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1st ODI, Mount Maunganui, October 21, 2014, South Africa tour of New Zealand [October 2014]
(48.1/50 ov, T:231) 236/4

South Africa won by 6 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
89* (85)
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So that's all we've got for you. Do join us again on Friday to see how this three-match series pans out. For now though, this is Alagappan Muthu going dark

"Felt pretty good, Funny kind of wicket. Didn't feel like I was in at any stage. Forced me to play more conservatively," says AB de Villiers after 89 off 85 (Oh, come on!). He's also the Man of the Match "Mixed feelings. To get them seven and nine down at the start of the powerplay. Expected the bowling to get them out. I thought 230 was defendable but we got a couple of partnerships together. Very happy, can't fault the bowlers' effort with them getting the team nine down, but thinking of the world cup, if we get teams nine down in 35 overs, we need to finish them off. Played pretty good cricket, fighting back from four down to win it. Locals here have been unbelievable, net facilities and food has been unbelievable, absolute pleasure playing here."

"Not too bad, pretty good. Game wa spretty close. We had a period where we weren't far away. Proud to get to 230 after starind down the barrell but the class of AB and JP took them home," Brendan McCullum says. "Rusty, little uncertain of the conditions. Wicket played relatively well. Tennis ball bounce, slower than we realised. Through the top and middle stages, they kept picking up wickets regularly. Boult was outstanding today, starting to flow his Test game into the shorter game. Luke Ronchi was brilliant, disappointed for him not ot get a hundred. Always good to see Dan back, different role today. Looked like he was racing around like a youngster. Couple of days work, get a little more craft into constructing the innings and bowlers will get a little more info and adapt our game better for friday"

5.55 pm It wasn't the most straightforward pitch. South Africa utilised it to have New Zealand in all sorts of trouble before Luke Ronchi played out of his skin to set up a competitive total. And so it looked until AB de Villiers grabbed the match and made it do his bidding. It didn't look all that obvious, there weren't belligerent strokes. There were 20-odd overs without a boundary, and yet South Africa have completed this chase with 11 balls to spare. He had excellent support from JP Duminy, who broke past an edgy start to open up and play some brilliant shots and eventually sealed the game in emphatic fashion. New Zealand's first ODI in Mount Maunganui's ODI goes sour, although the scenery was reliably stunning.

Mills to Duminy, SIX runs

thank you, folks. Close the door on your way out! This was full, this was inviting the drive. JP goes one better as he lets his bat go through and launches a six over long-on

Andrew: "99 world cup in Australia ! i should have gone, watching it on TV i had assumed it was in England" Alright, alright. Settle down, people

end of over 4814 runs
SA: 230/4CRR: 4.79 RRR: 0.50
AB de Villiers89 (85b 9x4)
Jean-Paul Duminy52 (71b 3x4 1x6)
James Neesham 4-0-27-0
Kyle Mills 8-0-41-1
Neesham to de Villiers, no run

very slow, and a touch short outside off. AB waits on it and slaps to cover. One more over then

Neesham to de Villiers, FOUR runs

short and sliding well down leg, all AB had to do was help it along and so he does with a wonderfully controlled pull. Scores level, Neesham throws his head back in disappointment. That was a very poor ball

Neesham to de Villiers, no run

a little quicker on middle and leg, AB tries to work it away to square leg again but gets hit on the body

Neesham to de Villiers, 2 runs

banged in short and he gets inside the line to pull towards the deep square leg boundary

Neesham to de Villiers, FOUR runs

fuller and outside off, AB gets on the drive a little too early and his bottom hand flies off the bat. And yet the ball loops over the off side in-field and races to the cover boundary

Neesham to de Villiers, FOUR runs

back of a length and around the off stump, AB stays beside it and slashes it away to the third man boundary. Very intentional.

end of over 478 runs
SA: 216/4CRR: 4.59 RRR: 5.00
AB de Villiers75 (79b 6x4)
Jean-Paul Duminy52 (71b 3x4 1x6)
Kyle Mills 8-0-41-1
James Neesham 3-0-13-0
Mills to de Villiers, 1 run

length and outside off, AB's crashed through to short cover and a tribute to how hard he has hit is that it pops out of Baz's hands. Single taken

Mills to Duminy, 1 run

shortish and a shade outside off, tapped away to deep third man

Silly mid-off to try and spark something

Mills to de Villiers, 1 run

good length and outside off, AB eases it through the covers cor a single

Tharaka: "Commentators talking about NZ's non ability to take wickets....But i see South Africa's ability to not give away their wickets...They are a class side..Only team to beat India in the last World Cup in India and West Indies in West Indies in 2007 super 8's and Match TIED in the 1999 World Cup against Australia in Austalia....Hows that for a statistic..These guys have proved to be hostile to the hosts...."

Mills to Duminy, 1 run

full and outside off, drilled to long-off

Mills to Duminy, FOUR runs

you little beauty! He has picked up a length ball and smote it down the ground with utmost authority. Cricket's equivalent of a slap on the face. Effortless and dominant. Oh, and that's his fifty as well.

Toncy: "Ab de Villiers - Arrive, Play a match winning innings, leave." You forgot pick up the man of the match

Mills to Duminy, no run

walks at a back of a length delivery outside off and inside edges it almost to his boot

end of over 467 runs
SA: 208/4CRR: 4.52 RRR: 5.75
Jean-Paul Duminy46 (67b 2x4 1x6)
AB de Villiers73 (77b 6x4)
James Neesham 3-0-13-0
Trent Boult 10-2-40-2
Neesham to Duminy, 1 run

tucked away into the midwicket region and it's only 23 off 24 now

Neesham to de Villiers, 1 run

gets down the track to a slower, fuller ball and whips it to a wide mid-on. Races down to the other end and beats a Boult throw. Well, almost. His wicket was safe, but he does get a nasty hit on the hips from the throw

Neesham to de Villiers, no run

tries it again, but Neesh sends down another short ball and this one is a little too quick and a bit too high for a the front-foot hook

Neesham to de Villiers, FOUR runs

moves outside leg, then gets back outside off. Neesham goes for the short ball which was a good ploy considering AB was set up on the front foot, but he is so set that he is able to hook it away to the fine leg boundary

Neesham to Duminy, 1 run

on a length and on the body, JP steps forward and across on off stump and swipe it behind square leg

Neesham to Duminy, no run

width offered as Duminy keeps to the crease and taps the ball on top of its bounce to point


end of over 456 runs
SA: 201/4CRR: 4.46 RRR: 6.00
Jean-Paul Duminy44 (64b 2x4 1x6)
AB de Villiers68 (74b 5x4)
Trent Boult 10-2-40-2
Nathan McCullum 10-0-45-0
Boult to Duminy, 1 run

shortish and a shade outside off, Duminy pull-swipes it to square leg

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