New Zealand in South Africa ODI Series - 3rd ODI

South Africa v New Zealand

South Africa won by 1 wicket (with 0 balls remaining)

The teams' national anthems are being sung. I've just spotted a large Winnie the Pooh rug on the hill at Senwes Park. Not too long until the start now.

Martin Guptill, who's had a poor, poor tour after that century in the T20s, is opening with BJ Watling. Dale Steyn with the first new ball, bowling over the wicket.

2.10 pm Sean Vucich: "R.Taylor only managed a 4 in his first class return. Ryder managed the same during the same round of the Plunket Shield as well. Would still be great to see them there though"

James: "Top sports scheduling. Murray to beat Federer just before the cricket starts. We hope."

Niranjan: "As a Mumbai Indians fan, it was devastating watching Aaron Phangiso dominate MI batsmen in the champions league. SA desperately need a good spinner for a balanced attack, I hope Aaron makes good use of this opportunity."

Matt: "Did anyone else see Shane Warne catch Federer's mis-hit at the tennis?"

Alastair Houldsworth: "Would be grateful if you could avoid publishing anything about the tennis... have recorded the match to watch after work and don't want to know the result. Thanks :)" Done, not another word.

2.00 pm New Zealand have named an unchanged XI. South Africa have made two changes. Aaron Phangiso comes in for Robin Peterson to make his ODI debut, and Dale Steyn replaces Morne Morkel.

Brendon McCullum has won the toss and New Zealand will bat.

Zaakir: "It's not just hot, it's "blazing"....the team that fields first will find it tough...."

Sean: "Im sure NZ will have a hard time beating SA for a 3rd ODI. It would make my month if they manage a turn around in the form of a whitewash. Although I am happy with the result so far."

Elky Le Roux: "Come on BCs! Clean sweep! You've got loads of loyal loyal supports that support you through thick, thin and strangely brown. Do it for us - we bloody need it!"

Niranjan: "It has been a tremendous turn-around..Finally New Zealand team doing something to do justice to their potential. Just hoping that they take confidence from this performance and do well in tests too."

1.45 pm Good afternoon and welcome to our ball-by-ball commentary of the third ODI between South Africa and New Zealand in Potchefstroom, where it's a hot day. New Zealand have already won the series of course, 2-0, so they're gunning for a cleansweep, while South Africa will be desperate to avoid that result. Or so we hope.

0.1

Steyn to Guptill, 1 wide, good length outside off stump, with some movement away from the right-hander, the umpire calls it wide, thought that was a bit harsh

0.1

Steyn to Guptill, no run, a fuller and straighter delivery, Guptill drives it past the bowler and Kleinveldt runs to his left from mid-on and slides to cut off the shot

0.2

Steyn to Guptill, FOUR, the outside edge has gone for four through point! Guptill was looking to drive straight and the ball moved away from him a touch, he's scored his first runs of the ODI series

0.3

Steyn to Guptill, no run, left alone outside off stump

0.4

Steyn to Guptill, no run, Guptill lets another one go outside off stump

0.5

Steyn to Guptill, no run, good length on off and middle stump, Guptill tries to force the ball on the leg side but gets an inside edge on to the pad

0.6

Steyn to Guptill, no run, good length and just outside off, Guptill stays in his crease and plays towards point

End of over 1 (5 runs) New Zealand 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
MJ Guptill    4* (6b 1x4)      DW Steyn    1-0-5-0
BJ Watling    0* (0b)     

MrGarreth: "I just hope SA take this game a little more seriously. There was a lot of laughing going on every time the camera panned to the dressing room after a wicket fell. Come on Gary. SA cricket hired you for a world cup. Take the format seriously. No more experimenting."

Lonwabo Tsotsobe from over the wicket ...

1.1

Tsotsobe to Watling, no run, on target right away, on a good length and line, played back to the bowler

1.2

Tsotsobe to Watling, no run, pitches around leg and Watling closes the face to push the ball towards midwicket as it angles across him

1.3

Tsotsobe to Watling, 2 runs, short and wide outside off, Watling stays in his crease and cuts, Kleinveldt runs to his right from third man and fumbles the pick up

1.4

Tsotsobe to Watling, no run, defended on the off side

Aakash: "I was reading the preview to this game and got to know Steyn has only 96 odi wickets! I was shell shocked. Hopefully he will cross the 3 figure mark today!" I think CSA has managed Steyn's workload very well, in terms of balancing formats.

1.5

Tsotsobe to Watling, no run, good length, pitching in line with the stumps and angling across Watling, who shoulders arms

1.6

Tsotsobe to Watling, no run, short of a length and straight, Watling gets behind the line and blocks

End of over 2 (2 runs) New Zealand 7/0 (RR: 3.50)
BJ Watling    2* (6b)      LL Tsotsobe    1-0-2-0
MJ Guptill    4* (6b 1x4)      DW Steyn    1-0-5-0

2.1

Steyn to Guptill, no run, 130 kph on a good length outside off, Guptill shoulders arms

2.2

Steyn to Guptill, no run, almost ten ks quicker from Steyn, the ball lifts off a length outside off and the batsman lets it go again

2.3

Steyn to Guptill, no run, good length outside off with some shape away from the right-hander, Guptill prods and is beaten

2.4

Steyn to Guptill, no run, Guptill continues his watchful start, letting another one go outside off as Steyn seams the ball away

2.5

Steyn to Guptill, no run, tight line and length just outside off, Guptill shoulders arms again

2.6

Steyn to Guptill, no run, Steyn pitches around off and moves the ball away quite sharply, Guptill stays in his crease and lets it go, he didn't play a ball with his bat in that over

End of over 3 (maiden) New Zealand 7/0 (RR: 2.33)
MJ Guptill    4* (12b 1x4)      DW Steyn    2-1-5-0
BJ Watling    2* (6b)      LL Tsotsobe    1-0-2-0

3.1

Tsotsobe to Watling, 1 run, short of a length and wide outside off stump, Watling slashes and carves the ball towards third man, where it reaches Kleinveldt on the bounce

3.2

Tsotsobe to Guptill, no run, pitches short of a length and seams across the right-hander, Guptill plays inside the line and is beaten

3.3

Tsotsobe to Guptill, no run, Guptill once again prods forward and inside the line and is beaten by Tsotsobe, who moves the ball across the right-hander

3.4

Tsotsobe to Guptill, 1 run, Guptill swings across the line at a fuller ball and hits it towards mid-on, who dives to his right and cuts it off

3.5

Tsotsobe to Watling, 1 run, short of a length on the thigh, Watling works the ball behind square

3.6

Tsotsobe to Guptill, no run, Guptil stays in his crease and lets the ball go outside off

Christo: "As a staunch Protea supporter, I have to say that we couldn't have been beaten by a better team. They showed guts, determination & grit. Well done! But enough is enough, let's whip some butt!"

End of over 4 (3 runs) New Zealand 10/0 (RR: 2.50)
MJ Guptill    5* (16b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    2-0-5-0
BJ Watling    4* (8b)      DW Steyn    2-1-5-0

4.1

Steyn to Watling, 1 wide, Steyn sprays the ball wide outside off, his second wide of the game

4.1

Steyn to Watling, no run, pushed off the front foot towards mid-off

4.2

Steyn to Watling, no run, Watling stays in his crease and pushes away from his body at a good length delivery that seams away, he is beaten

4.3

Steyn to Watling, FOUR, nicely flicked! Steyn bowled too full on the pads, looking to swing the ball from there away from the right-hander, Watling clipped the ball neatly through midwicket for his first boundary

4.4

Steyn to Watling, no run, he's let this one go outside off

4.5

Steyn to Watling, no run, that's too wide outside off but the umpire does not call it

4.6

Steyn to Watling, no run, pitches on a good length outside off and moves away from the right-hander, Watling shoulders arms

End of over 5 (5 runs) New Zealand 15/0 (RR: 3.00)
BJ Watling    8* (14b 1x4)      DW Steyn    3-1-10-0
MJ Guptill    5* (16b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    2-0-5-0

5.1

Tsotsobe to Guptill, no run, Guptill has a wild swing at one that angles across him, that was well wide of off stump and Guptill tried to hit it down the ground, he missed

5.2

Tsotsobe to Guptill, OUT, caught at first slip! Guptill swings his bat in anger/disgust/disappointment/all of the previous as he walks off. He drove from his crease at one that pitched on a good length on middle and off and left the right-hander, the thick edge was held by Ingram. Guptill's miserable tour with the bat is over.

