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    South Africa V NZ - ODI series

    South Africa win a thriller

    South Africa 226 for 5 (Smith 72) beat New Zealand 225 for 8 (Styris 60, Cairns 58) by five wickets

    What once seemed a walk in the park turned into a battle in the trenches, as South Africa's start to the New Zealand tour began with a tense five-wicket win at Auckland. The target of 226 was achieved after the batsmen struggled on the slow pitch, and the ones who did get used to it didn't hang around for too long.

    Boeta Dippenaar played the hero with 44 not out for South Africa, for when they were down and things didn't look good, he pulled out his bag of strokes, and kept the run rate under control towards the end of the innings.

    A tight finish seemed unlikely when Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs motored along at four and a half an over, with plenty of batting to come. But the slow pitch, which had caused them considerable trouble earlier, later came back to haunt them, and the rest of the batting line-up.

    Smith and Gibbs began in macho fashion, attempting to punch a hole through the infield, but decided that caution suited the occasion, and settled with creating angles to score runs, instead. When they were more at ease, they chanced their arm and hit boundaries with good, clean power.

    Gibbs, in particular, stepped up a notch when he struck a resounding blow, stepping outside the line of a delivery from Jacob Oram, and swinging it from outside off to midwicket. Then Kyle Mills was savaged some more, but just as the music began, the cops came calling. Daniel Vettori, who bowled two overs for nothing, floated one that turned savagely, nicked Gibbs's outside edge, and South Africa were 86 for 1.

    Jacques Kallis partnered Smith past his half-century, and watched him get out for 72 after a series of attacking shots, the last of which ricocheted off the bat and onto the stumps (149 for 2). During his last series, Kallis had played whatever West Indies threw at him with ease, but nagging bowlers on a slow pitch were a different task. Three balls after Smith had gone, Vettori dismissed Kallis.

    The bowlers were now on fire (or bunsen flame, considering most of them were medium-pacers), and Oram, in particular, gave the new batsmen a torrid time. Jacques Rudolph kept chasing deliveries outside off stump, and Dippenaar did whatever he could to survive. After a 60-run partnership, where runs were run brilliantly, Rudolph finally hit a ball back to Scott Styris. And then, to prove cliffhangers can be created out of nothing, Mark Boucher waltzed down the wicket, connected with thin air, and was bowled. But Shaun Pollock, in the company of Dippenaar, hit the winning runs in the last over.

    The target, which looked competetive at best, was due to the efforts of two men who came together with the score reading 79 for 4. Chris Cairns and Styris rebuilt a New Zealand innings on the verge of collapse, using the ball's pace to their advantage and running like, well, South Africans. With the odd hit over the boundary, and a few to the fence, the run-rate edged upwards, and the game began slipping away from South Africa.

    Styris (60) then took on Andre Nel, and an inside-out drive ended in Makhaya Ntini's hands on the boundary. Cairns got to his fifty soon after, and was bowled by Nel (191 for 6). But Brendon McCullum took charge at the death, and with wickets still tumbling, he struck quick runs and hauled New Zealand to 225 for 8.

    South Africa are now one up in the six-match series, and have beaten New Zealand in 15 of their last 19 encounters. It can mean only one thing. If Fleming was motivated to improve the record before this match began, then he will be even more so now.

    south africa were cruising @ one stage but a mini batting collapse + tight bowling by the kiwi's made this a thriller near the death


      i hope nz should not win otherwise there will be trouble for pak in the ratings


        Good Match
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          South Africa playing cricket without a major break? - they just finished the series with West Indies - well it looks like tension have cool down between Smith and Lance - Proteas are cruising and definitley one of the best teams to be reckon with at the moment.
          If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone. Michael Corleone


            Fleming pulls Kiwis level

            Stephen Fleming made his sixth one-day century as New Zealand levelled their home series against South Africa with a five-wicket win in Christchurch.

            Fleming scored 108 exactly a year and a day after his unbeaten 134 carried his side to a World Cup victory over the same opponents.

            Chasing a target of 254, the Kiwis reached 255-5 with 4.5 overs to spare as Craig McMillan hit 71 not out.

            Graeme Smith top scored with 80 in South Africa's total of 253-8.

            They reduced New Zealand to 19-2 in reply but once again found Fleming at the top of his game.

            He responded to a difficult situation by striking two sixes and 10 fours before finally being bowled by Makhaya Ntini with his side only 28 short of their target.

            Ntini was the pick of the South African attack and also dismissed Michael Papps and Brendon McCullum for figures of 3-45.

            Hamish Marshall was caught off Lance Klusener for 18 and Scott Styris fell to Jacques Kallis for 24, but Fleming found the perfect partner in Craig McMillan, who helped add 102 in 16 overs for the fifth wicket.

            Fleming's downfall in the 42nd over brought Chris Cairns to the middle and he ended the match in style with a six off Andre Nel, hit back over the bowler's head, which took him to 10 not out.

            South Africa went into the game with a side showing one change from that which won by five wickets in Auckland as Nicky Boje returned for his first game since breaking an ankle in four places last July.

            They made a poor start as Herschelle Gibbs was lbw to the second ball of the game from Kyle Mills.

            Daryl Tuffey struck a vital blow by bowling Kallis for seven before Smith, who is suffering from a heavy cold, and Boeta Dippenaar put on 79 for the third wicket.

            Dippenaar was dismissed by Daniel Vettori for 36, but Jacques Rudolph twice cleared the ropes in making 42 off 36 balls.

