Vernon Philander took the first wicket for South Africa by removing Martin Guptill for 11 to leave New Zealand at 25 for one © Getty Images (File Photo)
Vernon Philander took the first wicket for South Africa by removing Martin Guptill for 11 to leave New Zealand at 25 for one © Getty Images (File Photo)

Oct 24, 2014

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This has been a truly admirable partnership between these two. Philander finally dismisses Vernon Philander, but New Zealand can hold their heads high despite the loss. Ronchi’s form is especially heartening for the Kiwis.
OUT! Luke Ronchi 79(83) c du Plessis b Philander

Ronchi is battling on admirably here, and McClenaghan has given him some valuable company as well. It’s still highly unlikely that this pair will see New Zealand through, but what a fight they’re giving!

Mitchell McClenaghan is the last man in. Barring some small miracle, it is unlikely that New Zealand are going home the winners of this contest. Steyn and Tahir are bowling now.

AB continues. AND HE’S GOT HIS MAN! Trent Boult cleaned up after hitting a boundary earlier in the over, and de Villiers celebrates. He now has two wickets!
OUT! Trent Boult 10(13) b de Villiers

Ronchi had scored a terrific 99 in the last game, New Zealand will need him to get that and then some if they want to win this. AB de Villiers is bowling now, and he is doing a good job of keeping the batsmen in check. He’s given away just seven runs in three overs with a wicket to boot! Is there anything this magician can’t do?

NZ lose their eighth wicket for 104 runs, with victory just around the corner for the Proteas.
OUT! Tim Southee b Tahir 5 (5)
Vettori is the seventh batsman to depart as New Zealand lose their seventh wicket for just 95 runs. The Kiwis are staring at an embarrassing collapse and defeat at this point, though they still have Luke Ronchi at the crease
OUT! Daniel Vettori b Duminy 1 (4)
Its nearly over for the Kiwis, with the departure of their skipper. After surviving an earlier lbw scare where McCullum escaped unscathed, Tahir managed to trap him for good this time. McCullum went for the review hoping to find a deviation in the line of the delivery, or any other miracle. Unfortunately that was not to happen as the umpire stuck to his original decision. Can Ronchi single-handedly steer New Zealand to a memorable win from this point onwards? As monumental as it sounds, it is not entirely impossible.
OUT! Brendon McCullum lbw Tahir 12 (25)
New Zealand are sinking at the moment, having lost their fifth wicket with just 69 runs on the scoreboard. Dale Steyn is spewing venom on the Kiwi batsmen at the moment, having taken his second wicket after conceding just 15 runs. Corey Anderson meanwhile, disappointed his fans once again as he attempted to pull a short-pitched delivery towards short-mid-wicket, where David Miller took a great catch and left Anderson in a bewildered state.
OUT! Corey Anderson c Miller b Steyn 1 (4)
Dean Brownlie misses a perfectly-pitched delivery that was in line with the off-stump for the ball to send the bails flying, signalling the fall of New Zealand’s fourth wicket. The Kiwis are in a real spot of bother at the moment, and unless the middle-order trio of McCullum, Anderson and Ronchi can conjure a miracle, a series win for the Proteas seems likely from this point. Steyn in the meantime is looking fierce and will aim to maintain the pressure on two of the best NZ batsmen present at the crease
OUT! Dean Brownlie b Steyn 20 (28)
The duo of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers comes in useful for South Africa once again, but this time with the opposition batting as de Villiers managed to get Latham grow impatient to play a careless shot towards Amla at short-fine leg. Skipper McCullum is to walk to the crease next and will hope to guide his team out of the current mess
OUT! Tom Latham c Amla b de Villiers 16 (28)
Tom Latham took New Zealand past the 50-run mark with a boundary off the last ball of the 14th over bowled by Duminy. In a surprise move, skipper AB de Villiers stepped in to bowl the 15th over and conceded only a run from that over. New Zealand are crawling towards the target at the moment and must pull themselves up at the very moment if they are to catch up and stay alive in the match and the series
After the wicket maiden by Morne Morkel that left New Zealand reeling at a score of 29 for the loss of two wickets at the end of 29 overs. The next couple of overs by Philander and Morkel fetched four and five runs respectively. The introduction of JP Duminy in the 12th over proved to be rather expensive one for the Proteas as Duminy conceded 10 runs in that over, including a boundary and a wide. The 13th over by Morkel brought the pressure back to the Kiwis as he managed to bowl yet another tight over, to concede only one run, that too off a wide


