3rd Twenty20

South Africa v New Zealand, 2012-13

Neil Manthorp

At Port Elizabeth, December 26, 2012. South Africa won by 33 runs. Toss: South Africa.

Normal service was resumed. Davids completed a memorable debut series with a confident 68, assisted by the recalled Ontong in a stand of 89, and South Africa's total proved insurmountable on another tricky, two-paced pitch. Both Guptill and Brendon McCullum perished attempting to up the rate, and the contest was all but finished by the tenth over. Fringe players McLaren and Aaron Phangiso, a left-arm spinner from a township near Pretoria, looked every bit potential match-winners, returning identical figures in different circumstances. This was the first year since readmission that South Africa had not played a Test match on Boxing Day.

Man of the Match: H. Davids.

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