8.50pm Right, then. That is it from me for this first ODI. Do join us for the second ODI between these two sides on Sunday. Until then, ciao.
8.30pm Well, what a match to begin. New Zealand will be distraught with that chase. They had it for major chunks of that innings, but lost too many wickets far too quickly. A brief few overs in the middle claimed three-four wickets, which in hindsight was the turning point of the game. South Africa were excellent for lots of that bowling innings but were unnaturally poor for a lot of time too. Their fielding is a point of concern, more than a few catches were dropped. But more importantly, they found a way to win.\
Hashim Amla is the Man of the Match. "Myself and Morne found that it was quite hard initially. We found some runs early which released the pressure. I thought 250 was defendable at the interval. Rilee is an exceptional player and we learn from each other."
AB de Villiers: "Very happy with the win, always happy with the win. We played well in patches but some very poor cricket in between. We didn't hit our straps and we need to do that on Sunday. Amazing set up by Hash again. I thought it was hard to bat at the end, the ball got a little soft at the end, I thought we should have won by a bigger margin. I was a bit worried about our energy, but it happens when we have some new faces. Reverse swing went away as we changed the ball but we adapted well.
Kane Williamson: "The way the boys stuck at it with the ball was a good effort. It's always a fine line with white ball cricket. If we could have carried a partnership or two, it would have been interesting. But we were outplayed. Some areas to touch on and SA are a top side and we had to be at our best to beat them. It's always about adapting."
Mumble: "Both teams looked determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory - but it made for entertaining cricket. Good game. "
Basanta: "whom to support at this stage of the game? thoughts are becoming pendulum"
So just 10 runs per over required. Very gettable for NZ. SA will need a wicket to calm their nerves. Dale Steyn is back to get that wicket
jayakanth: "can i trade that catch for behardien's drop during WC 15 semifinals." -- No, you can't.