New Zealand tour of South Africa, 1st T20I: South Africa v New Zealand at Durban, Dec 21, 2012
South Africa won by 8 wickets (with 47 balls remaining)
Played at Kingsmead, Durban
21 December 2012 - night match (20-over match)

Sunshine and floodlights both switched on in Durban. Here we go, Fulton, whose last game for New Zealand was three years ago, and Nicol to open, Guptill ruled out due to a stomach bug ...

The much-talked about Quinton de Kock makes his senior South Africa debut. Henry Davids does the same, Aaron Phangiso has to wait. As many as four players debut for New Zealand - Colin Munro, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jimmy Neeshan and Corey Anderson. And as our readers Farhan and Urvi point out, Chris Morris is debuting for South Africa as well. Too many debuts

Steve can't resist: "Du Plessis' captaincy debut also." Well, yes, of course ...

5.30 pm New Zealand win the toss and will bat

Wins the toss. Bats. Not a bad start for Brendon McCullum the captain

"So, did the Mayans mention anything about a near-collapse of NZ cricket just before the apocalypse?" Anees, they needn't have mentioned something that tends to somehow happen regularly

Shazad writes in: "Yeah! the world did not end. I can watch cricket. GO KIWIS GO!" Yes, Shazad, it didn't end, it almost collapsed for NZ cricket though a few weeks ago

5.20 pm local time Welcome to our coverage of the opening game of New Zealand's tour of South Africa. Three Twenty20 internationals, two Tests and three ODIs, with the first of the T20Is coming up in Durban. Both sides going into the T20Is with new faces in the squads; South Africa leaving out old ones by choice, New Zealand due to a variety of reasons. While you read Firdose Moonda's preview for the evening's game, the news for now is that Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been ruled out of the T20I series, with an ankle injury


McLaren to Nicol, no run, charges out first ball to an away swinging full toss, and thick edges it, couple of bounces, to the slip cordon, two men there


McLaren to Nicol, 1 run, away to third man for the first run of the game


McLaren to Fulton, no run, right on the mark with a pitched-up ball angled into off, blocked


McLaren to Fulton, no run, bounce, lots of it, as he gets it to straighten from a good length outside off, Fulton pushing out from the crease, beaten

One wide slip


McLaren to Fulton, FOUR, pitched up, and Fulton gets it away, moving forward and easing it between cover and extra cover


McLaren to Fulton, no run, quick and straight on off stump, fullish length, blocked solidly

End of over 1 (5 runs) New Zealand 5/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • PG Fulton 4 (4b 1x4)
    • RJ Nicol 1 (2b)
    • R McLaren 1-0-5-0

DW Steyn, right arm fast, from the other end


Steyn to Nicol, 1 wide, swift, full and angling down the leg side first up


Steyn to Nicol, 1 run, away shape, a bit of it, angles in good length on off, and swerves away late, pushed with an open face to covers


Steyn to Fulton, 1 run, into the pads this time, pitched-up lengths from South Africa so far, clipped away over square leg


Steyn to Nicol, 1 run, now it moves away, Nicol charging out, and having a heave, but the swing produces a thick edge to third man


Steyn to Fulton, no run, hit on the pad with a 135.5 kph good length delivery that he fails to work to leg


Steyn to Fulton, no run, he is getting just enough away movement to trouble the batsmen, he pushes away from the body, in the air, but far short of the diving backward point, the captain


Steyn to Fulton, no run, firm push to a length ball, misfield at extra cover but mid off is around to prevent the single

End of over 2 (4 runs) New Zealand 9/0 (RR: 4.50)

    • PG Fulton 5 (8b 1x4)
    • RJ Nicol 3 (4b)
    • DW Steyn 1-0-4-0
    • R McLaren 1-0-5-0

Third bowler in the third over


Kleinveldt to Nicol, OUT, and Kleinveldt strikes first ball, Nicol looking to step out and have a go for the third time, and Kleinveldt's bounce off a good length defeats him, de Kock snaps up the edge

RJ Nicol c †de Kock b Kleinveldt 3 (9m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00


Kleinveldt to BB McCullum, no run, bouncer first up to the New Zealand captain, who ducks


Kleinveldt to BB McCullum, no run, right forward, big stride, and pushes to cover


Kleinveldt to BB McCullum, FOUR, blasted, slight, only sllight width available, and McCullum cracks a powerful cut between cover and backward point


