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South Africa 157/3(30.4 overs)

4.10pm No man of the match or series awards, I suppose. So that concludes our ball-by-ball coverage of this short ODI series. Hope you enjoyed it. We certainly enjoyed bringing it to you. Until next time, ta ta!

4.00pm Presentation time. Brendon McCullum: "It was a good learning experience for us, good opportunity to get some game time. Credit to AB and his boys. Now we turn our attention to the Test series over there [UAE]. A bit of time away from New Zealand before we come back and sink our teeth into the home summer and obviously the World Cup. It was nice to give some guys opportunities and try out some new combinations."

AB de Villiers: "The wicket lent itself to a really good game of cricket so it's a shame about the weather. We set it up nicely. We could have got a decent total, would have been an exciting game of cricket. We have some competitive games in Australia as well, coming here before the World Cup was all about getting used to conditions, hopefully we are fully prepared when we get to the World Cup. [Preparation] looks good on paper but it doesn't always work that way. We'd love to go to Australia and win that series as well."

3.55pm We have news for you, finally. The match has been abandoned due to rain and the series finishes 2-0 to South Africa.

3.50pm NZC has made this rather despondent tweet:

Alam: "Remember another rain-delayed ODI in NZ on New Year's Day - almost gave up hope and turned off ESPNCricinfo game broadcast. But, optimistically hung around. Otherwise would have missed the Corey - Jesse show. Lesson: hang around until the match is officially called off."

Vimal: "So Chris Tavare and David Warner were born on the same day? Law of averages at work I guess."

3.25pm Pictures from the ground suggest Atinder Bajwa might be right. Pretty much no one in the stands, apart from a few scattered optimists huddled under umbrellas. Covers are still on and the super sopper is still hard at work.

Atinder Bajwa: "Just left the ground and came home. Almost all realistic people have left the ground and only event staff can be spotted. I hope it suggests to you what we Hamiltonians think about this weather."

Alex: "Honestly people, late spring squalls like this are why there has never been international cricket played in NZ in October before now. Go about your business, there will be no further play here today."

Anton: "Being a local resident I can see the rather gloomy western clouds however there is a bit of patchy blue trying to break through. Unfortunately Hamilton didn't get the "four seasons in one day" reputation because of any hotel... "

Anoop : "Earlier the Cricinfo homepage had the heading rain interrupts South Africa's cruise now it says rain ends South Africa's innings... please throw some light on this." We've lost too much time for South Africa to be able to bat any more, if play is to resume.

Nuno: "It's 2 am here in Portugal, start work at 8 am.....why do i love this game!!! Nobody is gonna stand up to my bad mood in the morning......"

Tim: "Is there any word on minimum requirements for a game? When it would need to get restarted by? What is the projected target for NZ in 20 overs if the SA Innings was forced to end right now?" By our calculations, if New Zealand were set a 20-over chase, their target would be 163.

2.40pm While we wait for the weather to clear, let's all wish Mark Taylor, Kumar Sangakkara, Chris Tavare, Irfan Pathan and David Warner a happy birthday.

Optimist: "I live on west-side of the ground (just about 6,000 Kms away in Perth). Its all bright and sunny now. So I suppose it wouldn't be long for the game to start!"

2.30pm It doesn't seem to be raining now, or particularly heavily at any rate, but there are large, dark, evil clouds hanging over the stadium. The groundstaff are soaking up the water off the covers, but it doesn't seem likely that play will resume anytime soon. Stay tuned for more updates (and let me know if you guys chance upon anything I might have missed on Twitter and suchlike).

And here's an update of sorts from New Zealand Cricket:

Eeshan: "Out of curiosity, if the match is washed out, do the batsmen's/bowler's results count to their respective statistics? For instance, imagine if the Sachin 200* game had been washed out in the second innings... would his score have counted?" Yes, Eeshan. They do count.

AJ: "I'm no meteorologist, but looking at the rain radar, it looks like the rain will be dissipating shortly. Don't think it'll be more than half an hour" No meteorologist can pull off that kind of breezily confident statement :)

Josh: "Might be a chance for Corey to break his own record!" That's if the match resumes with enough time left for South Africa to set New Zealand a big enough target for Corey to score a hundred. At this point in time, I cannot say that looks likely.

1.50pm Rain seems to have stopped, and the super sopper seems to be on to remove water from the covers. Wait. No. The people milling about in the crowd are still carrying umbrellas. And other cameras that are unprotected from the elements have drops of rain sliding down their lenses. In short: move along, folks. Nothing to see here just yet.

Angus: "Looking at at least 2 more hours of rain, so if we get a game it will be shortened. Good chance for Anderson or Neesh to be unleashed - both need something with the bat this series!"

Apoorv: "@GermanPlayer 2-0 enough to get SA to top. Since the 3rd odi is abandoned, the rankings won't change after that."

GermanPlayer: "@Sreechandra You are quite right. But the question was, what happens to the rankings with a 2-0 win? That is what we don't know."

Sreechandra : "A washout will result in the game being abandoned. It would be like the game didn't happen. So, NO CHANGE IN RANKINGS."

Dan: "A win keeps SA at the top while a loss drops them to third - what does a washout do? Impressed by Henry, apart from that loose first over he's bowled extremely well." Good question. Unable to work it out on the ICC rankings predictor site. Anyone has an answer?

1.15pm And here come the umps. Well, they're now heading back, because it's begun drizzling once more. It's more than a drizzle, in fact. The covers have come back on, and life will have to carry on without cricket for a little while longer.

