South Africa v New Zealand, 1st Twenty20, Durban

South Africa hammer woeful New Zealand

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

December 21, 2012

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South Africa 87 for 2 (du Plessis 38*) beat New Zealand 86 (Kleinveldt 3-18, Peterson 2-8) by eight wickets
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The South Africans kept chipping away at New Zealand, South Africa v New Zealand, 1st Twenty20 international, Durban, December 21, 2012
South Africa's bowlers were not given much resistance to work against © Gallo Images
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It is early days for New Zealand in South Africa, but in the opening Twenty20 at Kingsmead there was a gulf between the teams that does not bode well for the tour. New Zealand crumbled for 86, only just avoiding a new record low in the format, before the home side cantered to their target with more than seven overs to spare.

A callow batting order, with much resting on new captain Brendon McCullum, was always likely to struggle, especially after just one warm-up match to prepare but it was still a hugely disappointing effort. South Africa, though, under a new captain and coach, looked primed for the home season with their only sour note when debutant Chris Morris picked up a leg injury.

It was obvious that Ross Taylor's absence would leave a vast hole and Martin Guptill was also ruled out of this match with a stomach bug, but the top order did not give itself much of a chance on a slightly two-paced surface. The batsmen paid the price for too much aggression too early, perhaps in an eagerness to exploit the Powerplay. Doug Bracewell, at No. 9, made an unbeaten 21 to at least lift them over the 80 they made against Pakistan in 2010.

Rory Kleinveldt struck with his first ball with one that bounced a touch more against Rob Nicol to give Quinton de Kock, the debutant wicketkeeper, his first catch. De Kock, who turned 20 earlier this week, was one of seven new caps (three for South Africa, four for New Zealand) handed out between the teams for this match as the sides looked to start afresh after a poor World Twenty20.

Dale Steyn had Peter Fulton caught at mid-on before Kleinveldt claimed the key wicket of McCullum who top-edged a hook and was well caught by Steyn running backwards from short fine-leg. After the six-over Powerplay, New Zealand were already tottering at 27 for 3 and it didn't get better although James Franklin may have received a harsh decision with suggestions the ball brushed his arm when attempting to hook.

Morris, another of the debutants, claimed his first international scalp when Corey Anderson, also in his first match, clubbed to mid-off and later added Colin Munro who at least had shown some decent shot-selection before slogging across the line. However, Morris could not complete his allocation after suffering what appeared to be a muscle strain with two balls remaining. Last week he was ruled out of the domestic one-day final with a quad injury so questions will be asked about whether he was ready for this match.

Between Morris's two wickets spin also made a mark as Robin Peterson gained from the slightly tricky nature of the surface. However, it was nowhere near as tough as the scoreline suggested. With New Zealand left to try and bat out the overs - which they failed to do - Peterson was able to collect South Africa's most economical figures in Twenty20 (2 for 8).

South Africa's chase did not start smoothly when the under-pressure Richard Levi edged Mitchell McClenaghan, a left-arm seamer to add to the plethora of that style New Zealand can call on, to first slip but captain Faf du Plessis and Henry Davids, making his debut at the age of 32, were soon into their stride.

Davids was off the mark with a ungainly hack which he edged past leg stump but also sliced a six over deep point while du Plessis drove beautifully through the off side. De Kock, who has come into the international amid much hype, began in eye-catching style by lofting his third ball straight down the ground and showed a touch of class through the off side.

To compound New Zealand's problems some of their ground fielding would have shamed a club side. It really was a horrid evening for them. Twenty20 was meant to be a format where they might, just, have pushed South Africa but on this evidence that theory appears far-fetched.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay 16-20 NB/Wides
New Zealand 72 13 0 27/3 7/2 (18.2) 0/2
South Africa 38 14 1 46/2 nil 0/1

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Posted by Lermy on (December 23, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

Great result in second match. Very close, but good to see NZ compete and see it through!!!

Posted by Waikato_FC on (December 23, 2012, 0:59 GMT)

I've never understood the tall poppy attacks on Brendon McCullum - how many other batsmen in t20 cricket average 35 at such a high strikerate? That's a massively impressive record. And those saying he rarely performs, and then goes for a long time without getting a score, so 91 v India and 123 v Bangladesh in consecutive innings don't count then? Then again, that was all the way back in September, which to some posters seems a long time ago. If they were to be believed every batsman would average 100 as they're expected to score 100 each time.

