South Africa vs New Zealand Highlights: SA vs NZ 1st ODI Cricket Highlights played on 19 August 2015. South Africa vs New Zealand 1st ODI Highlights at Centurion.
Cricket Series: South Africa vs New Zealand – 2015
Match: South Africa vs New Zealand, 1st ODI
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Start Time: 12:30 local | 10:30 GMT
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South Africa started their ODI series against New Zealand with a comprehensive win at SuperSport park by 20 runs.
Kane Williamson won the toss for New Zealand and opted to field first. Van Wyk opened the batting with Hashim Amla, the pair putting on 46 for the opening wicket before van Wyk was caught with his score on 16. Amla was joined out in the middle by Rilee Rossouw, and the pair proceeded to build an excellent foundation for South Africa. Amla went on to top score with 124 off 126 balls, while Rossouw made 89 off 112 balls. The only criticism for the pair is that they failed to really accelerate towards the death overs, and also lost their wicket at key moments in the game. The middle order of de Villiers, Miller and Nehardien had very little time in the middle, but failed to adapt to the conditions, taking South Africa to 304/7 after 50 overs. They fell well short after being in a very strong position of 231/2 in the 41st over. Milne and McClenaghan took two wicket each, with the spin of Sodhi ending at the most economical for the Black Caps.
An injury to Martin Guptill forced the Black Caps into a change, opening the innings with Ronchi and Latham. The experiment failed when the big hitting Ronchi was dismissed by Steyn n the opening over of the chase. Latham played a good anchor role with 60 off 80 balls, while his Captain Williamson made 47 off 69 balls, losing his wicket at a crucial juncture in that chase. A failure by Elliott placed plenty of pressure on Neesham and Munro, and although showing good promise, they failed to capitalize on their starts. The Black Caps were bowled out in the penultimate over for 284. It was a good bowling effort by South Africa, with the wickets shared between the bowlers.