South Africa v New Zealand, 2nd ODI, Kimberley

Williamson and run-outs inspire NZ to series

The Report by Alex Winter

January 22, 2013

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New Zealand 279 for 8 (Williamson 145*) beat South Africa 252 (Ingram 79, Smith 66) by 27 runs runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Nathan McCullum (right) was outstanding in the field, South Africa v New Zealand, 2nd ODI, Kimberley, January 22, 2013
Nathan McCullum was inspired in the field and took the crucial wicket of Colin Ingram © Associated Press

South Africa have so often been the makers of their own downfall and five run outs scuppered their chase in Kimberley as New Zealand secured their first series win in any format in South Africa. One of the lights that can lead them out of this tough period - Kane Williamson - produced a magnificent unbeaten century that deserved to win a series. New Zealand's tenacity in the field ensured it did.

Graeme Smith, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Rory Kleinveldt and Farhaan Behardien were all run out as South Africa's chase crumbled from a comfortable position of 167 for 1 in the 31st over. It equalled the record for the most run outs in an ODI innings and contributed to a calamitous collapse of 9 for 85.

It was unimaginable that the current New Zealand team could be the group to win the country's first series in South Africa, but after being humiliated in the Test series they have a remarkable achievement to take home.

This second win was set up by the best batting performance of the tour: a career-best international score by Williamson. His unbeaten 145 not out was superbly paced. He negotiated a nervous opening having come to the crease in the third over at 0 for 1, then accelerated in a hundred partnership with Grant Elliott, rebuilt after New Zealand had endured a collapse of their own, before providing a final punch that produced a competitive target.

But competitive is all the target appeared on a balmy evening with a flat, hard, grassless wicket. South Africa were on course as Graeme Smith and Colin Ingram added 129 in 22 overs.

New Zealand craved a breakthrough, wishing for any of the several chances they spurned in the first ODI, and were suddenly gifted a path back into the match. It was James Franklin - who brought New Zealand home in Paarl - that began the feast of run-outs with a slide to save Ingram's back cut at third man. His return was pint-point over the bails and a sluggish Smith was short diving in for a third run.

Faf du Plessis - standing in as captain with AB de Villiers suspended - then defended Franklin into the off side and eagerly considered a single. He was rightly sent back by Ingram and was a little slow to turn, allowing enough time for Nathan McCullum to swoop in from cover and hit direct with a dive.

It was part of a fine display in the field from McCullum. He held Robin Peterson with a diving catch at extra cover after he had squeezed the run rate with his off spin, forcing Ingram to try to hit over the top and find mid-off. It was a far cry from his first over which had been taken for 17.

Further run outs came as Kleinveldt got his bat stuck in the ground a foot short of the popping crease as Martin Guptill threw down the stumps from midwicket. More lethargic running saw Behardien - on his ODI debut - beaten from the midwicket boundary. A little earlier, David Miller - a dangerous threat even as the required rate surged - was short of his ground backing up.

New Zealand had seized their chance in the field and backed up an outstanding innings from Williamson. Quality of timing is paramount for him, a diminutive figure with a limited range of strokes, but he found his touch. He shuffled across his stumps to work length balls on off stump through the leg side, put away almost anything overpitched and played the spinners well - getting deep in his crease to pull boundaries against du Plessis and using his feet well too.

Twice he skipped down to lift Peterson wide of long-on, the second occasion taking him to 99; a single backward of point brought up his third ODI hundred and the first against major opposition. He added 127 in 128 balls with Grant Elliott to earn New Zealand's first century stand of the tour. It was born out of a careful opening as just 19 came off the first ten overs; a cautious attitude understandable given previous premature collapses.

But having played watchfully, New Zealand progressed. Williamson was the chief instigator of the 62 runs that were scored in the first 10 overs outside the Powerplay. The innings had been running to plan with a platform in place and Brendon McCullum arriving at No. 5 with a short period to explode. But he only managed to do so three times, the best of which a straight six over Morne Morkel's head having run down the wicket. But doing so again, McCullum swung and missed and lost his leg stump. It was a waste with 12 overs of the innings left.

Colin Munro and Franklin then fell within eight balls and New Zealand looked out of power and likely to fail to take full advantage of their position. But Williamson continued to steer the innings and his efforts were ultimately rewarded.

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Posted by chepstow-tiger on (January 25, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

A good report Winter + great knock from Kane Williamson -well done Kiwis hope you can win final ODi for a 3-0 series whitewash - life still in NZ cricket ??

Posted by waitara on (January 24, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

Williamson still recieves less praise than he deserves. Yes, better consistency is needed, but he has 6 international centuries now. For a NZ cricketer that's already a lot for an entire career (sadly), and he is only 22. McCullum has 10, Guptill 4.

Posted by kurtismaxiumus on (January 24, 2013, 3:24 GMT)

what is really annoying me is people playing down the win, I agree south africa wasnt at full strength, but... did you see vettori, taylor, ryder or southee playing for new zealand, this wasnt a full strength new zealand team either. congratulations blackcaps on a great win!

Posted by SHER-A-PANJAB on (January 23, 2013, 22:33 GMT)

This is not upset SA young team was playing....I m very happy SA board called some youngesters finaaly... good luck guys... CARRY ON GARRY ....

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (January 23, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

Good innings by Williamson. Hats off ! I really hope mediocre club-level pakistan sloggers learn something from him. It might be beneficial for them in upcoming SA series.

Posted by Sushrutdhakal on (January 23, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

Now a days I dont like when a batsman gets to a hundred because of all the swearing and anger. But I wish Kane always makes a hundred because his technique is good and never shows off.

Posted by ahassansan on (January 23, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

Well this kiwi team although destroyed completely in tests is achieving some great feats like this series win and a test win in Sri Lanka.Who knows this new character of them can lead them to glory in future. Champions trophy will be a good test for them and the world will know where they actually stand.

Posted by bleedingice on (January 23, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

MJ Guptill,Nicol ,BB McCullum*† KS Williamson, Taylor, BJ Watling, JEC Franklin,Bracewell,NL McCullum, KD Mills, Boult, MJ McClenaghan, Southee..... they got some realll good player to come up with a really strong team

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (January 23, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

Well done to New Zealand. As a Proteas fan, losing that series was nothing more than we deserved. Very much back to the drawing board as far as the ODI team is concerned. We look as if we have no clue. Come on boys, let's win the 3rd one for what it is worth and to prevent a Blackwash!

Posted by quittthewhinging on (January 23, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

Well, we knew all along that the selectors were mucking about with their choices, but in any event congrats to NZ. As far yesterdays game is concerned, to have 5 runouts is really schoolboy stuff. These are professional cricketers for petes sake!

I've always been a defender of Graeme Smith but I've started to wonder about him after these last 2 matches. After AB messed up the run chase in the first game by a huge margin, my question to Graeme is: did you ever think of having a word in AB's ear about the situation as it evolved?

The second point: I have no problem with throwing a just-20 into the deep end but I would have thought it was Smith's place to take the initiative. Instead Quinton had to take it upon himself to try to push the score along (he made 25 out of 38) and lost his wicket in the process. Only after that did Smith come to the party. Smith even let Quinton face the first ball. Really Graeme!!

And Smith is out most senior player!! Some weird stuff is afoot!

Posted by viking_legend on (January 23, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

Well done NZ!!! As a SA supporter NZ's win shouldnt be down played by saying that its rotation policy or that Test cricket is our priority. Fact of the matter is we had 2 main players injured and one banned. The team selected on the day shows the lack of depth and experience SA has in ODI cricket due to always selecting "favoured players" like Albie, Ontong, Roelof and Mclaren.

I'm glad we are being exposed now rather than again going to a world cup semi final and coming up short. We have talent but they need more exposure at international level so we can afford to take a loss here and there to "blood" them in

Posted by   on (January 23, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

Congratulation New Zealand What a great win by Kiwis. Kane williamson is promising youngster this century will do lot of confidence to him century against South Africa in their backyard. I hope Rose will come back and ryder it will strengthen the test team.

Posted by tripple-Digits on (January 23, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

an all inspiring WIN for the BlackCaps!!! My hearty CONGRATULATIONS from a very disappointed protea fan, and I want to thank you playing good cricket and wanting to improve on the previous games. Be it a Test or ODI or T20 squad, I love seeing proper cricket being played and although NZ fell way short in the tests, they suprised (me personally) in the ODI's and showed that simple and basic cricket still win games. Our proteas are still a top team and I know for a fact that they will working of getting rid all those schoolboy errors. Well done Black Caps and especially Williamson who also seem to be a very good sportsman and personality.

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 23, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

good win for nz after getting whitewashed in tests in india 2-0 and in sa 2-0 , good luck in future nz

Posted by RobTay14 on (January 23, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

Good job guys, Williamson needs to show this class more consistently, because he can definitely be a legend!

Posted by Julzio on (January 23, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

@ Neutralist01 Gagg doesnt read very well...their top 4 isnt even in the top 10 icc rankings! The closest one is Taylor ranked 18th which btw they slapped in the face before they landed in SA!

Posted by Safalicious on (January 23, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

Well done to the Kiwi's. this was a really disappointing performance from SA, but should not detract from a very good performance from the Kiwi team.

I have been concerned for a while that we have a really unbalanced and seemingly makeshift one day side. There seems to be very little consistency in selection, while there are too many players that seem to be there to make up the numbers.

De Kock is a move in the right direction, while Smith sadly needs to step aside soon. A squad of 15: de Kock, Amla, Kallis, de Villiers, du Plessis, Duminy, Roelof vd Merwe, Morris, Petersen, Morkel, Steyn, Tsotsobe, Philander, Ingram, Elgar. This will present an excellent core of players while Kallis, Steyn and de Villiers can be rested when required. the bowling lineup would be strong with sufficient spin in Pietersen, vdMerwe, Faf, Duminy and Elgar. Pace would not be an issue. All rounders would include vdMerwe, Morris and of course Kallis while the batting would be solid and deep.

Posted by WinNZ on (January 23, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

Great performance by the Black Caps. Always believed we have the strengths to be a great team. While it will take time to rebuild the team, it looks like we have some good Batsmen in Taylor, Williamson & BJ Watling. Perhaps Brendon McCullum and Guptill should focus on 20/20's.