MJ Guptill c Ingram b Tsotsobe 5 (22m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 27.77

Williamson, the centurion from the previous game, is the new batsman.

5.3

Tsotsobe to Williamson, no run, played back to the bowler from the crease

Neil: "South Africa are to all intents and purposes playing 5 specialist bowlers (anyone with a batting average under 20 can't call themselves an allrounder in my book) in a team without their batting big guns. New Zealand have a great chance of a whitewash here. HUGE pressure on McLaren to show that he really can bat."

5.4

Tsotsobe to Williamson, no run, Williamson drives away from his body off the front foot, Tsotsobe drew him forward with his length and beat the outside edge with movement away from the right-hander

5.5

Tsotsobe to Williamson, no run, he is more watchful this time and lets the ball go outside off

5.6

Tsotsobe to Williamson, no run, he lets another one go outside off

Sam: "Ive always seen great potential in guptill, but enough is enough."

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 15/1 (RR: 2.50)
KS Williamson    0* (4b)      LL Tsotsobe    3-1-5-1
BJ Watling    8* (14b 1x4)      DW Steyn    3-1-10-0

6.1

Steyn to Watling, no run, short of a length, rising into the batsman's chest, Watling gets on top of the bounce and fends the ball down

6.2

Steyn to Watling, 1 run, fuller ball on the stumps, Watling drives past the bowler and Kleinveldt dives to his left to try and stop it, he doesn't make a clean save

6.3

Steyn to Williamson, no run, Williamson stays in his crease and plays a good length ball towards cover, Steyn's moving the ball away from the right-handers

6.4

Steyn to Williamson, no run, that's wide enough for Williamson to leave without much fuss

6.5

Steyn to Williamson, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Williamson watches it go through

6.6

Steyn to Williamson, 1 run, played with an open face behind point for a single

End of over 7 (2 runs) New Zealand 17/1 (RR: 2.42)
KS Williamson    1* (8b)      DW Steyn    4-1-12-0
BJ Watling    9* (16b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    3-1-5-1

Peter: "Back to domestic for Guptill! Definitely should not be selected against England until he has regained some form. Disastrous tour for him"

7.1

Tsotsobe to Williamson, no run, short of a length, pitching in line with the stumps and angling across Williamson, who thinks about pulling but decides not to

Chris: "Tsotsobe just continues to perform at the top level and remain under the publicity radar... one of those unasuming bowlers who does enough with the ball to get runs at low economy rates, much like Philander in tests (although Philander has the publicity)"

7.2

Tsotsobe to Williamson, no run, fuller length but similar line, Williamson lets it go

James: "It is frustrating because Guptill can be absolutely brilliant and one of the best in this NZ side but just hasn't stepped up as of late"

7.3

Tsotsobe to Williamson, no run, a fuller ball on middle and off, Williamson moves across his crease and plays towards midwicket

7.4

Tsotsobe to Williamson, no run, short of a length outside off, Williamson stays on the back foot and plays towards point

7.5

Tsotsobe to Williamson, no run, fuller ball at 132 kph just outside off, Williamson moves forward and plays towards cover

7.6

Tsotsobe to Williamson, no run, defended from the crease towards the off side

End of over 8 (maiden) New Zealand 17/1 (RR: 2.12)
KS Williamson    1* (14b)      LL Tsotsobe    4-2-5-1
BJ Watling    9* (16b 1x4)      DW Steyn    4-1-12-0

8.1

Steyn to Watling, 1 run, that's uppish but just short and a bit wide of point, he tried to drive on the off side but got a thick outside edge

8.2

Steyn to Williamson, 1 run, short with lots of width, Williamson slashes and gets a thick edge towards third man

8.3

Steyn to Watling, no run, good length outside off, left alone by Watling

Jacomien: "I see SA is still intent on playing their A-listers against NZ, instead of going for the best team. One should have thought the first two games would have taught them to take the Black Caps a little more seriously. Seems you can earn a Protea ODI cap for pitching up at the ground these days."

8.4

Steyn to Watling, no run, short of a length outside off, Watling gives it a thump off the back foot but doesn't beat the infield on the off side

8.5

Steyn to Watling, FOUR, too short and it sits up for Watling, who swivels and pulls to the deep square leg boundary

8.6

Steyn to Watling, no run, the slower ball outside off, Watling spots it early and lets it go

End of over 9 (6 runs) New Zealand 23/1 (RR: 2.55)
BJ Watling    14* (21b 2x4)      DW Steyn    5-1-18-0
KS Williamson    2* (15b)      LL Tsotsobe    4-2-5-1

AniketZoglekar: "I'm glad to see that CSA has made more emphasis on test cricket for Steyn. Steyn's played in almost as many tests as he has in ODIs. Steyn himself seems to relish Test Cricket anyway. ODIs anyway aren't what they used to be. The best period for ODIs were from 1996 to 2003 where the bat-ball contest would be even and a 250 score would've been a tough one to chase. I miss those days."

9.1

Tsotsobe to Williamson, FOUR, the top edge has flown down to the third-man boundary! Williamson tried to pull a short ball that angled across him and edged it over the cordon

Nathan: "Tsotsobe benefits from Steyn's pace as much as he bowls well. The batsmen need to get after someone and choose the guy who won't take their head off with 140km\h bouncer. But then Tsotsobe gets it to move and you're out, so its kinda like being stuck between a rock and a hard place for the openers."

9.2

Tsotsobe to Williamson, OUT, caught behind! Williamson has a swipe outside off stump at a length ball that's a bit slower, it bounced a bit lower than usual as well and the bottom edge carries to the wicketkeeper

KS Williamson c †de Kock b Tsotsobe 6 (17m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 35.29

Ross: "Is everyone forgetting that Kane Williamson averaged less than Guptill in the test series? They have both scored a match-winning 100 in at least one format on the tour. Brendon McCullum has had a worse tour than either of them."

Mike: "It was clear that Guptil should have been sent for a period of retrenchment in domestic cricket, rather than come on this tour. This tour has just caused him and NZ damage. Another bad management decision" Not sure they had options with Taylor and Ryder unavailable.

9.3

Tsotsobe to Elliott, no run, good length and the ball seams across Elliott, who lets it go

9.4

Tsotsobe to Elliott, no run, good length in the channel outside off stump, Elliott lets it go again. Tsotsobe seems to have a niggle in his leg.

9.5

Tsotsobe to Elliott, no run, Elliot strides forward to cover his off stump and shoulders arms to the delivery leaving him

9.6

Tsotsobe to Elliott, no run, defended from the crease towards the off side

Nathan: "See, told ya. Bowling partnerships, just as important as batting partnerships in cricket."

The first block of fielding restrictions are over and New Zealand need a repair job.

End of over 10 (4 runs) New Zealand 27/2 (RR: 2.70)
GD Elliott    0* (4b)      LL Tsotsobe    5-2-9-2
BJ Watling    14* (21b 2x4)      DW Steyn    5-1-18-0

Thameem: "@AniketZoglekar - I grew up during that era and I miss the 1996-2003 period too. Some of the best matches were played during the those days and every team (most) had atleast one world class fast bowler and a good spinners. Even Zimbabwe were quite good back then."

Tsotsobe's going off the field. Kleinveldt replaces Steyn, bowling from over the wicket.

