McCullum, Williamson steer New Zealand to a decent total

New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum scored 56 from 67 balls against South Africa in the first One-Day Internationals at Wellington Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Wellington: Feb 25, 2012

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.

McCullum and Williamson put up 79 runs partnership.

Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat in the opening one-day international against South Africa at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.

The Wellington wicket traditionally favours the team batting second but New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said the pitch looked different and “we want to put a good total on the board”.

The three-match ODI series follows the three Twenty20 matches won by South Africa 2-1.

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) vs South Africa.

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