14th Match, Bridgetown, May 6 2010, Group E, ICC World Twenty20
(20 ov, target 171)
South Africa won by 13 runs
Player Of The Match
South Africa
NZ Innings
Full commentary
end of over 2013 runs
NZ: 157/7CRR: 7.85 
Daniel Vettori10 (10)
Nathan McCullum26 (17)
Albie Morkel1-0-13-0
Charl Langeveldt4-0-39-2

Solid all-round performance from South Africa. There were rarely behind in the game once the top-order gave them a good start. Albie, of course, provided the fireworks that propelled them to a big total, which proved 13 too many for New Zealand. For NZ, none of the top five had strike-rates above 120, which meant the lower order had too much to do. South Africa will be pleased with their bowling unit as well: the decision to bring in Botha paid off and Morne continues to show he can be good at Twenty20s.

Post-match presentation:

Vettori: "de Villiers and Morkel played well, we missed a couple of chances but let them get too much. You needed to be inch-perfect with guys like Morkel hitting at the death, but we were a little off. We need guys at the top to play 40-50 balls to have a chance of chasing down this target."

Smith: "We played smart cricket, Albie made the most of his opportunity, and his partnership with AB could have been the turning point. We controlled the game pretty well, except for some sloppiness in the final five overs. Big game against England coming up."

Alibe is the Man of the Match. "The key for me is to keep my shape, it was a short boundary down the ground and also with the wind, so it worked in my favour."

That's it from us for the first day of the Super Eights. Tomorrow kicks off with a massive match between India and Australia, followed by Sri Lanka v hosts West Indies. Join us then. This is Siddarth Ravindran, saying good night.

Last words of the day will be to Martin: "My previous comment was a bit brilliant but also wasn't worded well so came out nonsense. Explained better SA scored 1 run for every run scored off a boundary NZ follow suit at just under 1 run per run scored of boundary but the 11 6's from SA and only 6 from NZ was where the match was won and lost."

JA Morkel to Vettori, 1 run
length ball on off, Vettori moves across the stumps and works it to midwicket for a single to keep the margin of defeat to 13 runs
JA Morkel to NL McCullum, 1 run
a full toss, was looking to hit to the leg side, flies towards point instead