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As it happened: South Africa vs New Zealand, World Twenty20


Cricketnext Staff
Mar 24, 2014 at 07:03pm IST

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TOSS & TEAM NEWS: New Zealand won the toss and opted to bowl. South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis returned fit to play in place of Behardien. New Zealand went in with an unchanged side.

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As it happened: South Africa vs New Zealand, World Twenty20

JP Duminy scored an unbeaten 86 off 43 balls. (Getty Images)

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum (capt), Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan

ALSO SEE NZ won their first match against England

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (capt), AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

South Africa lost their opening game against Sri Lanka by a narrow margin of five runs while New Zealand were lucky to slip in a win against England through D/L method.

Commentary (New Zealand 1st Innings)

JP Duminy is named the Man of the Match for his fantastic 86 off 43 balls. Dale Steyn was the closest second though for his match-winning spell. That's all from this tight game. The Sri Lanka vs Netherlands game is up next, so do join us in a short while.

But then, it all came down to that man and his spell. Dale Steyn conceded just 6 runs in the 18th over when the pressure was on him and in the 20th over, when he had to defend just 7 runs, he did something that's almost unheard in T20Is. Three wickets, two dot balls, one boundary. Hats off to the world's best fast bowler currently.

Fantastic match comes to an end! It had it all, to be true. Two fantastic innings from both the sides. While JP Duminy's blistering 86 under pressure set the platform for South Africa to make a good total, Ross Taylor's quick-fire innings was very crucial to keep the Kiwis' chance alive.

19.6 D Steyn to R Taylor, OUT! It's a run out! SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 2 runs! Whaddaplayaa, Dale Steyn! Steyn hurls it full and well wide, Taylor shuffles to try and go over mid-wicket but is forced to hit it down. Southee is off the mark, Steyn runs back, takes the bails off and runs away in celebration and Taylor has no way of getting to the non-striker's end. Enthralling finish to the match. 168/8

Tim Southee is the last man in. 3 needed off 1 ball. Good news for New Zealand is that Ross Taylor will be on strike. Where does du Plessis plant his fielders? There is a deep cover, deep mid-wicket, long on, third man, long off in place. South Africa won't mind the singles...

19.5 D Steyn to N McCullum, OUT! Steyn strikes! du Plessis takes the catch! Short of a length and well wide, Nathan tries to smoke it over mid off but has mistimed it straight up. Faf, with a hamstring niggle has to put in the dive though and he does by going towards his left and takes a pressure catch! What a match! 168/7

19.4 D Steyn to N McCullum, FOUR! McNath gets it away! A length delivery outside off, Nathan backs away and smashes it over covers. 3 needed off 2 balls! Steyn manages a smile on his face. 168/6

19.3 D Steyn to N McCullum, Another pressure dot ball! A short of a good length outside off, McCullum tries to slog it over square leg but misses. 164/6

19.2 D Steyn to N McCullum, Lands it on a length outside off, Nathan swings and misses. 7 needed off 4 balls! 164/6

Nathan McCullum walks in.

19.1 D Steyn to L Ronchi, OUT! Edged and gone! Lovely catch! Full and wide outside off, Ronchi attempts to slash over point but gets a thick outside edge. It flies away towards de Kock's right and he flings himself to take it. 164/6

Dale Steyn will bowl the final over. New Zealand need 7 off 6 balls! He's very familiar to such crunch situations....

18.6 M Morkel to R Taylor, FOUR! He gets it away! A low full toss, well directed, Taylor slices it away in the gap between backward point and cover-point. 164/5

18.5 M Morkel to R Taylor, Another excellent yorker outside off, Taylor tries to dig it away but misses. Taylor under pressure now, he'll look for the single. 160/5

18.4 M Morkel to R Taylor, Finally bowls his first good ball, a yorker outside off and Taylor fails to dig it away. 160/5

18.4 M Morkel to R Taylor, Wide! That's a bit harsh. Taylor moves a good yard and a half outside off, Morkel bowls it way wide outside off and Rosco misses. Umpire S Ravi gives the signal and Morkel is not happy about it. 160/5

18.3 M Morkel to R Taylor, FOUR! Off the edge! A full toss, wide outside off, Taylor tries to slash and finds an outside edge to the point fence. 159/5

18.2 M Morkel to L Ronchi, Full length and just wide, Ronchi pushes it through mid on for one. 155/5

18.1 M Morkel to L Ronchi, FOUR! Great shot first ball! Morkel bowls it full, Ronchi knows mid off is up the circle and just chips it over the field. 154/5

Morne Morkel is now into the attack.

