New Zealand v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Napier February 29, 2012

Amla, Morne Morkel star as South Africa seal series

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South Africa 231 for 4 (Amla 92, Duminy 43) beat New Zealand 230 (Brendon McCullum 85, Morne Morkel 5-38) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

An alluring one-day innings, this time from another of South Africa's batting juggernauts, Hashim Amla, saw the visitors canter to a series win with a six-wicket trouncing inside 39 overs in the second ODI in Napier. Amla's 92 took South Africa smoothly to within striking distance of the target, after a middle-order collapse from New Zealand had seen them bowled out in 47.3 overs for a woefully inadequate 230. Morne Morkel brushed aside the lower order and the tail, exploiting a hard pitch that supplemented his natural bounce, to collect each of New Zealand's last five wickets. South Africa were never at risk of fluffing an easy chase, with Amla at the rudder.

Less than 24 hours after Virat Kohli and India put on an exhibition in Powerplay batting, New Zealand spat up a performance at the other end of the spectrum, which derailed their innings, and effectively surrendered the match. Having overcome a tougher early period, the hosts skated to 163 for 2 in the 33rd over before unraveling dramatically. Brainless aggression from New Zealand, and superb execution in the field from South Africa, saw three wickets fall while the field was in, before two more quick strikes crushed any New Zealand hopes of a respectable total on what South Africa proved was a dream batting surface.

Kane Williamson's dismissal began the slide, but he was more the victim of terrific work from South Africa than his own folly. With mid-on and mid-off up, he attempted to loft Tsotsobe straight, but was fooled by the lack of pace and ended up launching it high in the air. He might have got away with it were it not for an outstanding backpedalling take from Jacques Kallis, who arched back and plucked the ball from two feet behind him as it hurtled down.

Brendon McCullum was next to go, after another promising half-century, picking out the fielder on the fence for the second time in as many matches, after Lonwabo Tsotsobe had invited his aerial leg-side flick with a full ball on the pads. Jesse Ryder's series failed to improve, as he too perished offering a poor stroke, to an angled Dale Steyn delivery that caught the edge as it moved across him.

Morkel scythed through the New Zealand tail after Tsotsobe and Steyn had made the incision in the middle order. He was on a hat-trick twice, with only Tim Southee's defiant 27-ball 28, breaking up his string of wickets. He finished with 5 for 38, his first five-wicket haul in ODIs.

At the end of their innings, New Zealand had lost eight wickets for 67, after Martin Guptill's 107-run partnership with McCullum had set them on track for 300.

Amla's imperious uppercut in the third over of the chase ignited a ten-ball salvo that yielded six fours, and launched South Africa's chase into a breakneck pace that did not relent until his dismissal in the 32nd over. Jacques Kallis departed early, after opening in place of an injured Graeme Smith, but Amla progressed unfazed, lacing crisp boundaries square on the off side during the mandatory Powerplay to propel the scoring rate beyond six an over, where it stayed for the entirety of the innings.

Faf du Plessis took little time to get in and match Amla's tempo, proving the trueness of the surface. The pair cavorted at close to seven an over at times, buffeting the square boundaries, but also ensuring the cover and straight fence got a pounding whenever the New Zealand bowlers over-corrected their lengths. du Plessis' departure to a clever catch from Martin Guptill, who tossed the ball to himself as he stepped over the square-leg boundary and then back in, did not slow the scoring, as JP Duminy resumed where his teammate left off and Amla cruised beyond 50.

Legspinner Tarun Nethula was the only bowler to trouble Amla, but with South Africa having made half New Zealand's target by the 20th over, the hosts had seemingly lost hope, which only compounded their woes. Nethula should have had Amla twice in one over, but the first top edge eluded fielders, while the second was shelled by Rob Nicol at long off. Jesse Ryder then frustrated Nethula further, by spilling Duminy, before Nethula caught the batsman himself, leaving nothing to his teammates who were seemingly already resigned to loss.

Nethula grew in confidence as his spell wore on, even finding turn on the rock-hard surface that Robin Peterson had earlier found difficult to bowl on. He bamboozled Amla several times before eventually having him caught behind, in sight of his tenth one-day hundred. AB de Villiers and Justin Ontong sauntered home under little pressure.

