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New Zealand v South Africa, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong

March 24, 2014

South Africa pull off an anti-choke

Nitin Sundar

It's hotting up in Group 1, with all the hair-raising contests.

For the record, Imran Tahir wasn't singing along when the South African anthem played. South Africa started off poorly, losing Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers early. Enter JP Duminy.

Amla's scratchy innings ended in bizarre fashion when he smashed Corey Anderson into Duminy's bat at the non-striker's end. The ball bobbed up for an easy return catch.

But Duminy was in ominous touch. He smoked boundaries to all corners of the field, and unfurled some delightful strokes.

Was it another poor day for the commentators?

Yes.

Duminy's daredevilry brought South Africa 109 in their last 10 overs. Target 171 for New Zealand.

New Zealand's chase was propelled by Kane Williamson, and after an indifferent start, Martin Guptill.

Morne Morkel had a ragged day, conceding 50 runs off his 3 overs. The bowling coach didn't seem to be enjoying it.

But Dale Steyn had plans of his own. While his colleagues leaked runs to Williamson and a rampant Ross Taylor, he willed South Africa back into the game single-handedly.

There are two Robert de Niro references in this report. That's how good Steyn was.

Colin Munro's switch-hits hauled New Zealand closer to the target. South Africa's hopes were going down dramatically.

Morne Morkel capped off his poor day with a 14-run 19th over that left Steyn just 7 to defend off the 20th.

But Steyn was at an entirely different level today. He delivered a furiously fast over to pull South Africa through, as New Zealand bottled it against pace. It didn't help that Taylor was stuck at the wrong end for 5 balls.

The Match award, inexplicably, went to Duminy.

Nitin Sundar is social media manager at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 2:04 GMT)

Don't worry guys SA will chock/joke in when it matters. They play like prince in the group level. Like Netherlands in football. Is that something they both should figure out

Posted by YogifromNY on (March 25, 2014, 1:52 GMT)

Whoever is compiling these hilarious tweets for cricinfo - keep up the great work. As Sushant Rawat said, you have made the WCT20 more fun!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 19:50 GMT)

mendis 6 or umar gul 5 are nothing in comparison to this bowling frm steyn...its the situation u bowl in is wht defines u...

Posted by CodandChips on (March 24, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

Loving these tweet reports. Keep them up.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

you just made T2o Wc more fun...

Posted by i-s-r-a-r on (March 24, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

Lmfao @ the MoM / DaD one. Brilliant!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

@Alternative cricket- bitch please Ajantha mendis 4-1-16-6 against aus. Umar gul 3-0-6-5 vs NZ 2.2-0-6-5 SA.no one can top these..

Posted by android_user on (March 24, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

very very unlucky new zealand

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 24, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

Hahahahaa, brilliant. Keep it coming.

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