Home > News >

New Zealand prevail in low-scoring thriller against South Africa

New Zealand prevail in low-scoring thriller

James Franklin (above) played a nervy innings to take the Kiwis past the South African total in the first ODI at Paarl © Getty Images

Paarl: Jan 19, 2013

James Franklin batted skillfully with the tail to secure a tense one-wicket upset win for New Zealand in the first One-Day International against South Africa at Boland Park on Saturday.

Franklin hit 47 not out as the last three New Zealand wickets added 104 runs in a low-scoring match after South Africa had been bowled out for 208.

He put on 35 for the eighth wicket with Nathan McCullum (24) and 47 for the ninth wicket with Kyle Mills.

When Mills was bowled by Ryan McLaren for 26 there were still 22 runs needed but Franklin successfully farmed the strike before hitting McLaren through the covers for the winning boundary.

“It was incredibly satisfying to come up against the top side in the world, be under pressure and come through,” said New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.

Franklin, whose runs came off 61 balls, added: “We were trying to bat as deep as we could. We know these (lower order) guys are no mugs with the bat.”

It was a heartening result for New Zealand at the start of the three-match series after they lost both Test matches by an innings.

“We came up against an incredible team in the Test matches but we know we can compete in the shorter forms of the game,” added McCullum.

South Africa went into the match on top of the one-day rankings but lost their place to India, who beat previous number ones England in Ranchi earlier on Saturday.

“We were not at our best today,” said South African captain AB de Villiers.

“We were probably at about 80 percent. New Zealand deserved to win.”

McLaren seemed to have won the game for South Africa before Franklin’s final flurry of strokes.

He had shared a crucial 59-run sixth wicket partnership with top scorer Faf du Plessis (57) as South Africa were bowled out for 208 after being sent in to bat.

Then McLaren took four for 46. He bowled BJ Watling for 45, trapped Jimmy Neesham two balls later for nought and then broke two late partnerships when he dismissed Nathan McCullum and Mills.

Left-arm opening bowler Mitchell McClenaghan took four for 20 on debut as New Zealand’s bowlers exerted tight control.
McClenaghan took the key wickets of Graeme Smith and de Villiers and followed up with two late wickets.

Part-time off-spinner Kane Williamson took four for 22 as the South African batsmen failed to master some steady bowling on a slow pitch.

Du Plessis made a dogged 57 off 71 balls.

He hit only three boundaries in a South African innings which included only 12 fours and four sixes.

One of the fours and three of the sixes were hit by tailender Rory Kleinveldt, who hit his sixes off four balls from Mills in making all 26 runs in a last wicket stand with Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Kleinveldt followed up with the wickets of McCullum and all-rounder Grant Elliott to cap a successful debut in 50-over internationals.

McCullum’s decision to send South Africa in to bat paid dividends when the home side’s three most experienced batsmen, Smith, Hashim Amla and captain de Villiers were dismissed within the first 12 overs.

Brief Scores: South Africa 208 all-out in 46.2 overs (Faf du Plessis 57, Ryan McLaren 33; Mitchell McClenaghan 4 for 20) lost to New Zealand 209 for 9 in 45.4 overs (James Franklin 47, BJ Walting 45; Ryan McLaren 4 for 46) by 1 wicket.

Man of the Match: James Franklin

Full Scorecard

Photo Gallery

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Leeds

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Kingstown, St Vincent

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 6, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 7, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Birmingham

More

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014  at Harare

Australia won by 62 runs

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014  at Birmingham

India won by 9 wkts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014  at Harare

Zimbabwe won by 3 wkts

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Nottingham

India won by 6 wkts

Photos

India vs England, 4th ODI at Edgbaston

Videos

Misbah disppointed with Pakistan's performance

India’s ODI series triumphs outside Asia — a statistical review

Ajinkya Rahane strengthens his case to open in ODIs; but will Rohit Sharma’s return push him back to No 4?

India vs England 2014, 4th ODI: Highlights

Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan complete comprehensive series win for India with 9-wicket win in 4th ODI

Mitchell Marsh records highest strike rate in an ODI innings for Australia against South Africa

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 Australia vs Zimbabwe England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan South Africa Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 Zimbabwe vs Australia

ICC World Cup 2015: Visitors will only need to apply for one visa

Shikhar Dhawan: ODI series win in England huge confidence booster ahead of ICC World Cup 2015

an Botham, Graeme Swann livid with England’s performance

Shikhar Dhawan credits Team India and Ravi Shastri for good show in 4th ODI against England at Edgbaston

MS Dhoni lauds team India after their ODI series victory against England

Tillakaratne Dilshan, Tony Grieg, Vinoo Mankad and other cricketers who made it to the cricket lexicon

Johnny Won’t Hit Today – The tale of JWHT Douglas

14 greatest upsets in ODIs — Part 1

Faf du Plessis shows his grit with twin tons against Australia in Zimbabwe Triangular Series

India’s ODI series triumphs outside Asia — a statistical review

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

628 Posts | 7 Fans

Thilan Samaraweera finds an unusual way to get stumped

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz launch: Price expected to start from Rs 7 lakh

India vs England: Ian Botham and Graeme Swann slams hosts for embarrassing ODI display

Living in an abusive relationship – when is it time to quit?

MS Dhoni says Indian batting has improved in ODIs

International programme in Animal Husbandry

HTC doubles free Google Drive storage from 50GB to 100GB in select smartphones for new and existing users

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan confident to eradicate kala-azar by 2015

Anushka Sharma or Kareena Kapoor Khan: Who makes a better bride?

Dharmendra’s Double Di Trouble a big success

NGOs pursue education for all

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here