos he's not australian or indian.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Levi and Smith to open, everybody moves down a place and Albie Morkel goes. He is good enough at provincial level, but does not bat well enough and certainly does not bowl enough at international level. Great to see Faf doing well against New Zealand, SA's brainiest spinner should also play, in the absence of Levi Botha should replace Albie. Of course Tahir is deadlier than either Botha or Peterson, wickets stop scoring just as effectively as accuracy.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | February 25, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    I am starting to think that SA is the best team in the world today. In all formats. Unless other teams find some talent, SA will be #1 team in all formats. It is only a matter of time.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    It was a great game and SA is doing well in NZ. I big fan of the Proteas, go boys

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    i see this odi nz team disjoint in the absence of taylor and vittory. i see sa winning 3-0 amla and kallis will get there hundreds in next 2 matches.......

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    AB De Villiers - Currently the best all round batsman in the world today. No one can challenge this statement.

  • POSTED BY coarsecricketer on | February 25, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    I don't agree with the comment that Robin Peterson should not be picked. A couple of years ago, I would have agreed. But now he regularly picks up wickets, can be a destructive batsman, and is a brilliant fielder. Johan Botha is also an excellent ODI player, good in the field, and a crafty batsman, but his bowling strike rate is lower than Peterson's. In the right conditions as on the subcontinent, both Peterson and Botha should play.

  • POSTED BY hashabjp on | February 25, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Way to go AB DEVILLIERS.... there is no batsman in world cricket that has as much class as you in shot selection and execution of plan... If AB is in the middle, south africa will win every time.. Also lots credit should go to JP for absorbing the pressure and FAF for executing the finishing job... the bowlers did great too.. GO PROTEAS

  • POSTED BY Wexfordwonder on | February 25, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    South Africa now rated 2nd in all forms of the game. Could be by the end of this tour they will be rated 1st in the longest and shortest and 2nd in ODIs. What does this mean? Not a fig, noting, nada, zilch, nil. No team has yet proven their dominance ala Aus and Wi of the previous decades. All just smoke and mirrors, for now.

  • POSTED BY Clint_ZA on | February 25, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Regarding AB being underrated, I think you'll find it stems from the South African manner. We are not as quick to idolise players as other nations. We are not as quick to put them up on pedestals. We will admire their abilities and support them but not idolise them. J Kallis also comes to mind. I have had many a discussion a year or so back with the odd Indian fan comparing his averages with those of S Tendulkar. It was surprising how similar they were yet Kallis is hardly idolised here in the manner Tendulkar is. Just one example.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    de Villiers is the best batsman on the planet at the moment. There is very little he can't do. I wish he has a long and injury free career and be listed alongside richards and sachin in ODIs and along the all time greats in the tests..

  • POSTED BY Legend_of_Marchant on | February 25, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Great controlled win by the Protea boys with all the answers and plenty left in the tank. No sign of Ed Fuller anywhere ??

    "Posted by Ed Fuller on (February 22 2012, 13:23 PM GMT) Doesn't matter - a silly loss in a T20 that NZ should have won easily. The signs are still there that this NZ unit is far better than this SA unit and we will see this to be true when NZ win both the ODI and Test series. Hahahahahahahaaaa"

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    wtg guys, loves sulking Southby!

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Amla is a class player, but I can't help think that he shouldn't open the batting. With Amla at 3, Kalis at 4, AB at 5, Duminy at 6 and Faf at 7, we have a massive batting line-up (with Alviro Peterson, Levi, Ingram, Miller or whoever else does well in the domestic league to be in contention to open the batting).

    As far as bowlers are concerned, Faf, Duminy and Kallis can make up the 5th bowler's alotted overs.

    Smith needs to be dropped to fight for his place in ODI's - which could actually be a good thing for his carreer, he's not over the hill yet! He needs to work on his technique, go back to the basics, he has the natural talent but he has to regain his confidence.

  • POSTED BY Sayanvala on | February 25, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Awesome stough lads ,Proud oy ya"ll bEAT thE Sheep in their own baCk YaRd ,SMITH is a amazing player he Just needs ta Get in FOrm and damn Hate the kiwi comentators they just whine and whine ,Get real mates ......

  • POSTED BY TheJester79 on | February 25, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Again de Villers showed his class and leadership abilities! Its hard enough to bear the pressures of captaincy, but to add wicket keeping and batting to the list and excel at them is massive! Big up to you AB, you're exactly what the docter ordered!

