Result
3rd T20I, Port Elizabeth, Dec 26 2012, New Zealand tour of South Africa
179/6
(20 ov, target 180)
146/9
South Africa won by 33 runs
Player Of The Match
South Africa
1y
• The Report by Firdose Moonda

South Africa take series; Davids, Phangiso star

South Africa won the first trophy available to them in their home summer with victory in the three-match Twenty20 series

Match centre 
Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Abhishek Purohit
Scorecard summary
South Africa179/6(20 overs)
New Zealand146/9(20 overs)
end of over 2010 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 146/9CRR: 7.3 
Doug Bracewell15 (9)
Mitchell McClenaghan1 (1)
Rory Kleinveldt4-0-25-1
Morne Morkel4-0-37-0

Faf du Plessis gets the series trophy, his side looks a very happy and satisfied bunch, and that is all we have for now, apart from telling you to read Firdose Moonda's match report. Abhishek Purohit signing off, along with Devashish Fuloria. Have a good evening

Faf du Plessis: "This is my first time captaining. So it is a nice time when you see at the scoreboard and see 44 required off 1 ball. We have been consistently good in all games. It has been a learning experience for me, it is a young bunch, there is so much energy. I have always captained at a young age, I enjoy it, it keeps my mind busy. It is about finding that line, you have to take responsibility, but you cannot afford to lose your flair. Cannot wait for the Test to start on the 2nd."

Henry Davids is the Man of the Match. Davids: "i am loving cricket at the moment. Great support from my wife, my family. Best cricketing experience I have ever had. My aim was to go out, get game time and enjoy it. Confidence that I carried from the Champions League helped a lot."

Brendon McCullum: "SA played well in those clutch moments. We were 10% off throughout and against a good side that exposes you. 160-165 would have been a really pleasing score to keep them to, but they played well in the back half of their innings. Had our top order got going we could have been competitive but we could not get those partnerships. Some of the guys leave tomorrow, we will try and retain the focus, work out our plans and try and put SA under some pressure [in the Tests]."

South Africa just too strong for New Zealand in the end. The hosts walk around the ground, stumps in hand, acknowledging what has been generous support through the afternoon. A disappointed Brendon McCullum trudges out. Have to feel this was the format in which New Zealand had their best chance, but who knows, they just won a Test in Sri Lanka. The first of two Tests will start in Cape Town on the second day of the New Year

19.6
2
Kleinveldt to Bracewell, 2 runs
ends with one more back of the hand slower one, dragged wide of deep midwicket, and that is the series won for South Africa
19.5
1
Kleinveldt to McClenaghan, 1 run
pushed away tamely towards point
19.4
1
Kleinveldt to Bracewell, 1 run
full, drilled down the ground
19.4
1w
Kleinveldt to Bracewell, 1 wide
another slower one from back of the hand, sails full and wide outside off
19.3
4
Kleinveldt to Bracewell, FOUR runs
slow and short, he pulls it calmly between deep square and deep midwicket
19.2
w
Kleinveldt to Hira, OUT
that will be the end of the fun for Hira, swats a full toss straight to long on, they check for the no-ball, Kleinveldt is safe, by an inch or so
RM Hira c Ontong b Kleinveldt 12 (11m 9b 2x4 0x6) SR: 133.33
19.1
1
Kleinveldt to Bracewell, 1 run
back of the hand slower one, he hits out at it, sweeper cover runs in, cover and extra cover run back, no one gets to it
end of over 1913 runs
NZ: 136/8CRR: 7.15 • RRR: 44.00
Doug Bracewell7 (5)
Ronnie Hira12 (8)
Morne Morkel4-0-37-0
Rory Kleinveldt3-0-15-0
18.6
1
Morkel to Bracewell, 1 run
full toss, helped away on the bounce to deep midwicket
18.5
4
Morkel to Bracewell, FOUR runs
18.4
1
Morkel to Hira, 1 run
shortish down the leg side, pulled away neatly, to deep backward square leg
18.3
2
Morkel to Hira, 2 runs
Hira going after everything, ends up slicing high over backward point, on the bounce to third man

Crowd singing the South African national anthem

18.3
1w
Morkel to Hira, 1 wide
very full, very wide, outside off
18.2
Morkel to Hira, no run
walks across for the scoop over short fine, beaten totally by the slower one
18.1
4
Morkel to Hira, FOUR runs
Hira backing away, and heaving a full one down the ground, through Morne Morkel's hands
end of over 186 runs
NZ: 123/8CRR: 6.83 • RRR: 28.50
Ronnie Hira5 (4)
Doug Bracewell2 (3)
Rory Kleinveldt3-0-15-0
Ryan McLaren4-0-25-3
17.6
1
Kleinveldt to Hira, 1 run
short outside off, cut away to sweeper cover
17.5
Kleinveldt to Hira, no run
17.4
Kleinveldt to Hira, no run
hello, two batsmen, same end, Hira bashes it towards mid off and charges down for the single, non-striker races back and dives into his crease, no one at the other end, but Hira turns around and gets back in time
17.3
4
Kleinveldt to Hira, FOUR runs
that was sharp, Hira weaving away to the leg side a tad, the ball reared up at his chest, pinged the forearm, and flew over the keeper
Best performances - batsmen
H Davids
68 runs (51)
7 fours
2 sixes
Control62%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
23 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
511314371213
JL Ontong
48 runs (30)
1 fours
3 sixes
Control80%
Productive shot
leg glance
19 runs
0 fours
1 sixes
11311101615
Best performances - bowlers
R McLaren
O
4
M
0
R
25
W
3
Eco
6.25
AM Phangiso
O
4
M
0
R
25
W
3
Eco
6.25
Match details
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
TossSouth Africa , elected to bat first
SeriesNew Zealand tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
Henry Davids
Series resultSouth Africa won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberT20I no. 297
Season2012/13
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-15.45, Interval 15.45-16.00, Second Session 16.00-17.15
Match days26 December 2012 (20-over match)
Umpires
Johan Cloete
Adrian Holdstock
TV Umpire
Shaun George
Reserve Umpire
Brian Jerling
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft