Tom Latham scored 60 off 80 balls © Getty Images (File Photo)
Tom Latham scored 60 off 80 balls © Getty Images (File Photo)

Tom Latham, New Zealand’s opening batsman, scored a solid half-century to keep his team in the hunt in their chase of 305 in the first One-Day International (ODI) of the three-match series in Centurion. He stitched a century stand with captain Kane Williamson, a phase that kept New Zealand well in the hunt to clinch the chase. They lost three wickets for 10 runs to hand the initiative back to the home side. Latham hit four fours and a six in his 80-ball knock, in his second ODI fifty in his 30th match, before being dismissed leg before wicket by nagging seamer Vernon Philander. LIVE BLOG: South Africa vs New Zealand, 1st ODI, Centurion

The equilibrium gained with Williamson at the crease was disturbed when he chipped legspinner Iman Tahir to the fielder at cover. In-form Martin Guptill took a few balls to settle in, hitting a six off Tahir in the midst of caution, before slapping two fours through the off side off seamer David Weise, and in that same over, perishing, trying to hit a third four and caught in the deep. Grant Elliott, the hero of New Zealand’s nervy chase of a stiff total in the semi-final of the World Cup earlier this year, did little this time, caught in the slip off Philander. Latham followed soon after, falling over a full delivery by the same bowler. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs New Zealand, 1st ODI, Centurion

The middle-order batsmen Jimmy Neesham and Colin Munro had been batting sensibly to take the game deep, before Neesham departed in the 41st over for 40.