South Africa in New Zealand T20I Series - 2nd T20I

New Zealand v South Africa

South Africa won by 8 wickets (with 24 balls remaining)

Out walk the New Zealanders and the South African openers. Nathan McCullum to Levi from around the wicket

0.1

NL McCullum to Levi, 1 run, full on leg and swept fine, the throw is fired in as they rush through for the single and Amla is just home as Baz backhands it onto the stumps

0.2

NL McCullum to Amla, 1 run, worked to Guptill on the leg side and he misfields to allow them a single

0.3

NL McCullum to Levi, no run, full on leg and clipped to midwicket

0.4

NL McCullum to Levi, SIX, well well, Levi gets down to sweep, completely top edges it and amazingly it carries well over fine leg's head and over the rope, that was not struck well at all

0.5

NL McCullum to Levi, no run, fires this into the pads and the ball somehow squeezes through the gap between pad and leg stump, Levi was beaten all ends up there

0.6

NL McCullum to Levi, no run, gets forward and defends to midwicket

End of over 1 (8 runs) South Africa 8/0 (166 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 8.73)
RE Levi    7* (5b 1x6)      NL McCullum    1-0-8-0
HM Amla    1* (1b)     

Doug Bracewell from the other end to Amla

1.1

Bracewell to Amla, 1 run, full on middle and leg and clipped away behind square

1.2

Bracewell to Levi, SIX, poor ball down leg and Levi gets on the front foot and flicks it away with far more power than his demeanour suggested and it went high into the stands at backward square

1.3

Bracewell to Levi, no run, outside off and Levi is beaten as tries to pull

1.4

Bracewell to Levi, SIX, banged in short on middle and Levi this time plays with authority as he powerfully pulls it in between the stands at backward square

1.5

Bracewell to Levi, FOUR, poor bowling from Bracewell, full on leg and Levi flicks it away again, the only saving grace for the bowler is that this is hit along the ground so he only concedes four

1.6

Bracewell to Levi, no run, played into the off side to end a productive over for South Africa

End of over 2 (17 runs) South Africa 25/0 (149 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 12.50, RRR: 8.27)
RE Levi    23* (10b 1x4 3x6)      DAJ Bracewell    1-0-17-0
HM Amla    2* (2b)      NL McCullum    1-0-8-0

2.1

NL McCullum to Amla, OUT, Amla has miscalculated there, goes for a needless loft to a full ball outside off, slices it high down to Franklin at long-off who takes a simple catch

HM Amla c Franklin b NL McCullum 2 (8m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Interesting move, Wayne Parnell promoted up the order to three

2.2

NL McCullum to Levi, no run, fired into middle at 102kph and he defends to leg

2.3

NL McCullum to Levi, 5 wides, poor there from the bowler, fired down leg past both the flick by Levi and the gloves of Baz and it runs off to the fence

2.3

NL McCullum to Levi, 1 run, well well, flicks a full ball towards mid-on who fumbles, they run on the misfield and the fielder fires in a flat throw to Nathan McCullum at the bowler's end who takes the bails off. Levi is in by the smallest of margins, but he only stays after initially being given out on the screen within two seconds of the throw! Echoes of Bruce Oxenford over in Brisbane

2.4

NL McCullum to Parnell, no run, gets forward and defends to cover

2.5

NL McCullum to Parnell, no run, goes back and cuts nicely but picks out point

2.6

NL McCullum to Parnell, FOUR, plays a handsome loft over the covers and to the boundary, well played by the pinch-hitter

End of over 3 (10 runs) South Africa 35/1 (139 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 11.66, RRR: 8.17)
WD Parnell    4* (3b 1x4)      NL McCullum    2-0-18-1
RE Levi    24* (12b 1x4 3x6)      DAJ Bracewell    1-0-17-0

Southee into the attack

3.1

Southee to Levi, FOUR, full outside off and Levi heaves across the line through wide mid-on and it races away

3.2

Southee to Levi, no run, bangs in the bouncer outside off and Levi sways easily out of harm's way

