New Zealand in South Africa ODI Series - 1st ODI

South Africa v New Zealand

New Zealand won by 1 wicket (with 26 balls remaining)

10.00am We are done with the national anthems and we are all set to go. Here's Kyle Mills, bowling to Hashim Amla.

9.50am The first of our reader comments comes from Jamie Sellar: "Being a blackcap tragic! I can confirm that we are as rubbish in the one day format as we are in all the other forms of cricket!"

Mike W: "What has Rob Nicol done to secure his place in this side?! Two centuries = half his runs made in 2 matches (one against Zim) and he's played 18..."

Aaron: "McCullums at 5? What's going on over there? They clearly don't know what to do with him but since he's captain he has to play somewhere so today they'll try him at 5 even though this is an ODI where it's not such a big problem having him open. Ye Gods!" I think he explained the move saying that with the new rules limiting fielders outside the circle to four, he wanted to capitalise on the boundaries on offer later in the innings.

And in other captain-batsman-wicketkeeper news, AB de Villiers will not be keeping wickets today. The highly rated 20-year-old Quinton de Kock will make his ODI debut, and don the big gloves.

9.40am Grant Elliott, who hasn't played an international match since December 2010, is back, and Jimmy Neesham adds to the gaggle of New Zealand's baby-faced players.

James Franklin: "It's always refreshing having new faces come in, they are all raring to go. The guys have been working hard, and we are looking to put up a good show today. South Africa are a quality team and we need to play quality cricket to compete. I don't think the Ross Taylor situation hasn't affected the dressing room at all, there's been some stuff in the media, but the guys are very focused."

9.30am New Zealand win the toss and bowl first. The pitch in Paarl is expected to get better as the day progresses.

Gary Kirsten: "It might do a little upfront, it could get slow later in the day. We take no team for granted, we have prepared really well. We spent a lot of time re-assessing what we did against them last year in New Zealand. ODIs are important for us this year, potentially we have 23 ODIs this year."

South Africa have won all three matches they have played at this ground.

Here are the XIs. New Zealand don't have much of a resemblance to the Test outfit.

New Zealand: RJ Nicol, MJ Guptill, BB McCullum*, KS Williamson, BJ Watling†, JEC Franklin, NL McCullum, GD Elliott, JDS Neesham, KD Mills, MJ McClenaghan

South Africa: G Smith, H Amla, C Ingram, AB, Faf, Q De Kock, R McLaren, R Peterson, R Kleinveldt, D Steyn, L Tsotsobe

9.20am After the thumping New Zealand received in the Tests, they would have been keen to get back home as soon as possible. They still have the one-dayers to deal with though. In every press conference, both sides have been talking about how New Zealand are a far better side in the ODI format, but their recent record doesn't make pleasant reading.

0.1

Mills to Amla, no run, starts with a back of a length ball angling in, defended towards midwicket

0.2

Mills to Amla, 1 run, one of Amla's favourite strokes in ODI cricket, the controlled glide down to third man for a single, South Africa are away

0.3

Mills to Smith, 2 runs, a touch short and outside off, Smith can work the ball to the leg side no matter how far outside off it is, he shuffles across and tucks this one towards square leg

0.4

Mills to Smith, 2 runs, dropped, big let-off for Smith at first slip, he top-edges a shortish ball outside off, it flies to Nicol at first slip, an overhead chance, simple one, it was high but it wasn't too quick, it goes through his hands, not the best of starts for New Zealand

0.5

Mills to Smith, 1 run, works it to the leg side for a single

0.6

Mills to Amla, 1 run, helped just wide of slip for a single

Keshlen: "It is so refreshing to see an old school cricket ground. Concrete stands are soulless and have no character." It's quite a picturesque ground this in Paarl, and a big crowd is expected for the game.

End of over 1 (7 runs) South Africa 7/0 (RR: 7.00)
HM Amla    2* (3b)      KD Mills    1-0-7-0
GC Smith    5* (3b)     

Mitchell McClenaghan , not an easy name for a ball-by-ball commentator, comes on

1.1

McClenaghan to Amla, no run, swinging in but that take the ball down the leg side, it was a low full toss, nudged towards square leg

1.2

McClenaghan to Amla, no run, moves across the stumps and defends a delivery on middle and off

1.3

McClenaghan to Amla, no run, ore watchfulness from Amla, blocked to the off side

1.4

McClenaghan to Amla, 1 run, pushed towards mid-off and Amla pushes for a quick single, sprint through

1.5

McClenaghan to Smith, no run, grunts as he delivers that one, pitched up and just outside off, defended towards the leg side

Black Cap fans not an optimistic bunch today. Reid: "I am a proud New Zealander and I love supporting the under-dog (usually us), but we are going to get a thumping here! Good night!"

1.6

McClenaghan to Smith, no run, length ball outside off, pushed towards cover

End of over 2 (1 run) South Africa 8/0 (RR: 4.00)
GC Smith    5* (5b)      MJ McClenaghan    1-0-1-0
HM Amla    3* (7b)      KD Mills    1-0-7-0

2.1

Mills to Amla, no run, back of a length ball, 129.7kph, just outside off, crunched towards point, Williamson dives to his right to make a sharp stop

Jared: "Why is everyone all of a sudden ripping into the McCullum. Get's two losses under his belt in the tests, now everyone's treating him like he's the worst captain ever? Give him a fair chance, he's got the right mind and mentality for the shorter form, just needs some support from his team AND his fans."

2.2

Mills to Amla, no run, this time amla makes Williamson dive to his left, and gets it past the fielder as well, down towards third man

2.3

Mills to Amla, 2 runs, full and on the pads, whipped towards midwicket but can't find the gap

Bahavan: "Latest of Mitchel(TM) Left arm fast bowlers Corp.'s The Big McClenagen"

2.4

Mills to Amla, no run, punched back past the bowler, not sure that was entirely intentional, a bit of a leading edge there, Amla was looking to play it to mid-on

2.5

Mills to Amla, 1 run, length ball outside off, Smith moves across once more and tucks the ball in front of square leg

2.6

Mills to Smith, no run

End of over 3 (3 runs) South Africa 11/0 (RR: 3.66)
GC Smith    5* (6b)      KD Mills    2-0-10-0
HM Amla    6* (12b)      MJ McClenaghan    1-0-1-0

3.1

McClenaghan to Amla, FOUR, a slice of luck for Amla, once more he was looking to thump that to the leg side, takes a thick outside edge and sends the ball to the point boundary

3.2

McClenaghan to Amla, 4 byes, more trouble for Amla, this one sneaks past the inside edge, stayed quite low as well, reaching McCullum on the second bounce, and the keeper can't collect cleanly

3.3

McClenaghan to Amla, 1 leg bye, big lbw appeal, turned down, think it pitched outside leg stump, hit on the knee roll as amla looks to whip it to the leg side, the bowler says he think it pitched outside leg, and some other fielder says height might be an issue as well, turns out that would have been given out if they had referred it

3.4

McClenaghan to Smith, 1 run

3.5

McClenaghan to Amla, 1 wide, way down the leg side

3.5

McClenaghan to Amla, no run

3.6

McClenaghan to Amla, 1 run, Amla not looking in any control, this time he jumps and looks to force the ball through the covers and inside-edges it past the stumps

End of over 4 (12 runs) South Africa 23/0 (RR: 5.75)
HM Amla    11* (17b 1x4)      MJ McClenaghan    2-0-8-0
GC Smith    6* (7b)      KD Mills    2-0-10-0

