Result
3rd ODI, Cape Town, Dec 2 2007, New Zealand tour of South Africa
238/8
(45.2/50 ov, target 239)
242/5
South Africa won by 5 wickets (with 28 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
South Africa
1y
• The Bulletin by George Binoy

Gibbs powers South Africa to series win

A breathtaking century from Herschelle Gibbs sealed the series for South Africa

Match centre 
Scorecard summary
New Zealand238/8(50 overs)
South Africa242/5(45.2 overs)
end of over 465 runs
SA: 242/5CRR: 5.33 
Shaun Pollock4 (6)
Mark Boucher26 (25)
Jeetan Patel7.2-0-54-0
Lou Vincent1-1-0-1

South Africa take the match by five wickets and the series 2-1, though they made heavy weather of the target from the 35th over onwards. At one stage, a ten-wicket win was on the cards but New Zealand found inspiration a little too late. Herschelle Gibbs was exemplary in his 119 off just 101 balls, particularly with the psychological damage he managed to inflict on the visitors, treating the bowlers like spinners. Smith too played his part, though not at his best. Boucher later came out and eased the nerves in a cameo 26*.

Andre Nel wouldn't have imagined this at the start of the series but his rescue act with the bat in Durban was the difference in the final result. Otherwise, New Zealand would have walked away with their first ever series win on South African soil.

The Man of the Match is Gibbs, obviously. Here's what he has to say: "It was a good wicket. Hopefully my home crowd enjoyed it as much as I did."

The Man of the Series is Kyle Mills for his nine wickets. He says: "I was quite hungry over the winter to get back into the side. I saw Shaun Pollock bowling so economically and I just tried not to give away too many half volleys. Jamie How and myself were back in the side after a while and I'm glad we both came good in the series."

That's it from us here in Cricinfo. We hope you enjoyed the coverage through this tour. I enjoyed bringing a few games to you as well. There's plenty of live cricket over the next few days to keep you occupied. This is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers!

45.2
4
Patel to Pollock, FOUR runs
flighted on middle and leg, Pollock steps down, meets the ball on the full and scoops it over midwicket
45.1
1
Patel to Boucher, 1 run
flighted on middle, Boucher gets forward, smothers the spin and turns it past square leg, scores level now
end of over 45Wicket maiden
SA: 237/5CRR: 5.26 • RRR: 0.40 • Need 2 from 30b
Shaun Pollock0 (5)
Mark Boucher25 (24)
Lou Vincent1-1-0-1
Jeetan Patel7-0-49-0
44.6
Vincent to Pollock, no run
pushed to mid-off, another dot
44.5
Vincent to Pollock, no run
well this is amusing! Vincent gives Pollock an offering by banging one in short at his gentle pace, Pollock just checks his stroke and blocks, Vincent sees the funny side to it
44.4
Vincent to Pollock, no run
fullish outside off, pushed to mid-off
44.3
Vincent to Pollock, no run
fullish outside off, pushed to mid-off
44.2
Vincent to Pollock, no run
44.1
w
Vincent to Kallis, OUT
well, well.... it doesn't come easier than that... short and wide outside off, Kallis stretches out to cut, gets a thin outside edge to McCullum
JH Kallis c †McCullum b Vincent 30 (71m 49b 4x4 0x6) SR: 61.22

Vincent has a bowl, This could be the last over of the match

end of over 446 runs
SA: 237/4CRR: 5.38 • RRR: 0.33 • Need 2 from 36b
Jacques Kallis30 (48)
Mark Boucher25 (24)
Jeetan Patel7-0-49-0
Mark Gillespie7-1-58-0
43.6
1
Patel to Kallis, 1 run
pushed just wide of cover, they scamper through for a single
43.5
Patel to Kallis, no run
Kallis glides this one to short third man and Boucher refuses the single
43.4
Patel to Kallis, no run
glided towards point
43.3
Patel to Kallis, no run
left alone outside off, the ball wasn't too far from the off stump
43.2
3
Patel to Boucher, 3 runs
pushed in flatter and faster outside off, Boucher rocks back, slices past point and gully and picks up three
43.1
2
Patel to Boucher, 2 runs
flighted on middle and leg, tucked away firmly past midwicket, a committed save at the boundary saves a couple of runs
end of over 438 runs
SA: 231/4CRR: 5.37 • RRR: 1.14 • Need 8 from 42b
Jacques Kallis29 (44)
Mark Boucher20 (22)
Mark Gillespie7-1-58-0
Jeetan Patel6-0-43-0
42.6
Gillespie to Kallis, no run
fullish outside off and Kallis plays a text-book cover drive, though straight to the fielder
42.5
Gillespie to Kallis, no run
fullish on middle stump, driven to mid-on
42.4
Gillespie to Kallis, no run
good length on off stump, pushed to the covers
42.3
4
Gillespie to Kallis, FOUR runs
Kallis follows it up with another crisp drive, this time through the covers. The ball was too full and wide and nobody in the packed off side field could get near it
Best performances - batsmen
HH Gibbs
119 runs (101)
10 fours
7 sixes
Control93%
Productive shot
leg glance
21 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
252032672729
MS Sinclair
73 runs (78)
6 fours
0 sixes
Control91%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
22 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
51095914129
Best performances - bowlers
DL Vettori
O
10
M
1
R
33
W
3
Eco
3.30
CK Langeveldt
O
10
M
0
R
46
W
2
Eco
4.60
Match details
Newlands, Cape Town
TossNew Zealand , elected to bat first
SeriesNew Zealand tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
Herschelle Gibbs
Player Of The Series
Kyle Mills
Series resultSouth Africa won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 2652
Season2007/08
Hours of play (local time)10.00 start, First Session 10.00-13.30 Interval 13.30-14.15, Second Session 14.15-17.45
Match days2 December 2007 (50-over match)
Umpires
Mark Benson
Ian Howell
TV Umpire
Marais Erasmus
Reserve Umpire
Shaun George
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath