NZ v SA, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong March 24, 2014

Steyn delivers last-ball win for South Africa

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South Africa 170 for 6 (Duminy 86*, Amla 41, Anderson 2-28, Southee 2-46) beat New Zealand 168 for 8 (Taylor 62, Williamson 51, Steyn 4-17) by 2 runs
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No team had successfully chased 170-plus against South Africa and Dale Steyn single-handedly ensured it stayed that way. The pace spearhead led the defence of 29 off the last three overs and seven off the final one to keep South Africa in the hunt for a semi-final spot.

After Steyn conceded just five runs in his first two overs, the third and 14th of the innings, Faf du Plessis held him back for the final squeeze and it proved a master move. With 18 balls of New Zealand's innings left, Steyn stepped up and exorcised the ghosts of Dhaka 2011 by putting the choke on new Zealand.

Corey Anderson scored six runs off the first two balls but could have been out off the second - a top-edge that Quinton de Kock got his fingers to. Anderson tried to hit the third delivery over long-on but did not have enough power behind it and found the fielder. Steyn sniffed an opening and went back to his default ball for the next two. They were short, curled away and beat Ross Taylor as he fished outside the off stump. Taylor got bat on ball to end the over with a couple but New Zealand still needed 21 runs.

Morne Morkel was having that kind of day. He could easily have conceded all 21, having gone for 36 in his first two overs, and he almost did. His lengths let him down as he bowled an over laced with full tosses that cost 14 runs. Ross Taylor had his way and New Zealand entered the final over needing only seven.

Steyn started with a full ball. Luke Ronchi tried to play a cross-batted shot through the off side but got an edge instead. De Kock dived to his right and held on. New Zealand still needed seven but Steyn had planted doubt in their minds. He followed up with two fireballs at 143 and 148 kph and beat Nathan McCullum with pace. McCullum caught up by the third and hit it over extra cover for four. New Zealand only need three.

Shortish and wide, like the next ball was, should have given it to them but McCullum hit it with the bottom of his bat. The shot was miscued and du Plessis took the catch to leave New Zealand needing three with just a ball remaining.

Taylor was on strike. The field on the leg side was mostly up, plugging the gap there with boundary-riders on the off-side. Steyn pitched it up, Taylor only managed a push back to him but ran anyway. Steyn ran faster. Taylor was run out.

It didn't have to be that tense for New Zealand. They had gotten off to a solid start in pursuit of their target and stayed mostly on track throughout their innings. Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson put on 57 for the first wicket and scored most of those runs in the powerplay overs.

Williamson anchored the first half of the innings after Guptill and Brendon McCullum were dismissed in the space of two overs, and with Ross Taylor at the other end, New Zealand threatened to take the game away. Taylor tore into Morne Morkel, smacking him for three sixes in succession - over long-on, a top-edge over the wicketkeeper's head and the last over square leg. Just before that, Williamson had brought up his maiden T20 fifty, off 31 balls. Incidentally, JP Duminy's half-century for South Africa had come up in the same number of deliveries.

Williamson became Steyn's first victim when he tried to hit him over deep midwicket but found a diving AB de Villiers, but it was only when Imran Tahir removed Colin Munro that South Africa started to claw their way back. They ended the New Zealand innings as emphatically as they ended their own, with fireworks in the final passages.

South Africa scored 70 runs off the final five overs of their innings after meandering their way to 100 off the first 15. Hashim Amla stood firm for them after Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers were dismissed in the powerplay. Amla and Duminy combined for a 55-run fourth wicket stand to set South Africa up but it was up to Duminy to blast them to a good score.

He showed glimpses of aggression before Amla was dismissed - notably the ramp shot off Corey Anderson that went over Luke Ronchi's head - but it was only after Amla was caught by Anderson after hitting the ball to the non-striker's end and watching it loop off Duminy's bat to offer Anderson a return catch - that Duminy opened up. He had the finishers with him but neither David Miller nor Albie Morkel forced the run rate up like Duminy did.

The full range was on display - a reverse-sweep of Williamson, a pull, a drive and a scoop off Tim Southee in the same over, a crunch through the covers, a sweep and a launch over long-on off Kyle Mills in the same over, and a drive that almost took the umpire Aleem Dar out. Duminy was the architect of South Africa's two biggest overs, the 17th and 19th, which went for 17 runs each, and the man who gave them a total Steyn could defend.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • IndianSRTfan on March 25, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    Class is class. It shines through. And Dale Steyn is pure class! Tests, ODIs, T20s, matches played in SA, England, Australia, Subcontinent, it simply doesn't matter when Dale Steyn is bowling. There aren't many who could have defended 7 in the last over. Perhaps Malinga, but regardless it was top notch by Dale. In batting it was only Duminy though, what a knock! 86 at SR of 200!! Miller, AB, and Faf will need to contribute for Proteas to win the silverware. Good to see SA winning a close, tense game.

    NZ needn't be too disappointed with their batting, it was alright except for wobble at the end. Bowling too many boundary balls in death overs cost them the game. They have a tough game against Sri Lanka but should they win it, second position in Group A will become very interesting. It may even come down to NRR!

  • Wallaroo on March 30, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    Cough, cough, cough so glad to see the Black Caps following in the footsteps of the All Blacks. Listen to talk talk while chocking on your ego. If the pure green and gold can't the make up boys from South Africa can I hope.

  • on March 25, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    I can see a lot of similarities between Raina and Duminy .Not only their batting and bowling styles but also the fact that they bat at 5 most of the time and maybe are not so good in tests but are an indispensable part of their respective country's limited overs sides .Of course Duminy has the better technique on bouncier and faster pitches.But seriously I think Duminy ranks as one of the most important batsmen in the SA lineup for Limited overs and he showed why it is so

  • Zainnajam on March 25, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    If you have seen Better overs, Srini_Chennai, then Please let the world know if any bowler has resisted 7 from the last over for a Victory? God, If there were no Bouncers, yorker, good short balls, then how the heck did he Stop it? Are u Saying that Nathan Mc Cullum is the worst Batsmen to not be able To Score only 7 runs? He isnt, Any Answer, Kid?

  • Stark62 on March 25, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    NZ should won this game!!

    What were both Munro and Nathan doing?

    Munro just needed to rotate the strike and get Taylor on strike because he was stetled and was adept to the pace of the pitch.

    Nathan was also at fault for trying to hit a boundary, rather then try and get a single because that would have meant, 2 runs to win off the last ball and you would have at least had another go in the super over to win (if a single could have been taken).

  • Srini_Indian on March 25, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4: This is a match report between SA and NZ, why would you want to talk about australia? Never mind mitch, it has been 10 years since australia won any tests in India. Your best captain ponting (going by stats) has 0 wins in India and has a mediocre test average. Don't get too excited, australia is just full of sloggers. Can't wait to see them play in pitch which turns square.

  • Wildawg on March 25, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    clearly @Srini_Chennai does not know much about cricket.

  • HennopsRiverEnd on March 25, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    @Srini_Chennai

    Don't you think he bowled those specific deliveries because it wasn't a "better batsman" on strike. Length on off with a hint of movement at pace will always be difficult to get away if you're not a "better batsman". People will fuss because it is not everyday that a bowler protects 6runs in the final over.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 25, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    @all-refering to mediocre Rohit-'master blaster' among f/pitch bullies-,his streaky double ton v 3rd string Aus attack w/o Mitch,it was fluke.Also helped by no. of drop catches by an Aus team whose mind was into Ashes.With Mitch would've been an Aus win.

  • on March 25, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    to srini. yorker slower balls doesn't help always. He balled according to the batsman. how could you says it wasn't a best over. he's the best baller no doubt.

  • IndianSRTfan on March 25, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    Class is class. It shines through. And Dale Steyn is pure class! Tests, ODIs, T20s, matches played in SA, England, Australia, Subcontinent, it simply doesn't matter when Dale Steyn is bowling. There aren't many who could have defended 7 in the last over. Perhaps Malinga, but regardless it was top notch by Dale. In batting it was only Duminy though, what a knock! 86 at SR of 200!! Miller, AB, and Faf will need to contribute for Proteas to win the silverware. Good to see SA winning a close, tense game.

