Hashim Amla (119) helps South Africa to beat Kiwis by 72 runs
Cricket: South Africa crushed New Zealand by 72 runs to win the
second one-day international at the Bay Oval and seal victory in the
Hashim Amla stroked a beautifully-paced 119 for the tourists in their
282-9, and the Kiwis then slumped to 210 all out and once again they had
Luke Ronchi and their No 11 to thank for posting a respectable score.
Ronchi followed up his brilliant 99 in the opener with 79. In the
first match on Tuesday he put on 74 with last man Trent Boult to set a
new Kiwi tenth-wicket record in a one-day international.
And just three days later Mitchell McClenaghan (34no) helped him
break it as they added a defiant 76, though once again it was in vain.
Opener Amla scored his sixteenth ODI century, but could have fallen
for five, his outside edge off fit-again Tim Southee flying between
keeper Ronchi and first slip.
His partner Quinton de Kock shrugged off a painful blow to the arm
from Boult to score 26 as he helped Amla post 56 for the first wicket.
When De Kock fell, Faf du Plessis (67) and man-of-the-match Amla
played patiently, punishing the bad balls as they added an untroubled
Du Plessis and JP Duminy fell but Amla reached his century by
stroking Southee through the covers But the wheels then came off the
Proteas innings in spectacular fashion in the last few overs.
Southee had his belated revenge by bowling Amla, and after an
entertaining cameo from AB de Villiers – 37 off 25 – the middle and
lower order collapsed in the last few overs from 279-5 to 282-9, with
the last three wickets with the score on 282.
In the process McClenaghan, who had a successful spell with
Worcestershire this summer, became the third fastest bowler to 50 ODI
wickets when he dismissed Vernon Philander.
But the hosts’ comeback with the ball was wasted by the batsmen.
Martin Guptill had a lucky escape early on when his top edge floated
gently up in the air on the on-side, but De Villiers collided comically
with one of his team-mates as both went for the catch.
Guptill could not cash in – he fell for 11 – and the experiment of
opening with Jimmy Neesham again failed, the all-rounder scoring just 10
The top five all got starts but could not push on past 20, and the
dangerous Corey Anderson followed his golden duck in the opener with
Ronchi hit the only six of the Kiwi innings as he went down fighting
with McClenaghan, but they could not stop South Africa’s bowlers in the
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said: “Again the batting let us
down. I thought the bowling was OK.
We did OK to restrict them to 280 when they were looking at somewhere
around 310 or 320. It was a pretty good effort with the ball but, again,
too many soft dismissals and a lack of real craft with the bat.”
Proteas skipper De Villiers added: “When Hashim bats like that it
sets up the whole line-up to be aggressive and that’s exactly what we
did around him. He paced his innings amazingly well.”