result
1st T20I (N), Wellington, Feb 17 2012, South Africa tour of New Zealand
(19.2/20 ov)148/4
New Zealand won by 6 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
78 (55)
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• The Report by Firdose Moonda

Intense New Zealand open with clinical win

New Zealand's intense performance with the ball and in the field restricted South Africa to 147 for 6, setting up a moderate chase in Wellington

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Scores: Sanjay Murari
Comms: Avi Singh
Scorecard summary
South Africa147/6(20 overs)
New Zealand148/4(19.2 overs)

That wraps up our coverage tonight, Firdose will be providing you news hounds with the final report soon as well as a host of other pieces. Thanks for all the mails as always. New Zealand take a 1-0 lead into the second match at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday. Until then, this is Avi Singh signing off on behalf of scorer Sanjay Murari and Firdose Moonda. Enjoy the weekend!

Martin Guptill is Man of the Match for the umpteenth time in this New Zealand summer: "Batting really well at the moment, opening with Rob is quite good at the moment. I only had one net yesterday and one this morning, but I feel in really good touch in the games."

Brendon McCullum: "Full credit to the bowlers and to Martin who's in great form at the moment. Really pleased for Nathan, who stepped up today after not getting as many opportunities as he would have liked in the Zimbabwe series. Pitch had something for both fast and slow bowlers, so it was decent. We drive ourselves pretty hard with fielding, can't fault our effort throughout the summer there so far, helps the bowlers to know they've got a good unit backing them up."

AB de Villiers: "Not a great start, I take responsibility for that. We were expecting them to open up with a spinner, not surprised at all. Overs 4 to 9 cost us, we didn't cash in at all, but we fought back and in the end we got quite close. We played well in patches, but we want to get it all together in the next game."

I had said during the innings break that South Africa were about 15 or so short, and so it proved as New Zealand were in control throughout the run chase, thanks mainly to the expert steering by Martin Guptill, who is in irresistable form at the moment as he notched up his sixth consecutive international half-century. South Africa were a little off the boil tonight, as Duminy and Ontong bailed out their top order to give them something to bowl at, but their bowling was unable to apply enough pressure.

19.2
4
Botha to Franklin, FOUR runs

New Zealand wrap it up in comprehensive fashion! Franklin drills a full ball outside off through the covers and it rolls over the rope as the home side take out the 1st Twenty20 International by 6 wickets

19.1
2
Botha to Franklin, 2 runs

full on middle and driven down the ground by Franklin, well placed and they get back for a couple

Botha entrusted with the final over

end of over 196 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 142/4CRR: 7.47 RRR: 6.00
Martin Guptill78 (55)
James Franklin2 (2)
Morne Morkel 4-1-26-1
Rusty Theron 4-0-27-1
18.6
2
Morkel to Guptill, 2 runs

drives a full ball down to long-on and Guptill is as fast as a hare and they push through for a couple, run-a-ball needed from the final over

18.5
1
Morkel to Franklin, 1 run

tries to bang it in short on middle but it sits up and Franklin opens the face and guides it to third man

18.4
1
Morkel to Guptill, 1 run

backs away and mistimes the slice down the ground to long-off on the bounce

18.3
1
Morkel to Franklin, 1 run

dabs into the off side to get off the mark

18.2
1
Morkel to Guptill, 1 run

smacks a full ball down the ground to long-off

18.1
W
Morkel to de Grandhomme, OUT

de Grandhomme tries to finish it early with a six over midwicket, but skies the pull high into the deep where Levi, described by David Leggat in the New Zealand Herald as having the 'build of a prop', takes the catch safely and gives the fans some words

Colin de Grandhomme c Levi b M Morkel 2 (8m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
end of over 189 runs
NZ: 136/3CRR: 7.55 RRR: 6.00
Martin Guptill74 (52)
Colin de Grandhomme2 (2)
Rusty Theron 4-0-27-1
Morne Morkel 3-1-20-0
17.6
4
Theron to Guptill, FOUR runs

and follows up with a flat batted smack down the ground over the boundary at mid-off

17.5
Theron to Guptill, no run

a sharp bouncer on off at 139kph which smashes into the helmet of Guptill. He goes down quickly but is back up soon and reassures everyone he is ok, second player hit in the head tonight after Levi

17.4
2
Theron to Guptill, 2 runs

full on middle and Guptill plays with an incredibly straight backlift and followthrough as he gets it just past the stumps down the ground into the deep

17.3
1
Theron to de Grandhomme, 1 run

de Grandhomme goes for a swing to leg and the ball gets tangled up in his pads and dribbles down the wicket as they rush through

17.2
1
Theron to Guptill, 1 run

full on off and smeared across the line into the midwicket region

17.1
1
Theron to de Grandhomme, 1 run

fired in full on leg, beats the poke and hits the pad on leg, possibly going down as the umpire turns down a loud appeal, meanwhile they sneak a run

end of over 179 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 127/3CRR: 7.47 RRR: 7.00
Martin Guptill67 (48)
Morne Morkel 3-1-20-0
Rusty Theron 3-0-18-1

The story of the Adrian Kuiper six at Newlands is an urban legend according to Firdose

16.6
W
Morkel to Williamson, OUT

poor call by Kane there, flicked straight to short midwicket and he sets off, Albie Morkel charges in and picks up before swivelling and throwing down the stumps at the bowler's end with Kane having already given up

Kane Williamson run out (JA Morkel) 24 (22m 21b 3x4 0x6) SR: 114.28
16.5
4
Morkel to Williamson, FOUR runs

backs away and uppercuts a short ball outside off over the ring to the backward point boundary

16.4
1
Morkel to Guptill, 1 run
16.4
1w
Morkel to Guptill, 1 wide

fired in way down leg and he doesn't need to play at that

16.3
1lb
Morkel to Williamson, 1 leg bye

misses the pull and hits the protective equipment, drops on the pitch and Guptill runs through and puts in a full-length dive to get home

16.2
2
Morkel to Williamson, 2 runs

skied high in the air beyond the edge of the circle at mid-off and Tsotsobe running back can't get a hand to it

Best performances - batters
Martin Guptill portrait
MJ Guptill NZ
78 runs (55)
5 fours
4 sixes
Control79%
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
17 runs
0 four
1 six
41455161726
JP Duminy portrait
JP Duminy SA
41 runs (37)
3 fours
0 six
Control70%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
15 runs
2 fours
0 six
91648256
Best performances - bowlers
Tim Southee portrait
TG Southee NZ
O
4
M
0
R
28
W
3
ECO
7
Richard Collinge portrait
NL McCullum NZ
O
4
M
0
R
16
W
1
ECO
4
Match details
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
TossNew Zealand, elected to field first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of New Zealand
Season2011/12
Player Of The Match
Martin Guptill
Martin Guptill
Series resultNew Zealand led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 221
Hours of play (local time)19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.15, Interval 20.15-20.30, Second Session 20.30-21.50
Match days17 February 2012 - night (20-over match)
T20I debut
Richard Levi
Richard Levi
Umpires
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Barry Frost
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Gary Baxter
TV Umpire
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Chris Gaffaney
Reserve Umpire
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Phil Jones
Match Referee
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Roshan Mahanama
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