1.05pm Um, I suppose I'm being a bit of an unreliable commentator. The covers seem to be going off after all. Play, we hear, will resume in 10 minutes. The rain radar (thanks for the link, David) looks quite scary, though, especially if you're colour-blind like me and can't quite differentiate between "light" and "possible hail".

Zeeshan Mahmud: "I am surprised at no Henry-Rosseau wordplay after the wicket." I'm sure there would have been plenty of that from our extremely erudite readers if we had been able to receive your feedback earlier :)

1.00pm The umpires seem to be discussing pretty much the same thing with the groundstaff, and the covers aren't going off since they're expecting more rain. In fact, a couple more covers are coming on. There's still a bit of drizzle, and it's expected to get heavier.

Hey hey, what can I say? Magically, your comments have begun to appear, and the first one that goes up, appropriately enough, is about the weather:

David: "The Metservice rain radar is still showing a large band of rain heading in the direction of Hamilton and the Waikato. I'd be surprised if there was too much more play."

12.55pm It seems to have stopped raining, and it looks like the covers might come off quite soon. Another reminder to all you potentially puzzled folk that we're having a bit of a problem receiving your commentary feedback. We're trying to sort that situation out.

12.45pm The rain's become a lot heavier over the course of the last two-three overs, and now the umpires have called the players off the field. On come the covers.

Let's have a bit of a recap. New Zealand sent South Africa in, and Matt Henry got the ball to stop on the batsmen to dismiss Amla and Rossouw fairly early. There's been a bit of sideways movement and inconsistent pace off the pitch, but de Kock has looked quite comfortable in moving to 80. AB had one scare when he nearly popped a c&b to Nathan McCullum and was hit on the head by Southee last ball before the players went off for rain, but he's otherwise looked as industrious, fleet-footed and AB-like as ever.

Southee to de Villiers, 2 leg byes

another good short ball, and AB is a little late on his pull. Hits the side of his helmet and runs away towards the fine leg boundary

Southee to de Villiers, FOUR runs

banged in, angling into the body, and AB gets a top-edge on that pull over the keeper and one bounce over the fine leg boundary

Southee to de Villiers, no run

back of a length outside off, left alone

Southee to de Kock, 1 run

on the pads, clipped towards deep square leg

end of over 308 runs
SA: 150/3CRR: 5.00 
AB de Villiers29 (34b 3x4)
Quinton de Kock79 (93b 11x4)
Matt Henry 8-1-40-2
Tim Southee 7-0-24-0
Henry to de Villiers, no run

back of a length on off stump, punched to cover

Henry to de Villiers, FOUR runs

on the pads now, flicked away into the gap between short fine leg and deep midwicket

Henry to de Kock, 1 run

shortish ball, pulled from middle stump down to deep midwicket

Henry to de Kock, no run

full outside off, driven to cover

Henry to de Kock, 2 runs

length ball on middle stump, clipped away to deep backward square leg

Henry to de Villiers, 1 run

back of a length, worked away from off stump down towards deep midwicket

Umbrellas going up in the grass banks

end of over 293 runs
SA: 142/3CRR: 4.89 
Quinton de Kock76 (90b 11x4)
AB de Villiers24 (31b 2x4)
Tim Southee 7-0-24-0
Matt Henry 7-1-32-2
Southee to de Kock, no run

back of a length on off stump. He looks to work it leg side and ends up jamming the ball into his pads

Southee to de Villiers, 1 run

back of a length, stops on the pitch a bit. Worked from outside off to the right of short midwicket

Southee to de Villiers, no run

down the pitch again, and now he bowls a back of a length ball angling in. He defends it into the covers

Southee to de Villiers, no run

down the pitch. Southee surprises him with a quick bouncer and AB can't connect with a hurried-looking pull

Southee to de Kock, 1 run

back of a length, angling across towards off stump, steered to third man with an open face

Southee to de Villiers, 1 run

back of a length, angling in towards off stump. AB gets off his feet and bunts it away towards deep point

Southee's back now

end of over 283 runs
SA: 139/3CRR: 4.96 
Quinton de Kock75 (88b 11x4)
AB de Villiers22 (27b 2x4)
Matt Henry 7-1-32-2
Corey Anderson 2-0-11-0
Henry to de Kock, no run

down the track, driven firmly towards extra cover. McCullum sprints to his right and dives full-length to save four runs

Henry to de Villiers, 3 runs

back of a length on off stump, steered away towards deep point. Neesham runs from deep cover to make the stop, fumbles as he bends to pick up, allows them to run three

Henry to de Villiers, no run

full, angled in. AB misreads the line and goes for the big drtive. Ball beats his inside edge and narrowly misses off stump

Henry to de Villiers, no run

again it doesn't come on, again AB chops a cut into the ground, this time it bounces towards backward point

Best performances - batters
Q de Kock
Q de Kock SA
80 runs (94)
11 fours0 six
Productive shot
19 runs
4 fours0 six
AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers SA
33 runs (37)
4 fours0 six
Productive shot
off drive
11 runs
1 four0 six
Best performances - bowlers
MJ Henry
MJ Henry NZ
JDS Neesham
JDS Neesham NZ
Match details
Seddon Park, Hamilton
TossNew Zealand, elected to field first
Series resultSouth Africa won the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberODI no. 3538
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, First Session 10.30-14.00 Interval 14.00-14.45, Second Session 14.45-18.15
Match days27 October 2014 - day (50-over match)
New Zealand
Chris Gaffaney
Rod Tucker
TV Umpire
Steve Davis
Reserve Umpire
New Zealand
Phil Jones
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Roshan Mahanama