Veteran Daniel Vettori is expected to make a return to the New Zealand side in this match © Getty Images
Veteran Daniel Vettori makes a return to the New Zealand side in this match © Getty Images


Oct 21, 2014

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(South Africa will look to continue their good form in ODIs in New Zealand’s home conditions. Catch the Live Scores and Updates from the match here)

So South Africa completed a clinical performance with the bat after bowling New Zealand out for a paltry total. Luke Ronchi’s excellent 99 helped boost the Kiwis to a reasonable total, but it was never going to be enough to cause serious concern for the Proteas. In case you missed the action, you can read Devarchit Varma’s match report here.

Just 15 runs needed to win now. Jimmy Neesham to bowl. And ABD carves him for three boundaries in the over! Scores are level. Kyle Mills runs in to bowl, and Duminy finishes the match with a six! Big win for South Africa!
And South Africa closing in on the win here. Duminy gets to his 20th ODI fifty as well with a boundary off Kyle Mills.


Corey continues, but unless he can invoke the spirit of Wasim Akram, its unlikely his left-arm dobblers are going to cause any serious harm to de Viliiers and Duminy. AB brings up his fifty with a boundary off Corey. Vettori and Nathan McCullum now bowling in tandem, and AB and JP smacking them also in tandem!
AB de Villiers and JP Duminy have added 65 runs for the fifth wicket to keep South Africa on track of this modest chase. They now need another 69 runs to win from the last 10 overs.
South Africa are steady at the moment with AB de Villiers and JP Duminy forming a strong little partnersip in the middle. The Kiwis look like they won’t go down without a fight. South Africa cannot lose many wickets, as they still need more than 90 runs at the moment.



AB de Villiers and JP Duminy have taken South Africa past the 100-run mark. They now need another 107 runs to win from as many as 19 overs. Certainly not a big ask, but if they lose wickets then it is likely to get tough.
BIG WICKET! Kyle Mills has cleaned up Hashim Amla, who was looking set at the crease! Big blow for the tourists and the hosts are now sniffing an opportunity here. JP Duminy is the new man in.
OUT! H Amla b Mills Hashim Amla 38 (74)
South African captain AB de Villiers has now joined Amla at the crease. South Africa need a strong partnership in the middle as they can accelerate towards the later part of the match, once having knocked off lot of runs form the target.
And just when things had started to look right for South Africa, Corey Anderson strikes and removes Rilee Russouw. The South African batsman is caught at long slip and they lose their third wicket.
OUT! Rilee Rossouw c Brownlie b C Anderson 26 (31)
South Africa need Amla to drop the anchor. They are not chasing a mammoth total, and a strong 100-150 run stand will put them right on top. On the other hand, New Zealand need to sustain pressure as they can only win this clash by taking wickets.
Another one bites the dust! Du Plessis, who has been in mindblowing form is gone! Boult does the damage again. He’ll be a player to watch out for in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2015. South Africa in just a little bit of trouble here. But, they bat deep and the total isn’t imposing.
OUT! du Plessis c Ronchi b Boult 8(23)


Both batsman have cautiously piled on the runs after the early dismissal of de Kock. They know that if they see these overs from Boult and Mills, they can quietly collect the runs in the middle overs, and reach 231. New Zealand need to take wickets, and they need to do it soon.


Trent Boult makes the first breakthrough for New Zealand! de Kock played well in the first over, hit two boundaries, but he has to walk back. The hosts need to pick a few more wickets, to make the total of 230 seem big. Faf du Plessis, who has as calm a head on his shoulders, walks in to bat.
OUT! de Kock c Latham b Boult 9 (5)


Tragic! Luke Ronchi has been dismissed on 99. He had been cautious and turned down a double in the previous over when he was on 98, but that decision has come back to haunt him. Still a fabulous 10th wicket partnership, that has thrown just a little bit of life back into this match.
OUT! Ronchi c de Kock b Steyn 99(83)



What a superb 10th wicket partnership this has been. Full of audacious shots that have come off. Even though, South Africa would still fancy themselves to win, the partnership just goes to show what one can do when they are not bogged by pressure, and play freely.


