Trent Boult had figures of 2 for 8 © Getty Images
Trent Boult had figures of 2 for 8 © Getty Images

With rain all around Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl against South Africa in the only Twenty20 International (T20I) match.  South Africa’s top order batted with brute but as expected New Zealand bowlers struck from time-to-time. Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis’ second-wicket stand of 87 ensured the Proteas got to 185 runs in their quota of 20 overs. Full cricket scorecard: New Zealand vs South Africa, one-off T20I

The Kane Williamson-led Black Caps struck first blood in the third over after Trent Boult got Quinton de Kock out for naught. De Kock managed to find Mitchell Santer at deep square-leg. Hashim Amla along with Faf du Plessis stitched up a mammoth 87-run stand for the second wicket. Amla in particular took charge against the likes of Ben Wheeler and Tim Southee. Amla struck four boundaries in his second over. Du Plessis was the second casualty departing for a 25-ball 36 falling to Colin de Grandhomme. Earlier, Amla had secured his sixth T20I half-century in 32-balls.

Amla became Wheeler’s first wicket in an attempt to pull the ball, giving a simple catch into the hands of Tom Bruce. Birthday boy AB de Villiers did exhibit some sparks of brilliance but fell for 26 runs. De Grandhomme got de Villiers playing away from his body, which saw the maverick mistime the ball to the mid-on fielder. Live Cricket Score, NZ vs SA, Only T20I at Auckland

Farhaan Behardien continued to disappoint, making 7-ball 8, getting out to Trent Boult, who finished withfigures of 4-0-8-2. JP Duminy did provide some crucial runs for his side making 29 runs before getting run out in the final over.

Wayne Parnell struck a boundary on the last ball which saw South Africa reach 185 runs for the loss of six wickets. De Grandhomme was New Zealand’s second best bowler with figures of 2 for 22, while Wheeler grabbed the all important wicket of de Villiers.

Brief scores:

South Africa 185 for 6 in 20 overs (Hashim Amla 62, Faf du Plessis 36; Trent Boult 2 for 8) vs New Zealand.