Morkel and de Villiers build big total
Albie Morkel (40) and AB de Villiers (47) hit a quick fire partnership of 72 as they helped South Africa reach 170-4 setting New Zealand a tough run chase after they had been restricted by the Kiwis earlier in their innings.
The pair came together in the 13th over and proceeded to attack the New Zealand bowlers dispatching 7 sixes including 3 off the bowling of Tim Southee in the penultimate over as the Proteas enjoyed a good end to the game.
Having won the toss Graeme Smith decided to bat first; the Proteas skipper got off to a good start alongside Jacques Kallis as the pair built an opening partnership of 40 runs.
They signalled their intentions for the game when Kallis dispatched Shane Bond for a massive six over the wicket keeper head at the start of the second over.
In the opening stages of the power play overs the pair attacked the Kiwi bowlers as the runs flowed easily for Smith and Kallis which allowed the partnership to blossom.
The partnership had reached 40 before the Kiwis managed to break through. Having just Tim Southee for a boundary Smith (14) tried to repeat the shot but he could only pick out Martin Guptill at deep midwicket he took the easy catch.
With Smith gone Kallis was joined at the crease by Herschelle Gibbs who had been brought back into the team to replace Loots Bosman who had suffered a disappointing start to the tournament with the bat.
Their partnership only lasted 18 balls and contributed 15 runs before Kallis was caught by Southee out on the boundary who pulled off a stunning diving catch to dismiss the big hitting opener.
Kallis (31) tried to upper cut a short ball bowled by Jacob Oram but he could only manage a top edge which sailed out to Southee to give the Kiwi’s a big break through reducing South Africa to 55-2.
Gibbs was joined at the crease by AB de Villiers and the pair struggled as the Kiwis took all the pace of the ball with Daniel Vettori and Nathan McCullum slowing the run rate down to just over 6.2 an over.
The partnership was going along at just under a run a ball before Gibbs tried to up the pace, he started by smashing McCullum for a huge six but the spinner struck back from the next ball to dismiss Gibbs (30) who was caught by Brendon McCullum out at deep square leg to leave the Proteas 97-3 after 13.3 overs.
The lose of Gibbs brought Morkel to the crease and alongside de Villiers the pair looked to take the game away from the Kiwis with a display of big hitting.