NZ seamers, Guptill ton help level series
A career-best 3 for 31 from Doug Bracewell and a ninth ODI ton from Martin Guptill set New Zealand up for a dominant, series-leveling victory in the second ODI
That is all from this game. Good bye
Martin Guptill is the Man of the Match. Guptill: "We were lucky with the way Tom and I got away at the start. Made sure we did not lose wickets in a clump during the middle. The up and down nature (of the pitch), was pretty tough. Struggled a wee bit today but managed to bat through."
Kane Williamson: "Coming out on a surface quit different, it was good to see the guys adapting. It was holding on the surface. Slower bowlers were hard to play. It is hard for a seamer who can bowl 140 to roll the fingers over but it is a job you have to do. Definitely different surface than we thought. Starting at 10 we thought there might be a little swing. After three-four overs we changed our plan, the way the guys executed was fantastic. Great effort with the ball, and then the way the openers batted. Most pleasing thing is the learning from the first innings. When the ball was hard they saw off the threat, and cashed in on the other bowlers, smart innings from Tom and Guptill. We will be on a different surface in Durban and the boys will have to adapt again."
AB de Villiers: "I don't think we had enough runs. We came out with a good mindset to defend on the field, but it never went our way, we were never in the game. We were about 50 runs short. We did not bat well, did not get partnerships upfront, put a lot of pressure on the middle order, we could not kick on at the end, if we would have got 250, would have been a good score. Probably would have gone with the ball first (at the toss). Always seen what he (Behardien) is capable of at domestic level and now he is starting to show that at international level."
Comprehensive win for New Zealand. South Africa lost too many wickets too early, never coming to terms with the slowness of the pitch. New Zealand responded with a 126-run opening stand between Latham and Guptill, which settled the game. Disciplined effort from Guptill which is what was needed on this surface, even as he allowed himself a big hit now and then. Not to forget that he was dropped thrice. South Africa's first loss at this ground
Ravi: "@Shaurya: That's a bit harsh, what about SA missing Morkel, Duminy and Faf."
Shaurya: "I really cant believe that a second string NZ side is beating a full strength SA that too at home and that too so comprehensively! Wonder what would be SA's plight against Baz,Boult,Southee and Taylor"