The Proteas strike back in no time at all and this time it is Morne Morkel who collects a scalp. Jimmy Neesham has once again failed to justify his promotion as an opener as he departs for a score of 10 from 18 balls as he plays a vicious delivery measuring 147 kmph onto his stumps. The delivery was a full-pitched one and Neesham tried to play it towards the covers, only to get the nasty edge
OUT! Jimmy Neesham b Morkel 10 (18)
South Africa draw first blood as Vernon Philander manages to remove Martin Guptill to continue the latter’s woeful run with the bat. Guptill attempts a cover drive, but misfires it to give Rilee Rossow a simple catch at point. New Zealand have lost their first wicket with 25 runs on the board
OUT! Martin Guptill c Rossouw b Philander 11 (28)
New Zealand are off to a slow start during their chase of the 283-run target. The first four overs saw the Kiwis going steady with the singles and doubles coming their way. The Proteas made a major goof-up during the fourth over when a dismissal chance of Guptill was thrown away when the batsman tried to pull a Vernon Philander delivery, only to get an edge and give an easy catch. It was a mix-up however as de Villiers and Steyn nearly collided while trying to claim the catch at the same time, letting the ball kiss the ground in the process. The South Africans cannot afford to miss any more opportunities if they intend to pile pressure on the hosts
South Africa end their innings on a rather disappointing note after dominating for most part of their quota of 50 overs. New Zealand managed to make a tremendous recovery in the last few overs of the match as they managed to extract five wickets for just three runs to reduce the Proteas from 279 for four to 282 for nine at the end of 50 overs.
South Africa lose their seventh wicket for 282 runs, with just an over left in the match
OUT! Vernon Philander c Brownlie b Philander 1 (4)
South Africa are beginning to lose wickets in tandem at the moment, with Rilee Rossouw throwing his wicket away in the first ball that he faces. The Proteas will look to extract as many runs as possible with just two overs left in the match.
OUT! Rilee Rossouw c Guptill b Boult 0 (1)
The Proteas lose their fifth wicket in the closing stages of their innings
OUT! JP Duminy lbw Boult 19 (16)
A fantastic innings by Hashim Amla comes to an end as South Africa lose their fourth wicket. Amla tried to guide the ball, which was pitched in the middle, towards third man, but ends up rattling his stumps to leave South Africa in a position of strength, from where they can reach a big total.
OUT! Hashim Amla b Southee 119 (135)
New Zealand get their fourth dismissal as AB de Villiers departs for a score of 37 off 25 balls, missing out on a half-century. Hashim Amla in the meantime reaches his 16th ODI century with a shot through the covers.
OUT! AB de Villiers c Ronchi b Southee 37 (25)
De Villiers brings up a single off the first ball of the 38th over bowled by Jimmy Neesham to bring up the 200-run mark for South Africa. Amla pulls the next delivery for a boundary in the mid-wicket region, followed by another boundary a couple of deliveries later. Ten runs are collected at the end of the over. de Villiers sends McClenaghan for a boundary in the next over to enter the 20s.  The 50-run partnership was brought up between Amla and de Villiers at the end of the 40th over, the third fifty-plus partnership of the match so far.
The 35th over fetched the Proteas 11 runs to finish at 184 for the loss of two wickets. The South Africans are at a postion of power at the moment and will two ODI specialists at the crease, will look to go bersek in the last 10 overs and take their team past the 300 run mark. de Villiers has already begun the run-riot with a four off the second ball of the 35th over bowled by Vettori, which was emulated by Amla two balls later. de Villiers continued to attack the bowlers during the powerplay, hitting a four and a six off consecutive balls in the 36th over to fetch 13 runs off the over.
Amla reaches the 70’s with a well-played cut off a wide-pitched delivery that gave Amla enough room to execute the shot. du Plessis’s progress has been remarkable in the innings so far. The batting powerpay was introduced at the start of the 34th over bowled by Jimmy Neesham. Neesham manages to get the big breakthrough as he manages to get an edge off the bat of du Plessis for wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi to take a comfortable catch.
OUT! Faf du Plessis c Ronchi b Neesham 67 (73)


Faf du Plessis pulls the first ball of the 27th over for a boundary over square-leg, and survives a dismissal scare off the very next ball. The number three batsman brought up his 11 ODI fifty off the fourth delivery. The partnership at the end of the 29th over was worth 89 runs, with the 100-run mark for the stand just around the corner. The two batsmen are set at the crease at the moment and will look to attack after the completion of 30 overs. A single off the last ball of the over also brought the 100-run partnership between the two.


