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South Africa Beat Black Caps in Durban to Win 3-Match ODI Series by 2-1

August 27
08:57 2015

abNew Delhi, Thursday, August 27 – By the time New Zealand met South Africa in the first semi-finals of 2015 World Cup, their meet on the field post that encounter catch the eyeballs and story was no different yesterday when the occasion was to win the match and the ODI trophy by sealing the series by 2-1.

South Africa captain AB de Villiers won the toss and decided to bat first. The invitation to bowl was not utilized well by Kane Williamson’s men in the beginning as the opening duo of the home side ensured to do a good partnership that set the base for its strong position in the later hours.

The two teams looked robust having Hashim Amla, Morne van Wyk as wicketkeeper, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, David Wiese, Imran Tahir, Kyle Abbott, Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada in Proteas’ side and Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, George Worker, Grant Elliott, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, Adam Milne, Doug Bracewell, Ish Sodhi and Ben Wheeler in New Zealand’s Playing XI.

On one hand, the host arrived with two changes – Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott finding place in the squad in place of Aaron Phangiso and Vernon Philander, while on the other hand, the Black Caps were unchanged. The right-handed batsman van Wyk got 58 runs in 100 balls, inclusive of  4 fours and a couple of boundaries. But before Grant Elliott made him throw his wicket to Latham, he took a good catch of Hashim Amla, who scored 44 runs in 55 balls. Seven shots were highlight of his innings. 2nd wicket fell early after dismissal of Amla as Rilee Rossouw succumbed to Ben Wheeler at a score of 6.

AB de Villiers put on display the kind of show he usually does. Off 48 balls, together with eight 4s and a six, he pocketed 64 runs, making certain that his team doesn’t receive any quick jolts further. The accumulation of runs could have been a tad higher had he not lost his wicket to Doug Bracewell. David Miller and Farhaan Behardien made use of the opportunity while batting in the middle order and pocketed 36 and 40 runs, respectively. David Wiese was out by Ben Wheeler but contributed 12 runs off 15 balls, inclusive of a four. Kyle Abbott was not out at 3 runs.

After 50 overs, a challenging total of 283 runs were put on the scoreboard for the loss of 7 wickets. Wheeler was highest wicket taker, sending back 3 men to the dressing room, followed by Elliot with two wickets and Adam Milne & Doug Bracewell with one wicket apiece. Martin Guptill, the centurion of previous ODI – the do-or-die match for the Kiwis, was out in cheap when Dale Steyn trapped him in the fourth ball of fifth over. The opener struck a boundary and scored just 10 runs in 18 balls.

Tom Latham and captain Williamson held the fort and ensured some runs are put on the board, taking New Zealand out of danger to a certain extent. Kane fell short to Imran Tahir post sending the ball into the fences four times and playing a knock of 39 runs in 59 balls. The 23-year-old left-handed opener turned  a run out when Miller collected the ball faster and made sure it hit the stumps before the batsman was in. His 54 runs off  74 balls comprised four 4s and a six.

Both George Worker and Grant Elliott were dismissed by David Wiese correspondingly at 21 runs (4 x 3) and 20 runs ( 4 x 3). But pressure increased on the Kiwis in the later hours of the play as Luke Ronchi failed to read Rabada’s delivery and Alma made no error in clutching the ball. The wicketkeeper-batsman was able to run just for a single. Losing wickets within a short span of time posed some problem on the visitors. The host needed four more wickets in 15 overs match. And they got it in next to no time. Doug Bracewell was out for 13 runs in 19 balls, including a four.

Adam Milne was next to depart as he failed placing the ball by Rabada nicely and gave a catch to David Miller at 4 runs. If truth be told then the only hope for the Kiwis was Colin Munro but Wiese made no mistake in creating an opportunity for his team, compelling the batsman to leave post contributing 35 runs. Munro hit a couple of fours as well. Game was already over for the visitors, nonetheless, they tried hard to be at least in the game.  As soon as wicket of Ish Sodhi was taken by Kyle Abbott when he was batting at 5 runs, Proteas jumped in joy as they finally won the ODI series by registering a win of 62 runs on the rivals at Kingsmead, Durban. Ben Wheeler was not out at 13 runs (4 x 2). Kiwis could only manage to get 221 runs in 49.2 overs. For immaculate play yesterday, Man of the Match award went to AB de Villiers, while Hashim Amla was given Man of the Series thanks to outstanding performance throughout the tournament.

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