McCullum's 85 and Guptill's 58 were the only bright spots for New Zealand with the bat. Their partnership came at almost a run-a-ball as they looked to make the most of the favourable conditions. Though a spineless performance from the middle order will bear most of the blame, both set batsmen will be distraught not to have converted their half-centuries, and guided their side closer to a competitive total. New Zealand now only have pride to play for in Auckland on Saturday.

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

Andrew Fernando writes for The Pigeon and has a column here

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  • puzzle99 on March 2, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Cant wait for the tests to start, with Bouch behind the stumps will be a great contest between Guppy and A B in the field. They must both be well inside the top 5 fielders in modern cricket. As a SA supporter I would like NZ to win the last ODI just to for a little wake up call. Waiting in great anticipation for Kallis to make runs, there are few that make batting look as easy as he does.

  • Lermy on March 1, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    Cricket is basically dying in NZ. The europeans no longer have any kids, the population is becoming almost entirely asian and pacific island, and they don't play cricket. The only possible saving grace could be the Indian population in NZ increases dramatically. I remember senior grade cricket in even provincial NZ in the 1980s being of a very high standard, with test and first class players in most club teams. Brendon Diamanti who moved to Perth recently compared the facilities and player depth for club teams there being far beyond first class level in NZ. It won't be long before NZ will be struggling to beat Zimbabwe, they certainly struggled to compete with them in Zimbabwe. That puts the state of the game in NZ in some perspective. In ten years I think it will be history.

  • on March 1, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Why are these games so far apart? If they could play these mickey mouse games a couple of days apart, there'd be more time for the real cricket. Test cricket. Go SA!

  • on March 1, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    @Maccanui I do agree our proteas do have a tendancy to choke on the big momement, pretty much like the All Black rugby team. But we are giving the black kittens a comprehensive hiding and thus far the kiddies have been lacking in class both on and off the field. Enjoy the last "game" on Saturday

  • on March 1, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    told u tht zimbabwe big brother was coming...how does it feel now new zealand?

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    @ morgsy

    What do you actually know about South Africa and the dynamics here? There are more people coming back to SA than leaving. In a year or two the Proteas will be ranked even higher than they are now. Best of luck to your team going forward, but you have to admit they have been totally outclassed by a much better unit and that is not likely to ever change.

  • wanatawu on March 1, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Good win by the Proteas. Hope they can continue in this vain of form

  • MK_SA on March 1, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    On behalf of all the true cricket lovers in SA: our apologies for the bad sportsmanship shown by the few arrogant SA supporters on this and other forums! There will always be idiots (of all nationalities) who will make these types of comments when their team wins. They are usually the first ones to stop watching when their team starts losing. They don't care about the game itself, just as long as they win. And when they lose, they just somehow "disappear" and leave the real cricket fans to eat the humble pie created by their ungraciousness.

  • makmanara on March 1, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    What I like about this team is the way we are playing and the fact that AB is moving the batting around. We have always had a problem with batting under pressure and it seems as though we are addressing that issue. I was reading an article asking why batsmen prefer batting in a certain positions. The only two batsmen that should know in which position they are going to bat are the two openers. We are starting to handle the pressure situations better and not just that we are shifting the pressure to the opposition.

    That being said we South African know deep down that without that world cup win dominance means nothing.

  • shovwar on March 1, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    people who says SA never won anything does not know cricket at all....they are the most consistent team in the rankings in the last 20 years. They are the only team to defeat India in a test series in India when no other team didn even could draw a test series in Indiia (2000) they are the first team to defeat Australia in Australia in both test and ODI (2008) where non other team couldnt even dream of. They lead against most of the teams in the world if u go Head to Head. They defeated England in England in the most recent away series. India failed to win a Test series against SA in the last two series played in India where SA handed some heavy defeat to India. They even defeated Pakistan in the last test played in Pakistan. NZ dont even come close compare to those opponents. NZ may remember how many times they beat SA. But SA most prolly lost counts how many times they beat NZ. SA is no. 2 in ODI and test..They also won the first CL tounament with an A team in Dhaka. NZ ranks below 5

  • puzzle99 on March 2, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Cant wait for the tests to start, with Bouch behind the stumps will be a great contest between Guppy and A B in the field. They must both be well inside the top 5 fielders in modern cricket. As a SA supporter I would like NZ to win the last ODI just to for a little wake up call. Waiting in great anticipation for Kallis to make runs, there are few that make batting look as easy as he does.