Kleinveldt to BB McCullum, 1 run, lunges forward, manages to nudge a bouncing length ball to the leg side


Kleinveldt to Fulton, no run, lift from back of a length, played out softly towards cover

End of over 3 (5 runs) New Zealand 14/1 (RR: 4.66)

    • PG Fulton 5 (9b 1x4)
    • BB McCullum 5 (4b 1x4)
    • RK Kleinveldt 1-0-5-1
    • DW Steyn 1-0-4-0

Steyn to BB McCullum, no run, Fulton was halfway up the crease but made it back in time, Steyn straying on the pads again but McCullum could not put it past short fine


Steyn to BB McCullum, 1 run, now he does, Steyn fuller on the pads, no swing, and McCullum whips him away to deep square


Steyn to Fulton, FOUR, shot, Steyn digs it in back of a length, tall Fulton gets it at waist height and pulls it behind square leg quite comfortably


Steyn to Fulton, no run, length ball, bit of away movement, pushed to covers


Steyn to Fulton, no run, stays beside the line and plays out a length ball on off towards point


Steyn to Fulton, OUT, oh well, pitched up, swung, tamely and straight to mid on, who was placed a touch shortish

PG Fulton c Morris b Steyn 9 (18m 13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 69.23

End of over 4 (5 runs) New Zealand 19/2 (RR: 4.75)

    • BB McCullum 6 (6b 1x4)
    • DW Steyn 2-0-9-1
    • RK Kleinveldt 1-0-5-1

Kleinveldt to BB McCullum, no run, a huge forward stride again from McCullum as he pushes to covers


Kleinveldt to BB McCullum, no run, pitched up to off stump, defended down the pitch


Kleinveldt to BB McCullum, no run, on middle now, back of a length, defended

Dickson: "If only Nibiru came, or the solar flare, or one of the myriad other claimed harbingers of the apocalypse, we'd finally abandon the Nicol experiment..." Translates to never, does it?


Kleinveldt to BB McCullum, no run, tight line this, off stump, short of a good length, can't do much with it


Kleinveldt to BB McCullum, OUT, got the big one, a few tight deliveries was all it needed, short of a length once again from Kleinveldt, into the pads, McCullum swivels and swipes hard at it, top edge cannot evade the backpedalling short fine leg

BB McCullum c Steyn b Kleinveldt 6 (12m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

Two slips, two points


Kleinveldt to Franklin, no run, bouncer first up to Franklin as well, after McCullum got one, off stump line, avoided easily

End of over 5 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 19/3 (RR: 3.80)

    • JEC Franklin 0 (1b)
    • C Munro 0 (0b)
    • RK Kleinveldt 2-1-5-2
    • DW Steyn 2-0-9-1

Morris on to bowl


Morris to Munro, no run, slanting across the left-hander, left alone


Morris to Munro, no run, another one going across him, he decides to pull it, cannot connect


Morris to Munro, FOUR, not a bad way to score your first international runs, down the track, takes on a back of a length ball and swings it to the deep square leg rope


Morris to Munro, no run, back to swinging and missing outside off stump


Morris to Munro, no run, wanders out after chopping a shortish one, backward point advances, and he has to rush back, throw misses


Morris to Munro, FOUR, alternating between boundaries and misses, shortish once more, width, and he swats it through midwicket

End of over 6 (8 runs) New Zealand 27/3 (RR: 4.50)

    • C Munro 8 (6b 2x4)
    • JEC Franklin 0 (1b)
    • CH Morris 1-0-8-0
    • RK Kleinveldt 2-1-5-2

BJ: "Set my alarm for 2am, quite excited about this match-up. It's now 2:23 and I almost wish I had just slept through... and why the heck are we giving Fulton another international stint?" You said it, should have rather slept ... ?


McLaren to Franklin, no run, defends a good length ball back to the bowler


McLaren to Franklin, OUT, another one goes, short of a length ball, attempted hook edged through to the wicketkeeper, replays show it came off the shoulder, could have brushed the glove, Franklin had a look at his shoulder before departing

JEC Franklin c †de Kock b McLaren 0 (10m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


McLaren to Anderson, 1 run


McLaren to Munro, 1 run, neat punch off the back foot, but a neat diving stop at cover by Behardien, threw himself at the ball


McLaren to Anderson, no run, phew, that flew, dug in short and reared across the left-hander, leaving him hopping and beaten


McLaren to Anderson, FOUR, widish, and he gets hold of it, swats it off the back foot flat over covers

End of over 7 (6 runs) New Zealand 33/4 (RR: 4.71)

    • CJ Anderson 5 (3b 1x4)
    • C Munro 9 (7b 2x4)
    • R McLaren 2-0-11-1
    • CH Morris 1-0-8-0

Kahn O: "The Mayans are celebrating so are the South Africans. The apocalypse has been avoided! Can the Kiwis avoid it too?" Till they get to the next one, in cricketing terms?