  • POSTED BY Batterup1 on | February 25, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    All Tim Southy could mumble was...." Brendan can you help me remove this cricket ball from my mouth!"

    Guptill who.....?

  • POSTED BY MrGarreth on | February 25, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    @Jacob Mokwena, I agree. Its a waste of a position really. Albie has barely a handful of shots and they dont come off as often as they should. His average of just over 22 is simply not good enough considering he doesnt even bowl and when he does its disasterous. Vernon Philander has a strike rate of over 200 in this seasons domestic 20/20 competition and we all know what he is capable of with the ball. With this new improved ability at clearing the ropes, I dont see why he isnt an option. Albie has had plenty of chances and if he doesnt clear the ropes he puts pressure on the team because he is not a singles man. Dont know why there was such a demand for him to be in the world cup squad. He wouldnt have made an ounce of difference. Just my opinion anyway. A useless one at that but mine nonetheless.

  • POSTED BY duncanmoo on | February 25, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Was just looking at a pre-tour article where one of the NZ fans was saying SA will be lucky to win one match. This is the type of over-confidence that comes from playing Zim (no offense to Zim). SA has had season starters vs Zim and then had to change gear when coming up against strong opposition; false confidence. | Please switch Smith out | Wish Steyn's BRILLIANT bowling got him more wickets!

  • POSTED BY Bigchops on | February 25, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Good old gruondsmen..make a bouncy wicket for the fastest attack in the world..NZS lost there way late in the game , shouldv'e made 270..credit to De Villiers he is a world class performer. NZ should learn and bounce back..knew Guptill would get found out by better bowling..AUS sorted him out earlier in the year.

  • POSTED BY chad_reid on | February 25, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    AB SEEMS TO BE UNSTOPPABLE RIGHT NOW

  • POSTED BY Lockers31 on | February 25, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    AB De Villiers really is a quality player and is developing that cool head to go with his talent that kills opposition spirits. Had he gone early i think SA would have fallen well short of the target though. There still seems to be a vulnerability about them.

    Concerns; Smith has to give way to the younger guys. He just does not have what it takes to play this form of the game any more. The occasional ton is not enough. It's a double-bad for the Proteas as not only does he under-perform, but they could be putting a younger guy in, and then even if he does as bad as Smith is currently doing, he still gains valuable experience which will benefit the team later on(Levi comes to mind). On Smith, this late in the game these chances are wasted.

    Also Johan Botha should be playing every game, he would be the second pick after the skipper for me, in ANY limited overs game. Most people agree and yet the selectors don't, WHY? Robin is nowhere near as good, we all know that.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Well played boys... onwards and upwards. Graham, your time is nearing - please stop being tempted by the traps they set for you....

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Another AB masterclass, he's finally fulfilling his immense potential. It may be premature to say but I think he'll finish his career havin become a legendary batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    This one is for bashing zimbabwe , the kiwis are having a taste of their own medicine,.South africa s revenging for zimbabawe

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Well done South Africa, AB de Villiers is just an amazing player, SA should look at A. Morkel, what does he bring to the team, he didn't bowl today (when he bowls its normally terrible), I don't remember when was the last time he won a game with his big hitting. D. Miller should be given a chance again or you could try R. Levi down the order

  • POSTED BY Springbok111 on | February 25, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    A little wobbly to begin with but fairly easy in the end. Well done boys!

  • POSTED BY chilled_avenger on | February 25, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Since 2009,AB de Villiers has the best average(69.15) and best strike rate(101.89) among Batsmen who have scored at least 2000 runs in ODIs in that period! He also has the 3rd highest Test batting average(67.90) among Batsmen who have scored at least 2000 runs since 2009 in tests! Add to that him being an extraordinary fielder (and a decent Wicketkeeper in ODIs) and you'll be amazed how underrated he has been in World Cricket all these years.............. More than these statistics it's the adaptability that he bring to his game that is truly awesome! He can build the innings,he can run quick singles,he can go berserk in the later overs or while chasing big targets,in short he can do it all. Respect from an Indian fan to one the best Cricketing talents playing currently who goes by the name of AB de Villiers. Go AB!!

  • POSTED BY Tjoeps on | February 25, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Well done guys! I am sooo happy to see that the old ways have been left behind, in the passed, if Kallis falls, all is lost! You are impressive with your approach AB, you are batting better than ever... GOOD outing Faf... I very much like what I see! Enjoy a few cold one's tonight, you worked for them! Thanks Gary!

