South Africa in New Zealand ODI Series - 1st ODI

New Zealand v South Africa

South Africa won by 6 wickets (with 28 balls remaining)

Tsotsobe to open with the first new ball for South Africa, Nicol on strike

Satish has a fair point: "Why does a "flat track" automatically translate into a "good pitch"? I have been hearing for close to 15 years now, and I still don't get it."

1.40 pm Simon Doull says on air that it is one of the best pitches he has seen at this ground. It's got decent grass, and is shiny and hard. 250 is probably a minimum, Doull thinks.

1.30 pm New Zealand win the toss and will have a bat

Brendon McCullum: "Looks like a different pitch than normal. We want to put a good total on the board. James Franklin is playing today."

AB de Villiers: "It looks a good wicket, probably we would have batted first, but I don't think it will make much difference, it should play well for 100 overs. To strike early is going to be important."

1.15 pm The T20Is are done with, we are now onto the ODI leg of South Africa's tour of New Zealand, which begins with the first game in Wellington today. Have a look at the preview while we wait for the toss.

The last time these two sides met in this format, it was World Cup time, and this is what happened. South Africa, needing 114 more from 26 overs with eight wickets in hand, lost by by 49 runs. In other words, they just collapsed. Can New Zealand do it again? Andrew Alderson says they can, if they learn from that victory in Dhaka last year.

0.1

Tsotsobe to Nicol, no run, shapes in right away into the right hander from a good length, defended down the track

0.2

Tsotsobe to Nicol, no run, starts a touch wider from the batsman, who gets across, allows it to swing in, and blocks

0.3

Tsotsobe to Nicol, no run, this one slants across him now, on a good length, and he shoulders arms

Marc: "Satish, Because they always ask the batsman the question, and to a batsman a flat pitch IS a good pitch!"

0.4

Tsotsobe to Nicol, 1 run, width from back of a length, it bounces but slowly, and is cut down to third man

0.5

Tsotsobe to Guptill, no run, straightens after starting across the right hander, defended tightly onto the off side

0.6

Tsotsobe to Guptill, no run, much fuller, and moving in a foot outside off stump, he allows it go past

End of over 1 (1 run) New Zealand 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
MJ Guptill    0* (2b)      LL Tsotsobe    1-0-1-0
RJ Nicol    1* (4b)     

Blake: "Good pitch because there is actually some grass on it?"

Morne Morkel will start with the second new ball

1.1

M Morkel to Nicol, no run, starts straight and far outside off stump from short of a length, close to being a wide

1.2

M Morkel to Nicol, no run, slightly fuller, and moving away late but still too far outside off to be fiddled with

1.3

M Morkel to Nicol, no run, gets the line right now, ending around off from short of a length, he drops it towards backward point who is quick to get to the ball to cut off the single

1.4

M Morkel to Nicol, no run, more bounce for Morne, at 141 kph, bangs it in, and gets it to move away as well, Nicol gets on his toes and has a waft at it, beaten

1.5

M Morkel to Nicol, 1 wide, still quicker, and moving in this time, shapes down the leg side from outside off stump, given a wide, unjust world if you are a bowler

1.5

M Morkel to Nicol, no run, left alone outside off

1.6

M Morkel to Nicol, 1 run, this time he is able to get on top of the bounce off this widish delivery and cut it down to third man

End of over 2 (2 runs) New Zealand 3/0 (RR: 1.50)
RJ Nicol    2* (10b)      M Morkel    1-0-2-0
MJ Guptill    0* (2b)      LL Tsotsobe    1-0-1-0

2.1

Tsotsobe to Nicol, no run, that has almost taken out middle stump, Nicol advances down the track to try and lift the length ball over midwicket, but it shapes in to beat him, and just bounces over the stumps

2.2

Tsotsobe to Nicol, 1 leg bye, moving in but down the pads, and rolls away square on the leg side

2.3

Tsotsobe to Guptill, 1 run, pushes a length ball in front of mid on and sets off for a very comfortable single

Dan: "Because if it's a flat track, the batsmen will be, Satish-fied! And because your average Joe Bloggs spectator likes to see high scores. Not liking all the new rules in ODIs - two new balls, restrictions on when the powerplays can be taken - unnecessary over-complication to my mind."

2.4

Tsotsobe to Nicol, 4 byes, he beats the batsman on the attempted pull with a bouncer, but unfortunately for the bowler, it takes off so much that it even beats the keeper

2.5

Tsotsobe to Nicol, 1 wide, swinging in sharply from around leg stump and carrying down the leg side

2.5

Tsotsobe to Nicol, no run, steady length delivery pushed into the leg side

2.6

Tsotsobe to Nicol, no run, defended down the track

End of over 3 (7 runs) New Zealand 10/0 (RR: 3.33)
RJ Nicol    2* (15b)      LL Tsotsobe    2-0-3-0
MJ Guptill    1* (3b)      M Morkel    1-0-2-0

SthAussie: "Satish is spot on, I'm more a batter in my grade team & still think a flat pitch is good for nothing... a "good pitch" should have an even covering of grass, to at least offer the bowlers a bit of bite & a little something for the spinners & Marc is right to, for some reason in terms of commentators, ex-batters seem to out number the bowlers n the box, therefore you're always going to hear a batsmans POV...."

3.1

M Morkel to Guptill, no run, on the front foot, right behind the line of the good length ball angled in, blocks it solidly

3.2

M Morkel to Guptill, no run, ends up on middle and leg with the angle now, turned on to the leg side softly

3.3

M Morkel to Guptill, no run, that's the line, Morne continues to get bounce from just short of a length, the line is close to off stump, and it scoots past the outside edge

3.4

M Morkel to Guptill, no run, still shorter, that's a ripper, Guptill just about manages to bend his knees and get his head out of the way of the bouncer coming in

3.5

M Morkel to Guptill, no run, appeal for leg before now with a fuller delivery now, but it was going way down the leg side

3.6

M Morkel to Guptill, 1 run, pushes forward, opens the face and gets this length ball down the third man

End of over 4 (1 run) New Zealand 11/0 (RR: 2.75)
MJ Guptill    2* (9b)      M Morkel    2-0-3-0
RJ Nicol    2* (15b)      LL Tsotsobe    2-0-3-0

4.1

Tsotsobe to Guptill, 1 run, too full and swinging in down the pads, whipped eagerly down to fine leg

Duncan: "I agree with Dan. New rules just annoy the traditionalists and make it even harder for new fans to understand what's going on."