Posted by Neutralist01 on (January 23, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

@ Gagg. The spine of our batting and bowling were absent, we fielded a team with talent but without an experience to speak of. The quality SA lacked was far more influential than that of the NZ team.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (January 23, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

Well played NZ. As a massive Protea supporter, of course Im dissapointed in losing the ODIs series but Im not distraught about it. For me Test cricket is Main course, ODIs is the dessert. Fair play to the Kiwis, they were anniliated in the test series but came back hard in the ODIs where their strength lies.

Its quite evident that the Proteas put full focus and player selection into Test matches, which is fair enough. They are obviously still trying to find the right combinations in ODIs and decided not to field experienced bastmen. I think we need more bits and pieces bowler/batsmen like NZ who are good on slow tracks

Hopefully SAs fortunes will change. Lose some pointless ODI series but win some silverware in a tournament for a change !!!

Posted by   on (January 23, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

Whatever excuse Protea fans can give doesn't matter. SA lost to Kiwis. That's it. Its highly disappointing that SA had 5 run outs. ABd is the one for this downfall. He wanted to be the hero in world cricket. Now for his selfish dream, SA is paying in ODI. Same team but a total different attitude in Test. ABD wanted to be Batsman, keeper, Captain, everything. His captaincy must be taken away from him. Nonsence performance by Proteas. From a big Protea Fan.

Posted by StevieS on (January 23, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

Neutralist01 so your top 5 players weren't playing, Morkle played and our top 4 didn't so I guess New Zealand's depth of talent is superior to yours? That's the only excuse you can use.

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (January 23, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

Well done NZ.

Love from Indian fan.

Posted by Phooey on (January 23, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

To all those pointing out this was a half strength SAF side - please note this was also a half strength kiwi side (no Ryder, Taylor, Southee or Vettori) with some dubious selections (Neesham, Munro) undergoing a leadership and coaching crisis. Well done black caps! No question there is enough talent in NZ to have a very good ODI side for years to come, just have to sort out these tactical, selection and leadership problems. Somehow!

Posted by KasperRasper on (January 23, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

Botanists discovered a new species of protea in Kimberly last night. They have called it, the Choking Protea

Posted by Neutralist01 on (January 23, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

@ maaanii.

Steyn, Morkel, Philander, De Villiers, Amla and Kallis - all 6 of these players at the top of world cricket rankings. Do you honestly believe the players NZ had missing were equal to that of the players SA left out? There is no comparison in terms of ability and influence. The only reason NZ won was down to Kirsten experimenting with new combinations and players- looking to the future.

Posted by shaww on (January 23, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

this is the ballzy blackcaps i've cringed at in world cups.

what a wake-up call to proteas. the talent is def'nately there for proteas. it's just going to cost some to get them blooded ... as nz discovered in the test series. going to be sad to see the nz squad leave, just when things are getting interesting. can't wait to see how england fare against a rejuvenated attack. (i'll be backing teh gritty caps ;)

will sa risk odi's against pakistan to introduce new talent? maybe more of a balance between talent and experience as what they're achieving in the test squad? reckon nz did us a favour by knocking the complacent sh*&t out of proteas ... watch out pakistan!

Posted by Neutralist01 on (January 23, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

@Julzio. This series win should be taken in context, no disrespect to NZ - but a full strength SA side would have white-washed NZ yet again. Kirsten prioritized the Pakistan tour without a doubt, the team they beat was virtually a new 11.

Posted by Neutralist01 on (January 23, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

Congrats to the black-caps for their ODI win, and for Williamson; a great knock!

But to be fair, considering the team SA fielded - one can assume they already have one eye on the Pakistan tour. Using one of their three strike bowlers in either odi is testament to that. (no1,no2 and no8 in the world) Not to mention their batting -No Amla(AVE: 58.70), Kallis (AVE: 45.26), Duminy (AVE: 40)or De villiers (AVE: 49). SA were fielding a significantly weaker side than they could have

I am rather impressed with the depth in SA cricket, they coped with these players; their capitulation aside. Some mention the players NZ were missing, so it somehow balances out - but this is hardly a fair comment, the potential SA had missing far outweighs that of what NZ were- without a shadow of doubt.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (January 23, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

It will be a fitting finale to an awesome week if India defeats England and SL defeats Aus in today's match. All these top three test sides need to be taught a lesson for taking ODIs and their fans for granted.

Posted by Unomaas on (January 23, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

Well done NZ! Very impressed Saffa fan here! Was impressed by Kane williamson as well and after the test series, this is a wecome victory to bolster NZ confidence. I look forward to better things from NZ in all 3 formats of the game and I want you to succeed (a view I think is shared by cricket fans all over the world!)

Posted by StevieS on (January 23, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

Julzio yes our second string team beat your second string team, you do realise our top 4 players didn't play one game in the entire tour.