  • Lermy on March 1, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    Cricket is basically dying in NZ. The europeans no longer have any kids, the population is becoming almost entirely asian and pacific island, and they don't play cricket. The only possible saving grace could be the Indian population in NZ increases dramatically. I remember senior grade cricket in even provincial NZ in the 1980s being of a very high standard, with test and first class players in most club teams. Brendon Diamanti who moved to Perth recently compared the facilities and player depth for club teams there being far beyond first class level in NZ. It won't be long before NZ will be struggling to beat Zimbabwe, they certainly struggled to compete with them in Zimbabwe. That puts the state of the game in NZ in some perspective. In ten years I think it will be history.

  • on March 1, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Why are these games so far apart? If they could play these mickey mouse games a couple of days apart, there'd be more time for the real cricket. Test cricket. Go SA!

  • on March 1, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    @Maccanui I do agree our proteas do have a tendancy to choke on the big momement, pretty much like the All Black rugby team. But we are giving the black kittens a comprehensive hiding and thus far the kiddies have been lacking in class both on and off the field. Enjoy the last "game" on Saturday

  • on March 1, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    told u tht zimbabwe big brother was coming...how does it feel now new zealand?

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    @ morgsy

    What do you actually know about South Africa and the dynamics here? There are more people coming back to SA than leaving. In a year or two the Proteas will be ranked even higher than they are now. Best of luck to your team going forward, but you have to admit they have been totally outclassed by a much better unit and that is not likely to ever change.

  • wanatawu on March 1, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Good win by the Proteas. Hope they can continue in this vain of form

  • MK_SA on March 1, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    On behalf of all the true cricket lovers in SA: our apologies for the bad sportsmanship shown by the few arrogant SA supporters on this and other forums! There will always be idiots (of all nationalities) who will make these types of comments when their team wins. They are usually the first ones to stop watching when their team starts losing. They don't care about the game itself, just as long as they win. And when they lose, they just somehow "disappear" and leave the real cricket fans to eat the humble pie created by their ungraciousness.

  • makmanara on March 1, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    What I like about this team is the way we are playing and the fact that AB is moving the batting around. We have always had a problem with batting under pressure and it seems as though we are addressing that issue. I was reading an article asking why batsmen prefer batting in a certain positions. The only two batsmen that should know in which position they are going to bat are the two openers. We are starting to handle the pressure situations better and not just that we are shifting the pressure to the opposition.

    That being said we South African know deep down that without that world cup win dominance means nothing.

  • shovwar on March 1, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    people who says SA never won anything does not know cricket at all....they are the most consistent team in the rankings in the last 20 years. They are the only team to defeat India in a test series in India when no other team didn even could draw a test series in Indiia (2000) they are the first team to defeat Australia in Australia in both test and ODI (2008) where non other team couldnt even dream of. They lead against most of the teams in the world if u go Head to Head. They defeated England in England in the most recent away series. India failed to win a Test series against SA in the last two series played in India where SA handed some heavy defeat to India. They even defeated Pakistan in the last test played in Pakistan. NZ dont even come close compare to those opponents. NZ may remember how many times they beat SA. But SA most prolly lost counts how many times they beat NZ. SA is no. 2 in ODI and test..They also won the first CL tounament with an A team in Dhaka. NZ ranks below 5

  • highveldhillbilly on March 1, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Wow - lots of crazy being talked up here. As an ardent SA supporter I can say that while I'm happy we've won, this is a very average NZ team missing most of their better players. @ Maccanui - true we've been terrible in WC and we have choked but to say we've achieved nothing? Test series win in England and Aus in 08 and 09, haven't lost in the Sub continent since 06. Have only lost 1 test series in the past 5 years.... not that bad.

  • MrGarreth on March 1, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    @Maccanui haha what sour grapes. Why dont you guy invite Zimbabwe over for a tour again? It was hilarious how confident NZ were after that series.

  • kingcommentator on March 1, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Been a disappointing series for NZ, expected alot more from them considering the form they had behind them. But there's still the third ODI left, they have to win it to gain some momentum for the tests otherwise its going to get even worse. Go NZ!!!

  • dariuscorny on March 1, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    @shovwar yes man you hit the nail.but what wud u hv to say about winning all throughout 4yrs but CHOKING oops(losing) at the first stage of knockout phase of WCs.that's South Africa.atleast NZ dont fumble.