4.2

Tsotsobe to Nicol, no run, he was moving across to try and counter the inswing, but Tsotsobe dropped it short and the batsman had to weave out of the line as it zipped across him

4.3

Tsotsobe to Nicol, 1 run, Nicol is feeling the pressure, he charges out to Tsotsobe for the second time to a length ball angled across him, and has a heave at it, thick edge flies behind point but drops well short of third man

4.4

Tsotsobe to Guptill, no run, pushed solidly off the front foot to extra cover

4.5

Tsotsobe to Guptill, no run, testing bowling from South Africa, they have used the short ball well, Tsotsobe goes past the edge with another one

4.6

Tsotsobe to Guptill, no run, thick outside edge scoots along the ground to point as he looks to drive a pitched up ball

End of over 5 (2 runs) New Zealand 13/0 (RR: 2.60)
MJ Guptill    3* (13b)      LL Tsotsobe    3-0-5-0
RJ Nicol    3* (17b)      M Morkel    2-0-3-0

Dean: "Simon Doull is a bowler so if he says its a good pitch he means something for the bowler but a good one day wicket!"

Here is Dale Steyn

5.1

Steyn to Nicol, no run, oh boy, what a first ball, good pace, angled in full on off stump and curves away to leave Nicol clueless

5.2

Steyn to Nicol, FOUR, pitched up again and swinging away, but slightly wider and allows him to get the front foot and drive with the movement past extra cover, superb stroke when it comes off

5.3

Steyn to Nicol, no run, shorter this time and he can leave it alone outside off

5.4

Steyn to Nicol, no run, beaten by the away movement as he stays in the crease and pushes at the good length delivery

5.5

Steyn to Nicol, no run, shaping away all the time, very full, right on off stump, he adjusts to softly guide it to point

5.6

Steyn to Nicol, FOUR, Nicol gets four off the last ball, not entirely in control, but he gave Steyn the charge and went through with the swing, and managed to get the full delivery down the pitch, Steyn gets his hands to it but it bursts through to run into the straight boundary

End of over 6 (8 runs) New Zealand 21/0 (RR: 3.50)
RJ Nicol    11* (23b 2x4)      DW Steyn    1-0-8-0
MJ Guptill    3* (13b)      LL Tsotsobe    3-0-5-0

6.1

Tsotsobe to Guptill, no run, pushes a pitched up delivery to mid on

6.2

Tsotsobe to Guptill, no run, shortish ball punched to mid on, who is standing up closer than usual

6.3

Tsotsobe to Guptill, FOUR, too short, and wide as well, they have not given much to hit, but this one was waiting to be smashed, Guptill does exactly that, he waits and hammers it past extra cover

6.4

Tsotsobe to Guptill, OUT, and there is the breakthrough, they have bowled too well to not have a wicket early, Tsotsobe pitches it up, and angles it across Guptill, who reaches out to push at it, and feathers it through to AB

MJ Guptill c †de Villiers b Tsotsobe 7 (29m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 41.17

6.5

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, no run, that has got to be close, oh dear, Baz has shouldered arms first ball, it has shaped back from a good length and hit him in front, umpire gives him straight away, he has gone for the review, replays show it would have bounced just over the stumps, and McCullum survives

6.6

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, 2 runs, phew, he has absolutely smoked this full delivery, it has gone so hard that it has burst through the man at extra cover, who is down on a knee as he feels the sting of the stroke

End of over 7 (6 runs) New Zealand 27/1 (RR: 3.85)
BB McCullum    2* (2b)      LL Tsotsobe    4-0-11-1
RJ Nicol    11* (23b 2x4)      DW Steyn    1-0-8-0

7.1

Steyn to Nicol, no run, defends a straightening fullish one down the track

7.2

Steyn to Nicol, no run, South Africa continue to bother New Zealand with discipline lines and movement, this one moves away just outside off and just past the edge

7.3

Steyn to Nicol, FOUR, and then he hurls it full and way down the pads, and Nicol tickles it fine easily

7.4

Steyn to Nicol, 2 runs, pushed past cover for a couple

7.5

Steyn to Nicol, 4 leg byes, he ducks right into this 143 kph short ball, which does not rise that much, and pings him on the helmet to fly over the keeper, take four leg byes for that, mate, a stare and a few words from Steyn as well

7.6

Steyn to Nicol, no run, pitched up, swinging away, he does well to get forward and across and run it to point

End of over 8 (10 runs) New Zealand 37/1 (RR: 4.62)
RJ Nicol    17* (29b 3x4)      DW Steyn    2-0-14-0
BB McCullum    2* (2b)      LL Tsotsobe    4-0-11-1

8.1

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, no run, defends a back of a length ball onto the leg side

8.2

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, no run, widish delivery slanted across the right hander, left alone

8.3

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, no run, pushed to cover

8.4

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, no run, bouncer, but outside off stump, and he lets it go as he gets his head cleanly out of the way

8.5

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, no run, a big stride forward as he pushes the fullish one towards mid off

Murphy: "This series will be a big test for Baz. I really feel that he lacks the application and technique to be a quality batsmen. For far too often he has relied on eye and bat speed; the descriptions of 'flat track bully' and 'minnow basher' couldn't be better suited to him. Hoping he proves me wrong though..." Our stats editor S Rajesh has some telling numbers on McCullum. Read this.

8.6

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, no run, length ball pushed towards point

End of over 9 (maiden) New Zealand 37/1 (RR: 4.11)
BB McCullum    2* (8b)      LL Tsotsobe    5-1-11-1
RJ Nicol    17* (29b 3x4)      DW Steyn    2-0-14-0

9.1

Steyn to Nicol, no run, pushed back to the bowler

9.2

Steyn to Nicol, no run, curling away after being angled in fullish outside off stump, he bends forward to softly push towards covers

9.3

Steyn to Nicol, no run, straightish one some way outside off, draws him towards the line as he runs it towards point

9.4

Steyn to Nicol, no run, bouncer now, just outside off stump, well avoided, bends the knee, gets down on the ground, and allows it to pass over him

9.5

Steyn to Nicol, no run, furious stuff from Steyn, 144 kph bouncer taking off for his head just around off stump, he withdraws from the line, very late, de Villiers has a hard time taking it behind the stumps as it leaps at him as well

9.6

Steyn to Nicol, 1 run, thick outside edge flies past the lone slip to third man as he punches this shortish one from the crease

End of over 10 (1 run) New Zealand 38/1 (RR: 3.80)
RJ Nicol    18* (35b 3x4)      DW Steyn    3-0-15-0
BB McCullum    2* (8b)      LL Tsotsobe    5-1-11-1

10.1

Tsotsobe to Nicol, no run, good stop from the bowler, Nicol had got across and timed the straight drive well

10.2

Tsotsobe to Nicol, no run, lets the short ball go across him

10.3

Tsotsobe to Nicol, no run, left alone outside off

10.4

Tsotsobe to Nicol, (no ball) 1 run, ending around middle and leg from back of a length, he gets around to work it square, big no-ball this one

10.4

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, 1 run, gets only one off the free-hit, Tsotsobe bowls it near the blockhole around off, forced away to sweeper cover

10.5

Tsotsobe to Nicol, no run, pushed towards extra cover who gets to his left to cut off the single

10.6

Tsotsobe to Nicol, 1 run, pushed softly towards mid off and this time the run is on

End of over 11 (4 runs) New Zealand 42/1 (RR: 3.81)
RJ Nicol    20* (41b 3x4)      LL Tsotsobe    6-1-15-1
BB McCullum    3* (9b)      DW Steyn    3-0-15-0

Kangon: "I don't agree with the word "minnow basher" for McCullum. He lacks application, simple as that. I remember him paddling Shaun Tait for sixes in a T20I match vs Australia. This guy's talent is unquestionable."