17.6 D Steyn to R Taylor, Length delivery, Taylor slashes it past point and takes a couple of runs. 150/5

17.5 D Steyn to R Taylor, One more dot ball! Short of a length and pacy outside off, Taylor looks to slash but misses again. 148/5

17.4 D Steyn to R Taylor, Full and fast outside off, Taylor tries to drive but misses. 148/5

Luke Ronchi in next.

50 T20I wickets for Dale Steyn!

17.3 D Steyn to C Anderson, OUT! The million dollar Anderson has been dismissed by the Steyn-gun! Steyn totally outfoxes and outthinks him with a slow ball at 119 kph, Anderson gets sucked into the big shot and sends it straight down the throat of Miller at long off. 148/5

17.2 D Steyn to C Anderson, FOUR! de Kock DROPS a tough one! It was a short ball to Anderson, he was shaping up to pull and de Kock starts to move naturally towards his right, the ball goes off the top edge and goes to de Kock's left but he only manages a glove. So close to a wicket! 148/4

17.1 D Steyn to C Anderson, Short of a length delivery, Anderson pulls it away through fine leg. Duminy hares across from deep square leg and cuts it off with a superb dive to save one. 144/4

16.6 I Tahir to R Taylor, Flat googly, down the leg side, Taylor is hit on the pads as he fails to read the spin. Outstanding over from Tahir, two runs and a wicket off it. 142/4

16.5 I Tahir to C Anderson, Flighted up, driven through mid off for a single. 142/4

16.4 I Tahir to R Taylor, Almost a caught and bowled! Taylor chips a flighted ball right back towards Tahir, which just drops short of him. Single conceded. 141/4

Latest T20 sensation, Corey Anderson in next.

16.3 I Tahir to C Munro, OUT! Straight to Amla! Munro's gone and can South Africa inflict something on New Zealand which they themselves are renowned for, the C word? A short ball, Munro pulls it hard and flat over mid-wicket but it's gone straight to Amla at the fence. 140/4

16.2 I Tahir to C Munro, A slightly short ball, Munro punches it right back. 140/3

16.1 I Tahir to C Munro, Munro attempts to switch hit this, it's a googly and it's struck him on the pads. 140/3

15.6 L Tsotsobe to C Munro, A yorker down the leg side, Munro backs away and gets an inside edge to fine leg for one. 140/3

15.6 L Tsotsobe to C Munro, Wide! Tsotsobe attempts a bouncer but it's way over Munro's head. 139/3

15.5 L Tsotsobe to R Taylor, Full toss, waywardly wide, Taylor punches it through covers for a single. 138/3

15.4 L Tsotsobe to C Munro, A very full ball, dug away through mid-wicket for a single. 137/3

5th T20I fifty for Ross Taylor!

15.3 L Tsotsobe to R Taylor, Short of a length, he taps it down towards point for a single and raises the bat to the crowd. 136/3

15.2 L Tsotsobe to C Munro, Slow, full ball on middle, worked away over square leg for one. 135/3

15.1 L Tsotsobe to R Taylor, Morkel's adding salt to his own wounds after having a horrid day with the ball. Taylor punches a short ball straight to him at covers and the Giraffe has a needless, back-up less shy at the non-striker's end to concede one. 134/3

14.6 JP Duminy to C Munro, FOUR! Here's the switch-hit! He does play it every now and then. Changes the grip in his hands and sweeps it like a right-hander over covers for a boundary. 38 needed off 30 balls. 133/3

14.5 JP Duminy to R Taylor, Very full on the pads, tucked away to long leg for a single. 129/3

14.4 JP Duminy to R Taylor, FOUR! Gets it away in the gap! Duminy flights up a short ball outside off, Taylor backs away and cuts it away past point. Proper cricketing shot. 128/3

