Momentum Series

Jawad By Jawad , 23rd Jan 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3kfn3aoh/
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South Africa have so often been the makers of their own downfall and five run outs scuppered their chase in Kimberley as New Zealand secured their first series win in any format in South Africa. One of the lights that can lead them out of this tough period - Kane Williamson - produced a magnificent unbeaten century that deserved to win a series. New Zealand's tenacity in the field ensured it did.

Brief Summary

Graeme Smith, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Rory Kleinveldt and Farhaan Behardien were all run out as South Africa's chase crumbled from a comfortable position of 167 for 1 in the 31st over. It equalled the record for the most run outs in an ODI innings and contributed to a calamitous collapse of 9 for 85.

It was unimaginable that the current New Zealand team could be the group to win the country's first series in South Africa, but after being humiliated in the Test series they have a remarkable achievement to take home.

This second win was set up by the best batting performance of the tour: a career-best international score by Williamson. His unbeaten 145 not out was superbly paced. He negotiated a nervous opening having come to the crease in the third over at 0 for 1, then accelerated in a hundred partnership with Grant Elliott, rebuilt after New Zealand had endured a collapse of their own, before providing a final punch that produced a competitive target.

But competitive is all the target appeared on a balmy evening with a flat, hard, grassless wicket. South Africa were on course as Graeme Smith and Colin Ingram added 129 in 22 overs.

New Zealand craved a breakthrough, wishing for any of the several chances they spurned in the first ODI, and were suddenly gifted a path back into the match. It was James Franklin - who brought New Zealand home in Paarl - that began the feast of run-outs with a slide to save Ingram's back cut at third man. His return was pint-point over the bails and a sluggish Smith was short diving in for a third run.

Faf du Plessis - standing in as captain with AB de Villiers suspended - then defended Franklin into the off side.

Conclusion

New Zealand looked out of power and likely to fail to take full advantage of their position. But Williamson continued to steer the innings and his efforts were ultimately rewarded.

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Crusting Win, Nz Wraps Up Series

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Jan 2013 (#)

Cricket is a game where even one man can turn the fortunes of a eleven member team. No wonder they are called match winning efforts. Nice recap, Jawad - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
19th Feb 2013 (#)

It was a bit surprising to see NewZeland beat South Africa in ODI series. However, we should never underestimate any team especially in ODIs and Twenty-20s.

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author avatar Ptrikha
19th Feb 2013 (#)

Typo- NewZealand instead of what I typed!

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