4.1

Mills to Amla, no run, a waft outside off this time and Amla is beaten by that 129kph delivery, a hint of away movement

4.2

Mills to Amla, 2 runs, Amla in a very aggressive mood here, wants to launch this towards midwicket but mistimes it badly and the balls rolls in that direction, a sharp second run is taken, for a moment New Zealand thought there was a run-out chance but smith makes it in time

4.3

Mills to Amla, no run, muscled towards cover as Amla drives on the up

4.4

Mills to Amla, no run, haven't seen too much defence from Amla so far today, this time he gets forward and blocks to the off side

4.5

Mills to Amla, OUT, Amla given lbw, will he refer it? Yes, he is. that was back of a length and angling towards leg stump, Amla was looking to drive that on the up, he misses and is struck on the back leg in front of middle stump, was it missing leg stump? the replays say stick with the umpire's call, and that ends Amla stay

HM Amla lbw b Mills 13 (19m 22b 1x4 0x6) SR: 59.09

Usually Amla is such a composed and organised batsman. Not today though; he was anxious to play a shot at every delivery, and didn't look in any sort of form

4.6

Mills to Ingram, no run, Colin Ingram faces a bouncer first up, he ducks

End of over 5 (2 runs) South Africa 25/1 (RR: 5.00)
CA Ingram    0* (1b)      KD Mills    3-0-12-1
GC Smith    6* (7b)      MJ McClenaghan    2-0-8-0

5.1

McClenaghan to Smith, 1 run, back of a length delivery, worked to wide mid-on

5.2

McClenaghan to Ingram, no run, a touch shorter, punched towards point by Ingram

5.3

McClenaghan to Ingram, no run, hurl it full and on middle stump, defended towards mid-on

5.4

McClenaghan to Ingram, no run, bangs it in short, around off stump, Ingram jumps to get on top of the bounce and blocks it down the pitch

5.5

McClenaghan to Ingram, no run, 133kph, just outside off and that is left alone

5.6

McClenaghan to Ingram, no run, short of length ball just outside off, punched to cover

gav: "Kyle Mills becomes the sixth highest ever ODI wicket taker in games between South Africa and New Zealand. Momentous."

End of over 6 (1 run) South Africa 26/1 (RR: 4.33)
CA Ingram    0* (6b)      MJ McClenaghan    3-0-9-0
GC Smith    7* (8b)      KD Mills    3-0-12-1

6.1

Mills to Smith, no run, Mills bowls it well outside off stump, Smith not interested

6.2

Mills to Smith, no run, back of length ball rears up outside off, Smith is struck on the thigh pad as he tries to work the ball towards midwicket

6.3

Mills to Smith, no run, crisply struck by Smith off the back foot, slapped towards cover point but straight at the fielder

6.4

Mills to Smith, no run, clipped to square leg this time, another dot ball

6.5

Mills to Smith, no run, pitched up and well outside off, Mills has been just under 130kph today, this one is 129, defended to the off side

6.6

Mills to Smith, no run, short of length ball outside off, once more Smith cuts off the back foot, can't find the gap

Tony: "When you look at the career averages of the 2 sides, NZ actually look the more stable and balanced side and should be favourites. If you take Amla and AB out of the SA batting, it looks very thin."

End of over 7 (maiden) South Africa 26/1 (RR: 3.71)
GC Smith    7* (14b)      KD Mills    4-1-12-1
CA Ingram    0* (6b)      MJ McClenaghan    3-0-9-0

7.1

McClenaghan to Ingram, 1 run, pushed towards mid-on for a single, Ingram is off the mark

Gonzo: "It's just not the same watching an SA limited overs team without the comedy of Levi trying to 'bat'. Pitch not looking great for strokeplay." doesn't look too bad, McClenaghan has got it to swing a little, but there hasn't been much else for the bowlers

7.2

McClenaghan to Smith, OUT, McClenaghan gets his first ODI wicket, a moment to savour for him, that was plumb, once more smith looks to work an offstump delivery to the leg side, he misses and is struck in front of off, on the back leg as well, umpire doesn't take too long to raise his finger, even before that Smith was beginning to walk away

GC Smith lbw b McClenaghan 7 (31m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 46.66

7.3

McClenaghan to de Villiers, no run, length ball outside off, de Villiers defended towards point

7.4

McClenaghan to de Villiers, no run, gets the ball to bounce a bit, a thick-inside edge onto the pads, bowler got that one to straighten a bit

7.5

McClenaghan to de Villiers, 1 run, pushed towards midwicket for a quick single, de Villiers gets going

7.6

McClenaghan to Ingram, 1 run, length ball on the pads, 131.7kph, pushed towards midwicket for a single

Hope you guys have seen McClenaghan's hairstyle in his profile pic.

End of over 8 (3 runs) South Africa 29/2 (RR: 3.62)
CA Ingram    2* (8b)      MJ McClenaghan    4-0-12-1
AB de Villiers    1* (3b)      KD Mills    4-1-12-1

8.1

Mills to Ingram, no run, short ball outside off is worked towards midwicket

8.2

Mills to Ingram, no run, defended towards midwicket once more

8.3

Mills to Ingram, no run, stands back in the crease and pushes the ball to the off side, a back of a length ball on off stump

8.4

Mills to Ingram, no run, pitched up and outside off, 130kph, eased towards cover point off the front foot, New Zealand keeping it tight here

8.5

Mills to Ingram, 1 run, short ball on legstump, speed gun says that is 39.4kph, pulled away behind square leg

8.6

Mills to de Villiers, no run, pitched up, just outside off, defended to the off side to end the over

End of over 9 (1 run) South Africa 30/2 (RR: 3.33)
AB de Villiers    1* (4b)      KD Mills    5-1-13-1
CA Ingram    3* (13b)      MJ McClenaghan    4-0-12-1

9.1

McClenaghan to Ingram, no run, pitched up around off, very few bad deliveries so far today, there's not been any crazy movement, but there's has been very little width to work with for the batsmen, just outside off and that is defended

9.2

McClenaghan to Ingram, no run, Ingram remains cautious, blocks down the pitch

9.3

McClenaghan to Ingram, no run, a diving stop from Ronnie Hira at cover, a bit of room to free the arms, slapped by Ingram but can't get any runs for it

9.4

McClenaghan to Ingram, no run, crisply struck on-the-up drive, towards extra cover, once again the placement isn't good enough and it is a dot ball

9.5

McClenaghan to Ingram, no run, short and outside off, Ingram chases it and then lets it through to the keeper

9.6

McClenaghan to Ingram, no run, short again, Ingram happy to duck under

Greg: "Mitchell belongs to a modelling agency back in NZ - high fashion clothing and the like."

End of over 10 (maiden) South Africa 30/2 (RR: 3.00)
CA Ingram    3* (19b)      MJ McClenaghan    5-1-12-1
AB de Villiers    1* (4b)      KD Mills    5-1-13-1

Nathan McCullum to bowl some offspin

10.1

NL McCullum to de Villiers, 1 run, starts with a length ball on middle and leg, eased to mid-on for a single

Brendon: "I'm pleasantly surprised at how NZ have started. Pitch looks to be a good batting surface, and SA are unable to get much going at the moment. Fielding has been good for NZ too. Let's see how long it lasts."

10.2

NL McCullum to Ingram, no run, from round the wicket, length ball is defended off the front foot

Shane: "That's not surprising, he is actually a part-time male model... I wonder if Scott Styris has ever considered it as a post-cricket occupation?"

