New Zealand v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Wellington February 25, 2017

South Africa quicks rout New Zealand for 112

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South Africa 271 for 8 (de Villiers 85, de Kock 68, de Grandhomme 2-40) beat New Zealand 112 (de Grandhomme 34, Pretorius 3-5) by 159 runs
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Highlights - South Africa quicks too much for New Zealand

AB de Villiers had called on his batsmen to take responsibility for an innings and he showed the way in Wellington as South Africa surged to a crushing 159-run victory. De Villiers' controlled 85, during which he became the fastest player to 9000 ODI runs, turned the tables after a middle-order slide, then the pace bowlers combined with unnerving accuracy to dismantle New Zealand for 112 in the 33rd over.

On a slower-than-normal pitch that offered assistance for seamers, especially in the evening, South Africa's 271 for 8 - bolstered by a seventh-wicket stand of 84 in 10.4 overs between de Villiers and Wayne Parnell - had the makings of a demanding chase and it soon proved that way.

Kagiso Rabada, back in the side after missing Christchurch, set the tone with an exemplary new-ball spell. He was followed by Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius who removed the cream of New Zealand's batting by nabbing Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor in the space of five deliveries. The pair bowled nine overs between them in their first spells, returning figures of 4 for 16, in the sort of seam-friendly conditions that could be on show in the Champions Trophy. Pretorius finished with 3 for 5 from 5.2 overs.

New Zealand had entered this match buoyed by their batting performance at Hagley Oval, but this display will raise a few concerns as they fell in a heap in a manner not often seen. Tom Latham collected his third duck in four ODI innings and there was another failure for Neil Broom.

They had made one change, replacing legspinner Ish Sodhi with the pace of Lockie Ferguson and may ponder if that was correct after he went for 71 in his 10 overs - the most expensive bowling performance of the day.

Quinton de Kock, with his fifth 50-plus ODI score in a row, and Faf du Plessis led South Africa to 114 for 1 in the 23rd over but then followed a collapse of 5 for 66. Colin de Grandhomme gave New Zealand the control they strived for, claiming two wickets in four deliveries and bowling his 10 overs straight through, while Mitchell Santner produced another impressive performance of left-arm spin.

De Grandhomme removed du Plessis who riffled a drive low to mid-off, then in what is becoming a habit on this tour, de Kock picked out the leg-side field having set himself for a century. He hung his head and could barely drag himself off.

De Villiers was greeted by a hostile delivery from Ferguson which rammed into his gloves but quickly ticked off the five runs he needed to jump past Sourav Ganguly to top the 9000 list. However, senior batsmen came and went. JP Duminy, who had struggled for fluency, was run out by a direct hit from Tim Southee at backward point and David Miller chipped a low catch to midwicket which was upheld by the third umpire.

AB de Villiers scored his 51st ODI half-century © AFP

In each of the three matches in this series, someone from the lower order has stepped forward for South Africa. It wasn't Pretorius this time - he was bowled by Ferguson - but Parnell helped de Villiers stop New Zealand in their tracks.

De Villiers had been above a run-a-ball early in his innings, but bided his time as he lost partners for the closing overs. Back-to-back boundaries off Ferguson, rasping shots through midwicket and cover, hustled him through the 40s and the half-century came from 59 deliveries. He went from 39 off 51 balls to 85 off 80; it was not one of de Villiers' more explosive innings, but it was a masterclass in repairing damage, judging conditions and not overreaching.

And his efforts were soon put into context. Latham middled a square drive but picked out point. Dean Brownlie then feathered to the keeper off Rabada who found considered seam movement and proceeded to work over Williamson.

Williamson was dropped at slip on 4 by Hashim Amla off Parnell and alongside Taylor weathered the new balls for a period although scoring was always hard work and the pressure did not relent.

Phehlukwayo had conceded just four runs into his third over when Williamson, trying to dab the ball to third man, played into his stumps and in the next over, Taylor fell across a full, straight delivery from Pretorius. He was not far off walking for the lbw decision. The stuffing had been knocked out of New Zealand's innings and there was precious little else on offer. Broom's poke outside off against Phehlukwayo was a poor shot and Pretorius' miserly spell, as he nipped the ball around off the seam under the lights, also accounted for Mitchell Santner.

New Zealand's total was their lowest completed innings at home since being bowled out for 73 by Sri Lanka, in Auckland in 2007, and the result their heaviest runs defeat to South Africa.

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Vinoth Kumar on March 2, 2017, 10:50 GMT

    @SHOVWAR, Few changes from you comment, Best Test Batsman : Lara & Dravid, Best Odi Batsman : ABD & Viv Richards.

  • shovwar on February 27, 2017, 23:01 GMT

    Amol_Gh I would Categorise a lil bit. I would not only look at stats i ll also put conditions, situations, pitch, batting order and contributions away from home. In my OPINION .... Best Batsman: Test- Tendilkar and Lara, ODI- AB deVilliers and Tendulkar (AB can become the best of all time after he retires) Best Fast Bowler: Test- Dale Steyn (No question) ODI- Wasim Akram. Best Spinner: Test- Warne, ODI- Murali, Best Allrounder: Kallis (Both Test and ODI) Shakib al Hasan might take over in the ODIs only when he retires but not sure yet. Best Keeper Batsman: QDK (Already, , he is just 21 imagine the future)

  • ansell on February 27, 2017, 15:49 GMT

    Phehlukwayo deserves to be there as a batsman who can also bowl. In 13 ODI games his average is 125!!! Against NZ he has batted 3 times, at # 9, not out 3 times, average 59 with no outs. Dummy, against NZ has batted # 5, scoring 16, 34, 1, 29. Average of 19. If you cannot face dropping Duminy, let Phejhlukwayo bat 5 or 6, drop Duminy to 9 (or let him carry out the drinks). Phehlukwayo is 20 y.o., our future, Duminy is 32. Duminy started magnificently, give him the gold watch he deserves for retirement and move on

  • Alan on February 26, 2017, 15:24 GMT

    LANCE174: Interestingly, Botham's batting average (33) was only slightly superior to Pollock's (32). Totally agree with you regarding Sobers and Rice even though Clive was never afforded opportunities at Test level. Huge pity. Rice was an opening bowler and genuine middle order batsman. By the way, Andre Nel's Test average was almost 32 and this over a fairly short period (36 Tests). As mentioned in a previous post, Kallis's bowling average was in the region of 28 over his first 60 Tests. As an exercise, which contemporary SA bowler would you have selected in place of Kallis (assuming Jacques had been selected purely as a bowler)? Regards.

  • cornel1376908 on February 26, 2017, 15:10 GMT

    I see de Kock stood up again for the Saffers

  • Vinoth Kumar on February 26, 2017, 10:17 GMT

    @AMOL_GH, Earlier ppl told Gavaskar as best test batsman once Lara,sachin perform well then ppl mind change and consider these two as best in the world. But ppl never thought about gavaskar faced world best bowlers then these guys and perform well,also pitches bit tough on his era. I am just reacting to your comment no offense or arugement in this. We have to consider lot of things, ex take sachin after 78 odi's he played as opening batsman still he was able to play more than 380 matches batted as opener, moreover mostly in ind , we all know asia teams plays more odis also most flat tracks in asia only, check out most of openers or no.3 have more runs and more centuries becoz they got more opportunities, take example sanath, Sehwag if these guys plays in asia they look like bradman but go out of asia most of times failed becoz dont have much technique. No doubt Lara,sachin,dravid, ponting even some extent kallis all were great but nowdays ab,kohli,smith playing unbelievable cricket.

  • Vinoth Kumar on February 26, 2017, 9:55 GMT

    @AMOL_GH, I think you dont understand my points. Without facing bowlers how can you say not capable or not perform? Sachin & Lara came 89 & 91,they dont have chance to face Garner, Roberts,marshall,Lilee,Thompson etc, for that we should not tell like these guys will not score agst those bowlers. In Nature, intital days every batsman may struggle to particular bowler for example sachin completely struggled agst Fanie de villiers even in sharjah pitches its a flat track. But now, we cant tell sachin will struggle now if he face him. I understand some of pitches bowling assist pitches , but in those pitches avg not 50+ its combination of other pitches also example in aus like sydney,adelaide. Current players also faced tough pitches and played agst good bowlers,earlier noone consider steyn but everyone telling steyn as best test bowler, it takes time once they got exp and preform well they become great from good. i dont include t20 in this. yesterday smith innings in tough track was good

  • Amol on February 26, 2017, 5:59 GMT

    Vinoth Kumar: I had said what I had to say in clear points: Since 2004 every pitch has become batman-friendly, every ground has lost area, every boundary has become shorter. Scoring runs has lost it's value in the race to commercialize the sport to market T20s. These are all batting pitches since after 2004. Even Perth-2010 is not as vicious as Perth-1999 and definitely not as Perth-1992. You want me to disregard (!) Averages and then argue that merely facing great bowlers doesn't make one great and then you request for a proof. So if a successful Average against these bowlers is not a proof of the performance, then what is ? What else do the players carry forward in their retirement life, if not Career-Averages as a proof ? Please check the Bowling/Batting Career ODI/Test Summary for each player you wish for in the Stats Page of this site . It has also provided to include-exclude a particular opponent player to check for face-to-face performances at various venues.

  • Vinoth Kumar on February 26, 2017, 3:36 GMT

    @AMOL_GH, Continuaation from my previous comment. Moreover, current players like ABD,Amla,Kohli,Smith,Root,Williamson etc all r better players to play agst any good bowlers. In this era, johnson,starc,hazlewood,steyn,philander,morkel,aamir, anderson,broad,zaherr khan,bhajji etc also very good bowlers. If johnson bowls like last ahshes then its difficult for any batsman to face him either its bradman or richards. Swingin conditions anderson is tough to play for any batsman, if those bowlers come out of that zone its easy for batsman to score runs agst them. So, we should not consider only avg also need to look out in which situation,conditions, contribution to team win, playing under pressure, match winning ability ,aggressive,consistency like lot of parameters there to decide. Just by playing agst some of best bowlers we cant rate batsman as best. Border,Gower,zaheer abbas, greenidge etc also played agst very good attacks becoz for that reason they r best?

  • Vinoth Kumar on February 26, 2017, 3:23 GMT

    @AMOL_GH, Yes some of best bowlers in the last era agree like ambrose,walsh,akram,mcgrath,murali,warne,younis,pollock ,donald etc. I am a big fan of lara,dravid, also like richards,sachin. But question is in which pitch batsman played them and score? Just that we cant tell sachin,lara,ponting played agst this bowlers and scored,in the reality we have to check their records. For me one best player in one format only ,same player cant be best in both formats. If you take lara,he is best in test cricket than odi, sachin he is best in odi than test cricket. So,you tell me how much sachin scored in aus agst better attacks in odi, even most of his test centuries in aus except earlier one mcgrath or any other better bowler not present in that match. If those better bowlers comes out and played in batsman home pitches or some other flats bowlers will be thrashed, so we cant just say they faced better bowlers.

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