10.1

Kleinveldt to Watling, no run, good length angling into the right-hander, Watling stays in his crease and blocks

10.2

Kleinveldt to Watling, no run, driven off the front foot to mid off

10.3

Kleinveldt to Watling, no run, short of a length outside off, Watling stays back and defends towards point

10.4

Kleinveldt to Watling, no run, Watling tries to play on the off side but gets an inside edge on to the leg

10.5

Kleinveldt to Watling, no run, Watling pushes forward at a full ball that angles into him and plays it slightly uppishly in mid-on's direction

10.6

Kleinveldt to Watling, no run, good length outside off, Watling stays in his crease and plays towards point, Kleinveldt begins his spell with a maiden

End of over 11 (maiden) New Zealand 27/2 (RR: 2.45)
BJ Watling    14* (27b 2x4)      RK Kleinveldt    1-1-0-0
GD Elliott    0* (4b)      LL Tsotsobe    5-2-9-2

Aaron Phangiso on debut, to bowl left-arm spin from round the wicket.

11.1

Phangiso to Elliott, no run, bowled slowly on off stump, Elliott stays in his crease and blocks

11.2

Phangiso to Elliott, no run, driven off the front foot to point

11.3

Phangiso to Elliott, 1 run, goes back and punches towards cover point, where the fielder dives to his left to make a fine save but can't prevent the single. Du Plessis was the fielder

11.4

Phangiso to Watling, 1 run, driven to long off for one more

11.5

Phangiso to Elliott, no run, tossed up on middle stump, defended on the leg side off the front foot

11.6

Phangiso to Elliott, FOUR, shot! Elliott gets under a flighted ball and chips it inside out towards the extra-cover boundary for a one-bounce four

End of over 12 (6 runs) New Zealand 33/2 (RR: 2.75)
GD Elliott    5* (9b 1x4)      AM Phangiso    1-0-6-0
BJ Watling    15* (28b 2x4)      RK Kleinveldt    1-1-0-0

12.1

Kleinveldt to Watling, no run, played from the crease towards point

RandyOz: "I don't know anything about grant elliott, but looking at his stats he averages 10 in tests, 30 in ODIs and 29 in first class matches. Is the talent really that shallow in NZ right now?"

12.2

Kleinveldt to Watling, 1 run, short ball, and Watling swivels to get inside the line and pulls towards fine leg

12.3

Kleinveldt to Elliott, no run, short of a length outside off stump, the ball holds its line and beats the outside edge of Elliott's prod

12.4

Kleinveldt to Elliott, 1 run, a bit too straight and Elliott works the ball off his hips towards deep backward square

12.5

Kleinveldt to Watling, no run, Watling stays in his crease and inside edges a short of a length ball on to his thigh

12.6

Kleinveldt to Watling, no run, length ball with some width outside off, Watling cuts but doesn't beat point

End of over 13 (2 runs) New Zealand 35/2 (RR: 2.69)
BJ Watling    16* (32b 2x4)      RK Kleinveldt    2-1-2-0
GD Elliott    6* (11b 1x4)      AM Phangiso    1-0-6-0

Simon: "@Randy-No that's just our World Class Selection panel right there"

13.1

Phangiso to Elliott, no run, driven back to the bowler, Phangiso moves to his left to collect

13.2

Phangiso to Elliott, 1 run, played of fthe back foot through point

Chris Fransham: "@randyOZ I don't know too much about Elliott either but he did score a very handy 48 last game alongside Williamson."

13.3

Phangiso to Watling, no run, goes right back into his crease and defends on the leg side, shouts of excitement from the keeper and the bowler because the batsman played it late

13.4

Phangiso to Watling, 1 run, played through square leg for a single

13.5

Phangiso to Elliott, FOUR, Elliott lines up Phangsio and slog sweeps to the cow corner boundary, his second boundary off the spinner

13.6

Phangiso to Elliott, 1 run, driven off the front foot through cover point

End of over 14 (7 runs) New Zealand 42/2 (RR: 3.00)
GD Elliott    12* (15b 2x4)      AM Phangiso    2-0-13-0
BJ Watling    17* (34b 2x4)      RK Kleinveldt    2-1-2-0

14.1

Kleinveldt to Elliott, 1 run, short of a length outside off, steered from the crease past the fielder diving to his left at point

Jordan: "On regards to Elliot, stats don't tell the whole story about a player. He can play his shots well. He's a talented All-rounder. SA can nod to that after his 48 in the last ODI"

14.2

Kleinveldt to Watling, no run, defended from the crease on the off side

14.3

Kleinveldt to Watling, no run, played from the crease and he gets an inside edge on to the thigh, Kleinveldt moved the ball into the right-hander from a good length

14.4

Kleinveldt to Watling, no run, pushed from the crease towards mid-on

Praveen: "I can't understand people's obsession with the past. Do they really think there have been no great matches in recent times? Cricket at any given time has been as great as at any other. We have seen some phenomenal matches, both tests and one-dayers, and amazing individual performances in the recent times." Praveen has a point, the past is usually rose-tinted.

14.5

Kleinveldt to Watling, 3 runs, Watling tries to play a short-arm pull through midwicket but gets an inside edge past his stumps. Tsotsobe, who is back on the field, runs to his right and dives to save the boundary at fine leg

14.6

Kleinveldt to Elliott, no run, left alone outside off stump

End of over 15 (4 runs) New Zealand 46/2 (RR: 3.06)
GD Elliott    13* (17b 2x4)      RK Kleinveldt    3-1-6-0
BJ Watling    20* (38b 2x4)      AM Phangiso    2-0-13-0

Ryan McLaren replaces Phangiso, bowling from over the wicket.

Zenek: "To be fair to Grant Elliot, his ODI stats are actually pretty decent with both bat and ball. And he averages more than the always over-rated McCullum."

15.1

McLaren to Watling, no run, terrific first ball! Hits a good length just outside off and holds its line and bounces sharply as well, beating Watling's push off the front foot

15.2

McLaren to Watling, OUT, caught at point! The full ball angled into the right-hander's off and middle stump, Watling closed the face while playing an on-drive and the movement away from him caused the ball to fly off the outside edge straight to du Plessis, who took the catch at head height

BJ Watling c du Plessis b McLaren 20 (64m 40b 2x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

ChrisNZ: "Where to next for the Black Caps re openers? It has been a constant problem since before Stephen Fleming's time."

Granville: "@Praveen: You have to admit the standard of bowling has gone down. Probably because the game has been tilted heavily in the favour of batters."

Brendon McCullum is the new batsman, the captain has to rescue a sinking innings.

15.3

McLaren to BB McCullum, no run, good length and straight, McCullum defends back to the bowler

15.4

McLaren to BB McCullum, no run, the ball leaps off a short of a length and sways away from McCullum, squaring him up and beating the bat

15.5

McLaren to BB McCullum, no run, driven off the front foot towards mid-on

Joe: "Ah the good old New Zealand cricket team is back. There I was, almost starting to feel proud of them again."

15.6

McLaren to BB McCullum, 1 run, full and wide outside off, McCullum reaches for it and drives behind point

End of over 16 (1 run) New Zealand 47/3 (RR: 2.93)
BB McCullum    1* (4b)      R McLaren    1-0-1-1
GD Elliott    13* (17b 2x4)      RK Kleinveldt    3-1-6-0

Matt: "Re Elliot - as with a lot of NZ players, they have one good innings evey now and then and that sets them in the team for the next year or so. Still, I remember being at the SCG 2009 to see him score the first ODI hundred by a kiwi at the SCG, not a bad effort"

16.1

Kleinveldt to BB McCullum, no run, defended from the crease on the off side

16.2

Kleinveldt to BB McCullum, no run, good length on of and middle, McCullum stays in his crease, gets behind the line, and pushes to mid-on

16.3

Kleinveldt to BB McCullum, 1 wide, haven't seen too many bouncers today, but that one from Rory is a bit too high

16.3

Kleinveldt to BB McCullum, no run, played off the back foot towards point

16.4

Kleinveldt to BB McCullum, 1 run, pushed towards mid-on for a single, there's a direct hit at the bowler's end but McCullum is safe

16.5

Kleinveldt to Elliott, no run, good length outside off stump, Elliott strides forward and shoulders arms

16.6

Kleinveldt to Elliott, no run, stays in his crease to defend one that keeps a bit low, gets an inside edge on the leg side

End of over 17 (2 runs) New Zealand 49/3 (RR: 2.88)
GD Elliott    13* (19b 2x4)      RK Kleinveldt    4-1-8-0
BB McCullum    2* (8b)      R McLaren    1-0-1-1

Jeremy: "McCullum is long overdue. Today would be a good day for a captain's knock on a decent wicket."