Posted by makeitrain on (January 23, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

The thing I really like about this performance is that new zealand managed to pull off their first series win in South Africa while being under strength missing our best two batsman in Taylor and Ryder and probably our best bowlers in Southee and Vettori. It is a pretty young side that toured South Africa with a number of debutants and to win like that gives me hope for the future. Although this team have hurt me many times before.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (January 23, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

Well done the Black Caps! The work ethic & team spirit, besides Kane Williamson's tremendous & very mature knock, delivered this convincing win & the series with it. Besides the timely fillip it has given the game on NZ, it raises a couple of issues for the rest of the cricketing world. First, it shows that just beneath the tungsten-like exterior of SA cricket lies a less certain, less accomplished bunch of SA players who seem, at the moment, unable to step up when given the opportunity. Secondly, England will have been put on notice: this bunch of Kiwis, supplemented by the returning Vettori & Ross Taylor, will guarantee intense, competitive cricket for the up-coming tour. That's great news for everyone!

Posted by Julzio on (January 23, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

SA never took the ODI's seriously against NZ because a far superior cricket team is touring here namely PAKISTAN! Just look at the selection SA used against NZ, You seriously think that was the best? The only disappointment is that our 2 string team didnt beat the kiwis!

Posted by ReverseSwingMaster on (January 23, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

This is world class bowling attack from SA. Great Morkel conceded 71runs and other are just mediocre bowlers. Steyn was their in the first match but SA still lost. Now South Africans might claim that we are without players AMLA,KALLIS and AB Devilier. But thing is that NZ are also without RYDER,TAYLOR,SOUTHEE,ORAM and VETTORI.

Posted by Mr.Blacksmith on (January 23, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

Awesome Williamson! Now they are not over confidence. This win shows that any thing can happen in the crickting world, with a bit struggle every team can win. Nothing is No. 1 and nothing is ridiculous. NZ has learnt from their test performances, and on the other hand proteas was over confidence. NZ has shown their dignity. This victory was not really an upset but the hard work from NZ, and credit should be given to this respectable team. Now 3rd ODI for NZ may be a dead rubber, but for proteas it would be a challenge to restorf their dignity, because they are going to face a little bit better team from NZ, the team Pakistan.

Posted by Master_Mihil on (January 23, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

Oh how the mighty have want your test no.1? you can keep it..there's no test championship until 2017 and SA won't be in the top position by then..

Posted by IndiaRulesEverybody on (January 23, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

Very happy with NZ's performance.. If there is one team I like to see winning then it is NZ .. really hope they improve their record in all forms of the game .. Congrats again Kiwis! :)

Posted by DINESHCC on (January 23, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

113 required in 120 balls with 9 wickets on hand. Still SA lost the match. Great fielding effort by NL.Mcullum

Posted by SherjilIslam on (January 23, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

I am really happy for New Zealand. I hope this performance will give them motivation to beat England back home. From an India fan.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (January 23, 2013, 5:11 GMT)

brilliant from williamson one of the best, i bagged him after the tests for some pretty limp performances, then every now and then he shows his class, i hope this is the knock that gives him confidence in the way he constructs an innings and can now do it on a more consistant basis in both tests and odi's. Still not enough fire power in the bowling though and without 5 run outs we would have lost, too many slow medium bowlers all bowling the same stuff for my likeing but as a fan im just going to enjoy this a series win away, in south africa of all places well done fella's!!

Posted by anver777 on (January 23, 2013, 5:08 GMT)

What a win !!!! NZ held their nerves & what a great fielding they displayed in vital stages.... SA is so famous for choking & this is yet another one !!!

Posted by shoeab on (January 23, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

same old problem with south Africa, they lose from a winning position , yesterday when they played they were cruising to victory, but as you say SA are ultimate CHOKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by neelabhsamvatsar on (January 23, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

dale steyn wasn't there in the match . vernon philander was also not there. jacques kallis was absent. hashim amla wasn't there. this is not sa real team. then also sa did a good job.

Posted by Desihungama on (January 23, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

@Simoc - Ah!. You mean it's about time to have a two tier system in Tests and move the aforementioned teams to tier 2?

Posted by birdz_eye on (January 23, 2013, 4:43 GMT)

Awesome work black caps! thumbs up mates. Being Pakistani NZ has always been my second favorite side in cricket & just like Pakistan after hitting the bottom you have started to raise again with young blood delivering just when it seemed all over for NZ. Hope that the days of Chris Cairns, Chris Haris, Nathen Astel, Stephen Fleming, McMillan & Daryl tuffy will once again be relived with New Zealand coming back hard. Hey porteas! so much for the best bowling attack on the planet, get ready to choke big time as Green Army (Pakistan) is coming next.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (January 23, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

Congrats NZ for their win. India should lean from NZ. India were 2-0 ahead and lost series 2-3 last time.

Posted by Lipoflegend on (January 23, 2013, 4:32 GMT)

Congrats to NZ from an SA supporter in Auckland. I never saw teh game, but I imagine that the Kiwis came good they way that we expect them to play. Streetwise, finding an edge where they can get it, and giving their all. As usual, the SA one day side is in chaos. We have got the test side established, and while Iit would be nice to have separate format sides, I am not sure that we have the depth to have completely separate sides.

No excuses though, as NZ also did not have two of their best. I guess that is sport.

Posted by SASANK360 on (January 23, 2013, 4:20 GMT)

Congratulations New Zealand. Just brilliant performance by Williamson. He hasn't had a great test series and this knock was necessary for him to gain some form and confidence. He is very young, just 22, meaning he can build an excellent career and help NZ build a strong team for the future. Also SA look very weak in the absence of Kallis and de Villiers. They need to groom some one as ODI captain as early as possible, otherwise they end up losing yet another world cup(2015). Anyway hearty congrats to NZ for a good performance. Wishing both teams good luck for next game.