Amla brings up his 26th ODI half-century off the last ball of the last ball of the 22nd over with a boundary over third man. Faf du Plessis meanwhile, has raced to a score of 35 from 36 balls, with a few big hits coming his way. South Africa reach 127 for the loss of one wicket at the halfway mark of their innings and are poised to post a challenging total at the end of 50 overs. New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum will be desperate for a wicket at the moment.
The highly-experienced Daniel Vettori is introduced into the attack in the 17th over of the match. This should provide for an interesting contest between Amla, a well-known player of spin, and the veteran spinner. Vettori manages to concede a single run off his first over. The eighteenth over by Jimmy Neesham goes for six runs. Vettori bowls a fabulous 19th over, which gets ruined by a beauty of a shot by Amla, who dances down the track and sends the ball scurrying for the boundary through the cover region. du Plessis, in the meantime, gets into the aggressive mode by hitting the first six of the match off the third ball of the 20th over by Neesham, which sees a somewhat short-pitched delivery sail over the fielder’s head at mid-off to just clear the boundary rope at long-off. A boundary over third man follows this tremendous shot
du Plessis announces his arrival at the crease with a superb pull off the bowling of Boult off the last ball of the 14th over for a boundary. Amla shows his class again in the second ball of the 16th over by sending a Trent Boult delivery that is coming around the wicket for a boundary over mid-wicket four a four with a beautiful chip shot. He goes on to repeat the antics in the third ball as well, only to send the ball through the covers this time. Ten runs scored off the 16th over as the umpires call for a drinks break.


New Zealand finally manage to end the dangerous-looking opening partnership by getting rid of Quinton de Kock, who plays a McClenaghan delivery onto his stumps. The delivery was pitched on length and was slightly outside off, which prompted de Kock to play the fatal shot. Faf du Plessis to come in to bat next.
OUT! Quinton de Kock B McClenaghan 26 (33)


Hashim Amla resumes his attacking mode, going after Southee in the very first ball of the ninth over of the match to send the ball across the boundary rope through extra cover. The tenth over fetches six runs for the Proteas, while the first ball of the eleventh bowled by Mitchell McClenaghan sees de Kock pat the ball to send it between the bowler and the fielder at mid-off towards the boundary for a four. Six runs at the end of the 11th over too. Corey Anderson comes in to bowl the next over, and Amla welcomes him in style by smashing the second ball of the over for a boundary through the covers and bring up the 50-run mark for South Africa.


The sixth over of the match is the best one for the Proteas so far as they manage to score 11 runs off it, with both Amla and de Kock hitting a boundary each. The Proteas suffereed a minoir scare during the seventh over of the match bowled by Trent Boult when Quinton de Kock got a nasty blow on what looked like the bone just below his elbow. de Kock grimaced immediately and looked to be in great pain at the moment. The young wicket-keeper batsman shows great determination by returning to bat immediately and gives a nice reply to Boult by playing a fabulous cut two balls later to send the ball racing through point towards the boundary.
New Zealand make a major goof-up in the penultimate ball of the eighth over when Daniel Vettori drops de Kock in a rather unfortunate fashion. de Kock attempts a pull, only to get a top-edge and send the ball sky-high over the fine-leg area. Vettori apparently misjudges the direction and the trajectory of the ball, possibly due to the sunlight directly shining into his eyes, causing the ball to land metres away from him.


The second over bowled by Tim Southee, who was not selected for the first ODI. A tight over by Southee sees Amla struggle against some well-pitched deliveries. Boult concedes a solitary run off the third over as New Zealand are beginning to tighten things up.`The fourth and fifth overs went for three and two runs as Amla and de Kock are looking to steady themselves at the crease at the moment, though they are trying to open themselves occasionally
The South African innings commences with Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock scoring nine runs from the first over bowled by Trent Boult. The first ball goes for a wide and Hashim Amla scores the first runs for the Proteas off the third ball of the match with a well-timed cover drive to pick three runs.

Playing XI:

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, James Neesham, Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Trent Boult, Brendon McCullum(c), Tom Latham, Dean Brownlie, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi(wk)

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

Toss: New Zealand have won the toss and have elected to field first. New Zealand have two changes in their playing XI, namely Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan in place of Kyle Mills and Nathan McCullum. South Africa have opted to replace Ryan McLaren with batsman David Miller. The Proteas are thus have limited options in the bowling attack and might have to utilise a part-time bowler.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the second 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.  While the series got off to a good start for the South Africans courtesy a comfortable six-wicket win in the first ODI that took place at the same venue, hosts New Zealand will look to give their best shot in order to draw level and keep the series alive.

Both teams played their first match at the  Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui, which had hosted its first international encounter in January earlier this year. The two sides however, ought to have learnt from the mistakes committed in the first ODI. While the experiment involving Jimmy Neesham did not turn out to be a successful one and can be given a bit of rethinking, the team needs to get its top-order right for strong starts to their innings’.

For the Proteas, they will be delighted especially with the way they bowled and the way the middle-order handled the pressure after losing a few wickets during their chase. South Africa, succumbed to pressure while chasing a below-par target during the quarter-final of the previous World Cup against the Kiwis, will appreciate the development of such qualities in the team ahead of the World Cup.

They need to get their opening act right though, as opening batsman Quinton  de Kock and number three batsman Faf du Plessis could not add much to the total, though both have been in stellar form in the recent past.  The bowlers will look to continue their form and keep the New Zealand batsman at bay during the second ODI and help seal the series in the process.


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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