17.1

McLaren to BB McCullum, no run, defended back to the bowler

17.2

McLaren to BB McCullum, no run, McCullum had to sway and bend backwards quite low to let the short of a length ball pass over him

17.3

McLaren to BB McCullum, no run, fuller ball outside off, driven firmly to cover

Tony: "I don't want to put the mockers on him... but the scene is set nicely now for McCullum to get a big score and try to quieten some of his critics, at least for the time being..."

17.4

McLaren to BB McCullum, 1 run, too straight from McLaren, McCullum flicks the ball off his pads through square

17.5

McLaren to Elliott, 1 run, Elliott moves across his crease and is nearly outside off stump as he turns a full ball towards midwicket

17.6

McLaren to BB McCullum, no run, the ball rises sharply on McCullum from short of a length outside off and holds its line too, McCullum begins to play at it but pulls his bat out of the way

End of over 18 (2 runs) New Zealand 51/3 (RR: 2.83)
BB McCullum    3* (13b)      R McLaren    2-0-3-1
GD Elliott    14* (20b 2x4)      RK Kleinveldt    4-1-8-0

18.1

Kleinveldt to Elliott, 1 run, pushed off the front foot through point

18.2

Kleinveldt to BB McCullum, no run, length ball outside off stump, McCullum covers his off stump with an exaggerated stride and shoulders arms

18.3

Kleinveldt to BB McCullum, no run, good length just outside of, McCullum stays in his crease and defends on the off side

18.4

Kleinveldt to BB McCullum, 1 run, worked off the pads between midwicket and mid-on, not that those fielders are in the circle at the moment

18.5

Kleinveldt to Elliott, no run, good length outside off, Elliott isn't interested in playing it

18.6

Kleinveldt to Elliott, 1 run, short of a length and wide outside off stump, steered towards third man off the back foot

End of over 19 (3 runs) New Zealand 54/3 (RR: 2.84)
GD Elliott    16* (23b 2x4)      RK Kleinveldt    5-1-11-0
BB McCullum    4* (16b)      R McLaren    2-0-3-1

19.1

McLaren to Elliott, no run, short of a length outside off, Elliott bends his knees and lets it go

19.2

McLaren to Elliott, 1 run, steered towards third man for a single

19.3

McLaren to BB McCullum, FOUR, a full delivery outside off stump and McCullum drills it to the cover boundary with a fierce drive that beats Phangiso, who was at sweeper

19.4

McLaren to BB McCullum, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

19.5

McLaren to BB McCullum, 2 runs, McCullum moves forward and drives a full ball through cover, he doesn't beat Phangiso this time

19.6

McLaren to BB McCullum, no run, McCullum prods at a short of a length ball outside off and is beaten

End of over 20 (7 runs) New Zealand 61/3 (RR: 3.05)
BB McCullum    10* (20b 1x4)      R McLaren    3-0-10-1
GD Elliott    17* (25b 2x4)      RK Kleinveldt    5-1-11-0

Sabah: "Matt: re Elliott, do you also maybe remember him winning NZ the Champions' trophy quarterfinal against England, and then the semi against Pakistan as well, which he did with a broken thumb? To the others who are slating him, I might point out that he's currently outscoring the majority of the top order."

Phangiso is back for a second spell.

20.1

Phangiso to Elliott, 1 wide, the first ball drifts down leg side

20.1

Phangiso to Elliott, 1 bye, Elliott drives away from his body at a slow ball outside off and is beaten, the keeper fails to collect cleanly

20.2

Phangiso to BB McCullum, 1 run, pushed off the back foot towards midwicket

20.3

Phangiso to Elliott, no run, worked off the pads for a single

20.4

Phangiso to Elliott, no run, driven on the front foot towards cover

20.5

Phangiso to Elliott, 1 run, pushed towards long on from the crease

20.6

Phangiso to BB McCullum, 1 run, played off the back foot towards wide mid-on

End of over 21 (5 runs) New Zealand 66/3 (RR: 3.14)
BB McCullum    12* (22b 1x4)      AM Phangiso    3-0-17-0
GD Elliott    18* (29b 2x4)      R McLaren    3-0-10-1

21.1

McLaren to BB McCullum, 1 run, full ball outside off and McCullum drives off the front foot to deep cover

21.2

McLaren to Elliott, no run, a full ball but closer to the stumps, Elliott stays in his crease and closes the face of the bat to play towards midwicket

21.3

McLaren to Elliott, 1 run, short ball, and Elliott pulls towards deep midwicket

Gerald: "Elliott's batting average is the 20th best of all time for NZ. If averages are any indicator of how good you are, then he is one of their better batters."

21.4

McLaren to BB McCullum, no run, the fielder at midwicket, Phangiso, dives to his right to stop a firm drive from McCullum

21.5

McLaren to BB McCullum, OUT, he's upper cut it straight to third man! Poor choice of shot from McCullum. The ball was not short enough or wide enough to carve over the third-man boundary and McCullum was cramped for room as he got under the ball and played the shot. Steyn barely had to move to get under the catch

BB McCullum c Steyn b McLaren 13 (27m 25b 1x4 0x6) SR: 52.00

Nahim: "Re the rose-tinted glasses, I also grew up watching cricket in the 1990s and have fond memories. But I gotta admit, the period from 2000 to 2004 was pretty dull, with flatter pitches than ever, the fading away of a bunch of great quicks and the incessant domination of John Buchanan's Aussie machine. Things look a lot rosier these days!"

Colin Munro is the new batsman.

21.6

McLaren to Munro, 1 run, worked off the pads behind square for a single

End of over 22 (3 runs) New Zealand 69/4 (RR: 3.13)
C Munro    1* (1b)      R McLaren    4-0-13-2
GD Elliott    19* (31b 2x4)      AM Phangiso    3-0-17-0

22.1

Phangiso to Munro, no run, played back to the bowler from the crease

Jeremy: "And with that an almost audible collective cringe from the last few NZ fans silly enough to still be watching at 3am. That's goodnight for me."

22.2

Phangiso to Munro, no run, that ball kept low outside off stump and beat Munro prodding off the back foot

22.3

Phangiso to Munro, no run, he strides forward this time and defends on the off side

22.4

Phangiso to Munro, no run, played towards point off the front foot

22.5

Phangiso to Munro, 1 run, cut off the back foot towards deep point

22.6

Phangiso to Elliott, no run, pushed off the front foot on the off side

Turk: "I honestly think McCullum needs to be dropped. He's got to understand that he's not indispensable..." But they just made his captain.

End of over 23 (1 run) New Zealand 70/4 (RR: 3.04)
GD Elliott    19* (32b 2x4)      AM Phangiso    4-0-18-0
C Munro    2* (6b)      R McLaren    4-0-13-2

23.1

McLaren to Munro, 1 run, Munro is caught in his crease by a good length ball that angles across him from over the wicket, he gets an edge towards third man

Blunt: "Brendon McCullum - how about instead of looking at your bat and shaking your head you have a look at your cricketing brain. You have the captaincy now and frankly your inability to be consistent and play sensible cricket can no longer be tolerated. Time for you to lead by example."

23.2

McLaren to Elliott, 2 runs, lots of width outside off and the batsman square drives through point, Smith is not usually a boundary rider but he runs to his left and slides to make the save

23.3

McLaren to Elliott, no run, nudged off the back foot on the leg side

23.4

McLaren to Elliott, 1 run, fuller length outside off, played from the crease towards point

23.5

McLaren to Munro, no run, lbw! But Munro wants the decision reviewed. That ball pitched outside leg and straightened a touch, but that can't be out. There was an inside edge as well. Not out on two counts.