Posted by Nigah on (January 23, 2013, 3:47 GMT)

Congtz. to NZ who wons its first ever sereies in SA, now its Pakistan turn to do so.

Posted by BaasHerman on (January 23, 2013, 3:45 GMT)

Pathetic effort by the proteas!! Needing 120 with 9 wickets in hand at less than run a ball and then they run themselves out!! Faf du Plessis strolling back to his crease! What was he doing?? He could have easily made it back to his crease!

Posted by shortsillypoint on (January 23, 2013, 3:36 GMT)

Excellent innings from Kane - the first of many! He started slowly and didnt panic when his timed shots went directly to fielders. He and Eliiot blew it though in the powerplay by changing their game plan / batting style when there was no need. Then some idiotic batting from Mc Cullum and then the new boys that followed did panic caused the collapse in the middle overs. Mills and a sensible McCullum finished off well.Good stuff.

No surprise to see SA beaten by NZ as it happens at the ODI World Cup all the time - thats with both teams with full squads.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2013, 3:36 GMT)

There *has* to be someone better than McLaren out there, right? He was dreadful tonight.

RSA were poor, NZ were ok & had 1 player playa great innings.

Posted by ReverseSweepIndia on (January 23, 2013, 3:24 GMT)

Congrats NZ. But why this victory is upset? SA is top test side, best at the moment, but they are just good enough one day side at the moment just like any other team. And whatever problems NZ have in tests they still are a very good one-day team, they always are. Currently no team, I repeat no team can consistently win 7/10 50 overs match.

Posted by SL_Fan_1985 on (January 23, 2013, 3:21 GMT)

welldone Newzealand.... It s great achievement and congradz.....i'm srilankan fan....

Posted by binojpeter on (January 23, 2013, 3:19 GMT)

5 run outs in an innings!!! Wow!!

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (January 23, 2013, 3:09 GMT)

@Newlandsfaithful, I can assure you SA were not overhyped when they toured Australia. Take away the last 3 days of the tour and you had a team that was either competitive or getting thrashed everywhere. Lets face it. If Australia had not been left with 3 bowlers in the second test after injuries to Watson and Pattinson, the outcome of the series would have been very different. I couldn't help but think the over the top adulation after that series and beating a very weak kiwi team in two tests at home was bordering on ridiculous. Good team, but as was clearly shown vs Australia, not a lot of difference between them and some others. Australia also won the ODIs in SA last time and drew the tests, which confirms my point.

Posted by siri12345 on (January 23, 2013, 2:54 GMT)

Lol absolutely well done nz.this series proves that years and years,generations and generations have passed by and sa still couldnot learn the lesson of how to avoid choking.and due to this very reason i cant see sa winning a worldcup atleast for the next 100 years to come.actually serves very well for fans like tommytuckersafa who will now go on hiding for days to come lol. cricinfo plz publish

Posted by anshuljain16 on (January 23, 2013, 2:53 GMT)

Kudos to NZ for a remarkable and totally unexpected series win. I hope this win gives some impetus to the struggling NZ cricket. I am just wondering, what would the reaction and headlines have been, had an asian team had 5 run outs.

Posted by nicevans on (January 23, 2013, 2:25 GMT)

Great win from the black caps! Will silence a few of the critics of the current regime..temporarily" And great innings from kane, cant believe the writer thinks that he has a limited range of shots, obviously hasnt watched him during his career - even this innings was a good example. @4cricketluv.. I wouldnt get to upset at a loss 'against a country like nz', nz has a tendency to beat the proteas when it really counts, like at world cups Also the proteas have a tendency to choke when the pressure on in odis

Posted by   on (January 23, 2013, 2:22 GMT)

One stage SA were well ahead.When run out comes to play .....oh... my... god .

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (January 23, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

CONGRATS to kiwis.......south africans were complacent and the payed for it....

Posted by jacobs_the_man on (January 23, 2013, 2:08 GMT)

Good stuff our guys.Well Kane mostly.Maybe a little arrogance from the proteas thinking they wouldn't play as poorly as they did the other night.Hard to replace Kallis,Amla,Devilliers and Steyn.They're 4 of the best going around. This still doesn't make up for our woeful showing in the tests mind you.

Posted by maf17 on (January 23, 2013, 2:05 GMT)

Who'da thunk it? The No. 1, 2, & 3 Test nations are getting their backsides handed to them in ODI. The KIwis have SA tied up in knots. England are being taught a one-day lesson by India, and Australia have picked about 200 players but still cant beat Sri Lanka. Strange days indeed.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2013, 1:45 GMT)

Well played Kane williamson.. Btw a small clarification is there a typo. Cos I remember Williamson went from 95 -99 by a cover drive of Morne Morkel's delivery if I remember correct

Posted by azurecharms on (January 23, 2013, 1:25 GMT)

Way to go Kiwis. Bring back Ross and you will just get better!

