Player of the Match
Player of the Match
85dThe Report by Andrew Fernando

South Africa cruise to win after de Villiers ton

A masterful run-a-ball 106 not out from AB de Villers shepherded an expert South Africa chase, as they hauled in New Zealand's 253 for 9 with six wickets and 4.4 overs to spare in Wellington

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AB de Villiers
106(106) 3x4 - 4x6
Control %89%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 48 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
5 0 21 5 5 3 25 42
F du Plessis
66(49) 9x4 - 1x6
Control %72%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 34 runs
  • 3x4 - 1x6
0 4 16 2 10 6 7 21

Best performances - Bowlers

LL Tsotsobe
O10
M1
R41
W2
Eco4.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
RJ Peterson
O10
M1
R45
W2
Eco4.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

New Zealand , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

South Africa led the 3-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45

Match days

25 February 2012 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Abhishek Purohit

That is it from us for this game for the moment. Read Andrew Fernando's match report here. This is Abhishek Purohit signing off. Cheers

AB de Villiers is the Man of the Match. AB: "We did really well in the field to restrict them. They had a couple of partnerships, but we kept getting wickets, and that is where we won the game. It was a slowish kind of wicket, and it is important to build pressure on these kind of wickets. JP felt a bit of pressure early on, he did not hit it as well as he would have liked, but he played an important knock. Faf did extremely well. I thought I constructed my innings well which was difficult on this pitch and in these conditions."

Brendon McCullum: "We thought 250 was competitive, but we would have had to bowl exceptionally well. In hindsight, we needed someone to get a big hundred, like AB did for them. No regrets in batting first though. We were looking to take that batting Powerplay a bit early, but we kept losing wickets. You cannot allow world-class players to get into the game, and we allowed AB to do that."

They just did not have enough runs on the board, New Zealand, with the kind of batting line-up South Africa have. AB de Villiers was always in control and New Zealand could never stop the boundaries from coming when they needed to. Faf du Plessis will never forget what happened in Dhaka that evening in March 2011, but this innings will give him a lot of confidence, especially the way he finished the game with a burst of big strokes.

MrGarreth: "9 of AB's 13 100s have come since 2010 at an average of 77.75. Dont get much better than that!"

45.2
1
Williamson to du Plessis, 1 run, South Africa end the chase with a stroke that has brought them so many runs today, a work square on the leg side
45.2
1w
Williamson to du Plessis, 1 wide, slants it too far across the batsman
45.1
0
Williamson to du Plessis, no run, he walks across and outside off stump looking to steer the quick and flat one but pushes it towards short third man

END OF OVER:
45 | 12 Runs | SA: 252/4 (2 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.60, RRR: 0.40)

  • AB de Villiers106 (106b)
  • F du Plessis65 (47b)
  • TG Southee10-0-64-1
  • DAJ Bracewell10-1-61-1
44.6
0
Southee to de Villiers, no run, he tries to finish it by making room down the leg side and eyeing extra cover, but Southee gets it around the blockhole, and he mistimes the stroke
44.5
2
Southee to de Villiers, 2 runs, another low full toss on the pads taken for a couple through square leg, boundary saved with a slide
44.5
1w
Southee to de Villiers, 1 wide, slower bouncer gone completely wrong, down the leg side

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st17HM AmlaGC Smith
2nd0JH KallisGC Smith
3rd18JH KallisJP Duminy
4th90JP DuminyAB de Villiers
5th129AB de VilliersF du Plessis