Morris to Munro, 1 run, nudges a back of a length ball close to the pitch on the leg side and goes for the single


Morris to Anderson, no run, forward to a good length ball and eases it to covers


Morris to Anderson, OUT, oh boy, coming apart for New Zealand now, standing in the crease and swatting a bouncing good length delivery straight to mid off, Morris gets his first international wicket, ball hit the bat close to the top

CJ Anderson c Levi b Morris 5 (6m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Morris to NL McCullum, 1 wide, zippy good length delivery angles down the leg side


Morris to NL McCullum, no run, forward to a full delivery and pushes it to the bowler


Morris to NL McCullum, 1 run, that kind of a day for New Zealand, short and wide ball, and almost cut to the third man fielder, to him on the bounce


Morris to Munro, no run, length ball defended to the leg side, bowler fields

End of over 8 (3 runs) New Zealand 36/5 (RR: 4.50)

    • C Munro 10 (9b 2x4)
    • NL McCullum 1 (2b)
    • CH Morris 2-0-11-1
    • R McLaren 2-0-11-1

Thomas: "Don't feel so bad BJ... You weren't to know Guptill would be out, Fulton would continue his terrible Strike Rate, McCullum would get out rashly, the Umpires would make some bad calls and Nicol would be gone very early... Oh wait, maybe that first one..."


Peterson to NL McCullum, no run, thick inside edges the first ball from a spinner, which carries straight on, to square leg


Peterson to NL McCullum, no run, slower, fuller and straightening on middle, defended


Peterson to NL McCullum, no run, makes him drive, straight back to the bowler


Peterson to NL McCullum, no run, opening up, but it is angled in and he can only block


Peterson to NL McCullum, OUT, this angled in even more, quite harmlessly and slowly it appeared at first, but Nathan backed away and went for the pull, missed, and was bowled, sigh, in his defence, the ball kept a tad low

NL McCullum b Peterson 1 (5m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

There is a silly point, without a helmet on, in place. South Africa absolutely on top


Peterson to Neesham, 1 run, fullish one worked to midwicket

End of over 9 (1 run) New Zealand 37/6 (RR: 4.11)

    • JDS Neesham 1 (1b)
    • C Munro 10 (9b 2x4)
    • RJ Peterson 1-0-1-1
    • CH Morris 2-0-11-1

McLaren to Neesham, FOUR, they keep trying the pull, the ball is not exactly short, good length it is, but he manages to swipe it through midwicket


McLaren to Neesham, no run, tight defence, length ball right on off, gets forward and blocks it


McLaren to Neesham, FOUR, super stroke, short ball at his throat, he swivels and hooks it along the ground to the deep backward square leg rope


McLaren to Neesham, 1 run, slower one pitched up, nudged to fine leg


McLaren to Munro, FOUR, third four of the over, slower short ball now, he waits and pulls it past square leg, and beats the man in the deep too


McLaren to Munro, 1 run, way down the pads, and worked away to fine leg

End of over 10 (14 runs) New Zealand 51/6 (RR: 5.10)

    • C Munro 15 (11b 3x4)
    • JDS Neesham 10 (5b 2x4)
    • R McLaren 3-0-25-1
    • RJ Peterson 1-0-1-1

Ahmed tries to offer some solace: "Mind you.. 36/6 is bad.. but I've suffered worse.. I was playing a school match and we were 30 all out after 20 overs... so at least New Zealand are doing better than that!"