Peterson to bowl his left-arm spin now, slip in place

11.1

Peterson to Nicol, 1 run, drives the flighted ball down to long off

Ben: "I'm quite happy if Baz is a "flat track bully" today."

11.2

Peterson to BB McCullum, no run, tossed up again, pushed towards cover

11.3

Peterson to BB McCullum, no run, another review from McCullum, he does not think he has edged this delivery to the keeper, and he is right, replays do not suggest any edge, neither does HotSpot, good bowling from Peterson though, he drew McCullum forward with flight and got it to spin and bounce away from him, de Villiers frowns

11.4

Peterson to BB McCullum, 1 run, full toss eased down to long off

11.5

Peterson to Nicol, no run, hit on the pads outside off as he plays for the turn, this one zips straight from a length

11.6

Peterson to Nicol, 1 run, shortish and sitting up, he makes some room to crunch the cut, but there is sweeper cover around

End of over 12 (3 runs) New Zealand 45/1 (RR: 3.75)
RJ Nicol    22* (44b 3x4)      RJ Peterson    1-0-3-0
BB McCullum    4* (12b)      LL Tsotsobe    6-1-15-1

12.1

M Morkel to Nicol, no run, pushes the short of a length ball to cover from the crease

Saif: "I don't get it at all...Why the hell SA keeps picking Robin Peterson ahead of Johan Botha?? Batting,Bowling,Fielding..In which department Peterson is better?? Just watch the performance of Botha in the T20 match."

12.2

M Morkel to Nicol, no run, keeps him in the crease again with bounce on this one angled in, defended down the pitch

12.3

M Morkel to Nicol, FOUR, that has been slogged hard, and has disappeared in an instant to the deep midwicket boundary, Nicol charges out, creates a lot of momentum and mows the length delivery

12.4

M Morkel to Nicol, no run, shortish delivery pushed on to the leg side

12.5

M Morkel to Nicol, no run, still shorter, and widish outside off too, he hops and tries to cut it, but mistimes it towards cover

12.6

M Morkel to Nicol, no run, ripper, he tried to ride the bouncer outside off stump, but it left him hopping and fending at it, lucky not to edge it

End of over 13 (4 runs) New Zealand 49/1 (RR: 3.76)
RJ Nicol    26* (50b 4x4)      M Morkel    3-0-7-0
BB McCullum    4* (12b)      RJ Peterson    1-0-3-0

13.1

Peterson to BB McCullum, 1 run, cut to sweeper cover for one

13.2

Peterson to Nicol, 1 run, dips as it is tossed up outside off, pushed to cover for a single, the throw is wayward

13.3

Peterson to BB McCullum, 1 run, reaches out to the flighted ball and squeezes it down to long off

13.4

Peterson to Nicol, no run, tries to back away and smash it, but mistimes it to short extra cover

13.5

Peterson to Nicol, 1 run, turned in front of square leg for one

13.6

Peterson to BB McCullum, 1 run, more flight, very full, smacked in the air to long off

End of over 14 (5 runs) New Zealand 54/1 (RR: 3.85)
BB McCullum    7* (15b)      RJ Peterson    2-0-8-0
RJ Nicol    28* (53b 4x4)      M Morkel    3-0-7-0

Aaron: "The thing with Baz is that we've actually seen some application from him in the tests with a century against Australia and then a double century in India when he started opening. Don't know what it is about the one day games that's causing problems - except that is, for the usual problem in NZ cricket of having no competition for his place in the side."

14.1

M Morkel to BB McCullum, no run, looks to hammer a wide delivery through cover but finds no timing in the stroke, went too hard at it

14.2

M Morkel to BB McCullum, no run, leaves a good length delivery outside off

14.3

M Morkel to BB McCullum, 1 run, this time he gets hold of the widish one and slaps it to Graeme Smith at sweeper cover

14.4

M Morkel to Nicol, 1 run, runs a back of a length ball coming in, down to third man with almost no room to work with, completely limited-overs, this shot

14.5

M Morkel to BB McCullum, 1 run, sliced towards cover-point who cannot stop it cleanly

Hannes: "Why do they pick Peterson ahead of Tahir is the real question. Look at his domestic record."

14.6

M Morkel to Nicol, 1 run, gets on his toes and on top of the bounce to chop it past a diving point

End of over 15 (4 runs) New Zealand 58/1 (RR: 3.86)
RJ Nicol    30* (55b 4x4)      M Morkel    4-0-11-0
BB McCullum    9* (19b)      RJ Peterson    2-0-8-0

15.1

Peterson to Nicol, no run, pushes a tossed up ball to extra cover

15.2

Peterson to Nicol, no run, arm ball sliding in, he backs away looking for the cut, but it comes in with the angle, and he has to adjust to keep it out

15.3

Peterson to Nicol, OUT, Peterson strikes, he has been flighting the ball consistently, lures Nicol into a big shot, he only manages a thick edge that looked to be flying past Kallis at slip, but the great man gets to his right to take it as he tumbles to the ground

RJ Nicol c Kallis b Peterson 30 (68m 58b 4x4 0x6) SR: 51.72

15.4

Peterson to Williamson, no run, tossed up delivery pushed to extra cover

15.5

Peterson to Williamson, no run, stays in the crease to a full delivery and pushes it down the track

15.6

Peterson to Williamson, no run, straightening on middle and leg, pushed on the leg side

End of over 16 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 58/2 (RR: 3.62)
KS Williamson    0* (3b)      RJ Peterson    3-1-8-1
BB McCullum    9* (19b)      M Morkel    4-0-11-0

Steyn is back

16.1

Steyn to BB McCullum, 1 run, drives an away swinging full delivery hard, it is in the air for a while as it goes to sweeper cover

16.2

Steyn to Williamson, no run, whoa, that has come in a mile after passing the batsman, who left it alone, superb diving take to his left from AB

16.3

Steyn to Williamson, no run, back to normal service, draws him forward with the angle into him, and then curls it away to beat the outside edge, what can the batsman do, he can hope, to survive

16.4

Steyn to Williamson, no run, and again, super, just too good, moving away from a good length, Williamson pushes from the crease as he opens up, beaten again

AB gets two slips in now

16.5

Steyn to Williamson, 1 run, pitched up full, this time he is able to push it to sweeper cover off the front foot

16.6

Steyn to BB McCullum, 1 run, flicks a full delivery off the pads, it races to fine leg

End of over 17 (3 runs) New Zealand 61/2 (RR: 3.58)
BB McCullum    11* (21b)      DW Steyn    4-0-18-0
KS Williamson    1* (7b)      RJ Peterson    3-1-8-1

Jonathan: "Given the pressure on McCullum (thanks to that article) and the pressure on NZ (thanks to some tight SA bowling) now would be a very good time for Baz to knuckle down and bat through the innings for a big hundred eh?"

