Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MS Sinclair
73(78) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 10 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
3 4 1 2 4 6 1 6
HH Gibbs
119(101) 10x4 - 7x6
Control %95%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on back foot
  • 6 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
1 0 0 1 8 1 13 2

Best performances - Bowlers

DL Vettori
O10.0
M1
R33
W3
Eco3.30
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
CK Langeveldt
O10.0
M0
R46
W2
Eco4.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

South Africa take the match by five wickets and the series 2-1, though they made heavy weather of the target from the 35th over onwards. At one stage, a ten-wicket win was on the cards but New Zealand found inspiration a little too late. Herschelle Gibbs was exemplary in his 119 off just 101 balls, particularly with the psychological damage he managed to inflict on the visitors, treating the bowlers like spinners. Smith too played his part, though not at his best. Boucher later came out and eased the nerves in a cameo 26*.

Andre Nel wouldn't have imagined this at the start of the series but his rescue act with the bat in Durban was the difference in the final result. Otherwise, New Zealand would have walked away with their first ever series win on South African soil.

The Man of the Match is Gibbs, obviously. Here's what he has to say: "It was a good wicket. Hopefully my home crowd enjoyed it as much as I did."

The Man of the Series is Kyle Mills for his nine wickets. He says: "I was quite hungry over the winter to get back into the side. I saw Shaun Pollock bowling so economically and I just tried not to give away too many half volleys. Jamie How and myself were back in the side after a while and I'm glad we both came good in the series."

That's it from us here in Cricinfo. We hope you enjoyed the coverage through this tour. I enjoyed bringing a few games to you as well. There's plenty of live cricket over the next few days to keep you occupied. This is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers!

45.2
4
Patel to Pollock, FOUR runs, flighted on middle and leg, Pollock steps down, meets the ball on the full and scoops it over midwicket
45.1
1
Patel to Boucher, 1 run, flighted on middle, Boucher gets forward, smothers the spin and turns it past square leg, scores level now

END OF OVER:
45 | (wicket maiden) | SA: 237/5

  • SM Pollock0 (5b)
  • MV Boucher25 (24b)
  • L Vincent1-1-0-1
  • JS Patel7-0-49-0
44.6
0
Vincent to Pollock, no run, pushed to mid-off, another dot
44.5
0
Vincent to Pollock, no run, well this is amusing! Vincent gives Pollock an offering by banging one in short at his gentle pace, Pollock just checks his stroke and blocks, Vincent sees the funny side to it
44.4
0
Vincent to Pollock, no run, fullish outside off, pushed to mid-off
44.3
0
Vincent to Pollock, no run, fullish outside off, pushed to mid-off

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MS Sinclair
73(78) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 10 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
3 4 1 2 4 6 1 6
HH Gibbs
119(101) 10x4 - 7x6
Control %95%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on back foot
  • 6 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
1 0 0 1 8 1 13 2

Best performances - Bowlers

DL Vettori
O10.0
M1
R33
W3
Eco3.30
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
CK Langeveldt
O10.0
M0
R46
W2
Eco4.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF