166dThe Report by Andrew Fernando at Eden Park

de Lange bowls South Africa to 3-0 win

South Africa rested their bowler of the series and three injured batsmen, promoted a tailender to the top of the order, and had their big-hitting allrounder at No.3, but New Zealand still could not prevent a heavy five-wicket loss

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

HM Amla
76(89) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 32 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
9 10 10 5 6 6 8 22
BB McCullum
47(59) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 11 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
3 9 12 6 8 5 3 1

Best performances - Bowlers

M de Lange
O9
M1
R46
W4
Eco5.11
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
RJ Nicol
O3.2
M0
R14
W2
Eco4.20
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

South Africa , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

South Africa won the 3-match series 3-0

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

3 March 2012 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Kanishkaa Balachandran

The second half of the NZ summer just turned more one-sided. They have the Tests to salvage their reputation. This was yet another contest, which, really wasn't much of a contest. The early wickets and the pressure just never happened for NZ so SA just cruised through. The return of Bracewell and Ross Taylor should lift their spirits in the Tests.

Here's the presentation. We need to wait till the initial speeches get out of the way.

de Lange is the Man of the Match: "Enjoying NZ conditions. Awesome having the big guys around. Might be a bit more pace in the Tests. Storing it in the tank."

McCullum: "SA was too good for us. We're going to learn from the experiences we've had against you guys. Thanks for the hard fought series. Us as a group will definitely go forward from these performances."

de Villiers: "We all know you (NZ) are a good team, and you will bounce back."

That's it from here. No Man of the Series, though I presume that's handed out at the end of the tour.

The first Test starts March 7. Thanks for your company today. Pity it wasn't a competitive game. Cheers!

43.2
6
Nicol to de Villiers, SIX runs, de Villiers finishes it off the best possible manner, tossed up on the off stump, on his knee and clubbed cleanly over long-on, seals the series 3-0
43.1
2
Nicol to de Villiers, 2 runs, drifts on the pads and its' gently eased down to fine leg

END OF OVER:
43 | 4 Runs | SA: 200/5 (7 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.65, RRR: 1.00)

  • J Botha5 (10b)
  • AB de Villiers1 (3b)
  • AJ McKay8-0-40-0
  • RJ Nicol3-0-6-2
42.6
0
McKay to Botha, no run, goes back at the crease and chops it to the off side
42.5
4
McKay to Botha, FOUR runs, that will ease the pressure a little, fuller delivery and in the slot to drive through the line, beats mid-off comfortably
42.4
0
McKay to Botha, no run, gets across his stumps and defends, tucked for room again
42.3
0
McKay to Botha, no run, fullish in length outside the off stump and driven, good stop at short cover, NZ are showing more commitment now

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st80HM AmlaWD Parnell
2nd58JA MorkelHM Amla
3rd17JA MorkelF du Plessis
4th33JP DuminyF du Plessis
5th7JP DuminyAB de Villiers
6th13J BothaAB de Villiers
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