    NZ needn't be too disappointed with their batting, it was alright except for wobble at the end. Bowling too many boundary balls in death overs cost them the game. They have a tough game against Sri Lanka but should they win it, second position in Group A will become very interesting. It may even come down to NRR!

  • Wallaroo on March 30, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    Cough, cough, cough so glad to see the Black Caps following in the footsteps of the All Blacks. Listen to talk talk while chocking on your ego. If the pure green and gold can't the make up boys from South Africa can I hope.

  • on March 25, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    I can see a lot of similarities between Raina and Duminy .Not only their batting and bowling styles but also the fact that they bat at 5 most of the time and maybe are not so good in tests but are an indispensable part of their respective country's limited overs sides .Of course Duminy has the better technique on bouncier and faster pitches.But seriously I think Duminy ranks as one of the most important batsmen in the SA lineup for Limited overs and he showed why it is so

  • Zainnajam on March 25, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    If you have seen Better overs, Srini_Chennai, then Please let the world know if any bowler has resisted 7 from the last over for a Victory? God, If there were no Bouncers, yorker, good short balls, then how the heck did he Stop it? Are u Saying that Nathan Mc Cullum is the worst Batsmen to not be able To Score only 7 runs? He isnt, Any Answer, Kid?

  • Stark62 on March 25, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    NZ should won this game!!

    What were both Munro and Nathan doing?

    Munro just needed to rotate the strike and get Taylor on strike because he was stetled and was adept to the pace of the pitch.

    Nathan was also at fault for trying to hit a boundary, rather then try and get a single because that would have meant, 2 runs to win off the last ball and you would have at least had another go in the super over to win (if a single could have been taken).

  • Srini_Indian on March 25, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4: This is a match report between SA and NZ, why would you want to talk about australia? Never mind mitch, it has been 10 years since australia won any tests in India. Your best captain ponting (going by stats) has 0 wins in India and has a mediocre test average. Don't get too excited, australia is just full of sloggers. Can't wait to see them play in pitch which turns square.

  • Wildawg on March 25, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    clearly @Srini_Chennai does not know much about cricket.

  • HennopsRiverEnd on March 25, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    @Srini_Chennai

    Don't you think he bowled those specific deliveries because it wasn't a "better batsman" on strike. Length on off with a hint of movement at pace will always be difficult to get away if you're not a "better batsman". People will fuss because it is not everyday that a bowler protects 6runs in the final over.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 25, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    @all-refering to mediocre Rohit-'master blaster' among f/pitch bullies-,his streaky double ton v 3rd string Aus attack w/o Mitch,it was fluke.Also helped by no. of drop catches by an Aus team whose mind was into Ashes.With Mitch would've been an Aus win.

  • on March 25, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    to srini. yorker slower balls doesn't help always. He balled according to the batsman. how could you says it wasn't a best over. he's the best baller no doubt.

  • No.444 on March 25, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Well played SA, especially Duminy & Steyn. Finally turned the tables on NZ. Thank goodness NmC tried to be the hero instead of doing what Ntini did at 2nd last ball in the 438 game. I've never cheered so much for a single and Ntini is still my hero for that single to third man. I can't recall any of Ponting's or Gibbs' shots. Sometime small things make you the hero.

    Ever noticed how we all just gloss over Steyn's bad overs/performances. 17 off the first over last match and we all said "Ja well no fine", and moved on. I guess years and years of pure class buy you that grace, and deservedly so. Steyn is by far the best bowler across all formats and deserves every bit of respect that one can give.

  • Srini_Indian on March 25, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    I don't know what was the fuss about the last over from Steyn. Sure, it was a great achievement defending 7 off last over but there were no special deliveries. Not a single yorker, not a single bouncer or slower delivery deceiving batsmen. He just bowled length outside off with good pace which hopeless Nathan McCullum couldn't connect. He connected 1 ball which went for 4. Any better batsmen with a cool head would have finished that match in 2 balls. Even the last delivery to Taylor was a juicy half volley which Taylor just couldn't connect. Sorry, I have seen better overs.

  • chamil96 on March 25, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Superb bowled by steyn...superb knock by JP.superb performance by SA. Thtz a best match still in this time.Bad luck for NZ....both of you played really well.keep it up guys. a sri lankan fan

  • Cready on March 25, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Great bowling effort by Dale Steyn and great batting effort by Duminy! I'm relieved that SA won, but I can't help but feel that SA is still in an uncomfortable position. It wasn't a true team effort and for SA to get through to the next round they will need a team effort. It is guys like Miller and Albie on the batting side who has been really letting us down, and I believe that AB must open with QdK. On the bowling side Morne has been disappointing, he will have to learn how to bowl Yorkers if he is to mean anything in the short game. Tsotsobe did better this time, but I would still put Parnell in ahead of him, it lengthens the batting line up and Parnell is better in the death than Morkel and Tsotsobe.

  • sahbas_s on March 25, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4 - Ya you are right!! But I also can't forget the way Kohli,Dhawan and even Nohit sharma toyed with your Mitch!!

  • on March 25, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    Well done Dale! You are the MAN

  • SLslider on March 25, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    @ electric_loco_WAP4 And who can forget our mediocre Sl not winning a single test series outside SL since 2000 or shall I say since Sanga's debut. Who can forget our paper legend's average of 33 after playing over 400 matches. Who can forget our colombo track LEGENDS.

  • DJstriplefive on March 25, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4.....ur cricketing analysis skills are equal to batting skills of chris martin Vs watever any bowler.... One simply doesn't call a bowler "world class" with just one n half series performance...to become "the best in the world" he has to perform irrespective of tracks,opponents,match situation n (of all)consistency over longer career... talking of Indians vs Mitch...India won the series(now don't tell me he left the series early...he played major part before he left).....before speaking abt dale remember he is a freak performer from another world not a patchy one like mitch...

  • on March 25, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    Well played SA but how come no ones mentioned Imran Tahir !! Let's not forget he removed Nathan Mccullum the danger man.

  • cricketlover111 on March 25, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    Hard to understand who we are going to replace Nathan McCullum with, the 5th ranked bowler in international T20 cricket??

    There were a lot of "reasons" NZ lost if you look at them in isolation, Guptill used up 25 balls at the start of the innings for 22 runs, Williamson bowling in the later overs didn't work, players played and missed at the end (including Taylor), but the real reason is South Africa wanted it more. South Africa were desperate and we thought we were going to cruise to a win.

    NZ has beaten a lot of teams the same way by keeping the pressure on, good win SA. NZ learn from the lesson (and play Neesham)!

  • hokeypokey on March 25, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    Well done to williamson/guptil and especially ross taylor for a well constructed batting effort..choke...is the word..some of the senior players were not up to world cup standard..southee got wickets but was pounded,n mccullum trying to live up to his brothers agressive techniques when taylor should off finished it off..dumb stuff.if we dont make the semis looking forward to a 20/20 clean out..

  • delboy on March 25, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    How soon is it before England reject KP qualify to represent SA?

  • StevieS on March 25, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    twistatwistaa he bowled well, you do know he is ranked the 5th best bowler in 20/20's.

  • on March 25, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Fantastic Bowling by Dale Steyn............. He really is a champion Bowler.....Aggression is the Word for him only........

  • CodandChips on March 25, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    @cptmeanster I'm sticking with my pretournament prediction that semis will be Sri Lanka Zealand India Pakistan with New Zealand beating the usual Sri Lankan choke. England nearly showed in CT13and WI did show in WT20 2012 that you can be far from the best team but still win the tournament. New Zealand have one of the best teams. Guptill McCullum & Taylor are 3 of the best. Corey Anderson is the best allrounder on the planet. McClenaghan & Southee & Mills are excellent. Sri Lanka are clearly the best team like last time, but New Zealand are easily one of the next best. Don't write them off.