Peterson to Munro, 2 runs, makes room and cuts it from off stump wide of third man


Peterson to Munro, 1 run, gets to the pitch of a tossed up ball and drives to long off


Peterson to Neesham, no run, angled across the left-hander, dabbed to short third, not getting the single

Gazza: "Can we just send the Black Caps home now to avoid further embarassment? Taylor must be laughing his head off." Just get him there, somehow


Peterson to Neesham, OUT, chopped on, one of the last things New Zealand needed, made room for the cut, wasn't enough of it in the end, stays a touch low too, and he loses a bail

JDS Neesham b Peterson 10 (8m 7b 2x4 0x6) SR: 142.85

Kahn O: "Looks like the Kiwis won't be able to avoid the apocalypse. 86 all out is what the cricketing Mayans have to predict!" It might arrive sooner than they predicted then


Peterson to Bracewell, no run, flighted as generously as I have ever seen him flight it, very full and patted back to the bowler


Peterson to Bracewell, no run, defended off the front foot

End of over 11 (3 runs) New Zealand 54/7 (RR: 4.90)

    • DAJ Bracewell 0 (2b)
    • C Munro 18 (13b 3x4)
    • RJ Peterson 2-0-4-2
    • R McLaren 3-0-25-1

Liam: "Well NZC, firing our best batsmen really worked out well for you. Maybe now we shall finally see the heads roll that DESERVE to roll. All the admin and current crop of players. Wipe the team out and put all fresh faces in - can't do worse than how we are now!"


Morris to Munro, no run, pitched up and angled across the left-hander, driven away from the body, to extra cover


Morris to Munro, no run, short, wide and going away with the angle, cut-and-a-miss


Morris to Munro, FOUR, they continue to go for their strokes, charges out, and smashes a length ball high over extra cover, almost went all the way


Morris to Munro, 1 run, very full, nearly in the blockhole, inside-edged into the pads, they take on the point fielder with a sharp single


Morris to Bracewell, 1 run, short of a length, into the pads, and worked to fine leg


Morris to Munro, OUT, sigh^infinity, they refuse to learn, opens up and swings at a slowish good length ball, vertical top edge comes down to the bowler

C Munro c & b Morris 23 (34m 18b 4x4 0x6) SR: 127.77

Jamie: "These guys been watching the "how to bat like chris Martin video"....." No one can learn how to bat like He Who Bats

End of over 12 (6 runs) New Zealand 60/8 (RR: 5.00)

    • DAJ Bracewell 1 (3b)
    • CH Morris 3-0-17-2
    • RJ Peterson 2-0-4-2

Peterson to Hira, 1 run


Peterson to Bracewell, no run, flighted full, dips on him, squeezed out to the off side


Peterson to Bracewell, 1 run, length ball coming slowly off the pitch on middle and off, whipped square to leg


Peterson to Hira, no run, lunges forward at a flighted one, which dips again, and he has to just push it away in the end


Peterson to Hira, no run, played quietly from the crease


Peterson to Hira, no run, beats the outside edge now with one that goes across the left-hander

End of over 13 (2 runs) New Zealand 62/8 (RR: 4.76)

    • RM Hira 1 (4b)
    • DAJ Bracewell 2 (5b)
    • RJ Peterson 3-0-6-2
    • CH Morris 3-0-17-2

Mike: "Took the dog for a walk and NZ lost 7 wickets by the time I returned."


Morris to Bracewell, no run, length ball on middle played out to the leg side


Morris to Bracewell, no run, tries to swat a short ball away, misses and is hit on the stomach


Morris to Bracewell, 1 run, gets on top of another short ball and pulls it into the ground, away to deep square


Morris to Hira, 1 run, opens the face and steers a back of a length ball to third man

Sri: "More solace for New Zealand. In 1885, Royal College was all out for 9 in their match against S. Thomas' College in Sri Lanka."

Morris going off the field with a hamstring issue apparently, Ontong is on as substitute. Captain on to bowl the remainder of the over


du Plessis to Bracewell, no run, pushed to cover


du Plessis to Bracewell, no run, full and right on middle and off, blocked

End of over 14 (2 runs) New Zealand 64/8 (RR: 4.57)

    • DAJ Bracewell 3 (10b)
    • RM Hira 2 (5b)
    • F du Plessis 0.2-0-0-0
    • RJ Peterson 3-0-6-2

McLaren to Hira, no run, chases a wide delivery outside off and misses


McLaren to Hira, no run, opens the face to run a short of a length ball to point


McLaren to Hira, 2 runs, guides it neatly past backward point, comes back for the second as third man gets to the ball


McLaren to Hira, no run, banged in short from round the stumps, avoided


McLaren to Hira, no run, coming in with the angle into the left-hander, nudged to the leg side, bowler fields and prevents the single


McLaren to Hira, no run, no room with the changed angle, has to block the length ball

End of over 15 (2 runs) New Zealand 66/8 (RR: 4.40)