3.3

Southee to Levi, no run, again short outside off and this time Levi tries to pull but can't connect, Southee is quick to have a few words as the War of Wellington continues

3.4

Southee to Levi, 1 run, full toss which swung in late, squeezed out to long-on

3.5

Southee to Parnell, no run, good length ball outside off which beats Parnell's attempted steer through third man

3.6

Southee to Parnell, no run, punches a full ball outside off straight to point

End of over 4 (5 runs) South Africa 40/1 (134 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 8.37)
WD Parnell    4* (5b 1x4)      TG Southee    1-0-5-0
RE Levi    29* (16b 2x4 3x6)      NL McCullum    2-0-18-1

Rob Nicol into the attack

4.1

Nicol to Levi, 1 leg bye, gets this to pitch on middle and turns down leg, hits Levi on the pad as he tries to sweep, rolls away

4.2

Nicol to Parnell, OUT, tossed up wide outside off and spinning away, Parnell tried to swing across the line and had to reach for it, missed and overbalanced out of the crease while doing so, Baz whips the bails off with Parnell well out as he tries to get back in

WD Parnell st †BB McCullum b Nicol 4 (10m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

4.3

Nicol to de Villiers, 1 run, AB gets forward and punches his first ball towards long-on

4.4

Nicol to Levi, 2 wides, terrible ball miles down leg which Baz can't collect cleanly, they run a wide in addition to the compulsory extra

4.4

Nicol to de Villiers, no run

4.5

Nicol to de Villiers, 1 run

4.6

Nicol to Levi, SIX, in the slot outside off and Levi smacks it over the long-off boundary and clocks a TV worker on the back of the head as he tries to evade the ball whizzing at him

End of over 5 (11 runs) South Africa 51/2 (123 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 10.20, RRR: 8.20)
RE Levi    35* (18b 2x4 4x6)      RJ Nicol    1-0-10-1
AB de Villiers    2* (3b)      TG Southee    1-0-5-0

5.1

Southee to de Villiers, no run, punches off the back foot to point

5.2

Southee to de Villiers, FOUR, gets a thick edge to a ball on middle as he backed away and tried to force through the covers, goes straight through where a first slip would have been down to third man

Slip comes in now

5.3

Southee to de Villiers, 1 run, defends with soft hands into the off side and they set off quickly

5.4

Southee to Levi, SIX, that is a ludicrously good stroke, it is a short ball aimed at his head at good pace, Levi is on the front foot and goes through with a short-arm pull and sends the ball packing over the midwicket boundary

Southee continues with the chirping at Levi

5.5

Southee to Levi, no run, short outside off and Levi again tries to pull to leg and misses

5.6

Southee to Levi, 1 run

End of over 6 (12 runs) South Africa 63/2 (111 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 10.50, RRR: 7.92)
RE Levi    42* (21b 2x4 5x6)      TG Southee    2-0-17-0
AB de Villiers    7* (6b 1x4)      RJ Nicol    1-0-10-1

Hira is on

6.1

Hira to Levi, SIX, and is dispatched first ball, Levi puts the front foot down and lofts cleanly straight over the bowler's head over the team dugouts

6.2

Hira to Levi, no run, tosses it up on leg and beats Levi, hit on the pad on leg

6.3

Hira to Levi, 1 run, hoists a short ball away into the deep at midwicket

6.4

Hira to de Villiers, 1 run, pushed through down leg and clipped away to deep square

6.5

Hira to Levi, 1 run, drives a full ball outside off down the ground to bring up an outstanding 50 from only 25 balls, he has given South Africa a quality start

6.6

Hira to de Villiers, no run, gets forward and defends to off

End of over 7 (9 runs) South Africa 72/2 (102 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 10.28, RRR: 7.84)
AB de Villiers    8* (8b 1x4)      RM Hira    1-0-9-0
RE Levi    50* (25b 2x4 6x6)      TG Southee    2-0-17-0

Wilfred Hickenshire: "Levi is the key wicket here. If he is still there at the 10 over mark, the Kiwis will be very worried. Bring Franklin on to take the pace off the ball and disrupt Levi's rhythm." Mills it is though