    As for the IPL, why would you support a team based on one player? Surely you'd support your local (or nearest) team?

  • IndiaNumeroUno on March 25, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4 - are you saying that mitch can only bowl well in fast and bouncy "made to order" tracks?! well.. Steyn can bowl anywhere and produce results, hence easily the #1 :))

  • vefa on March 25, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    this is called fast bowler. This is steyn for u kiwis. . . For kiwis i would say that neesham should have played. He is a good player.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 25, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    @sahbas-s -Who can forget like of Raina/Yuvraj hopping,scared for life facing fired up Mitch making soft target of them with 150k bolts.Form,confidence has deserted them since.Am sure Mitch will be looking to next Ind test tour on 'made to order' tracks.

  • AltafPatel on March 25, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    Replace Morne with Parnel before it be too late.

  • twistatwistaa on March 25, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Antony_NZ you dont have anything to say on nathan maccullum? why is he always in the team , when he cant bat or bowl?

  • tanstell87 on March 25, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    The real culprit is Nathan McCullum...he should have taken a single & gave Taylor who was cruising atleast 3 balls & Kiwis would have won...but Steyn is Steyn...pure class after all...the number 1 bowler in the world...

    Steyn's heroics yesterday reminds of Zaheer Khan & Ashish Nehra who used to do similar jobs for India in the last overs...infact Nehra has bowled India to win on more occasions than Zaheer in last over - the 1st ODI against Pakistan at Karachi in 2004 & against Sri Lanka in Rajkot ODI in 2009(India 414-3 & SL 411-7).

  • twistatwistaa on March 25, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    mcCullum bringing on williamson to bowl 15th over ,when the over before that only went for 2 0r 3 runs its hard to understand, was the biggest mistake of the match

  • HennopsRiverEnd on March 25, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4 Hahaha too funny!!

  • 4cricketluv on March 25, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    I love cricket and the South African team but i hate 20/20 cricket with a passion. The only thing I liked about this game is how South Africa did not lie down when things started looking less favourable for them.

  • sahbas_s on March 25, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4 - "Steyn is right up now with mitch"!!!! hahaha You made my day. It is mitch who has suddenly found some form recently,look at his stats in the subcontinent and i am sure when he travels again to SL/IND, he is going to be thrashed. Steyn has always been the best in the business for atleast four long years.Steyn, Malinga,Ajmal are on any day way above class than Mitch!

  • fkhawaja on March 25, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    it showed the lack of understanding from the kiwis. when taylor was going so well why did the others also try to hit out. sensible thing would have been to get a single and give the strike to taylor. taylor had set up the match and the kiwis threw it away. now this will hurt their chances of a semifinal place. if south africa beat england and netherland, which looks likely, kiwis are in trouble and need to beat srilanka to be in the hunt.

  • on March 25, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    What a bowling? Tremendous player quality cricket beauty game

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 25, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    D Steyn showing how 145 k accurate yorks ball aft. ball at death is diff. for any batsman to hit and it wins close games. He is now right up Mitch as worlds best

  • on March 25, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    good ball steyn my favorite player

  • Antony_Lucas on March 25, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Key moments/blunders that changed the destiny of the match: 1) McCullum choosing to bowl at the toss 2) McCullum bringing on williamson to start the 15th over, that really allowed Duminy to break free and get in the groove. Anderson not worthy of a 4th over? 3) Munro batting at number 5, Anderson was never going to be able to hit Steyn from word go and needed time to get in

    Much of the good work acheived in the home summer has been undone rapidly by poor decision making from the nz administration. Why was so much left to be done against Steyn at the end? With NZ having simply no chance against SL, poor gameplans mean its time to pack your bags boys. Back to the status quo for nz cricket supporters.

    This game was magnificent from a purely sporting contest, but it has set NZ cricket back in a gargantuan yet-to-be realised manner

  • Antony_Lucas on March 25, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    In my 20 years following the black caps, we rarely bat well last. McCullums refusal to acknowledge this has been evident in his tenure, perhaps still scarred from the 45 all out. NZ were able to succeed at home this home summer by regularly losing the toss and being put in. Had Mccullum had his way, India would have been in the series. Winning the toss and not batting first set this all in motion. I simply cannot understand why McCullum chooses to bowl when the pitch is good. A mentally weak team cannot afford to throw away this advantage. Putting SA in first prevented SA themselves from choking. Shoe is on the other foot, and reluctantly i cant say it wasnt deserved. Nzs problem is strategy!!! Neesham must be in there, what is going on? Neesham more valuable than anderson in all the subcontinent. Munro? Seriously? A sole 70 against bangladesh does not warrant his constant selection! Strategy new zealand, strategy.

  • TheBigBoodha on March 25, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    MeijiMura, you can't see NZ beating SL? I'm guessing you are SLankan. This is T20. All top 8 teams can beat other teams. If you don't realise that you don't get T20 cricket.

  • Greatest_Game on March 25, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    @ Sudheesh Kumar P K believes that "SA should drop Amla in T20 games and include hard hitters like Richard Levi."

    Drop Amla for Levi? That is insane! Levi shot to fame after his 2nd match when he pounded out the fastest T20 century, scoring 117 runs ... on a flat track with very short boundaries. His next best score was 50 against a hapless Zimbabwe. Those were his 2 big innings. In the other 11 he made 3 scores under 20, and 8 scores under 10!

    In his 6 lowest scoring matches - just under half of the T20Is he played - he totaled 10 runs - ave 1.67. Not including his 2 big scores, he averaged 6.27. In the last World T20, after an easy warmup against Zimbabwe, he then scored 12 runs in the next 3 matches - ave 4. SA dropped him then.

    In SA's most recent 20/20 competition, in 9 innings Levi scored 177, ave 19.68, SR 134. In one less innings, Amla scored 317 at ave 45.28, SR 143.43.

    Levi was a one hit wonder. Amla is not the best, but he is a lot better Levi - no question about it!

  • TheBigBoodha on March 25, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    Quite a few teams batting second have played too cautiously when they looked set for a win, or just lost didn't get bat on ball. I think NZ needed only 6 runs from the last 9 balls to tie. They got only 3.

  • kiwicricketnut on March 25, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    well i stayed up till two in the morning thinking we were coasting to victory, thinking it would be worth being a zombie at work today only for steyn to ruien my day, man that guy is a class above, im with nikko chunn neesham has to play, as does devcich in these conditions, i think most can see that munro is a one trick pony and isn't cutting the mustard, straight swap for neesham, i mentioned in the preview taylors mediocre t20 record only for him to prove me wrong which im pleased about, lets hope it continues for the srilanka game because i don't give us much hope of beating those guys, devcich should come in for either southee or mcclenaghan, bolster the batting so we never have a repeat of last night, all they had to do was drop the ball at their feet and run to get taylor on strike, i was cringing as they all swung at the ball wildly trying to be a hero, the only guy that could handle steyn was taylor and they gave him one ball, just brainless batting and surpurb bowling

  • slackers11 on March 25, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    why take all the pain just to be knocked out in the first knock out match!

  • proteasfire on March 25, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    Congratulations South Africa for the win!! Well played Dale Steyn and JP Duminy!! Top stuff from Steyn in the last over! Unbelievable over!! Its hard to contain 7 runs in 6 balls in this modern era of T20 cricket. Thats special and Steyn deserves all credit for keeping SA in hunt for semi final spot. NZ was always in winning position and SA clinched victory from the jaws of defeat. They held their nerve well today and it was a special performance. This would lift their spirits. If AB and Miller play impact innings in upcoming matches, SA will go from strength to strength. This group is wide open now and it will be interesting to see who among Eng, NZ and SA make it to the semis along with SL. If SA play to their potential they can make it. Still Eng vs SA and NZ vs SL holds the key. #interesting

  • Integrity1 on March 25, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    @MeijiMura's comment, "For once South Africa were involved in a game where they weren't the chokers." Ever hear of the 438 match? How about the away series wins in Australia when Oz were ranked #1? And the unbeaten away record in tests that stretches back to 2006?

    SA is a country that produces world class players that any country would be glad to have. Yes, for a consistently talented outfit, the ICC silverware cupboard has but one award in it, but let's not make broad and oversimplistic comments here. Their time will come and I think that Faf as captain will make them a great team long term

  • anupkeni on March 25, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    This match proves that New Zealand are bigger chokers than South Africa in ICC tournaments.

  • dalboy12 on March 25, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    Great bowling by Steyn - no doubt about it, but wonder if Black Caps gave him a bit too much respect early on. You can't afford to play out overs in such a short game - even if Steyn is bowling them. NZ also look one batsman down in the middle order, Munro and Anderson are just big hitters, but Munro especially needed to support Taylor a lot more in this game, rather than just hit big. Maybe they will give Nessham a go in the next game, sure he's an all - rounder who will also be a bowling option, but I think he would offer more than Munro even just as a batsman.

  • Bharatvarsh.. on March 25, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    SA always play pathetically agnst NZ,same they did in last ODI WC and they have always been poor agnst NZ in ICC events.thanks to steyn,for his X factor,which rescued them.SL looks solid in the grp frm the start,and will most likely beat NZ,their favorite bunny in ICC events.Also ENG might give some resistance to Srilanlkan juggernaut.only team to stop SL is India,India has measure of SL attack and their batting line can be made look stupid agnst india's bowling.

    Also Dhoni is the most feared by SL..so if SL-India face in semis...SL are bound to lose the match

  • Greatest_Game on March 25, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    @ JG2704 "Gutted for NZ but full credit to SA/Steyn and JP who I thought was overrated but has had a couple of very decent games."

    Duminy's overall T20 average is 37.64. Of those who ave played more than 20 T20 innings, he has the 3rd highest batting ave. The 3 highest are: M. Hussey - 37.94. K. Pietersen - 37.93. JP. Duminy - 37.64. Batting down the order, his ave is pushed up because he he has a high percentage of Not Outs, but Hussey actually had more!

    His average since Jan 2011 is 45.14 - higher than Aaron Finch over the same period. His ICC ranking is nowhere near Finch, who is No. 1. Duminy is No. 18!

  • on March 25, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    Check other comments from prior article(s)... warned that no Neesham would cost us... that three quicks and Munro was unjustifiable with him not in the starting eleven... and look what happened... that choke versus SA would never EVER have happened with him in the eleven... Corey cannot always succeed. Our all-rounders (which does not include Munro or Southee) are our trump cards....I was right, you (media, NZ coaching staff and others) were wrong. Hindsight is for idiots. Munro can reverse sweep... but he is closed off, cannot hit square or long if length closes him off... Neesham is a far better t20 batsman who would not hva got 7 off 8 in that situation. Usually I would try and be somewhat gracious, but stuff it! It was obvious.. grow up Hesson and wise up too... Neesham plays. It is t20 moron. We could already be in the sem-finals... sheer and utter stupidity... SA did not deserve that 'win'... but we played the wrong team... so that's what we get.

  • MeijiMura on March 25, 2014, 0:52 GMT

    For once South Africa were involved in a game where they weren't the chokers. New Zealand did well to lose after getting themselves into such a dominant position during the chase. New Zealand will be lucky to qualify from here. This game could really break them. I can't see them beating Sri Lanka. They might even lose the game against the Netherlands as well, especially if they have to bowl second. New Zealand had their chance and they threw it away. It should have decided before the last over by Steyn was even bowled.

  • on March 25, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    Except Williamson & Ross Tayler, none of the other batsmen batted with any confidence, judicious judgement. This is despite having more talent than they displayed. While batting, if they all bring their brains along, NZ CAN, perhaps lift the cup.

    Location of the tournament and the conditions therein always help. Here all the teams with shoratge of good spinners are punching below their weight, and vice versa, That is where SL have an edge.

    In the next ODI World cup to be held in AU & NZ, tables will be turned.

  • kashi524 on March 25, 2014, 0:04 GMT

    awesome steyn and whole south african unit. they displayed some excellent cricket. after wasim and waqar, steyn is another bowler who can defend such small total in last over specially when a set top batsman on crease. hats off to him. like his aggression as it is natural to fast bowlers... :)

  • D.V.C. on March 24, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    So Steyn takes 4/17, makes a run out (and contributes a not out run) and the player of the match is a batsman who also bowled 3 wicketless overs conceding 30!?

  • gcblackcapsfan on March 24, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    The game was there for NZ to win. Disappointing efforts from Munro & Anderson all they had to do was look to rotate the strike and let Taylor finish it off. Brendon MaCCallum should also be thinking about his batting effort as well. Now we will have to win against Sri Lanka to qualify for the Semi finals!!!

  • shortsillypoint on March 24, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    All this praise for Steyn when really the MOM was rightly Duminy - without whom NZ would have been looking at getting what - 100? Also selfish, hot headed batting by the NZ middle order contributed greatly but after all they only following their captain Mc Cullum's wayward example - yet again! Time to drop some for the Netherlands match for their poor team skills.

  • on March 24, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    Clearly Hudson and Co is fixated on the archaic, inflexible mentality that prevented SA from achieving glory in major tournaments. Someone previously commented if SA is going to persist with Albie and Miller; they better employ them properly. Miller to replace De Kock or Albie to replace Amla as the situation require. I fear its the same inflexible thinking that stymie SA bowlers to over-rely on length bowling in T20. Suicidal. That's why Australia murdered them at home. Please don't repeat the same old mistakes.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on March 24, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    The fireflies flying around the stumps must be so distracting... oh wait, those are the bails! Awesome display Steyn; well played South Africa.

  • vkumar_086 on March 24, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    I like both these teams very much due to their consistency but unfortunately they could not able to win big titles....what to say about Steyn....he is performing so nicely even in subcontinent conditions.....thats the quality of number 1 bowler.....currently in bowling department, Steyn, M.Johnson, Ajmal are the leading bowlers in any format, in any conditions....similarly in batting department, Kohli and De villears are ruling....congrats SA, it was unfortunate loss against SL though the margin was only 5 runs, in next matches SA is facing relatively weak teams, so there is 70% of chances of making to semis....i want NZ also to play in semis...ATB for both these teams

  • arif93 on March 24, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    Steyn- the best fast bowler in the world

  • on March 24, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    Amala out, Duminy batting, Steyn bowling and Proteas victory all were very surprising .

  • on March 24, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    Steyn is a legend you can't compare a legend with an unworthy man

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 24, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    @ CodandChips: " I had backed New Zealand. I still think they'll win the tournament"- ONLY in your dreams. NZ and ENG will take an early flight home. SL and SA will qualify from Group 1. India and PAK will qualify from Group 2.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 24, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    I am going to support Sunrisers Hyderabad this upcoming IPL season mainly because of Dale Steyn. What a bowler ! A true champion of skill and determination. That was an awesome display of fast bowling in the final over of a crucial contest. ONLY Steyn can pull such performances off. Other bowlers have no chance. NZ will be kicking themselves. They really should have won that.

  • BigINDFan on March 24, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    NZ snoozed and Steyn engine steamrolled them in one of the best final overs in T20. Malinga will be licking his lips having done the same thing to SA a few days ago. For NZ to overcome SL they have to bat sensibly and not like what they did today - there is no reason for not giving Taylor the strike instead the lower order self-destructed. The only thing worse was the innings played by Yuvraj in the match against WI. Faf can talk about Steyn as the trump card but Duminy, stupid batting by NZ lower order and Steyn magic did the trick. From here on it is easy pickings for SA against Eng and Netherlands. Favorites are SL and SA to advance from this group unless NZ raise their game and get past Malinga and Mendis.

  • on March 24, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    PadMarley Malinga and Styen-really in the same sentence. You gotta be kidding. Malinga is a good bowler and then there is Steyn who is a world class bowler among one of the greats. None of the current bowlers including Johnson has had the run Steyn has had in world cricket....