10.3

NL McCullum to Ingram, 1 run, inside-edge as he looks to drive through cover off the front foot, the ball rolls to the leg side

Chris: "No doubt McClenaghan rocks a mike like a vandal."

10.4

NL McCullum to de Villiers, FOUR, what a shot that is, AB de Villiers shows his class, a pitched up delivery and de Villiers going inside out against the turn, launching it over the infield, gets a boundary to extra cover

10.5

NL McCullum to de Villiers, 1 run, skips down and punches this along the ground to mid-off, only for a single though

10.6

NL McCullum to Ingram, no run, looks to sweep the ball fine, can't get it past short fine

End of over 11 (7 runs) South Africa 37/2 (RR: 3.36)
CA Ingram    4* (22b)      NL McCullum    1-0-7-0
AB de Villiers    7* (7b 1x4)      MJ McClenaghan    5-1-12-1

11.1

McClenaghan to de Villiers, OUT, AB de Villiers gone lbw! massive wicket there, he was waiting on the back foot and looking to whip the ball towards square leg, he misses and is hit in front of middle stump, that length ball was going on to hit the stumps, but did it pitch outside leg, de Villiers thought so, he's not too thrilled with the umpire's decision, he'll have to walk off though, no reviews left, replays show that did pitch in line, no problem with that decision

AB de Villiers lbw b McClenaghan 7 (16m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

11.2

McClenaghan to du Plessis, no run, a full ball is blocked by du Plessis

11.3

McClenaghan to du Plessis, no run, pitched up and outside off, that is left alone by du Plessis

11.4

McClenaghan to du Plessis, 1 run, overpitched this time, driven to extra cover for a single, du Plessis gets his first run

11.5

McClenaghan to Ingram, no run, keeps it tight around off, defended off the back foot

11.6

McClenaghan to Ingram, no run, pitched up, just outside off, defended by Ingram to end another excellent over from part-time model McClenaghan

Stiaan: "Oh oh!!! Looks like Faf have to save the day again!"

Bjorn: "Worried about Ingram's form. He's been poor domestically"

End of over 12 (1 run) South Africa 38/3 (RR: 3.16)
CA Ingram    4* (24b)      MJ McClenaghan    6-1-13-2
F du Plessis    1* (3b)      NL McCullum    1-0-7-0

12.1

NL McCullum to du Plessis, no run, looks to whip the ball to the leg side, leading edge towards the bowler

"One more lads," says Brendon McCullum

12.2

NL McCullum to du Plessis, 1 run, a flighted delivery is eased to long-on for a single, brings Ingram on strike, he's 4 off 24 now

12.3

NL McCullum to Ingram, 1 run, tapped towards mid-off for a single

12.4

NL McCullum to du Plessis, 1 run, patted towards mid-on, where the fielder gets a hand on it but can't stop it cleanly

12.5

NL McCullum to Ingram, FOUR, short, but not too short, Ingram bends as he chops that behind point to bring up his first boundary, there have been too many fours so far this innings

12.6

NL McCullum to Ingram, 1 run, full and outside off, helped towards sweeper cover

End of over 13 (8 runs) South Africa 46/3 (RR: 3.53)
CA Ingram    10* (27b 1x4)      NL McCullum    2-0-15-0
F du Plessis    3* (6b)      MJ McClenaghan    6-1-13-2

13.1

Franklin to Ingram, no run, pitched up delivery is firmly driven towards mid-off

13.2

Franklin to Ingram, 1 run, length ball on the pads from Franklin, Ingram moves across and pats the ball towards square leg

Mark: "I know we have to bat but I'm excited. As a NZ cricket supporter (team NOT management) I have to take the good times and hold them when they come!"

13.3

Franklin to du Plessis, FOUR, shot! short from Franklin, du Plessis waits for it and pulls that contemptuously to the midwicket boundary, that brings up South Africa's 50 as well

13.4

Franklin to du Plessis, no run, skips down the track and cracks the ball towards cover, a diving stop there by BJ Watling, full-stretch to his left

13.5

Franklin to du Plessis, no run, once more towards cover, once again there's no run

13.6

Franklin to du Plessis, no run, short of length ball on leg stump, defended down the track

Big challenge for these two South Africa newcomers, after three experienced batsmen have fallen cheaply

End of over 14 (5 runs) South Africa 51/3 (RR: 3.64)
F du Plessis    7* (10b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    1-0-5-0
CA Ingram    11* (29b 1x4)      NL McCullum    2-0-15-0

14.1

NL McCullum to Ingram, no run, not much spin on offer for McCullum yet, defended towards the bowler

14.2

NL McCullum to Ingram, no run, flighted ball is punched towards mid-off

14.3

NL McCullum to Ingram, no run, pushed back towards the bowler once more, Ingram finding it hard to rotate the strike here

14.4

NL McCullum to Ingram, 1 run, looks to sweep that hard, towards deep square leg for a single

14.5

NL McCullum to du Plessis, no run, clipped to square leg but can't get a run

"Lots of pressure on him," says Brendon McCullum

14.6

NL McCullum to du Plessis, no run, a bit of a leading edge sends the ball back towards the bowler, a good over that from N McCullum

End of over 15 (1 run) South Africa 52/3 (RR: 3.46)
F du Plessis    7* (12b 1x4)      NL McCullum    3-0-16-0
CA Ingram    12* (33b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    1-0-5-0

15.1

Franklin to Ingram, no run, full ball is crisply driven towards mid-off

15.2

Franklin to Ingram, no run, shortish ball outside off, 125kph, slapped towards point off the back foot

15.3

Franklin to Ingram, no run, pitched up and that is another dot ball, pushed to mid-on this time, a big stroke round the corner from Ingram?

15.4

Franklin to Ingram, no run, keeps it steady around off stump, 127kph, blocked to the off side

15.5

Franklin to Ingram, no run, short of length and just outside off, Ingram stands tall and defends towards cover

Slip comes in

15.6

Franklin to Ingram, no run, a maiden from Franklin, the last ball of the over is defended towards backward point, Ingram 12 off 39 now

Time for drinks

End of over 16 (maiden) South Africa 52/3 (RR: 3.25)
CA Ingram    12* (39b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    2-1-5-0
F du Plessis    7* (12b 1x4)      NL McCullum    3-0-16-0

16.1

NL McCullum to du Plessis, 1 run, full ball on off stump, driven towards long-on off the front foot for a single

16.2

NL McCullum to Ingram, no run, flighted ball, slower through the air, defended towards extra cover

16.3

NL McCullum to Ingram, no run, quicker and flatter, Ingram looks to cut but can't get the gap

Tony: "8 of the overs so far have only yeilded 5 runs. Where is the attempt at strile rotation?"

16.4

NL McCullum to Ingram, SIX, there's the big hit from Ingram, you could sense it coming, a big, clean hit after skipping down the track, launches that over the bowler's head and towards the sightscreen for six

16.5

NL McCullum to Ingram, FOUR, full toss, flighted and outside off, punched past extra cover for four, Ingram moves into the 20s

16.6

NL McCullum to Ingram, 1 run, on the pads, tucked in front of square leg for a single

End of over 17 (12 runs) South Africa 64/3 (RR: 3.76)
CA Ingram    23* (44b 2x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    4-0-28-0
F du Plessis    8* (13b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    2-1-5-0

17.1

Franklin to Ingram, no run, short of length ball on off stump, defended from the crease towards point

Clarc: "For a kiwi this is a surprise, but having said that we have always been a more rounded team in limited overs. But I cant help thinking how much more competitive we would be with Taylor, Ryder and Southee in for Nicol, Franklin and Neesham."

