Smith helps New Zealand to Twenty20 win
South Africa skipper Graeme Smith was hero and villain as New Zealand won their first ever Twenty20 international by five wickets in Johannesburg.
South Africa skipper Graeme Smith was hero and villain as New Zealand won the Twenty20 international in Johannesburg.
He hit 61 off 43 balls in his side's innings but then saw his one and only over of off-spin go for 20 runs as the visitors slipped to a five-wicket loss.
South Africa were dismissed for 133 despite Smith's knock, Jeetan Patel and Nathan Astle both taking 3-20.
And the Kiwis reached their target with two overs to spare, taking full advantage when Smith opted to bowl.
Smith gifted the home side extra runs by over-stepping the crease twice while Brendon McCullum hit a four and a six.
South Africa were also penalised for having too many fielders inside the circle.
New Zealand decided to field after winning the toss, but Stephen Fleming's decision backfired as Smith, just back from the ICC Super Series in Australia, hit three fours in Shane Bond's opening over.
He continued his assault after being caught behind off a Kyle Mills no-ball and reached his half century off 33 balls.
Smith declined to walk after hitting a delivery back to Astle, but his dismissal was confirmed by the TV umpire and ended a first-wicket stand of 84 with Jacques Kallis.
Patel's introduction paid off immediately as he turned the ball between bat and pad to bowl Kallis for 20 and then had Herschelle Gibbs lbw for nine in his next over.
South Africa did not manage a single boundary between the 12th and 19th overs before Albie Morkel hoisted Patel over mid-wicket for six.
Morkel tried another big swipe off the next delivery, but a thin edge was taken at the second attempt by keeper Brendon McCullum.
Makhaya Ntini slashed a four to third man but pace bowler Bond (2-25) brought his brief innings to an emphatic end by removing his off stump.
Fleming was soon into his stride as the Kiwis began their reply with some impressive off-drives as they progressed smoothly to 37-0 after five.
But they were checked as Andre Nel bowled Astle for 10 with his first delivery and then tempted Hamish Marshall into dabbing a catch to the keeper.
When Fleming (31) sliced a catch to gully off Charl Langeveldt, South Africa were back in the game.
And they were celebrating again when Craig McMillan top-edged a sweep off Nicky Boje to short fine leg.
Langeveldt produced a superb yorker to account for Scott Styris (22), but Jacob Oram eased the pressure on New Zealand with two leg-side sixes off Boje and Albie Morkel.
Oram finished unbeaten on 23, with McCullum 17 not out, as Smith's expensive single over brought the game to an end.