  • pat_one_back on March 24, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    SA should bat first wherever possible, it's no choking matter that Steyn can finish a game from virtually any position.NZ will be very disappointed to have set up the win only to allow Steyn to take it away. There's clearly a very big difference in pressure when it comes to the tournament, any other day NZ would have made 7 in the last with a few balls to spare.

  • offnic on March 24, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    Steyn has proven again why he is the best fast bowler in world cricket. Absolutely brilliant. I did not give them a chance to get over the line. Very few bowlers would have pulled off that feat. Watch out now, they might just go on and win this thing. SA is perrenial late starters. This result might be just the boost they needed.

  • on March 24, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    Yes good bowling from Steyn but at the end of the day. Corey Anderon, Munro, N Mccullum and Ronchi all absolutely lost their heads trying to be glory boys against one of the best players in the game.

    No excuse for 4-5 of the best players in the country to be unable to get bat on ball trying to smash balls that didn't need to be smashed when they could have just rotated strike to the set batsmen.

    Steyn was great and held his nerve but at the end of the day NZ lost this in the last 5 overs of their bowling innings and last 5 overs of their batting innings.

    For 30 overs of this game NZ was far and above the better team, but Sth Africa in those 10 overs made use of the NZ ineptitude and unprofessional finishing. Unfortunate because even after that game it still looked like NZ was a better team and deserved to win, but the inability of them to be clinical against the only two South Africans firing was pretty telling of an immature team.

  • SixSmasher on March 24, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    The final over wasn't that good from Steyn from a cricketing perspective. A couple of balls outside the wide lines got hit. But I just feel like he wanted it so badly and was so intense that he scared New Zealand into submission. New Zealand were batting with scrambled brains in the final over with a fear of failure..mainly because of Steyn steaming in with his game face on. Brilliant from Steyn.

  • on March 24, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    Couldn't agree more Muneeb!

  • on March 24, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    SA should drop Amla in T20 games and include hard hitters like Richard Levi. Duminy and Miller should come top of the order. Another player should be dropped is Morney morkel. Bring philander instead of M Morkel.

  • on March 24, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    Agree w Faghrie Adams, except not so sure about picking pangiso.

  • Razor_Sharp on March 24, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    what a great game of cricket... absolute thriller!!! great performance by dale steyn

  • Stormf on March 24, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Great batting by JP Duminy but the match winner was Steyn and he should have received the Man of the Match. Too bloody often it goes to a batsman.

  • on March 24, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Well..a great game to watch and a magnificent display by steyn! Btw..These LED stumps and bails provide some good clicks too :P

  • Me_A_Gemini on March 24, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Sorry to those folks (including Firdous) who think that it is Steyn who did it, it was actually a combined effort of Munro and Nathan who wrapped up this gift of win in senseless (stupid I should say) slogging to SA. That's why T20 is a tricky game to play because sometimes it is a matter of few dot balls.

  • DJRNZ on March 24, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Kiwi Fan here and it's great to see NZ competing with the big boys lately but today just shows why we are a long way off winning a major tournament. Steyn was brilliant but we should have easily won in the end. I put it down to the Tahir over where prior we were going well then he got a wicket for just 2 runs, the slide started there.

    We can beat any team in the shorter formats on our day but we can't do it consistently. Taylor was on fire, if the boys played with their brains today (Munro, Mccullum's, Ronchi, they would have fed him the strike and just put the bad ball away.

    Very disappointing

    If Vettori was present he'd make a massive difference to this improving NZ team.

  • graemecodrington on March 24, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    My question is why Morne got to bowl over 19? Having already showed he was having one of his bad days, why did they not bowl Albie? Albie had only gone for 12 runs in two overs, and couldn't have done much worse than his brother. SA are too rigid in their formulas to win this tournament. But Steyn was remarkable. What a bowler!

  • on March 24, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    wow , Dale Steyen , a true legend .......a different class ........ what a great bowler, i think there are only two bowler ( fast bowler) in the world that is Dale Steyen and malinga ............ and rest off others just throw bowl to the batsman .Love you Dale Steyen .......... Love you SA cric team. hope this time will not disappoint me .. support from all heart always. but got a question to Fab , why he gave bowl to morkel at 19 th over when he already conceded 36 in just over.

  • dogandbone on March 24, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Big mistake by McCullum to bowl Williamson plus a very very average batting display by the captain just when the team needed to support Taylor instead of charging down the track like he did.....very disappointing

  • Harmony111 on March 24, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Munro should take a lot of blame for today's loss. NZ were almost home when they needed 31 of 24 with Taylor in great flow. But for some reason, Munro decided to go for glory shots, wasted two balls trying that and then got out off the 3rd ball. It was that over that brought SA back in the match. Then we had Nathan McM trying to hit Steyn on his own, eating more balls. Poor Taylor could only watch it form the other end. I think it is fair to say that today it was NZ that choked themselves and SA made full use of the tiniest of gaps shown to them.

  • CodandChips on March 24, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    Wow. Surprised me. I had backed New Zealand. I still think they'll win the tournament, but it's good to see South Africa put up some fight. It certainly helps England, since Sri Lanka will obviously win the group, but England now have a slightly better chance of coming 2nd which makes me slightly happier.

  • bouncer709 on March 24, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    fantastic end and welocome win for SA when they almost had lost the match, I don't think there was any thing extra ordinary in last over, but NZ ruined it for themselves, first ball was poor delivery should have been guided to the boundary, and 5th ball was a wide. In between they tried to slog him. There was no unplayable delivery, They should have played proper strokes to take singles. NZ could not hold the nerves and wonderful catch at the end by Dulpessis to win. Now Interesting situation in this group, SA, NZ, Eng, they all have lost one match.

  • on March 24, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    awsum win s.a . stil gt a prob with team selection. i would prefer faf and de kock opening with amla falling out 4 behardien with ab at 3 and miller at 4 then in bowling we must have 2 spiners with pangiso in 4 tsosobe and morkel out 4 parnell then we have a awsum team no doubts with long batting xplosive line up and variety 4 these conditions wu agrees?

  • niki21121 on March 24, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Shame to NZ... it was simple for rest of batsman just to rotate the strike and give it to Rosco in last over... and game would hv been over. Hats off to steyn...

  • neo-galactico on March 24, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Further proof of Steyn prowess, he kept bowling length even in earlier overs but batsmen including an over to Taylor failed to put him to the cleaners. Steyn is the only bowler I've ever seen who gets the ball to shape away slightly whilst bowling cross-seam. I believe that's why he can get away with bowling length especially when bowling @ full tilt (over 145kph).

  • PadMarley on March 24, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    There is only TWO players in world cricket who can do it on a T20 game. Malinga and Styne! Everyone else, just watch and enjoy, dont even think of imitating!!

  • on March 24, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    what happen to ICC man of the match should have been steyn

  • AB_DeVilliers on March 24, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Amazing bowling by Steyn, and well done SA, we stay alive. As some comments have eluded to though, I'm not entirely sure their team selection is based on what the team requires for this format. Seems it's based more on performances in other formats. We need another death bowler, surely bringing in Hendricks for Morkel. We also need a bit more depth in batting, Steyn coming in at 8 is too early esp when we're chasing. Hence I'd bring in Parnell for Lopsy. He offers as much with the ball (if not more fine he has death bowling pedigree), and far more with the bat. Can be used as a pinch hitter up the top as well. Lopsy seems to be a one trick pony - bowls 3 on the bounce at the start, and we will never use him in the middle when a Taylor is bashing everyone. My team going forward: Amla, Dekock, Faf, De Villiers, Duminy, Miller, Albie, Parnell, Hendricks, Steyn, Tahir.

  • on March 24, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    congrates to SA it was absolutely a thriller styen a great fast bowler of this generation. keep it up proteasssssssssss. and finally i want you to help me in cricket commentatoryyyyy.

