ICC World Twenty20: New Zealand vs South Africa – As it happened...
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Chittagong: As a result of an incredible last over bowled by Dale Steyn, South Africa registered their first win of the ICC World Twenty20, as they defeated New Zealand by 2 runs in the 18th match played at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong.
New Zealand innings:
Over 20 || Score 168/8
7 needed from 5, Steyn to bowl the final over. And he gets a wicket first ball! Rochi is caught behind! Nathan McCullum is the new man in. He tries to smash the first ball he faces, doesn't make contact. 7 needed from 4. McCullum tried to work the third ball on the leg side, once again didn't make contact. Three dot balls to begin with in the decisive over for Steyn. 7 needed from 3 now. McCullum finally made some contact off the fourth ball of the over, a length ball which he slapped over extra-cover for a boundary! 3 needed from 2 now. McCullum tries to play a similar shot, but is caught brilliantly by skipper du Plessis who took an excellent catch diving to his left! 3 needed from 1 ball, Ross Taylor is on strike. Can Dale Steyn weave his magic one more time for South Africa? There was a long discussion between the South African players after that wicket. Steyn bowls a yorker, Taylor just gets some part of the bat on it, the ball goes straight to Steyn who first dislodges the bails at the non-striker's end, and then breaks into a massive celebration! What a legend, what a bowler!!!
LRPL Taylor run out 62 (37b)
NL McCullum c du Plessis b Steyn 4 (4b)
L Ronchi c de Kock b Steyn 5 (3b)
Over 19 || Score 164/5
21 needed from 12. Morne Morkel who has given 36 runs from two overs has been brought back into the attack. Ronchi clears mid-on off the first ball for a boundary! Ronchi takes a single off the second ball to bring Taylor on strike. Morkel bowls a full-toss to Taylor and he slaps it past point for another boundary! Morkel is under pressure and he bowls a wide. 11 needed from 9 now. Morkel manages to get a yorker right, dot ball. 11 needed from 8. Morkel bowls another perfect yorker, Taylor misses again, 11 needed from 7 now. Good comeback from Morkel. After those two good balls, Morkel bowls another full-toss to end the over and Taylor guides that past point for another boundary! 14 from the over.
Over 18 || Score 150/5
Steyn to bowl his third over, Anderson on strike. Anderson worked the first ball towards deep fine leg for two runs. Anderson got an edge off the second ball, which flew past de Kock for a boundary! Steyn has the last laugh as he bowls a slower one and Anderson hits it straight to Miller at long-on. Luke Ronchi is the new man in. Steyn has bowled two dot balls to Taylor. Taylor drove the last ball towards wide third man for two runs. Eight runs from the over.
CJ Anderson c Miller b Steyn 7 (4b)
Over 17 || Score 142/4
Tahir brought back into the attack. Tahir strikes again, Munro is caught at deep midwicket! Corey Anderson is the new man in. New Zealand need 29 runs to win from 18 balls.
C Munro c Amla b Imran Tahir 7 (8b)
Over 16 || Score 140/3
Tsotsobe to bowl his final over. Taylor took a single off the third ball and reached his fifth half-century in T20Is. Seven runs from the over. New Zealand now need 32 runs to win from four overs. Two of them would be bowled by Dale Steyn.
Over 15 || Score 133/3
Duminy to bowl his third over. Taylor once again got some width on offer and he slapped that past the fielder at point for a boundary! Munro got into action and he reverse-swept the last ball past deep midwicket for a boundary! 13 runs from the over, the Kiwis require another 38 runs from the last five overs.
Over 14 || Score 120/3
Dale Steyn has been brought back into the attack as Proteas desperately need wickets. An fine innings from Williamson ended when AB de Villiers ran towards his right from midwicket and took an excellent catch. Collin Munro is the new man in. Four runs from the over. Steyn has once again got them a breakthrough.
KS Williamson c de Villiers b Steyn 51 (35b)
Over 13 || Score 116/2
Tahir to bowl his third over. Seven runs from the over. New Zealand now need 55 runs to win from seven overs.
Over 12 || Score 109/2
Morne Morkel has been brought into the attack. Williamson took a single off the first ball and reached his half-century off just just balls! Morkel bowled a length ball to Taylor and he nonchalantly smashed the second ball over long-on for a flat Six! Taylor slashed hard at the third ball, got a leading edge which flew over the keeper's head for another Six! Ross Taylor is on fire! Morkel bowled one slightly on the leg side and Taylor smashed it over deep square leg for his third consecutive Six! 20 runs from the over and Morne Morkel has now conceded 36 runs from his two overs so far.
Kane Williamson 50* (32b) Ross Taylor 29* (11b)
Over 11 || Score 89/2
Tahir to continue. Williamson got a full-toss off third delivery and he slapped it over midwicket for a Six! 12 runs from the over.
Over 10 || Score 77/2
Albie Morkel to bowl his second over. It was proving to be a good over before Taylor slapped the last ball past square leg for a boundary! Nine runs from the over, the Kiwis now need 91 runs from the last ten overs.
