Player of the Match
Player of the Match
716dThe Report by Firdose Moonda

Intense New Zealand open with clinical win

New Zealand's intense performance with the ball and in the field restricted South Africa to 147 for 6, setting up a moderate chase in Wellington

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MJ Guptill
MJ Guptill
78(55) 5x4 - 4x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 17 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
4 1 4 5 5 16 17 26
JP Duminy
JP Duminy
41(37) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 15 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
9 1 6 4 8 2 5 6

Best performances - Bowlers

TG Southee
TG Southee
O4
M0
R28
W3
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
RM Hira
O2
M0
R12
W1
Eco6.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

New Zealand , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

New Zealand led the 3-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.15, Interval 20.15-20.30, Second Session 20.30-21.50

Match days

17 February 2012 - night match (20-over match)

T20I debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Avi Singh

That wraps up our coverage tonight, Firdose will be providing you news hounds with the final report soon as well as a host of other pieces. Thanks for all the mails as always. New Zealand take a 1-0 lead into the second match at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday. Until then, this is Avi Singh signing off on behalf of scorer Sanjay Murari and Firdose Moonda. Enjoy the weekend!

Martin Guptill is Man of the Match for the umpteenth time in this New Zealand summer: "Batting really well at the moment, opening with Rob is quite good at the moment. I only had one net yesterday and one this morning, but I feel in really good touch in the games."

Brendon McCullum: "Full credit to the bowlers and to Martin who's in great form at the moment. Really pleased for Nathan, who stepped up today after not getting as many opportunities as he would have liked in the Zimbabwe series. Pitch had something for both fast and slow bowlers, so it was decent. We drive ourselves pretty hard with fielding, can't fault our effort throughout the summer there so far, helps the bowlers to know they've got a good unit backing them up."

AB de Villiers: "Not a great start, I take responsibility for that. We were expecting them to open up with a spinner, not surprised at all. Overs 4 to 9 cost us, we didn't cash in at all, but we fought back and in the end we got quite close. We played well in patches, but we want to get it all together in the next game."

I had said during the innings break that South Africa were about 15 or so short, and so it proved as New Zealand were in control throughout the run chase, thanks mainly to the expert steering by Martin Guptill, who is in irresistable form at the moment as he notched up his sixth consecutive international half-century. South Africa were a little off the boil tonight, as Duminy and Ontong bailed out their top order to give them something to bowl at, but their bowling was unable to apply enough pressure.

19.2
4
Botha to Franklin, FOUR runs, New Zealand wrap it up in comprehensive fashion! Franklin drills a full ball outside off through the covers and it rolls over the rope as the home side take out the 1st Twenty20 International by 6 wickets
19.1
2
Botha to Franklin, 2 runs, full on middle and driven down the ground by Franklin, well placed and they get back for a couple

Botha entrusted with the final over

END OF OVER:
19 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 142/4 (6 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.47, RRR: 6.00)

  • Martin Guptill78 (55b)
  • James Franklin2 (2b)
  • Morne Morkel4-1-26-1
  • Rusty Theron4-0-27-1
18.6
2
M Morkel to Guptill, 2 runs, drives a full ball down to long-on and Guptill is as fast as a hare and they push through for a couple, run-a-ball needed from the final over
18.5
1
M Morkel to Franklin, 1 run, tries to bang it in short on middle but it sits up and Franklin opens the face and guides it to third man
18.4
1
M Morkel to Guptill, 1 run, backs away and mistimes the slice down the ground to long-off on the bounce
18.3
1
M Morkel to Franklin, 1 run, dabs into the off side to get off the mark

New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
49RJ NicolMJ Guptill
41BB McCullumMJ Guptill
37MJ GuptillKS Williamson
9C de GrandhommeMJ Guptill
12JEC FranklinMJ Guptill