23.6

McLaren to Munro, 1 run, length ball on the pads, nudged from the crease through square

End of over 24 (5 runs) New Zealand 75/4 (RR: 3.12)
C Munro    4* (9b)      R McLaren    5-0-18-2
GD Elliott    22* (35b 2x4)      AM Phangiso    4-0-18-0

The umpires are having a look at the ball, and it is being changed.

24.1

Phangiso to Munro, no run, driven off the front foot to mid-off

24.2

Phangiso to Munro, 2 runs, goes back to a shorter ball, makes room, and slaps the ball in front of point

24.3

Phangiso to Munro, no run, defended from the crease on the off side

24.4

Phangiso to Munro, 1 run, it looked like he wanted to whip that through midwicket, but played it towards mid-on in the end

24.5

Phangiso to Elliott, 1 run, fuller ball outside off, driven off the front foot through point

Suneil: "Elliot has to anchor this innings if NZ want to put up a decent total. I have no confidence in everyone else below him in the batting lineup."

24.6

Phangiso to Munro, no run, Munro goes back to cut but is beaten by the low bounce outside off stump

End of over 25 (4 runs) New Zealand 79/4 (RR: 3.16)
C Munro    7* (14b)      AM Phangiso    5-0-22-0
GD Elliott    23* (36b 2x4)      R McLaren    5-0-18-2

Tsotsobe is back, can he bowl a second spell that is as good as his first?

25.1

Tsotsobe to Elliott, FOUR, clever shot, more of an outside edge but I think Elliott opened the face of the bat late to steer the length ball past the wicketkeeper. Probably finer than he was aiming for but he's got a boundary

Steve Austin: "To be completely honest, New Zealand has probably got one of the best lower orders in the world batting-wise. I think 200 could very well challenge South Africa here."

25.2

Tsotsobe to Elliott, no run, Elliott moves outside off stump and leaves a short ball that's wider outside off

25.3

Tsotsobe to Elliott, no run, defended from the crease on the off side

25.4

Tsotsobe to Elliott, 1 run, fuller ball on leg and middle, flicked off the pads through square leg

25.5

Tsotsobe to Munro, no run, pushed from the crease towards cover

25.6

Tsotsobe to Munro, 1 run, worked from the crease through wide mid-on

End of over 26 (6 runs) New Zealand 85/4 (RR: 3.26)
C Munro    8* (16b)      LL Tsotsobe    6-2-15-2
GD Elliott    28* (40b 3x4)      AM Phangiso    5-0-22-0

Steyn's back for his second spell too.

26.1

Steyn to Munro, no run, length ball outside off, cut off the back foot to point

26.2

Steyn to Munro, no run, punched off the back foot on the off side

26.3

Steyn to Munro, no run, Munro played the pull too early and got hit on the body by a short ball

26.4

Steyn to Munro, no run, fuller length on off stump, defended on the front foot

26.5

Steyn to Munro, 2 runs, nudged off the pads towards square leg

James: "Steve Austin, maybe NZ's lower order is so good at batting because the top order gives it so much practice!"

26.6

Steyn to Munro, no run, short of a length outside off, left alone by the batsman

End of over 27 (2 runs) New Zealand 87/4 (RR: 3.22)
C Munro    10* (22b)      DW Steyn    6-1-20-0
GD Elliott    28* (40b 3x4)      LL Tsotsobe    6-2-15-2

27.1

Tsotsobe to Elliott, no run, short of a length outside off, cut off the back foot to point

Alex: "The thing that really irks me about B McCullum, is that he's never had to play or perform well for his place in the side. As well as having a poor batting average, he gets out time and time again playing dumb shots. Maybe if he had the threat of being dropped he'd play better?"

27.2

Tsotsobe to Elliott, no run, Elliott plays the big drive, trying to hit through cover, but gets beaten by a ball that seams away from him off a good length

27.3

Tsotsobe to Elliott, no run, short of a length angling away from Elliott, who lets it go

27.4

Tsotsobe to Elliott, FOUR, full and wide outside off stump, Elliott goes hard at the ball, freeing his arms and playing a square drive to the point boundary

27.5

Tsotsobe to Elliott, no run, a short ball and Elliott lets it pass over his back as he ducks

27.6

Tsotsobe to Elliott, no run, good length pitching around middle and off and seaming across, Elliott stays in his crease and opens the face of his bat to play towards point

End of over 28 (4 runs) New Zealand 91/4 (RR: 3.25)
GD Elliott    32* (46b 4x4)      LL Tsotsobe    7-2-19-2
C Munro    10* (22b)      DW Steyn    6-1-20-0

kcc: "Maybe McCullum will get the axe when Ronchi comes in? at least some pressure." Ronchi's playing the tour game against England soon.

28.1

Phangiso to Munro, no run, played off the back foot towards midwicket

28.2

Phangiso to Munro, 1 run, Munro goes back and nudges the ball through square

28.3

Phangiso to Elliott, no run, Elliott missed the big sweep and got hit on the pad, a bottom edge may have saved him? Phangiso began to appeal and then stopped

28.4

Phangiso to Elliott, no run, played towards cover

28.5

Phangiso to Elliott, no run, goes back to cut and is beaten, that was very close to off stump

28.6

Phangiso to Elliott, 1 run, pushed off the back foot towards Faf at cover point

End of over 29 (2 runs) New Zealand 93/4 (RR: 3.20)
GD Elliott    33* (50b 4x4)      AM Phangiso    6-0-24-0
C Munro    11* (24b)      LL Tsotsobe    7-2-19-2

McLaren, from over the wicket.

29.1

McLaren to Elliott, no run, good length, pitching outside off and angling into Elliott, who defends from his crease

29.2

McLaren to Elliott, no run, fuller ball on off stump, driven off the front foot to cover

29.3

McLaren to Elliott, 1 run, short of a length and Elliott swivels and pulls towards deep backward square

29.4

McLaren to Munro, no run, defended from the crease back to the bowler

29.5

McLaren to Munro, 1 run, length ball outside off, Munro stays back and cuts through point

29.6

McLaren to Elliott, 1 run, a fuller ball angling into off and middle stump, Elliott moves forward, pushes to mid-off and runs

End of over 30 (3 runs) New Zealand 96/4 (RR: 3.20)
GD Elliott    35* (54b 4x4)      R McLaren    6-0-21-2
C Munro    12* (26b)      AM Phangiso    6-0-24-0

Suneil: "NZ needs to score more quickly now. From this point, they should target a score around 240."

30.1

Phangiso to Elliott, no run, there's an appeal for a stumping after Elliott was drawn forward by Phangiso's length and beaten on the drive by the flighted ball that turned away from the right-hander. His foot was on the line but he seemed to slide it back, or was it on the line when de Kock broke the stumps? It's a very close call. Extremely close, and the third umpire gives Elliott the benefit of the doubt. Could have gone either way, I think.

30.2

Phangiso to Elliott, no run, defended on the off side

30.3

Phangiso to Elliott, no run, pushed back to the bowler

30.4

Phangiso to Elliott, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side

30.5

Phangiso to Elliott, 1 run, moves forward and pushes firmly into the covers for a single

30.6

Phangiso to Munro, 1 run, Munro goes back and plays the ball in front of point

End of over 31 (2 runs) New Zealand 98/4 (RR: 3.16)
C Munro    13* (27b)      AM Phangiso    7-0-26-0
GD Elliott    36* (59b 4x4)      R McLaren    6-0-21-2

Gregster: "This is a where 50 over cricket comes into its own! Do NZ bat sensibly or take a few risks? When do they start to attack? What score do they need? Fascinating tactical battle in the batsmen's minds!"