17.2

Franklin to Ingram, no run, leading edge, Ingram was looking to nudge the ball from outside off towards the leg side, a leading edge sends it towards gully

17.3

Franklin to Ingram, no run, slightly slower from Franklin, rolling his fingers across the seam, 117kph, defended by Ingram

17.4

Franklin to Ingram, 1 run, shortish and just outside off, enough width for Ingram to slash it towards deep backward point

Dave : "Given Patel's poor performances at test level, I wonder why Nathan McCullum hasn't been given a chance? Especially when you take into account the fact that he is quite handy with the bat as well."

17.5

Franklin to du Plessis, 1 run, nicely don by du Plessis, takes a couple of paces down the track before opening the face to guide the ball towards third man

17.6

Franklin to Ingram, 2 runs, poor ball to finish the over, slanting down the leg side, helped towards fine leg for a couple

End of over 18 (4 runs) South Africa 68/3 (RR: 3.77)
CA Ingram    26* (49b 2x4 1x6)      JEC Franklin    3-1-9-0
F du Plessis    9* (14b 1x4)      NL McCullum    4-0-28-0

Kane Williamson takes over after Nathan McCullum struggled to keep the runs down. three men in the deep on the leg side

18.1

Williamson to du Plessis, 1 run, pitched up and that is wristily worked towards long-on

18.2

Williamson to Ingram, no run, down the leg side, Ingram sweeps but can't get it past short fine leg

18.3

Williamson to Ingram, no run, quicker on middle and leg, defended to the leg side

18.4

Williamson to Ingram, no run, pitched on a length and outside off, defended towards cover

18.5

Williamson to Ingram, 1 run, full and on the pads, eased down to long-on for a safe single

18.6

Williamson to du Plessis, 1 run, length ball on the pads again, a quiet over from Williamson, worked towards square leg

Chris: "To Dave, check out Nathan's first class stats. Barely takes 2 wickets a game, average 41, strike rate close to 90. Don't really see him threatening international batsmen. ODI bowling average of 45 too, by the way."

End of over 19 (3 runs) South Africa 71/3 (RR: 3.73)
F du Plessis    11* (16b 1x4)      KS Williamson    1-0-3-0
CA Ingram    27* (53b 2x4 1x6)      JEC Franklin    3-1-9-0

19.1

Franklin to du Plessis, no run, length ball outside off, defended towards cover by du Plessis

Gonzo: "It's amazing how long 50 overs seems as we watch more 20-20 cricket. These two could 'consolidate' for 12 more overs, then still have a full T20 game afterwards! I think slow starts matter less these days."

19.2

Franklin to du Plessis, FOUR, shortish ball just outside off, du Plessis goes for the pull, not off the middle, hits high on the bat, was in the air for a bit, not too far from Guptill at midwicket, but far enough to be safe

19.3

Franklin to du Plessis, 1 run, worked from outside off behind square leg

19.4

Franklin to Ingram, no run, pitched up, just outside off stump, defended off the front foot to the off side, that was 125kph from Franklin

19.5

Franklin to Ingram, 1 run, skips down the track to get near the pitch of the ball, clipped towards deep square leg

19.6

Franklin to du Plessis, 3 runs, that is chipped towards deep extra cover after du plessis advanced down the track, not timed perfectly but it initially seemed to have enough to reach the rope but a rapid N McCullum pulls that back just in time

End of over 20 (9 runs) South Africa 80/3 (RR: 4.00)
F du Plessis    19* (20b 2x4)      JEC Franklin    4-1-18-0
CA Ingram    28* (55b 2x4 1x6)      KS Williamson    1-0-3-0

20.1

Williamson to du Plessis, 1 run, full ball is worked towards wide mid-on

20.2

Williamson to Ingram, 1 run, down the track, waits for the ball to arrive and nudges it towards square leg

20.3

Williamson to du Plessis, no run, length ball from round the stumps, defended towards square leg

20.4

Williamson to du Plessis, 1 run, similar delivery, this time it is worked behind square leg for a single

20.5

Williamson to Ingram, no run, a powerful drive is stopped athletically at covers, good work that

20.6

Williamson to Ingram, OUT, Ingram is gone to an outstanding catch from Nathan McCullum, he went for a big sweep, top-edged it and the ball went high in the air, swirling around, McCullum had to run backwards from midwicket to get under it, not easy to judge that one, initially looked like he overran it, but he collects it cleanly

CA Ingram c NL McCullum b Williamson 29 (68m 58b 2x4 1x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 21 (3 runs) South Africa 83/4 (RR: 3.95)
     KS Williamson    2-0-6-1
F du Plessis    21* (23b 2x4)      JEC Franklin    4-1-18-0

Here's Quinton de Kock, from whom much is expected. And he'll face anothe r debutant Jimmy Neesham

21.1

Neesham to de Kock, no run, solidly defends his first ball in ODIs

21.2

Neesham to de Kock, no run, length ball is worked towards midwicket, "5 and 6 here lads, let's go lads," are the shouts of encouragement from the NZ fielders

21.3

Neesham to de Kock, no run, nudged to midwicket this time, plenty of chat from the NZ fielders

21.4

Neesham to de Kock, no run, length ball just outside off, punched to mid off

21.5

Neesham to de Kock, 3 runs, short of length ball, drives it on the up towards long-on, sends mid-on on a long chase, gets three, just gets three, a direct hit from the deep could have got him out, but he dives to make his ground

21.6

Neesham to du Plessis, 1 run, a sign of du Plessis' confidence, walking across the stumps to take the ball from well outside off towards midwicket

End of over 22 (4 runs) South Africa 87/4 (RR: 3.95)
F du Plessis    22* (24b 2x4)      JDS Neesham    1-0-4-0
Q de Kock    3* (5b)      KS Williamson    2-0-6-1

22.1

Williamson to du Plessis, no run, pitched up, and that is defended by du Plessis off the front foot

22.2

Williamson to du Plessis, no run, more watchful defence from du Plessis

22.3

Williamson to du Plessis, 1 run, du Plessis shuffles across, taps the ball towards square leg for a single

22.4

Williamson to de Kock, 1 run, length ball outside off, whipped towards mid-on for a single

22.5

Williamson to du Plessis, 1 run, full ball outside off, a wristy stroke sends the ball towards deep square leg

22.6

Williamson to de Kock, no run, short from Williamson, de Kock charged down the track and had to check his stroke, defends

End of over 23 (3 runs) South Africa 90/4 (RR: 3.91)
Q de Kock    4* (7b)      KS Williamson    3-0-9-1
F du Plessis    24* (28b 2x4)      JDS Neesham    1-0-4-0

23.1

Neesham to du Plessis, 1 wide, how was that not a run-out? some abysmal cricket there, a terrible delivery to start, down the leg side, McCullum does well to get a hand on it, both batsmen were almost at the same end as de Kock had come charging out, McCullum fires in the ball towards the bowler Neesham who has completed his follow-through, Neesham can't collect it cleanly, it bobs out of his hand and rolls away, there is still time to get the run-out, the throw from Neesham is low towards the bowler's end, not easy to take that one for N McCullum, and after that major confusion South Africa still have de Kock and du Plessis in the middle

23.1

Neesham to du Plessis, 1 run, full and slow ball just outside off, tapped to midwicket

23.2

Neesham to de Kock, no run, a touch shorter outside off, nudged to midwicket

23.3

Neesham to de Kock, 1 run

23.4

Neesham to du Plessis, 1 wide, down the leg side, du Plessis lets the ball through to the keeper after taking a couple of steps down the track

23.4

Neesham to du Plessis, 1 run, wide outside off, helped towards deep backward point

23.5

Neesham to de Kock, no run, a mistimed drive from de Kock towards midwicket

23.6

Neesham to de Kock, no run, defended from the crease to the off side to end the over

Bjorn: "Faf's ODI ave is not where it should be. Let's see him pick it up a tad with a ton here!"

