The bowling of Jeetan Patel and Nathan Astle set up a comfortable victory for the Blackcaps over South Africa in the Twenty20 match at Johannesburg last night.
The bowling of Jeetan Patel and Nathan Astle set up a comfortable victory for the Blackcaps over South Africa in the Twenty20 match at Johannesburg last night
After Stephen Fleming won the toss an sent the hosts in to bat, the South Africans got off to a flying start. Graeme Smith (61 off 43) and Jacques Kallis (20 off 18) put on 84 for the first wicket. But the introduction of Patel and Astle saw the momentum move in favour of the New Zealanders.
The runs began to dry up and wickets started to fall at regular intervals as both bowlers took three for 20 off four overs. South Africa were eventually dismissed in the 20th over for 133.
The New Zealand chase began well with an in-form Stephen Fleming (31) stroking the ball to all corners of the ground.
Despite the loss of three quick wickets, the BLACKCAPS were always in control of their innings. Cameos from Scott Styris (24), Jacob Oram (23 not out) and Brendon McCullum (17 not out) saw their team reach the target of 134 with two overs remaining and five wickets in hand.
The teams now move to Bloemfontein for Sunday's first game in the five match ODI series.
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