An all-round performance from Brendon McCullum-led New Zealand helped them win the second One-Day International against South Africa by 27 runs at Kimberley on Tuesday to take an undefeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Having set a target of 280 for the home side, the Kiwi bowlers started well as they sent back young opener Quinton de Kock for in the ninth over. De Kock was cleaned up by a Kyle Mills delivery to leave South Africa at 38 for one.
Graeme Smith (66) and Colin Ingram (79) put on 129 runs for the third wicket and looked like they would take the game away from the visitors before a wonderful fielding effort led to the wicket of Smith. Ingram played a shot wide of the short third man fielder and the duo attempted to steal the third run but an excellent throw from James Franklin caught Smith well short of his ground.
An over later, stand-in captain Faf du Plessis made his way back to the pavilion due to a terrible mix-up leading to du Plessis’s run out. Du Plessis defended a delivery from Franklin and wanted a quick single, only to be sent back by Ingram. Du Plessis ran back but an accurate underarm throw from Natham McCullum found the latter short of his crease. At this stage, South Africa was at 174 for three.
Two quick wickets added a spring in the New Zealanders’ step and they began to put immense pressure on the South African batsman. Three overs later, Ingram stepped out in an attempt to clear the mid-off fielder but BJ Watling timed his jump perfectly and grabbed the ball out of thin air to give New Zealand another breakthrough.
South Africa went past the 200-run mark in the 40th over with David Miller and Farhaan Behardien in the middle. One over later, South Africa lost their third batsman to a run-out. This time it was Miller. Behardien played a straight drive, only for the ball to hit the bowler’s hand and go onto hit the stumps at the non-striker’s end with Miller well short of his ground.
One over later, Ryan McLaren was on his way back after giving a simple catch to Martin Guptill at extra cover. Next to go was Rory Klienveldt when Guptill made a direct hit at the stumps from mid-on to leave Klienveldt short by a few inches in the 45th over. An over later, New Zealand forced the fifth run-out. Behardien played a shot to Guptill at deep mid-wicket but was slower on the second run as Guptill’s perfect throw helps de Kock dislodge the bails on time, to leave Behardien just short of the crease.
Next batsman Robin Peterson could last only for four deliveries as he tried to clear extra cover and ended up giving a catch to Nathan, reducing the side to 232 for nine in 46.2 overs.
The home side was eventually bowled out for 252, giving New Zealand a victory by 27 runs to clinch their first ever bilateral series in South Africa.
Earlier, New Zealand number three batsman Kane Williamson (145*) scored his fourth One-Day International century in the second ODI against South Africa at Kimberley on Tuesday to help his side set a target of 279 for the home side.
South African skipper Du Plessis won the toss and put the opposition into bat first and was rewarded almost instantly as pacer Klienveldt removed opener Guptill for 10-ball duck. This was Guptill’s second consecutive duck in the series.
Watling was joined by Williamson and the duo began to put up a strong partnership but Morne Morkel struck to pick up his 100th ODI wicket. Morkel trapped Watling in front of his stumps with a delivery that was on his off and middle stump. Watling shuffled across to flick the ball square of the wicket but missed it and was hit on his pads in the line of the stumps.
Grant Elliot walked in to join Williamson and the duo put on a fast-paced partnership of 127 runs for the third wicket to rescue the Kiwis from the early slump. Williamson brought up his half-century during this partnership and Elliot too seemed like he would get his fifty before Klienveldt struck to dismiss him for 48, leaving New Zealand at 159 for three in 33.5 overs.
Captain Brendon McCullum’s stay at the crease was cut short by a Yorker from Morkel as the Kiwi skipper came down the track to swing and miss the ball completely that went on to rattle his stumps. At this stage, the Kiwis were at 188 for four in 36.5 overs.
Debutant Colin Munro also couldn’t last too long as he was dismissed after the team total went past the 200-run mark. Munro failed to read the slower one from Lonwabo Tsotsobe and mistimed in his attempt to clear long on, with Colin Ingram running in and a taking a sharp diving catch.
Williamson was left stranded as wickets kept tumbling at the other end. The first ODI hero James Franklin was sent back for nought as he was bowled through the gate by a reverse swinging delivery from Tsotsobe to leave New Zealand at 202 for six in 40 overs.
Jimmy Neesham was the next to depart as he was run out after adding nine runs to the New Zealand score board. Nathan McCullum did well to put on 34 runs alongwith Williamson for the eighth wicket before being dismissed in the 48th over.
The last over yielded 19 runs, including a six from Williamson off the last delivery to help New Zealand set a challenging total of 280 for South Africa.
Brief Scores: New Zealand 279 for 8 in 50 overs (Kane Williamson 145*, Grant Elliot 48; Lonwabo Tsotsobe 2 for 38, Morne Morkel 3 for 71) bt South Africa 252 all-out in 49.1 overs (Colin Ingram 79, Graeme Smith 66; Kyle Mills 2 for 28, Nathan McCullum 1 for 56) by 27 runs.
Man of the Match: Kane Williamson
First Published: January 23, 2013, 2:08 am