South Africa win thriller; clinch T20 series against New Zealand at Auckland

South Africa’s Robin Peterson is thrilled after dismissing New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum in the final T20 Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Auckland: Feb 22, 2012

South Africa clinched a narrow three-run win over New Zealand in the final T20 to seal series win by 2-1 at the Eden Park in Auckland on Wednesday.

Chasing 166 to win, New Zealand fell short by three runs scoring 162 for seven from their allotted 20 overs.

Jesse Ryder slammed a fine half-century on his return clobbering two sixes and five boundaries in his knock of 52, which came off 42 balls.

Johan Botha impressed with the ball taking two wickets and giving away only 20 runs in his spell of four overs.

Brief Scores: South Africa 165 for 7 in 20 overs (JP Duminy 38, Hashim Amla 33; Rob Nicol 2 for 20, Tim Southee 2 for 22) bt New Zealand 162 for 7 in 20 overs (Jesse Ryder 52, Rob Nicol 33; Johan Botha 2 for 20, Morne Morkel 2 for 31) by 3 runs.

Man of the Match: Johan Botha

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