End of over 24 (5 runs) South Africa 95/4 (RR: 3.95)
Q de Kock    5* (11b)      JDS Neesham    2-0-9-0
F du Plessis    26* (30b 2x4)      KS Williamson    3-0-9-1

24.1

Williamson to du Plessis, no run, flighted ball is punched to short extra cover

24.2

Williamson to du Plessis, 1 run, shorter one, worked to backward square leg off the back foot for a single

24.3

Williamson to de Kock, 1 run, short ball outside off, slapped towards sweeper cover

24.4

Williamson to du Plessis, 1 run, shuffles across to send the ball from outside off towards square leg

24.5

Williamson to de Kock, no run, a touch short and that is crashed towards point, not placed properly

24.6

Williamson to de Kock, no run, on off stump, defended from the crease, just three off that Williamson over

End of over 25 (3 runs) South Africa 98/4 (RR: 3.92)
Q de Kock    6* (14b)      KS Williamson    4-0-12-1
F du Plessis    28* (33b 2x4)      JDS Neesham    2-0-9-0

25.1

Neesham to du Plessis, 2 runs, a flamboyant drive from du Plessis, on the up and that sends the ball towards sweeper cover, brings up South Africa's 100

25.2

Neesham to du Plessis, 1 run, once more du Plessis shows he's not afraid to work the ball from outside off to the leg side, helping this towards midwicket

25.3

Neesham to de Kock, no run, outside off, looksto help it along to third man, but can't work it past backward point

Dan: "NZ used to be a team that could compete for long stretches in the tests and had an even chance of winning ODIs. A big part of this was captains like Fleming and to an extent Vettori, who seeing the senior spinner (N Mc) going for a few runs would instead chuck the ball to the likes of Williamson for a couple of overs. This was something Taylor lacked - he was more conservative and would have stuck with N Mc. Good to see it back."

25.4

Neesham to de Kock, 2 runs, short of length ball is driven over the bowler's head, not too well timed but well enough to send that slower one over the head of mid-off, it was the offcutter from Neesham

25.5

Neesham to de Kock, no run, short of length and outside off, bottom edges it towards the keeper

25.6

Neesham to de Kock, no run, a good-looking stroke from de Kock, a crisp drive towards cover but BJ Watling is there to cut it off

End of over 26 (5 runs) South Africa 103/4 (RR: 3.96)
Q de Kock    8* (18b)      JDS Neesham    3-0-14-0
F du Plessis    31* (35b 2x4)      KS Williamson    4-0-12-1

The model McClenaghan is back. He had a solid first spell

26.1

McClenaghan to du Plessis, 1 run, worked towards square leg for a single, thought about the second but settle for one

26.2

McClenaghan to de Kock, 1 run, pitched up and outside off, that is sliced down towards third man

26.3

McClenaghan to du Plessis, 1 run, length ball on off stump, worked towards square leg

26.4

McClenaghan to de Kock, no run, another drop in the slip, this time it is Guptill, regulation chance at first slip, a healthy edge through from de Kock, it was around knee-height, should have been taken, Guptill slams the turf in frustration

26.5

McClenaghan to de Kock, 1 run, pitched up and de Kock wants to power it towards midwicket, inside-edges it towards square leg instead

26.6

McClenaghan to du Plessis, no run, pitched up and just outside off, defended towards cover by du Plessis

End of over 27 (4 runs) South Africa 107/4 (RR: 3.96)
F du Plessis    33* (38b 2x4)      MJ McClenaghan    7-1-17-2
Q de Kock    10* (21b)      JDS Neesham    3-0-14-0

27.1

Neesham to de Kock, no run, patted towards midwicket, du plessis charges down but de Kock says 'no,no,no,' to send him back

27.2

Neesham to de Kock, FOUR, super shot there from de Kock, short of length and a bit of width, de Kock gets forward and throws his bat at it, sends that ball over extra cover to the boundary

27.3

Neesham to de Kock, no run, pitched up and that is driven towards mid-on by de Kock

27.4

Neesham to de Kock, 1 run, back of a length ball outside off, slapped towards point

27.5

Neesham to du Plessis, 1 wide, well outside off, too wide for the umpire's liking, but B McCullum is not happy with the decision, du Plessis wanted to thrash that through the off side

27.5

Neesham to du Plessis, 1 run, helped towards midwicket for a single

27.6

Neesham to de Kock, 1 run, short ball is confidently pulled towards deep square leg for a single

End of over 28 (8 runs) South Africa 115/4 (RR: 4.10)
Q de Kock    16* (26b 1x4)      JDS Neesham    4-0-22-0
F du Plessis    34* (39b 2x4)      MJ McClenaghan    7-1-17-2

28.1

McClenaghan to de Kock, no run, pitched up and that is driven towards extra cover

28.2

McClenaghan to de Kock, no run, defended to the leg side by de Kock

28.3

McClenaghan to de Kock, no run, short of length ball on off stump, awkwardly defended towards midwicket

Brent isn't a McCullum fan: "Dan, I believe you are horribly mistaken about taylor mixing things up. He stuck with these bowlers because they were the best options available and picked up valuable wickets although they may have gone for a few runs. Meanwhile captain "fantastic" McCullum scores no runs, cant bowl or keep yet somehow the Black Caps team are meant to look up to him and be inspired."

28.4

McClenaghan to de Kock, no run, gets some late swing in towards off stump, it was a full delivery that was jammed out by de Kock

28.5

McClenaghan to de Kock, 1 run, looked to drill that down the ground, mistimed though, mid-on and mid-off converge on it, only a single

Fahad: "De Kock's batting style certainly resembles Saeed Anwar's. Expecially, that lofted hit off Neesham and off-side play."

28.6

McClenaghan to du Plessis, no run, angling in from round the wicket, defended by du Plessis down the track

End of over 29 (1 run) South Africa 116/4 (RR: 4.00)
F du Plessis    34* (40b 2x4)      MJ McClenaghan    8-1-18-2
Q de Kock    17* (31b 1x4)      JDS Neesham    4-0-22-0

James Franklin returns

29.1

Franklin to de Kock, 1 wide, slants that down the leg side

29.1

Franklin to de Kock, 1 run, on the pads once more, helped along down to fine leg

Alex: "@Dan, of course another big part of our previously successful ODI record is that we were comfortably the best fielding side around. Catches never got dropped, run out chances were always taken. The fielding was usually responsible for 1 or 2 wickets taken and 30-odd runs saved. That seems to have gone."