  • on March 24, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    Steyn you beauty!!!!!what a performance under pressure. Need 7 runs in the final over in a t 20 game and loose..only Steyn can do it...great match

  • twistatwistaa on March 24, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    terrible bowling by steyn, length bowls , few balls wide outside offstump last bowl he bowled was the overpitch asking to be smashed out of the stadium any good batsman would have finished the match in first two balls, but thanks too nathan macculum once again has proved how usefull allrounder he is both with the ball and bat. his line and length and the spin that he gets ways he rips the ball amazing

  • on March 24, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Amla too slow ..................Only 2 4s & no 6 in 40 balls

  • JG2704 on March 24, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    Great bowling spell by Steyn. Congrats SA.

    Gutted for NZ but full credit to SA/Steyn and JP who I thought was overrated but has had a couple of very decent games

  • Neel1943 on March 24, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    well i was still nervous when NZ needed 38 off 30 balls...because i have seen worse from them against south africa in t20s ...needing 13 runs off 3 overs and number of wickets in hand ..and NZ choked ..i think it was merchant de lange bowling last over....though this time steyn was really awesome ...true legend...

  • on March 24, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    @AnanthaKrishna Bhat on (March 24, 2014, 15:07 GMT):

    Wrong to say that Tayler was on strike for the 20th over; his partners screwed up that. He faced just one (THE LAST) ball of that over! That's all!

    The inability of Tayler's partners to give him the strike, probably, made all the difference between a win and a loss!

  • on March 24, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    du Plessis's captaincy was truly admirable. CSA should encourage him to take over the captaincy in all formats, at least the next few years.

    I am not saying anything about Steyn; since what is there left to say about the great bowler of contemporary cricket? Unlike the fearsome foursome (different combinations at different times, though) of West Indies, Steyn has to fight it out as a lone ranger!

  • on March 24, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    If you go by the views of Broad, Lumb, and a lot of England fans, umpires should have stopped the game in the middle of NZ innings, when the cameramen at the stadium clearly showed massive lightning's arrival. Thank God, the umpires used their judgement intelligently, without succumbing to those who used lightning as an excuse for losing.

    That time NZ won, today NZ lost.You win some; you lose some. That is cricket for you.

    It also showed the huge gap in the maturity of a captain like Broad, and say, someone like Stauss -- a gentleman cricketer!

  • on March 24, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    Maybe they should give Wayne Parnell a go in the the next game in Morne's place

  • DingDong420 on March 24, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    NZ what have you done !?!?!?!?!?!

  • on March 24, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Other than Willamson, batsmen at the other end let Tayler & NZ down. Tayler was in an unbelievable Zone against some of the best bowlers in the world. The other guys just had to give as much strike as possible to Tayler; and NZ most probably would have romped home BEFORE the 20 th over!

    NZ has improved a lot over the past year or so; but the inexperience of most of the new players showed. Williamson as a 'new' player was an exception. N.Mac being an experienced guy could have managed the strike better. Perhaps he wrongly thought, "If Tayler can do it, i can do it too". What a shame!

  • on March 24, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    7 runs off last over and Ross Taylor on strike. Steyn was awesome today

  • on March 24, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    Steyn Gun love u ..The greatest bowler of all times...#ProteaFan#Forever#Respect#SteynGun You are beauty

  • rsnCricketCrazy on March 24, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    What a game.What a thrilling finish.Take a bow at steyn,Champion bowler really. JP superb with the bat. Well done SA.

  • on March 24, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Well done Steyn. Great to see one of the greatest bowling spells in t20wc. It is nice to see bowlers sets a match and win from no-hope position. In today's world cricket, batters are coming up now and then regularly. where are the bowlers like steyn and malinga who can win matches on their own. Faf's blunder of giving bowling to morkel almost cost the match for SA. Well done again SA (err.... Steyn).

  • on March 24, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    LMAO who were saying amla is not right for this format!

  • StevieS on March 24, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Jimmyvida you are right, if we don't beat Sri Lanka then frankly we don't deserve to qualify. Could come down to run rate so we also need to beat the Netherlands by more than SA do as it looks like SL will have a massive RR advantage.

  • Dhadumia on March 24, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    Amazing Dale Steyn!!. Absolutely loved the way you got the game back in.

  • jimmyvida on March 24, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Absolutely smashing game. This is the type of game we pay to see. I would have given Steyn the MOM. Probably the best innings from Duminy so far. Since I value myself as the best of 'pickerers' its NZ or bust.

  • shrastogi on March 24, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    The match was in NZ pocket. Even if it is Steyn or MJ or Malinga 7 runs in modern cricket from last over are not defendable. That is why most of the times your top bowler bowls 19th over. Just what the hell were Ronchi & Nathan M trying to do. The batsman who set the match got only the last ball. Mindless cricket. They were trying to win in one ball. Just put bat on the ball and rotate the strike. I may say though if this mess has been created by India and Dhoni had to face the last ball we would have got 2 runs if not 3. This result opens up the group as if SA had lost it would have been almost curtains for them.

  • on March 24, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    What a thriller match, with fluctuating fortunes to watch ! Would any one have ever thought of a SA's win after that penultimate over of the match ie of Morne Morkel, when he had completed 3 over for 50 massive run statistics !

    The indomitable spirit of SA players, mainly that of Steyn is rarely seen in many other Teams , ie they fought up to the last ball and earned a hard won improbable victory!

    Our bowlers need to learn from SA's Steyn's death over bowling traits, ie without losing hope,in a precarious position with SA just needing 7 runs in the last over !

    du Plessis's captaincy was indeed a revelation ! Who would have expected the Trump card Strike Bowler Steyn,having to just wait for his turn till the18th & 20 th over to prove his worth for his team & nation, when he was so economical with figures of 5 runs in 2 overs [ 3rd & 14 th]. Duminey's performance also was superlative !

  • on March 24, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Steyn! Oh Steyn!

    People will know why you are #1!!! Well done Man! Salute to the Benchmark of Pace Bowling! Salute to the great artist and a perfectionist!

    SA needs more of your services... get on with this form and win few World Cups for SA!!

    BTB, I am an Indian!! But an admirer of some of the SA gems the country had given to the cricketing world! With Alan Donald as their Guru, nothing less than perfection will be there on the display and today just proved it. let this be an inflection point for SA and to their ourney to win the cup!

  • on March 24, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Wonder why S.A. persists with 4 seamers even on subcontinental conditions esp in Bangladesh when spin is the order of the day. Time and again I've seen them do this, makes you wonder if they are taking this seriously, this issue i mean. You could argue that the job was done this time but you cant call superman everyday! Take a bow Mr. Steyn.His roar gives you a clue on how big his lion heart is! As for the Kiwis, ill never pin my hopes on them until they reach the finals (trust me i like them) cos they have this knack of consistently disappointing us once they reach the quarters or semis. Another strange thing about them is their ability to beat India in big matches and never beat Pak in big matches...esp in ICC events (stats might prove me wrong but you generally get that impression lol). Two teams that are long due a big title...NZ & SA

  • neo-galactico on March 24, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    That was quite a steal there. Morne did everything to win NZ the match but Steyn had other ideas. He bowled with venom and fire and when those crazy eyes start going he's like a freight train on steroids, with the veins popping out to prove it. Now SA have to improve their batting starting with De Villiers. AB in T20s tends to go too hard too early, he should use JPs innings as a template. He can start slowly and catch up in the end, few if any are more destructive that him @ the death. Miller, Faf and Amla really need to step up too and perhaps SA might have a chance to win the tourney. Hendrick's yorkers would be nice too @ the death (for Morne perhaps?).

  • on March 24, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    Fast & Furious Steyn Save SA

  • DC75 on March 24, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    Steyn - you the man, well played JP, Taylor and Williamson, I expected that the MOM would go to Steyn. Nathan McCullum should have just taken a single and given a chance to Taylor to finish the game instead of wasting 3 deliveries.

  • on March 24, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    Hendricks for morkel. JP and tahir spinners and i'll have the best batsman to open with quinten. The rest will sort themselves out.

