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

Who needs the McScoop?

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the second ODI between New Zealand and South Africa, in Napier

The unintentional ramp shot
A four is the last thing on a batsman's mind when he opts to leave a ball, but that is exactly what Brendon McCullum collected when he tried to get out of the way of a Morne Morkel short ball in the 12th over. McCullum could not drop his hands in time, and the ball hit the edge and was unintentionally ramped over the slips for four. Who needs the 'McScoop'?

The moment of justice
Tarun Nethula had threatened to take Hashim Amla's wicket from early on in his spell, but two fortuitous top edges - one that fell in between two converging fielders and another that was shelled at long off - denied Nethula the scalp of one of the best players of spin in the world. But towards the end of a terrific spell in which he had bested Amla regularly, a fizzing legbreak finally caught the edge of Amla's bat and McCullum held on to dismiss the batsman for 92.

Catch of the day
Martin Guptill held a strong, late contender for catch of the day, when he caught Faf du Plessis, tossed the ball up as momentum took him over the square-leg boundary, and completed the catch upon re-entry. However, it was a much less likely athlete that takes the honours. Jacques Kallis took a terrific backpedalling catch to dismiss Kane Williamson earlier in the day, when the batsman launched Lonwabo Tsotsobe high over mid-on. Running backwards, Kallis never took his eyes off the ball and seemed to have not made enough ground, but arched his back and stretched to pluck it from behind him. The catch kickstarted the collapse that turned the game in South Africa's favour.

The ominous burst
A one-day series rarely goes by for South Africa without a heavy contribution from Hashim Amla, and his barrage in the opening overs signalled that tonight would be his night. After two quiet overs to begin, Amla larruped Kyle Mills over point, and plundered 25 from 10 balls to launch South Africa's reply - all but one of those runs coming from six off-side boundaries that included a serene glide down the ground. New Zealand were barely allowed to catch their breath from then on, as South Africa rollicked on at over six runs an over until the match was won.

The set-up
Guptill's catch on the square-leg boundary had been set up the previous delivery by Andrew Ellis, whose surprise short ball took the shoulder of du Plessis' bat and thudded into the grill of his helmet. Perhaps after some sort of signal from Ellis that he'd bowl the same ball again, Guptill moved squarer on the fence, and though this time the short ball didn't surprise du Plessis, he was duped by the bowler and caught in the deep.

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  • john_bandie on March 1, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    SA seem to think they are unbeatable after disposing of an inexperienced and lowly ranked NZ. This SA side has threatened to be a really good side for a long time but can't consistantly deliver against the big boys.

  • beejaytee on March 1, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    I was so looking forward to this tour, but so far it's been a big disappointment. What a pity that Taylor & Oram were injured in the lead-up. With Vettori out as well, this basically leaves Baz as the only senior in the ODI side, unless you count Mills or Guptill as "senior". These three also represent the heart of NZs middle order, and Vettori and Oram are NZs best ODI bowlers to boot. With SA pretty much full-strength, the ODI series was over before it began. Maybe something can be salvaged from the Tests with Taylor & Vettori back, and Watling allowing Baz to concentrate on getting from 70 odd to 100. And the mighty Phantom, of course!

  • dummy4fb on February 29, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Let Bazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz open the batting! Everything will be fine....

  • shovwar on February 29, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    SA is too good for NZ....SA would walk away with 3-0 in the Test series...The longer the version the stronger the proteas...Its funny how NZ fans thought that their team is all that after winning just a T20 match. Poor thing.

  • dummy4fb on February 29, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    That's two out of three wrapped up. Bring on the Tests! I have been rather surprised at the way NZ have in each of the ODIs. I've never thought of NZ as a spineless team but they're certainly not showing much mettle to go along with the bluff and bluster of Tim Southee. Maybe Vettori and Taylor will whip the Test squad into shape.

  • Romanticstud on February 29, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Maybe McDonalds can offer a McScoop too ... a scoop of Ice-cream with chocolate sauce ...

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