  • Khiladiyon_ka_khiladi on March 1, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    I said before that NZ players are over excited about their win against Zim..I would like to see them as strong team as we are losing strong teams from a long time in world cricket they were giving too much comments of their happiness against Zim..like we are doing great...we are playing as professional.. we were great

    So what happening now? when you will learn to play against strong teams.you were happy with minnows and you will remain happy with them only if you would not learn to win against strong teams since when Fleming.Astle gone, NZ is losing their name from WC. I used to wish that Under Dog teams become stronger one day so we can enjoy competition in cricket. But you know what Under Dog teams are increasing day by day, here is NZ for you.

  • Lermy on March 1, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    Cunning NZ ploy, fill SA with overconfidence, before unleashing the secret weapon. A howling southerly at the basin reserve.... ...minus five in the sun when factoring in the wind chill, 100 knot winds from all directions. For the black-caps, it will be just another day in paradise!

  • Springbok111 on March 1, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Maccanui - PS I'm interested to know how you would characterize NZ's performances of late, specifically yesterday and the last T20?

  • Springbok111 on March 1, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    Maccanui - If you think we choked it means you admit to winning against a far better team and you don't think you deserved the win!

  • HairyKiore on March 1, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    Dont be too hard on us ..we are only beginners ??....Yes our bowlers are poor unless they get a green top and can just roll their arm over ..and our batsmen play across the line or poke at the ball like the only player I have been talking up..Guptill did on Wednesday ..along with the finess problems which have been with us for 17 years and apparantly will never be addressed ..We have no future ....I wonder if any our our All Blacks can play cricket..?

  • 4cricketluv on March 1, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    I am very happy with the way South Africa went about this tour to date. Their approach so far has been very professional and did not have any of this off field sledging with which past tours were known for. Cricket did the talking thus far. Congratulations to SA for winning the ODI series with one match to spare. Many of the writers on this forum are very anit-South Africa as I have noticed that it is mainly SA supporters who have good things to say. Good advice when in an argument (or forum in this case), is to stick to the current issues and do not bring up past issues. @ HankasHarry, I do not think that statement of yours is very sportsmanlike. NZ was beaten by a much better side. I thought this forum is about the current SA tour of NZ. What you are saying is that SA have won but is not really good enough? If they do well against England would you then say: wait untill the play Australia... and so on! Come on, give them credit when credit is due and be a good sportsman.

  • tompuffin on March 1, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    Have to say I agree with all the harsh words on the BC's on this page... They have not performed to any world class standards, batting, bowling or fielding has all been poor. Bowling especially is pretty crap, they need a proper bowling coach

  • NostroGustro on March 1, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    The gulf in class between the two teams is undeniable. The same can't be said for the fans however. The term bad winners has never seemed so apt. By all means rejoice and backslap your own players as it is very deserving, us Kiwis would join you in that as the sight of Big Jacques, Dale, AB, Amla etc etc in the flesh is going to live long in the memory. But to degrade and demean the opposition players when they lose is very unbecoming.

  • on March 1, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    There was a game last night ? Well done Proteas you have shown your class, Morne morkel an awesome bowler and Amla is a really versatile and valuable batsman but again the blackshats show no metal. Test squad maybe a little more solid but we need pace and swing to match south africa to have a chance. As for the batting do just that.... Bat, That's what a bat is for. bat boringly like an 80's batsman, listen to your coach he was the master of boring bowling attacks to sleep, bat for days not just one, Not a fan of Mcallum as specialist batsman in this form he should be down the order. I'd say Doully would agree. Unfortunately picking a washed out series as the kiwi winter sets in. Why wasn't Boult considered for the one dayers instead of Mckay? Mckay has never bowled well so we do we bother with him. Nethula looks interesting. Nzcricket please find a 150kph bowler that likes hunting batsmens toes.

  • Amscray on February 29, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    I guess the whole being gracious in victory is lost on you SA boys. Just read these comments! NZ is a country of 4 million where cricket is the sad younger brother in terms of sports. They are ranked 7th in the world in ODI. The very fact that they can at times compete, let alone beat SA in the WCC is a feat in itself.

    Any talk of a close series was simply to garner support from the locals, and get some attention to the game. You attitudes here are awful.