31.1

McLaren to Munro, no run, defended off the back foot on the off side

31.2

McLaren to Munro, 1 run, short of a length and Munro jumps back and pulls the ball through square leg

31.3

McLaren to Elliott, FOUR, shot! McLaren drops the ball short and Elliott pulls off the front foot to the deep midwicket boundary, quick hands, he lofted it over the in field

31.4

McLaren to Elliott, FOUR, another one! Elliott uses the pace of the length ball and opens the face to let it slide off the bat to the third man boundary

31.5

McLaren to Elliott, 1 run, worked off the pads through square leg for a single

31.6

McLaren to Munro, no run, nudged off the back foot on the leg side

Time for a drink

End of over 32 (10 runs) New Zealand 108/4 (RR: 3.37)
C Munro    14* (30b)      R McLaren    7-0-31-2
GD Elliott    45* (62b 6x4)      AM Phangiso    7-0-26-0

Wozza: "If Elliot stays to the end, and the next few batsmen rotate the strike to him NZ should be able to put a defensable score. There is not enough experience or quality in our bowling lineup to keep the run rate down with a settled batsmen."

32.1

Phangiso to Elliott, FOUR, Elliot seems to have had a nice drink. Clears the front leg, takes a length ball, gets under it, and lofts him over mid-on

32.2

Phangiso to Elliott, no run, short of a length, and he seems to be expecting it, but the cut can't beat point

32.3

Phangiso to Elliott, 1 run, flighted, on off, pushed to sweeper-cover to bring up his fifty. Much appreciated by his team-mates

32.4

Phangiso to Munro, FOUR, is it a reverse pull or a switch pull? Yes it is a switch pull. He has moved early, changed the grip, got a short ball on what would have been his leg stump, and he has pulled it away through what would have been point for four

32.5

Phangiso to Munro, FOUR, orthodox, just as effective. Down the wicket, to the pitch of the ball, and driven between mid-off and extra cover. All along the ground

32.6

Phangiso to Munro, FOUR, an action replay this time. Three superb shots. This is a four through cover too. Seventeen off the over

End of over 33 (17 runs) New Zealand 125/4 (RR: 3.78)
C Munro    26* (33b 3x4)      AM Phangiso    8-0-43-0
GD Elliott    50* (65b 7x4)      R McLaren    7-0-31-2

Tsotsobe to bowl now

33.1

Tsotsobe to Elliott, FOUR, no the Powerplay has not been taken. New Zealand are going after everything regardless. Down the wicket, gets an inside edge to a length ball, and gets four through fine leg

33.2

Tsotsobe to Elliott, OUT, the upper cut has consumed the second batsman today. And it's also two in two matches for Elliot. Gets one short and wide, gets under it, guides it towards third man where Steyn runs in, gets low, and takes a safe catch

GD Elliott c Steyn b Tsotsobe 54 (109m 67b 8x4 0x6) SR: 80.59

33.3

Tsotsobe to Munro, 1 run, short of a length, punched away with to deep point for one

TimP: "I wonder if the selectors have considered roping in Sonny Bill Williams to open for the Black Caps? That would obviously be once his played every form of rugby and his boxing career has ended...... ;-"

James Franklin is the new man in

33.4

Tsotsobe to Franklin, no run, short of a length, on off, stays tall in defence

Zenek: "Falling on 54, Elliot finishes just 2 short of McCullum's total for the series. Just saying."

One slip in place

33.5

Tsotsobe to Franklin, no run, fuller, wider, left alone, but not wide alone to be called wide

33.6

Tsotsobe to Franklin, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended in front of off

End of over 34 (5 runs) New Zealand 130/5 (RR: 3.82)
JEC Franklin    0* (3b)      LL Tsotsobe    8-2-24-3
C Munro    27* (34b 3x4)      AM Phangiso    8-0-43-0

Kaizer Chiefs are in attendance

Behardien gets a bowl

34.1

Behardien to Munro, 1 run, short, punched away to deep point

34.2

Behardien to Franklin, 1 run, full, outside off, driven to sweep-cover

34.3

Behardien to Munro, 1 run, slower ball, on the pads, worked away for a single to long-on

Graeme: "Not enough money in cricket for sonny bill TimP"

34.4

Behardien to Franklin, no run, short of a length, angling away, beats Franklin's push

"Why is it that, whenever a team loses early wickets, then has a reviving partnership, a wicket always falls just before the powerplay overs?" Surely an indicator, James, that teams are better off using Powerplays before they are forced to use them?

34.5

Behardien to Franklin, 1 run, driven to long-off for one

34.6

Behardien to Munro, 2 runs, long hop, pulled away, wide of deep midwicket for two

End of over 35 (6 runs) New Zealand 136/5 (RR: 3.88)
C Munro    31* (37b 3x4)      F Behardien    1-0-6-0
JEC Franklin    2* (6b)      LL Tsotsobe    8-2-24-3

Powerplay to be taken. Rory Kleinveldt to bowl now

35.1

Kleinveldt to Franklin, FOUR, Franklin hardly looks he has hardly hit this ball. Short of a length, just outside off, and caressed between cover-point and cover for four. All with the ease of patting a pet's head

A man goes back in the covers

35.2

Kleinveldt to Franklin, no run, short again, but no room, and defended

35.3

Kleinveldt to Franklin, no run, nearly gone. Bouncer, chest high, Franklin is slow into the pull, but the top edge doesn't carry to mid-on

35.4

Kleinveldt to Franklin, 1 run, another upper-cut, but this one doesn't carry to third man

James: "George, totally agree about the powerplay. England are very rigid about it. Not sure the powerplay is as important as before with the new fielding rules, though?"

35.5

Kleinveldt to Munro, no run, full, angling in, defended back to RK

Cameron: "Sounds like Elliot threw away his wicket with a reckless shot when his team need him to bat out the rest of the innings. I would call for him to be punished/dropped but B McCullum has made a career out of it and is now the captian, who I am I to criticise."

35.6

Kleinveldt to Munro, no run, short of a length, cuts back in to go with the angle from round the stumps, cramps him up. Defended to leg

End of over 36 (5 runs) New Zealand 141/5 (RR: 3.91)
C Munro    31* (39b 3x4)      RK Kleinveldt    6-1-16-0
JEC Franklin    7* (10b 1x4)      F Behardien    1-0-6-0

Steyn comes back into the attack. Four men on the circle on the off side, two on leg

36.1

Steyn to Franklin, 1 run, short of a length, angling away, Frankin drops and runs, and takes a single

Mark: "Elliott bashers should know that Elliott scored more boundaries than almost everyone in the series except Williamson. Statistics speaks."

36.2

Steyn to Munro, 1 run, looks to hit this powerfully into the leg side, gets a sort of an inside edge, gets a single to deep square leg

"Is that Kaiser Chiefs the band or Kaiser Chiefs the soccer team ;-)" The team, Nic

36.3

Steyn to Franklin, 1 run, short of a length, on off, another drop and run, but Munro has had to beat du Plessis's direct hit from point. Beat it he does

36.4

Steyn to Munro, 1 run, pulled away to deep square leg for one

36.5

Steyn to Franklin, 1 wide, bouncer, but starts wide outside leg, and he will have to bowl that one again

36.5

Steyn to Franklin, 1 run, short of a length, no room, but they do well with the drop-and-run again, taking a single to cover

36.6

Steyn to Munro, 1 wide, another wide down the leg side as Steyn bounces again

36.6

Steyn to Munro, 1 run, flick-pulled away to long leg for one

End of over 37 (8 runs) New Zealand 149/5 (RR: 4.02)
C Munro    34* (42b 3x4)      DW Steyn    7-1-28-0
JEC Franklin    10* (13b 1x4)      RK Kleinveldt    6-1-16-0

"Aww come on, I hoped that Potch had one-upped the band at Port Elizabeth!" Nic is disappointed

37.1

Kleinveldt to Munro, 1 leg bye, angling in, doesn't make connection, but gets a leg-bye

Cameron: "And what is the statisical probability that an upper cut shot, in this series, has resulted in runs vs. wickets. Not smart cricket!"

