Kimberley: Jan 22, 2013
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.
Stand-in captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and put the opposition into bat first and was rewarded almost instantly as pacer Rory Klienveldt removed opener Martin Guptill for 10-ball duck. This was Guptill’s second consecutive duck in the series.
BJ 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) vs South Africa
First Published: January 22, 2013, 9:43 pm