    I hope the New Zealanders make you choke on your words in the test series, as unlikely as it is. There is nothing more fun than watching these extreme underdogs take you big talkers down a peg or two, and then watching you scramble for excuses - just like when they beat Aussie not too long ago.

  • shovwar on February 29, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    @merrallt...(About the World Cup) Brother thats the only think you can hang on to for the moment...cos I dont see any other source of comfort for NZ...Keep living in the Past...SA is the future. NZ been playing more World Cups than SA, I am Sure SA would win it before NZ can...You guys may go far but cant win (The Cup)...But SA has the ability to win...And with the New looks, I m sure they will.....

  • Maccanui on February 29, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Isn't it great to have the South Africans witty and playful banter back on our shores. At least their cricket isn't as one dimensional. Very poor from the BCs so far but it will be good to get Vettori, Taylor, Boult, Watling and the evergreen Martin in to freshen up before the real cricket starts (and Brownlie when uninjured). For a team that chokes a great deal, and has never really achieved anything, the south african supporters certainly do talk a massive game.

  • GCKelly on February 29, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    Well deserved series win for SA, they really are a class above NZ. Nethula's performance is a bright spot, especially with no Vettori in limited overs cricket anymore. Hopefully NZ can pinch the 3rd game, so it's not so embarrassing!

  • merrallt on February 29, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Well done South Africa. Lets not forget what happened in Bangladesh last March though. Win all the games and series you want until the next world cup but NZ will still probably go further than you as usual.

  • on February 29, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Awesome performance guys, really nailed it this series. However,this must be the poorest, least threatening NZ side Ive seen in years. They dont seem to have any frontline bowlers at ALL. More like 4 bowling-alrounders than anyone who will decimate an opposition.

    They have a reputation of being really good as a "unit" - well they better be because they have nothing else going for them. Without Vettori, Styris, Martin they look like a bunch of club cricketers. Especially underwhelmed by Southee....a few months ago they hailed him as the new Shane Bond - this was the first time I really saw him play and by NZ standards he's probably good - but not compared to World Class players.

  • Supa_SAFFA on February 29, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Now more than ever it is but a small leap of the imagination away to see SA as the number 1-ranked test side in a few weeks' time. A 3-0 thrashing of NZ seems very plausible, if not inevitable. If only their performance against Nethula didn't leave that smallest nagging doubt.

  • MrGarreth on February 29, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    @gimme-a-greentop absolutely agree. His timing is exquisite. And with good timing, the placement is consequential. He is my favorite batsman to watch these days.

  • shovwar on February 29, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    @HankasHarry...great topic...England would be a more worthy opponents...The last time SA visit England they (SA) Conquered them and the last time England came to SA they shared the spoils...I thought England where a bit Lucky...SA is on a better run in Form at the moment and at the other hand England just got humiliated by Pakistan in Test Cricket....So Sa has the momentum and they are more dangerous in away series than at home...It would be a great contest...England vs SA would decide which team is the no.1 in Test and T20s....My money is on SA....Especially in Test. In T20s anything can happen but if Levi gets goin it would be interesting. And NZ? They just talk but cant walk the talk.

  • Gordo85 on February 29, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    It was really nice to see Justin Ontong do well in this match and get the boys home. I was happy that he didn't open the innings because I knew he was not an opener. As I was saying to my father earlier in the day I said "I am hopeful that they use Kallis as an opener since he does open in 20/Twenty matches" and I was so pleased South Africa did that even though he didn't make many in this match but I have no doupt Kallis wouldn't mind doing the same again if it is the best thing for the team since he is such a good team player. We want to see Ontong keep on putting in good performances so he can play at Test level again and I know that is the form of the game he is best at just look at his numbers. You can never have too many people who can bowl.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 29, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    wohooooooooo!!! what a performance, what a pounding, with 12 overs to spare.

    BRING BACK LEVI FOR THE DEADRUBBER GAME NOW!!!!

  • on February 29, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Among other things NZ needs to aquire a bowing attack with much more variation (something like the SA one). They would also improve by stealing quick singles amongst the middle overs and constantly putting pressure on the filed like what Australia does and has done for so many years and counting. Twice now the flow of rus has stopped and the batting powerplay turn into a fielding one. Maybe take the powerplay in the 20th over if you can't take it later on NZ!

