Only T20I (N), Johannesburg, Nov 23 2007, New Zealand tour of South Africa
(19.5/20 ov, target 130)
South Africa won by 3 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Player Of The Match
South Africa
SA Innings
Full commentary

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And there aren't too many celebrations going on in the dug-out. The mood is certainly one of relief - if not a great escape - and they should never have made it so difficult for themselves. New Zealand never gave up - even when all seemed lost - and, although it is yet another loss on their tour of South Africa, they did show encouraging fielding and form with the ball.

Mills to Botha, FOUR runs
and he's done it! A beautiful, calm flick from Botha through midwicket brings him four and, with it, the match for South Africa

3 needed from 2

Smith's laughing his head off in the dug-out

Mills to Botha, 2 runs
Botha pulls, but top-edges it over the wicketkeeper! He can't get to it, McCullum, and nor can Styris - both of them swarming on the spiralling ball like a pair of wasps, but they just can't get to it in time. What a mess it is out there!

A discussion between bowler, captain and a couple of others. What can Botha do?

New Zealand are all over them now; all over them like a rash. They're absolutely buzzing, as are the crowd.

Mills to de Villiers, 1 run
de Villiers cracks this over the top - will it go all the way? No, it falls short and they can only get a single

Even by their own high standards, this is a choke of epic proportions from South Africa

Mills to Philander, OUT
cut to short third man again who lines up a throw. There's a mix-up between the batsmen and Vincent, at the non-striker's end, collects the ball and shatters the stumps to dismiss Philander!
VD Philander run out (Taylor/Vincent) 2 (10m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

This is thrilling stuff

Mills to de Villiers, 1 run
full toss which he guides to short third man who fields. The non-striker is halfway down the pitch; third man throws down the stumps, misses, and the batsman throws himself back behind the line!

Seven needed from the final over. An exciting end to a match which South Africa really ought to have wrapped up easily by now

end of over 193 runs
SA: 123/6CRR: 6.47 • RRR: 7.00 • Need 7 runs from 6b
Vernon Philander2 (6)
AB de Villiers50 (43)
Jeetan Patel4-0-17-2
Scott Styris1-0-4-1
Patel to Philander, no run
close! Very close to getting an inside edge here
Patel to Philander, no run
he tries to late-cut this - a cry of catch it, but it falls short of a short third man. Good grief, why are South Africa even in this position? They've made a right hash of it

Mid-off comes back. Five in the circle

43 balls for his first Twenty20 fifty. He just needs to see South Africa home, now...

Patel to de Villiers, 1 run
and he smacks this straight down the ground. He won't get four, but it was well timed nevertheless

de Villiers is on 49

Patel to Philander, 1 run
ooh and he's almost turned around here, and gets a leading edge to long-off
Patel to Philander, no run
outside the off stump, he shuffles across and works it to leg
Patel to de Villiers, 1 run
dug out to cover
end of over 184 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 120/6CRR: 6.66 • RRR: 5.00 • Need 10 runs from 12b
AB de Villiers48 (41)
Vernon Philander1 (2)
Scott Styris1-0-4-1
Jeetan Patel3-0-14-2
Styris to de Villiers, 1 run
he stands tall and punches it to long-on for another simple single
Styris to de Villiers, 2 runs
a neat paddle down to fine leg, who is a little square and jogs around to save four
Styris to Philander, 1 run
worked to long-on for an easy single
Styris to Philander, no run
well bowled. Nice and full, swinging into the new batsman who clunks it back to him
Styris to Morkel, OUT
gone, beaten by the offie! Morkel mistimes it straight to Vettori at cover. A wasteful stroke, frankly
JA Morkel c Vettori b Styris 9 (12m 11b 0x4 1x6) SR: 81.81
Styris to Morkel, no run
Morkel lines up a massive smite but instead works it to midwicket

Styris is into the attack

end of over 177 runs
SA: 116/5CRR: 6.82 • RRR: 4.66 • Need 14 runs from 18b
Albie Morkel9 (9)
AB de Villiers45 (39)
Jeetan Patel3-0-14-2
Daniel Vettori4-0-24-1
Patel to Morkel, 1 run
pushed to leg for a single
Patel to Morkel, no run
again he's beaten - that could so easily have been dragged onto his stumps
Patel to Morkel, SIX runs
but here's the big hit from Morkel with a Klusener-like pull for six over midwicket. Pure, ugly power

And they need 21 at a run-a-ball now

Patel to Morkel, no run
ooh close! Very close to getting a stump-shattering inside edge there
Patel to Morkel, no run
well bowled! McCullum thinks so too, roaring his approval as it's defended in a hurry