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New Zealand v South Africa, 2014-15

Wisden's review of the first ODI, New Zealand v South Africa, 2014-15

15-Apr-2015
At Mount Maunganui, October 21, 2014. South Africa won by six wickets. Toss: South Africa.
The gulf in class and match-hardness was evident not long after de Villiers called correctly at the toss. Neesham was promoted to open as New Zealand explored their top-order options, but they were on the back foot from the moment Philander landed one on a sixpence and found his edge. It was the first of six dismissals for de Kock, which took him to 50 in his 27 one-day internationals as wicketkeeper - three quicker than anyone else. A full-strength South African pace attack was accurate and hostile on a sluggish surface, while Imran Tahir was skiddy and demanding. New Zealand found themselves a sorry 156 for nine in the 35th over, before Ronchi counter-attacked brilliantly, making his first one-day fifty for his native country (he also scored one for Australia). He turned down a second run which would have taken him to 100, in order to keep the strike - then edged Steyn's next ball behind. That ended a stand of 74 for the last wicket with Boult, breaking the national record of 65 between Martin Snedden and Ewen Chatfield 31 years earlier. Boult, playing his first one-day international in a year and a half, gave South Africa some early flutters, but the home score was at least 30 short of a winning total. From 97 for four, de Villiers, a little more conservatively than usual, took charge in an unbroken stand of 139 with Duminy. Brendon McCullum called it "killing us softly".
Man of the Match: A. B. de Villiers.