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Cricket: The ‘Black Caps’ saved the best for last!

Lonwabo Tsotsobe

South Africa has lost the 3 match ODI’s series against New-Zealand, this after the Proteas were defeated by the extraordinary New Zealand at blistering Kimberly sky last night.  Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bowl first in the absence of Captain AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn. Replacements for the trio were David Miller, Farhaan Behardien  and Morne Morkel.

New-Zealand managed 279 for 8 in their allotted of 50 over’s, by Kane Williamson their chief contributor, making 145 not out-the highest score by a New Zealand against South Africa. Morkel took 3 wickets, with Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Klenveld and McLaren all picking up 2 wickets to restrict the tourists

South Africa crumbled incredibly in their run chase of 280 to win and squared up the series, but the Proteas were taken-out unbelievably all out for 252, this happened despite the good knock of 66 and 79 from Graeme Smith and Collin Ingram respectively. The ‘black Caps’ won by 27 runs.

South Africa equalled a world record for most run-out in an ODI match, with 5, records for  all the wrong reasons. New-Zealand won their first ever series in the South African soil, previously have only won 3 matches out of 19 in total in our shores. And it was the first time ever that South Africa has lost 4 ODI’s matches in a row at home.

Kane Williamson was named man of the match, for his 145 not out to set up New-Zealand’s series victory.

Next is the last match against NZ on Friday, a dead rubber for NZ as they have already won the series-questions, why suddenly South Africa crumbled down against New-Zealand like this?

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