Posted by Lermy on (December 23, 2012, 0:50 GMT)

Maybe if NZ have enough injuries they'll be forced to field Shane Bond again. He can't last any less time than the other bowlers can he??? Could be the best thing to happen. Lol. There must be an injury virus going around that is spread by national selection!!

Posted by PDV1 on (December 22, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

Shocking lack of cricket intelligence from the Black Caps. Just not playing the conditions. If NZ think they can come out swinging in SA and not build an innings sensibly this won't be the last time they get bowled out for under a 100. Given the fact that NZ used to be, under Stephen Fleming, one of the shrewdest sides in world cricket, this really is a sad decline. Agree with CricketStargazer that the world needs a strong Kiwi side so I hope things get sorted behind the scenes.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (December 22, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

There were some horrible shots from the Kiwis, Corey Andersons dismissal almost made me cringe. Try and take as made positives as you can though, Mitch McCleneghan was superb with the ball, Munro looked assured but needed support and Jimmy Neesham batted with confidence. The wicket was tough but they didn't adapt. From SA point of view, Chris Morris looked very good and Faf played very well in his first captain game. Levi is just an awful batsman though, I never saw his hundred but there must have been some abysmal bowling.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

I think it's time that NZ implements the following rule:

If you are not prepared to represent NZ in the most prestigious form of the game, Test cricket, then you will not represent NZ in the form of the game most likely to get you exposure for an IPL contract (T20).

People who don't want to put in the hard yards for NZ Cricket shouldn't get the opportunity to take it for a ride by turning up when it suits them. If your body won't hold up to Test cricket, we'll use the T20s to give other youngsters international exposure and you can go have a rest until you feel up to it again.

If we lose, then we lose. But at least we show people that we aren't mucking around and we have people in the team who want to be there.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

The way NZ fielded they put the entire cricket world into shame.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

If NZ could field a test squad of

Guptill, McCullum (wk), Ryder, Taylor, Williamson, Brownlie, Franklin, Vetorri, Bracewell, Southee, Wagner/Boult

It would be pretty useful. South Africa will be stronger of course. But that lineup is enough to challenge any team. However, NZ cricket continually going down hill will never select a side like that. McCullum needs to buck up and put the gloves back on. Gives us another genuine batsmen unlike vanwyk who is only capable of getting 30s.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

At what stage will NZ cricket question the automatic selection of Brendan McCullum? We all know that he is capable of playing the occasional extraordinary innings but we also know that it is only through consistency that batsmen become recognised as great. He has has more chances than most and is yet to live up to any of the promise that his occasional top innings suggest. His averages across all formats of the game suggest a mediocre batsmen at best.

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 22, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

Even without the injured Southee and Vettori, NZ Cricket under more pragmatic leadership could have fielded a team for next months Tests which could live with South Africa.

Consider: 1. Guptill, 2. McCullum, 3. Brownlie, 4. Taylor, 5. Ryder, 6. Watling, 7. Oram (!), 8. Van Wyk (wk), 9, Bracewell, 10. Wagner, 11. Boult.

That would be a pretty competitive eleven.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (December 22, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

It's a bit depressing to see how far New Zealand cricket has fallen since 2004 when they could, with some justification, call themselves the closest challengers to Australia. International cricket does not have so many sides that we can afford to lose teams such as New Zealand, Zimbabwe, West Indies and, if trends continue, even India as a force in Test cricket. New Zealand have always been a team to be reckoned with more in the shorter forms of the game, but the side has suffered so many losses that they are sruggling even there. In contrast, you can remove some of the best players from South Africa and they continue irresistible. Can they mark an epoch, as Australia and, before them, the West Indies did? I'm not sure because he team still has some weaknesses and some players coming to the end of their careers but, even so, they are good.

Posted by Jalz007 on (December 22, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

Very bad cricket by New Zealand! At least they should put a better show in the next game!!

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

What is richard levi still doing in the team? There are lots of other batsman to select. Smith should get back.

Posted by charithdasun on (December 22, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

Well NewZeland got one of the best fast bowling units in the world not maybe for 20-20 certainly for test.But when will their bats man are going to score or when will they find good batsman.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

Excluding his 117, Levi has played his other eleven innings at an average score of 10.4 and a run rate of 110. It seems high time he steps away from trying to hit the ball out of the park from the get go, but allow himself at least a bit of time to get in. I'm afraid that if he doesn't he'll remain a one-hit wonder.