17.1

Peterson to BB McCullum, no run, appeal for leg before as he pushes off the front foot, he was playing for the turn, this one went straight on, this time the umpire is with Baz, this time AB wants the review, will McCullum survive the third time as well? he does, he does, would you believe it, he has got a helpful little inside edge on to pad

17.2

Peterson to BB McCullum, 1 run, nudged square on the leg side

17.3

Peterson to Williamson, no run, lovely flight, slow through the air, he pushes with the turn to extra cover

17.4

Peterson to Williamson, no run, good length now, he stays in the crease and punches to cover

Two slips in place

17.5

Peterson to Williamson, no run, tossed up ball defended off the front foot

Now second slip turns into short cover

17.6

Peterson to Williamson, no run, gives it a big tweak with the fingers, it curves in and straightens, defended solidly off the front foot

End of over 18 (1 run) New Zealand 62/2 (RR: 3.44)
KS Williamson    1* (11b)      RJ Peterson    4-1-9-1
BB McCullum    12* (23b)      DW Steyn    4-0-18-0

18.1

Steyn to BB McCullum, no run, tries to get across and swing hard, but mistimes it

18.2

Steyn to BB McCullum, 1 wide, off the thigh pad to the keeper, called a wide

18.2

Steyn to BB McCullum, no run, bit of width, slapped hard to cover

18.3

Steyn to BB McCullum, no run, he moves across again and turns a pacy length delivery to square leg

18.4

Steyn to BB McCullum, no run, he is ending up outside off stump as he moves across, leaves the straightish length ball alone, late decision

18.5

Steyn to BB McCullum, 2 runs, thickish outside edge as he pushes from the crease, gets back for the second as the throw comes in from third man

18.6

Steyn to BB McCullum, no run, he is getting into trouble with that across movement, Steyn hits him on the shoulder with a shortish 146 kph delivery as McCullum ducks right into the line, Steyn turns around and walks away without fuss

End of over 19 (3 runs) New Zealand 65/2 (RR: 3.42)
BB McCullum    14* (29b)      DW Steyn    5-0-21-0
KS Williamson    1* (11b)      RJ Peterson    4-1-9-1

19.1

Peterson to Williamson, 2 runs, well played, he was well on the front foot, but allowed the flighted delivery to pitch and come on outside off, before running it towards third man

19.2

Peterson to Williamson, FOUR, he is ready to wait and delay his shot, and that will earn him four, stays back to this length ball and cuts it hard wide of sweeper cover

19.3

Peterson to Williamson, 2 runs, and again, the cut from the crease will bring him a couple more

19.4

Peterson to Williamson, 1 run, goes middle and leg now, and is worked towards midwicket

19.5

Peterson to BB McCullum, no run, turning away just outside off stump, he gets across and pushes towards cover

19.6

Peterson to BB McCullum, 1 run, moving around once again, whips it away in front of square leg

End of over 20 (10 runs) New Zealand 75/2 (RR: 3.75)
BB McCullum    15* (31b)      RJ Peterson    5-1-19-1
KS Williamson    10* (15b 1x4)      DW Steyn    5-0-21-0

Dave: "Is this a test match? Should I start watching the grass outside my window? Either get in or get out NZ."

Duminy comes on from around the stumps, it is middle-overs time

20.1

Duminy to BB McCullum, 1 run, nudged behind square leg

20.2

Duminy to Williamson, no run, low full toss eased back to the bowler who makes a fine stop

20.3

Duminy to Williamson, 1 run, slapped away off the back foot to sweeper cover

20.4

Duminy to BB McCullum, no run, McCullum prefers to play off the front foot, drops it on the off side

20.5

Duminy to BB McCullum, 2 runs, hit wide of long off for a couple

20.6

Duminy to BB McCullum, no run, smashed straight to extra cover

End of over 21 (4 runs) New Zealand 79/2 (RR: 3.76)
BB McCullum    18* (35b)      JP Duminy    1-0-4-0
KS Williamson    11* (17b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    5-1-19-1

21.1

Peterson to Williamson, 1 run, flighted delivery turned off middle and leg through midwicket

21.2

Peterson to BB McCullum, no run, tossed up ball defended off the front foot

Souwesterly: "Dave: "Is this a test match?" ------- Nah - they score faster in Test matches! Must be a new format......or sponsored by a paint company."

21.3

Peterson to BB McCullum, no run, goes back to slap this length ball to cover

21.4

Peterson to BB McCullum, 1 run, flat and short this time, and away to sweeper cover for one

21.5

Peterson to Williamson, 1 run, well played, waits for a while before reaching out to ease the full delivery to sweeper cover

21.6

Peterson to BB McCullum, 1 run, short again, he gets across and swivels quickly to pull to deep midwicket

End of over 22 (4 runs) New Zealand 83/2 (RR: 3.77)
BB McCullum    20* (39b)      RJ Peterson    6-1-23-1
KS Williamson    13* (19b 1x4)      JP Duminy    1-0-4-0

22.1

Duminy to BB McCullum, 1 run, another forcing pull down to deep midwicket

22.2

Duminy to Williamson, no run, well bowled, flights it across the right hander, pushed in the air down the track

22.3

Duminy to Williamson, 1 run, chips with the turn in the air but in the gap between long on and deep midwicket

22.4

Duminy to BB McCullum, no run, full delivery driven hard, midwicket saves one with a dive

22.5

Duminy to BB McCullum, SIX, that's more like the McCullum we know, fullish delivery, in his slot outside off, and he fetches it from there to crash it high over deep midwicket

22.6

Duminy to BB McCullum, 1 run, single to long off to end the over

End of over 23 (9 runs) New Zealand 92/2 (RR: 4.00)
BB McCullum    28* (43b 1x6)      JP Duminy    2-0-13-0
KS Williamson    14* (21b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    6-1-23-1

23.1

Peterson to BB McCullum, 1 run, turned past midwicket for a single

23.2

Peterson to Williamson, 1 run, pushed firmly down to long off

23.3

Peterson to BB McCullum, 1 run, they take on point with a quick run and make it safely as he misses the throw at the non-striker's, Mccullum was home by then

23.4

Peterson to Williamson, 2 runs, lifted in the air over extra cover with the turn, and with lots of assurance

23.5

Peterson to Williamson, 1 run, cuts a good length delivery from middle, to sweeper cover

23.6

Peterson to BB McCullum, no run, gets across and pushes to cover

End of over 24 (6 runs) New Zealand 98/2 (RR: 4.08)
BB McCullum    30* (46b 1x6)      RJ Peterson    7-1-29-1
KS Williamson    18* (24b 1x4)      JP Duminy    2-0-13-0