Posted by freemasons on (January 23, 2013, 1:14 GMT)

well i've been seein this guy for quite sometime now and i have this feeling that this talanted young man will become a great cricketer as the time progresses... well done kane williamson

Posted by brodiepyrford on (January 23, 2013, 1:10 GMT)

It may be a little premature to speak of a Whitewash but when you consider the gulf in class between the two sides it is easy to see how that is the most likely outcome of the series. New Zealand one day squad can soak up pressure like a sponge and dish it out like a jet engine. South Africa clear ahead in the longer form of the game but when to comes to one dayers they don't have a clue. Just shows the strength of team spirit and pride when man for man you are inferior but as a team you are greater. Great stuff Kaner! And dare I say it, it is time to bring out the lime and water, there are some painting to be done boyo

Posted by kunderanengineer on (January 23, 2013, 1:04 GMT)

Didn't I just read a blog on cricinfo a week or so ago about what a disgrace the Kiwis were to cricket? Maybe it was in reference to the thrashing they received in the Tests, but even the puritans of test cricket will have to admit that this was a wonderful historical ODI achievement by NZ and nobody can take that away from them. It was not a test win but it was a series win away from home against an elite side nonetheless. Well done guys!!

Posted by Chris_P on (January 23, 2013, 0:51 GMT)

2 things here. First, well done to the Kiwis who always have that inner belief to fight back. & 2) If this doesn't prove there is little correlation between tests & ODI's then nothing ever will. I wouldn't worry too much for the simple reason that the next 2 years will be spent building & fine tuning the final composition of teams for the next WC. There is plenty to suggest the Boks will be back, & stronger too. But kudos to the Kiwis, well done.

Posted by vrn59 on (January 23, 2013, 0:46 GMT)

Fantastic performance by Williamson: I have been his fan since that amazing rearguard Test century against SA in NZ (2012). As for SA, there is still plenty of work to be done for them to be considered favorites for the Champions Trophy later this year. Their first-choice XI would be based around the opening pair of Smith and Amla, the new-ball pair of Steyn and Morne Morkel, the return of the rested allrounder Kallis and the wicketkeeping of de Villiers, not to mention his role as a finisher and as a captain. du Plessis is now a first-choice selection and Duminy will walk back into the team when fully fit. The berth of the first-choice spinner rests with Robin Peterson. This leaves the team with two more selections to make: a batsman or allrounder and a fourth bowler. My SA ODI XI: Smith, Amla, Ingram, Kallis, de Villiers (C&wk), du Plessis, Duminy, R Peterson, Steyn, M Morkel, Tsotsobe. Albie Morkel, McLaren and de Kock might be considered at No. 7 (leaving Ingram out of the side).

Posted by ImpartialExpert on (January 23, 2013, 0:39 GMT)

This is why I love the kiwis. They do not have too many match winners in their side but through some amazing team work, meticulous planning and diligent execution they often push top sides well beyond their level on paper. I really like their brand of cricket.

Posted by KanAloshFozter on (January 23, 2013, 0:29 GMT)

Well done NZ.A team's integrity and passion is most visible in the field.And NZ showed how passionate they are. Great victory.Well played Kane.Proteas,it's okay.It was just bad luck.Impressive from them considering Kallis,Amla,Ab,Steyn, all didn't play.

Posted by Htc-Android on (January 23, 2013, 0:17 GMT)

What an innings from Williamson. almost felt like Nathon astle batting. I mentioned this earlier. Williamson should bat at No.3. Now proved his ability to everyone at No.3. I hope Nz management will allow him to continue batting at No.3. NZ will form a strong team when ryder and taylor comes back.

Posted by On_The_Boundary on (January 23, 2013, 0:07 GMT)

Outstanding stuff from our neighbours (in Australia).

Always good to see NZ get up, and to do so over SA is a magnificent effort. Bring on the World Cup, anything think NZ will be the dark horse?

Posted by Gizza on (January 22, 2013, 23:51 GMT)

Firdose Moonda's initial prediction of a one-sided series was correct. But she got the teams mixed around!

Posted by Camdor on (January 22, 2013, 23:09 GMT)

Well done Blackcaps!! As a loyal NZ cricket supporter it has been difficult to watch the test series but yet I watched both and will always watch any game we play. Hopefully this performance will keep the NZ media and public at bay for a short period.

We certainly have a good ODI squad considering 4 of our best players were unavailable for selection and we can beat any team on our day. Just need to sort out how we can rebuild in test cricket where we have to be consistant for 5 days not 50 overs.

Posted by Simoc on (January 22, 2013, 23:02 GMT)

There seems to be a pattern emerging. India, Sri Lanka and NZ have been comprehensively thumped in tests and come back well in the ODIs. They seem to favour that dying format of the game.

Posted by BeigeBrigadier on (January 22, 2013, 22:44 GMT)

I am one very proud kiwi right now. Well done Kane! But, I don't believe it.... How can SA go from looking so assured in the test series, to looking so nervous and jittery in the 2 ODIs so far? One on one I think SA is still stronger than NZ, even with the new boys. Games against NZ are ideal games to blood these new players. The 2nd tier SA players should be on a level pegging with the best that NZ can put on the field. But, we'll take it! It highlights the main difference between tests and ODIs. I think ODIs are more about the team performance, and traditionally NZ are a team without stars, but everyone chips in. The fielding is one area where NZ has often been able to apply pressure, and today was no different. There was truly some awful running, and a huge under-estimation of the NZ fielding. A lesson learnt for SA I feel. I assume that SA will now field their 1st 11 in order to avoid a 3-0 whitewash. Can talent overcome a now-confident Black Caps? Probably, but fingers crossed!

