Player of the Match
Player of the Match
941dThe Report by Andrew McGlashan at Eden Park

Tahir, Amla headline South Africa's clinical win

South Africa ended New Zealand's unbeaten run in their current home season with a thoroughly dominant performance in the first T20I

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

HM Amla
HM Amla
62(43) 9x4 - 1x6
Control %72%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 14 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
13 0 14 8 8 7 6 6
F du Plessis
F du Plessis
36(25) 1x4 - 3x6
Control %65%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 14 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
1 6 2 1 5 6 15 0

Best performances - Bowlers

Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir
O3.5
M0
R24
W5
Eco6.26
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W2W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
AL Phehlukwayo
AL Phehlukwayo
O3
M0
R19
W3
Eco6.33
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W1W

Match Details

Toss

New Zealand , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

South Africa won the one-off match

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.25, Interval 20.25-20.45, Second Session 20.45-22.10

Match days

17 February 2017 - night match (20-over match)

T20I debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Commentator: Nikhil Kalro

10.00pm South Africa could not have asked for a more clinical performance to start a tough tour. They've completely outplayed, outclassed, outpaced and outmatched New Zealand in all departments to take the T20 by 78 runs. Their batsmen put up enough, and the bowlers came out right on target. From the outset, NZ were behind the game and the asking rate. Losing wickets doesn't help either. Tahir finished with 5 for 24, but it was Morris who set the tone with a sensational new-ball spell.

Imran Tahir is the Man of the Match: "It's a very special feeling every wickets I take for South Africa, like to celebrate. Stay with my plans, it's a small ground, less margin for spinners."

Kane Williamson: "They played well in all departments. Frustrating from our perspective, we didn't fire a shot. On this ground, you don't know what a good score is. Rotating strike is hard on drop-in surfaces. Lacked in partnerships."

Faf du Plessis: "Anything can happen in a one-off T20. I thought we played really well. It's nice coming back here. The last 6-7 months has been outstanding for us as a team."

14.5
W
Imran Tahir to Southee, OUT, that's it. Tahir wraps up a dominant win for South Africa with a T20 five-for. A googly on middle and leg, the ball goes through Southee's mow across the line and hits the stumps again. Tahir can't be stopped.

TG Southee b Imran Tahir 20 (9m 6b 0x4 3x6) SR: 333.33

14.4
1
Imran Tahir to Boult, 1 run, whipped away to long-on

Last man Boult.

14.3
W
Imran Tahir to Wheeler, OUT, another wicket. Another long sprint of glee. The quick topspinner on leg, goes through Wheeler's defense and cleans up middle and leg stump

BM Wheeler b Imran Tahir 6 (10m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

14.2
0
Imran Tahir to Wheeler, no run, full and wide outside off, slowed up, hammered back to Tahir who does well in his follow-through
14.1
4
Imran Tahir to Wheeler, FOUR runs, beats Wheeler in flight. The flat quick one on leg, Wheeler gets a thick inside edge which races away to the fine leg fence

Strange as it may seem, NZ not entirely out of it just yet

END OF OVER:
14 | 20 Runs | NZ: 102/8 (84 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.28, RRR: 14.00)

  • Tim Southee20 (5b)
  • Ben Wheeler2 (3b)
  • Wayne Parnell3-0-40-0
  • Imran Tahir3-0-19-3
13.6
6
Parnell to Southee, SIX runs, top-edged for six more. Back of a length outside off, Southee doesn't get on top of his pull but gets what he wanted. Straight over the keeper for six. 20 off the over.

Tahir gets 50

31

Number of matches Imran Tahir has taken to get 50 T20I wickets; he is the second quickest bowler to the landmark after Ajantha Mendis who took 26 T20Is.