Imran Tahir © Getty Images (File Photo)
Imran Tahir © Getty Images (File Photo)

 

Mar 24, 2014

 

Martin Guptill and especially, Kane Williamson helped New Zealand make a fine start, while chasing a score of 171 against South Africa in ICC World T20 2014 game played at Chittagong. Williamson was very severe on the bowling of left-arm seamer, Lonwabo Tsotsobe by taking him for 17 runs. Once Guptill lost his wicket to Albie Morkel though, South Africa were able to tie down New Zealand batsmen to some extent. It paid them rich dividends, as the leg-spinner Imran Tahir got the wicket of New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum stumped off a wide.

 

Earlier, New Zealand started cautiously. Williamson, known for playing with a fine technique, twinned with delightful strokes was the one to open up. He played a cheeky sweep shot off the off-spinner JP Duminy to essay a fine boundary. He continued to play cheeky shots to frustrate South African pacers. It was him making room and thwacking the tall hit the deck seamer, Morne Morkel over off-side that showcased he was about to change gears.

 

On the other end of the spectrum, Martin Guptill was more circumspect.  The tall man struggled a bit against back of a length stuff from Tsotsobe. Dale Steyn too was getting it to in-slant, before shaping it away a wee bit from right-handed batsmen with the new ball.

 

Catch Live Scorecard of the New Zealand (NZ) vs South Africa (SA) game here

 

ICC World T20 2014 Points Table and Team Standings

 

ICC World T20 2014 Schedule details