De Villiers, Du Plessis ease South Africa to a win in first ODI

Plessis put on an unbeaten 129-run partnership which guided South Africa to a comfortable win on Saturday Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Wellington: Feb 25, 2012

Powered by skipper AB de Villiers century, South Africa eased to their target of 254 runs in the first One-Day International (ODI) against New Zealand in Wellington.

South African top-order failed against a disciplined Kiwi bowling attack in the run chase but de Villiers, along with Faf du Plessis put on an unbeaten 129-run partnership which guided South Africa to a comfortable win on Saturday.

De Villiers scored 106 runs off 106 balls while du Plessis scored quickfire 66 in 49 balls.

Earlier, Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson slammed half-centuries as New Zealand struggled against bounce and swing of the South African quicks, guiding the hosts to a respectable target of 253 runs.

McCullum scored 56 from 67 balls before getting dismissed by Robin Perterson by Jacques Kallis delivery.

It took time for the Black Caps skipper to settle down and accelerate the run rate. Williamson accompanied McCullum by scoring 55 from 69 balls.

Kallis, Petersen, Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobe shared two wickets each.

Skipper De Villiers was named Man of the Match for his unbeaten hundred.

Brief Score: New Zealand 253 for 9 in 50 overs (Brendon McCullum 56, Kane Williamson 55, James Franklin 32; Lonwabo Tsotsobe 2 for 41, Jacques Kallis 2 for 45) lost to South Africa 254 for 4 in 45.2 overs (AB de Villiers 106*, Faf du Plessis 66*; Kyle Mills 1 for 27, Doug Bracewell 1 for 61) by 6 wickets

Man of the Match: AB de Villiers

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