29.2

Franklin to du Plessis, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, stops on the batsman a bit, worked towards midwicket

29.3

Franklin to de Kock, no run, fuller length ball just outside off, de Kock slaps it to point

29.4

Franklin to de Kock, OUT, is that taken cleanly? the fielder Nathan McCullum certainly thinks so, he's off on a celebratory run, de Kock mistimed a lofted drive, that was dying on McCullum as it reached him at mid-off, thought it might drop short but it was a fantastic take from McCullum, somehow managing to get his fingers under that low chance, he had to cover plenty of ground to his left as well, one of those rare occasions when the TV replays sow clearly whether the ball went straight into the hand or bounced just in front

Q de Kock c NL McCullum b Franklin 18 (37m 34b 1x4 0x6) SR: 52.94

South Africa's No. 7 is Ryan McLaren, who is probably at least one position too high in the batting order

29.5

Franklin to McLaren, 1 run, short of length ball nearly goes past the bat, inside-edged towards the leg side

Nathan McCullum's catching proving a reminder to Alex about NZ's fielding. Chris: "@Alex you say its gone - and your comment gets posted when N Mac pulls a stunner - i dont think its gone - its still there, just a few blemishes - and its a young team! We'll be right!"

29.6

Franklin to du Plessis, no run, an outside egde, the ball loops towards cover

End of over 30 (4 runs) South Africa 120/5 (RR: 4.00)
F du Plessis    35* (42b 2x4)      JEC Franklin    5-1-22-1
R McLaren    1* (1b)      MJ McClenaghan    8-1-18-2

30.1

NL McCullum to McLaren, no run, full and on the pads, looks to work it behind square but misses

30.2

NL McCullum to McLaren, no run, massive lbw appeal as McCullum bowls from round the wicket, turned down, referral time, that was pitched up and McLaren was looking to drive to mid-on, he misses and is struck low on the front foot, that hit him in front of leg stump, but was going on to miss leg stump, so McLaren survives

30.3

NL McCullum to McLaren, no run, punched off the front foot towards mid-off

30.4

NL McCullum to McLaren, 1 run, on middle and leg stump, clipped towards square leg for a single

30.5

NL McCullum to du Plessis, no run, full delivery is punched back to the bowler

30.6

NL McCullum to du Plessis, no run, length ball outside off, worked towards midwicket, and another quiet over from New Zealand

End of over 31 (1 run) South Africa 121/5 (RR: 3.90)
F du Plessis    35* (44b 2x4)      NL McCullum    5-0-29-0
R McLaren    2* (5b)      JEC Franklin    5-1-22-1

31.1

Franklin to McLaren, no run, defends that back of length ball down the track

31.2

Franklin to McLaren, no run, back of length ball on off stump, defended to the off side from the crease

31.3

Franklin to McLaren, no run, pitched up and that is driven towards mid-off but can't beat the fielder

Rags: "@Siddarth "McLaren batting at least one position higher"..What chance of a Commentator's Counter-Curse, & McLaren scoring a glorious 60...??!" Very high, though this could work as some sort of a reverse-jinx.

31.4

Franklin to McLaren, 1 run, a bit of width, and that is guided towards backward point for a sharp single

31.5

Franklin to du Plessis, 1 run, down to short third man for a single

31.6

Franklin to McLaren, no run, length ball on off stump, defended from the crease to the off side

End of over 32 (2 runs) South Africa 123/5 (RR: 3.84)
R McLaren    3* (10b)      JEC Franklin    6-1-24-1
F du Plessis    36* (45b 2x4)      NL McCullum    5-0-29-0

32.1

NL McCullum to du Plessis, no run, "right opportunity to attack them lads," says B McCullum as du Plessis defends a full ball on middle stump

32.2

NL McCullum to du Plessis, 1 run, blocked to the leg side for a single

32.3

NL McCullum to McLaren, no run, pitched up and that is defended towards midwicket

32.4

NL McCullum to McLaren, no run, stretches forward and blocks that to the off side

32.5

NL McCullum to McLaren, FOUR, McLaren showing the sceptics (including me) that he can bat, skips down and plays a lofted inside-out drive to send the ball over extra cover, didn't try to smash that one

32.6

NL McCullum to McLaren, no run, pushed back carefully towards the bowler

End of over 33 (5 runs) South Africa 128/5 (RR: 3.87)
R McLaren    7* (14b 1x4)      NL McCullum    6-0-34-0
F du Plessis    37* (47b 2x4)      JEC Franklin    6-1-24-1

33.1

Franklin to du Plessis, 1 run, outside off, du Plessis waits for it and helps it along to third man for a single

B McCullum standing up to the stumps

33.2

Franklin to McLaren, no run, was that a chance, Franklin seems to think so but couldn't detect an edge there, it was outside off and came in just a touch, beating franklin's bat, McCullum can't collect that one

33.3

Franklin to McLaren, no run, a leading edge sends the ball looping to the vacant point region

33.4

Franklin to McLaren, 1 run, another edge, another shout of 'catch it,' lands safely around cover

33.5

Franklin to du Plessis, no run, gets on the front foot and pushes towards cover, can't get a single

33.6

Franklin to du Plessis, 1 run, length ball outside off, whipped towards midwicket for a single

End of over 34 (3 runs) South Africa 131/5 (RR: 3.85)
F du Plessis    39* (50b 2x4)      JEC Franklin    7-1-27-1
R McLaren    8* (17b 1x4)      NL McCullum    6-0-34-0

Grant Elliott to bowl for the first time today

34.1

Elliott to du Plessis, no run, 110kph to start, back of a length ball just outside off, defended

34.2

Elliott to du Plessis, no run, back of the length again, "bowling TS," shouts McCullum as du plessis blocks that to midwicket

34.3

Elliott to du Plessis, 1 run, on the pads and that is worked towards short fine leg

Btw, TS is a great nickname for Grant Elliott. Also, I think N McCullum's is Mad Eye.

34.4

Elliott to McLaren, no run, punched towards cover, another diving stop

34.5

Elliott to McLaren, 1 run, looks to power it through the off side, can't time it and the ball rolls towards the bowler

34.6

Elliott to du Plessis, 2 runs, a slower ball from a bowler who has been around the 110kph mark this over, that delivery was only 83kph, full and on the pads, worked towards square leg

End of over 35 (4 runs) South Africa 135/5 (RR: 3.85)
F du Plessis    42* (54b 2x4)      GD Elliott    1-0-4-0
R McLaren    9* (19b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    7-1-27-1

Powerplay time

35.1

Franklin to McLaren, 1 run, on the pads, to deep square leg for a single

Some corrections. Brodie: "Nathans nickname is "Mattai" and it originates as "Mattress"".

Alex: "N McCullum's nickname is "mattress", because he is soft. B McCullum calls him that all the time"

Round the wicket

35.2

Franklin to du Plessis, no run, short of length ball well outside off, mistimed towards mid-off

35.3

Franklin to du Plessis, no run, full and well outside off, a forceful drive towards cover, can't place it though

35.4

Franklin to du Plessis, 1 run, punched towards mid-off for a single

35.5

Franklin to McLaren, 1 run, chops that from outside off towards third man for a single

Gonzo: "'Tugga' Waugh was one of my favourite cricket nicknames. (as well as 'Afghan', the 'forgotten' Waugh)" Not to forget M Waugh's other nick 'audi' for getting four ducks in a row

35.6

Franklin to du Plessis, 1 run, low full toss outside off, du Plessis sends that towards extra cover

Superb nickname story from Carey: "There have been some fantastic nicknames given to international cricketers over the decades. One of my favourites belonged to the late 1949-51 New Zealand cricketer Fen Cresswell, who was given the name of 'Ferrett' because he came in after the rabbits - a nickname I am sure which also belongs with Chris Martin."