24.1

Tsotsobe to Williamson, 1 run, forcefully whips a short of a length ball to deep midwicket

24.2

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, no run, beats the outside edge with the angle and some away movement from back of a length

24.3

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, no run, cannot get the single, drops it straight towards cover

24.4

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, 1 run, too short, too wide, but with sweeper cover in the deep, a violent cut is worth only one

24.5

Tsotsobe to Williamson, 1 run, gets hold of the short ball and pulls gracefully to deep midwicket

24.6

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, no run, tries to force a back of a length ball but mishits it to the bowler

End of over 25 (3 runs) New Zealand 101/2 (RR: 4.04)
BB McCullum    31* (50b 1x6)      LL Tsotsobe    7-1-18-1
KS Williamson    20* (26b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    7-1-29-1

Kallis to have a bowl

25.1

Kallis to Williamson, no run, punches a short of a length ball straight to cover

25.2

Kallis to Williamson, 1 run, angled in towards middle and leg, he pushes it from the crease to long on

25.3

Kallis to BB McCullum, 1 run, they scamper a single between point and extra cover

25.4

Kallis to Williamson, no run, looks to slice a good length delivery through point but is beaten

25.5

Kallis to Williamson, no run, punched straight to cover-point

25.6

Kallis to Williamson, no run, makes a late decision to pull and mistimes the shot to midwicket

End of over 26 (2 runs) New Zealand 103/2 (RR: 3.96)
KS Williamson    21* (31b 1x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-2-0
BB McCullum    32* (51b 1x6)      LL Tsotsobe    7-1-18-1

26.1

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, 1 run, angled length delivery scythed down to sweeper cover

26.2

Tsotsobe to Williamson, 1 run, fullish ball pushed softly towards long off, so softly that midwicket has the time to come around and field

26.3

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, SIX, whoa, McCullum has cracked this pitched up delivery high over deep midwicket, it was headed across him fullish, and he wound up to slam it off the middle of the bat

26.4

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, no run, left alone outside off with the angle

26.5

Tsotsobe to BB McCullum, 1 run, Tsotsobe tries the bouncer, McCullum hooks it along the ground in front of square leg

26.6

Tsotsobe to Williamson, 1 no ball, bouncer climbs way too high over the batsman's head, called a no-ball for being the second one of the over

26.6

Tsotsobe to Williamson, FOUR, he sends down another short ball, Williamson gets on top of it and sends it crashing into the deep midwicket boundary with a clean pull

End of over 27 (14 runs) New Zealand 117/2 (RR: 4.33)
KS Williamson    26* (34b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    8-1-32-1
BB McCullum    40* (55b 2x6)      JH Kallis    1-0-2-0

27.1

Kallis to BB McCullum, no run, mistimes it back to the bowler as he pushes with an angled bat

27.2

Kallis to BB McCullum, FOUR, he is looking more like McCullum now, this batsman, advances down the track, gets outside leg stump, and slams the length ball wide of sweeper cover

27.3

Kallis to BB McCullum, no run, appeal for leg before as he is struck in front after shuffling across, replays have it hitting the top of leg

27.4

Kallis to BB McCullum, 1 run, pushed towards mid on for one

27.5

Kallis to Williamson, 1 run, whipped with the angle in front of square leg

27.6

Kallis to BB McCullum, 2 runs, opens the face to run it behind point

End of over 28 (8 runs) New Zealand 125/2 (RR: 4.46)
BB McCullum    47* (60b 1x4 2x6)      JH Kallis    2-0-10-0
KS Williamson    27* (35b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    8-1-32-1

Morne returns to bowl

28.1

M Morkel to Williamson, 1 run, opens the face to guide this widish delivery to third man

28.2

M Morkel to BB McCullum, 1 run, short of a length ball swung off the pads down to fine leg

28.3

M Morkel to Williamson, 1 run, stays in the crease and steers to third man for one

28.4

M Morkel to BB McCullum, FOUR, one-bounce four takes McCullum past 50, again he leaves the crease, ends outside leg and swings at the length delivery, ends up slicing it in the air over covers

28.5

M Morkel to BB McCullum, 1 run, swings another shortish ball to fine leg

28.6

M Morkel to Williamson, no run, lets the short ball pass over him as he bends his knees

End of over 29 (8 runs) New Zealand 133/2 (RR: 4.58)
KS Williamson    29* (38b 2x4)      M Morkel    5-0-19-0
BB McCullum    53* (63b 2x4 2x6)      JH Kallis    2-0-10-0

29.1

Kallis to BB McCullum, no run, opens the face to a length ball but finds point

29.2

Kallis to BB McCullum, 1 run, short ball pulled hard to deep square leg

29.3

Kallis to Williamson, no run, pushed back to the bowler

29.4

Kallis to Williamson, 1 leg bye, hit on the pads down the leg side with the length delivery angled in, the ball scoots towards third man

29.5

Kallis to BB McCullum, 2 runs, another short ball, another big pull, deep square leg has to scramble to his left to stop the boundary

29.6

Kallis to BB McCullum, OUT, what an outstanding catch at deep point, McCullum had got hold of this length delivery, and had sliced it hard, Peterson did not have much time, he did very well to run to his left and dived to hold on, no reviews needed for that one, Baz has to walk back this time

BB McCullum c Peterson b Kallis 56 (98m 67b 2x4 2x6) SR: 83.58

End of over 30 (4 runs) New Zealand 137/3 (RR: 4.56)
     JH Kallis    3-0-13-1
KS Williamson    29* (40b 2x4)      M Morkel    5-0-19-0

Wide slip in place

30.1

M Morkel to Ryder, no run, mistimes the forcing stroke off this shortish ball to cover

30.2

M Morkel to Ryder, no run, pushed to cover again

30.3

M Morkel to Ryder, 1 run, flashes at a widish ball and gets it wide of third man

30.4

M Morkel to Williamson, 1 run, stays in the crease, he does play the ball really late, guides this length ball down to third man

Cam: "As usual MacCullum throws his wicket away yet again. Just getting going and throws his bat at a ball once too often."

30.5

M Morkel to Ryder, no run, hit in the ribs and he is down on his haunches, he tried to get behind the line of this climbing delivery and missed, took it flush in the ribs

30.6

M Morkel to Ryder, 1 wide, tries the short ball again but sends it way down leg, even as Ryder misses with the pull

30.6

M Morkel to Ryder, no run, pushed away to point

End of over 31 (3 runs) New Zealand 140/3 (RR: 4.51)
JD Ryder    1* (5b)      M Morkel    6-0-22-0
KS Williamson    30* (41b 2x4)      JH Kallis    3-0-13-1

Duminy to bowl now, round the wicket

31.1

Duminy to Williamson, no run, starts with a length ball that spins in towards off, defended down the track

31.2

Duminy to Williamson, 1 run, tossed up, and a touch fuller, Williamson comes down the track and punches the ball to long-on

31.3

Duminy to Ryder, no run, a low full toss is pushed back towards the bowler

31.4

Duminy to Ryder, no run, pitched up and heading for middle and leg, blocked back to the bowler

31.5

Duminy to Ryder, no run, length ball on the pads, more defence from Ryder

31.6

Duminy to Ryder, no run, length and just outside off, Ryder steers the ball towards point

Dale: "Give McCullum a break - he just scored 56 off 67 - pretty good really we can't expect 100 every time!!"