This is some brain dead batting from the Kiwis. They should at least look to bat out the 50 overs, but Kyle Mills has played a big shot. Luke Ronchi gets to his half-century. Superb knock from him in adverse circumstances!
OUT! Kyle Mills c Philander b McLaren 1(6)


What a catch! De Kock jumps to his left and takes an absolute screamer! Nathan McCullum has to go. South Africa seem to be doing everything right today. Their tour to New Zealand has begun on a great note, and they have well and truly announced themselves as serious contenders for the ICC World Cup 2015.
OUT! Nathan McCullum c de Kock b McLaren 6 (16)



Oh dear! Tom Latham departs. He comes down the track, in an attempt to dispatch JP Duminy, but Quinton de Kock makes no mistake in effecting a stumping. Daniel Vettori’s return to international cricket starts on a sour note, as he is caught LBW in just the second delivery.
OUT! Latham st de Kock b Duminy 29(38)/ OUT! Vettori lbw b Tahir 0(2)


This has been a superb fighting partnership for the Kiwis. 56 runs from 55 balls. Both batsman looking comfortable now. McLaren has had a bad day, as he was hit for 3 fours by Latham in the 22nd over, and then again hit for 3 fours by Ronch in the 24th over.


Luke Ronchi is leading much of the recovery here for the Kiwis. He’ll need to play a long innings for New Zealand to get to any sort of respectable total here. Tom Latham, on the other hand, is looking uncomfortable just like the earlier Kiwi batsman who departed.


Both McCullum and Latham were forming a steady partnership, but Imran Tahir produces a beauty of a delivery that catches the outside edge of Dean Brownlie. McCullum follows him, and falls in the next over to Morne Morkel. Corey Anderson walks in and is bowled first ball. New Zealand look in deep trouble here.
OUT! Brownlie c de Kock b Tahir 24(28)/ OUT! B McCullum c Tahir b M Morkel 16(21)/ OUT! Corey Anderson b M Morkel 0(1)


South Africa strike again! This time it’s Guptill who has to depart. He was really struggling to get going. South Africa have made a superb start to their New Zealand tour.
OUT! Guptill c de Kock b Philander 5 (29)



Neesham was looking in good touch here. He dispatches Steyn for two back-to-back boundaries but falls to Vernon Philander in the next over. The ball catches the outside edge off his bat, and goes straight into the hands of Quinton de Kock.
OUT! Neesham c de Kock b Philander 16 (15)


Kiwis have made a slow and cautious start to their innings. Just a run off the first two overs. Martin Guptill is the slower of the two, and he manages to score just a run from his first 15 deliveries. Neesham, on the other hand, is playing free-flowing cricket and looking to attack. Not much for the bowlers so far in this match.


South Africa have won the toss, and elected to field first.

South Africa (Playing XI): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(wk), Faf du Plessis, Ryan McLaren, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers(c), Jean-Paul Duminy

New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, James Neesham, Nathan McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Kyle Mills, Trent Boult, Brendon McCullum(c), Tom Latham, Dean Brownlie, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi(wk)


Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the first One-Day International (ODI) between New Zealand and South Africa at Mount Maunganui. Both teams will look at the three-match ODI series as ideal preparation for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2015. 

New Zealand can draw inspiration from their past record against South Africa at home, having beaten the Proteas 16 times and half as many. New Zealand is known to be tough opponents in their backyard, having beaten India 4-0 in the last ODI series that was played here. The Kiwis also boast of a number of players who are specialists when it comes to limited-overs cricket, such as skipper Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, and a few more. They will also field the highly-experienced Daniel Vettori on Tuesday, providing for some interesting contest between Vettori and players such as Hashim Amla, who is known to be a good player of spin, on tracks that do not have much to offer for spinners.


New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (c) (wk), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Nathan McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Kyle Mills, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Dean Brownie, Matt Henry, Mitchell McCleneghan

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (c), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Aaron Phangiso, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rilee Rossouw, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Kyle Abbott

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