Posted by Hoady on (January 22, 2013, 22:38 GMT)

Only one NZ batsman did exceptionally well, and one NZ bowler did exceptionally well, But an allround great fielding effort proved the difference. And a bit of "Steven Bradbury" luck.

Posted by C.A-SA1987 on (January 22, 2013, 22:29 GMT)

Ok, we're all a bit bleak with our beloved Proteas, but lets not react emotionally.

If we analyze the game at a high level, then we have Kane Williamson who played a blinder of an innings.

Can't fault the bowling that much - flat deck and a rapid outfield. We did well to keep them to 279.

Then we just had a few unlucky run-outs, some poor calling (on singles) and some poor judgment of two's and three's.

But yes, our ability to capitulate so quickly is frightening. Very frightening.

But I wouldn't jump to conclusions just yet -yes, we are experimenting, but that's how you build strength in depth.

It's a long-term plan that may have some short-term teething problems.


Posted by dalboy12 on (January 22, 2013, 22:12 GMT)

Great win by the Kiwis, thought we had a chance when de Villiers was suspended. SA were probably a bit casual given the test victories - but look at results around the world at the moment and you see that ODI cricket is very different. SL,India and NZ could all reverse the test series results. NZ really needed this win with England coming to tour soon, it will help revive the game a bit here, after all the dishonesty and mess around the Taylor sacking and the terrible results in the last few series.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2013, 22:05 GMT)

no matter how NZ play i have always been keen watching them.

Posted by dog_again on (January 22, 2013, 22:02 GMT)

I think this result is good for both teams. NZ need the morale boost, and SA need a wake up call - we've been drifting in ODI cricket for a while now with no structure and no cohesive plans developing, just relying one one or two of the 11 guys picked (apparently) randomly for each game to be talented enough to get the result.

Posted by CandidIndian on (January 22, 2013, 22:00 GMT)

Great series victory for NZ-disappointment for SA.Currently in limited overs cricket there is no domination of one particular team(like Aussies used to have few years back). So called cricket experts should refrain themselves from calling a team favorite on the basis of reputation.Best thing for cricket fans is that there should always be that suspense about which team will win.What's the fun in watching a series with expected results.

Posted by Sombrehombre on (January 22, 2013, 21:59 GMT)

Wow. Another twist in the roller coaster ride of supporting the black caps. As is always the sentiment, lets hope this time we really have turned the corner and can build from here. Too often astonishing achievements, such as this series victory in South Africa, are undone by horrible displays in the next series. Adding arguably our four best players (Taylor, Ryder, Southee, Vettori) into the mix for England cant hurt though.

At least for now I am proud to be a NZ cricket fan. Well done boys.

Posted by 4cricketluv on (January 22, 2013, 21:43 GMT)

Disgraceful performance against a country like NZ! I am not a fan of limited overs cricket and never critical of SA, but this was a disgrace. Why do you rest the best players in the world and let inexperienced players, in the team beats me when your aim is to dominate world cricket. If you want to rule the cricket world then you field the best team in all formats at ALL times. So, I think the selectors and the thinktank behind limited overs cricket in SA needs to take a serious look at themselves and ask whether they want to compete in limited overs cricket at all. Ranking in limited overs as we know is not worth much and it is unfortunate that a cricket world cup (with only a handful countries competing, can you call it a "world" cup?) is decided on the limited overs game. I hope the loss against a country like NZ is the wake-up call the team, coaching staff and management needed.

Posted by nthuq on (January 22, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

Congratulations from your cross Tasman cousins New Zealand! That was a fantastic innings, and boy I'm liking Williamson more and more. With Taylor and Ryder back (hopefully), the double test series with England should be an excellent contest.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (January 22, 2013, 21:33 GMT)

Awesome Kiwis!!!!What a fielding display.... Brilliant batting by Kane Williamson as well. Go for the white wash!! Watching the match till 2.45 AM in India.

Posted by igorolman on (January 22, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

Meh, it's a bi-lateral one-day series two years out from a World Cup. Does it matter, even slightly?

Posted by Desihungama on (January 22, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

WOW, As a Pak supporter, I think I know exactly how that feels for NZ fans. One minute you are labelled as outcast, not belonging to the arena and the next minute. Boom. Explosion. What to make of this NZ side? Maybe the new "Unpredictable s?" Anyways, good going NZ. Good comeback in the series.

Posted by shovwar on (January 22, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

Congratulation to Kiwis. With the help of SA self distruction and some luck Kiwis has won their first series in SA. Without Amla, Kallis, AB and Steyn this SA team looked stronger than the Kiwis and could have easily won this match if they didn threw it away to run outs. Its just this SA team somehow finds a peculiar way to lose a match no matter how strongly they are positioned to win. The luck favors the brave and SA are so brave in self destruction that luck always favor SA on that part.

