Player of the Match
Player of the Match

That is it from us for this game for the moment. Read Andrew Fernando's match report here. This is Abhishek Purohit signing off. Cheers

AB de Villiers is the Man of the Match. AB: "We did really well in the field to restrict them. They had a couple of partnerships, but we kept getting wickets, and that is where we won the game. It was a slowish kind of wicket, and it is important to build pressure on these kind of wickets. JP felt a bit of pressure early on, he did not hit it as well as he would have liked, but he played an important knock. Faf did extremely well. I thought I constructed my innings well which was difficult on this pitch and in these conditions."

Brendon McCullum: "We thought 250 was competitive, but we would have had to bowl exceptionally well. In hindsight, we needed someone to get a big hundred, like AB did for them. No regrets in batting first though. We were looking to take that batting Powerplay a bit early, but we kept losing wickets. You cannot allow world-class players to get into the game, and we allowed AB to do that."

They just did not have enough runs on the board, New Zealand, with the kind of batting line-up South Africa have. AB de Villiers was always in control and New Zealand could never stop the boundaries from coming when they needed to. Faf du Plessis will never forget what happened in Dhaka that evening in March 2011, but this innings will give him a lot of confidence, especially the way he finished the game with a burst of big strokes.

MrGarreth: "9 of AB's 13 100s have come since 2010 at an average of 77.75. Dont get much better than that!"

45.2
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Williamson to du Plessis, 1 run, South Africa end the chase with a stroke that has brought them so many runs today, a work square on the leg side
44.3
4
Southee to de Villiers, FOUR runs, South Africa almost through now, AB withdraws towards the leg side, Southee drops it short, AB has a flail, and collects four with a thick edge to the fine third man boundary
44.1
4
Southee to du Plessis, FOUR runs, four more, New Zealand continue to pay for their leg-stump line, Southee goes full down the pads in search of the yorker, and a fine tickle is all that is needed
43.4
4
Bracewell to du Plessis, FOUR runs, it's all come apart for New Zealand, Faf rubs it in with a controlled pull to a short ball, takes his third boundary in three balls, this time through midwicket

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st17HM AmlaGC Smith
2nd0JH KallisGC Smith
3rd18JH KallisJP Duminy
4th90JP DuminyAB de Villiers
5th129AB de VilliersF du Plessis