37.2

Kleinveldt to Franklin, 1 run, angling in, gets some bat to it, and takes a single around the corner

37.3

Kleinveldt to Munro, no run, full, swinging in, chasing those toes, beats the swing of the bat

37.4

Kleinveldt to Munro, no run, low full toss, middle and leg, doesn't let him get under it, Munro manages an inside edge onto the pad

37.5

Kleinveldt to Munro, no run, length ball, but Munro is caught on the back foot trying to slog/pull it, and manages just a mis-hit to mid-on

37.6

Kleinveldt to Munro, FOUR, this time Munro gets it right. Length ball, middle and off, he clears the front leg, and smashes this back over the bowler's head

End of over 38 (6 runs) New Zealand 155/5 (RR: 4.07)
C Munro    38* (47b 4x4)      RK Kleinveldt    7-1-21-0
JEC Franklin    11* (14b 1x4)      DW Steyn    7-1-28-0

38.1

Steyn to Franklin, 1 run, played off the back foot towards cover

38.2

Steyn to Munro, SIX, that's a slog and it's cleared the long-on boundary! Munro cleared his front foot, stayed in his crease, and swung as hard as he could, carting the ball over the rope. Steyn's length was poor

38.3

Steyn to Munro, no run, a fast reply from Steyn but it's down leg side

38.4

Steyn to Munro, FOUR, superb shot! That's when you play the ramp/upper cut, when third man is in the circle. Munro sways away from the short ball angling across him and then angles his bat face, allowing the ball to bounce off it towards the boundary

38.5

Steyn to Munro, 1 run, short ball from round the wicket, pulled behind square for a single

38.6

Steyn to Franklin, 1 wide, banged in short, a touch down leg side and it's been called a wide

38.6

Steyn to Franklin, 2 runs, worked off the pads with the angle into the left-hander in front of square leg

End of over 39 (15 runs) New Zealand 170/5 (RR: 4.35)
JEC Franklin    14* (16b 1x4)      DW Steyn    8-1-43-0
C Munro    49* (51b 5x4 1x6)      RK Kleinveldt    7-1-21-0

Liam: "Glad to see Munro getting a decent score, seemed a lot were writing him off already after only a few matches."

Kleinveldt from round the wicket.

39.1

Kleinveldt to Munro, 1 leg bye, good length but the line is on the pads, Munro misses the glance but gets hit on the thigh for leg byes

39.2

Kleinveldt to Franklin, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Franklin stands tall and cuts towards third man

39.3

Kleinveldt to Munro, 1 leg bye, strays on to the pads again but Munro misses the glance this time, getting hit on the thigh for another leg bye

39.4

Kleinveldt to Franklin, 1 run, Franklin tries to drive straight but gets an inside edge on to the pad, Munro sees the ball going slightly wide of the keeper and calls Franklin through for a quick single

39.5

Kleinveldt to Munro, 1 leg bye, Munro misses the glance yet again and is hit on the thigh for more leg byes

39.6

Kleinveldt to Franklin, no run, a full ball angling into the left-hander from round the wicket, Franklin clips the ball firmly off his pads but the shot is stopped by the fielder diving at midwicket

End of over 40 (5 runs) New Zealand 175/5 (RR: 4.37)
JEC Franklin    16* (19b 1x4)      RK Kleinveldt    8-1-23-0
C Munro    49* (54b 5x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    8-1-43-0

Warren: "Proteas letting the Black Caps escape once again. 69/4 becomes 169/5. Steyn's woes with the white ball continue, as do SA's woes with the lack of a world class spinner since Tayfield in the 50's..."

40.1

Behardien to Munro, 1 run, Munro plays the ball to long off and raises hit bat after completing the single, that's his half-century, his first in ODIs, and it's rescued New Zealand

40.2

Behardien to Franklin, no run, in the blockhole from Behardien, at gentle medium pace, Franklin keeps it out

40.3

Behardien to Franklin, no run, played from the crease to backward point

40.4

Behardien to Franklin, 1 run, Franklin stays back and dabs the ball in front of point for a single

40.5

Behardien to Munro, 1 leg bye, on the pads, Franklin plays it behind square

40.6

Behardien to Franklin, 1 run, driven to long off for a single

Johan Rossouw: "It's strange that someone of Steyn's undoubted ability has never quite had the same effect in the world of ODI cricket as he has had in Test cricket."

End of over 41 (4 runs) New Zealand 179/5 (RR: 4.36)
JEC Franklin    18* (23b 1x4)      F Behardien    2-0-9-0
C Munro    50* (56b 5x4 1x6)      RK Kleinveldt    8-1-23-0

41.1

McLaren to Franklin, 1 run, the slower ball pitched short of a length, Franklin gets on top of the bounce and dabs on the off side

41.2

McLaren to Munro, no run, fuller and on middle stump, Munro stays in his crease and pushes back to the bowler

41.3

McLaren to Munro, 1 run, cut off the back foot towards point, Faf dives but stops the ball with body rather than his hand

41.4

McLaren to Franklin, 1 run, full and straight, Franklin drills the ball past the bowler

41.5

McLaren to Munro, 1 wide, a bouncer but the umpire says it's too high and calls it wide

Martin Nosworthy: "Mmm, am I the only Saffer who is developing some very serious concerns about our bowling attack and the lack of depth thereof? What is so difficult about bowling a consistent line and length?"

41.5

McLaren to Munro, FOUR, that's a rubbish ball with third man in the circle, short and wide outside off, Munro gets under it and slashes hard, carving the ball over the head of the fielder in the circle

41.6

McLaren to Munro, 1 run, full ball on the pads, Munro stays in his crease and flicks to fine leg

End of over 42 (9 runs) New Zealand 188/5 (RR: 4.47)
C Munro    56* (60b 6x4 1x6)      R McLaren    8-0-40-2
JEC Franklin    20* (25b 1x4)      F Behardien    2-0-9-0

Dave Angel: "Even stranger than his relative lack of success in ODIs, is that Steyn is an excellent T20 bowler. How do you explain that?"

42.1

Tsotsobe to Munro, 1 run, played into the covers for a single

Louis: "I think Steyn doesn't like bowling semi-defensively. That's why he's good at tests and T20, because he can just bowl aggressively."

42.2

Tsotsobe to Franklin, 2 runs, the slower ball is a full toss outside off, which Franklin gently steers through point

42.3

Tsotsobe to Franklin, 2 runs, Franklin steps out and drives to long on

42.4

Tsotsobe to Franklin, 2 runs, short of a length outside off, steered from the crease to third man

42.5

Tsotsobe to Franklin, 1 run, Franklin stays back and opens the face to steer the ball to third man again, simply waiting for the ball to angle into him from round the wicket and guiding it

42.6

Tsotsobe to Munro, OUT, caught behind! Munro charges and swings hard at a good length ball and he gets a really thick edge that flies quickly to de Kock's left. The wicketkeeper goes with both hands and catches it. Was harder than it looked, I think. Munro falls after doing his bit to take New Zealand to a score they can hope to defend.

C Munro c †de Kock b Tsotsobe 57 (102m 62b 6x4 1x6) SR: 91.93

End of over 43 (8 runs) New Zealand 196/6 (RR: 4.55)
     LL Tsotsobe    9-2-32-4
JEC Franklin    27* (29b 1x4)      R McLaren    8-0-40-2

That was Tsotsobe's fourth wicket but the celebrations were not elaborate. South Africa are behind the over-rate.

43.1

McLaren to Franklin, 1 run, full ball angling into the pads, clipped towards midwicket

Nathan McCullum to face ...

43.2

McLaren to NL McCullum, 2 runs, strays on to the pads and McCullum glances behind square for a couple of hard-run runs

43.3

McLaren to NL McCullum, OUT, there's a huge appeal for caught behind but the umpire says not out. De Kock was adamant and South Africa have reviewed this. The ball was short of a length and it rose into McCullum's ribs. McCullum moved across his stumps and tried to glance towards fine leg. He ended up stopping his shot in the end but did he stop his shot in time? Hot Spot doesn't really show a clear mark on the glove but the third umpire has spoken with the on-field umpire, who has changed his decision. McCullum has to go. It did look like it brushed the glove but I can't say there was hard evidence of it. There was a smudge on the glove but nothing very clear

NL McCullum c †de Kock b McLaren 2 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

43.4

McLaren to Neesham, no run, driven off the front foot to mid-off

43.5

McLaren to Neesham, 1 run, played to fine leg

43.6

McLaren to Franklin, 1 run, full ball angling into the pads, played through midwicket

End of over 44 (5 runs) New Zealand 201/7 (RR: 4.56)
JEC Franklin    29* (31b 1x4)      R McLaren    9-0-45-3
JDS Neesham    1* (2b)      LL Tsotsobe    9-2-32-4

44.1

Tsotsobe to Franklin, 1 run, glanced off the hips behind square for another single

44.2

Tsotsobe to Neesham, FOUR, a full ball outside off stump and Neesham drives it on the front foot fluently wide of the fielder at mid-off

44.3

Tsotsobe to Neesham, FOUR, short ball and Neesham cracks it off the back foot this time, pulling it over midwicket and into the gap on the boundary

44.4

Tsotsobe to Neesham, no run, defended from the crease back to the bowler

44.5

Tsotsobe to Neesham, no run, full and straight, driven firmly back to the bowler, Tsotsobe manages to stop it and he's probably saved a boundary because mid-on and off are in the circle

44.6

Tsotsobe to Neesham, FOUR, cracking stuff from Neesham, moving a long way across his stumps to flick a full ball from outside off to the backward square leg boundary. Tsotsobe ends his spell with an expensive over, but he's taken four wickets

End of over 45 (13 runs) New Zealand 214/7 (RR: 4.75)
JDS Neesham    13* (7b 3x4)      LL Tsotsobe    10-2-45-4
JEC Franklin    30* (32b 1x4)      R McLaren    9-0-45-3

45.1

McLaren to Franklin, 1 run, driven firmly but the shot is stopped at cover by Smith, that was a full toss from McLaren

45.2

McLaren to Neesham, 1 wide, the bouncer but that's very high, the ninth wide of the innings

45.2

McLaren to Neesham, OUT, that looks plumb lbw and the umpire agrees! Neesham isn't convinced though and he's asked for a review. McLaren bowled the ball in the blockhole from round the wicket and hit Neesham on the boot as he played across the line. That looks pretty adjacent, the ball would have gone on to clip leg stump. But the predictive replays show it would have gone on to hit middle! That is bizarre. Definitely not hitting middle. Leg stump, yes.

JDS Neesham lbw b McLaren 13 (8m 8b 3x4 0x6) SR: 162.50

45.3

McLaren to Mills, no run, played towards cover

45.4

McLaren to Mills, 1 run, worked off the hips towards square leg

45.5

McLaren to Franklin, 1 leg bye, a length ball on the pads, glanced behind square

45.6

McLaren to Mills, FOUR, a high full toss outside off stump, rubbish ball, Mills stays in his crease and slaps it through point for four

End of over 46 (8 runs) New Zealand 222/8 (RR: 4.82)
KD Mills    5* (3b 1x4)      R McLaren    10-0-52-4
JEC Franklin    31* (34b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    10-2-45-4

46.1

Steyn to Franklin, 1 run, a full ball on the pads, slower too, flicked from the crease through square leg

46.2

Steyn to Mills, 1 run, driven to cover for one more

46.3

Steyn to Franklin, no run, defended from the crease on the leg side

46.4

Steyn to Franklin, 2 runs, Franklin stays back and opens the face to steer the ball towards third man, the second run is risky but the throw isn't the best from Miller

46.5

Steyn to Franklin, no run, a fast bouncer, Franklin tried to get outside the line by moving towards leg and chip to third man but missed

46.6

Steyn to Franklin, 1 run, an inside edge on to the pad and they run a quick single

End of over 47 (5 runs) New Zealand 227/8 (RR: 4.82)
JEC Franklin    35* (39b 1x4)      DW Steyn    9-1-48-0
KD Mills    6* (4b 1x4)      R McLaren    10-0-52-4

Kleinveldt from round the wicket ...

47.1

Kleinveldt to Franklin, no run, in the blockhole, bang on target, Franklin can only dig it out back to the bowler. Rory hurries back to his mark because of the over-rate

47.2

Kleinveldt to Franklin, 1 leg bye, a full ball on the pads, Franklin misses the glance but will run a leg bye

47.3

Kleinveldt to Mills, 1 wide, too full and too far down leg side

47.3

Kleinveldt to Mills, 1 run, short of a length and Mills pulls it down to fine leg

47.4

Kleinveldt to Franklin, 1 leg bye, they run a quick single after dropping the ball close on the leg side

Dan the Man: "I'm confused. The the ball from mclaren pitched in line from round the wicket, how exactly can it only just be clipping leg stump?? the angles are impossible"

47.5

Kleinveldt to Mills, 1 wide, that's a wide down leg side, won't help the over-rate

Martin Terry: "I agree with George, Neesham was always out, but hawkeye showed the ball turning sharply off the pitch to hit middle stump, not carrying straight onto clip leg like I would expect!"

47.5

Kleinveldt to Mills, 1 leg bye, a full ball on the pads, Mills fails to connect but they will get a leg bye behind square

47.6

Kleinveldt to Franklin, 1 run, driven towards wide mid-on for a single

End of over 48 (7 runs) New Zealand 234/8 (RR: 4.87)
JEC Franklin    36* (43b 1x4)      RK Kleinveldt    9-1-27-0
KD Mills    7* (6b 1x4)      DW Steyn    9-1-48-0

48.1

Steyn to Franklin, OUT

KD Mills run out 7 (13m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 116.66

48.2

Steyn to Franklin, 1 run, Franklin backs away and steers the ball to point. Mills runs but Franklin sends him back. Du Plessis hits direct from point and Mills is well short. The fielders take their positions quickly because South Africa should have finished bowling their overs 15 minutes ago. But their slow over-rate won't matter if they bowl out New Zealand. All will be forgiven.

48.3

Steyn to McClenaghan, 1 wide, played to short fine leg for a single

48.3

Steyn to McClenaghan, 1 run, down leg side and that's another wide, McClenaghan misses the glance

48.4

Steyn to Franklin, FOUR, Steyn's missed the stumps at the bowler's end! McClenaghan defended the ball down the wicket and ran. Franklin responded. Steyn sprinted to the ball, turned around and threw. He missed by quite a bit.

48.5

Steyn to Franklin, 1 run, Franklin backs away and drives a full ball fluently into the gap on the cover boundary, superb timing and hand-eye co-ordination

End of over 49 (8 runs) New Zealand 242/9 (RR: 4.95)
JEC Franklin    42* (47b 2x4)      DW Steyn    9.5-1-56-0
MJ McClenaghan    1* (1b)      RK Kleinveldt    9-1-27-0

49.1

Kleinveldt to Franklin, 1 run, Kleinveldt strays on to the pads, Franklin glances behind square

49.2

Kleinveldt to McClenaghan, 1 run, a low full toss and McClenaghan glances it behind square

49.3

Kleinveldt to Franklin, 5 wides, that's a terrible ball, full and far down leg side, De Kock had no chance. That was miles outside leg. Franklin moved outside leg to make room and Kleinveldt over-followed him

49.3

Kleinveldt to Franklin, FOUR, Franklin whips the full ball into the gap on the backward square leg boundary, superb timing

49.4

Kleinveldt to Franklin, no run, the short ball and Franklin half-ducks

49.5

Kleinveldt to Franklin, SIX, such rubbish bowling, a full toss at eminently hittable height. Franklin brings up his half-century by slamming the ball over deep midwicket off the front foot

49.6

Kleinveldt to Franklin, 1 leg bye, a full ball on the pads, Franklin aims for deep midwicket but misses and is hit on the pads, New Zealand have finished with a strong total after a slow and troubled start

6.25 pm South Africa's bowlers really lost the plot. In their hurry to keep up with the over-rate - they were behind because of all the wides - they bowled poorly at the death and New Zealand took advantage of the wayward lines and lengths. They now need 261 to avoid a whitewash. I'll be back in 20 minutes for the chase. The break between innings won't be long. South Africa were well behind the over-rate.

End of over 50 (18 runs) New Zealand 260/9
JEC Franklin    53* (52b 3x4 1x6)      RK Kleinveldt    10-1-44-0
MJ McClenaghan    2* (2b)      DW Steyn    9.5-1-56-0
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