  • on February 29, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Well played boys, convincing wins and every new zealander should know his place now. GO PROTEAS

  • hosherr on February 29, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    its so sweet to thump this hapless nz team..funy enough there were ppl who thought it would be a tight series.i hope my team completes the whitewash in the remaining game..for the tests any victory less than 3-0 in favour of SA would be really disappointing

  • HankasHarry on February 29, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Very early call, but have a go - Eng vs SA in July/August - who will take the spoils?

  • on February 29, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Take that you Black Caps! Lets call it installment no. 4 for the overdue Dhaka account of March 2011. I will be satisfied with 2 more installments. J. Kallis can inflict one of these. Mills and company will still heavily regret that day F. du Plessis got fined for their arrogant behaviour at Dhaka. You go Faff . . . I give you full permission to see RED whenever you see those black shirts and caps and to bludgeon whatever bowling attack they may come up with to smithereens with your cricket bat until they will never forget your name!!

  • Brenton1 on February 29, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Like lambs to the slaughter

  • Loyd4148 on February 29, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    The Proteas have done it exactly as I predicted. Now all that's left is another win on Saturday to complete the whitewash and then progress to the Test arena. I expected this result because we are competing with a team that is No.7 on the ICC ODI Ranking, so no surprise there :-)

  • hersheybar on February 29, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Very professorial knock by South Africa, congrats! It seems like the team is gelling nicely under Garry Kirsten and AB de Villiers. The middle order is also steadier than it was a couple of months ago. Morne Morkel is finding form again and that will be bad news for the Kiwi batsmen in the tests. At least the Black Caps can take something from Nethula's performance, he bowled a good spell and was a bit unlucky with drop catches and balls landing between fielders. Brign on the tests!

  • gimme-a-greentop on February 29, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Watching Hashim Amla in full flight must be one of the more aesthetically pleasing batting spectacles one can view these days...although renowned for being strong off his legs his off-side strokes are just beautiful to watch...

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  • gimme-a-greentop on February 29, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Watching Hashim Amla in full flight must be one of the more aesthetically pleasing batting spectacles one can view these days...although renowned for being strong off his legs his off-side strokes are just beautiful to watch...

  • hersheybar on February 29, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Very professorial knock by South Africa, congrats! It seems like the team is gelling nicely under Garry Kirsten and AB de Villiers. The middle order is also steadier than it was a couple of months ago. Morne Morkel is finding form again and that will be bad news for the Kiwi batsmen in the tests. At least the Black Caps can take something from Nethula's performance, he bowled a good spell and was a bit unlucky with drop catches and balls landing between fielders. Brign on the tests!

  • Loyd4148 on February 29, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    The Proteas have done it exactly as I predicted. Now all that's left is another win on Saturday to complete the whitewash and then progress to the Test arena. I expected this result because we are competing with a team that is No.7 on the ICC ODI Ranking, so no surprise there :-)

  • Brenton1 on February 29, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Like lambs to the slaughter

  • on February 29, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Take that you Black Caps! Lets call it installment no. 4 for the overdue Dhaka account of March 2011. I will be satisfied with 2 more installments. J. Kallis can inflict one of these. Mills and company will still heavily regret that day F. du Plessis got fined for their arrogant behaviour at Dhaka. You go Faff . . . I give you full permission to see RED whenever you see those black shirts and caps and to bludgeon whatever bowling attack they may come up with to smithereens with your cricket bat until they will never forget your name!!

  • HankasHarry on February 29, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Very early call, but have a go - Eng vs SA in July/August - who will take the spoils?

  • hosherr on February 29, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    its so sweet to thump this hapless nz team..funy enough there were ppl who thought it would be a tight series.i hope my team completes the whitewash in the remaining game..for the tests any victory less than 3-0 in favour of SA would be really disappointing

  • on February 29, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Well played boys, convincing wins and every new zealander should know his place now. GO PROTEAS

  • on February 29, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Among other things NZ needs to aquire a bowing attack with much more variation (something like the SA one). They would also improve by stealing quick singles amongst the middle overs and constantly putting pressure on the filed like what Australia does and has done for so many years and counting. Twice now the flow of rus has stopped and the batting powerplay turn into a fielding one. Maybe take the powerplay in the 20th over if you can't take it later on NZ!

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 29, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    wohooooooooo!!! what a performance, what a pounding, with 12 overs to spare.

    BRING BACK LEVI FOR THE DEADRUBBER GAME NOW!!!!