  • jimmyvida on March 24, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    OK New Zealanders, don't get carried away with that loss. You just have to beat Sri Lanka and the qualifier convincingly to move ahead. One loss is no problemo. I picked NZ to win this tournament. Don't make me a loser.

  • Sammy171 on March 24, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Dale Steyn you made my day. Hats off Man! What a bowling.. I will remember it always. Everyone says T20 is the game of Batsman but you and Malinga proved it if a Bowler is really classy he can kill the opposition. Man of the Match is JP Duminy? So strange.. who were in committee to decide Man of the Match.?

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Spot on Shortsillypoint - 6 dot balls in the final 12 - nearly all going for big shots...

    The turning point of the entire innings was Munro's awful reverse sweep of Tahir's first ball of this last over, another dot ball and all the pressure was back on him and the holes out... (3 dot balls and 2 off the over)... A single off the first ball to Taylor and we stay in front...

    Exciting times for NZ cricket but really need to catch up with the other teams in terms of keeping our heads under pressure....

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Morne Morkel has he pace and ability to be accurate, I simply don't know why he (and the other fast bowlers, including Steyn) continue to bowl as if it's a Test match. Short pitched bowling is suicide when you have batsmen trying to get under the ball.

    With Malinga and Kulasekara bowling toe-crushing yorkers at the death with great success, it is difficult to understand why guys like Morkel and Tsotsobe keep bowling back of a length!

    Albie Morkel bowled a few full and wide deliveries, which everyone might remember did NOT go for 3 consecutive sixes!

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 24, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Kiwis will know how we have felt on countless occasions. To lose from a winning situations is gut-wrenching.

    That said. The performance of Dale Steyn was just unbelievable. In an era of bigger, heavier bats, smaller boundaries and flattened pitches for T20 leagues - Dale Steyns achievements are what makes him the best in the business, from Centurion to Chittagong, there is only one Steyn-Gun!!

  • ninjapintu on March 24, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    This is the reason I think T20s should not be decided by DRS. In this format where one over can easily change the whole complexion of the game, I don't think a rule for ODI can do it any justice...

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Well played SA. Steyn showed again why he is one of the best in business. Hard luck NZ. They chased well.

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    drop Faf and Morne. Move Alma Down the order and Miller up. Get rid of selector Hudson. Brilliant JP and Steyn.

  • SandipManjrekar on March 24, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    Oh..Steyn !! Steyn !! Steyn !!

    That was awesome!! That was simply magical stuff!! I would never imagine about SA's omission from knock out. I'm disappointed to see Phangiso & Beauran on Bench particularly in BD. Beauran is 2 way burning candle that any captain would love to see him in. Morne been off color today. Kiwis were good too. At one stage, I thought they would probably finish it. JP being special in SC if I could remember his last SL tour.SA needs to be careful on extras. 7 v/s 2 wides in last match & 4 v/s 1 today. The winning margin was 5 v/s SL. If mediocre Kusal was picked earlier in last match, this would have been 2 in 2 for SA. Team mgmt should rethink about the combination here on BD pitches. Special applaud for kiwi too for allowing single extra in entire 170 runs innings. That shows the accuracy in bowling dept. & it's not easy on slow pitches. Happy for my favourite team is still in the hunt. I wish they won't disappoint me in next 2.

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    We won this game in spite of some terrible bowling from Morkel and some just as terrible decision making by Faf. Morkel is a liability, too inconsistent for this format and prone to getting tonked at the worst times. Steyn & Duminy the only two who have really delivered to date.

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    wel fine styne band imran tahir band jp

  • SandipManjrekar on March 24, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Oh..Steyn !! Steyn !! Steyn !!

    That was awesome!! That was simply magical stuff!! I would never imagine about SA's omission from knock out. I'm disappointed to see Phangiso & Beauran on Bench on bench particularly in BD. Beauran is 2 way burning candle that any captain love to see him in. Morne been off color. Kiwis were good too. At one stage,I thought they would probably finish it. JP being special in SC if I could remember his last SL tour.SA need to be careful on extras. 7 v/s 2 wides in last match & 4 v/s 1 today. The winning margin was 5 v/s SL. If mediocre Kusal was picked earlier in last match, this would have been 2 in 2 for SA. Team mgmt should rethink about the combination here on BD pitches. Special applaud for kiwi too for allowing single extra in entire 170 runs innings. That shows the accuracy in bowling dept. & it's not easy on slow pitches. Happy for my favorite team is still in the hunt. I wish they won't disappoint me in next 2.

  • PureProteas49 on March 24, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Phew what a game, Dale blowing the opposition away yet again, Absolutely brilliant, What an incredible example of high pressure bowling and clobbering from JP, not this time NZ ,Well played lads

  • shovwar on March 24, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Atlast!!!! A tight successful finish by SA! I remembered in the 90s SA were the Best Limited over side and used to finish off 1 run wins and 1 wkt wins very successfully. It all changed after 1999 WC. They also won the Champions Trophy In Dhaka in 98. Its time! SA are back in Dhaka and after 16 years hope they can put the C into rest for good. SA is the only Fast track bully who can also bully in Flat track...we ve seen that in the TEST matches. Now lets see it in Shorter Format. Parnell in for either Morne or Tstsobe. Albie should be in the team, he is a big hitter.

  • shortsillypoint on March 24, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    NZ has some players who should be hanging their heads tonight - none more so than skipper McCullum for his wasteful five minutes "batting". Munroe and Anderson failed to be team members when all they needed to do was pass the strike to Taylor but instead went for heroics. Lastly Southee's bowling was poor.

    There were posters on here saying pregame that Williamson should be replaced by Neesham - yeah right - Kane is our best batsmen along with Taylor. They had the game won but for greenhorn middle order batting and Steyn's ability to exploit this. Well done SA - golden opportunity lost NZ.

  • StevieS on March 24, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    We did a South Africa on South Africa, what a choke. Must say what on earth was Nath McCullum thinking, trying to be a glory boy? Just get a single and give Taylor the strike. Can't believe we lost that.

  • missionbegins2011 on March 24, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Dale Steyn you are a true champion ! just snatched victory out of jaws of a certain loss , just wow ! i may go ahead and say "possibly the best bowler of all time" & SA still alive in the tournament and looking at their form possibly one of the qualifiers for the next round. Brilliant stuff !

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 24, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    6 wickets in hand, 7 runs to get off 6 balls and failing.

    Maybe someone with some cricket intelligence can tell me why Faff made Morkel bowl another over after conceding 36 runs in 2 overs? M.Morkel needs to be dropped with Parnell coming in. Amla needs to move down the order and Miller needs to move up the order.

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    At the same time we should not forget the effort from JP, 86* from just 43 balls with 200 strike rate.

  • ToadyB on March 24, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    As a South African, I'm pleased by the win but slightly saddened that we will have to continue in this tournament as if we had a hope of winning it. Today's result only delayed the inevitable disapointment and sense of loss when we finally get knocked out.

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    I quoted that, "An over spin can only change the match in this tournament"

    now I'd say "Steyn's over is definitely going to change the match"

  • realfan on March 24, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    wow... that was some bowling... fast , feirce, intent... thats styne gun for you... MOM should have been styne... can you imagine any team losing with 7 runs needed from 6 balls with a players like Ross taylor playing????? wow.... tthis is amazing stuff... styne proving again and again why he is way ahead of any other bowlers in the world right now... STYNE WAS THE MOM OF THE MATCH BY MILES....

  • Greatest_Game on March 24, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    @ jklawrence thinks there is "No room for Aus,SA & Eng in the finals."

    Go tell that to Dale Steyn. You might find that he disagrees with you.

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    What a match by steyn.

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Sirlanka and India need to lose one game too then it will be all open for semi finals ;)

  • Albert_cambell on March 24, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Well done SA. That wide call from umire Ravi nearly cost us the game. That gave 5 extra runs to NZ(1 off the wide bal land boundary of the last ball.) I think Steyn should have had the Man of the match award over Duminy. He is the one turned it around when NZ were coasting. Looks this groups semi finalists will be decided on Net Run rate.

