Result
3rd ODI (D/N), Durban, Aug 26 2015, New Zealand tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa
283/7
(49.2/50 ov, target 284)
221
South Africa won by 62 runs
Player Of The Match
South Africa
3y
• The Report by Firdose Moonda

De Villiers, pacers give SA series 2-1

South Africa have not lost successive ODI series in five years; a score higher than 271 has never been successfully chased at Kingsmead and neither of those records changed as the hosts sealed the series in the decider

Match centre 
Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan
Commentator: Alagappan Muthu
Scorecard summary
South Africa283/7(50 overs)
New Zealand221(49.2 overs)

Black Caps tweet about the presentation. Kane Williamson says: Overall this tour has been of great benefit, everyone got a lot out of it. But we never gained momentum today. South Africa bowled very well today and adapted better than us to different conditions again today. Seems that about as much info as we can get. Thank you for joining us. Good night

AB de Villiers is Man of the Match, and Hashim Amla the Man of the Series

A big total on the board, an excellent show from the four fast bowlers South Africa had bet on with the Durban pitch expected to be quicker and bouncier. Good plan, nicely executed. New Zealand did have their chances, especially with Latham and Williamson laying a strong foundation. But 102 for 1 became 152 for 5, and that eventually became 221 all out. New Zealand lacked a big score, lacked the lower-order firepower to combat a pretty tight, disciplined bowling performance. But both teams will be worried about so many dropped catches. Television commentators said SA put down as many as 16 in the series.

"Been feeling quite good, AB has given me a lot of confidence. Came in at No. 6, came in early and managed to do well. I knew I just had to take it as deep as I could, it is one of my strengths. Ran well between the wickets, and finished well," says Farhaan Behardien

"Tough series, learnt a lot," says Wiese, "Little difficult for the batters playing in the winter"

"Rhythm was okay, good. Everyone bowled well, runs on the board, and it was always going to be difficult for them," says Rabada, "We knew what we had to do coming into this game, at the end of the day it was a great win. Been great [playing for SA]"

"Playing for this team is an absolute honour. Just glad I am doing what I am here for. I am a changed bowler from two years back, dont look for wickets anymore, concentrating on discipline," Imran Tahir says, "My role is what the team requires for me. It hasnt been great what I am doing in Test cricket, I need to prove to myself that I can do it"

"Its a great place to play cricket, always feels like a dream come true," says van Wyk

RonnietheKiwi: "So after the fairy tale of the World Cup, NZ has lost two ODI series and barely won the one against Zim. The question begging to be asked is, would NZ have performed quite as brilliantly if the venue of WC '15 was not their own backyard?"

Ravi: "Some credit goes to the SA bowlers as well. Even when they were unable to take wickets, they kept things tight for NZ."

duncan: "Maybe you missed the 2-3 years before the WC Ronnie..."

Prithvi: "Ronnie.. NZ are missing BMac, Taylor, Boult, Southee and Vettori from the WC XI. That's huge. They've done decently for a young side."

49.2
w
Abbott to Sodhi, OUT
picks up the length ball and lofts it, the only problem though is that he has picked out long-on. Looked nice as Sodhi cleared his front leg to go for the big hit, but he hasnt been able to put the power behind it. South Africa seal the series 2-1
IS Sodhi c Rossouw b Abbott 5 (19m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
49.1
Abbott to Sodhi, no run
shortish on off stump, Sodhi gets an inside edge off a swipe square on the leg side