Posted by Newlandsfaithful on (January 22, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

Epic, epic fail for Proteas. From the toast of the cricketing world to the laughing stock in a matter of weeks. It's crazy. We get so little international cricket in SA but insist on fielding teams that for whatever reason simply cannot compete against NZ on home soil. Proteas are being totally outclassed. Instead of resting players like Steyn an Kallis, why don't they rest Kirsten, Donald and the selectors? I shudder to think what Pakistan is going to do to SA in the ODIs....

Posted by bobbo2 on (January 22, 2013, 21:03 GMT)

Great win. This is the reason us long suffering NZ fans stick with the team because every now and again they do the impossible. I was an over off going to bed thinking NZ would lose until Smith was run out.

Posted by Ibra95 on (January 22, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

Ö wow, that's surely is a class player, well done Kane Williamson =) & Congratz to NZ for beating once again SA and winning the series *-*

Posted by Harlequin. on (January 22, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

Fair enough ODI wins never seem as special as the tests, but with all the issues NZ have had over the past few months, and without a couple of key batsmen, and against the best team in the world, and away from home, this has to count as a massive acheivement for the Kiwis. Great stuff, looking forward to a good contest when we (Eng) tour, hopefully Taylor and Ryder will be back by then

Posted by msdhoni123 on (January 22, 2013, 20:50 GMT)

wow South Africa slipped from number 1 to number 3 in matter of 2 ODI. How is that possible?? more likely to slip down one more place as they are equal points with Australia and Sri Lanka whos playing tomorrow.

Posted by Jordanious77 on (January 22, 2013, 20:49 GMT)

Both teams collapsing mid-way through the 50 overs. The difference being NZ had Williamson to bat on to a match-winning total. The black caps were amazing in the field, faultless, which put douth africa under a lot of pressure. They needed quick runs and the fielding really restricted them and pushed them into forcing runs.

Good job NZ, well deserved series win.

I believe if NZ win the 3td ODI they will move ahead of the WINDIES on the ODI rankings!!

Posted by brodiepyrford on (January 22, 2013, 20:43 GMT)

Bring out the Janola we are a white washing this weekend

Posted by Soso_killer on (January 22, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

Again can someone tell me whats McLaren's role in this side? Is it his complexion maybe, after all its different from Thami Tsolekile (who was even promised a spot). A guy who averages 50+ for over 3 years.

Posted by Soso_killer on (January 22, 2013, 20:34 GMT)

@Firdose Moonda you were right, this was a "no contest", LOL

Posted by Inducker on (January 22, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

Got to be the worst performance from the Proteas for some time. Smith displays his usual ablitiy to throw his wicket away in onedayers at 50 to 60. And then Ingram, Behardien and Millar show why they are not mentally equipped for international cricket particularly Ingram who could bat fine under the wing of Smith but when faced with responsibility and a little pressure holed out. Behardien helped to build a lot of the pressure with his poor early stike rate. His lack of a back lift is a problem. All the run outs were at about the level of a school boy eleven and totally unforgiveable at an international level. Millar has been handled badly and is now totally lacking in confidence and as usual in these situations gets an the unluckiest form of dismissal.The inability for SA to progress at 1 day and T20 level is because of the weakness in the second tier batting. |As for New Zealand they certainly are the masters of boring diddlypop cricket. Hallelujah!

Posted by SurlyCynic on (January 22, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

Well done Kiwis. A comical collapse from SA, how many more ways can we find to be run out in one innings? At least we're learning to choke outside of World Cups too. Not sure what Behardien and Miller were doing wasting so many balls.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (January 22, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

nice little cameo innings by de kock. Will pay money to watch him bat !

Posted by Energetic. on (January 22, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

Very impressive knock especially against this team South Africa well done!

Posted by 07sanjeewakaru on (January 22, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

Wonderful batsman.Don't be a another Umar Akmal. Be patient.Very bright future is waiting.Good luck Kane.Fan from SL.

Posted by Beige_and_blue on (January 22, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

@CricketMaan- odd that you would pick out NZ and SL as tournament finals losers. I assume you are a SA fan?

Posted by FiGhtCluB_99 on (January 22, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

Brilliant innings from Kane. Reminded me of Stephen Fleming.

Posted by Akshita29 on (January 22, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

What an innings 4m the babyface Kane Williamson.

Posted by swat1999 on (January 22, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

What a nice innings from K.Williamson. I just loved it. Wel done Kiwi

Posted by KanAloshFozter on (January 22, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

Chance for du Plessis to prove his worth as odi skipper. NZ in good position, and if du Plessis can pull of a break through now, he would prove how good a cricketing brain he got

Posted by CricketMaan on (January 22, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

NZ like SL are a super ODI outfit. They both fall way short in Test circket, but make up for that in the shorter formats. Having said that both are perinial losers in finals. Both now have a super oppurtunity to seal the series against Test heavyweights. Just get it done Kiwi and Lanka. Good luck.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (January 22, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

Rotation policy for SA would actually serve good since they have quality replacements, but i am still not sure the logic behind resting Styne in today's match.Since, they are already without the services of Amla and ABD, resting Styne in today's all important match doesn't make a sense. Suddenly, NZ had a huge chance of creating a history in SA.

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