  • POSTED BY Mayan820 on | February 25, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    R. Levi delivered the first knock-out, M. de Lange and A.B. de Villiers the 2nd and A.B. and Faf du Plessis the 3rd. I will be satisfied with 6 knock-outs against the Black Caps for that nasty little Dhaka incident last year. Call it interest on an overdue account if you like. If I had a choice in the matter I would very much like H. Amla to plant the 4th knock out, but then . . . any Protea who steps up to finish the Kiwis off the next time around will do just fine as far as I am concerned.

  • POSTED BY ForgeNZ on | February 25, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    The lack of a fast strike bowler is really harming us. Sure we have some good seam bowlers but the lack of swing and pace in the wicket made sure that once SA had seen off the early ball then we really didint have much else. Being accurate is good but SA picked off the singles at will. Oh how I miss you shane bond.

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  • POSTED BY ForgeNZ on | February 25, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    The lack of a fast strike bowler is really harming us. Sure we have some good seam bowlers but the lack of swing and pace in the wicket made sure that once SA had seen off the early ball then we really didint have much else. Being accurate is good but SA picked off the singles at will. Oh how I miss you shane bond.

  • POSTED BY Mayan820 on | February 25, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    R. Levi delivered the first knock-out, M. de Lange and A.B. de Villiers the 2nd and A.B. and Faf du Plessis the 3rd. I will be satisfied with 6 knock-outs against the Black Caps for that nasty little Dhaka incident last year. Call it interest on an overdue account if you like. If I had a choice in the matter I would very much like H. Amla to plant the 4th knock out, but then . . . any Protea who steps up to finish the Kiwis off the next time around will do just fine as far as I am concerned.

  • POSTED BY Tjoeps on | February 25, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Well done guys! I am sooo happy to see that the old ways have been left behind, in the passed, if Kallis falls, all is lost! You are impressive with your approach AB, you are batting better than ever... GOOD outing Faf... I very much like what I see! Enjoy a few cold one's tonight, you worked for them! Thanks Gary!

  • POSTED BY chilled_avenger on | February 25, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Since 2009,AB de Villiers has the best average(69.15) and best strike rate(101.89) among Batsmen who have scored at least 2000 runs in ODIs in that period! He also has the 3rd highest Test batting average(67.90) among Batsmen who have scored at least 2000 runs since 2009 in tests! Add to that him being an extraordinary fielder (and a decent Wicketkeeper in ODIs) and you'll be amazed how underrated he has been in World Cricket all these years.............. More than these statistics it's the adaptability that he bring to his game that is truly awesome! He can build the innings,he can run quick singles,he can go berserk in the later overs or while chasing big targets,in short he can do it all. Respect from an Indian fan to one the best Cricketing talents playing currently who goes by the name of AB de Villiers. Go AB!!

  • POSTED BY Springbok111 on | February 25, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    A little wobbly to begin with but fairly easy in the end. Well done boys!

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Well done South Africa, AB de Villiers is just an amazing player, SA should look at A. Morkel, what does he bring to the team, he didn't bowl today (when he bowls its normally terrible), I don't remember when was the last time he won a game with his big hitting. D. Miller should be given a chance again or you could try R. Levi down the order

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    This one is for bashing zimbabwe , the kiwis are having a taste of their own medicine,.South africa s revenging for zimbabawe

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Another AB masterclass, he's finally fulfilling his immense potential. It may be premature to say but I think he'll finish his career havin become a legendary batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Well played boys... onwards and upwards. Graham, your time is nearing - please stop being tempted by the traps they set for you....

  • POSTED BY Lockers31 on | February 25, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    AB De Villiers really is a quality player and is developing that cool head to go with his talent that kills opposition spirits. Had he gone early i think SA would have fallen well short of the target though. There still seems to be a vulnerability about them.

    Concerns; Smith has to give way to the younger guys. He just does not have what it takes to play this form of the game any more. The occasional ton is not enough. It's a double-bad for the Proteas as not only does he under-perform, but they could be putting a younger guy in, and then even if he does as bad as Smith is currently doing, he still gains valuable experience which will benefit the team later on(Levi comes to mind). On Smith, this late in the game these chances are wasted.

    Also Johan Botha should be playing every game, he would be the second pick after the skipper for me, in ANY limited overs game. Most people agree and yet the selectors don't, WHY? Robin is nowhere near as good, we all know that.