7.1

Mills to Levi, 1 run, pulled away into the leg side

7.2

Mills to de Villiers, 1 run, short outside off and cuts to the right of point on the circle's edge

7.3

Mills to Levi, SIX, doesn't time this well at all, probably a top edge, but Levi has the power of Os du Randt in the South African rugby team's scrum and he just heaves a short ball outside off over the long-on fence with very little timing

7.4

Mills to Levi, no run

7.5

Mills to Levi, 1 run, chips this ball outside off three-quarters of the way to the cover boundary as the deep fielder runs in to collect

7.6

Mills to de Villiers, 1 run, outside off and AB neatly gets over it and steers it down to third man

Arthur: "Levi and Kallis are from the same school in Cape Town (Wynberg Boys' High) -different approaches to batting but equally effective - still a bit premature in Levi's career to make a comparison but interesting nonetheless!"

End of over 8 (10 runs) South Africa 82/2 (92 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 10.25, RRR: 7.66)
AB de Villiers    10* (10b 1x4)      KD Mills    1-0-10-0
RE Levi    58* (29b 2x4 7x6)      RM Hira    1-0-9-0

Wilfred's wish is granted. Franklin on with Baz up to the stumps

8.1

Franklin to de Villiers, 1 run, starts with a gentle ball on leg which AB tucks away

8.2

Franklin to Levi, 1 run, only 112kph and full on the pads, worked to long-on

8.3

Franklin to de Villiers, 1 run, goes back and whips off the back foot out to long-on

8.4

Franklin to Levi, 1 run, full outside off and squeezed it towards cover

8.5

Franklin to de Villiers, 2 runs, clips a ball on the pads nice and fine and the fielder has to exercise his lungs

8.6

Franklin to de Villiers, 1 run, full on off and digs it out to long-off

End of over 9 (7 runs) South Africa 89/2 (85 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 9.88, RRR: 7.72)
AB de Villiers    15* (14b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    1-0-7-0
RE Levi    60* (31b 2x4 7x6)      KD Mills    1-0-10-0

9.1

Mills to de Villiers, FOUR, wide outside off and he slashes it in the air down to the third man fence, South Africa doing this easy

9.2

Mills to de Villiers, no run, full on middle and it is slow at 110kph, played back to Mills

9.3

Mills to de Villiers, 1 run, outside off and AB calmly steers it to third man

9.4

Mills to Levi, SIX, short slower ball outside off at 114kph but Levi spots it early and flatbats it over long-off with ease

9.5

Mills to Levi, FOUR, smacks a full ball outside off past a diving cover and it races to the fence, Levi is looking for a hundred here

9.6

Mills to Levi, 1 run, pulls away a short ball on off to deep midwicket

End of over 10 (16 runs) South Africa 105/2 (69 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 10.50, RRR: 6.90)
RE Levi    71* (34b 3x4 8x6)      KD Mills    2-0-26-0
AB de Villiers    20* (17b 2x4)      JEC Franklin    1-0-7-0

Hira replaces Franklin

10.1

Hira to Levi, no run, fired into leg and jammed back to Hira

10.2

Hira to Levi, 1 run, flicks a full ball on leg through towards long-on

10.3

Hira to de Villiers, no run, plays it to off

10.4

Hira to de Villiers, 1 wide, fired in well down leg and AB lets it go

10.4

Hira to de Villiers, 1 run, comes down and works it to wide long-on

10.5

Hira to Levi, no run, fired into middle and Levi crunches it towards cover where Guptill dives brilliantly to cut it off

10.6

Hira to Levi, SIX, Levi doesn't quite get underneath this ball but nevertheless hits his ninth six tonight, hit flat towards long-off where Franklin dived but couldn't get a hand to it as it went over his head

End of over 11 (9 runs) South Africa 114/2 (60 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 10.36, RRR: 6.66)
RE Levi    78* (38b 3x4 9x6)      RM Hira    2-0-18-0
AB de Villiers    21* (19b 2x4)      KD Mills    2-0-26-0

Bracewell is back

11.1

Bracewell to de Villiers, 1 run, AB calmly plays to long-on, he too wants to watch the Levi show

11.2

Bracewell to Levi, SIX, and you can see why, Levi's sixes are into double digits, hits a ball outside off flat down the ground and into the sightscreen

11.3

Bracewell to Levi, SIX, that is a record, the most sixes ever in a Twenty20 International innings, pulls a short ball on middle and off with impunity over the square leg boundary

11.4

Bracewell to Levi, 1 leg bye, fired into the pads and it hits them, rolls away

11.5

Bracewell to de Villiers, 1 run, short on middle and off, AB guides it down through the slips

11.6

Bracewell to Levi, SIX, that's a dozen!! 12th six for Levi, full outside off and Levi slams it over the boundary with ease, absolutely smashed that, who wants to bowl to him?

End of over 12 (21 runs) South Africa 135/2 (39 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 11.25, RRR: 4.87)
RE Levi    96* (42b 3x4 12x6)      DAJ Bracewell    2-0-37-0
AB de Villiers    23* (21b 2x4)      RM Hira    2-0-18-0

12.1

Hira to de Villiers, no run, Hira fires it into AB, who is forward to defend

12.2

Hira to de Villiers, 1 run, flicks a ball on leg away through square, brings Levi on strike, will he try to get the 100 with a boundary?

12.3

Hira to Levi, 1 run, full outside leg, Levi sweeps well but picks out deep backward square

12.4

Hira to de Villiers, no run, full on the stumps and he defends

12.5

Hira to de Villiers, no run, comes down the track and is hit on the pad trying to defend

12.6

Hira to de Villiers, no run, skews a drive off the outer edge to backward point

End of over 13 (2 runs) South Africa 137/2 (37 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 10.53, RRR: 5.28)
AB de Villiers    24* (26b 2x4)      RM Hira    3-0-20-0
RE Levi    97* (43b 3x4 12x6)      DAJ Bracewell    2-0-37-0

13.1

Southee to Levi, 2 runs, full outside off and he drives through the covers into the deep, they rush back for a couple

13.2

Southee to Levi, 1 run, there it is, the fastest ever Twenty20 International hundred from Richard Levi! What a maiden hundred to make for your country, drove a full ball outside off into the deep and shrieked in delight, kissed the badge and beamed a grin as wide as the Southern Ocean

13.3

Southee to de Villiers, no run

13.4

Southee to de Villiers, 1 wide, waist high full toss down leg and AB can't catch up with it trying to pull, 100 partnership up in 55 balls

13.4

Southee to de Villiers, 2 runs, clips a full ball on leg into the deep where the fielder puts it in a superb effort on the fence to cut it off

13.5

Southee to de Villiers, FOUR, full on the pads and clipped away through backward square and this time the fielder can't cut it off

13.6

Southee to de Villiers, no run, full on the stumps, comes down and works to midwicket

Cris: "Bowlers must think that there's a Levi-tation charm on the ball."

End of over 14 (10 runs) South Africa 147/2 (27 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 10.50, RRR: 4.50)
AB de Villiers    30* (30b 3x4)      TG Southee    3-0-27-0
RE Levi    100* (45b 3x4 12x6)      RM Hira    3-0-20-0

14.1

Hira to Levi, 1 run, comes down the track and drills it to long-off

14.2

Hira to de Villiers, 1 run, backs away and slaps past the bowler towards long-off

14.3

Hira to Levi, FOUR, Levi decides he hasn't hit enough fours tonight, so gets down on a knee and sweeps it through midwicket and out to the fence

14.4

Hira to Levi, 1 run, backs away well outside leg and cuts into the deep

14.5

Hira to de Villiers, 1 run, drives a full ball outside off into the covers

14.6

Hira to Levi, SIX, Levi hits the ball into Seddon Road, glad my car isn't parked there, he came down and launched this over wide long-on past the Northern Districts offices and out of the ground

