Published: Thu, February 23, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

NZ beat South Africa by six runs in ODI thriller

Captain AB de Villiers said he was confident in a revamped attack that features Wayne Parnell and Dwaine Pretorius in place of Farhaan Behardein and Tabraiz Shamsi.

Faf du Plessis could only add 11, but Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy steadied things with a 57-run partnership before Duminy was stumped by Latham off the bowling of Mitchell Santner for 34. As a result, South Africa looked out of the competition at 214/8, but Pretorius gave New Zealand some nervous moments, helped by mis-fields and poor bowling at the death.

De Villiers (45) and David Miller (28) kept South Africa in the hunt with a 67-run stand, but once again, a double strike pegged South Africa back as the pair departed in the span of three overs. A 44-ball 34 which included six boundaries was brought to an end when Pretorius trapped the right-hander leg before. His knock of 50 off 27 balls comprised of two sixes and four boundaries in a stand with Andile Phehlukwayo (29) who had proven his skills with the bat even in the first match.

Taylor, who also posted a century in that match, needs Test tons against two more teams (South Africa and Bangladesh) to join Williamson in that club, which now has 13 members.

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All the South African bowlers, bar Pretorius, went for over five runs to the over, with the all-rounder returning a fine 2/40.

Taylor finished on 102 off 110 balls, which included eight boundaries, while Neesham remained undefeated on 71 off 57 deliveries, which included six boundaries, as New Zealand made 289/4 off their 50 overs.

Ross Taylor has joined elite New Zealand company at Hagley Oval today. With that ton, a delighted Taylor went past Nathan Astle's 16 one-day centuries. "South Africa learn very quickly".

Trent Boult of the Black Caps gets the wicket of AB de Villiers of South Africa during the second One Day International Cricket match.

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