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Very poor captaincy by du plessis all credit go steyn .what a performence .thank u steyn.

  • rahiljiwani on March 24, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    # Dale steyn # Respect # God

  • AltafPatel on March 24, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Time up to replace Morne with Parnel. This will also give rest Morne who has been playing all 3 formats continuously.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 24, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Imagine if the best attack-even w/o Mitch-bowling say,2nd last-Morne-over NZ would've lost it by good 15 runs,not turned out the nerve jangler in the end.Shows value of best l/overs quicks Starc,Doug-Maling-with 90mph yorkers.Cr. to SA-'held nerve'.-:)

  • Greatest_Game on March 24, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    What a match, and what a finish.. Whatever anyone says, there is no question that Dale Steyn definately does not choke, and is the best bowler in cricket.

    South Africa's batsmen were weak, their bowlers better - except for Morne Morkel's horror match - and their fielding was good, with some fantastic catches taken. de Kock did very well behind the stumps too. But, at the end of the day, it was Duminy & Steyn who stole the match from Nz.. The player of the match award is deserved by both.

    New Zealand played well, Intelligent bowling, and some superb batting. But, when having to face down a rampant Steyn, it is very very difficult to finish off an innings again a guy that defense seven runs, taking 3 wickets and a run out in the over.

  • msdhoni123 on March 24, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Dale steyn take a bow.you lil beauty. he is easily the best fast bowler of all time. I say this because this cricket generation is dominated by the bat in other ones bowlers dominated it. In batting a generation for someone to bowl like this is absolute insane. If India had one dale steyn we will dominate cricket all over the world. Sun risers franchise with warner,finch,dhawan,steyn,sammy,mishra looks threatening.thats like a dream team

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Steyn, what a performance!!!

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    What a great match Steyn is great

  • JM_RSA on March 24, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Morne Mokel should not play T20. Either play the Phangiso or Parnell (better depth bowler and batter).

  • xtrafalgarx on March 24, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    @Jklawrence: How about actually waiting for the game to finish before posting definitive comments?

  • ramz30380 on March 24, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Steyn U Beauty!!! U have proved why U are the best in the business! 7 to get from 6 deliveries and he pulls off giving away 4 runs, claiming 2 wkts and 1 run-out!!! Congrats South Africa! Group wide open - if Eng pull off a win in their next match, then U never know!!! Marvelous knock from JP and Ross Taylor!!!

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    wow....I am still out of breath. what a match. As a neutral I was always back Newzeland but I wanted Sa to win this one as it keeps the group wide open. Newzeland middle order needs runs. They arnt going anywhere with this. missing length balls outside off stump wasn't the best of batting displays but that was steyn bowling with his eyes wide open. u know ur in trouble. hats off to the guy

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    @ jklawrence lol those 4 comments. Funniest thing I have read today.

  • Anfin on March 24, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Why all asking Faf du Plessis to pick more spinners in his X1????!!! he got DALE STEYN.... and he knew it much better...

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    I m surprised that jp got mom, howww...steyn was the only choice..no one can win the match from 7 4m 6...:(

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Big mistake guys! my MOM is Dale Stayn ...who are with me ?

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    What an Over .... Steyn You Beauty, after shoaib akhter, brett lee, shaun tait, shabir ahmed , mohd zahid , mohd sami.. you are the only fastest asset we have in cricketing world..Long Live Fast Bowling. Well Done

  • Anfin on March 24, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    Dale Steyn.... Mr. Fast Bowler.... Hands off...

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Tit for tat for the newzealand... Now equation changes and so will the semifinal berth..

  • bobbo2 on March 24, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    Gutted. When will NZ learn that you bat first when you win the toss on a road?. SA have great bowlers so you bat first on an road. Complete nonsense from NZ. I am furious! Well done SA though. Good effort from them. Now NZ if you win the toss... Bat first!

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    steyn you ripper! take a bow man! you are a true legend.. cant think of any other bowler who can match you in skill and prowess in all 3 formats of the game! no Mitch no jimmy no philander no Harris its dale the gale!

  • jklawrence on March 24, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    FAF!You done it man! Shielding the mediocre bowlers with Steyn's fiery spell!

  • jklawrence on March 24, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Pak played with one spinner against India and lose.Add Babar against OZ and win it. India & SL almost followed the same winning formula.No room for Aus,SA & Eng in the finals.

  • jklawrence on March 24, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    Proteas almost out of this tournament.They have to blame their selection of players.Amla,MMorkel,Faf - should be in only for tests & ODI. Take fresh,specialized and raw talents when it comes to T20's.

  • jklawrence on March 24, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Listen FAF!Learn to play with 2 specialist spinners.Watch- India(Ash,Amit & RJ),SL(AM,Sena), & PAK(Babar& Ajmal).Otherwise find yourself buried in the dusty bowls of subcontinent.

  • Mr.149in31 on March 24, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    I give up on Morne Morkel. How many times can we watch one guy cost us game after game? I mean just look at those figures! He's supposed to be our strike bowler? Heaven save us.

  • dineshjethi on March 24, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    Why people are chasing for Amla. It is sheer wasteful of talent in this format. JP Duminy should open with De-Kock. Srilanka and S.Africa should progress in semis

  • on March 24, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Why do people go on and on about Amla...? Talk about the rest who did not perform today... please

  • John-Orford on March 24, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    How can they leave out Behardien? He's more likely to do well than Amla, who's superlative at real cricket but not so good at have-a-go.

  • missionbegins2011 on March 24, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    170 seems to be a winning total

  • FiizRhym on March 24, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    I think Duplesis should open with DeKock as he has a good track record as an opener for Chennai super king and david miller should come up to get himself some time to settle in as he is a very destructive batsmen we have seen his glimpse of brilliance for King Punjab eleven in IPL

  • on March 24, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    70 runs in last 5

  • ksquared on March 24, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    Duminy should be sent up the order he is the guy inform and should probably open with de Kock with all due respect to Amla I don't think T20 is his cup of tea

  • twistatwistaa on March 24, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    david miller is the best south african batsman, big hitter with the strike rate of 140 ,i am sure he would put up the performance today

  • on March 24, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Looks like persisting with JP duminy is finally paying off for SouthAfrica Till now in the first 2 games, he is the only southafrican batsman who looked positive and threatening I guess Newzeland and Srilanka will progress to semis

  • on March 24, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    South Africa weakling is Hashim Amla . He is not good enough for t20

  • vefa on March 24, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    AB is such a fabulous player, but i wonder why he fumbles in t20 format. He played some great innings in t20s but not as consistnt as in odis n test. But again he is the best.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on March 24, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    as usual, fast track bullies struggling in flat track wickets.

  • on March 24, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    good bowling by new zealand

  • on March 24, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Good luck to the Black Caps.

  • on March 24, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Good luck to the Black Caps.

  • on March 24, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    good bowling by new zealand

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on March 24, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    as usual, fast track bullies struggling in flat track wickets.

  • vefa on March 24, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    AB is such a fabulous player, but i wonder why he fumbles in t20 format. He played some great innings in t20s but not as consistnt as in odis n test. But again he is the best.

  • on March 24, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    South Africa weakling is Hashim Amla . He is not good enough for t20

  • on March 24, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Looks like persisting with JP duminy is finally paying off for SouthAfrica Till now in the first 2 games, he is the only southafrican batsman who looked positive and threatening I guess Newzeland and Srilanka will progress to semis

  • twistatwistaa on March 24, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    david miller is the best south african batsman, big hitter with the strike rate of 140 ,i am sure he would put up the performance today

  • ksquared on March 24, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    Duminy should be sent up the order he is the guy inform and should probably open with de Kock with all due respect to Amla I don't think T20 is his cup of tea

  • on March 24, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    70 runs in last 5

  • FiizRhym on March 24, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    I think Duplesis should open with DeKock as he has a good track record as an opener for Chennai super king and david miller should come up to get himself some time to settle in as he is a very destructive batsmen we have seen his glimpse of brilliance for King Punjab eleven in IPL