Posted by dalboy12 on (December 22, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

Yea that was embarrassing, but you could see what happened --- the young guys were told, be aggressive and back yourself - only they forgot that you still need to be respectful of the opposition and the conditions. Hopefully they will learn from it. McClenaghan looks good, with Southee out injured, Black Caps could be a rarity in world cricket, in that they could field a completely left-handed pace attack --- Boult, McClenaghan, Wagner and Franklin as the 5th bowle, if they play Bruce Martin or Vettori gets back from injury after this tour then our spinner will be left-handed as well. And this still leaves Bates (who is in the t20 squad) and Andy McKay (a good first-class quick here in NZ) who are left-handed quicks as well. We must have more left-hand seamers playing at close to representive level than any other country. I'm still hoping that this team improves and I'm still expecting them to be competitive in at least one test and push SA hard in the ODIs.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

Too many dot balls NZ - find the gaps and tick the scoreboard over as opposed to panicing and throwing away wickets - the Hussey brothers are a perfect example of how to pace a T20 innings - don't think you can bat like Chris Gayle, because most people can't! McCullum needs to open - he is a masterclass in this format and NEEDS to face as many overs that are on offer. Baz gets a lot of stick from members of the NZ public for not standing up when it counts (which happens to all players in fairness from time to time) - but look at his record first before bashing him - he is ranked NUMBER 1 in T20 internationals for crying out loud!!! This is a good team - just need to get the basics right and stop putting pressure on ourselves.

Posted by shortsillypoint on (December 22, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

Don - I think the glass is 1/4 full for NZ cricket presently. All they can do is improve -you say - not sure about that either. Will the crowds turn up to see SA continue the demolishing? Why not? They turned up at the coliseum even when the lions were sure of a win. Everyone loves a mauling if its your own side doing it.

Only good thing to happen recently was the dropping of Oram's contract. He has milked NZC for a decade with so much promise and so little performance and a multitude of injuries. He seems to be injury free when paid overseas.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 4:57 GMT)

Does Grant Elliot (South African) no longer feature for NZ cricket? He was at leat a reasonable allrounder. Also what about Kruger Van Wyk? Then at least we would be playing SA vs SA A (as per England series lol)!

Posted by maf17 on (December 22, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

God bless NZ cricket. Whenever Australia's problems seem depressing and our selectors particularly inept, its so easy to cast a glance over the Tasman and suddenly realise things aint so bad in Oz cricket after all.

Posted by chillisi on (December 22, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

I think this is all a hoax by NZ to ambush England next year and here is how it works. Show ourselves to be the usual easybeats while protecting our world class players from injury on the SA pitches from the likes of Styen and Morkel. Taylor and Ryder are in intense training regimes while Hesson is actually a robot controlled by John Wright and is working with Bond to create the perfect bowling machine out of the 'injured' Southee. England come to NZ with a B side expecting to roll them and face the most well oiled and cohesive NZ team in history, 3-0 to NZ in the test series!

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (December 22, 2012, 3:11 GMT)

I don't know the ins and outs of Taylor's sharp departure from the NZ set up but NZ are struggling right now in cricket and Taylor is truly world class.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 1:52 GMT)

And, now we hear that Jacob Oram has sought early release from his NZC contract. Not to mention that Tim Southee is out with injury, after scoring 153 runs with the bat in NZ. Oh dear NZC.....your karma is not good!

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (December 22, 2012, 1:29 GMT)

Quinton De Kock is such a talent and along with 2 others William Bosisto and Anamul Haque are the next shiny diamonds in the batting department now.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (December 22, 2012, 1:27 GMT)

Had that been Bangladesh, we would've heard the usual stuff we always hear from fans and analyst ironically. Fact is the Cricketing World is changing different eras comes and goes. South Africa, England, Australia, Ireland, Bangladesh and India honestly are teams of the future.

Posted by Bring_back_Wright on (December 22, 2012, 1:14 GMT)

@ NZCricketfan1, LOL, thanks for the laugh. Sure needed it after reading about our latest performance. I'm starting to think Hessan is a double agent - still in the employ of Kenya, sent to destroy NZ cricket in the hope Kenya can overtake us in the rankings!

In all seriousness, I agree with reversecut - criminal not to bat out the overs (only got close thanks to out no. 9 batsman). All well and good going in with a game plan of being aggressive, but you need to be able to play to the game's situation.

Congrats to SA, good performance by an inexperienced team!