            South Africa lost Smith and Mark Boucher (40) in successive overs from Cairns but Shaun Pollock saw the total past 250 with an unbeaten 20 off 13 balls.


              dat was a superb performances by fleming and mcmillan..... hats off to both of them.....
              i love kiwis after Pakistan Cricket Team
              Those to whom Evil is done..... Do Evil in Return.


                Kiwis lead 2:1 now
                defeated Proteas by 5 runs in the third one day
                Those to whom Evil is done..... Do Evil in Return.


                  And I thought SA was going for the first spot on ICC ranking.


                    that was sooooo close - Pollock took South Africa so close to win but unable to finished it off - he might miss the fourth game - there goes the series.

                    Smith is an idiot! why didn't he let Klusner in for second and third game? and who are these Morkel and Prince? newbies? down with Smith!

                    i think Styris is slowly but surely becoming the level of an all-rounder - it's helping New Zealand ever since Shane Bond is out of the picture.
                    If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone. Michael Corleone


                      New Zealand grab third win

                      Fourth one-day international, Dunedin
                      New Zealand 264-4 beat South Africa 259-9 by six wickets

                      New Zealand cannot lose the six-match series
                      New Zealand beat South Africa by six wickets in Dunedin for an unassailable 3-1 lead in the one-day series.

                      Chasing 260 to win, the Black Caps got home with an over to spare after a 126-run stand between Hamish Marshall (74) and Scott Styris (69).

                      Chris Cairns smashed Makhaya Ntini for 12 off the 49th over, with six from the last ball, to complete the job.

                      Jacques Rudolph had led the way with 70, and Nicky Boje hit a half-century, in the tourists' total of 259-7.

                      The fourth match in the series of six contests began a day late following bad weather in Carisbrook and the toss was won by the home side.

                      Matt Mason, replacing the injured Daryl Tuffey, made an early impression when he trapped Herschelle Gibbs lbw for 16 and then Jacob Oram removed the dangerous pair of Jacques Kallis (13) and Grame Smith (37).

                      By the time Boeta Dippenaar had been bowled by Chris Cairns for a laborious 18 off 44 balls, the score was 110-4 and more than half the overs had been used.

                      But Boje, Rudolph and Mark Boucher (35 off 28 balls) all scored their runs quickly to set New Zealand a challenging total. Oram finished with 3-51.

                      Black Caps openers Stephen Fleming (51) and Michael Papps (29) got the team off to a good reply in a partnership of 71 for the first wicket before Marshall and Styris stamped their authority on the game in a thrilling stand of 126 at better than a run-a-ball.

                      South African seamers Andre Nel and Makhaya Ntini were once again unable to control their direction sufficiently to avoid being severely punished.

                      Shaun Pollock, unexpectedly passed fit to play in the game, was his economical self but finished wicketless in his 10 overs.


                        i never thought i would say that but i have to agree with Smith for once South Africa gave it all and lost the game - i think Pollock remained wicketless played important role - not that i am taking away any credit from New Zealand
                        If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone. Michael Corleone


                          What happened to RSA? They just annihiliated Windies and now playing so bad all of a sudden?


                            Originally posted by ChthonicPowers:
                            What happened to RSA? They just annihiliated Windies and now playing so bad all of a sudden?
                            well South Africa are playing without a major break(from West Indies series) to be honest - they are finding difficult to adjust themselves into the New Zealand playing conditions.

                            it ain't over yet tho New Zealand have edge!
                            If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone. Michael Corleone


                              Kiwis take historic victory

                              Fifth one-day international, Auckland: New Zealand 193-8 (33 overs) bt South Africa 175-5 (29 overs) by three runs (D-L method)

                              New Zealand clinched their first series win over South Africa in any form of cricket by winning the fifth one-day international between the sides.

                              South Africa fell three runs short of their victory target to give the hosts a 4-1 lead in the six-match series.

                              After early rain, New Zealand hit 198 in 33 overs, but more delays meant the visitors' target was 178 in 29 overs.

                              Despite hitting 25 off the last over, South Africa could not stop the Kiwis clinching the series with a game to go.

                              After being put in to bat by South Africa captain Graeme Smith, New Zealand were set up for victory by Chris Harris's knock of 55.

                              Back in the team for the first time since the 5-0 one-day defeat by Pakistan in December, it was Harris's 16th half century.

                              He hit three fours and two sixes in his 55-ball innings and was ably assisted by Jacob Oram (22) and Daniel Vettori (19).

                              Duckworth-Lewis explained

                              Ntini was the pick of the South African bowlers, finishing with figures of 3-47.

                              Ntini got off to the perfect start, when New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming was judged to have edged his first ball into the hands of Jacques Kallis.

                              Television replays later showed it had only hit his thigh pad.

                              Fellow opener Hamish Marshall followed soon afterwards - Ntini's second victim.

                              After his departure, Chris Cairns struck some lofty blows for 28 but the wickets continued to fall steadily.

                              Harris' arrival, however, moved New Zealand into the ascendancy before he was caught and bowled by Shaun Pollock in the final over.

                              South Africa's target seemed attainable but they were reduced to 86-5 in the 19th over as Jacob Oram and Chris Cairns took two wickets apiece.

                              But Jacques Kallis, with 58 off 60 balls, and Mark Boucher (48 from 30) took up the fight and launched an all-out blitz in the final over.

                              The equation turned in South Africa's favour when the third ball, which was a no-ball, was hit for six by Boucher.

                              That left 20 runs off four balls and 14 runs off three when Boucher crashed another ball into the stands.

                              After a single, Kallis hit a six and a four off the final two balls but it was not enough for the visitors to avoid defeat.