End of over 32 (1 run) New Zealand 141/3 (RR: 4.40)
JD Ryder    1* (9b)      JP Duminy    3-0-14-0
KS Williamson    31* (43b 2x4)      M Morkel    6-0-22-0

32.1

Kallis to Williamson, 1 wide, starts the over with a delivery that landed almost outside the pitch, miles outside off

32.1

Kallis to Williamson, FOUR, short of length ball is slugged wide of mid-on for full by Williamson, not the best timing or the best-looking of shots, four nonetheless

32.2

Kallis to Williamson, 1 run, much more elegant stroke, a controlled drive towards sweeper cover

32.3

Kallis to Ryder, FOUR, this is proving to be a very good over for New Zealand, a length ball is hoicked over midwicket for four, launches it over the fielder in the ring

32.4

Kallis to Ryder, 1 run, length ball on middle, Ryder shuffles beyond leg and guides the ball towards backward point

32.5

Kallis to Williamson, 1 run, short of length and well outside off, Kallis grunts as he delivers this 135kph ball, dabbed towards backward point for one more

Shantanu: "The biggest issue with McCullum getting out is that the batting powerplay is only a few overs away. As we have seen, it takes a long time for batsmen to get set on this wicket, which was all the more reason for McCullum to stay till the slog."

32.6

Kallis to Ryder, OUT, a big wicket for South Africa, Ryder holes out, a short ball just outside off from Kallis, Ryder wants to club that over the leg side, gets a top edge, the ball soars high and towards Graeme Smith at deep square leg, no mistake there, this was shaping up as a good over for New Zealand, but South Africa won't be complaining now

JD Ryder c Smith b Kallis 6 (15m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 33 (12 runs) New Zealand 153/4 (RR: 4.63)
     JH Kallis    4-0-25-2
KS Williamson    37* (46b 3x4)      JP Duminy    3-0-14-0

Dale: "Give McCullum a break - he just scored 56 off 67 - pretty good really we can't expect 100 every time!!"

Jeremy: "Ryder hits them hard and fast, his timing's great; his stroke play class, but there's a thought I can't go past, that without a pie he'll never last."

33.1

Duminy to Franklin, 1 run, away with a soft push in front of cover

33.2

Duminy to Williamson, no run, full delivery nudged back down the track

33.3

Duminy to Williamson, no run, flighted full around off, worked to short fine leg

33.4

Duminy to Williamson, no run, pushed in the air between the bowler and midwicket, bounces in front of them as they hurry toward the ball

33.5

Duminy to Williamson, 1 run, flat delivery slapped away to deep point

33.6

Duminy to Franklin, 1 run, tossed up full, eased down to long off for a single

End of over 34 (3 runs) New Zealand 156/4 (RR: 4.58)
JEC Franklin    2* (2b)      JP Duminy    4-0-17-0
KS Williamson    38* (50b 3x4)      JH Kallis    4-0-25-2

Steyn comes back to put more pressure on NZ

34.1

Steyn to Franklin, no run, very full delivery wide outside off almost edged on its way to the keeper

34.2

Steyn to Franklin, no run, length ball off the inner part of the bat to midwicket

around the stumps

34.3

Steyn to Franklin, 1 run, charges in and hurls it in fullish with the angle, pushed towards extra cover for a tight single

Shantanu: "Surprised not to see Albie Morkel bowl today, with de Villiers preferring Kallis and Duminy. If they were planning not to bowl Albie, I would have selected Justin Ontong instead."

34.4

Steyn to Williamson, 1 run, bowled full on middle and leg, goes straight on and is turned through midwicket

34.5

Steyn to Franklin, no run, pushes a short of a length ball to extra cover

34.6

Steyn to Franklin, 1 run, slaps a short of a length ball towards sweeper cover for an easy single

End of over 35 (3 runs) New Zealand 159/4 (RR: 4.54)
JEC Franklin    4* (7b)      DW Steyn    6-0-24-0
KS Williamson    39* (51b 3x4)      JP Duminy    4-0-17-0

amraiz: "you know its seriously ironic, that we struggle to have one comment on cricinfo and on the other hand Dale's one comment is been published twice :p" My bad, my bad

batting Powerplay is on

35.1

Peterson to Franklin, 1 run, turned behind square leg for one

35.2

Peterson to Williamson, 1 run, nudged towards vacant midwicket for another single

35.3

Peterson to Franklin, 1 run, fine run-and-dive from Morne at wide mid off saves the boundary, it was driven neatly off the front foot

35.4

Peterson to Williamson, FOUR, he has the ability to quickly go back off the front foot, he does exactly that to cut this length ball to the deep point boundary

35.5

Peterson to Williamson, 1 run, driven to sweeper cover

Sam: "Williamson, Kohli, Chandimal Future of International Cricket!"

35.6

Peterson to Franklin, no run, turned to short fine leg off middle

End of over 36 (8 runs) New Zealand 167/4 (RR: 4.63)
JEC Franklin    6* (10b)      RJ Peterson    8-1-37-1
KS Williamson    45* (54b 4x4)      DW Steyn    6-0-24-0

36.1

Steyn to Williamson, 1 run, plays very late again, allows this length ball to end around off, and whips it square on the leg side

36.2

Steyn to Franklin, no run, pitched up on middle stump, pushed down to mid on

36.3

Steyn to Franklin, 2 runs, short ball pulled away hard to deep midwicket

36.4

Steyn to Franklin, no run, drops a 144 kph back of a length ball close to the crease on the off side

Fine leg is in

36.5

Steyn to Franklin, no run, pushed wide of extra cover where Peterson dives to saves a few runs

36.6

Steyn to Franklin, 2 runs, worked off the pads behind square leg

End of over 37 (5 runs) New Zealand 172/4 (RR: 4.64)
JEC Franklin    10* (15b)      DW Steyn    7-0-29-0
KS Williamson    46* (55b 4x4)      RJ Peterson    8-1-37-1

37.1

Kallis to Williamson, 1 run, moves across, opens up and works this length ball from outside off towards midwicket

37.2

Kallis to Franklin, no run, slower one from Kallis at 122 kph, Franklin cannot guide it past point

37.3

Kallis to Franklin, 2 runs, this time he is able to run it wide of third man with an open bat face