Final six balls of a pumped up bowling performance

end of over 492 runs
NZ: 221/9CRR: 4.51 • RRR: 63.00 • Need 63 from 6b
Ben Wheeler13 (11)
Ish Sodhi5 (13)
Dale Steyn10-0-41-1
Kyle Abbott9-0-43-0
48.6
Steyn to Wheeler, no run
goes full on off stump, but the batsman is able to keep his stumps intact
48.5
Steyn to Wheeler, no run
shortish on off stump, Wheeler runs it to third slip
48.4
1
Steyn to Sodhi, 1 run
goes for the bouncer here, which the tall Sodhi gets behind, and knocks into the off side for a quick single
48.3
Steyn to Sodhi, no run
dabs towards third man, but third slip gets in the way again. Steyn seems content bowling a length, instead of the yorker
48.2
1
Steyn to Wheeler, 1 run
third slips leaps to his right, but he cant pull back this glide from Wheeler off a fuller ball on off stump
48.1
Steyn to Wheeler, no run
good length ball just outside off, scrambled seam as well, gets it to hold its line and beat the tailender push
end of over 484 runs
NZ: 219/9CRR: 4.56 • RRR: 32.50 • Need 65 from 12b
Ben Wheeler12 (7)
Ish Sodhi4 (11)
Kyle Abbott9-0-43-0
Dale Steyn9-0-39-1
47.6
1
Abbott to Wheeler, 1 run
clears his front leg and swipes a fuller ball on middle to deep midwicket
47.5
1
Abbott to Sodhi, 1 run
looks for timber with a pretty full ball on the base of leg stump, slower in pace though, Sodhi drives through extra cover

Shan Fastian: "Let me sum Up. Come on Everyone Hold your horses. We don't need to Blame anyone. Both are Young Sides. Both were playing equal competitive Cricket up till this Game but in the End One has to win and One has to be on Losing Side just like recently in the WC's Semi between these two."

47.4
Abbott to Sodhi, no run
banged in short just outside off, Sodhi sinks under it
47.3
1
Abbott to Wheeler, 1 run
looks to force it down the ground, but the fuller delivery was a touch too quick for him to time it. Mid-off is on hand to take care of things
47.2
1
Abbott to Sodhi, 1 run
outside edge skirts away to third man as Sodhi brings his bat across from gully onto the back of a length ball on middle.
47.1
Abbott to Sodhi, no run
just short of a good length on off stump, Sodhi pushes it to cover
end of over 477 runs
NZ: 215/9CRR: 4.57 • RRR: 23.00 • Need 69 from 18b
Ben Wheeler10 (5)
Ish Sodhi2 (7)
Dale Steyn9-0-39-1
David Wiese9-0-58-3
46.6
4
Steyn to Wheeler, FOUR runs
thumped past mid-off! The fuller ball seeking top of off has been dispatched with some authority. All hands though, seeing as Wheeler and his feet were rooted outside leg
46.5
1
Steyn to Sodhi, 1 run
back of a length on off stump, Sodhi finds a single in the covers
46.5
1w
Steyn to Sodhi, 1 wide
another bouncer, but this is sliding down leg and Steyn will have to bowl it again
46.4
Steyn to Sodhi, no run
banged in short, right over middle at 142 kph, Sodhi ducks under and the Durban crowd goes 'Ohhhhh'
Best performances - batsmen
AB de Villiers
64 runs (48)
8 fours
1 sixes
Control82%
Productive shot
cut shot
15 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
120115111420
MN van Wyk
58 runs (100)
4 fours
2 sixes
Control83%
Productive shot
pull
20 runs
1 fours
2 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
D Wiese
O
9
M
0
R
58
W
3
Eco
6.44
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
BM Wheeler
O
10
M
0
R
71
W
3
Eco
7.10
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Kingsmead, Durban
TossSouth Africa , elected to bat first
SeriesNew Zealand tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa
Player Of The Match
AB de Villiers
Player Of The Series
Hashim Amla
Series resultSouth Africa won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 3678
Season2015
Hours of play (local time)12.30 start, First Session 12.30-16.00, Interval 16.00-16.45, Second Session 16.45-20.15
Match days26 August 2015 - day/night match (50-over match)
Umpires
Johan Cloete
Ian Gould
TV Umpire
Shaun George
Reserve Umpire
Adrian Holdstock
Match Referee
Roshan Mahanama