    • RM Hira 4 (11b)
    • DAJ Bracewell 3 (10b)
    • R McLaren 4-0-27-1
    • F du Plessis 0.2-0-0-0

Kleinveldt to Bracewell, no run, stays in the crease and runs a pitched up ball to point


Kleinveldt to Bracewell, FOUR, weaves away and manages to steer a length ball to the third man rope, which is vacant


Kleinveldt to Bracewell, FOUR, clears mid off, and flies to the boundary, got under the full delivery and drilled it just out of reach of a leaping Steyn


Kleinveldt to Bracewell, FOUR, three in three, reaches out to a length ball and half-runs it, half-thick-edges it past the lone slip, third man is in place now, but he is not getting there


Kleinveldt to Bracewell, no run, short., too short, and he misses


Kleinveldt to Bracewell, 1 run, bowler falls after delivering a good length ball, which is nudged towards mid on

End of over 16 (13 runs) New Zealand 79/8 (RR: 4.93)

    • DAJ Bracewell 16 (16b 3x4)
    • RM Hira 4 (11b)
    • RK Kleinveldt 3-1-18-2
    • R McLaren 4-0-27-1

grylls: "someone must've hacked the cricinfo feed, the commentary I see now shows 3 consecutive overs and no NZ wickets, how can that be??"

Morris has hurt his left quad muscle, and may not take further part in the match


Peterson to Bracewell, no run, angles in and hits the pad on the forward push, appeal turned down, , replays show it hitting top of leg


Peterson to Bracewell, no run, another shout for lbw, this one looked closer, not given again


Peterson to Bracewell, no run, steps out and pushes back to the bowler


Peterson to Bracewell, no run, pushed to the off side


Peterson to Bracewell, 1 run, slog swept from outside off, on the bounce to deep midwicket


Peterson to Hira, 1 run, punched from the crease, in the air for quite some time, down to long off

Peterson, 2 for 8, has just bowled the most economical spell for a South African in T20Is, we are told by the on-air commentators

End of over 17 (2 runs) New Zealand 81/8 (RR: 4.76)

    • RM Hira 5 (12b)
    • DAJ Bracewell 17 (21b 3x4)
    • RJ Peterson 4-0-8-2
    • RK Kleinveldt 3-1-18-2

Steyn to Hira, OUT, pitched up, he gets fron leg away and smashes it, straight to wide mid off

RM Hira c Kleinveldt b Steyn 5 (19m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 38.46


Steyn to McClenaghan, 1 leg bye, goes for the yorker, down the pads, nudged fine down leg


Steyn to Bracewell, 2 runs, chance, Davids comes screaming in from long on, Bracewell had hit a slow length ball in the air, Davids dives forward, but the ball has bounced in front by then


Steyn to Bracewell, 2 runs, drills a very full one wide of sweeper cover for two more


Steyn to Bracewell, no run, short of a length wide outside off, chops it into the pitch


Steyn to Bracewell, no run, widish length ball, he runs it to point

End of over 18 (5 runs) New Zealand 86/9 (RR: 4.77)

    • DAJ Bracewell 21 (25b 3x4)
    • MJ McClenaghan 0 (1b)
    • DW Steyn 3-0-13-2
    • RJ Peterson 4-0-8-2

Anees: "Mike, PLEASE don't take your dog for a walk during ODIs and Test matches.. PLEASE."


Kleinveldt to McClenaghan, no run, low full toss hit into the ground and bounces to cover for a 'crowd catch'


Kleinveldt to McClenaghan, OUT, this is a proper catch now, and the last NZ wicket falls to a botched pull off a good length delivery as well, straight to midwicket

MJ McClenaghan c Peterson b Kleinveldt 0 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Sorry, sorry showing from New Zealand. They kept swinging and pulling, despite the bounce, and kept falling. Only No 9 Bracewell facing more than 20 deliveries, says everything

Rory Kleinveldt: "We assessed early on that the wicket was a bit up and down, so we decided to go cross-seam."

Kahn O: "For once the Mayans were right and it is indeed 86 all out for the Kiwis. Looks like it is one those days where I should buy a multi-million dollar lottery! Do I get anything for my prediction?" With your luck/skills, you'll get the lottery winnings, what more do you want?

Raff: "Actually, the TV commentary got garbled. Rory Kleinveldt didn't say, "We assessed early on that the wicket was a bit up and down, so we decided to go cross-seam." He said, "We assessed early on that we were facing New Zealand, full stop." Ha!






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