3rd ODI (D/N), Potchefstroom, Jan 25 2013, New Zealand tour of South Africa
(50 ov, target 261)
South Africa won by 1 wicket (with 0 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
South Africa
Match centre 
Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: George Binoy
Scorecard summary
New Zealand260/9(50 overs)
South Africa264/9(50 overs)
end of over 5011 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 264/9CRR: 5.28 
Ryan McLaren25 (24)
Lonwabo Tsotsobe0 (0)
James Franklin6-0-38-2
Mitchell McClenaghan10-0-70-2

It's been a hard-fought match, New Zealand just managed to stay in it even when South Africa seemed to be scoring without too many problems. South Africa will reflect on this and think they should have won this in more comfortable fashion, but at the moment they'll be feeling relief.

Daniel Alexander: "Who said ODI cricket is dead?"

Roddy Campbell: "Massively undeserved victory. To go from 165/3 to needing a boundary of the last ball is unacceptable."

Neil: "Fair play to McLaren for a great pressure knock. The length of the South African tail put more of a burden on him than was necessary, but he stood up under the pressure and produced the goods. Well done!"

Phil: "Bit ridiculous that SA win off the last ball when NZ faced 299 legitimate deliveries! Umpires should have some questions to answer."

Here's the presentation ...

Faf: "It was nerve wracking, but it's nice to see the younger guys hold their nerve. It was very important for us as a team, we needed to win. We didn't play a great game but I'll take the win ... I think they got a 160 in the last 20,that's way too much for us as a bowling team ... Graeme knows how to do it [the chase] the best way for the others to learn is to play more ... It's been three really hard games for us, it's been a great series, New Zealand played well, they are also a young team without key players and they played the better cricket."

The Man of the Match is Graeme Smith, for his century. No surprise there.

Smith: "I think NZ played superbly, their ability to put us under pressure, to squeeze games, it's taught our young middle order a few things ... I've found a good mental space to perform, without the captaincy ... giving guys space to grow is a crucial factor ... I think I just wanted the guys to hit the ball when they came in, Nathan McCullum bowled really well, When David Miller came in I just said hit the ball hard, create some intensity ... I would have loved to take the take home, I felt to shot was on but the execution wasn't ... "

Brendon McCullum: "Incredibly proud, this young team has shown the fighting spirit with which we want to play, especially after the Test series ... to bounce back. We said right at the outset that though we are without four-five players we can't let that affect us ... hopefully the fans back home will be proud of our efforts here and know we are heading in the right direction. It was a big series for Kane, he stamped his authority on the ground ... he's a strong leader within the group ... "

McCullum calls his team-mates up as he receives the trophy, which bring us to the end of New Zealand's tour of South Africa. These teams will move on quickly, South Africa on to the Tests against Pakistan and New Zealand on to the home series against England.

We're moving on to the Australia Day Two tomorrow. Thank you for your emails today. I hope you had as much fun as I did following this game. Cheers.

Franklin to McLaren, SIX runs
McLaren's done it, he's hit a six! What a finish from him, he sends the crowd into mad celebrations. McLaren moved towards the off side as Franklin bowled a short length ball outside off stump, he got inside the line, got down low and lifted the ball over the long-leg boundary. He basically hooked the ball on one knee for six. They've laboured hard over this chase but McLaren's prevented a whitewash off the final ball ... he raises his arms in triumph

The batsmen crossed before the catch was taken to McLaren has the strike for the final ball. Tsotsobe is at the other end. Three needed off the final ball. The Kaizer Chiefs are on their feet in the stands ... it's all very tense. The batsmen speak to each other, the field is being changed ... here we go ... five men on the edge of the inner circle.

Franklin to Steyn, OUT
caught at cow corner! Steyn swung hard at a length ball and hit it high into the air, Elliott came running in from the boundary and judged the catch well on the move. Such drama at the finish. Great catch under such pressure.
DW Steyn c Elliott b Franklin 4 (10m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
Franklin to Steyn, 2 runs
a full ball outside off stump, Steyn reaches for it and slashes hard, Williamson gets a hand on it at point but can't make a complete save, they run two ...three needed off two balls
Franklin to Steyn, no run
oh my! He's bowled a full toss outside off stump, that was quite hittable but Steyn was swinging without looking really and missed it

SA need five off four balls. How will Steyn approach this? McCullum is chatting with Franklin, who goes round the wicket ...

