2nd ODI, Potchefstroom, Aug 23 2015, New Zealand tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa
(44.3/50 ov, target 205)207/2
New Zealand won by 8 wickets (with 33 balls remaining)
player of the match
Martin Guptill
New Zealand

That is all from this game. Good bye

Martin Guptill is the Man of the Match. Guptill: "We were lucky with the way Tom and I got away at the start. Made sure we did not lose wickets in a clump during the middle. The up and down nature (of the pitch), was pretty tough. Struggled a wee bit today but managed to bat through."

Kane Williamson: "Coming out on a surface quit different, it was good to see the guys adapting. It was holding on the surface. Slower bowlers were hard to play. It is hard for a seamer who can bowl 140 to roll the fingers over but it is a job you have to do. Definitely different surface than we thought. Starting at 10 we thought there might be a little swing. After three-four overs we changed our plan, the way the guys executed was fantastic. Great effort with the ball, and then the way the openers batted. Most pleasing thing is the learning from the first innings. When the ball was hard they saw off the threat, and cashed in on the other bowlers, smart innings from Tom and Guptill. We will be on a different surface in Durban and the boys will have to adapt again."

AB de Villiers: "I don't think we had enough runs. We came out with a good mindset to defend on the field, but it never went our way, we were never in the game. We were about 50 runs short. We did not bat well, did not get partnerships upfront, put a lot of pressure on the middle order, we could not kick on at the end, if we would have got 250, would have been a good score. Probably would have gone with the ball first (at the toss). Always seen what he (Behardien) is capable of at domestic level and now he is starting to show that at international level."

Comprehensive win for New Zealand. South Africa lost too many wickets too early, never coming to terms with the slowness of the pitch. New Zealand responded with a 126-run opening stand between Latham and Guptill, which settled the game. Disciplined effort from Guptill which is what was needed on this surface, even as he allowed himself a big hit now and then. Not to forget that he was dropped thrice. South Africa's first loss at this ground

Rossouw to Guptill, FOUR runs

Guptill gets to his ninth ODI century, New Zealand level the series, this was a loopy full toss outside off, Guptill ended up hitting it in the air, just wide of a leaping extra cover and into the rope

Rossouw to Guptill, no run

hits it hard but bowler stops it with a dive

Rossouw to Guptill, 2 runs

moves to 99 with a drive through extra cover

Ravi: "@Shaurya: That's a bit harsh, what about SA missing Morkel, Duminy and Faf."

end of over 449 runs
NZ: 201/2CRR: 4.56 RRR: 0.67 • Need 4 runs from 36b
Martin Guptill97 (131)
George Worker20 (39)
AB de Villiers2-0-11-0
Rilee Rossouw2-0-8-0
de Villiers to Guptill, 1 run

keeps the strike with a single off this length ball to long on

de Villiers to Guptill, no run

flays a length ball off the back foot to extra cover

de Villiers to Worker, 1 run

punches a length ball to the sweeper

de Villiers to Guptill, 1 run

slams an overpitched ball down the ground for a single to long on

de Villiers to Guptill, FOUR runs

half tracker, Guptill clobbers a pull off the front foot, well in front of square

de Villiers to Guptill, 2 runs

fine leg is up, length ball is on the pad, Guptill tucks it to the left of the man, Behardien runs across from deep square and slides to keep it in

end of over 433 runs
NZ: 192/2CRR: 4.46 RRR: 1.86 • Need 13 runs from 42b
Martin Guptill89 (126)
George Worker19 (38)
Rilee Rossouw2-0-8-0
AB de Villiers1-0-2-0
Rossouw to Guptill, 1 run

sees the short ball and pulls, but not wide enough of the man at long on

Rossouw to Guptill, no run

attacks an overpitched ball, Rossouw stops it with a dive to his left

Rossouw to Guptill, no run

knocked back to the bowler

Rossouw to Worker, 1 run

has him reaching for a flighted delivery and he closes the face to force it behind square

Rossouw to Worker, no run

defended off the front foot

Rossouw to Guptill, 1 run

offbreak worked from the line of middle to square leg