End of over 15 (14 runs) South Africa 161/2 (13 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 10.73, RRR: 2.60)
RE Levi    112* (49b 4x4 13x6)      RM Hira    4-0-34-0
AB de Villiers    32* (32b 3x4)      TG Southee    3-0-27-0

15.1

Southee to de Villiers, no run

15.2

Southee to de Villiers, 2 runs, smears a ball on leg into the deep at backward square

15.3

Southee to de Villiers, 1 run, full on middle and leg and worked away into the deep

15.4

Southee to Levi, 1 wide, fired in down leg and Levi is beaten, but New Zealand are the ones who are already well and truly beaten

15.4

Southee to Levi, FOUR, gets some luck as he inside edges his nemesis Southee pat the stumps and down to fine leg

15.5

Southee to Levi, 1 run, worked to deep backward square

15.6

Southee to de Villiers, FOUR, AB hits the winning runs with a right royal thump over the top of mid-on and wide of the long-on fielder, what a hiding South Africa have handed out to the hosts tonight

I don't know about you but I'm still catching my breath after that. Levi should take many plaudits tonight, and rightly so. I'm sure our stats team will be beavering through Statsguru to give you the stats that matter from tonight's onslaught. Levi will have a chance to repeat the effort at a ground with even smaller boundaries, Auckland's Eden Park, on Wednesday night. Do join us for the 3rd and deciding match then, as well as the curtain raiser between New Zealand Women and England Women beforehand starting at 2.45pm local time. Until then, this is Avi Singh signing off on behalf of Gopi and Firdose, hoping we get another cracker of a game on Wednesday!

Richard Levi is the blindingly obvious choice for Man of the Match: "It was good fun, every shot we seemed to play came off, AB kept me calm. The leg side boundary was quite short, so I targeted that. I have no idea about the records, the time just went unbelievably quickly." He apologised to Simon Doull for only getting a single when he got to his fifty!

AB de Villiers: "There's a few things we can learn, but overall I was very happy with keeping them to 170 with the short boundaries. Botha has very good plans and he keeps the batsmen under pressure. I was trying to tell Richard to get off strike once we were at 10 an over but he just kept sending them flying. He's been fed a bit of biltong back home, but he has done this before so it's not a one-off. We go to Auckland with momentum now, very happy."

Brendon McCullum: "We thought we had a chance with 173, we would have liked 190-200 but when someone plays like that, there's not too much we can do. Richard played an absolutely unbelievable innings, he was too good tonight and didn't allow us to bowl well. We just have to forget this quickly, this was a night off for the bowlers so they should come back well in the next game. We wanted early wickets but now we need to pick ourselves up, hope for a great crowd in Auckland."

Levi has smashed many records tonight - most sixes, equal-highest score, fastest hundred. But most of all he smashed New Zealand's spirit, and looted all the bowlers like a pickpocket with the gun to back up his audacious heists. New Zealand needed at least 200 - the way Levi was going, even 220 wouldn't have been safe. The boundaries may have been small, but most of his strokes would have been far too good on any outfield.

End of over 16 (13 runs) South Africa 174/2 (RR: 10.87)
AB de Villiers    39* (36b 4x4)      TG Southee    4-0-40-0
RE Levi    117* (51b 5x4 13x6)      RM Hira    4-0-34-0
Series Results
New Zealand v South Africa at Auckland - Feb 22, 2012
South Africa won by 3 runs
New Zealand v South Africa at Hamilton - Feb 19, 2012
South Africa won by 8 wickets (with 24 balls remaining)
New Zealand v South Africa at Wellington - Feb 17, 2012
New Zealand won by 6 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
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Feb 19, 2012

Tim Southee went for 40 in four overs, New Zealand v South Africa, 2nd Twenty20 international, Hamilton, February 19, 2012

Tim Southee went for 40 in four overs

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Feb 19, 2012

AB de Villiers made 39 off 36 balls, New Zealand v South Africa, 2nd Twenty20 international, Hamilton, February 19, 2012

AB de Villiers made 39 off 36 balls

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