South Africa thrashed New Zealand
AB de Villiers and JP Duminy starred in South Africa’s comfortable six wickets victory over New Zealand in the ODI series opener at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. Let’s see how South Africa thrashed New Zealand.
New Zealand: 230 in 45.1 overs (Luke Ronchi 99,Tom Latham 29;Imran Tahir 2 for 37) lost to South Africa: 236/4 in 48.1 overs (AB de Villiers 89*, JP Duminy 58*, Hashim Amla 38; Trent Boult 2 for 40) by 6 wickets.
Having lost the toss, New Zealand batted first and had a disastrous one hour of play. They were five down for 68 in the sixteenth over. Vernon Philander, Imran Tahir and Morne Morkel bowled superbly grabbing two wickets each. Wickets went falling and they were 156 for nine in the 35th over. Then Luke Ronchi played a fighting innings falling one short of a tremendous maiden century (99 off 83 balls). He and Trent Boult added 74 for the last wicket stand and took New Zealand to a respectable score(230).
South Africa had a shivering start to their chase and were 97 for 4 in the 25th over. It looked like New Zealand would make the game very close. But it didnot happen as the skipper AB de Villiers played a captain’s knock with a strike rate of more than hundred (89 off 85 balls) as the best playing style that suits him. He was accompanied by JP Duminy (58 off 72 balls) and they put on a 139 runs stand for the fifth wicket carrying South Africa over the line.
It was a descent all-round performance from South Africa which fetched them a convincing six wickets win with 11 balls to spare where the skipper AB de Villiers showed why he is the no.1 batsman in the world.
Man of the Match: AB de Villiers