Posted by Gizza on (December 22, 2012, 1:03 GMT)

New Zealand couldn't field its three best batters in Taylor, Ryder and Guptill. Even with them, South Africa are the stronger team but without them they have nobody except for an overrated McCullum. Too hard to assess the Kiwis' bowling when they had so few runs to play with though Hira seemed to do well. On South Africa's part, Levi looks like he will have a similar career to McCullum in making a fast hundred every ten innings and making less than 10 the other nine times.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 22, 2012, 0:28 GMT)

NZ administrators sound like a bunch of Incompetents. The kiwis are fighters and they will be back. There spinners looked good and their left arm seamer looks better than anything Oz has got in their test team. Kiwis will bounce back.

Posted by Palitha-Ferdinands on (December 21, 2012, 23:53 GMT)

It will be embarrassing for SA to out perform NZ, If NZ is going to perform at this rate.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 22:52 GMT)

This is more proof that it is not easy moving from the sub-continent to faster wickets... glad that Nz didn't go straight into a test match!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 22:41 GMT)

not happy with that game. I expected alot more from NZ in this format, which I detest, because it is an insult to cricket, but fun to watch. I hope NZ can bring some more to the remaining games. Proteas need to be challenged in every format if they want to create the legacy we want.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 22:38 GMT)

As a Somerset fan, you do wonder whether Levi is a bit of a one-innings wonder. Take his 117* out of his figures and his average is very poor. He is a once in a blue moon performer.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (December 21, 2012, 22:28 GMT)

well there is alot of bad to come out of that performance. Only munro and McClenaghan can hold their heads up high. I talked up Anderson before the game but he looked out of his depth with the bat had a shocker in the field and looked pedestrian with the ball, he needs to be 5km's faster to be effective at this level, i hope it was only nerves and he lives up to the talent he posses in the next two matches. As for the senior guys, what has happened to Guptil? he looks lost at crease and nicol must surly be on borrowed time. Please Jesse and Ross take pitty on these muppets and hurry back we need you, oh and bring Carl Cachopa with you.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 22:22 GMT)

I have been living in New Zealand for more than 5 years and recently became a citizen. I happily support all New Zealand sports teams, except the Black Caps. And after the recent circus around the sacking of Taylor, I am not sure my attitude will change soon. However, this is only T20 and there is a lot of cricket to come on this tour. Hopefully the guys can pick themselves up and do better in the next games...

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 22:18 GMT)

new zealand, what has happened to such a competitive team, am a aussie but i want new zealand to start being competitive again, come on lads

Posted by Sanj747 on (December 21, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

Yes it is early days but the result is not a surprise. NZ cricket is at one of it's lowest points in history. Management, Coach and players continue to show no accountability. Put NZC and the BCCI together and they would have common topics of conversation. Not a good sign.

Posted by NZCricketfan1 on (December 21, 2012, 21:28 GMT)

The Hessan Master plan takes shape After only a short time and having got the necessary changes in place master coach and cricketing rocket scientist Mike Hessan has pushed forward his master plan.

By ensuring humiliation of the black caps he plans to grow them. Hessan when questioned about this insight said "its only a good thrashing that push these boys to the next level"

"Actually after today's performance I am starting to struggle to see how Taylor will get back into our powerful and emerging batting lineup led by the brilliant Brendon McCullum, Guptill is already out and I genuinely feel Taylor's days are numbered"

Hessan also commented on Boult's surprising omission in the favorable South African conditions.

"Well to be honest we have been disappointed with Trent. Sure he is swinging the ball and bowling fast but we feel until he can improve his batting he won't be reselected"

Signing off for now

Posted by reywob on (December 21, 2012, 21:27 GMT)

Win the toss and bat, DOH ! -NZ have a good history when it comes to chasing totals,would also be a way of giving the new guys a bit of time to settle into the match,not saying we might of won , but may of put up more of a fight.SA are on a different planet cricket wise compared to NZ.

Posted by reversecut on (December 21, 2012, 21:18 GMT)

How come when your five down for nothing with fifteen overs left, do they not try and bat out twenty overs and at least get 100? If it is a crime to not bat your fifty overs in a one dayer, New Zealand just comitted an act of treason and should be put to death.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

Selections in New Zealand altogether is a joke. Starting with age group cricket. The average age for giving up cricket in New Zealand is between 17 and 21. No wonder where all the talent goes. Being mistreated etc...

Posted by SurlyCynic on (December 21, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

When NZ started playing T20s they wore 'beige brigade' kit and false comedy moustaches - I'd like to see them go back to that approach as they seemed to have more luck in those days.

