Player of the Match
Player of the Match

50 | 11 Runs | SA: 249/8 | RR: 4.98

  • Andre Nel10 (5b)
  • Mark Boucher35 (37b)
  • Mark Gillespie10-3-50-0
  • Kyle Mills10-2-25-5

How costly did that drop turn out to be? Nel clubs two fours off three balls to give South Africa the tightest of wins. Absolutely nerve-wracking. Vettori looks ticked off something fierce as he lopes off. Gillespie looks gutted. Mills bowled to so well to nip out two at the start and three at the end, his first five-for in ODIs, but Gillespie has let his side down with two poor last overs. South Africa take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Whew, what a cracker that turned out to be.

New Zealand must just want to catch the next flight out of Durban. Tough series for Vettori to digest. They cant win a game.

AB de Villiers receives the Man-of-the-Match award for his 87. "Nella, you little beauty," he says.

Well I hope you've enjoyed this match as much as I have. Thanks for tuning in to Cricinfo again. This is Jamie Alter, your commentator, signing off on behalf of all of us here. Do come back and join us for the second ODI, at Port Elizabeth on November 30. Its a 14:30 local, 12:30 GMT start. Bye for now!

Gillespie to Nel, 1 run, Andre Nel is a hero under starry Durban tonight! What a gem! Third ball in a row, he makes room and drills a full delivery through point and the South Africans erupt! South win by two wickets off the final ball and New Zealand's horror tour continues!

One ball left. South Africa cannot lose. Nel asks Boucher what to do. The dressing room rises. Oh, Mark Gillespie. He runs in and holds up at the stumps as Boucher advances early. Gillespie warns him and the crowd boos.

Gillespie to Nel, FOUR runs, Andre Nel! He's literally smoked that! Its full again and he drills it through extra cover, who had no chance, and the game is tied! Would you believe this?

Five from two ... tension, tension

Gillespie to Nel, FOUR runs, oh he's absolutely nailed that! Nel! Makes room and drives a full delivery in the blockhole through extra cover and Durban cheers like there's no tomorrow

Now the home side look tense in the dressing room

Gillespie to Boucher, 1 run, good bowling, fullish and Boucher swings across the line, picking up an inside-edge that gets Nel back on strike
Gillespie to Nel, 1 run, dropped! Nel slashes a full and wide delivery up and over backward point, a fielder runs after at is it dies on him, diving out in front and failing to hold on! Very tough catch
Gillespie to Nel, no run, big heave! Nel closes his eyes and gives it an almighty heave, missing by miles ... not wise from the big man

Top over from Mills. The last one coming up. Nel to face. 11 from 6. Gillespie to bowl over the stumps.

49 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 238/8 (11 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 4.85, RRR: 11.00)

  • Mark Boucher34 (36b)
  • Andre Nel0 (0b)
  • Kyle Mills10-2-25-5
  • Mark Gillespie9-3-39-0
Mills to Boucher, no run, slides down leg stump, Boucher walks across and tries to paddle, misses, sets off, McCullum has a shy back to the stumps but misses as Boucher dives full length to get back in ... would've been out had he hit!

Boucher crossed, so he's back on strike. Andre Nel at the other end. Here's Mills.

Mills to Botha, OUT, he gets another! Good length outside off stump, Botha fetches it and mistimes the slog out to Vincent at long-on, who punches the air on completion of that catch

J Botha c Vincent b Mills 6 (12m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Mills to Boucher, 1 run, full outside off stump, Boucher swings wildly and mistimes it off the toe and of the bat, then runs one to third man
Mills to Botha, 1 run, tries to get cheeky, stepping outside off and going for the paddle but Mills chases it him and the ball balloon up off his shoulder to gully
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South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

0MN van WykGC Smith
9JH KallisGC Smith
91GC SmithAB de Villiers
72JP DuminyAB de Villiers
39MV BoucherJP Duminy
9SM PollockMV Boucher
2MV BoucherJA Morkel
16MV BoucherJ Botha
11MV BoucherA Nel