Over 9 || Score 68/2
Imran Tahir has been introduced into the attack. He dropped a caught and bowled chance against Williamson off the fourth ball. But Tahir made up for that chances and Brendon McCullum has been stumped! McCullum was deceived by the flight and de Kock made no mistake there. Ross Taylor is the new man in. Seven runs from the over.
BB McCullum st de Kock b Imran Tahir 4 (4b)
Over 8 || Score 61/1
Albie Morkel has been introduced into the attack. And he strikes first ball! Guptill is OUT! Guptill was surprised by the bounce of the first ball, got a leading edge which was caught by de Kock. Brendon McCullum is the new man in. He looked in devastating mood against England in the previous game and the team management would want him to continue his form. Brendon McCullum survived a run-out chance when the throw missed the stumps. Four runs from the over.
MJ Guptill c de Kock b JA Morkel 22 (25b)
Over 7 || Score 57/0
Duminy brought back into the attack. Duminy offered some width to Williamson off the last ball and he slapped that fine past the fielder at point for a boundary! Ten runs from the over. What was looking formidable scored from the Proteas is now looking a cakewalk for the Kiwis if they keep going at this rate.
Over 6 || Score 47/0
Tsotsobe to bowl his third over. He bowled a slower one which was picked early by Guptill and he cleared the fielder at mid-off for a boundary! Tsotsobe followed it with a short ball and Guptill slapped that past midwicket for another boundary! Both the openers are now looking to play their strokes without any hesitation. Guptill made some room for himself off the last ball, got a top edge which flew past third man for a boundary! 12 from the over, and 28 from the last two overs of the power play. The Kiwis are now looking in total command of the game after a slow start.
Over 5 || Score 35/0
Morne Morkel introduced into the attack. Williamson welcomes him with a boundary overs covers. Williamson made room for himself once again off the fifth ball and hit it over covers for another boundary! Morkel drifted his length on the leg side and Williamson launched that cleanly over deep square leg for a Six! Excellent over for the Kiwis, 16 runs from it.
Over 4 || Score 19/0
Tsotsobe to bowl his second over. Six runs from the over. Openers still struggling to find the boundaries.
Over 3 || Score 13/0
Dale Steyn finally comes into the attack. Just one run from the over. Slow start from the Kiwis, they got to make the best of the three remaining overs of the powerplay.
Over 2 || Score 12/0
Lonwabo Tsotsobe brought into the attack. Five runs from the over.
Over 1 || Score 7/0
Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson to open for New Zealand, JP Duminy will bowl the first over. Duminy bowled a full-toss off the last ball and Williamson worked that fine past square leg for a boundary! Seven from the first over.
South Africa Innings
Over 20 || Score 170/6
Southee to bowl the final over. He gets a wicket as Morkel attempts a pull off a ball that kept low and hit his stumps, Morkel is bowled! Dale Steyn is the new man in. He took a single and got Duminy back on the strike. Duminy smashed the fourth delivery straight down the ground for a boundary! Southee went wayward off the fifth ball and Duminy worked that fine past the keeper on the leg side for another boundary! Duminy scored two runs off the last ball and he remains unbeaten! 70 runs have been scored in the last five overs and Duminy has scored 51 of them!
JP Duminy 86* (43b) Dale Steyn 1* (1b)
JA Morkel b Southee 13 (8b)
Over 19 || Score 157/5
Mills to bowl his final over. Mills bowled a full-toss to Duminy and he smashed that straight down the ground for a boundary! Duminy made some room for himself on the leg side and lifted the fifth ball over square leg for a boundary! Mills ended the over with another full toss and Duminy dispatched that high over deep midwicket for a Six! Duminy is batting on 76 – a splendid innings from the left-hander. 17 runs from the over.
Over 18 || Score 140/5
Anderson to bowl his third over. And he gets another breakthrough! David Miller hits one back to the bowler. Albie Morkel is the new man in. South Africa would want him to hit some massive blows. Morkel was offered width off the fifth ball and he launched it over deep extra-cover for a Six! Ten runs from the over and a wicket for Anderson.
DA Miller c & b Anderson 6 (6b)
Over 17 || Score 130/4
Tim Southee brought back into the attack. Duminy is looking unstoppable here as he scored four boundaries off that over! 17 runs from the over. Duminy is playing a gem of an innings here. 30 runs scored in the last two overs.
Over 16 || Score 113/4
Kane Williamson has been brought into the attack. Duminy charged down the wicket off the first ball and hit it over extra-cover for a boundary! Duminy is showing his variety of strokes as he played a reverse-sweep off the fifth ball which got him another boundary! 13 runs from the over.
Over 15 || Score 100/4
Mills to bowl his third over. Just three runs from the over.
Over 14 || Score 97/4
Anderson to bowl his second over. Third ball was a slower one, Duminy waited for it and was looking all set to hit it over fine leg, but changed his mind at the last moment as the ball was pitched outside the off-stump and hit it over third man for a boundary! The next ball was a length delivery and Duminy dispatched that over deep midwicket for a Six! Two top strokes from Duminy. Hashim Amla has been dismissed in a bizarre manner! Amla hit a ball straight down the ground, it deflected from Duminy's bat at the non-striker's end, went in the air and was caught by Anderson. So Anderson breaks another partnership. 14 runs from the over, David Miller is the new man in.
HM Amla c & b Anderson 41 (40b)
Over 13 || Score 83/3
Nathan McCullum to bowl his final over. Just six runs from the over and McCullum ends a fine spell.
Over 12 || Score 77/3
First six of the innings. Duminy came down and lofted one over midwicket for a six. A delightful sight.
And with that six, he has reached 19 from 18 deliveries. His partnership with Amla has crossed 30s. But, for South Africa to post any challenging total against a team which has the likes of Brendon McCullum, they will need some more of those hits.
Over 11 || Score 61/3
Despite all the hard work from the South African batsmen, Kiwi bowlers have controlled the proceeding here.
The previous over, bowled by the very talented Corey Anderson, only resulted in four runs. Some start from the youngster.
And there's not much action in the subsequent over too. South Africans could only steal four singles and a double for a grand total of six runs.
Over 9 || Score 57/3
Amla took a single off the first delivery off Nathan's second over by working towards mid-wicket. And it's 50 up for the batting side.
The over resulted eight runs, relatively a better one for the Proteas, thanks to a boundary and four singles between Amla and JP Duminy.
Over 8 || Score 49/3
A good over from Tim Southee, conceded only six runs as South African batsmen continue to find ways to score runs, hard ways.
Holding the South African innings in one end is Hashim Alma. In his 22-ball essay so far, Amla has scored 24 runs with the help of one four.
Over 7 || Score 43/3
Spin on for New Zealand and struck in the fourth ball. The victim – AB de Villiers.
AB played had only faced one ball from the spinner and the in the very next delivery, failed to get his footing right. The straight delivery from Nathan kept enough high to clip the bails.
AB de Villiers b Nathan McCullum 5 (6b)
Huge disappointment from one of the best batsmen in the South African ranks.
Over 5 || Score 32/2
Faf du Plessis gone.
Too many shots for comfort from the skipper. A loose delivery from Tim Southee resulted in a wicket as du Plessis failed to control his shot. Nathan McCullum took an easy catch at cover.
F du Plessis c Nathan McCullum b Tim Southee 13 (8b)
Before his departure, the skipper did struck two boundaries.
Over 4 || Score 22/1
After the fall of de Kock, skipper Faf du Plessis arrived in the centre. And soon, he got in the action with a full blooded shot over the mid-off area. However, the shot only resulted three runs as the fielder in Tim Southee did enough to save a certain boundary.
Earlier in the over, Amla took two off the first delivery and a one run from the second.
Over 3 || Score 16/1
First wicket. Quinton de Kock departed.
The South African charged down the wicket, but the sixth delivery of the over from the lanky Kiwi bowler kept rising, forcing the batsman to play the shot from an awkward position. It resulted to a catch, behind the stumps.
Luek Ronchi completed the rite with a comfortable catch.
Quinton de Kock c Luke Ronchi b Kyle Mills 4 (8b)
Over 2 || Score 10/0
First boundary. Hashim Amla, on his toes, played an exquisite pull shot towards square leg off a Mitchell McClenaghan delivery. No chance for the Kiwi fielders.
The over yielded seven runs for the batting side the first two balls have already resulted three runs, a single and a double.
Over 1 || Score 3/0
Kyle Mills started the proceedings with Quinton de Kock facing the first delivery of the day. And the South Africa started with a single.
Then, Hashim Alma played a defensive shot before taking a single off the third ball by guiding the ball towards third-man.
De Kock tried to pierce the fifth ball through the point area. But Kane Williamson fielded, sliding towards his left side.
A quite start from the Proteas.
Toss: New Zealand won the toss and have invited South Africa to bat first.
And yes, Faf du Plessis was there at the toss and he is playing today.
Here are the teams:
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum (capt.), Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Fa du Plessis (capt.), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
Chittagong: The big question ahead of New Zealand-South Africa clash here is the availability of the Proteas skipper, Faf du Plessis. The 29-year-old sat out of their opening fixture against Sri Lanka with a hamstring injury. They lost the match by five runs.
So, taking on a confident New Zealand side without their regular skipper will be a big ask for the South Africans, if at all du Plessis fails his fitness test.
It`s a must win match for the Proteas. A second successive defeat in the tournament will only meant an early exit, yet another failure in the world cups. A bane!
In contrast, the Brendon Mc Cullum led-side, after the win over a highly-inspired English team -- thanks to some rain and Duckworth–Lewis method, will go for a kill to strengthen their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals.
Their cause is also being served beautifully by the emergence of Corey Anderson and hosts of other youngsters.