GONE and what a delivery to end this match! He ripped it hard and flat, outside the off stump and it turned quite markedly; the extra pace, as much as the spin, left Ntini no hope in defending it and it broke through the gate to remove his off bail. Terrific display of spin bowling from Patel, taking full advantage of a low, slow, crumbling pitch
A fine display from New Zealand, their first one-dayer for nine months - and all without Scott Styris and Shane Bond. Furthermore, they lost the toss - yet have beaten South Africa quite comprehensively in the end. It was, as Stephen Fleming might say in the post-match press conference, rather a good toss to lose. Graeme Smith, though he might fancy his side's ability to chase down large totals, hadn't wagered on the pitch turning quite as prodigiously as it did. Patel and Vettori - allied with sprightly, electric fielding (not to mention a brilliant spell of fast bowling from Mills) - were the difference.
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Can Patel finish it off?
flatter and yorker length, Ntini uses the extra pace in the delivery to chip it over Vettori's head for a quick single...and he retains the strike
defended once more
defended back to the bowler
jaffa! Looping, turning delivery which beat the right-hander all ends up. Lovely bowling, and tidy wicketkeeping from McCullum too
very neatly late-cut for a scampered single. Deft stroke
hit with great power but straight to cover
comes forward with a huge stride to meet the ball and carves it out into the covers
got him! Now that's a real cracker, superbly bowled from Patel. He gave that an extra rip; the quicker ball, flatter too, and it beat the batsman all ends up. He was in no position to counter the spin, his wafty defensive, and utterly horizontal stroke making no contact and off came the bail.
well bowled! Quicker ball which hurries the batsman who jams his bat down just in time
a spectacular swing-and-a-miss. It's do or die, now.
oops, nearly got into a tangle there...feet like concrete
better aggression from the batsman this time who comes down the pitch, meets the pitch of the ball and smashes him over long-on
more prodigious drift and turn for Patel and half an appeal from the bowler and wicketkeeper, but it hit nothing
96 to win from 18 overs for South Africa. Two wickets needed for New Zealand.
well bowled again, turning away from the right hander who is comprehensively beaten
right up in the blockhole and defended on the front foot
What a terrific display this is from New Zealand. Fleming aside, their batsmen rather failed to deliver - yet they've outplayed South Africa quite comprehensively here today
another one gone! Well flighted outside the left-hander's off stump who spoons it straight into short-leg's hands. Vettori leaps up in celebration, and is mobbed by his team-mates who all know they have this game by the throat
driven without much power into the covers
pushed behind square to a short third-man who runs round and makes a great stop, picking it up with one hand and throws down the stumps. Lazy, lazy running from Petersen who only just got his bat down in time.