Franklin to McLaren, 1 run
a full ball angling into the left-hander, McLaren swings it cleaning towards deep midwicket, where Guptill fields it on the bounce and fires in the throw to prevent the second
Franklin to McLaren, 2 runs
a good length ball from over the wicket, McLaren meets it on the front foot and taps it towards long on, Steyn steams between the wickets and so does McLaren, diving to complete the second

James Franklin, who played a vital role in setting up this New Zealand total, has been tasked with bowling the final over. McLaren has the strike. South Africa need eight, NZ need two wickets.

end of over 493 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 253/8CRR: 5.16 • RRR: 8.00
Dale Steyn2 (3)
Ryan McLaren16 (21)
Mitchell McClenaghan10-0-70-2
James Neesham3-0-22-0
McClenaghan to Steyn, no run
a huge appeal for lbw but that was possibly missing leg. McCullum reviews the not out decision. Steyn had come forward to try and turn the short of a length ball on the leg side. He was hit on the top of the pad so it's too high and missing leg. But it's a dot ball, and South Africa need eight off the final over to win.
McClenaghan to Steyn, 2 runs
Steyn goes inside out, lofting over extra cover, and the fielder from sweeper covers a lot of ground to get to it
McClenaghan to Steyn, no run
full ball from round the wicket, driven on the front foot to extra cover

Steyn walks in with ten to get off nine balls. Five men in the circle, trying to stop the single.

McClenaghan to Phangiso, OUT
caught behind! The umpire takes his time but eventually ends Phangiso on his way! Phangiso cleared his front leg and swung hard at a good length ball that moved into him a touch. He got a bottom edge and McCullum dived to his left to hold the catch. Terrific effort
AM Phangiso c †BB McCullum b McClenaghan 9 (10m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

Dan: "Neesham may have literally lost NZ the game but also a learning point for McCullum's captaincy I think. Why on earth did he turn to him to bowl at the death."

McClenaghan to McLaren, 1 run
short of a length on the hips, McLaren swats it behind square for a single, ten to get off ten
McClenaghan to McLaren, no run
the ball rises from short of a length and beats McLaren, who was trying to steer to third man

Anyone thinking about that five-ball over in the 49th over of New Zealand's innings? Apologies for saying McClenaghan's finished with bowling for the evening. He has one over left.

end of over 4810 runs
SA: 250/7CRR: 5.2 • RRR: 5.50
Aaron Phangiso9 (5)
Ryan McLaren15 (19)
James Neesham3-0-22-0
Mitchell McClenaghan9-0-67-1
Neesham to Phangiso, FOUR runs
that's deft! Poor length from Neesham, short around middle and leg, Phangiso moves towards the off and scoops the ball between the keeper and short fine leg
Neesham to McLaren, 1 run
driven from the crease towards cover

McCullum's removing his pads. He's keeping without pads.

Neesham to McLaren, 1 wide
that's too wide outside off stump, he'll have to bowl that again
Neesham to Phangiso, 1 run
nudged off the hips towards midwicket for a quick single, Nathan McCullum can't prevent it
Neesham to Phangiso, 2 runs
McClenaghan may have bowled poorly but he's made a fine save at third man, running to his left and diving at full stretch to prevent a boundary after Phangiso had swung hard and got an outside edge
Neesham to Phangiso, no run
good length around off, Phangiso stays in his crease and pushes towards cover, where Watling prevents a single
Best performances - batsmen
GC Smith
116 runs (130)
14 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
44 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
C Munro
57 runs (62)
6 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
19 runs
0 fours
1 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
LL Tsotsobe
R McLaren
Match details
Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
TossNew Zealand , elected to bat first
SeriesNew Zealand tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
Graeme Smith
Series resultNew Zealand won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 3328
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15
Match days25 January 2013 - day/night match (50-over match)
ODI debut
Aaron Phangiso
Enamul Haque
Adrian Holdstock
TV Umpire
Aleem Dar
Reserve Umpire
Johan Cloete
Match Referee
David Boon