AB de Villiers scored a fluent 89 not out © Getty Images
AB de Villiers scored a fluent 89 not out © Getty Images

Mount Maunganui, Nouvelle-Zélande: Oct 21, 2014

South Africa captain AB de Villiers said he was pleased with his side’s performance against New Zealand in the first One-Day International (ODI) at Mount Maunganui, aside from his bowlers’ failure to snuff out the dogged resistance of Luke Ronchi and Trent Boult.

“We’ve got to finish big games of cricket, especially big games of cricket coming up, I’m thinking of World Cups and must wins,” he said. “In the World Cup, if you get teams to nine down you have to finish them off.”

South Africa cruised to a six-wicket win over New Zealand in the first one-day international at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday, guided home by a captain’s knock from AB de Villiers. The Proteas ended their run chase at 236-4 in 48.1 overs, easily overhauling the 231 target New Zealand set after losing the toss and being sent in to bat.

De Villiers top-scored for South Africa with 89, ably supported by JP Duminy (58), who combined with his skipper for a 139-run partnership when the Proteas were looking wobbly at 97-4.