End of over 36 (4 runs) South Africa 139/5 (RR: 3.86)
F du Plessis    44* (58b 2x4)      JEC Franklin    8-1-31-1
R McLaren    11* (21b 1x4)      GD Elliott    1-0-4-0

36.1

Mills to du Plessis, 1 leg bye, a stifled lbw appeal, but that struck du Plessis outside off, he was walking down the track, off the pad for a leg bye

36.2

Mills to McLaren, FOUR, McLaren sees the short ball, winds up for the pull and dispatches that to the wide long-on boundary, powerfully struck

36.3

Mills to McLaren, 1 run, goes deep in the crease and tucks the ball towards square leg for a single

36.4

Mills to du Plessis, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, slapped towards backward point by du Plessis

36.5

Mills to McLaren, FOUR, there's cover point and backward point and that is slapped fiercely between the two for four, 'Don't stop believing,' is the song the DJ plays at the stadium after that shot

36.6

Mills to McLaren, 1 wide, a bouncer that is much too high

36.6

Mills to McLaren, 1 run, short of length ball on off stump, defended to the off side

MW: "@Gonzo- That's right. I remember reading somewhere that if Waugh got another duck his nickname would be "Olympics" For the 5 noughts in a row!"

End of over 37 (13 runs) South Africa 152/5 (RR: 4.10)
R McLaren    21* (25b 3x4)      KD Mills    6-1-25-1
F du Plessis    45* (60b 2x4)      JEC Franklin    8-1-31-1

37.1

Franklin to McLaren, 1 run, almost a yorker, on off and middle, squeezed out towards the leg side

37.2

Franklin to du Plessis, 1 run, short of length ball on middle, worked towards midwicket, a sharp single is taken, could have been tight if Guptill had collected that cleanly

Woolloongabba Wally: "Not cricket, but favourite sporting nickname waas John 'Nobody' Eales (Australian RU captain) - because Nobody's perfect...."

37.3

Franklin to McLaren, no run, full and on middle, jammed towards the leg side once more

37.4

Franklin to McLaren, 2 runs, plays the lap sweep this time, no power on it as he scoops that down towards fine leg after getting on one knee

gav: "Oh, the Phantom. The Ghost Who Bats."

37.5

Franklin to McLaren, 2 wides, fires it down the leg side, this partnership working well for South Africa

37.5

Franklin to du Plessis, 1 run, punched towards mid-on for a single

Tony: "Whoever tipped a 60 from McLaren, can I have a tip for Newmarket, 6th race?"

37.6

Franklin to McLaren, 2 runs, pitched up and on the leg stump, glanced down to fine leg, McLaren immediately shouts 'Two, two, two," and he gets two

Ryan: "I like the way in the current SA team Morne Morkel is called 'Haydos' - because he bats left-handed and fancies himself as a bit of a batsman."

End of over 38 (9 runs) South Africa 161/5 (RR: 4.23)
R McLaren    26* (29b 3x4)      JEC Franklin    9-1-40-1
F du Plessis    47* (62b 2x4)      KD Mills    6-1-25-1

38.1

Mills to du Plessis, 1 run, full ball just outside off, du Plessis cramps himself by moving across the stumps, works the ball behind square leg

38.2

Mills to McLaren, 2 runs, full and outside off, carved down towards deep extra cover, an early call for two and du Plessis zips back for the second

38.3

Mills to McLaren, 1 wide, bowled from wide of the crease, and that ball is too wide outside off, just outside the marker line

38.3

Mills to McLaren, 1 run, a yorker heading for off stump, dug out towards cover

38.4

Mills to du Plessis, 1 no ball, high full toss, and he has overstepped, might have been too high as well, du Plessis gets it away towards point

Free-hit

38.4

Mills to du Plessis, FOUR, sensational way to get to a well-deserved half-century, skips across the stumps and paddles it perfectly past short fine leg for four, noticed that fine leg was in the ring and he takes advantage, du Plessis' purple patch continues

38.5

Mills to du Plessis, 1 run, worked to short fine leg for a single this time

38.6

Mills to McLaren, no run, shouts of "catch it" as McLaren thumps the ball towards cover, tough chance for Williamson whpo had to dive forward to get his hands on that low one, he can't latch on to it

End of over 39 (11 runs) South Africa 172/5 (RR: 4.41)
R McLaren    29* (32b 3x4)      KD Mills    7-1-36-1
F du Plessis    53* (66b 3x4)      JEC Franklin    9-1-40-1

39.1

Franklin to du Plessis, 1 run, length ball is eased towards long-on for a single

39.2

Franklin to McLaren, no run, length ball on off stump, defended to the leg side

Prabhu: "On the nicknames .. the lean Indian spinner Venkata pathy raju was nicknamed "Muscles""

39.3

Franklin to McLaren, 1 run, pitched up and that is driven towards long-on for a single

39.4

Franklin to du Plessis, 1 run, a stylish hit from du Plessis, skips down the track and slaps it down to long-on

39.5

Franklin to McLaren, no run, slower ball, out of the back of the hand, full and outside off, punched towards extra cover

39.6

Franklin to McLaren, 1 run, worked towards deep midwicket for a single, a good day so far for Franklin

stan: "Then there was Eddie "Bunter" Barlow and the former Cape Town City footballer Frank "Jingles" Pereira who got his nickname from the sound the small change in his pocket made"

End of a very productive Powerplay for SA.

End of over 40 (4 runs) South Africa 176/5 (RR: 4.40)
R McLaren    31* (36b 3x4)      JEC Franklin    10-1-44-1
F du Plessis    55* (68b 3x4)      KD Mills    7-1-36-1

40.1

Williamson to McLaren, no run, slapped towards backward point by McLaren

40.2

Williamson to McLaren, 2 runs, another fielding mistake from Guptill, he takes a step to his right after McLaren punches the ball to his left at midwicket

40.3

Williamson to McLaren, OUT, turn for Williamson, seemed to have spun past McLaren's outside edge, can't see anything on the HotSpot, there's a loud appeal for caught-behind though, and it is upheld, the partnership is snapped at 59. McLaren has done his bit with the bat though

R McLaren c †BB McCullum b Williamson 33 (53m 39b 3x4 0x6) SR: 84.61

Here's Rpobin Peterson.

40.4

Williamson to Peterson, no run, length ball outside off, opens the face to guide the ball towards backward point

40.5

Williamson to Peterson, no run, length ball outside off, defended solidly off the front foot

40.6

Williamson to Peterson, no run, full and just outside off, defended towards point, just two off the over and a wicket

End of over 41 (2 runs) South Africa 178/6 (RR: 4.34)
RJ Peterson    0* (3b)      KS Williamson    5-0-14-2
F du Plessis    55* (68b 3x4)      JEC Franklin    10-1-44-1

41.1

McClenaghan to du Plessis, 1 run, short of length ball is worked towards mid-on, sprints through for a single

Olly: "Just signed in, spotted the nicknames banter... has Monde "All hands" Zondeki been mentioned yet?" I also liked the nick 'One size' for a former Fulham (I think) footballer called Fitz Hall

41.2

McClenaghan to Peterson, OUT, McLenaghan is all smiles after he gets Peterson lbw, that one swerved in after pitching just outside off, Peterson offers an awkward prod but is struck in front of off, that was going to take the top of middle, duck for Peterson

RJ Peterson lbw b McClenaghan 0 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

41.3

McClenaghan to Kleinveldt, no run, length ball outside off, sneaks past the bat and through to the keeper

41.4

McClenaghan to Kleinveldt, no run, 135kph from McLenaghan, pitched up and that is defended towards mid-on

41.5

McClenaghan to Kleinveldt, 1 wide, slants that down the leg side

41.5

McClenaghan to Kleinveldt, no run, length ball outside off, defended back towards the bowler

41.6

McClenaghan to Kleinveldt, no run, short of length and angling across, Kleinveldt think about playing that one but withdraws his bat at the last moment

End of over 42 (2 runs) South Africa 180/7 (RR: 4.28)
RK Kleinveldt    0* (4b)      MJ McClenaghan    9-1-20-3
F du Plessis    56* (69b 3x4)      KS Williamson    5-0-14-2

42.1

Williamson to du Plessis, no run, full and just outside off, pushed back towards the bowler

42.2

Williamson to du Plessis, 1 run, on the pads, whipped behind square leg

Paul: "And lets not forget Wayward Hayward..."