Aqeel: "Most cricketers play 2-3 times more ODI's then they do Tests. With Dale Steyn, the difference is only 9 games which is pretty astonishing." Shows how well South Africa have used him

37.4

Kallis to Franklin, no run, comes in from back of a length and hits him on the thigh pad

37.5

Kallis to Franklin, 1 run, sliced in the air down to third man

37.6

Kallis to Williamson, 1 run, forced from outside off through midwicket

End of over 38 (5 runs) New Zealand 177/4 (RR: 4.65)
KS Williamson    48* (57b 4x4)      JH Kallis    5-0-30-2
JEC Franklin    13* (19b)      DW Steyn    7-0-29-0

Shantanu: "I still think that 6 is too high a position for James Franklin. His record against South Africa in ODIs is poor, with 49 runs in 7 innings. Also, his average in 2011 was a poor 19.85, with only one fifty in eight innings." Hope you've got your numbers right

38.1

M Morkel to Williamson, 1 run, worked through midwicket for one

38.2

M Morkel to Franklin, 1 run, full delivery squeezed down to third man

38.3

M Morkel to Williamson, 1 run, wristy work through midwicket brings up an assured half-century from Williamson, rare to see a young old-style patient cricketer like him

38.4

M Morkel to Franklin, 1 run, pushed towards point for one

38.5

M Morkel to Williamson, no run, misses the pull off this bouncer

38.6

M Morkel to Williamson, 1 run, short of a length ball worked wide of midwicket

End of over 39 (5 runs) New Zealand 182/4 (RR: 4.66)
KS Williamson    51* (61b 4x4)      M Morkel    7-0-27-0
JEC Franklin    15* (21b)      JH Kallis    5-0-30-2

tocker: "@ Shantanu: Yes but that's over the time Franklin was played as a bowling allrounder - these days he is regarded as a batsman who bowls. He has scored heavily in domestic cricket this season."

39.1

Kallis to Williamson, 1 run

39.2

Kallis to Franklin, FOUR, that'll go, too wide and short outside off, Franklin crashes the cut behind point

39.3

Kallis to Franklin, 1 run, straightish on middle now, turned towards midwicket

39.4

Kallis to Williamson, 1 run, stays in the crease and works forcefully from outside off square on the leg side

39.5

Kallis to Franklin, 1 run, middle and leg line, down to deep midwicket for another single

39.6

Kallis to Williamson, 1 run, pushed wide of extra cover for one

End of over 40 (9 runs) New Zealand 191/4 (RR: 4.77)
KS Williamson    54* (64b 4x4)      JH Kallis    6-0-39-2
JEC Franklin    21* (24b 1x4)      M Morkel    7-0-27-0

40.1

Tsotsobe to Williamson, no run, the width was there, but the cut shot goes straight to point

40.2

Tsotsobe to Williamson, 1 run, pushes the pitched up ball in the air but wide of point

Blake: "Im glad NZ has so little depth we actually play young players like Williamson. Good innings!"

40.3

Tsotsobe to Franklin, 1 no ball, goes for the yorker, Franklin gets low to squeeze it back, Tsotsobe has overstepped, the umpire thinks, rough call

40.3

Tsotsobe to Franklin, 1 run, scrambles to pull this shortish delivery but mistimes it to deep square leg

40.4

Tsotsobe to Williamson, no run, well bowled, straightening a shade right on off, pushed tightly back to the bowler

40.5

Tsotsobe to Williamson, no run, makes room outside leg now to try and go through extra cover, cannot beat the in-field

40.6

Tsotsobe to Williamson, OUT, big strike from Tsotsobe, he got Guptill with a similar delivery earlier, now he has Williamson pushing at an angled length ball outside off, thick edge is snapped up low by a diving AB to his right

KS Williamson c †de Villiers b Tsotsobe 55 (114m 69b 4x4 0x6) SR: 79.71

End of over 41 (3 runs) New Zealand 194/5 (RR: 4.73)
     LL Tsotsobe    9-1-35-2
JEC Franklin    22* (26b 1x4)      JH Kallis    6-0-39-2

Duminy to bowl, hmm

41.1

Duminy to Franklin, 1 run, forced down to sweeper cover for one

41.2

Duminy to Ellis, no run, pushes a tossed up ball down the track

41.3

Duminy to Ellis, 1 run, down the track and whips a full delivery to long on

Matt: "This will be a huge test for our lower order and James Franklin, to close out the last ten overs and post a competitive total. I have to say I am not overly optimistic!"

41.4

Duminy to Franklin, 2 runs, driven wide of sweeper cover for an easy couple

41.5

Duminy to Franklin, no run, thick outside edge falls well short of backward point as he goes for the drive, some turn for Duminy

41.6

Duminy to Franklin, 1 run, pushed towards cover for one

End of over 42 (5 runs) New Zealand 199/5 (RR: 4.73)
JEC Franklin    26* (30b 1x4)      JP Duminy    5-0-22-0
AM Ellis    1* (2b)      LL Tsotsobe    9-1-35-2

42.1

Tsotsobe to Franklin, FOUR, not a good line to start the over, short down the leg side, Franklin helps it fine on its way to the boundary

42.2

Tsotsobe to Franklin, no run, much better delivery, goes for the yorker at 136 kph, not as full, but he needed to be careful to squeeze it out

42.3

Tsotsobe to Franklin, no run, superb control again, hint of straightening as he sends it close to the blockhole on off again

42.4

Tsotsobe to Franklin, no run, moves across and pushes a length ball to extra cover

42.5

Tsotsobe to Franklin, 1 run, pushed softly down to long on for one

42.6

Tsotsobe to Ellis, 1 run, good length angled delivery chopped down to third man

End of over 43 (6 runs) New Zealand 205/5 (RR: 4.76)
AM Ellis    2* (3b)      LL Tsotsobe    10-1-41-2
JEC Franklin    31* (35b 2x4)      JP Duminy    5-0-22-0

43.1

Kallis to Ellis, 1 run, stays beside the line and chops it to third man for one

43.2

Kallis to Franklin, 1 run, opens the face to run this one on middle behind point

43.3

Kallis to Ellis, 2 runs, swivels for the pull, couple of bounces down to the left of deep square leg who runs across and cuts off the boundary

43.4

Kallis to Ellis, no run, stays in the crease and runs it straight to point

43.5

Kallis to Ellis, no run, comes down the track to have a go at this short of a length ball but is beaten by the bounce

43.6

Kallis to Ellis, 2 runs, squeezes a widish pitched up delivery to the left of squarish third man for two

End of over 44 (6 runs) New Zealand 211/5 (RR: 4.79)
AM Ellis    7* (8b)      JH Kallis    7-0-45-2
JEC Franklin    32* (36b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    10-1-41-2

44.1

M Morkel to Franklin, OUT, Franklin falls in pursuit of runs, looks to loft this length delivery over mid off but cannot get it high and far enough to beat Amla who scrambles back to take a well-judged catch

JEC Franklin c Amla b M Morkel 32 (52m 37b 2x4 0x6) SR: 86.48

44.2

M Morkel to Ellis, 2 leg byes, into the pads and dribbles down towards fine leg, a fumble from Tsotsobe allows two

44.3

M Morkel to Ellis, no run, pitched up ball driven neatly down to the man at mid off

44.4

M Morkel to Ellis, FOUR, short ball, he quickly gets into position to crash it over midwicket

44.5

M Morkel to Ellis, FOUR, and again, another short ball, Ellis winds up, fetches it from outside off and slams it wide of mid on

44.6

M Morkel to Ellis, 2 runs, worked off middle in front of square leg

End of over 45 (12 runs) New Zealand 223/6 (RR: 4.95)
AM Ellis    17* (13b 2x4)      M Morkel    8-0-37-1
NL McCullum    0* (0b)      JH Kallis    7-0-45-2

Stephen: "NZ have just overtaken the score they defended in the world cup. Time for SA to start panicking?"