14.3 JP Duminy to R Taylor, Gets outside the line and ramps it down to fine leg for yet another couple of runs. 124/3

14.2 JP Duminy to R Taylor, Short and wide, cut away straight to backward point. 122/3

14.1 JP Duminy to R Taylor, A short ball on the pads, Taylor works it away through mid-wicket and finds a comfortable couple of runs. 122/3

13.6 D Steyn to C Munro, Hurls down a bouncer at 146 kph, quick and pacy, Munro attempts late to under-cut but misses. 120/3

Slip in place now. Good to see Faf du Plessis on the attacking mode, in spite of being on the back foot here.

13.5 D Steyn to R Taylor, Back of a length and wide, Taylor pats it down towards point and completes the quick single. 120/3

13.4 D Steyn to R Taylor, Good length and wide, Taylor chops it away past point for a couple. 119/3

Colin Munro walks in next.

13.3 D Steyn to K Williamson, OUT! de Villiers does what he does when he's relaxing in the field, take excellent catches! Williamson takes on Steyn's short ball with a pull shot but it's flown off a flatter trajectory. de Villiers runs in hard to his right at deep mid-wicket and takes a lovely, diving catch. 117/3

13.2 D Steyn to K Williamson, Full and fast outside off, Williamson fails to get it away. 117/2

13.1 D Steyn to R Taylor, A low full toss, worked away through mid-wicket for a single. 117/2

Dale Steyn back into the attack.

12.6 I Tahir to R Taylor, Taps a short slider outside off through point and keeps strike. 116/2

12.5 I Tahir to R Taylor, Oh, beauty! A wrong 'un from the back of the hand which Taylor had not picked up, it sneaked past his inside edge and just missed the leg stump! 115/2

12.4 I Tahir to R Taylor, A short ball, a googly, worked away through mid-wicket for a couple. 115/2

12.3 I Tahir to K Williamson, Flighted on off, driven through mid on for one. 113/2

12.2 I Tahir to R Taylor, Flighted delivery on the pads, Taylor works it away through square leg and takes one. 112/2

12.1 I Tahir to R Taylor, Full on the pads, clipped away through square leg for a couple. 111/2

11.6 M Morkel to K Williamson, Short of a length, Williamson stays on the back foot and defends it. 109/2

11.5 M Morkel to R Taylor, A low full toss, Taylor gets right across and punches it through covers for a single. 109/2

11.4 M Morkel to R Taylor, SIX! Hat-trick of biggies and Taylor's running away here. Who does du Plessis go to apply the brakes? A good length ball, Taylor shuffles and neatly heaves it away over square leg. 108/2

1000 T20I runs for Ross Taylor!

11.3 M Morkel to R Taylor, SIX! Absolutely flew away off the top edge! Full and wide outside off, Taylor swings hard but finds a top edge flying over the keeper. 102/2

11.2 M Morkel to R Taylor, SIX! Dismissive! A good length delivery outside off, Taylor goes through with the line and slams it over the long on fence. Steyn thought he had a chance but he was wrong. 96/2

Maiden T20I fifty for Kane Williamson!

11.1 M Morkel to K Williamson, Taps it down towards point for a single and gets to his maiden fifty! The most wonderful part is that it's come off just 31 balls. 90/2

Morne Morkel into the attack, replacing his brother.

10.6 I Tahir to K Williamson, A flat ball outside off, tapped away past point for one. 89/2

10.5 I Tahir to R Taylor, Flighted up, driven through covers for one. 88/2

10.5 I Tahir to R Taylor, Wide! A flat and quick slider but it's gone sliding down the leg side. 87/2

10.4 I Tahir to K Williamson, Loopy and full, driven through mid on for a single. 86/2

10.3 I Tahir to K Williamson, SIX! Tahir's first real poor ball, a loopy full toss and Williamson flat-bats it powerfully over mid-wicket. 85/2

10.2 I Tahir to R Taylor, A flighted delivery, driven through mid on for a single. 79/2

10.1 I Tahir to K Williamson, A touch short, Williamson punches it through mid on for one. 78/2

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