42.3

Williamson to Kleinveldt, no run, spins in after pitching on middle, du Plessis makes room and slaps the ball towards point

42.4

Williamson to Kleinveldt, 1 leg bye, full ball down the leg side, off the pads and towards short fine

42.5

Williamson to du Plessis, OUT, and Kane Williamson strikes once more, du Plessis is goen and south Africa now unlikely to bat out their full quota, it was on the pads, du Plessis didn't want to power that one, just chipped it towards wide long-on, 'catch, catch, catch,' was the plea from the bowler, Nicol does well, getting his hands under it as the ball dropped on him, that was another solid innings from du Plessis, who is quickly becoming an indispensable member of the team in all formats

F du Plessis c Nicol b Williamson 57 (145m 72b 3x4 0x6) SR: 79.16

42.6

Williamson to Kleinveldt, no run, flighted ball is clipped towards midwicket

End of over 43 (2 runs) South Africa 182/8 (RR: 4.23)
RK Kleinveldt    0* (7b)      KS Williamson    6-0-15-3
DW Steyn    0* (0b)      MJ McClenaghan    9-1-20-3

43.1

McClenaghan to Steyn, no run, 131.4kph, full and outside off, pats the outside edge and through to the keeper, McClenaghan's impressive debut continues

43.2

McClenaghan to Steyn, no run, again he beats the outside edge from round the wicket, this is short of a length and just outside off

43.3

McClenaghan to Steyn, OUT, does the trick on the third time, a yorker on off and middle and off stump flies out of it's place and is lying on the turf a few yards out, a fourth for McClenaghan, a debut to savour, can he make it a fifer?

DW Steyn b McClenaghan 0 (1m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

43.4

McClenaghan to Tsotsobe, no run, a full ball heading for off stump, defended by Tsotsobe

43.5

McClenaghan to Tsotsobe, no run, pitched up and again heading for off stump, squeezed towards backward point, easy single to be had, the batsmen strolled to the middle, meeting midway before Kleinveldt asks Tsotsobe to go back as he wants strike in the next over, can Lonwabo keep out the final delivery

43.6

McClenaghan to Tsotsobe, no run, he can, defends to the leg side, and McClenaghan finishes with 4 for 20, the best figures for a New Zealand bowler on debut

End of over 44 (wicket maiden) South Africa 182/9 (RR: 4.13)
LL Tsotsobe    0* (3b)      MJ McClenaghan    10-2-20-4
RK Kleinveldt    0* (7b)      KS Williamson    6-0-15-3

44.1

Williamson to Kleinveldt, no run

44.2

Williamson to Kleinveldt, FOUR, too wide outside off, scythed through extra cover for four

44.3

Williamson to Kleinveldt, no run, looking to launch this towards midwicket, can't get bat on it

44.4

Williamson to Kleinveldt, 2 runs, an outside edge, short third man puts in a dive but can't stop it completely, goes down towards the third man boundary, South Africa gets two, could have got a third but Kleinveldt sends back Tsotsobe

44.5

Williamson to Kleinveldt, no run, defended down the track this time

44.6

Williamson to Kleinveldt, 1 run, full ball on middle and leg, eased towards long-on for a single

End of over 45 (7 runs) South Africa 189/9 (RR: 4.20)
RK Kleinveldt    7* (13b 1x4)      KS Williamson    7-0-22-3
LL Tsotsobe    0* (3b)      MJ McClenaghan    10-2-20-4

45.1

Mills to Kleinveldt, SIX, in the slot and that is hammered to the deep midwicket boundary by Kleinveldt, that a long boundary there and he clears it comfortably, South Africa getting closer towards 200

45.2

Mills to Kleinveldt, SIX, back-to-back sixes to bring up the 200, a fierce hit sends that length ball over long-off for six more

45.3

Mills to Kleinveldt, no run, slugs a full ball to deep square leg and then declines the single

45.4

Mills to Kleinveldt, SIX, the crowd has been subdued for much of today, now they have found their voice, thanks to the third six of the over from Kleinveldt, muscular flat hit to the midwicket boundary after Mills pitches short

45.5

Mills to Kleinveldt, 1 run, slower yorker, only 100kph that one, Kleinveldt adjusts and defends for a single towards mid-on

45.6

Mills to Tsotsobe, no run, pitched up, looks to drive, inside-edge sends the ball towards the leg side

End of over 46 (19 runs) South Africa 208/9 (RR: 4.52)
LL Tsotsobe    0* (4b)      KD Mills    8-1-55-1
RK Kleinveldt    26* (18b 1x4 3x6)      KS Williamson    7-0-22-3

The Kleinveldt show is a hit and it continues

46.1

Williamson to Kleinveldt, no run, length ball following the batsman, defended to the leg side

46.2

Williamson to Kleinveldt, OUT, the Kleinveldt show is over, it was down the leg side, he swipes it towards deep square leg where Mills takes the catch to wrap up the South Africa innings on 208

RK Kleinveldt c Mills b Williamson 26 (21m 20b 1x4 3x6) SR: 130.00

Terrific effort from New Zealand's bowlers, with a debut to remember for Mitchell McClanaghan, who took four for 20 in his ten overs. Kane Williamson also captured four, several of which were boundary catches. James Franklin got through his ten overs, and Kyle Mills was good with the new ball but was taken apart in the Powerplay and towards the end of the innings.

Faf du Plessis was again called on to rescue South Africa after the top-order collapsed, and he made a composed half-century which showed how much he has grown in stature over the past year. Ryan McLaren seemed to be batting too high at No.7 but he showed he can score, and score quick, and his 59-run partnership with du Plessis was the biggest of the innings.

South Africa finish on what looks like an inadequate score - 208 - but New Zealand's batting isn't the mightiest around, so this should be a pretty good contest.

Series Results
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South Africa won by 1 wicket (with 0 balls remaining)
South Africa v New Zealand at Kimberley - Jan 22, 2013
New Zealand won by 27 runs
South Africa v New Zealand at Paarl - Jan 19, 2013
New Zealand won by 1 wicket (with 26 balls remaining)
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Jan 19, 2013

James Franklin punches the air after securing victory, South Africa v New Zealand, 1st ODI, Paarl, January 19, 2013

James Franklin punches the air after securing victory

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Jan 19, 2013

James Franklin kept his cool to win the game with a cover drive, South Africa v New Zealand, 1st ODI, Paarl, January 19, 2013

James Franklin kept his cool to win the game with a cover drive

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