Peterson to bowl

45.1

Peterson to NL McCullum, 1 run

45.2

Peterson to Ellis, no run, tossed up outside leg stump, pushed in the air back to the bowler

45.3

Peterson to Ellis, 1 run, leaves the crease to go over extra cover but hits it flat past that man

45.4

Peterson to NL McCullum, no run, worked to midwicket

45.5

Peterson to NL McCullum, 1 run, angled in down the pads, turned behind square leg

45.6

Peterson to Ellis, 1 run, down the track again, but his heave goes straight to midwicket on the edge of the circle, he has a go at the non-striker's stumps but misses

End of over 46 (4 runs) New Zealand 227/6 (RR: 4.93)
AM Ellis    19* (16b 2x4)      RJ Peterson    9-1-41-1
NL McCullum    2* (3b)      M Morkel    8-0-37-1

Steyn comes back

46.1

Steyn to Ellis, no run, swinging away from a full length, squeezed out to point

46.2

Steyn to Ellis, 1 run, chops a length delivery from close to the body to third man

46.3

Steyn to NL McCullum, 1 wide, slips wide down the leg side this time

46.3

Steyn to NL McCullum, no run, swinging away sharply outside off stump, he is beaten on the drive as he reaches out to drive

46.4

Steyn to NL McCullum, no run, sends it down the leg side this time, not called a wide

46.5

Steyn to NL McCullum, 1 run, pitched up delivery pushed down to mid on for a single

46.6

Steyn to Ellis, OUT, right through him at 139 kph, and the middle stump is rattled, Ellis looked to use the angle on this length ball to swing it over midwicket, missed, Steyn did not

AM Ellis b Steyn 20 (26m 19b 2x4 0x6) SR: 105.26

End of over 47 (3 runs) New Zealand 230/7 (RR: 4.89)
     DW Steyn    8-0-32-1
NL McCullum    3* (6b)      RJ Peterson    9-1-41-1

47.1

Peterson to NL McCullum, 1 run, pushed towards midwicket for one

47.2

Peterson to Bracewell, 2 leg byes, eep, that is a wild throw from Smith, it was nowhere close to the non-striker's stumps from around short fine leg

47.3

Peterson to Bracewell, no run

47.4

Peterson to Bracewell, no run, fired into the pads, he cannot connect as he looks to work it square

47.5

Peterson to Bracewell, 1 wide, OUT, fine work from AB down the leg side, Bracewell's back leg is out of his crease as he pushes well forward, and AB has the bails off quickly as the ball slips past Bracewell down leg

DAJ Bracewell st †de Villiers b Peterson 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

47.5

Peterson to Mills, 1 run, worked towards midwicket

47.6

Peterson to NL McCullum, 1 run, worked behind square leg

End of over 48 (6 runs) New Zealand 236/8 (RR: 4.91)
NL McCullum    5* (8b)      RJ Peterson    10-1-45-2
KD Mills    1* (1b)      DW Steyn    8-0-32-1

48.1

Steyn to NL McCullum, 1 run, pushed off the front foot to extra cover, who is on the edge of the circle

48.2

Steyn to Mills, 1 run, pushed to the right of extra cover for a quick single

48.3

Steyn to NL McCullum, 1 run, whips from way outside off stump through midwicket

48.4

Steyn to Mills, no run, width outside off, chopped straight to point

48.5

Steyn to Mills, 1 run, short of a length ball, slogged over the non-striker down to long on

No boundaries since the 45th over

48.6

Steyn to NL McCullum, 1 run, comes well across to work a back of a length ball behind square leg

End of over 49 (5 runs) New Zealand 241/8 (RR: 4.91)
NL McCullum    8* (11b)      DW Steyn    9-0-37-1
KD Mills    3* (4b)      RJ Peterson    10-1-45-2

49.1

M Morkel to NL McCullum, 1 run, low full toss, he reaches out but can only swing it to extra cover

49.2

M Morkel to Mills, 1 run, gets across and works a full delivery down to long on

49.3

M Morkel to NL McCullum, no run, has a huge slog and misses a pitched up delivery, which moves in a tad, just misses the stumps

49.4

M Morkel to NL McCullum, SIX, this time he connects, swivels and sends the shortish delivery soaring over deep square leg

49.5

M Morkel to NL McCullum, OUT, off stump is knocked back, Nathan looks to swing a pitched up ball on the leg side, does not connect, the ball was right on target

NL McCullum b M Morkel 15 (25m 15b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

49.6

M Morkel to Southee, FOUR, Southee gets four off the final delivery, makes some room and slices the full delivery high over point, a few bounces and it trickles into the boundary

An innings of wasted starts from New Zealand, Brendon McCullum, Williamson, Nicol, Franklin, all got in, but none made a substantial score. South Africa were brilliant with the new balls, and disciplined throughout. They will think this target is well within their reach. South Africa got some help with the new balls from the pitch. Can New Zealand do the same? It might be their only chance

End of over 50 (12 runs) New Zealand 253/9
TG Southee    4* (1b 1x4)      M Morkel    9-0-49-2
KD Mills    4* (5b)      DW Steyn    9-0-37-1
Series Results
New Zealand v South Africa at Auckland - Mar 3, 2012
South Africa won by 5 wickets (with 40 balls remaining)
New Zealand v South Africa at Napier - Feb 29, 2012
South Africa won by 6 wickets (with 70 balls remaining)
New Zealand v South Africa at Wellington - Feb 25, 2012
South Africa won by 6 wickets (with 28 balls remaining)
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Feb 25, 2012

Faf du Plessis scored a rapid half-century, New Zealand v South Africa, 1st ODI , Wellington, February 25, 2012

Faf du Plessis scored a rapid half-century

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Feb 25, 2012

AB de Villiers pulls on his way to a hundred, New Zealand v South Africa, 1st ODI , Wellington, February 25, 2012

AB de Villiers pulls on his way to a hundred

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