3rd ODI (D/N), Durban, Aug 26 2015, New Zealand tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa
(49.2/50 ov, target 284)221
South Africa won by 62 runs
Player Of The Match
64 (48)
Player Of The Series
176 runs

Black Caps tweet about the presentation. Kane Williamson says: Overall this tour has been of great benefit, everyone got a lot out of it. But we never gained momentum today. South Africa bowled very well today and adapted better than us to different conditions again today. Seems that about as much info as we can get. Thank you for joining us. Good night

AB de Villiers is Man of the Match, and Hashim Amla the Man of the Series

A big total on the board, an excellent show from the four fast bowlers South Africa had bet on with the Durban pitch expected to be quicker and bouncier. Good plan, nicely executed. New Zealand did have their chances, especially with Latham and Williamson laying a strong foundation. But 102 for 1 became 152 for 5, and that eventually became 221 all out. New Zealand lacked a big score, lacked the lower-order firepower to combat a pretty tight, disciplined bowling performance. But both teams will be worried about so many dropped catches. Television commentators said SA put down as many as 16 in the series.

"Been feeling quite good, AB has given me a lot of confidence. Came in at No. 6, came in early and managed to do well. I knew I just had to take it as deep as I could, it is one of my strengths. Ran well between the wickets, and finished well," says Farhaan Behardien

"Tough series, learnt a lot," says Wiese, "Little difficult for the batters playing in the winter"

"Rhythm was okay, good. Everyone bowled well, runs on the board, and it was always going to be difficult for them," says Rabada, "We knew what we had to do coming into this game, at the end of the day it was a great win. Been great [playing for SA]"

"Playing for this team is an absolute honour. Just glad I am doing what I am here for. I am a changed bowler from two years back, dont look for wickets anymore, concentrating on discipline," Imran Tahir says, "My role is what the team requires for me. It hasnt been great what I am doing in Test cricket, I need to prove to myself that I can do it"

"Its a great place to play cricket, always feels like a dream come true," says van Wyk

RonnietheKiwi: "So after the fairy tale of the World Cup, NZ has lost two ODI series and barely won the one against Zim. The question begging to be asked is, would NZ have performed quite as brilliantly if the venue of WC '15 was not their own backyard?"

Ravi: "Some credit goes to the SA bowlers as well. Even when they were unable to take wickets, they kept things tight for NZ."

duncan: "Maybe you missed the 2-3 years before the WC Ronnie..."

Prithvi: "Ronnie.. NZ are missing BMac, Taylor, Boult, Southee and Vettori from the WC XI. That's huge. They've done decently for a young side."

Abbott to Sodhi, OUT

picks up the length ball and lofts it, the only problem though is that he has picked out long-on. Looked nice as Sodhi cleared his front leg to go for the big hit, but he hasnt been able to put the power behind it. South Africa seal the series 2-1

Ish Sodhi c Rossouw b Abbott 5 (19m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
Abbott to Sodhi, no run

shortish on off stump, Sodhi gets an inside edge off a swipe square on the leg side

Final six balls of a pumped up bowling performance

end of over 492 runs
NZ: 221/9CRR: 4.51 RRR: 63.00
Ben Wheeler13 (11)
Ish Sodhi5 (13)
Dale Steyn 10-0-41-1
Kyle Abbott 9-0-43-0
Steyn to Wheeler, no run

goes full on off stump, but the batsman is able to keep his stumps intact

Steyn to Wheeler, no run

shortish on off stump, Wheeler runs it to third slip

Steyn to Sodhi, 1 run

goes for the bouncer here, which the tall Sodhi gets behind, and knocks into the off side for a quick single

Steyn to Sodhi, no run

dabs towards third man, but third slip gets in the way again. Steyn seems content bowling a length, instead of the yorker

Steyn to Wheeler, 1 run

third slips leaps to his right, but he cant pull back this glide from Wheeler off a fuller ball on off stump

Steyn to Wheeler, no run

good length ball just outside off, scrambled seam as well, gets it to hold its line and beat the tailender push

end of over 484 runs
NZ: 219/9CRR: 4.56 RRR: 32.50
Ben Wheeler12 (7)
Ish Sodhi4 (11)
Kyle Abbott 9-0-43-0
Dale Steyn 9-0-39-1
Abbott to Wheeler, 1 run

clears his front leg and swipes a fuller ball on middle to deep midwicket

Abbott to Sodhi, 1 run

looks for timber with a pretty full ball on the base of leg stump, slower in pace though, Sodhi drives through extra cover

Shan Fastian: "Let me sum Up. Come on Everyone Hold your horses. We don't need to Blame anyone. Both are Young Sides. Both were playing equal competitive Cricket up till this Game but in the End One has to win and One has to be on Losing Side just like recently in the WC's Semi between these two."

Abbott to Sodhi, no run

banged in short just outside off, Sodhi sinks under it

Abbott to Wheeler, 1 run

looks to force it down the ground, but the fuller delivery was a touch too quick for him to time it. Mid-off is on hand to take care of things

Abbott to Sodhi, 1 run

outside edge skirts away to third man as Sodhi brings his bat across from gully onto the back of a length ball on middle.

Abbott to Sodhi, no run

just short of a good length on off stump, Sodhi pushes it to cover

end of over 477 runs
NZ: 215/9CRR: 4.57 RRR: 23.00
Ben Wheeler10 (5)
Ish Sodhi2 (7)
Dale Steyn 9-0-39-1
David Wiese 9-0-58-3
Steyn to Wheeler, FOUR runs

thumped past mid-off! The fuller ball seeking top of off has been dispatched with some authority. All hands though, seeing as Wheeler and his feet were rooted outside leg

Steyn to Sodhi, 1 run

back of a length on off stump, Sodhi finds a single in the covers

Steyn to Sodhi, 1 wide

another bouncer, but this is sliding down leg and Steyn will have to bowl it again

Steyn to Sodhi, no run

banged in short, right over middle at 142 kph, Sodhi ducks under and the Durban crowd goes "Ohhhhh"

Steyn to Sodhi, no run

nice and full and swinging in to Sodhi, who in turn raises his stocks by playing a lovely push down the ground

Steyn to Sodhi, no run

huge appeal for leg before, the line was perfect, but there seems to be an inside edge here. Steyn makes the symbol for DRS, but it isnt operating here. Sodhi pinned in his crease, beaten for pace, but did get enough bat on it

Three slips for No. 11

Steyn to Wheeler, 1 run

back of a length at 143 kph, Wheeler stays beside it and dabs to deep third man

Steyn to try and finish it off, has two slips in place

Chris: "I can't see why the NZ middle order is being blamed here. Latham and Williamson plodded along and then got out quickly after each other when the RRR was around 7. For any middle order a win from there would have been a great performance"

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