Posted by Waikato_FC on (December 21, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

I probably should have kept up with injuries etc, but why no Daniel Flynn or BJ Watling? We seemed to rate Colin de Grandomme and Andy Ellis highly (not sure why!), so where are they? I appreciate Hesson is trying to blood some new players, but as far as I am concerned only about 3 of those playing last night should be in the team. Was a huge supporter of Franklin and he deserved another chance, but that has come and gone numerous times. Nicol is a flat track bully who has done nothing other than against Zimbabwe.

Posted by jacobs_the_man on (December 21, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

Can it get worse? I hope not. Its like watching a car wreck,you know you shouldn't look but you just can't help yourself.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 20:14 GMT)

Why the coach of NZ is still the coach of NZ?

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

Not a happy headline is it. For a glass is always 3/4 full person, some positives. McClenaghan got Levi for 0. Munro must have batted a bit decently. All they can do is improve, and some fringe players are getting international experience to build a bit of depth. Forget the administrators Gary, they come and they go too. the only thing that matters is the game.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

South Africa enjoy their Cricket batting, bowling, fielding whatever which is why they are the best in the world. They play as a collective unit which is the actual way to go about in this sport considering Cricket is a team game. New Zealand on the other hand are out of all sorts and not the team they once was.

Posted by BnH1985Fan on (December 21, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

As a NZ fan I am at loss of words. Woeful! This has to be the nadir. No wait what am I thinking? There's more to come on this tour. Wonder if Ross and Ryder are laughing at all this over a round of golf with some cold ones!

Posted by Newlandsfaithful on (December 21, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

Early evidence of Hesson's genius. Any chance he can take over the rugby side? The rest of the world love to have an opportunity to humiliate the All Blacks as well.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

Watched this in pure horror...this NZ team old not compete against Ireland...just think they have Taylor and Ryder sitting at home and Ryder has been scoring bucket loads in brutal fashion all because of the coach Mike Hesson...then theirs also Williamson,Watling at home plus Vettori,Southee and Milne all injured...the best players are at home...this tour should have been canceled.....I feel for the South African fans...you would have got better completion from Zimbabwe.

Posted by Rich_Dogg on (December 21, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

"We played some aggressive cricket... That is how we are going to be, that is the way we are going to put them under pressure, by playing aggressive." B McCullum

We just got the first taste of the new B Mac flavour of NZ cricket, slog wildly whatever the conditions or innings situation and see what happens.

Oh well every 10th time it might come off.

Dark days ahead...

Posted by PierreCheuk on (December 21, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

This NZ side has too much baggage, too many muscles, too many tattoos , too few brains, no street smarts and no leadership. B and N McCullum's modes of dismissal crystallised the inevitable outcome. What is Two Meter Peter doing back in black ? Get some technically proficient young batsmen NZ and train them up. You must have a couple somewhere who can play straight on pitches with variable bounce.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

I know how to help NZ win next game. Tell them its IPL. The score might hit 250+ in 20 overs!

Posted by Lermy on (December 21, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

One result does not define a series, otherwise England would have lost the test series in India after the first game! I can't see NZ easily beating SA, but I don't think they can play much worse than this result. Remember that its the first international game for a lot of these players in SA conditions, certainly in front of such a big crowd. They can only get better, and they will.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

This is the first time i saw de-kock batting, he looked good but too impatient. It would be better to give him 1 more year before selecting in tests. Pathetic batting by nz, they made the match extremely boring.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (December 21, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

If minnows New Zealand can't win these T20 games or infact challenge them then these tests and one-days will be a foregone conclusion. It is clear the Cricketing World is changing and I'm loving every moment of it :)

Posted by gzaf187 on (December 21, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

That was one of the most inept batting performances I've ever seen .. how many were caught at mid-on and mid-off?? I lost count. We ll done Proteas! De Kock looks like a genuine prospect.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (December 21, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

In order to be competitive in this series, it's time the NZ administration swallowed their pride and sent for Ross Taylor and Chuck Norris.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

When is NZC going to wake up. Mike Hesson is well out of his depth as an international coach and Brendon McCallum is a selfish player who will never make a good captain. Sure he'll get the odd amazing 100 or 50 but he does not have the patience or desire to put his team first. Just look at his average.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

Woeful NZ performance with the bat, but does that surprise. Taylor and Ryder in the wilderness and the incompetent NZC administrators and coach continue to pick-up their pay cheques. What a disgrace. When will those responsible be held to account....oops I forgot, they're the decision makers also.

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