Imran Tahir picked 5 for 24 © Getty Images
Imran Tahir picked 5 for 24 © Getty Images

New Zealand needed 186 runs to win, the hosts made a mockery of the chase against South Africa in the only Twenty20 International at Eden Park in Auckland. South Africa were powered by Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo and Imran Tahir, who baffled the Kiwis with their bowling. The troika shared all 10 wickets amongst themselves, which included a five-for for Tahir and a double-wicket maiden from Morris. Regular wickets saw the Kiwis being bundled out for 107, handing South Africa a 78-run victory. Full cricket scorecard: New Zealand vs South Africa, one-off T20I

Debutant Glenn Phillips could only manage 5 runs to his name before falling to Morris. The 20-year-old debutant was cramped from room by the South African bowlers and he finally got an inside edge to Quinton de Kock. Morris struck again on the very next ball, cleaning up Colin Munro for naught. Munro was undone by an incoming delivery. Skipper Kane Williamson flopped with the bat making 13 runs before holding out to Wayne Parnell off pacer Phehlukwayo. Phehlukwayo’s second victim was Corey Anderson,  who managed only 10 runs.

Soon, it became the Tahir show, who snatched wickets at will. Tahir’s first wicket was Tom Bruce. Bruce played a substantial knock of 33 from 27. Bruce was bowled off a ripping googly. Tahir did not stop there, bagged another wicket of the next ball in the form of Luke Ronchi. Ronchi got an edge to de Kock, and Tahir was on a hat-trick. He did not get there but the over cost only a run and saw 2 wickets to fall.

Not to miss out on a wicket Phehlukwayo grabbed his third from the jaws of Tahir. Mitchell Santner made just 5 off 6.

Colin de Grandhomme did manage to excite the crowd by hitting a few sixes but became Tahir’s third victim. De Grandhomme finally found JP Duminy for 16, becoming the wily leg-spinner’s 50th T20I wicket.

Tahir soon completed the formalities, picked up the final three-wickets of the New Zealand innings.

Southee, did manage to bring some life into the match by means of some sky-kissing sixes.

Ben Wheeler (6) and Southee (20) were knocked over by Tahir in the same over to hand his side a memorable win and also himself a 5-for. Trent Boult remained unbeaten on 1. Tahir remained South Africa’s best bowler with 5 for 24, while Phehlukwayo ended with 3 wickets.

Earlier in the day, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl that saw South Africa make 186 runs with the help of a 87 run stand between Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis. Amla brought-up his sixth T20I fifty as well. From New Zealand it was Trent Boult who stood out with the ball, picking 2 wickets for just 8 runs from his four overs.

Brief scores:

South Africa 185 for 6 in 20 overs (Hashim Amla 62, Faf du Plessis 36; Trent Boult 2 for 8) win against  New Zealand 107 all out (Tom Bruce 33, Tim Southee 20; Imran Tahir 5 for 26) by 78 runs.

Man of the match: Imran Tahir